YNT Apr 29, 2012
We found out down here in Guatemala that U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team goalkeeper Cassie Miller has an unusual favorite animal. You see, she loves cows. The six-foot Florida State-bound net-minder hails from Cave Creek, Arizona, not a place known for its vast grasslands good for grazing. Still, she’s somehow developed an affinity for the Bos Taurus.
Said Cassie: “I was playing with a club five years ago, and keep in mind this is Under-11 girls’ soccer, and the captains were assigned to give each player on the team an animal name. We had a forward who was “Rhino” because she ran through every one. We had twins and we called them “Fish” and “E” as in Fishy. I thought that was creative. I named the other captain Donkey and for some reason she named me Cow. My birthday was a week later and my entire team gave me a bunch of cow stuff. My mom was like ‘wow, this is kind of cute’ and it just stuck. Ever since then, for my birthdays, I always get cow stuff. I think I bring a different cow pillow to every tournament.”
Miller also sees some artistic value to cows.
“I just love the coloring of cows,” said. “Every time I see one, I try picture a design in their markings. Weird, I know, but you’ve got to do something to pass the time on long car rides, right?"
Miller’s nickname on the U.S. U-17 WNT is actually the opposite of a cow. They call her Puma, and of course anytime a goalkeeper is compared to a large cat, that’s a good thing.
But even though Miller likes her Puma moniker, she never loses her love for the cow, even if the cow is not on most people’s lists of favorite animals.
“They do have a stigma for being lazy, so I don’t like that, but what does a cow really have to do with its day? Just eat, hang out and give milk. It’s a good life. Yeah, some of them becoming steaks and cheeseburgers, but that's a good thing too.”
Cassie and her Cow Pillow