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I know I speak for more than a few soccer fans who, while captivated by the U.S. Men’s World Cup run not too long ago, have only tuned into this year’s Women’s World Cup to simply catch glimpses of perhaps the most beautiful female athlete in the world, U.S. goalie Hope Solo. But if even we haven’t been the most committed of fans yet, there’s still plenty of time to tune into the World Cup final and jump on the U.S. bandwagon, and not just to gawk at Hope.
This year’s team has proved its resiliency time and time again, including bouncing back from their first group stage defeat in years to beat a world-class Brazil team in a come-from-behind win that was both riveting, and indicative of what kind of team the U.S. women were. The game showed both what we already knew, that the U.S. team is talented (after all they came in as the favorite to be runner-up to the host nation of Germany, who had one the last two World Cups) and more. The game also showed that this team has heart, and won’t give up at any cost, even after the world’s best player has put one in on your gorgeous goal keeper.
The United States further showed this resiliency on Wednesday when they were able to put away a French team that wouldn’t lay down and die either. Led by savvy veterans, including a multi-faceted goal scorer in Abby Wambach and midfield spark plug Meghan Rapinoe, and injected with a lot of youthful energy, this U.S. team is not only the favorite to win against a surprising Japanese team, but could do it in very exciting fashion.
So, heading into this weekend, have some fun and do whatever you’d normally do, but just keep in mind that there’s a United States team up for a World Championship that only comes around every four years. And for most of your people who will read this article after having never even seen any of the World Cup games this year, don’t feel like its too late to jump on the U.S. Women’s bandwagon. Do yourself a favor and tune in to ESPN at 2 p.m. (EST) to support the women’s team. After all, at worst you’ll at least get to catch a glimpse of Hope Solo and see what all the fuss is about.
One of the most storied franchises in baseball history took a huge hit today, when they announced that they would be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As many analysts predicted, the fate of the Los Angeles Dodgers was sealed yesterday when their owner appeared in court to say that the team was officially bankrupt. And even though Frank McCourt’s divorce appears to be the biggest issue contributing to the owner’s inability to make payroll for his team, McCourt is instead blaming baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
Selig, who recently vetoed a proposal that would have given the Dodgers $385 million up front, and up to $3 billion over the course of the next few years, says that the 17-year television deal wasn’t just bad for the league, or even for the Dodgers themselves, but would have given McCourt the available funds to keep fighting his wife in court, obviously not what the money was intended for. McCourt contends that Selig maliciously obstructed the deal so that McCourt would inevitably have to sell part of the team. And while Selig has only commented to say that this was not the case and left it at that, McCourt’s own debt totals and personal finance woes show that the owner has been misusing funds appropriated for the team for some time now, and it has finally caught up with him.
The sad fact now remains, however, that even though McCourt will be able to make payroll and potentially sign new players, the franchise that can trace its beginnings to 1884, is now going to be forcefully split up by the league. What’s even worse, still, is that McCourt, who is still the principal owner (even though he is unable to control the team’s day to day operations due to league suspension), doesn’t have to sell the team outright, and can even remain the majority owner.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt sad for L.A. Dodgers fans. Many of them live in beautiful Southern California, and their former owner did steal the Dodgers from Brooklyn, a borough that loved and cherished the fact that they had a team (even though they consistently lost to the Yankees time and time again). But ultimately, no team deserves an owner that’s so shallow that he uses the team’s own money to fund his divorce and lavish lifestyle. I know athletes make a ridiculous amount of money to begin with, but when you’re paying your lawyer and home decorator before your star outfielder, you’ve got some serious problems and don’t deserve to own a baseball team.
Christian Lopez, a New York native and die hard Yankees fan has been on top of the world since Saturday. The 23 year old was lucky enough to catch Derek Jeter’s 3,000 career hit as it sailed over the left field fence into the bleachers. Many people would have held the ball for ransom or attempted to auction it off to the hightest bidder. Not Lopez, who unselfishly gave the ball back to Jeter without the expectation of receiving anything in return.
The Yankees however, would not let such a gesture go unrewarded. Lopez was given luxury suite tickets for the remainder of the regular and post season, as well as several pieces of autographed memorabilia.
Like anyone riding high after winning it big on “The Price is Right,” Lopez will have to pay taxes on gifts totaling around $32,000. He will now have an additional $5,000-$13,000 income tax to pay on top of his $100,000 student loan debt.
I like to think of the IRS as Paulie from one of my favorite movies, “Goodfellas”. Now that Lopez received all these expensive gifts he’s gotta come up with the IRS’s money… Business bad? @$&! you pay me. Oh you had a fire? @$&! you pay me. Place got hit by lightning? @$&! you pay me. Only difference for Lopez is he can’t light a match to burn down his debt problems.
Given the fact that $5,000-$13,000 is pennies to the Yankees or Jeter I expect them to help pay the tax, but only time will tell.
For the United States Women’s World Cup team, their victory over the North Korean team on Tuesday was no small feat. In fact, through the first half, the discipline and posture of the youngest team in the whole tournament gave the U.S. Women a scare. Eventually, though, the United States teams was able to pull off a 2-0 victory. But what’s most newsworthy here is not that the U.S. team won, but how the North Korean women, and their coach, are explaining their loss.
Unlike other coaches that might site the team’s youth and inexperience, or even falling back on their secretive nature and lack of access to video of the teams they are facing, North Korean manager Kwang Min Kim explained that the team was simply struck by lightning. Wait….what?
Yep, that’s right. Not only is the team from the covert communist nation not stunned by the defeat, but they are stunning the national sports medias of many coverages by claiming that they are the only team in the tournament that has been struck by lightning.
While deciding to stay and train in Pyongyang, the country’s capital, the coach maintains that up to at least 5 of the players, including the starting goaltender were actually struck by lightning and came to Germany later than the rest of the team. The players are even claiming that they were hospitalized up until just before leaving for the World Cup victory, thus causing the loss to the United States. Of course, it couldn’t have been that the U.S. proved to be the more talented and poised team in the long run.
What’s even better is that when asked about the issue, and why the players even chose to come and compete, Kim said that it wasn’t an issue. “World Cup football is the most important and significant event for a footballer, so they don’t want to think about anything but football, Kim stated after the game. “The fact that they played could be called abnormal, the result of very strong will.” Riiiight.
Anyway, the win was important for the United States, who have their work cut out for them as they look to knock off the two-time defending champs Germany in their own county. Best of luck ladies, we’ll pulling for you back home.
This happened in a Cub’s Giants game yesterday, but was way too good to not share with you guys. Check out the throw after the homer. This kid’s not only got some gall for attempting this, but shows he has a cannon as well. Somebody sign him to a minor league deal…now!
21 year old Anthony Cliff is pressing charges against Floyd Mayweather and his posse.
On March 27th the two parties were at the Palms Casino Resort. When Cliff spotted the undefeated boxer he attempted to snap a picture but was shoed away by a bodyguard. Later in the night, the two coincidentally were at the valet at the same time, when Cliff asked the typical question of when Mayweather will fight Manny Pacquiao. Floyd must have been cranky from taking a hit at the craps table because he pulled a Caesar from the epic movie “Gladiator;” he looked at his goons, shook his head and gave the thumbs down. The men followed Cliff into the parking lot and punched him in the face, causing him to slam his head against the ground. They then, literally, kicked his ass.
The case is currently suspended because witnesses and surveillance could not identify any suspects. The Palms will also face a lawsuit for not providing sufficient security.
Well, put another court appearance on the to-do list for Mayweather. This will accompany his felony arrest for a domestic argument, charges for misdemeanor harassment and battery, as well as bailing on a court ordered appearance for a defamation suit against Pacquiao. Looks like the only thing Mayweather wants to fight is the law.
P.S. Pacquiao by TKO in the 9th.
Sure it may be quite a bit of time since the Boston Bruins won this year’s Stanley Cup, but that doesn’t mean that we should ignore all the hockey news that’s followed since. But it’s not a massive trade or even an awards ceremony that are making the most headlines around the hockey world. Instead, it’s actually the unapologetic celebrating of one Bruin player in particular.
The man in question, Brad Marchand is currently on a bender that is unapproachable, even by most athletic standards, and not just because of the absurd amounts of money that he is pilfering into bar owners’ pockets, but because he’s doing it all in public. That’s right, unlike the stories about athletes trying to hide their celebrations and meeting with newscasters in suits and ties exclaiming how great it was to win, Marchand’s simply out getting drunk and living it up. And really, who can blame it?
I’m not saying that every athlete needs to celebrate as much, or in the same fashion as Marchand, but the reality is that most players will only win one championship, if they win any at all. So for a guy who’s only 23, and just finished his rookie season, capping it with a Stanley Cup victory, why not go out and celebrate as much as you can? And Marchand sure is, becoming legendary in the art.
He may not have won the NHL’s Rookie of the Year Award, but Marchand’s recent actions land him in a class all his own. The 5’9 Canadien has (in the few days following his team’s victory) already racked up single bars tabs north of $150,000 and even strutted around a casino floor naked after punching a security guard in the face when the man got violent with him before acknowledging who he was. The man, with his jaw broken in two places from one punch, then was made to apologize to Marchand, who dropped his robe and proceeded back to his room after leaving over $1,200 in earnings on the table. I challenge anyone, no, I dare you in fact, to top a celebration like that. Because after all, it may only happen once, so you’ve really got to enjoy it, right?
Check out the pictures below and judge for yourself is he’s having the time of his life or not: