Bay Area Sports Hall of Hame inductee Brandi Chastain poses by her plaque. Chastain diplomatically said
Bay Area Sports Hall of Hame inductee Brandi Chastain poses by her plaque. Chastain diplomatically said "it's not the most flattering. But it's nice." (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

‘My gosh’: What an absolute bust

IT'S not easy to end up in the same sentence as Cristiano Ronaldo for a bad reason. Brandi Chastain found a way.

Chastain, the former US women's national soccer team star, was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame and her plaque was, well, not great.

"It's not the most flattering," Chastain said, per the Mercury News. "But it's nice."

To put it more bluntly, the plaque was flat-out ugly, looking nothing like Chastain, bringing to mind Ronaldo's similarly unflattering sculpture.

Who does it look like? US President Jimmy Carter or actor Gary Busey?

Oh dear. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
Oh dear. (Scott Strazzante/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

Chastain famously scored the game-winning penalty kick against China in the finals of the 1999 World Cup - a moment she celebrated by ripping off her jersey before being mobbed by teammates.

Like Real Madrid's superstar, Chastain will get a doover.

Anthony Savicke, vice president of finance and administration for the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame, initially told the Mercury News there were no plans to redo the plaque.

But the organisation quickly bowed to a flood of criticism.

The Hall's president, Kevin O'Brien, committed to having Chastain's plaque redone but refused to reveal the identity of the artist responsible for the plaque so as not to "ruin his career."

"It's expensive," O'Brien said of having a replacement plaque made, according to KTVU. "But it's the right thing to do."

Brandi Chastain’s iconic celebration. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Brandi Chastain’s iconic celebration. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

O'Brien said he spoke with Chastain on Tuesday morning, a day after the San Jose native was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside former Bay Area stars in their own right - 49ers offensive lineman Harris Barton, Giants pitcher Matt Cain, Warriors point guard Tim Hardaway and 49ers executive John McVay. Chastain agreed to resubmit a photo of herself so the situation could be rectified.

The eventual correction, however, won't change the confusion Chastain's husband, Jerry Smith, experienced Monday night, when he arrived at the ceremony in San Francisco and couldn't locate her plaque.

"I walked in there and I'm trying to figure out which one is Brandi," said Smith, the longtime coach of the Santa Clara women's soccer team. "I finally see her name and said, 'Oh my gosh.' I don't think that looks too much like her."

Chastain, a two-time Olympic gold medallist and two-time World Cup champion, acknowledged the plaque's shortcomings but said she didn't want it to overshadow the purpose of the event.

"No, I didn't feel it was a perfect representation," Chastain, 49, told the TV station Tuesday. "But I'm not an artist. I don't know how hard it is to make one of these things.

"I want people to focus on what the Hall of Fame really does for our community and youth sports," she added.

 

 

Yes, that was supposed to be Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yes, that was supposed to be Cristiano Ronaldo.


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