Misc. Sports

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Federer wins another Open

Roger Federer won his fifth consecutive U.S Open yesterday as he beat Andy Murray in straight sets. They  squared off in an ATP event in March with Murray defeating  Federer in the opening round 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-4. However yesterdays outcome was different, as Federer became the first man to win five titles in a row at Arthur Ashe and Wimbledom Stadium (2002-2007). The Swiss born player also became the first man to win five straight U.S championships in the Open era. Bill Tilden won the event six straight times in the 1920’s.
Federer defeated the 21-year old Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2. Murray was seeking to become the first Brit to win a Grand Slam title since 1936. The number fourth ranked player in the world challenged Federer but produced 20 less winners. Federer came to the net 44 times and was wearing out Murray during the 1-hour 51-minute match. He also converted 70% of his break …

Monday, August 25th, 2008

USA wins gold

Dream Team 4.0 redeemed themselves in the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing by defeating Spain 118-107 for the gold medal. It marked the 13th gold medal for USA men’s basketball. The U.S has not won a gold medal or a major international title in the last eight years. They finished Olympic play with an 8-0 record and averaged 106.3 points per game. Their margin of victory in those games was over 28 points with 40% shooting beyond the arc.

Spain, the reigning World Champions, did not have starting point guard, Jose Calderon in the lineup due to injury. However, they played U.S tough staying within reach most of the game. Spain’s zone and man-to-man defense was much more aggressive in this game than their previous match against the U.S. in these Beijing Games, which they lost by 37 points.  Spain hit seven of their first nine shots and were leading throughout a majority of the first quarter. In their previous loss …

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

USA advances to semis

The “Redeem Team” routed Australia, today 116-85 and are just two wins away from the elusive gold medal. Team USA has not won a gold medal since the 2000 games in Sydney. The Americans are guaranteed to play for a medal, but anything less than gold will be a disappointment. The Aussies played the Americans tough early, trailing by only one point after the first quarter. Australia was poised to build on the success they had against the Americans in an exhibition game on August 5th. They were missing center Andrew Bogut (sore ankle) that game and only lost by 11 points. The American team has been going on big runs early in the second quarter, overwhelming other teams with their athleticism and depth.  There is almost no drop-off when the bench rotates in and their swarming defense has created numerous transition baskets.
Two weeks later, with Bogut in the lineup, …

Monday, August 18th, 2008

USA routs Germany

The “Redeem Team” continued their dominating play by crushing Germany 105-57 today. After beating Angola by 29 in their opener, Germany has lost four straight games. Team USA is 5-0 and has won their games by average of 32.2 points. They already clinched the top seed in Group B and only need three more victories in claim the coveted gold medal. It was important for the U.S. to build on their success against Spain and continue to increase chemistry as a team going into the single elimination medal round.
The U.S. started their scoring binge three seconds into the game with a Carmelo Anthony layup. That kicked off eight straight points to start the quarter. Germany managed only 29 first half points. The U.S scored 31 points in the first quarter. Germany missed nine of its first 10 shots as the Americans opened the game up with an 18-3 lead. The U.S. …

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Team USA rolls over Greece

Team USA is 13-0 in international play since getting upset by Greece in the 2006 World Championships. What was supposed to be the Americans toughest test to date resulted in a 92-69 victory for the Americans over Greece this morning. For the third straight game in Group B play, the U.S. was played tough in first quarter and only had a four point lead after one. However, they went on a 24-10 run with six minutes left in the first half. Team USA outscored Greece 31-16 in the second quarter, which set the tone for the rest of the game. The Americans’ superior athleticism and long-armed defenders are setting the tone by blocking shots and getting steals.  In their two previous victories against China and Angola they only managed a combined 36% shoooting. These facets of the game are giving the U.S. numerous fast breaks, where they are head and shoulders above their …

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Team USA rises up again

Team USA had another easy win as they routed Angola 97-76 this morning. Angola has not faired well against the U.S in the past, losing by 68 (in 1992), 33 (1996), and 26 (2004). Once again, “The Redeem Team” started off slow in the first half, and they were only up seven, with four minutes left in the second quarter. Their outside shooting woes continued by missing eight of their first 12 shots from behind the shortened international three-point line. However, almost anything would be an improvement from the previous game where they missed 14 of its first 15 three-pointers.

Just like the game against China on Sunday, the Americans turned it up before the close of the first half by converting easy baskets in transition to stretch their lead. Angola trailed 55-37 at the half with LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade and Carmelo Anthony combining for a remarkable 18-of-18 from the field. Angola does not have a player taller than 6″7″ on the roster, which resulted …

Monday, August 11th, 2008

To say I’ve been watching the Olympics would be a lie. It’s more like I’ve been absorbing them. While I’m not in China, I do have two high definition televisions depicting Olympic splendor pretty much 24-7 and two roommates glued to them.

The Games kicked off on Friday night (or thursday depending on how you look at it) and it was an amazing display of technology and man power. There really is no way to describe what the Chinese put together for the opening ceremony. I found the epic scope of the production frightening to be brutally honest. Check out the first ten minutes (this thing lasted hours and it was all fantastic). The ceremony was straight up Cold War propaganda as much as it was a welcoming party… right there on display were thousands of people beating drums, reconstructing the printing press (which China reminds us they invented), even defying gravity. All of it was performed flawlessly and …

Team USA rises up

Two years ago, the Americans crushed China 121-90 in the world championships in Japan. Yesterday, it was a similar result with United States men’s basketball team beginning their gold medal quest with a 101-70 victory over host China. The last time the Americans captured the gold medal was in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Chinese center, Yao Ming hit the first shot of a game, which happened to be a three-pointer that set the tone for Chinas proficient outside shooting in the first half.  Yao’s three pointer caused the 11,083 to erupt in Beijing’s Wukesong Indoor Stadium.
China played the Americans tough, and only trailed the heavily favored US by four after the first quarter. China soon tied the game at 29 all on a three pointer. Dream 4.0 responded by going on a 16-3 run capped off by thunderous dunks …

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Most definitely not David Zhuang.

So, the Olympics are almost upon us and what with the Games being held in Beijing and all I can’t help but obsess about the Ping Pong event. I’m expecting the Chinese to pull out all the stops for this one. Table Tennis has never been my sport, actually I think I enjoy it more now than I ever did as a kid. I love smacking the balls as hard as I can right at my opponent’s face. I was never as organized about it as these kids.

From what I’ve read the Chinese are heavily favored to kick global butt in Ping Pong this month. We are the underdogs by a mile and there’s nothing I like more than rooting for the underdog.

In the men’s bracket our hopes for the gold rest in the hands of David Zhuang. He’s been playing Ping Pong professionally since he was twelve (which was in 1975). …

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Soccer fans are crazy. They’re nuts. They riot. They burn things and get arrested. They hooliganize all over the world. They get words like “Everton” tattooed on their faces. They throw flares, they sing, they chant, they travel to distant lands in support of their team and then they sing and chant there (they also riot in said distant land). When they die, they have their ashes spread over the pitch of their beloved team (for real). It’s a passion for sport that many folks over here just can’t comprehend and until you go to a big time match, you’ll never be able to understand it. It’s cultish almost. It’s also a ton of fun.

Look at how the entire stadium is singing their hearts out.

The Turks. This could be two hours before kick off.

Yes… our Korean friends are in on it too.

The chants add to the atmosphere of the game. Here …

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Mets Rumors & News

Baseball fans know that there are only four teams in Major League Baseball who haven’t had a no hitter in their franchise’s history. One of these teams are our own New York Mets. Not only do the Mets not have a no hitter or a perfect game on record, but they have a list of players who have either thrown one of these types of games or at least had a hand in them. Players have thrown a No-No before they’ve gotten to the Mets or after they were a New York Metropolitan. The following is a list of these 10 performances,  in order of how emotionally crushing they are to the mental state of Mets fans.

Billy Wagner- June 11th, 2003- Wagner combined with 5 other Astros pitchers to complete a no hitter against the New York Yankees. While Wagner only pitched 1 inning, he still played a role in a no hitter and this is why he is number 10 on this list, because it …

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Not Much Adu about Offense

Do you remember how you felt the first time you saw Apollo Creed step into the ring with Drago in Rocky IV? Fire works! Liv-in’ in America! Our African American Uncle Sam dancing around like a rock star. Apollo kept punching Drago but it didn’t even faze the giant Russian. You knew something bad was going to happen to Apollo. WHAM! WHAM! WHAM!…death…

This is how it felt watching the US Soccer Team play a friendly against England at Wembley stadium Wednesday. It’s not the first time I’ve felt this way watching the Red White and Blue play other national teams. Remember the Czech Republic in the last World Cup (I still don’t know how that ball didn’t put a hole in our net)? We’re supposed to be a world class team. We’ve got players who start in the Premier League, we beat Mexico for the Gold Cup (we’ve beaten them the last ten times we played them on US …

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