Just wrapped up an extended vacation with the family. The scheduling of such things in this business can be tricky especially in the summer. You have to account for a possible Sabres playoff run, the May ratings period, and then you try and squeeze in some time off before the start of Bills training camp. This year it all worked out, we had a wonderful time and now I'm back...refreshed and ready to go.
The thought before I left was that NFL owners and players may get their collective act together while I was gone and get a deal done. Wrong. Talks continued today (Wednesday) in New York with many believing that a new CBA may only be days away.. but while the NFL world continues to wait... the "other" football has demanded attention.
The United States women's soccer team is back in the World Cup Final for the first time since 1999. The US knocked off France in the semi-finals on Thursday 3-1, and a couple of players with Western New York ties continue to help the cause.
Rochester native Abby Wambach did it again on Wednesday, scoring the eventual game winning goal on a header in the 79th minute against France. The tally came on the heels of her last second heroics in the victory over Brazil. The 31-year old, moved into a tie with Michelle Akers for third on the all-time World Cup scoring list, and is now one win away from her first World Cup championship.
Also adding to the local interest is Western New York Flash forward Alex Morgan. The World Cup rookie added an insurance goal for the United States three minutes after Wambach's in the win over France. It was her first World Cup goal. Morgan is a California native. She has two goals and two assists for the Flash this season.
I've always respected, and enjoyed watching soccer.. or football. A chance at an international title would have drawn my attention on it's own, but having a rooting interest in two players with local ties makes it even more interesting.
The United States is set to take on Japan in the World Cup final on Sunday. If not before, maybe soon after, the "other" football will work out a deal and end the NFL lockout.