Paul was an English-born octopus who led a relatively sedate aquatic life in an aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, until he became an instant worldwide celebrity when he started correctly and consecutively predicting the outcome of all of Germany's 2010 World Cup matches.
Let's celebrate the women who fought for Title IX, the men who passed the legislation, the girls who thought "Hey, that looks like fun!", the parents who drove them to practice and the US women's soccer team.
It really might have been just a clumsy tackle, but when you remember the midfielder's other infamous tackle in the last World Cup final, you're going to find out that it's getting harder to believe in his innocence.
We learn more about our favorite theatrical characters when they're placed in unfamiliar situations. The same goes for ourselves. New and different environments force us to ask ourselves what we really need and what can we do without.
This is a safe, solid choice. We know the US will be competitive and will make the World Cup. We know that the team will fight and play with spirit. But we don't know if we will actually be any better.