Why It Was More Than a Game

People keep saying what a milestone it is that Elizabeth Dole is a serious presidential candidate, and while I say, "You go, girl," her accomplishment never affects me the way the sight of Mia Hamm does. I start to talk about her, and I can't because I get a catch in my throat. So much that is wonderful about being a woman in 1999 is embodied in the U.S. women's soccer team: their sticking with it, their unassuming ways, their heart. The first time my daughter and I saw that captivating Nike commercial, the one in which four teammates--and the dentist's...

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