The semi-finals of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York will feature some familiar faces when play resumes on Saturday afternoon. Number 1 seeded Rafael Nadal earned a birth in the semis with a victory in straight sets over fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco. Nadal appeared to be on top of his game with the easy victory but surprisingly may not be favored to win the tournament. Nadal must now face Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-final round that has plagued him throughout his U.S. Open career.
Football fans rejoice, the NFL season kicks off tomorrow night as the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints take on Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of last years NFC championship. As entertaining as that match up sounds, it is but a prelude to what this weekend has in store for football fanatics. This weekend’s college football lineup is possibly the most anticipated of the year as many high profile programs duel it out. If Mondays Boise State-Virginia Tech game was a preview to things to come, then we are in store for quite the weekend.
On Wednesday night the commissioner of the Big Ten, Jim Delany, announced that the conference will realign with the arrival of Nebraska in 2011 and begin a divisional format. This arrangement will consist of two six- team divisions that are proposed as follows:Division 1: Division 2:
Washington Nationals rookie right-hander Stephen Strasburg has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament that probably will require reconstructive Tommy John elbow surgery, the Nationals announced Friday. This is a big blow to the development of the phenom pitcher.
As many expected, Brett Favre has returned to the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL for an amazing 20th season. The Viking organization could apparently no longer wait for Favre to make his decision, so they sent several of Bretts closest friends on the team down to his home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi to get an answer. Less than 24 hours later Brett Favre was on a private plane back to Minnesota.
Martin Kaymer became only the second German to ever win a Major Championship on Sunday when he defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff at Whistling Straights golf course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The three-hole playoff was decided on the third hole when Bubba Watson hit a stray shot into a water hazard, allowing Kaymer to safely put his way to victory.
The United States soccer team returned to action for the first time since the World Cup on Tuesday night when they took on a fresh faced Brazilian squad in an exhibition match. The game nearly sold out the New Meadowlands Stadium with a crowd of over 77,000 who came out to see the likes of Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley take on the worlds best. The Brazil team had a few recognizable names such as Robinho and AC Milan forward Alexander Pato who scored to put his team into a comfortable 2-0 lead but for the most part, it was a Brazil team chalk full of young talent.
Professional golfer Bobby Jones once said, “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears.” The truth behind this quote was illustrated to perfection this weekend by the mediocre performance provided by Tiger Woods at the Bridgestone Invitational. At a course where Tiger Woods has won seven previous times, he posted a final round 77 and finished the tournament at a whopping 18 over par, good enough for 78th place out of 80 golfers.
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.