Unclear on the concept.
That’s Hope Solo.
Following the Americans 3-0 win over Columbia on Saturday, Solo foolishly turned to twitter in order to vent her frustrations. Hope Solo was less than thrilled with the way former American national team player Brandi Chastain was criticizing the defence and goalkeeping.
In 1 of her 4 tweets, Solo wrote “lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago. #fb.” Her final tweet read “I feel bad 4 our fans that have 2 push mute, especially bc@arlowhite is fantastic.@brandichastain should be helping 2 grow the sport #fb”
She basically says that Chastain’s comments are hurting the growth of soccer in the United States rather than helping it.
It’s pathetic really. Solo sounds unhappy that Chastain was doing her job with professionalism and objectivity. Her comments indicate that she would rather have an announcer who is as homer as Hawk Harrelson.… Read More
After the Cleveland Indians won last week’s series against the Detroit Tigers, not only did Cleveland fans think they could make a run at the A.L. Wildcard. They also thought that they could win the division.
While I watched them play I couldn’t help but think, “Maybe this young team has found a way to get it done. Perhaps they have an effective starting pitcher that can throw a ball over the plate without it being taken deep?” After watching the Indians get smashed at home this weekend against the Minnesota Twins (Justin Morneau style), those assertions sounds ridiculous. In actually the Indians are probably a mediocre team that managed to squeak out two games against and underachieving Tigers squad.
It may be time to pull out the fork for the Cleveland Indians. I say “May” because they’re only five games back with about 60 games left to play. However if you been watching this team it would be wise to at least open the knife drawer, and start deciding which one you want to use.… Read More
Seattle Mariners fans should feel what, about Ichiro Suzuki being traded?
Now I know that he asked to be traded, but this dude was still the adopted hometown hero. You would think there would be some type of outrage toward the Mariners front office, especially since he was traded to a team who they were playing that night at home. However living in Seattle, I don’t get that feeling from the fan base. I walked the clean streets of Seattle after the trade expecting to find some kind of outrage. Maybe some sort of energy efficient fire burning outside of Safeco Field, but that doesn’t seem to be the sentiment. Now I didn’t really get a chance to take the temperature of the fan base, because I’m not sure where the fan base is. I guess it’s the 500 people that actually show up to the games. At the same time if a fan base consists of 500 people, is that fan base?… Read More
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers recently came out in support of Pau Gasol for some inexplicable reason. He said, “As long as I’m there, he’s going to be there.” Now I didn’t know Gasol needed support. Perhaps I’m wrong, but I don’t think real basketball games are being played. Sure there’s this Olympic allusion, but those can’t be considered real games when the USA have all the best players. So it is the offseason. Pau needs Bryant’s support in December when Mitch Kupchak is trying to trade him. So why does Kobe Bryant come out with this statement, because he’s exercising his old man filter.
Eventually everyone gets to the age where they don’t care about public perception anymore. Usually you start unknowingly offending people and limit your wardrobe to 2 pair of shoes (They also wear those tube socks with the stripes at the top). This is what’s going on with Kobe Bryant, save the 2 pair of shoes.… Read More
NBA owners really have to grow up. Between Cleveland, Orlando, and New York, we have a consortium of owners who just don’t “get it.” I am completely baffled at all times by old white guys who really think they’ve bought inanimate toys. They sit around on their carpet and like marbles or pogs (yeah, I just said pogs . . . get ya Slammer game right), they watch them fight to their near death on a yearly basis, and then whether they win or lose, they prepare to pick up their toys, put them next to that old tuna sandwich in their lunchbox and walk home. If anything has been proven in this new era of the NBA, it’s that players are no longer pogs. If this was 1994, everyone would happily be re-signing with their teams as they angrily stare like wild dogs at the team across the state-lines. However, exploitation days are over.… Read More
The New York Knicks had 2 choices: One, they pay a generous amount of money to keep Jeremy Lin in the Big Apple. Two, they let Linsanity walk and every greenback dollar that his sensation would have brought to the franchise along with it.
There was no right choice for James Dolan.
Sign Lin to the 3 year, $25 million backloaded contract and you risk compromising your already delicate as a baby’s head roster. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith have both gone public about their displeasure with the enormity of Lin’s contract. Behind the scenes locker-room balance is often overblown by the media but Linsanity could very well have produced a major rift among the Knick players.
Not to mention that bringing Lin back would in all likelihood have meant a similar and familiar fate for the New York Knicks and their fans – no championship. Because of the danger Lin’s contract posed to the Knicks financially, anything less than a championship in his 3 years would have been deemed a failure.… Read More
Sources1 say that the New York Knicks will not match the Houston Rockets offer for Jeremy Lin. That means New York has probably seen the last of Linsanity. That also means that the Knicks may have someone in the front office with a brain. I know New York loved Linsanity, but I don’t get the feeling that the fans are sad to see him go. I think everyone knew the phenomena that was Jeremy Lin would end eventually. I would liken his ascension to that of MC Hammer. We embraced the novelty of Hammer but we all knew it had a shelf life. There’s only so long a grown man can dance around with parachute pants on. In Jeremy Lin’s case, there’s only so long you can masquerade as New York savor without actually doing something.
The New York Knicks were right to not resign Jeremy Lin for several reasons.… Read More
Legacy and reputation.
So much stock is put into how a public figure will be remembered after he has retired. Because of this reality, most individuals will do as much as they can to ensure they are seen in a good light when all has been said and done.
Joe Paterno was duped by this reality.
Damning evidence from the Freeh Report came out today concluding that JoePa and other Penn State officials decided to conceal the child sex abuse claims against Jerry Sandusky. The Freeh Report leaves virtually no doubt to Joe Paterno’s involvement, or lack thereof, in the whole Sandusky fiasco.
Reputation destroyed. Legacy destroyed.
Joe Paterno was beloved not only in the state of Pennsylvania but around the United States by the time 1998 rolled around. He was beloved for the football program he ran. He was beloved for the way he molded teenagers into men. He was beloved for creating an environment that any parent would be happy to send their child to.… Read More
A great man once said, “Three ways are never a good, because someone always leaves unsatisfied.” The Cleveland Cavaliers are in prime position to be that guy watching at the foot of the bed. If the Cavaliers end up being the 3rd team in the Dwight Howard deal, it could set back their franchise for the next few years. The goal is to bring a championship to the city of Cleveland, and as presently constituted. The three team deal would put them further away from that goal. They will end up getting one above average NBA player and potentially the 27th pick from the Brooklyn Nets. That’s a recipe for the 7th spot in the playoffs.
When the Cavaliers lost their superstar in the summer of 2011, they guaranteed themselves a couple of things. A lot of losing and lottery picks. If a team is patience and smart, both of those things can make you a championship contender (please see the Oklahoma City Thunder).… Read More
The debate of whether Roger Federer is indeed the best tennis player to ever pick up a racquet will inevitably resume, most likely in Roger’s favour, in the coming days. Comparing players across generations often leads to great discussion but it’s a fruitless debate. No one can truly be right. Federer may be the greatest tennis player in the history of the game but we will never know.
What we do know though, or rather, should know, is that Roger Federer is the most unique tennis player anyone has ever witnessed and will ever witness.
His dominance is unique in itself but it’s more the way in which he achieves that very dominance.
Federer makes it look so simple. Too easy. He appears as effortless as you or I do on our couch, with a bag of potato chips watching TV.… Read More
Even if it isn’t always for the best, “the heart wants what it wants.”
The hearts of Raptors fans were longing for Steve Nash in Toronto. For a 38-year-old aging point guard, this was a longing that had classic heart over head feeling written all over it. A mere month ago, you would have been crazy to say that it was possible that the Canadian-born superstar could play for his homeland’s team. However, Nash to Toronto became a real possibility in recent days and fans didn’t mind pulling out every stop to lure him back up north.
Unlike Raptors fans, Bryan Colangelo’s heart wasn’t in on this one. On paper, it looks and sounds good that their general manager’s heart is not playing a part in this decision. I mean, it is his job to use his head to make the best decision for the sake of the Toronto Raptors.… Read More
To the surprise of many today, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they will be signing Sidney Crosby to a 12 year, $104.4 million contract extension. Under normal circumstances this deal would not even be questioned. Too bad for the Penguins that these are far from normal circumstances.
The Sidney Crosby concussion saga has done its part into making head injuries a hot topic all across North America. Following his second concussion in December, I said that Crosby was done. The jury is still out on that one but they are leaning towards a unanimous decision of him being just fine.
However, one bad hit and it might all be over. That’s the fear of anyone who cares about hockey.
Thing is, the Pittsburgh Penguins had no other choice. I guess they could have waited for him to play out the season but that’s not how you treat the best player in the world.… Read More