Monthly Archives: June 2010

A Menu Of Small Plates Today

The World Cup games will take a couple of days off since there are only eight teams left in the tournament and they need a rest after the last round of eliminations. Five teams from South America started out in the tournament. Four of them are left in the remaining eight teams – – and […]

A FIFA Surprise…

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, has taken a step in a novel direction for that organization. Blatter has apologized to the English and Mexican national soccer officials for the outrageously incorrect referees’ decisions in their “Round of Sixteen” games in the World Cup. By itself, that would be noteworthy. However, Blatter went further. According to a […]

Use Your Imagination …

Lots of folks have spoken and written fondly about the Wimbledon tennis match where the fifth set ended with a score of 70-68 and took three days to complete. Imagine however that you are an executive for one of the companies with the rights to televise the Wimbledon Finals. Now imagine that the 70-68 set […]

Mixing Government And Sports One More Time…

When Italy was sent home from the World Cup yesterday, I fully expected that the “French Fiasco” would fade into the background as the “Italian Ignominy” took center stage in Europe as a disaster of gigantic proportion. I was only half-right. The Italian press did not disappoint. I do not read Italian but the Internet […]

FIFA Vis a Vis The WWE…

Well, if the US victory over Algeria in the World Cup was not sufficiently dramatic for you, I do not think that you were paying attention. Landon Donovan’s goal in stoppage time means that we will not have to read the 500 pre-packaged diatribes against Koman Coulibaly – – the referee from Mali whose call […]

From Olympic Wrestling To The Apocalypse Today…

I ran across an amazing statistic recently. Dan Gable was on the US Olympic wrestling team in 1972 in Munich. He won the Gold Medal that year. In the process of going through all of his matches to win that medal, Dan Gable never surrendered a single point to any of his opponents. Not even […]

Just A Bunch Of Stuff Today…

A week ago, I praised Tom Izzo for his candor regarding his dealings with the Cleveland Cavaliers and their coaching job and I said then that the only reason he – – or any other “name coach” for that matter – – should take the job is with a guarantee that LeBron James was signed […]

Thumbs Up For Joe Maddon…

Two years ago during the Tampa Bay Rays run to the World Series, Rays’ manager Joe Maddon became a “hot interview”. I liked his wit and his focused but not monomaniacal view of the games; most of all, I liked his candor. This weekend, Joe Maddon exhibited his candor one more time and he has […]

World Cup Musings

As the World Cup Tournament gets about halfway through “group play”, there are lots of stories about the game and the fans that are heartwarming. There is also a less-than-wonderful atmosphere with regard to some aspects of the games in South Africa but you might not know about any of them if ESPN is your […]

Kudos To Associated Press…

Congratulations to the Associated Press. They did a story about Brett Favre that went beyond the “will he/won’t he play” angle and provided nuggets of actual news. Dr. James Andrews – – the surgeon who operated on Favre – – spoke to the Charlotte Touchdown Club recently. Dr. Andrews said that the surgery on Favre’s […]