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...
01
Jul
2010

NBA Free Agency Officially Underway

The start of NBA free agency officially tipped off this morning at 12:01 AM and will likely be the talk of the sports world until LeBron James makes his decision. In recent weeks new rumors have consistently surfaced about where James and other notable free agents may end up. Possibly the most interesting of these rumors is that of LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade all playing together in Miami. All three are free agents and Miami has the cap space to sign three max salary players. The numbers seem to work out but I, like many others, question how such an arrangement could possibly work. There simply would not be enough shots to go around to make everyone on that team happy. I also have to believe that wherever James ends up going, he will want to be THE man, similar to what he had going in Cleveland. That simply would not be possible in Miami where Dwayne Wade is already an established star and has won a championship.The other teams that have emerged as serious contenders...
28
Jun
2010

United States Eliminated From World Cup

The United States was eliminated from the 2010 FIFA World Cup on Saturday after losing to Ghana 2-1 in extra time. The loss marks the second straight World Cup that Ghana has eliminated the U.S. with a 2-1 score-line. The United States once again conceded an early goal when Ricardo Clark lost the ball in the midfield allowing Kevin-Prince Boateng to dribble to the edge of the box and slide the ball past goalie Tim Howard.  The United States appeared to come out for the second half with more of a purpose and got themselves back into the game when Clint Dempsey drew a penalty and Landon Donovan converted to tie it at 1-1. The score would remain level after 90 minutes and into extra time until Asamoah Gyan took a long ball well of his chest and beat Howard with an amazing left footed volley for the game winning goal.The loss is made even more disappointing by the fact that the United States looked to have the easiest possible draw to the semifinals that they could have asked for....
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&...

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