The drama of sport, as Jim McKay used to remind us weekly, is both “the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.” As I’ve waxed most recently, the current crop of sports commentators hired to deliver this drama to us is often so eager to dumb it down and spoon feed it to us, that they often jump to conclusions that are not only premature but frequently wrong. But just ask, Vinko Bogataj, defeat sells; over and over again, actually. But in the case of Alicia Sacramone, and the women’s team gymnastics final, both the live commentary and the post event interviewer... Read More
Lately, I've read my share of pundits waxing on about the over-commercialization of the Olympics. And I've endured at least a year of political protest and political impact stories about these latest Games. To be certain, it is globally and historically significant that they are being held in the epicenter of communist China, Beijing. Despite my initial skepticism, this edition of the Summer Games is very much China's "coming out party". Which they are in dire need of.
The last time most of us remember China in the world news involved the same Tiananmen Square prominently featured... Read More
My Thursday morning started with ESPN’s SportsCenter; watching the spectacle that Brett Favre has lately become. At his first press conference, as a member of the New York Jets, Brett took some parting shots at the Green Bay Packers that traded him this week. Perhaps the sleepy fog had yet to lift in my head. Did I miss Brett taking sole responsibility for initiating the events of the last couple of weeks, while I stumbled to get my first cup of coffee? I can’t recall a recent sports figure that’s caused me to shake my head and laugh under my breath more than Brett. I sadly... Read More
While Dodger fans are obviously psyched about getting Manny Ramirez, the fact remains that this team is still not ready to make a run at postseason play. There are still way too many questions marks, one of which has to do with the physical condition of Nomar Garciaparra.
For the past few seasons, Nomar has been unable to stay off of the disabled list. This seems to happen to many players in his age group. Once the injury bug hits, it becomes an ongoing thing. Nomar has had a long list of ailments and every time it seems as though he’ll be able to play on a regular basis, something... Read More
My trainer was passing out flyers at the gym the other day announcing a boxing show that was being held on Saturday- July 19, 2008. It has been a while that I haven't been to a fight and I was going to go. This wasn't just an amateur boxing event. I had a good reason to go because two of my stabble-mates were competing. Even though they train at another gym we are still stabble-mates because we have the same trainer. His name is Charles 'Chilli' Wilson. Everybody knows him simply as Chilli. So I had to go or rather I needed to go... To support them.
This event is the first annual CYAL... Read More
I am always torn by the selection process that is used to pick the MLB All-Star teams. Since the game is in the middle of the season, a lot of times it obviously comes down to who is having the better first half. Why not take the second half of the prior season into account as well? To me, a sizzling first half does not an all-star make.
Then, you figure in the fan factor and it gets even more confusing. The fans end up picking the name players, even though they may not be having that great a year. So, between the two, you end up getting a lot of players on both squads that probably... Read More
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
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