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French Racing Hoops

A lot of stuff is going on right now in the world of sports, got something to say about it?

First up, auto racing. I’m not a big fan of NASCAR or Indy car racing, but this weekend, I should have been.

In Charlotte Dale Earnhart Jr. would have given his left (pick your body part) for a half gallon of gas:

At Indy a rookie made a rookie mistake, and just like Dale, where he had the finish line in sight, disaster struck:

Hildebrand, a Bay Area boy, hits the wall at the very last turn:

So Hildebrand, driving flat out, decided to pass Charlie Kimball, in a slower car, on the high side at the fourth turn at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hildebrand hit the “marbles,” bits of tires that settled near the walls, skidded on his worn tires and thudded into the wall with a flash of fire.

A gasp rose from a crowd estimated at 300,000. Hildebrand, the right side of his car mangled, made it to the finish line — but not before Wheldon, a 32-year-old Briton, passed him to win the Indy 500, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.

The NBA finals start tomorrow. Experience won over youth in the conference finals. The Bulls and Thunder might be the teams of the future but for now both got exposed for lack of depth and for being woefully unprepared for the big stage. James did promise 5 or 6 titles for Heat, and Dirk (who will do down as the best shooting big man in history) went a long way towards dispelling the theory that he was soft and lacked intensity. I’m rooting for Dallas even though I think Cuban is a putz, and hope it goes 7.


Some interesting goings on at the French Open. Most of the big names went out early on the women’s side (Caroline has got to get herself a real coach, this dad/coach stuff can only take you so far, Richard Williams notwithstanding), but I’m in the, “anybody but Schiavone ” camp, some body check her for PED’s, and make sure you watch it go from penis to cup. Nadal has Soderling next, watch out. Federer will take out Monfils in 3 quick sets, and Novak had a walk over, so he will be tanned, rested and ready. For that “immovable object vs. unstoppable force” scenario to play out, we want Nadal and Djokovic in the final.

I believe we also have something about a Stanley Cup being contested, but I’m a little fuzzy on the details.

How’d He Do That?

Hand/eye coordination, yeah, it’s a rather big deal if you are an athlete, and if you actually get paid for manipulating a round ball, then you must really be good at it.

This video is making the rounds on the internet:

Nice catch , right? And talk about macho, no ,”Dang, that really hurt”, or even a wince. Wait, you mean that wasn’t real? a Gillette commercial? filthy capitalism. OK, there were some obvious  tells, like no batting cage, why wasn’t the reporter ducking for cover, and what a stupid place to hold an interview.

But it got me thinking about the incredible sports accomplishments that happen everyday, stuff that is real, and stuff that because of modern technology and the world we live in, we get to witness. Today’s athlete is really a marvel of modern science. Just in the last 50 years he has evolved into the unimaginable. And removing steroids from the mix (we’ll save that for another thread) things like diet, sports medicine, even training regiments have changed dramatically. The Olympics motto ,”higher, faster, stronger” is alive and well.

Some examples:

I happen to think that tennis players are pound for pound the best conditioned athletes in the world, who saw this shot last week?

Last year’s World Cup in South Africa provided some jaw dropping shots, let’s stroll down memory lane:

In the 2:00 minute mark, Maicon (2) from Brazil, that shot was what I considered the best goal in the tournament.

And the greatest athlete of that World Cup? Diego Forlan, you gotta problem with that?

Although there are some absolutely superb athletes in the NBA, I’m not including any of their trick shots here because, let’s face it, given enough chances, anyone here can make pretty much any of those trick shots ourselves.

Of course homage must be paid to the best commercials of all time, the McDonald’s Michael Jordan/Larry Bird “Over the freeway, off the billboard, through the window, off the side of the wall, nothing but net”, exquisite.