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...
13
Jul
2010

Baseball Loses "The Boss"

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.Steinbrenner was known for his famous clashes with numerous Yankee managers, most famously his clashes with Billy Martin.  He oversaw the Yankee dynasty with an iron fist.  It was said he ruled with obsessive dedication to detail, overseeing everything from trades to the airblowers that kept his ballparks spotless. He admittedly was overbearing, screaming at all from commissioners to managers to secretaries.  Through all of these clashes Steinbrenner...
12
Jul
2010

Spain Wins 2010 FIFA World Cup

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.The game was plagued by fouls and cards for both teams, but ultimately came into play in the 109th minute when John Heitinga of the Netherlands was ejected after receiving his second yellow card. Heitinga pulled down Iniesta close to the box after Iniesta appeared to have a clear path towards goal. The space left by Heitingas dismissal allowed Cesc Fabregas to intercept a poor clearance and distribute the ball for the game-winning goal.Fans were shown celebrating the goal and victory in Madrid, Spain where they had gathered in the thousands to be apart of the countries historic moment. The World Cup may be...
09
Jul
2010

The King of South Beach

LeBron James announced last night in his hour long special titled “The Decision”, that he will be taking his talents to South Beach to play with superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat. James acknowledged the fact that the free agency period was an “emotional time” for him and that he changed his mind several times throughout the process. James was quoted as saying “When I woke up this morning I knew it was the right decision.” Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh were reportedly very happy with James decision and for good reason. Depending on who Heat President Pat Riley surrounds his superstar trio with, they will most likely be strong favorites to win lets say the next…..five NBA Championships. No one truly knows how this team will mesh and play together but Riley is in the process of assembling a team unlike any in NBA history. We have seen great teams in the past, most notably the 96 Bulls with their record breaking 72 win season...
09
Jul
2010

Are Kids Today Pushed Too Hard in Sports?

Are kids today pushed too much in sports?  I hear that question tossed around at times, but not as much as I would hope it would be.  I have a 12 year old son and a typical year in sports for him is as follows.  Baseball for him starts with indoor practices twice a week February 1st  until games start the third week of April.  The season will end the second week of July after playing 45 games.  He will continue to have one practice a week during the season on top of his games.    He will get 3 weeks off (his only break of the year) and then start football practice the second week of August.  He will have practice 5 days a week for 3 weeks and then drop down to 3 practices a week for 7 weeks when the games get started.  His season will be a six game schedule with a bye week lasting until October 15th.  Basketball practice will start during football season around September 15th, having two practices a week for a month and...
08
Jul
2010

Netherlands and Spain Set For 2010 World Cup Final

After one month and over sixty games, the 2010 FIFA World Cup will come to a close on Sunday in dramatic fashion when the Netherlands meet Spain for a chance at football immortality. Sunday’s final features two countries that have never won the World Cup and they are arguably the best two teams in the world not to have done so. The Netherlands have reached the World Cup Final twice previously in their countries rich football history, in 1974 and 1978, but both times they failed to defeat the host nations that they found themselves against. This team will not have to face the difficult task of defeating a host nation, as they will meet Spain at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa. Spain is in the World Cup Final for the first time in the countries history and they will have to deal with the added pressure of being slight favorites over the Dutch. Spain has bounced back and fourth between first and second in the FIFA World Rankings and entered the tournament first...
06
Jul
2010

Tiger Sets His Sights On St. Andrews

Tiger Woods finished with a disappointing final round of 71 on Sunday at the AT&T National in Pennsylvania, leaving him at +4 for the tournament and 46th place overall. The tournament marked the first time in eleven years that Woods finished a PGA event without breaking par in a single round. Woods was reportedly quite pleased with the way he struck the ball throughout the tournament and was quoted as saying "I just need to get my putter organized a little better and really work on my putter over there.” Of course “over there” is a reference to St. Andrews Golf Course, home to this years British Open and Tigers next test.  Woods has won the last two British Opens held at St. Andrews in rather comfortable fashion, something that may provide him with much needed boost in confidence.It seems strange to say that Tiger Woods, arguably the best golfer of all time, would need a “boost in confidence” but his hiatus from the game sparked by his...

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