customized-randomness said: seriously? 4/5 goals on GLARING defensive errors and you choose to pick out the GK?! sure. i mean come on.
Not the point I was trying to make at all. It’s kind of like how someone like Tyson Chandler can win Defensive Player of the Year. You don’t think of him as a great defensive player or a monster patrolling the rim like a Shaq or Wilt, but the weak Knicks defense he was playing with allowed him to rack up those monster block and rebounding numbers. He even thanked his team’s woeful defense for stuffing his stats. Look it up.
You don’t think Dirk felt a little empty getting eliminated in the first round in 2007 after an MVP season? Doesn’t take anything away from what he did, but because he came up empty in the Playoffs cast a lot of doubt upon him as he took the brunt of the blame for being unable to carry the team.
Nnamdi can have the rep of the best corner in the league, and he can tip away and pick as many passes, and shut down as many receivers as he wants, but as soon as those wide outs rack up touchdowns on him, no matter how bad the other pieces are around him, his rep as a premier shut down corner are kaput. Fair? Maybe not, but perception is reality.
Similarly, don’t you think she’s a little irked after coming off a World Player of the Year (and her pride as a keeper) and joining the reigning champs that all the goals the Thorns have given up reflect badly on her rep, on top of the fact that we’re not winning consistently? I’m sure she’s a little pissed that her defense makes her look bad at the end of the day. Numbers don’t show that our back line was bad, only that the other team has scored X amount of goals on her. Then someone has to constantly defend her (like you are, kudos) to the casual fan who scoffs, “Pfft, that’s the Player of the Year?” Unfair? Sure, but that’s kinda how sports works.
Guess my point is, numbers lie and don’t always show what someone’s capable of, and with a great rep comes great expectations.
Sorry to get all SVP Twitter fight on you, but you kinda took my tone the wrong way.