Monday, June 28, 2010
2. You're right, the sport would be better if there were no disincentive to injuring star players who risk their professional salaries to play for their country. Boom, roasted.
3. Right again, sprinting constantly up and down a field measuring 120 yards by 75 yards for one and one half hours is a pansy endeavor. Boom, roasted.
4. How do you explain your affinity for watching figure skating? Boom, roasted.
5. Not a fan of faking? Talk to your girlfriend. Boom, roasted.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I’m caught. Hook, line, and sinker.
I’ve got a fever and the only remedy is more World Cup.
That’s right. Me, the former hater of all soccer, is in love with it. It’s amazing. I want crosses and headers and corner kicks and yellow cards and strikes and flops and ties and vuvuzelas and bald Bradley’s and flags and everything. I want it all.
If you re-read that list you will indeed see I’ve embraced the flopping. Get over it. It’s part of the game just like steroids, USC recruiting, and John Calipari. It happens, now deal. Flops and dives create set plays and 33% of all goals in the 2006 World Cup were scored on set plays. It works and winners play to win.
I used to think soccer was 90-minutes of run and kick; a glorified kindergarten recess if you will. No. It’s incredible. It’s a grueling, heart and gut check 90-minutes of strength and endurance. Goals are created not stumbled upon. I truly see it as “The Beautiful Game.”
Oh yeah, and the US advanced to the elimination stage by winning Group C. NBD. Didya see it? Ya know, the one where keeper-extraordinaire, Tim Howard, outlet the ball to Landon-the-Conqueror who forwarded it to Jozy Altidore who missed but Landon-the-Fearless found the back of the net in the ninty-first minute? That one.
And Landon-the-Magnificent came through. He’s played well throughout the Cup and should continue to do so. An iconic, American athlete, on the biggest stage, in the biggest moment delivered. Hyperbole time sports writers?
I’m not about to follow the English Premiere League and certainly not MLS. I’m not going to collect soccer cards or remember stats. And I’ll undoubtedly never call it futbol. But I no longer hate or fear The Beautiful Game I didn’t know. It just took some patience and understanding (take note far-righters).
So, onward and forward it is for the kickin’ Yanks. This Saturday, go find an American bar with an American crowd get an American pre-noon drink, definitely high-five, and cheer for the red-white-and-blue.
Take heed World, for it’s Dempsey, Bradley, and Howard then go hit the shower.
Monday, June 21, 2010
2. Did you have your cuff links shipped directly from your Goldline International broker? Boom, roasted.
3. You started a clothing and merchandise line based on "bringing us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001"--uh, no thanks. Boom, roasted.
4. The people who pay you know you're wrong, you're crazy, and you're an asshole. Boom, roasted.
5. You don't know it. Boom, roasted.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
- Mass media may be getting out of control. If reports that "Texas to the Pac-10 is imminent" and "Texas is remaining in Big-12" can come out simultaneously, news begins to sound like a guessing game. That's no bueno.
- College sports may be more money driven than any of us ever imagined. The fact that un-nameable contributors made phone calls and visits to keep the Big-12 together is both frightening and discouraging that the college games we love because "it's about winning and school pride, not contracts and paydays" likely doesn't exist. Did you hear about FedEx's supposed $10 mil offer to invite Memphis into any BCS Conference. Sheesh.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
2. No matter how tan you are, dragons are not cool. Boom, roasted.
3. I don't know if I'd rather be stabbed by the unicorn on your shirt or your spiked hair. Boom, roasted.
4. What do the people who find the Ralph Lauren/Polo horse too big think of your coronated, three dimensional, psychedelic tiger? Boom, roasted.
5. How does it feel to have a $200 tee shirt to go with your $50 Von Dutch trucker hat? Boom, roasted.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Perhaps the record seems unremarkable. However, bear in mind that before Federer's streak Ivan Lendll held the record with ten consecutive grand slam semi final appearances, and before Lendll the record was six. You might also note that among active players, the current streak is now one; a record shared by the four men who played in the semi finals of this year's French Open.
That type of sustained excellence is simply unparalleled. During those 23 trips to the semi finals Federer won 14 titles and played in 20 grand slam finals. Stop for a moment and consider that: Roger Federer has played in 20 of the last 23 grand slam finals. That consistency and dominance of the sport over six years and 23 tournaments is what sets the man apart as the best tennis player ever.
People may quibble about his title as best player ever. People say he could never solve Rafael Nadal, he isn't even the best player in his day. That sentiment ignores the fact that Federer has been Nadal's opponent in the finals of all Nadal's grand slam titles except one while Nadal has been Federer's opponent in less than half the grand slam finals Federer has played in.
Federer has won 16 grand slam titles (a record). He has won five straight Wimbledon titles (a record) and five straight U.S. Open crowns (also a record). He holds the record for most consecutive grand slam finals (10)--the next best is 8 (held by Roger Federer). His name is on a list of six men in the history of the sport to win on every surface--a list that does not include Bjorne Borg, John McCenroe, Pete Sampras, Ivan Lendll, Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg. He has won 80% of all the matches he has ever played; he has a gold medal; and he has netted 55 million dollars in prize money (most ever).
All of Federer's staggering marks and records are encapsulated by his streak of 23 consecutive grand slam semifinals; a streak that may well stand the test of time even after any of his other records fall.