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And Another Thing


Sock-her culprit speaks out

... and I'm sorry, but I don't believe her.

Remember Elizabeth Lambert, the New Mexico soccer player/cementhead immortalized on YouTube for yanking an opponent to the ground by her ponytail?

Lambert broke her silence in an interview with the New York Times, saying she was mortified by the ponytail incident. In the same interview, however, she defended some of her other egregious acts in that game, saying that rough play is part of soccer, and that a lot of what happened wouldn't have if the game had been called differently.

That much I'll buy. As I said before in a previous rant, soccer officiating makes no sense, at least to a rank layman such as me. Inconsistency seems to be the only consistency about it.

On the other hand ... Lambert is full of, well, something fragrant when she says the play where she fired a crisp one-two combination at an opponent as both were falling was simply misunderstood by casual fans.

In a word: Nonsense. I know a punch when I see one. Or two.

So, I suspect, did Lambert.

Ben Smith's blog.