Niagara Gazette


June 27, 2013

Mroziak: Some of this, some of that...


Niagara Gazette — • Overshadowed by last week’s Game Seven of the NBA Finals was the historic performance of Rochester native Abby Wambach, who became the all-time goal scoring leader in international soccer play, passing retired U.S. women’s star Mia Hamm. Wambach, who also plays for the WNY Flash, tied and then broke the scoring record as part of an overall four-goal game. She has now scored 160 goals in international play (the leading men’s scorer has only 109 goals, the now retired Ali Daei of Iran).

I know many folks won’t care, but if you’re a soccer fan this story is quite possibly far from over. That’s because there could already be a contender to topple Wambach waiting in the wings across the border. Canada’s Christine Sinclair currently has 145 international goals. With a goals per game average of 0.73, she’s comparable to Wambach, whose average is 0.77. Sinclair has played in fewer matches (198 compared to Wambach’s 207 international caps) but is also three years younger than her American counterpart.

It may not be the McGwire-Sosa home run chase that thrilled American sports fans years ago, but I have more respect for this potential storyline than I do for any performance enhancing drug-fueled home run derby.

• I’ve noticed an interesting trend in the complaint calls I do get from time to time. Many of the callers identify themselves as Boston Bruins fans who complain we haven’t given them enough coverage. 

Of course, I’d love to help them except for the fact that few ever actually identify themselves. But, they do have a point. Perhaps I’ve not given their beloved Bruins enough love lately. So, although late, I’ll make it up to you now with some bonus coverage.

“Bruins toss Stanley Cup away in just 17 seconds flat.”

You’re welcome.

Follow Niagara Gazette sports editor Michael Mroziak on Twitter at MrozGazette.

Follow Niagara Gazette sports editor Michael Mroziak on Twitter at MrozGazette.

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