24
Jun
2010

Isner Defeats Mahut in Record Breaking Wimbledon Match

70-68 may look like the final score of a basketball game but believe it or not that score comes from the fifth and final set of a first round tennis match at Wimbledon. The match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut lasted an unbelievable eleven hours and five minutes, shattering the previous record of six hours and thirty-three minutes. After three days (two delays due to darkness) John Isner was finally able to break the serve of Mahut and come out with a victory 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in a match that tested the patience of everyone involved. I personally found a segment on ESPN’s SportCenter funny when they showed that even the cameramen filming the match had left their positions for a more entertaining endeavor, watching the England World Cup Match at the nearest television. ESPN also put the length of the match in perspective by explaining alternative activities that could have been accomplished during the match, which including watching the entire Rocky ...
22
Jun
2010

Soccer For Dummies

With the World Cup dominating sports headlines across the globe, many have realized that the “beautiful game” can at times be quite confusing. As an avid soccer fan, I will take a moment to attempt to explain some of the finer nuances of the game. If you are looking for an explanation as to why the United States had their potentially game-winning goal versus Slovenia disallowed then you are out of luck. The decision by the Malian referee has seemingly remained a mystery but the past is the past and there is plenty more that can be clarified for the casual soccer observer.CardsIt is relatively common knowledge that harsh fouls in soccer result in players being penalized by the referee with cards. There are two different color cards, yellow for more minor infractions and red for major violations. Red cards result in a player being removed for the remainder of the match. Two yellow cards also equal a red and the players ejection from the match. In tournaments such as the...
21
Jun
2010

Graeme McDowell Wins 110th U.S. Open

The 110th U.S. Open was decided last night at Pebble Beach when Graeme McDowell walked off the 18th hole with a one-stroke victory over Gregory Havret. McDowell finished alone at even par for the tournament and did just enough for victory on a Sunday that took its toll on many of golfs best. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Ernie Els all had an opportunity to win on Sunday but struggled to find consistency and left in disappointment. Nobody may be as disappointed as young Dustin Johnson who held the lead after 54 holes. Johnson had a nightmare of a fathers day, plummeting from the top of the leaderboard to the middle of the pack with a final round 82.Pebble Beach provided a beautiful backdrop to a round of golf that was far from pretty. The course played so difficult that at times it became hard to watch. The Open came down to the final hole and instead of players chasing the leader, it became more of a test of who can hold on. Graeme McDowell was quoted as saying "I just can&...
20
Jun
2010

Blame FIFA For Referee Mistakes at the World Cup

By Darrell Victor: With a couple of harsh dismissals and one disallowed goal from the USA/Slovenia match, referees have again managed to be the scapegoats. FIFA's referee committee at the World Cup decided that the German referee (Stark) for the Argentina/Nigeria game should have disallowed the goal. While a referee must own his mistakes, there is the cogent argument that FIFA should take some of the "credit" for the referee performances at the World Cup.Referee selectionFIFA decided that they would give referees from all confederations a chance to do World Cup matches. The quality of refereeing across the world is not even by any means. Better officials tend to come out of Europe and South America. This is no surprise since Europe and South America have the best leagues. Therefore, the top referees from these leagues officiate in top-flight matches with crowded stadia and television scrutiny.Officials from Mali and New Zealand are less likely to have these...
20
Jun
2010

Slovenia Versus USA - How the Malian Referee Spoiled the Beautiful Game

By Darrell Victor: While a referee has to make tough calls sometimes that some players, fans or team officials would not like, Malian referee Koman Coulibaly went way beyond on football's biggest stage. He appeared to lack control of the game between the USA and Slovenia and gave US striker Robbie Findley a card after the ball touched Findley on the hand in the Slovenian penalty area. However, the worst decision of the World Cup up to that match came in the latter stages of the match, when Coulibaly disallowed Maurice Edu's goal for a phantom infraction.Fans and analysts were not only discussing the remarkable game - that Slovenia managed a two-goal lead and the US staged one of the most exciting matches at the World Cup. Instead, many were pondering the awful decision to disallow the goal. Video replays suggested nothing out of the ordinary. While FIFA discouraged pulling and tugging in the box, it appeared that the Slovenians were doing that more than the Americans were....
17
Jun
2010

Lakers Vs. Celtics: Game Seven Showdown

The 2010 NBA season will come to an end tonight in dramatic fashion, as Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers take on Paul Pierce and the Boston Celtics in a decisive game seven.  It is the first game seven in an NBA final since San Antonio beat Detroit to win the championship in 2005. Tonight’s game looks to be a more memorable occasion then 2005, as two of the most recognizable teams in sports clash in an effort to add to their already decorated trophy cases.As for individual accolades, Kobe Bryant is attempting to win his fifth title ring, an achievement that would cement his place as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Standing in Bryants way is a Celtics team that has already denied him a championship in 2008. After failing to reach the finals last year, many critics believed that this Boston team was too old to return to their winning ways. With the emergence of Rajon Rondo as a full blown superstar, the Celtics have found new life and are one win...
16
Jun
2010

UPDATE: www.Unique-Sports.com

For the last several weeks (OK…months)…Unique-Sports has been going through a massive overhaul. The dust hasn’t completely settled from the construction, and the site still has that “new car smell”, but we have been very pleased with the direction and the progress. That being said, we are FAR from done. In the upcoming weeks, we will continue to refine and enhance the new design of the website, we will be greatly expanding our product offerings (look for more consumer level products like gloves, bats, and balls), and we will be developing a new customer service oriented model for our customers.Long story short: Unique-Sports continues to go through dramatic and exciting changes and the best is yet to come….Unique-Sports has been a trusted, but little known resource for athletic equipment, training aids, and sports facility equipment for over 13 years. Our team is comprised of former athletes, current coaches, and sports...
16
Jun
2010

2010 NBA Free Agency

Tom Izzo announced Tuesday afternoon that he will remain the head coach at Michigan State University, turning down a substantial increase in salary and possibly the opportunity to coach superstar LeBron James. Izzo had been contemplating taking the job for some time and had met with team officials in Cleveland before turning down the position.Reports say that Coach Izzo had contacted announcer Dick Vitale for a second opinion on his decision and not surprisingly, Vitale told Izzo to stay at Michigan State. Vitale is known for his passion for anything and everything college basketball and his words may have influenced Izzos decision. A more likely influential factor in his decision to stay may have been the lack of a commitment from LeBron James to stay in Cleveland. Sport fan or not, the entire world seems to be aware of James’ impending free agency. It has been the sports story of the summer thus far and free agency has yet to even begin. LeBron is looking to win his first...
16
Jun
2010

Another Win for the Big Ten

This week the Big Ten Conference received more good news, Tom Izzo the men’s head basketball coach at Michigan State University has decided to stay put instead of jumping the NBA to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Izzo had the potential to make up to $6 million per year in the NBA, doubling his current salary at Michigan State. Izzo has been the Michigan State head coach since 1995.  Under Izzo the Michigan State program has been one of the most successful in the country.  Izzo led the Spartans to the 2000 National Title, has six Final Fours, and six Big Ten Championships in his first 15 years as coach at Michigan State.  The winningest  coach in school history, Izzo’s teams have been invited to 13 consecutive NCAA tournaments.Even though this isn’t necessarily good news for my Iowa Hawkeyes as Michigan State and Izzo has dominated them over the past 15 years, it is good news for the Big Ten Conference to keep the longest tenured coach...
15
Jun
2010

Contracts Aren't Made to be Broken

Darrelle Revis is making headlines in the New York Jets minicamp because he is being very vocal about his displeasure over his landmark contract he received in 2007 after being picked 14th overall.  The basics of his contract are that it is a 6 year $30 million dollar contract.  There is guaranteed money in it and it is a sliding scale by year and he has the option to void the last two years of his contract, etc., however the point is he would receive $30 million over a 6 year period! Revis is arguably the best cornerback in the league.  He wasn’t at the time he signed his contract, however now that he is he wants to be paid like the best cornerback in the league.  Recently Oakland Raider cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha became the NFL’s highest paid cornerback.  Many NFL experts feel Revis is the better cornerback of the two.  This is the crux of Revis’ contract complaint.The New York Jets are picked by many experts to make a run at...

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