11
Aug
2010

Brazil Showcases Young Talent In 2-0 Victory Over USA

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. Brazils first goal was scored by 18-year-old Neymar, who put a nifty header into the back of the net from several yards out. Neymar looked impressive in his national team debut and will be one to watch as the squad prepares for the 2014 World Cup. Brazil will without a doubt be favorites to win the 2014 World Cup as the host nation. From the looks of the exhibition squad they used on Tuesday night, Brazil will be...
09
Aug
2010

Tiger Woods Has Career Worst Tournament Entering Final Major of the Year

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. This tournament marks the worst finish in Woods career and once again proves how mental the game of golf truly is. Tiger simply has not been the same since his highly publicized family problems first made headlines last thanksgiving. The steadfast focus and determination to win which Woods made famous was nowhere to be seen this weekend when he looked defeated throughout.The only shred of good news that Tiger can take from the tournament is that he will maintain his world number one ranking, for now at...
06
Aug
2010
06
Aug
2010

Will Brett Favre Play in 2010?

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. I continued to watch the coverage of Favres impending retirement and the ESPN analysts debate over Favres place among the all-time greats when news leaked that Favre may not be ready to hang up the pads just yet.Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell was one of the first to dispel rumors of Favres retirement when the long time friend acknowledged that he had talked to Brett on Tuesday and that he failed to mention anything about retirement. Sources say that Favres decision is dependant upon his health and most importantly the status of his surgically repaired ankle that is...
05
Aug
2010

Is Anyone Impressed with A-Rod's Accomplishment?

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.Hank Aaron sits in second place on the all time homerun list at 755, Barry Bonds sits at the top at 762.  Aaron played in the era before steroids existed and everyone knows about the steroid situation and Barry Bonds.  Aaron also played in the era before expansion teams, juiced balls, and baseball fields built like crackerjacks boxes.  Aaron also played before players lifted weights in the off-season.  All of the above factors are so...
02
Aug
2010

NFL Training Camp Underway

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 Jets are currently refusing to give Revis such a contract and tensions continue to mount as negations appear to be at a standstill.Another defensive standout that has failed to participate thus far in training camp is Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Unlike Revis, Haynesworth is not sitting out on his own terms, but rather because of an NFL rule that states that players must complete a fitness test before being able to...
26
Jul
2010

"Barclays New York Challenge"

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.Sporting Lisbon, a Portuguese club, tied Tottenham 2-2 on Sunday to take the tournament trophy on goal differential. The second game of the day between EPL powerhouse Manchester City and the New York Red Bulls was equally exciting and provided a surprising result when the Red Bulls won 2-1. Red Bull midfielder Dane Richards showed his speed and skill in the victory, contributing an assist and a goal on a terrific shot that he hit upper 90 in the second half.Thierry Henry, the...
20
Jul
2010

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Will Boxing Bank or Bust?

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.However, the sport of boxing may not be down for the count just yet. There are two big names left who have yet to fight in what would surely be a classic match, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. The fight is starting to look like it will never happen which I consider a huge disappointment because Floyd and Manny are pound for pound the greatest fighters we have at the moment. The first set date for the fight, which was scheduled for several months ago, was canceled due to the fact that Mayweather called...
19
Jul
2010

Louis Oosthuizen Wins 2010 British Open

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.Scotland’s famous St. Andrews golf course provided mixed conditions throughout the tournament. A course known for its treacherous weather was remarkably calm on both the opening and final rounds. Friday and Saturday were more the norm with winds reaching over 30 miles per hour but Oosthuizen was able to cope with the challenge unlike some of golf’s biggest names. Tiger Woods had a promising opening round,...
14
Jul
2010

National League Finally Ends Drought

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.Unlike the glorified exhibition game that is the NBA and NFL All Star Games, the Major League Baseball All Star Game has significant meaning.  Since 2003 the winning side of the All Star Game has held home field advantage in the World Series.  That is a huge advantage in a 7 game series.  Amazingly with this on the line the American League won all 7 of those games in which home field was decided for the World Series.  Unfortunately...

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