Category: Sports

And Then There Were Four

Since the US is out I don’t know if any more WC posts will garner much interest, but I’ll throw it out there just in case.

Germany/Brazil in about 2 hours. While I always root for the host country, I can’t see Brazil going forward, not without their two best players (one out on yellow cards and the other with a fractured spine). While watching the Brazil/Columbia match that first half had more muggings than the Chicago South Side on a Saturday night. I was amazed that the ref. let them grab/push/kick/trip, the only thing missing was brass knuckles. It took 70 plus minutes in to see the first yellow card, and I am firmly convinced that if the ref kept a better hold on that match, Neymar would not have gotten that knee in the back.

Despite the 0-0 score at the end of regulation, that Dutch/Costa Rica match was chock full of highlights. That CR goalie looked like Tim Howard, so many shots narrowly blocked or off the cross bar, and 2 great penalty kick saves for the Dutch, very exciting. I know there is much grousing over the format, but PK’s are the only way to go, there has to be some finality and playing until someone scores is just stupid. That is my big gripe about the slams in tennis, the US Open is the only one run intelligently, allowing a tie break in the fifth set.

My favorite going into the semi’s is The Dutch, you goota love a team that goes all orange, but really, any one of these four would be fine, all are top notch teams and deserving.

I will watch the remaining 3 matches (having watched more WC matches this year then ever before) I get the appeal, the best athletes in the world playing on a world stage and for their country, the drama is baked in to the cake.

World Cup

I’m moving any WC updates to it’s own post.

A few minutes away from USA vs. Portugal…………………….this game is huge. No Jozy (hopefully he is rehabbing the shit out of that hammy). Ronaldo is playing, not sure how effective.

That Germany/Ghana match yesterday was just awesome, reminds me what a feat that was beating Ghana in the first round. Bosnia got screwed big time, check out that douche off sides call by the ref, robbing them of a goal.

Crap, they just got Jack Bauer doing the pregame commercial. This will be the biggest audience for a soccer game here, like ever.

If anyone wants to live blog any goal or any comments, lets do it.

GO U S A !!!!

Floppers Will Be Shot

I know it’s early but anybody watching the World Cup?

Keeping this post strictly on the sports aspect, Brazil is a mess, poverty as far as the eye can see, shitty economy, host country spending way more than they should have (hello, Sochi)I wonder if anyone in America is watching.

The US team being placed in the “death group” I expected little from them.

ESPN2 has none stop coverage, 3 matches a day, so I will stop by to see what’s shaking. That Dutch beat down over defending champ Spain was pretty sweet. Watching the highlights is probably the best way to go, although catching it live is pretty cool, some of the best plays are incredible saves by the goalie.

My first reaction to the couple of matches I have seen, what is up with these floppers? I saw 2 yesterday where the guy was not even touched and he dropped arms flailing like he was just shot. I know soccer is steeped in tradition, but you guys need to get modern, adopt instant replay, and either dole out some fines, or even better, some suspensions.

I look at what they did in the NBA, and see an even greater need for it here, here the field is huge and an official is expected to make a call on a play where he was either blocked by other players, or was 75 feet away. These penalty kicks awarded to floppers in the box, kicks that can literally win the game with one shot, it’s just wrong.

I’m watching the Chile/Aussie match, it’s amazing, for such great athletes every bit of contact causes mass writhing on the ground like the guy just lost an arm.

I suspect our British readers are watching, anybody else?

Sochi Thread

A few months ago I wrote a post over The America’s Cup, a post highlighting the patriotism of progressives would have gotten more attention, well, I’m doing it again.

For those so inclined to chime in on anything Sochi related, here ya go.

No, I did not watch opening ceremonies last night. I figured Putin would use this to rewrite history and play out sketches of how Russia beat Napoleon single handed, had won WW1 and WW2 all by themselves, was kind enough to allow all those satellite states to go it alone, and oh, it is such a great place to live if you are into freedom and civil liberties, so I skipped it. As far as I’m concerned, the only thing good about Russia are the women, so unless they were going to parade a bunch of those around scantly clad, I just Netflixed old episodes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. I did notice (through reporting over the internet) that the stands were conspicuously empty (I’d a guessed all the gulags emptied out to fill the seats) and their little light glitch with the Olympic Rings (tee hee).

A good choice for lighting the torch, all things politics, remember?

And, as fitting, the USA took the very first medal, a gold.

Although I will not be watching much, if anything extra ordinary happens ( and my sincerest prayer is that nothing terror related occurs, not being able to drink the water or flush the toilet is bad enough) I will post it here.

I guess I’m obligated……………..GO USA.

Gates’ ME Move

I’ve commented before on posts how cool it would be to be fabulously wealthy, but not for the reasons you think. See, to really make a difference (about as much as one individual can) in whatever problem you think needs fixing, you need a platform, a method by which your words disseminate (which btw is real easy when you got bucks, just look at clowns like Soros or Buffett) but mostly you need the funds to target as much of the world as possible to get your solutions out there.

One guy that walked this walk is Bill Gates. Yeah, I know, another lib, much in line with guys like Ted Turner (who gave all that dough to the UN, what a dolt), who could really make a difference if channeled properly. But Gates has done great things with his pocket change, AIDs relief, mosquito nets, school supplies, digging fresh wells, vaccine programs, the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation has indeed made a difference in the world. Political leaning aside, true charity has no ideology except to make the world a better place.

Many times I have heard Gates spouting absolute nonsense. He is one of these world citizens (like Obama), those that look to the UN for guidance, a redistributionist who would rather give someone in poverty a fish, as opposed to teaching him to fish or even teaching him how to operate a fishing business in his village. We don’t need to go over the stats proving that the one bar none solution for uplifting poverty ravaged nations out of their plight, improving their economic outlook and raising all boats in the tide, is capitalism. Gates is slowly figuring this out on his own.

Yes, none of us can be good in all things, but with Gates, occasionally talking out of your ass is punctuated by playing chess the same way. This is rather amusing. Take a look at the video, I’m sure you got a minute to spare. Bill, take your time forchrissakes. Not saying I could last much longer, but hey, I watched “Searching For Bobby Fisher” enough times, why would you Castle in like the third move of the match? As soon as he brought out his queen, it was over.

Gates reportedly fancies himself as something of a chess buff, so the speed of this defeat certainly stung. On the upside, he does have an excuse to fall back on: His flight to the show was delayed and he had to rush to the studio to make it in time, which may have left him a bit frazzled. Also there’s the part where he’s a billionaire philanthropist. That probably soothes a few wounds.

Still, that was pretty pathetic. One lesson I learned in tennis years, ago, when things look hopeless, stall, your opponent might cramp up, what else you got?

Let The Curling Begin

The Sochi Olympics start in about 3 weeks and my apathy could not be greater. For a sports guy I usually live for the Olympics, although not so much winter, but ever since Lillehammer I watch most of it. As an aside, we vacationed in Norway the year after the Olympics and I remember visiting Lillihammer, one of the novelties in the gift shops were maps of all the Scandinavian countries, and in place of Sweden there was a big black hole (Norwegian humor, gotta love it). My wife, who is Swedish, was not amused. But this time around there is virtually nothing offered to hold my interest.

Probably (and sadly) the big draw for any interest in Sochi is whether those Chechnian rebels (the Russian version of AQ) will blow up the Olympic village. Putin, in his usual totalitarian way, has put the fear of God into the locals, but those crazies from Chechnya seem determined.

It is also interesting (somewhat) to see who Obama is sending to represent the USA;

I’m not coming, have some lesbians instead.”

That may not be the exact wording of Obama’s RSVP to next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. But in picking tennis star and lesbian icon, Billie Jean King, along with gay hockey player Caitlin Cahow as his delegates, the U.S. President certainly seems to be giving homophobe extraordinaire, Vladimir Putin, a star spangled middle finger.

Putin has pretty much kicked Obama’s ass all over the globe for a few years now, this is about as payback as he can muster.

What with Lindsey Vonn out and Bode Miller in (Oh goody, we get to see him fall on his butt again) and no real figure skating darling to speak of (Boy, what I give for another Tanya Harding pipe swing incident) I can’t see much of anything to grab my attention. I’ll probably watch some hockey, but ABC (anybody but Canada, sorry Santino) either the US or the home country of Russia, that would work for me.

I hope the whole of it is uneventful (no explosions or loss of life, please) and that the Americans can comport themselves well and bring home some hardware, but mostly I will view the whole process from SportsCenter on ESPN and just the highlights, I got Dexter episodes to re-watch.

Our Cup Runneth Over

Go big or go home, you are either the hero or the goat, winner take all, last man standing, and as Iceman said, the trophy for second place is located in the ladies room next to the Tampon dispenser.

For the uninitiated a curious event will take place in about 7 hours, precipitated by a little boating race being held in the beautiful idyllic waters of the San Francisco Bay, an event which will ultimately cause the demise of approx. half the walking human population of New Zealand, and resulting in a mass suicide, the likes of which has not been seen since Masada. But even Masasa will seem like a garden party when the day is done, what a great day to own stock in a razor blade company.

I thought I would get this off of that oh so tedious global warming post and build it a home of its own. The last race of the America’s Cup is slated for about 1pm PST. Yeah, I know, it’s hard for the hoi polli to relate to a bunch of rich guys tooling around in one of their latest purchased toys, but admit it, if you were loaded you would also own a yacht. And what better way to measure dick size among the hoity-toity then exhibiting your ability to “man” a sea craft (as with the ladies).

Wealth and a competitive nature go hand in hand, and Larry Ellison (the guy that practically invented the concept of ripping off your head and shitting down your throat) reflects the nature perfectly. Buying an entire Hawaiian Island is passe’, for the well healed, crushing an opponent on a world stage then circling back to piss on his burning heap, that is de rigueur.

I won’t go into the history of the America’s Cup, let’s just say that there is a legitimate reason it is called the America’s Cup ( I thought those stodgy Brits were supposed to be the masters of the sea?). But history will be made today, regardless of which way it turns, both in terms of the number of races and the closeness of the competition.

I admit, I am no fan of the current arrangement. The past winner gets to decide not only venue, but race rules, and what type of craft to use (I expect some future winner opting for solar powered jet ski’s), but there is talk of returning to the monohull type, bring back the clipper ships.

One could say that the Kiwi’s are more deserving, after all, what else do they have? The Americans could lose and it would not register a blip on any national radar, but down under (can we still use that term for you guys?) diddling sheep and boat racing is about it. I am also not thrilled about the state sponsoring their entry, brings back memories of the Soviet Union and how they handled their athletes (were those buffed out steroid ridden East German female weight lifters stunning, or what?)

I suspect that very few NZ’ers will be going in to work today, although the race is early enough there time that they could still have their good cry post race and still manage. From 8 to 1 up, to now tied 8 to 8, the hand wringing is enormous.

I will congratulate Emirates Team New Zealand (I guess that oil money was pretty enticing, uh?) now for a valiant effort. I suspect that much like a South American soccer team that loses the big one, the crew of ETNZ will be going into witness protection at the end of the day.

OK, seriously ,CM and Cress, good luck today and may the best team win. For the rest of us, batten down the hatches, reset the topgallons, and hoist the mizzen, I will be on my second Anchor Steam come race time.

I always liked Gene Simmons despite the fact that all that makeup seemed kooky

And the more I hear the guy talk, the more I get the why. Gene is a no-nonsense guy, and considering how full of douche bag leftards the music industry is infested with, a welcome and fresh breath. Anyhoo, he just again showed how fucked up the left is in discussing the issue of Tebow and his religion.

As an agnostic I do not feel threatened by truly religious people, unless they come after me personally. I have far more fear of the new religions that collectivism spawned – state worship in whatever form – than I do of most of the old religions, with one exception. And that exception is because that one religion is not really a religion, but a very dangerous political system using religion as a means of global conquest. I do not like people that think they have to legislate my behavior so it suits their beliefs, be it because of old or new religion, and I despise the ones that demand I kiss their ass and worship their barbarism or have my head sawed off.

Tebow’s character, his work ethic, his personality should be and is inspirational, even to me. I think that’s one of the main reasons people hate this guy and want him to fail. You do not even have to think he is a decent, let alone good quarterback, and I think he is just so-so for the NFL, to respect the man and his ethics. Even when you don’t buy into religion. That’s precisely why the left, and the world of sports seems to be overrun with these leftists too, seem so bent out of shape about Tebow.

No Dope

OK, I’m convinced.

Hero worship is tough on us mere mortals, especially when said hero is just a cheat. I had held out hope, probably longer then most, because I wanted to believe and I needed my faith validated. But yesterday the hammer fell on Lance Armstrong. I had thought he gave up to easily, his reputation was everything, now I know why. I don’t bike but I knew his story, few people that I know could “out stud” Lance. To Dominate the most grueling sporting event ever, and he was American, he was THE MAN. So now I’m bummed. I’ll get over it, putting your faith in flesh and blood humans is always risky, I get that.

I know there are a few bike enthusiasts here (you guys better be clean) and since I respect any athletic endeavor, check this out, (The sequences around the 3:10 mark is just insane):

Taking a big bite out of life, rock on.

You guys are studs, keep it up.