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The Greatest Athletes in the World

9 Aug

While Usain Bolt was prancing around proclaiming himself to be the best athlete in the world . . . Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee were busy getting medals for actually being the world’s greatest athletes. For the first time in 56 years the US has won gold and silver in the decathlon. Eaton took home the gold with 8,869 points. Hardee (one of the hottest Olympians) finished second with 8,671 points. The points are accumulated over 10 events over two days. The events include: 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500 meters.
This is the first medal for 24-year old Eaton who got the Olympic record in the trials with a score of 9,039 points. Hardee was more than happy to get silver after fouling out in the pole vault in Beijing. It was a truly great accomplishment for both men.

-M

 

 

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Lithuania Almost Beat USA Basketball

4 Aug

Yes you read the headline correctly. Lithuania almost beat Team USA basketball. The final score being, 99-94. This comes on the heel of Team USA mighty victory over Nigeria. We have all been expecting the toughest competition for Team USA to come from Spain but I guess we counted Lithuania out too soon.

And the guy on the Lithuania who gave them a run for their money was none other than the Toronto Raptors, Linas Kleiza. Yes a member of the Raptors actually challenged Team USA. He scored 25 points for Lithuania. It was clear that Lithuania was not going down without a fight they scored 58.5% from the floor and had 38 field goals. USA had 13 assists compared to Lithuana’s 21 assists. A team that contains the some of the best players in the NBA finished a game with just 13 assists.

Thank goodness LeBron James was there to save the day. He scored 9 of the final 12 points in the last four minutes of the game. And shot 4 for 5 from the field, ending with 20 points. Carmelo Anthony also had 20 points for Team USA.

There is some tough competition coming up for the US if they take on Russia. So nobody get too comfortable.

-M

The Day Boxing Died

10 Jun

It was clear to everyone watching last night’s fight that Manny Pacquiao beat Timothy Bradley. All of the rounds went to Pacquaio except one according to FOX Sports coverage. The Associated Press had Pacquaio winning 117-111. Pacquaio clearly landed more punches. Bradley landed 159 punches and Pacquaio had 253. It seemed so decided that people started to leave the bar before the decision was announced. The camera panned to Bradley’s wife who was almost in tears. No one was happy that Pacquaio had won but it seemed fair. Then everything changed the announcer came on declared that Bradley was the winner. In a split decision two judges picked Bradley. And with that people started to mourn the loss of boxing as a real sport. It went just like this:

SHOCK: What? Are you f****** kidding?

DENIAL: This is totally rigged. That’s why they already set-up a rematch in November.

ANGER: I’m never watching boxing again. This is bullshit. One of the judges never even judged a match before.

BARGAINING: Can they overturn this decision? I mean they can watch the tapes?

DEPRESSION: That fight was terrible. There is no point of watching boxing unless Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight.

I think we all knew that boxing had given way to capitalism. It was no longer about the quality of the fighter but his ability to gain the media’s attention. Skill doesn’t sell tickets to fights but hype does. Bradley is the perfect example of this. He has been a champion fighter since 2008 but no one knew him. That’s because Bradley doesn’t sell himself as a villain like Mayweather. He doesn’t say crazy things just get more tickets sold, he just fights. And man it would have been nice to see him win on his own merits instead of becoming the pawn of the boxing machine. Now who wants tickets for the rematch?

-M

 

 

 

 

Heat Push Past Celtics, 115-111

31 May

I guess the Boston Celtics got my twitter message telling them to step up their game.  The Celtics played like a whole new team Wednesday night against the Miami Heat. Celtics’ Rajon Rondo had the 44 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds.  Not only was a Rondo a scoring machine he scored all 12 of the Celtics’ points in overtime. And if you aren’t impressed by any of that then add to that he frequently used lip balm while on the court playing. As a girl I am excited when I can put on lip gloss and drive, I can’t even imagine doing it while playing basketball. Despite all Rondo’s effort and the fact that the Celtics lead for most of the game, they still lost, 115-111. The Heat now lead the series 2-0.

If you are true Celtics fans than you are blaming the refs for their loss . . . and you might have a point. When the game tied in overtime and Rondo was driving up for a basket you can clearly see the Heat’s Dwayne Wade hit him in the face. Rondo fell to the ground but there was no call. And it’s a little fishy that LeBron James alone took 24 free throws while the Celtics as a whole only took 29. Either everyone was aggressively on James out or the refs are huge Heat fans.

Game 3 is on Friday.

-M

 

 

 

Sanchez Tops Tebow

24 May

The media got it’s first peak at Tim Tebow as a New York Jet Thursday when they were invited to watch training drills. What did everyone think of the amazing Tebow? Not very impressive. Tebow seemed indecisive and was throwing too high. Mark Sanchez the Jet’s actually starter quarterback looked much better. Sanchez looked confident and he had good passes. Maybe this was the Jet’s plan all along to bring Tebow in to motivate Sanchez. If there was ever a time for Sanchez to shine it needs to be now. If Sanchez slips up Tebow will step in.

-M

Goodbye LA Teams: Lakers Lose to Thunder

21 May

Okay I know going into this game the Los Angeles Lakers were facing the impossible. Only 8 playoff teams had come back after a 3-1 loss out of 208. Those are not good odds. Despite that I believed in the impossible only to be found miserably wrong. The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Lakers, 106-90. It was not even a nail bitter to the end.

Kobe Bryant did everything he could to bring his team to victory. He scored 42 points but it just wasn’t enough. The next highest scorer was Pau Gasol with 14 points and 16 rebounds. It’s now looking like Gasol maybe on the chopping block to be traded. Andrew Bynum is most likely staying with Lakers despite his poor performance tonight. Bynum made 10 points and had 4 rebounds. In his defense he did have foul trouble. The Lakers bench was pretty much non-existent and scored almost nothing.

Compared to the Thunder’s scoring the Lakers look just plain sad. A big three emerged for the Thunder together they scored 70 points. Russell Westbrook had 28 points, Kevin Durant had 25 points, James ‘the Beard’ Harden had  17 points. The Thunder really was a scoring machine tonight. They proved they really wanted it.

It was super awkward though that all of them talked about how much they looked up to Bryant. Am I the only one who thinks that beating your icon is kind of sad? It’s like finding out there is no Santa Clause.

Well now people finally get the match-up they wanted the Thunder verse the Spurs. It’s going to be intense and starts on Sunday.

-M

Lebron James MVP Again (Sigh)

12 May

Is anybody happy (except for Lebron James and maybe his mother) that he has been named MVP again? This is James’ 3rd MVP Award. I know his former team, Cleveland Cavaliers, are not happy. The award is based on regular season performance. And James had the best regular season performance. He averaged 27.1 points during the 2011-2012 season on just 18.9 shot attempts a game. Thunder’s Kevin Durant was close in this aspect averaging 28 points on 19.7 shots a game. But James averaged more rebounds, assists, and blocks than anyone else.

There are a lot of arguments about what it means to be an MVP. The NBA really focuses on stats but a lot fans believe it should be more than that. It should be a player who without him the team would not perform nearly as well. I think Clippers’ Chris Paul is the perfect example of this, he continuously saves the Clippers’ asses. And if you think about it that way James really is an MVP because how well are the Cavaliers doing without him. After James left the Cavaliers lost 26 games in row and became the second worst team in the NBA. If that doesn’t say MVP then I don’t know what does.

Regardless of the MVP title the real question is whether James will ever win a championship.This could be the year for the Miami Heat. And what basketball outfit is complete without a championship ring.

-M