When the U.S. women's soccer team meets Japan in Olympic gold-medal game on Thursday (2:45 p.m. ET, NBCSN), the Purity Fans will finally get their day after a women's Olympic tournament that has been defined in large part by the Just Win Baby Fans.
Think about it. In these Olympics we have seen Colombia's Lady Andrade
sucker-punch the U.S.'s Abby Wambach in the face away from the ball (drawing a two-game suspension). We have seen Canada's Melissa Tancredi
stomp on the head of the U.S.'s Carli Lloyd (drawing no punishment whatsoever). We have seen Japan coach Norio Sasaki
admit that he told his team not to score in its last group game, the better to finish second in the group and avoid having to travel for its next match.
We have seen Canada coach John Herdman
try to influence the officiating (and get in the heads of the U.S.) by announcing the day before the game that the Americans perpetrate "highly illegal" tactics on set-pieces. And, not least, we have seen Wambach
stand next to the referee and count down the seconds the Canadian goalkeeper was holding the ball, persuading said ref to call a game-changing infraction that you basically never see in an elite-level match.