There has been much discussion about nations boycotting the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, later this summer. While it is true that China has human rights problems with Tibet and Darfur, and these should not be condoned, the Olympics are a time of peace. As the Visa commercial says "there are 6 billion of us. We may not always get along, but for a few shining weeks, we forget about what makes us different, and focus on what makes us the same." This is the founding principle of the Olympics. In ancient times, truces were made, and wars called off, so people could watch the Olympic... Read More
We often look to sports not realizing that were in fact looking towards the books we spoil our imaginations with. The truth is however, that we in fact drive ourselves toward the same thing which some of us rather not bother to indulge ourselves with. Like in the books and stories, which we read, a sport within itself contains all the rudiments of an ordinary tale. The realization of this hidden truth may be hard to see or admit to initially, given that both are substantially different in the ways they process. However, as you will see this could not be further than the truth.... Read More
As of this morning the LA Dodgers are just 2.5 games behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the underachieving National League West. It is amazing when you think about all the troubles the team has gone through this season. With injuries to brittle old veterans and mistakes made by unseasoned youngsters, the Bums have had multiple problems with pitching and scoring runs.
But, don’t count out the Dodgers just yet. Last night they didn’t get a single hit and still beat the Angels, 1-0. It is only the fifth time in modern baseball history that something like this has... Read More
Stefan Wever is a guy I know who owns a bar in San Francisco I frequent now and then. For the longest time, I bought drinks from the man, knowing him only as a big guy who knows a lot about sports and is fun to talk to. I saw him around town, at SF Giants games and in North Beach and he was always pleasant. I didn’t know his story until a buddy of mine told me the details.
I find his tale fascinating, because he came so close to baseball stardom at the highest level, only to have it come crashing down with one pitch. And yet, he’s completely okay with the entire experience.... Read More
Hockey is the only sport I watch, and therefore the only sport I actually enjoy. The constant hitting, the teeth, the blood, the carnage, it reminds me of watching Hostel II for the third time in a row. Merely kidding, but it does invoke a respect and admiration for the athletes that are constantly moving, and are constantly getting checked into the boards.
To me, it is the only sport that doesn't have a huge fascination with its inner workings. People don't huddle around the screen for the NHL draft. "Woo, mom look the Pittsburgh Penguins are taking Plaxico Burress from the... Read More
Jim McKay passed away today. A commentator on the Wide World of Sports, an ABC Network Saturday tradition (when there was only ABC, NBC and CBS), I remember him for his coverage of the 1972 Munich Olympics. After an ordeal that ended horrifically, Jim McKay, with tears in his eyes and an almost imperceptible incredulous shake to his head, told America “They’re dead. They’re all dead.” I remember this as clearly as I remember Walter Cronkite pulling off his glasses to inform Americans, with a clutch in his voice, that President Kennedy was dead. Both newscasters... Read More
Tonight the NBA Championship Series begins. The Lakers and the Celtics, old foes who have not been on top recently, are ready to do battle before the entire world. It’s a story with all of the right characters—from the sage coach (Phil Jackson) to the cagey veteran (Kevin Garnett) to the most talented player since Michael Jordan displaying his incredible skills (Kobe, of course!)
When Los Angeles defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the West finals, Lakers fans were heard chanting: “Bring on the Celtics!” Boston knocked off the Detroit Pistons in six games... Read More
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