The soap opera that Brett Favres career has become took another turn for the extraordinary this week when reports surfaced that Favre had sent text messages to Viking teammates informing them that he would in fact be retiring. As an avid Chicago Bears fan I couldn’t help but enjoy watching the looks on my friends faces (Viking fans) as they realized that Tavaris Jackson was once again their starting quarterback.
As I have mentioned in previous blogs I am a baseball purist. I have grown up in the era of juiced baseballs, juiced baseball bats, and juiced baseball players. Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 600 homeruns at 35 years and 8 days, eclipsing the record held by Babe Ruth at 36 years and 196 days. I for one have to admit I am not impressed. Granted hitting 600 homeruns is impressive whether juiced or not, however it is not as impressive as what the players of the past were able to accomplish.
The start of the 2010 NFL season is a little over a month away and there are already several developing stories making headlines as training camp gets underway. The New York Jets for starters, have cause for concern as their top corner and quite possibly the best corner in the league Darrelle Revis, has decided to hold out from camp until a contract agreement can be reached. Revis has made it no secret that he would like to become the highest paid corner in the league, a title that Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders currently holds.
The first ever Barclays New York Challenge produced some highly entertaining and competitive soccer games for fans to enjoy in New York’s recently opened Red Bull Arena. The event showed promise for soccer in America both in terms of the fan support and the performance of the New York Red Bull MLS squad. Fans flocked to the state of the art, soccer specific stadium to watch their Red Bulls take on the likes of the European Premier Leagues Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City as well as Sporting Lisbon.
Boxing has gradually become an afterthought in the American sports landscape over the past decade and for good reason. Gone are the days of big name heavyweights going punch for punch in classic matches that earn themselves nicknames such as Foreman and Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle or Ali and Frazier’s Thrilla in Manila. People now look to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) for entertainment, a sport that has quickly risen to popularity in boxings absence.
The 2010 British Open came to an anticlimactic conclusion on Sunday when 27-year-old South African Louis Oosthuizen ran away from the field to win by an amazing 7 strokes. That margin of victory tops Tigers 5 stoke win in 2000 to become one of the most lopsided results in tournament history. The pronunciation of Louis odd last name became the topic of conversation for the broadcasters who had little else to talk about while Oosthuizen was cruising to a victory on Sunday. Louis led for the final 48 holes and left little for drama on a rather uneventful final round.
The National League ended their 13 year drought in the mid-summer classic with a 3-1 victory over the American League. Brian McCann hit a base clearing 3 run double in the 7th inning to put the NL up for good. Amazingly in the storied history of the All Star Game it was the first base clearing double ever recorded. This timely hit coupled with very good pitching from young pitchers like Umbaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies and Jonathon Broxton of the Los Angeles Dodgers was enough to end this inexplicable drought.
George Steinbrenner, whose big wallet and win at all cost attitude, turned the Yankees organization into a baseball power. Steinbrenner had just celebrated his 80th birthday this month. Steinbrenner was known as the boss and make no mistake he was the boss of the Yankees. Love him or loathe him he built the Yankees into champions, that you can't deny. In 37-plus seasons as owner, Steinbrenner led the Yankees to seven World Series championships, 11 American League pennants and 16 AL East titles.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup came to a close on Sunday when Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0. Andres Iniesta delivered the game-winning goal in the 116th minute of extra time to give Spain their first World Cup title in the history of the tournament. The Netherlands was denied of that accomplishment in a final for the third time, matching Germanys record for most losses in the final.