Larry Brown Sports- Carli Lloyd captured the hearts of America by recording a hat trick in the first 16 minutes of Sunday’s World Cup Final against Japan. Lloyd’s four-goal performance helped the U.S. women to their third World Cup title and led to her getting a host of awards, so many she needed help from her teammates to carry them all.
While Lloyd’s day is the stuff dreams (and legends) are made of, it was something she had a feeling would happen. A couple of months ago, during a training session, the 32-year-old had a vision of sorts. In it, Lloyd saw herself having just the success in the World Cup Final that ended up becoming reality.
“It’s kind of funny,” Lloyd said Sunday night, via USA Today. “I’m running and I’m doing sprints and it’s hard, it’s burning, and I just completely zoned out. I dreamed of and visualized playing in the World Cup final and visualized scoring four goals."
I am 'all-in' on Carli Lloyd for quite a few reasons. She's a Rutgers graduate and therefore I will blindly defend any and all of her actions and achievements (to a certain extent, way to make me fail that test Ray Rice). She's a hero, just like every other American athlete that has ever had a big moment in an international sporting competition. And last, but not least, she was responsible for making the World Cup final interesting enough to become the first women's sporting event that I have ever watched from beginning to end. With that said, she can get the FUCK out of my face claiming she is some kind of Nastradamus.
Oh yeah Carli, you just happened to envision putting up a 4 spot when the record for total goals in a Women's final was 5 goals? You scored a hat trick in like 15 minutes, you don't need to try to sound more impressive than you already are. Saying you 'envisioned' your performance before hand only counts if you say it before hand. Guess what Carli, when I was 10 years old I 'envisioned' myself scoring like 30 goals in the Stanley Cup Finals. I am just waiting to get the call up so I can become prophetic too. Hell, every athlete from youth sports on up has foreseen themselves having a historic performance on the biggest stage in their respective sport. Being able to damn near recreate it, unlike most, definitely makes her special, but its doesn't make her Miss Cleo.
Plus, I don't know if I would go around bragging about visualizing a 4 goal performance when you only scored 3 goals. Granted, that's still ridiculously impressive, but technically speaking she didn't even fulfill her dreams. Implying your an all knowing prognosticator after you fall short of your retroactive 'prediction' kind of makes it a failure. An extremely successful failure of historical proportions, but a failure nonetheless. That's like having dreams of fucking an R&B bitch (RIP Biggie), but settling for a mute girl while Mariah Carey plays in the background. Well, maybe not quite, but the latter is actually feasible, and thus the only way I could possibly compare myself to Carli Lloyd: Unveiler Of Fortunes, and American Hero.
Remember when Carli Lloyd ended Japan's entire existence as a country with one fell swoop? That was fun...