Thursday, December 6, 2007

Sports and Science: technology in jerseys

Via The Daily Mail: Why Portsmouth's stars run longer and shoot harder

Portsmouth are the only English club to latch on to a trend that was the talk of the rugby World Cup — ionized shirts, or 'wearable steroids' as the marketing bods soon dubbed them. South Africa were one of the rugby countries to use them and they won it.

Developed by New Zealand kit firm Canterbury, the 'IonX' shirts are made from a fabric that contains a negatively charged electromagnetic field. This means the process of ionisation, which produces electrically charged atoms long understood by former Eastern Bloc scientists to improve sporting performance, can occur in the body during training and even competitive matches.

It is claimed to increase blood flow and oxygen levels, leading to improved performance. Portsmouth seem to think it has an effect. Paul Bell, the club's commercial director, said: 'It's something we believe is delivering a tangible, positive effect on our players.' Tests carried out at Loughborough University appear to back this up.

Professor Mike Caine, head of sports technology and innovation at Loughborough, compared the performance of athletes wearing IonX garments with those in normal gear and saw a difference. 'There seems to be a small but significant improvement to repeated power output during high intensity exercise,' he said.

Professor Caine found a 2.7 per cent improvement in 'mean power' — so, does this mean that Portsmouth's players can shoot 2.7 per cent harder wearing their new shirt? He wants to carry out more research before going that far (and has just started to do so) but says: 'If you ask me “could it make a performance benefit?” Yes, I believe it could.

'If you look at professional sport, certainly at international level and almost certainly at Premier League level, would a coach or a fitness and conditioning manager bite your hand off for a 2.7 per cent increase in strength , power, agility, flexibility, reaction time? Yes they would.'

While the shirts were being tested by the likes of South Africa , Australia and Scotland prior to the rugby World Cup, several other countries (believed to include England and France) sought clarification over the legality of IonX.

The International Rugby Board asked the World Anti-Doping Agency for a ruling. They replied that they were happy — for now. Spokesman Frederic Donze said: 'Since there is no scientific publication supporting claims that changes in the body ion charges or magnetic field distribution enhance performance, and since such technologies do not contain prohibited substances, these technologies should not be considered as a banned method to date.'

Portsmouth are so keen they have done a deal preventing other Premier League sides from using IonX for 'the immediate future' — thought to be several seasons. Bruce Vandenberg, the club's chief executive, said: 'It was very important to us that we were the only football club that could wear IonX so we sought to create an exclusive window.' It has taken football a long time to discover a science that has been known for centuries.

The Japanese long ago realised that standing next to a waterfall, where ionisation also occurs, makes people feel better and German scientists in the 1930s used ionisation chambers to train bomber pilots to stay awake longer and be more alert. That technology was then applied to athletes in the former East Germany and Soviet Union.

It took an American textile company, who made protective suits for the Chernobyl clean-up operation as well as Ian Thorpe's 'shark-skin' swimming outfit, to work out how to incorporate the technology into fabric. Canterbury have a 25-year agreement with that firm.

Joe Middleton , chief executive of Canterbury UK, said: 'With this kit elite athletes can recover more quickly between training sessions and probably train half a day earlier. That's the feedback we're getting from these guys. So, it's big.' Even Harry Redknapp is said to be a convert. Those negative ions must be a powerful force if they can win over a traditionalist like the Portsmouth manager.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Awwww, No more steriods...

The Best Quote in the History of Sports

A little late but needs to be posted.....

"We call this a 'Brokeback Mountain' game, because there's so much penetration and kickouts"
-Phil Jackson

Penetration is kind of an obvious joke, but kickouts... now that is genius. After making the very controversial quote Phil Jackson continued and said, "Peace out bitches!"

OHHH SNAP!! Spurs Ice Cream Baby

H-E-B Introduces First Ice Cream Inspired by the San Antonio Spurs (Originally called "In your face Mavs fans chocolate")

SAN ANTONIO -- In another San Antonio first, H-E-B has unveiled the first official ice cream inspired by the San Antonio Spurs. Proudly introduced under the H-E-B Creamy Creations line, Slam Dunk Chocolate Chunk — chocolate coated crisps and a chocolate swirl dunked in vanilla ice cream — features unique packaging in the team’s distinctive black and silver colors with the Spur’s Coyote taking center stage in a slam dunk pose. The 2007-2008 home game schedule is also listed on the packaging. The limited edition Spur’s Slam Dunk flavor will be available throughout the 2007-2008 basketball season in approximately 165 H-E-B stores throughout Central and South Texas. “There’s no bigger Spurs fan in Texas than H-E-B and we are proud to call them our hometown team,” said Winell Herron, H-E-B Group Vice President of Public Affairs and Diversity. We wanted to do something special to mark their four NBA championship titles and this gives fans the opportunity to combine two favorite past-times – watching the Spurs and eating Creamy Creations ice cream.” Creamy Creations was introduced in H-E-B stores in 1998. The ice cream which is made specifically for Texas taste buds is produced in San Antonio at H-E-B’s Ice Cream Plant. Annually, H-E-B produces 3.6 million gallons each year of Creamy Creations to keep up with customer demand.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Good Quotes

"The whole subject of repeating is already getting repetitive"
-Brent (Burnt) Berry

"A buzzer-beater because it's harder. You can get sex every day."
-Gilbert Arenas on what feels better, hitting a buzzer-beater or having sex

"Bianca and I got married in Santa Barbara on New Year's Eve this past year, and it was one of the coolest days of my life. Women dream about this when they're five years old, but as a guy, you're not sure what to expect. For me, it surpassed everything I could've imaguned. And I don't think we'll have all those people that we love and care about ever in the same place again, all having fun for a weekend."
-Landon Donovan (being as gay as possible)

Via SI

Take the time to listen to a genius speak

This is the kind of magic that biology can produce which our government will not fund. Why stop technology and progress?

Cheap Shot on Tom Brady?

Charles Barkley on Conan O'Brien



Popovich has become NBA's Bill Belichick

Great article by Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports about how Greg Popovich has become NBA's Bill Belichick

His superstar, Tim Duncan, had left $11 million on the negotiating table with his contract extension, passing on max-out money so the Spurs could surround him with championship talent well into his mid-30s. This was a Brady-esque move for the New England Patriots of the NBA, one that reaffirms for basketball's Belichick why he's the most blessed sideline soul in the sport.

By the way, what kind of superstar would you have on your team? The Tim Duncans of the world who get it and put their team before themselves or the greedy A-Rods of the world of who only care about themselves and how much money they earn? That's why the Spurs are champions and why no one can question Tim Duncan's selfless greatness. Chuuuch.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Carlos Tevez reads Wayne Rooney's mind

As much as I try to dislike Manchester United, I have to say it is fun watching some beautiful football.

This is why the Timberwolves and Kevin McHale suck...

... and why the San Antonio Spurs are sooo baller...

SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) - The San Antonio Spurs traded point guard Beno Udrih to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2008.

Later in that day, Udrih was waived by the Timberwolves.

There must have been some other trade incentives for the Timberwolves to make such a move, but for a team that is trying to rebuild, why wouldn't you keep a promising young point guard or a top second-round draft pick. The move doesn't make any sense to me, even if cash considerations were involved.
Anyways, so long big Beno, it was good while it lasted and at least you have an NBA championship under your belt unlike Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Red Sox win the World Series and Mike Lowell gets pee'd on


By the way, since Manny Ramirez made those comments about if the Red Sox were not able to win a World Series championship it would "not be the end of the world," the Sox went 7-0 to win the Fall Classic, not to mention his post-season batting average of .348 with 16 RBIs.

To all the haters, Manny says, "Chuuuch!"


Yay for Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)

Greatest ending ever??? The Miracle in Mississippi, unbelievable last play of SCAC title game between Trinity University and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Play began with 0:02 remaining in the game, Trinity players used a total of 15 laterals to take the ball 61 yards for the game-winning TD.

"I've never seen anything like it in my 32 years in football," said Trinity coach Steve Mohr.

"I can't even explain it," Millsaps senior safety Ray Kline told The Clarion-Ledger. "I guess they wanted it more than we did on that last play."

Trinity Football 15 Laterals Miracle Play - Watch more free videos

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tim McCarver and Eric Wynalda are idiots

"What a short quick stroke for a big man."- Tim McCarver

"He's ready to strike like a cobra in a basket" - Tim McCarver

"Once a guy drops his bat, baserunning is the biggest determining factor to whether you gonna get runs or not. It's so important. SO Important."- Tim McCarver

"Papelbon with the combination of towels wrapped around his money maker."- Joe Buck

Now to the MLS playoffs... During the D.C. United - Chicago Fire game ESPN2 cameras panned to the Chicago Fire supporter's group Section 8 with about 15 minutes left in the match, fans in the section set off flares that gave off a red, fire-like glare. Wynalda responded to this image by saying, "Looks like California," a flippant reference to the wildfires currently plaguing California.

"Because when the runner gets to third base the next stop is home."- Tim McCarver

"Give me another word, I keep coming back to dominant."- Joe Buck
"I don't have my thesaurus with me."- Tim McCarver

"For the first stolen base that we get in this series we, America gets a free taco."- Joe Buck

Japanese game show - marshmallow eating

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

If I only had a dime for every time...

NEW DELHI - Wild monkeys attacked a senior government official who then fell from a balcony at his home and died Sunday, media reported.

New Delhi Deputy Mayor S.S. Bajwa was rushed to a hospital after the attack by a gang of Rhesus macaques, but succumbed to head injuries sustained in his fall, the Press Trust of India news agency and The Times of India reported.

Many government buildings, temples and residential neighborhoods in New Delhi are overrun by Rhesus macaques, which scare passers-by and occasionally bite or snatch food from unsuspecting visitors.

Last year, the Delhi High Court reprimanded city authorities for failing to stop the animals from terrifying residents and asked them to find a permanent solution to the monkey menace.

Part of the problem is that devout Hindus believe monkeys are manifestations of the monkey god Hanuman and feed them bananas and peanuts — encouraging them to frequent public places.

Over the years, city authorities have employed monkey catchers who use langurs — a larger and fiercer kind of monkey — to scare or catch the macaques, but the problem persists.

Daniel Tosh - Completely Serious

How can football sound so dirty and baseball so dumb?

10. "When sholder goes down the umph goes South."- Verne Lundquist

9. "South Florida will be replaced in the 2-hole." Brent Musberger (Via Gangsta D)

8. "They gave up 31 points to Troy and Brad Pitt wasn't the coach of that team."- Lee Corso

7. "Good timeout by Penn may catch them in a ball handling situation."- Andre Ware

6. "The guys say he is so precious with the young boys."- Holly Rowe (Via Gangsta D)

5. "Think about playing quarterback here at USC: Carson Palmer wins a Heisman, Matt Leinart wins a Heisman, John David Booty has played very well, and now Mark Sanchez. It's like going out as a runway model after Heidi Klum." - Pat Haden (Via S2N)

4. "That one looked like you were ordering an omelet at breakfast it was so open."- Gary Danielson

3. "If he bobbles the ball at all, and it falls incomplete, it's over. You leave a timeout in your bag, the season — done." — Mike Patrick, in the final seconds of LSU's victory

2. Bob Griese made reference to Brad Nessler's pink tie. Nessler says "Thank you, it's for breast awareness month." (Via Corey)

1. “You finally shaved it off do you feel naked right now?”- Pam Ward

And more....

"Also, Andre Johnson not playing for the Texans, it could be a long day for David Carr and that cast." - Keyshawn Johnson (Carr, not really with the Texans)

"Tom Brady's touchdown passes are having babies, he went from 22 to 23." - Dan Dierdorf

Now, Joe Buck and Tim McCarver

"These teams have played over 243 games this year"- Tim McCarver (162 x 2 = 324)

"Keys to the game: "The team that breathes easiest wins."- Tim McCarver (Could you elaborate a bit Tim?)

"Two nations hanging on every pitch from Daisuke Matsuzaka.....Red Sox Nation and Japan."- Joe Buck"

In a two-strike count...the advantage goes to the pitcher."- Tim McCarver

"Catchers don't catch pitches that get hit."- Tim McCarver

"Ortiz has holes to fill, and he has filled them, he used to only come outside, but he can come inside as well now." Tim McCarver in reference to Ortiz's swing in the past compared to the present

Credit awfulannoucing

Filthy Jag Fans

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Top 10 Goals - October week 2

Messi, Tevez, etc...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Josh Howard shoves Brad Miller

I don't know what is more impressive here, Josh Howard's double-bow on the back of Brad Miller's head or Devon Harris' spectacular flop when Miller turned around a bumped into him which started the whole thing?

Jimmy Kimmel Owns Joe Theisman on Monday Night Football


Tuesday, October 16, 2007

"Urine trouble: Baylor assistant relieves self on bar"

So, apparently working for the largest Baptist University in the world doesn't mean that you are above public urination or horrible football coaching. According to via / Iron Man Blog ...

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University suspended an assistant football coach indefinitely after he was cited for urinating on the bar at a tavern, coach Guy Morriss said, according to the Houston Chronicle. Eric Schnupp, Baylor's offensive line/tight ends coach, was not arrested but was issued a citation at 2:20 a.m. Sunday for disorderly conduct-reckless exposure at Scruffy Murphy's, Waco police spokesman Steve Anderson said.

Bartender Danny Severe said in Tuesday's editions of the Waco Tribune-Herald that the incident happened around closing time and that Schnupp apparently thought no one was watching him as employees were moving patrons out of the building. Severe said an employee witnessed Schnupp urinating on the bar, and a manager told police officers who were there for an unrelated matter. Severe said Schnupp had taken several shots of hard liquor, most bought for him by other people.

By the way, this happened on the night in which Baylor lost at Kansas 58-10 on Saturday afternoon. So, you have to ask yourself, how was it even possible to get totally wasted in Waco that same evening?
Well, the team was back in Waco by 9 p.m., plenty of time for several shots of popov and countless Schlitz. Think about what commitment and dedication to drinking and inadequately coaching football it must taken to have gotten shit-faced in this manner. Now, that is impressive!!

Bigger Tool: Joe Theisman or Al Michaels??

It is going to be a close call, lets do some analysis...

First in the tool bag is this man, Joe Theisman.
Recently, Joe Theisman said the following about the new ESPN Monday Night Football announcing crew...
[MNF] “become a three-hour Tony Kornheiser show. When I was let go, they explained they wanted more of an issue show and less about football. They’ve accomplished that.”
OK! We get it Joe, you are mad and bitter because a non-athletic, yet smart and witty personality "stole" your NFL announcing gig that you were never actually any good at doing. I don't know which is more pathetic, that you are still handing out cheap shots and complaining about your former colleagues who out-performed you at every possible moment or the fact that you being a former NFL star quarterback couldn't even prevent you from losing your job to someone who has never played an NFL down and is that much more knowledgeable about the game than yourself.

Next... Underneath Theisman in the tool bag, one will find Al Michaels...

Can someone please shoot Al Michaels? Please?
I swear to God is I have to go through another Sunday Night Football game when New Orleans is playing and listen to Michaels say New Or-lee-anns over and over again I think I might throw something through the T.V. set. I would love to be in NBC's production room and watch everyone cringe during the hundreds of times Michaels butchers the pronunciation of New Orleans.

I am sure someone has been like, "hey, Michaels, maybe today, if you don't feel like being an asshole, you could actually pronounce the name of the city who's team has been on national T.V. like a million times since hurricane Katrina correctly? Maybe?"

In a likely response, Michaels probably says,"hahaha, NO! F*** You B*tches, I'm AL Michaels, motha f'er."

I don't know what else could be going on at NBC, seriously.

"New Or-lee-anns, New Or-lee-anns, New Or-lee-anns, New Or-lee-anns, New Or-lee-anns..."

I think we have a tie... Joe Theisman and Al Michaels are both massive tools, yet I'll give Michaels the slight edge because he still has a job and a medium to annoy me.

New Blogger Buzz: Environmental Weblogs

I am a Environmental Science graduate student at the University of North Texas, so other than sports the environment is my main interest and focus. If you take the time to look at some of the following links you will find several relevant opinions on significant subjects that are not about the world of sports, but something more important, the world.

Environmental Blog Roundup
October 15, 2007 — permalink
In honor of Blog Action Day, we wanted to highlight some of the many Blogger-powered blogs that are focused on the environment, climate change, and sustainability. Want to see more Blog Action Day participants from around the web? Find them on Blog Search.

Cleantech Blog - Commentary on technologies, news, and issues relating to next generation energy and the environment.
The Conscious Earth - Earth-centered news for the health of air, water, habitat and the fight against global warming.
Earth Meanders - Earth essays placing environmental sustainability within the context of other contemporary issues.
Environmental Action Blog - Current environmental issues and green energy news.
The Future is Green - Thoughts on the coming of a society that is in balance with nature.
The Green Skeptic - Devoted to challenging assumptions about how we live on the earth and protect our environment.
Haute*Nature - Ecologically based creative ideas, art & green products for your children, home and lifestyle, blending style with sustainability.
The Lazy Environmentalist - Sustainable living made easy.
Lights Out America - A grassroots community group organizing nationwide energy savings events.
The Nature Writers of Texas - The best nature writing from the newspaper, magazine, blog and book authors of the Lone Star State.
Rachel Carson Centennial Book Club - Considering the legacy of Rachel Carson's literary and scientific contributions with a different book each month.
Sustainablog - News, information and personal meanderings related to environmental and economic sustainability, green and sustainable business, and environmental politics.
These Come From Trees - An experiment in environmentalism, viral marketing, and user interface design with the goal of reducing consumer waste paper.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Greatest goal ever scored?

The Beautiful Game says this goal in the Ecuador-Venezuela World Cup qualifier could be the greatest goal of all time. And it is pretty dirty.

This is how they fight in baseball in Korea. if you didn't know

What the hell?
Korean Baseball Fight - Watch more free videos

Ridiculous article in the Onion: "I Can't Stand It When Jews Talk During Movies"

OK, I don't know if this letter is real or not, but it is from the Onion (Onion Opinion section) from back in 2005 and it is written by a lady named Dana Healy. I'm not sure if it is something they stumbled upon and just found it too ridiculous not to post or if it is one of their writers doing a satire, either way it is quite ridiculous and funny.

Also, doesn't necessarily condone or agree with any of the following opinions.

This is Dana Healy, by the way:

Sweet huh?

Here is her opinion, via The Onion:

Do you have a pet peeve—some little thing that drives you completely bonkers? For certain people, it's the sound of a Jewish person dragging her fingernails across a chalkboard. For others, it's when Jews don't signal before making a turn. Me? I can't stand it when Jews talk during movies!

Last Friday, I knocked off early from work and headed to the multiplex to catch The Pacifier. Sure enough, as soon as the lights go out, a pack of Jews waltzes in and plunks down right in front of me! All through the first preview, they had to have a Jewish debate about where to put their coats and who should hold the Twizzlers. What's wrong with these idiots? If you want to chat, go to a coffee shop, or that Jewish community center down on Cavendish Avenue.

Where did these people learn to whisper? An Israeli helicopter?

I sure didn't pay $10 to listen to a group of twits talk back to the screen like those obnoxious Jewish robots from Mystery Science Theater 3000! And apparently, "God's chosen people" weren't selected based on their ability to follow plotlines. No wonder they wandered the desert for so many years—they can't even watch a Vin Diesel movie without getting lost.

It would help if management took stronger action against this total lack of regard. A sign saying, "Jews: Kindly refrain from talking during the film" couldn't hurt. I don't think I'm being unreasonable here. That theater was as loud as an Elders of Zion meeting. Is it asking too much to expect a little courtesy from your fellow moviegoers? I guess some people just weren't raised gentile.

Look, I enjoy eating popcorn while taking in a flick, but at least I have the presence of mind to keep my munching to a conscientious level. Sometimes it feels like I'm the only one who wasn't raised in a barn where special precautions are taken to slaughter livestock in accordance with Jewish laws and traditions.

If you can keep kosher, why can't you keep quiet?
And how many times can these descendants of Abraham possibly need to use the washroom? If you have to go that often, sit near an aisle and leave the middle seats for those of us who aren't circumcised. You guys may not believe in the doctrine of original sin, but everyone agrees that failing to turn off your cell phone before the movie starts is just plain rude! I swear, the next time a phone goes off, someone's getting a yarmulke shoved down his throat.

If there were some other way to see movies, I'd do it. I've tried renting movies, only to have the film interrupted midway through by a Jewish telemarketer or the sounds of the Jews upstairs blasting their rap music. I can only imagine what that guy with the fiddler on his roof went through. It's the Jewish year 5766, for cripes sake! It's time to learn some courtesy.

... Yeah, pretty ridiculous huh?

Top 10 Goals - Week 1 of October

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Winslow vs. Porter

And the girly feud continues... and we all know that Kellen Winslow is a "f*****' soldier man."

"He's a receiver, really," Joey Porter said. "He's not a tight end, because he's not going to block anybody. If you ask me who's going to win the Joey Porter-Kellen Winslow battle: Me."

On Thursday, Winslow shot back -- kindly.

"I think Joey Porter needs a hug," Winslow said, smiling. "He's so angry, man."

"It really hasn't been a war," Porter said Wednesday. "It's been one-sided. I've never lost to him. It's like me picking on my little brother."

Now Winslow... "I'm not into the individual-battle thing," he said. "It's a team thing. We're 2-3 and they're 0-5 and we're looking for a win. He doesn't have to worry about me. He should be worried about the team concept. They're 0-5 right now."


"I'm sure he will," Winslow said. "The only reason I did that [offer the handshake] last year was to give our team some confidence and get them going a little bit. But again, I'm not worried about Joey. He's not even their best player." (Porter didn't accept his handshake last year, by the way)

"You know what?" Winslow said. "He would probably be a great teammate. But he's not on our team, so it doesn't really matter."

Well at least there is one reason to watch the Browns vs. Dolphins, I guess. Thank god Joey Porter is still jawin' when the Dolphins are 0-5, what a guy, that is fantastic.

USMNT roster for upcoming friendly against Switzerland

Note Freddy Adu in bold. Thank god we finally have him on our first squad, being that he plays for the best club of anyone on the USMNT, it is going to be great to see. And thank God that there is no Donovan.


Goalkeepers: Marcus Hahnemann (Reading, England), Tally Hall (Esbjerg, Norway), Chris Seitz (Real Salt Lake).

Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Fulham, England), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Dan Califf (Aalborg BK, Denmark), Jay Demerit (Watford, England), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard Liege, Belgium), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock, Germany), Steve Purdy (1860 Munich, Germany).

Midfielders: Freddy Adu (Benfica, Portugal), DaMarcus Beasley (Rangers, Scotland), Michael Bradley (Heerenveen, Netherlands), Maurice Edu (Toronto), Benny Feilhaber (Hamburg SV, Germany), Eddie Lewis (Derby, England), Danny Szetela (Racing Santander, Spain)

Forwards: Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Robbie Findley (Real Salt Lake), Preston Zimmerman (Hamburg SV, Germany), Sal Zizzo (Hannover, Germany).

CHICAGO (AP) - Benfica midfielder Freddy Adu was selected Tuesday as part of a nearly all European-based roster for the United States' training camp in preparation for its Oct. 17 friendly against Switzerland in Basel.
Adu, who has played only one league game for the 31-time Portuguese champion since his July transfer from Real Salt Lake, will be joined by five of his teammates from the U.S. Under-20 World Cup team.
Besides Adu, who has one cap for the United States, U.S. manager Bob Bradley also called in seven players who have never played for the American senior side - three of whom played at the U20 World Cup in July: Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Chris Seitz, Hamburg SV forward Preston Zimmerman and Racing Santander midfielder Danny Szetela.

TO's note to the media: too bad it's not "TO's beerfday week"

"Dear Reporters,

Due to the magnitude of this week's game and high volume of questions for the Original 81 about the other 81. I will be taking all questions immediately following Sunday's game.

Sincerely, (followed by Owens' signature)"

"p.s. Getcha Popcorn Ready."

Tiki Barber on The Daily Show

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Friday, October 5, 2007

Dear Chicago Cubs Fans: WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Who are the cubs going to blame next? It is so sad that this year the Chicago Cubs fans don't have Steve Bartman to blame for playing horrible in the MLB postseason. But, they do have Lou Pinella. I love it that Cubs fans always feel the need to blame one individual for how their team collectively blows the opportunity to win a World Series championship.

Lets go back to the Steve Bartman situation. Any fan would've done the same thing. Wouldn't you? And would Moises Alou have even caught that notorious foul ball. Also, I'm not sure if anyone remembers those horrible errors made by the Cubs right after that, that would've ended the inning and probably sent them to a World Series. Oh yeah, wasn't it game 6, not the final and deciding game 7?

For all of that, Steve Bartman had to experience one of the biggest self-tragedies in history (that's right, not just sports history) and has had to change his identity among other things because of crazy asshole baseball fans who aren't smart enough to realize that their own players blew it for them and not one of their own.

This year the fans decide to blame big ol' Lou. We have to blame it on one person right? I thought the game was played by a nine man roster, I could be wrong though. I know the Cubs aren't out of it yet, but they are close.

So, Cubs fans, before you blame one manager, one player, pitcher, fielder, batter, or one fan for your October failings this year, I just want you to realize that the one particular individual you randomly pick to blame is in fact not guilty, but the fact does remain that you are all collectively worthless.

Maybe crying will break the curse? Well, probably not because you have been doing that for awhile now.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Celtic fan assaults dida - Celtic v AC Milan

The Celtic fan just received a life ban after he turned himself in. I think Dida should get a life ban for the biggest flop in history.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Spurs Ball Boy

Brazil Marta Amazing Goal vs USA (World Cup China)

Good job coach

Some Filthy Goal Celebrations

Watch for Ruud talking trash... but my favorite is definitely the knighting that the two Man. City players do.
Best Goal Celebrations - Watch more free videos

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Blues News: Ronaldinho and Marco van Basten

I haven't said anything about Jose Mourinho leaving Stamford Bridge yet, but sense I am somewhat of a Chelsea supporter I'd like to say that I am sad to see him go. More so for English football that the club because he brought the best out of everyone, the club, the players, the league, and his competition.

SunSport revealed yesterday that Chelsea have already struck a deal to pay the Brazilian superstar £58million over five years.
Although Ronaldinho has not said he will quit the Nou Camp, Chelsea have already agreed the wage deal with Ronnie’s brother and agent Roberto de Assis.
But boss Frank Rijkaard insists he wants to keep the goofy genius.
Rijkaard said: “It doesn’t even cross my head that he will leave.
“In football, people forget very quickly. He had and still has incredible value.
“He’s working hard to recover as quickly as possible and he’s got great desire to return to the team and there’s nothing behind that issue.”

In other news....

The Sun - MARCO VAN BASTEN has been offered the Chelsea job.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich made his move for the Holland boss at the weekend and is now waiting for his reply.
Ex-Real Madrid chief Fabio Capello let slip the secret by revealing Chelsea technical director Frank Arnesen recommended legendary striker Van Basten to Red Rom.
Capello said: “Arnesen wants Van Basten to take over and has already recommended Marco to Abramovich.”
Capello added: “Frank and Marco know each other well from their time in Dutch football.”
Van Basten, 40, sat behind Abramovich at Old Trafford in Sunday’s defeat to Manchester United.
The Dutchman privately insisted it was just a coincidence and that he was a United guest.
But Van Basten spoke at length with Chelsea’s hierarchy about an offer to succeed Avram Grant, who became Blues boss only last week after Jose Mourinho’s departure.
Ex-AC Milan hitman Van Basten asked for a few days to decide whether to take the job immediately. A close pal said: “Marco is faced with a huge dilemma. He has to think things over and see whether he could leave Holland.”
The Dutch sit joint top of Group G with Romania in Euro 2008 qualifying.

Mike Vick fails drug test, no one is surprised

Mike Vick failed a drug test recently, for marijuana... I guess the results were just made public. He took this test around September 12th or so, right in the middle of the dog fighting scandal.

You know, I wouldn't really care if say he failed a drug test for weed when this dog fighting thing wasn't going on, but seriously... come on. This proves that Michael Vick is a complete (f-word) idiot. Why in the world would you be taking or smoking anything during a federal indictment.

Think about it... think about what he was going through his head when he said to himself, "aw, it's tight, it's just a federal indictment, let's go get high." Seriously. It doesn't take that long for pot to get out of your system, so he had to have smoked during the indictment. It's Insane.

I understand that people want to forgive him and I support that, but if you don't think Michael Vick is one the biggest wastes of talent because of completely moronic decisions, that are actually amazingly mind blowing, the gene pool would be better without you.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Daily Show and Larry Wilmore tell black people why it is ok that OJ Simpson is guilty

Sorry about all the video posts lately, I've just been busy with grad school. About OJ: I really think he did this stunt to sell his book that just came out and make some more money. He does have some hefty fines / fees to pay from a certain civil case about a decade ago. I mean, why would there have been a video of the deal and why would one of the "victims" already said he wasn't going to press charges. It is a set up I tell you. Anyways OJ sucks and Ill leave you with an amazing quote about him.

Charlie Murphy: "The first thing I seen is O.J. Simpson, and I remember thinking to myself 'wow, that's O.J. Simpson, he has a big fucking head, man' "

Charlie Murphy's true Hollywood stories

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Madden Draws a Penis

Put down the scotch old man.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

0-1 Van Nistelrooy (Albania vs Holland)

van Nisterroor!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ronaldinho and Kaka messing around during the game and playing during the game of Brazil Vs. USA 9/9/2007

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Amazing Freestyle Slalom On Rollerblades

A very young Japanese girl wins a freestyle rollerblading slalom competition with this amazing routine. This girl really has talent!

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Da Bears like to stuff the box

“About LT’s lack of production he attributes it to the Bears stuffing the box.” - Pam Oliver

"In his seventeenth season which means he's probably on the seventeenth hole."- Chris Berman
introducing Chris Mortensen

Emmitt Smith had to of called Tank Johnson, Tank Williams about 17 times.

“If that had been perfect it would have been a competition”- Dan Dierdorf, Wouldn't they all be Dan?

"James Jones has great hands at the point of the catch."- Daryl Johnston

"We’ve got all the action and emotion you can have with a 3-0 game”- Joe Buck, Smugness personified

Dick Stockton mispronounced several names - even calling the Buccaneers coach "Josh Gruden" at one point. "Baldie" doesn't even merit any criticism. REALLY disappointing!-

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Frank Miller's Training Video: from the movie "300"

Criket England vs. India Last 2 overs of Indian innings in 6th ODI

"What a wondeful game of criket." I love the Jamaican commentator, "that's the nature of the game."

2007 Oktoberfest Beer is Here!!!!!


Monday, September 10, 2007

Madden Quotes

“I was just going to say that with the tightness that’s a cramp. That’s what we talked about you know dehydration and we were just talking about this and you know dehydration and you get dehydrated and you get cramps.”- John Madden

“Very infrequently will you see the KICKER dehydrated.”- Al Michaels

“You know sometimes they warm up so much and kick so many balls into the net they have these little drills they do……they just hyperventilate themselves.”- John Madden

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Whoopi Goldberg defends Michael Vick

HAHA... WOW... here we go again...

(AP) - So much for the sedate alternative to Rosie O'Donnell on "The View." Whoopi Goldberg used her first day on the daytime chat show Tuesday to defend football star Michael Vick in his dogfighting case. Goldberg said that "from where he comes from" in the South, dogfighting isn't that unusual. It's like cockfighting in Puerto Rico," she said. "There are certain things that are indicative to certain parts of the country."

In the Vick discussion, Goldberg served notice that she won't shy away from controversy.
Co-host Joy Behar looked horrified at Goldberg. "How about dog torture and dog murdering?" Behar asked. "For many people, dogs are sport, Goldberg replied, and it appeared it took awhile for Vick to realize that he was up against serious charges. I just thought it was interesting, because it seemed like a light went off in his head when he realized this was something that the entire country didn't appreciate," she said.

Sweet Jesus. I don't about you, but there are so many that I can not even count the number of fallacies Goldberg uses in her argument to defend Michael Vick. Hmmm, lets see, so, I guess if you come from "the South" (i guess Virginia counts) you are allowed and basically expected to be cool with and participate in dogfighting. I realize that there are "certain things that are indicative to certain parts of the country," but if these "things" are innately horrific and inhumane they should not be defended by anyone with half a brain. So, this excludes Whoopi.

Also, Whoopi, way to basically stereotype an entire country. I guess if you are Puerto Rican you must be a huge cockfighting fan... haha... typing this makes me laugh because this generalized notion by a "respected" person is so ridiculous it is almost inconceivable. It is actually incredibly racist. Way to go Whoopi... way... to... go...

And for you Puerto Ricans out there... enjoy the cockfight tonight. Good God.

Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao Ronaldinho's free kick goal

Free kick... Barca... Ronaldinho... you know what happens next.... chuuuch.

The legend Bobby McMahon's links (all worth looking at)

Nick Szczepanik on the cardiac screening of players.

The Beckham effect on MLS website visits. (very interesting)

For those of you who followed the FA Cup blog last season you will recognize Jarrow Roofing Boldon Community Association FC. That was the side that the blog started to follow at the Extra Preliminary Round last season.

A look at the challenge Israel will pose for England in European qualifying.

Duncan Castles considers the battle for the Arsenal boardroom.

James Lawton delves more deeply into David Dein’s ambition.

Stewart Robson with a comparison of Pires and Ljungberg vs. Hleb and Rosicky.

Brian Doogan takes a look at Portsmouth’s impressive new signing John Utaka.

The dream is dead – again! American Samoa will not be one of the thirty-two teams in South Africa in three years time.

In another extract from his autobiography, Sir Bobby Charlton on Denis Law and George Best.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

In light of the WNBA playoffs

Oh god... you're killing me. OH GOD YOU'RE KILLING ME!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Chelsea wants Ronaldinho, so does Spain

Fox Sports - Chelsea are being linked with an audacious late transfer swoop for Barcelona's two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho. According to a report in The Daily Mail, the 27-year-old Brazil international midfielder's brother and adviser Roberto de Assis Moreira has held two recent meetings with Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

The second is said to have been held at the weekend, with Abramovich flying Moreira to London on his private jet and putting him up at an exclusive Mayfair hotel. With money no object, the Russian billionaire is reputedly prepared to make Ronaldinho the highest-paid player in football and smash the world's transfer record.

A £85million buyout clause is included in Ronaldinho's current contract at Barcelona, which is due to expire in 2010.However, Abramovich is reportedly desperate to inject more flair into the Blues squad and is prepared to eclipse the £47million that Real Madrid shelled out to Juventus six years ago for the services of Zinedine Zidane.

Chelsea would be unstoppable with Ronaldinho, GO BLUES!!!!


MADRID, Spain (Reuters) -- Barcelona's Brazil forward Ronaldinho was granted dual nationality by Spain on Monday, the Primera Liga club said. The move frees up a place for another non-European Union player in Frank Rijkaard's squad.

Mexican forward Giovanni dos Santos is set to take up the vacant slot alongside Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure in the non-EU berths permitted under Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) rules.However, dos Santos is also expected to be granted dual nationality this week.Barcelona opened its league campaign with a goalless draw away to Racing Santander on Sunday.

Monday, August 27, 2007


Can you locate the U.S. on a map? I don't think she can.

The legend Bobby McMahon's links (all worth looking at)

Cathal Kelly writing about Baseball GM Billy Beane and his love of soccer.

Champions League reform? This one is guaranteed to be divisive.

Gabriele Marcotti on Tottenham’s managerial debacle.

Graham Hunter takes a dim view of Real Madrid’s summer buying spree.

Jason Burt speaks with Obefemi Martins.

David James on goalkeeping.

Rob Hughes takes a look at the captains of Inter, Milan, Roma and Juventus and loyalty.

Klinsmann to LA Galaxy story – don’t be surprised if this move happens very soon.

An extract from Sir Bobby Charlton’s latest autobiography. I still have one he wrote in 1964 called "My Soccer Life" so it will be interesting to contrast it with the book that is about to be published. This piece is for the old timers. The last chapter of the 1964 book Charlton picked his best British eleven. The side he picked in the old 2-3-5 was - Bert Trautmann; Jimmy Armfield, Ray Wilson; Danny Blanchflower, Neil Franklin, Duncan Edwards; Stanley Matthews, Wilf Mannion, Tommy Taylor, Denis Law and Tom Finney.

Best Indoor Soccer Goal Ever


FC Dallas signs Denilson

FC Dallas just signed former Brasil World Cup winner Denilson. He's only 29 -- two years younger than that Beckham fellow. No matter how you spin it, this is an excellent move by the club and the MLS in general. For the Giorgio Chinaglias of the world who say the league needs, "100 Beckhams" -- here is one.

This move will receive a milli-fraction of the attention of the Beckham arrival. On the field, this is just as important as it instantly nudges the level of the league up a little. Considering Denilson moved from Real Betis to Bordeux to Saudi club Al-Nasr now to Dallas in the span of four years, perhaps he might be a little bit of a headache.

The track record of Brasilian players in MLS hasn't been anything to write home about. The first thing that popped into my head was the famous flop Branco with the Metrostars about a decade ago. Yes, Fred and Luciano Emilio have been very solid this season for DC United and Thiago has been useful with Chicago for the last couple years. But overall, the flair that Brasil and his exports are famed for has escaped the league.

Who knows how much Denilson has left in the tank and how much effort he'll bring to Steve Morrow's team. He won't be the headline, gate attraction like Becks, but if Denilson can pull off a few moments of dribbling flair, he'll convert some more non-believers. A definite score for the league, although I doubt it leads the next edition of 'Sportscenter.'


Give some love to That's on Point

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Landy Cakes is a wimp and I hate Steve McClaren

So good I had to put this in its entirety (first half of this post), and plus I completely agree.
(Landy Cakes portion) From

I’m going to skip all the usual Donovan banter about him not being able to handle playing club ball in Europe and just ask why he did not start last night for LA. Donovan played 64 minutes against Sweden, he is 25 years old and is not currently carrying any injuries.

Beckham, on the other hand, played 90 minutes against Germany, is 32 years old, and is carrying a months-old ankle injury. Are you kidding me?

Let’s do some math:
Beckham: 90 (min) + 32 (age) + 1 (injury) = 123
Donovan: 64 (min) + 25 (age) + 0 (injury) = 89
This complex mathematical equation is proof that Donovan is a wimp.

Now my opinions.... I personally want to add that I hate Steve McClaren. McClaren defended Beckham's trans-Atlantic trip to play 90 minutes (for what?!) to lose a friendly just so he could come back and be so tired that he would not be a factor in a crucial L.A. Galaxy game, who by the way are dieing. The midfielder had to put in a 10,000-mile round trip from America to play two matches in 24 hours. Seriously, WTF?

"I'm Steve McClaren and I'm the biggest tool in the world"

LONDON (AFP) - "It would have been daft for us not to bring David over," said McClaren."He needed a full 90 minutes, especially at this level. It was good preparation for the (Euro 2008) games against Israel and Russia in two weeks' time. "We wanted to expose him to that quality pace of game and he also created chances for us."

In addition, Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas has expressed concern about the amount of miles Beckham will be required to travel over the next few months as he combines his commitments to both club and country. Another game has now been added to the schedule following confirmation England will tackle European Championship co-hosts Austria in a friendly in Vienna on November 16. While that trip will not impact on Beckham too much given the Major League Soccer season ends in October, there are concerns about the 32-year-old's well-being. Given England are facing five crucial qualifiers over the next three months which will determine whether they reach next summer's finals, Wednesday's friendly was one Beckham might have missed, especially given his fitness levels and the fact he was also due to play the following night.

Way to go McClaren, Beckham is one of the top footballers in the world, but I don't think he can even save your job. Maybe you shouldn't have cut him off of the England national squad after the World Cup you f*ck face. You will not qualify for Euro 2008 and you will lose your job because you have made some horrible decisions while staying one of the biggest tools involved in football. Thanks.

I hope I am not right about England not qualifying, by the way, I want them to.


Saturday, August 25, 2007

Frank Lampard's Chelsea contact demands are straight ballin'

Those of you familiar with the EPL and Chelsea probably know that star Frank Lampard has had some trouble agreeing to a new contract. And while this is almost undoubtedly satire, it's pretty good. We may now know why they're having trouble agreeing on a contract. The UK web site Chicken Dinner - which despite it's name is a sports news and gossip site - somehow managed to get their hands on Lampard's contract demands.

The Guardian newspaper's blog, seems to think the demands might be true - which means nothing of course. It'd be fun if the demands are true, because they are AWESOME.
Let's look at some of the more fun demands:

Mr. Lampard is to be addressed as "Mr. Lampard" at all times, including in the match day programme, by the match announcer and by all other players, including on the pitch, with the exception of Mr. John Terry. In addition: The match day announcer is to read Mr. Lampard's name in a louder and more enthusiastic voice than the other players, with the exception of Mr. Terry.

Employees of Chelsea Football Club, including the playing staff, are not to make eye contact with Mr. Lampard in the dressing room or on the field of play, even when celebrating goals or congratulating Mr. Lampard on his exceptional play, with the exception of Mr. John Terry.

Upon scoring a goal, Mr. Lampard is to be unmolested by fellow players for at least five ("5") seconds, in order to perform a celebration as he deems appropriate. When the rest of the team then embraces him, they may not touch him below the waist.

Mr. Lampard is to be provided with a separate dressing and changing area both at Stamford Bridge and away grounds, of four-star hotel quality or better. The lavatory seat is to be new and sealed.

Mr. Lampard's dressing room is to be painted white or off-white and decorated with two ("2") vases of white lilies and a baby grand paino (white or off-white).

Thank goodness he'll accept an off-white baby grand piano. White can be awful hard to find.
Lamps is straight ballin'

Spurs sign 2005 pick Ian Mahinmi from France and release Spanoulis

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs signed French power forward Ian Mahinmi, who they drafted in 2005, on Thursday.

The defending NBA champion Spurs picked Mahinmi, a 6-foot-11 power forward, with the 28th selection in the first round of the NBA draft in 2005. Mahinmi, 20, has been kept by the Spurs in France, where he played in the 2006 French League All-Star game. During the 200-07 season, he averaged 4.3 points and 3.2 rebounds in 12.7 minutes in 33 French League games. He averaged 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.7 minutes in 18 Euroleague games.

Also Thursday, the Spurs announced they released guard Vassilis Spanoulis from his contract. The Spurs got Spanoulis and a 2009 second-round pick in July from the Houston Rockets in exchange for center Jackie Butler and the rights to Luis Scola. Spanoulis, 25, said in July that he wanted to play next season in his native Greece. Spanoulis averaged 2.7 points and 0.9 assists in 31 games last season as a rookie.

I'm glad we released Spanoulis, which we were obviously going to do after he came out and said he wanted to go home and not cry himself to sleep every night. Cool, the Spurs get another Frenchman. Also, with that Spanoulis trade, it sucks that we lost Jackie Butler and especially the giant prospect Luis Scola. I think Scola will do great in the NBA and for the Houston Rockets.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Arsenal Crossbar Challenge

"American goalkeeper Kasey Keller joins Premier League team Fulham"

WHOOO HOOO! One more American in the Barclay's Premier League. Oh wait. It is Kasey Keller and he isn't even the U.S. Men's National Team number one goalkeeper anymore.

LONDON (AP) -- United States goalkeeper Kasey Keller has joined Premier League team Fulham and could make his first start Saturday. He becomes the fourth American on the team, joining defender Carlos Bocanegra, midfielder Clint Dempsey and injured captain Brian McBride.

Tony Warner had been playing in the goal for Fulham during the first three, but seriously has been doing horrible. Warner is basically the reason for two of Fulham's loses this year after mishandling balls on two different opposing goals in two separate games.

I hope Kasey Keller does well because I like to see Americans do well abroad, but honestly I don't think he will do all that great. He will do better than pathetic Warner, but Keller looked pretty slow himself for the U.S. National Team during their short stead in this year's Copa America.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Comments from a Michael Vick and Starbury admirer

I kinda had to censor it....

James says...

"Marbury is f****** ridiculous. I'm not trying to sound racist here, but I mean I'm just so sick of these famous black athletes and members of the f****** NAACP coming out and supporting Vick just because he is a black man in trouble. I would love to ask these people if they would have the same love and respect for Jerry Seinfeld if he had been accused of dogfighting. I bet they would support him too, after all, its the dogfighting these f****** ignorant a**h**** love right? Not the black man doing it. May Vick rot in a f****** jail cell, and if the NFL ever allows this man back, then they are just as f******* stupid. "

Whoa buddy... Someone sounds very passionate about this topic and it's not surprising because most people do have intense feelings about this issue. I may not be as intense as James here, but I do have to somewhat agree with him. No one should really support Michael Vick as this point in time other than maybe his family.

People, such as Marbury and certain NAACP members like the Atlanta chapter, should realize that this is not a question of race, but rather a question of how Michael Vick violated the sanctity of humanity and did something unspeakably horrible. Finally, I don't see how Starbury can equate hunting deer to killing a dog by soaking it in water then electrocuting it and finishing by pummeling the dog on the ground. Good P.R. move Stephon.

Starbury thinks dog fighting is a sport

The NBA's Stephon Marbury supports Michael Vick and dog fighting because ya know "all 'roun' tha world peapa stil' support Mike Vick," ya know what I'm saying?

(Fox Sports) - Embattled Atlanta Falcon Michael Vick has a friend — and fellow doggie dis-respecter — in Stephon Marbury.

"I think we don't say anything about people who shoot deer or shoot other animals," the Knick point guard told Capital News 9, an Albany TV station. "You know, from what I understand, dogfighting is a sport. It's just behind closed doors."
Hahahahhahahha..... Starbury... WTF? This is coming from a dude who also thinks that he is the best and most talented point guard in the NBA. This is just too funny and ironic. Starbury could possibly be the most ignorant, arrogant, non-talented jew-tool in history. Dog fighting is a sport... WHAT?!?!?!?!... JUST SHUT UP!

Bettis said he faked injury to keep Steelers from cutting him

(AP) - Jerome Bettis, the No. 5 rusher in NFL history, claims in a new book that he faked a knee injury during training camp in 2000 so the Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn't cut him and install Richard Huntley as the starter.

Bettis was worried offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride favored Huntley over him and the Steelers were ready to let Bettis go, partly so they wouldn't have to give him a new contract. Huntley had just signed a $4 million, three-year contract.

"Man, did I do a nice job of acting," Bettis wrote in the book, "The Bus: My Life in and Out of a Helmet." "The thing is, I wasn't faking that I had an injury. I was just faking that the injury happened on that short-yardage play. I had to fool the coaches and the team's medical department into thinking the injury had occurred on that play. Otherwise, the Steelers would have had their reason to cut me and my salary."

Swweeet... Jerome Bettis is the man, and a large one at that. Also, I am not positive about this, but I believe Tiki Barber has somewhat taken Bettis' spot on NBC's Football Night in America pregame show on Sunday nights. If this is the case than I'm truly pissed. Jerome Bettis is a Superbowl Champion baby and one of the best running backs of all time who will definitely be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Tiki Barber is one of the biggest tools on this planet. Jerome doesn't really call out former teammates or make ridiculous remarks on how Michael Vick will still get the respect of future teammates like Tiki. Jerome just says, "hey, I'm 'The f*cking Bus', and there is nothing you gonna do about it." CHUUUUUUCH!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Daily Show on Michael Vick

"World Cup looks good for Africa, apart from on the pitch"

LONDON (Reuters) - Everything is on course for a wonderful first World Cup in Africa, apart from on the pitch where the continent's teams continue to struggle at the top level, the local head of the 2010 tournament said.

Danny Jordaan, chief of the South African event's organizing committee, said stadium development was on schedule, sponsorship and TV rights income was already guaranteed to surpass that of 2006 and tourism in the country continued to grow despite one of the world's highest crime rates.

"Yes we have crime, there are challenges, but our ability to safeguard all of our visitors coming to our major events has been tested over last 13 years and there has not been a single incident and tourist figures have grown every year." Jordaan said the 2010 tournament had already secured $3.2 million worth of sponsorship, compared to the $2.8 million for the 2006 event in Germany, while the TV rights had surpassed the $1 billion of last year's tournament.

South Africa, struggling internationally since their peak in the mid-1990s, have followed many of the continental partners by employing a foreign coach -- Brazilian Carlos Alberto Parreira -- but Jordaan said he felt that trend was one of the reasons for the teams' failures.

Quoting a "professor of football" he met in Cuba, Jordaan said:

"You cannot beat anyone who you admire, who you have as an idol. You have to find your own heroes. When a team stands there with hands on heart and sings the national anthem and the coach can't sing it, the players know."

Monday, August 20, 2007

David Beckham's massive effect on American soccer

This actually might be a little bit of a misrepresentation, but who cares?

"Use Crestfield wax paper"

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Materazzi discloses his World Cup insult

MILAN, Italy (AP) --
Italy defender Marco Materazzi finally disclosed what he said to Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup final that provoked the French star to retaliate with a head-butt. "I prefer the whore that is your sister," Materazzi wrote in his yet-to-be-released autobiography, according to Italian news reports Saturday.

Materazzi, who received a two-game ban for incitement, has since apologized to Zidane. France coach Raymond Domenech this month lauded Materazzi's strategy for getting Zidane out of the game. "I say 'bravo' to him," the coach said. (good job coach... you better be being sarcastic).
Let me just close in saying that Zidane is probably my favorite footballer of all time and the incident at the 2006 World Cup final against Italy in no way tarnishes his incredible legacy. He was indeed one of the all time greats and is truly "The Wizard".

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Now Ronaldo whines about himself

Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't think he should have received a red card for his apparent violent actions on the pitch last week against Pompey. "Sir Alex Ferguson was quick to condemn any reaction from his players, Ronaldo refused to accept that the red card he was given was justified."

According to Ronaldo, "The replays show there was nothing, but I don't need to look at the pictures, because I know exactly what I did - and that's nothing to justify a red card. I was pushed in the area. He came straight to me, put his hand on my neck and I opened my arms in a 'that's enough' way. We pushed each other but nothing serious. We leaned heads against each other but that was all. Absolutely nothing else happened. When I saw the red card, I couldn't believe it, the situation was so surreal. And it's absurd because I'm aware that now I'll sit out a ban for something I didn't do. I feel dejected and very sad."

AWWWWWW, such a sad Ronaldo. However, after Ronaldo "protested his innocence" someone tapped him on the backside to get his attention and Ronaldo flopped to the ground and looked for a foul.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Fergie the Vampire Whines about Ronaldo

Here is what Sir Alex Ferguson (a.k.a. the red devil vampire) said...

'My fear is, and I don't whether there is a directive, but maybe referees are a bit more tolerant of the physical contact'
'I've noticed this in the last few months -- late challenges are going unpunished. I thought these things were black and white. Late challenges are not allowed.

'We saw it again on Wednesday night, the referee letting it go unpunished time and time again. If you have got weak referees then you are going to be suffering.'
'There is a concern players like Ronaldo are going to be the victims... because it will end up with someone getting a serious injury.'

'It's very difficult to completely punish Ronaldo or be angry with him,' Ferguson said. 'Some of the things that are happening to him are not right.' 'We are dropping points and that's frustrating because the performance levels were very good.'

'The important thing is just to be patient now.
'The players will come right. It's frustrating, but it's recoverable of course.'


San Antonio Spurs sign free agent Ime Udoka

(AP) - The San Antonio Spurs signed free agent swingman Ime Udoka on Thursday.
Ukoka, who was undrafted out of Portland State, averaged 8.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 75 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season.
He ranked 19th in the NBA in 3-point shooting, making 89 of 219 attempts.
Udoka played in the NBA Development League and internationally before spending one season each with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks. He returned to his hometown of Portland for the 2006-07 season.

Very good pick up for the Spurs.

Feilhaber gets Derby clearance

Derby have received international clearance for American midfielder Benny Feilhaber to make his debut for the Premier League newcomers.
The 22-year-old agreed a three-year £1million move from German Bundesliga side Hamburg earlier in the week.
And the relevant paperwork has now arrived to give the USA international the green light to get his Rams career under way, which could be against Tottenham on Saturday.
Manager Billy Davies said: "Obviously we're very pleased to get international clearance for Benny.
"He is a tremendous young talent with excellent potential so now we're looking forward to introducing him into the Premier League and life in England."

More Daily Show: Everyone loves Caddyshack

"Hey everybody! We're all gonna get laid!"

Rice and Ripkin

Straight Ballin' VIDEO: Rooney's ad, behind the scenes...

The Beautiful Game

South Carolina Inmate Hits Michael Vick With '$63,000,000,000 Billion Dollar' Lawsuit Alleging Al Qaeda Ties

Here's the inmate's handwritten lawsuit. (IS THIS REAL!?!?!?!?)

Embattled NFL quarterback Michael Vick, facing federal charges related to his alleged participation in dogfighting, has been hit with a "$63,000,000,000 billion dollar" lawsuit filed by a South Carolina inmate who alleges the Atlanta Falcons star stole his pit bulls and sold them on eBay to buy "missiles from Iran," FOX News has learned.

Jonathan Lee Riches filed the handwritten complaint over "theft and abuse of my animals" on July 23 in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, Va.

Riches alleges that Vick stole two white mixed pit bull dogs from his home in Holiday, Fla., and used them for dogfighting operations in Richmond, Va. The complaint goes on to allege that Vick sold the dogs on eBay and "used the proceeds to purchase missiles from the Iran government."
The complaint also alleges that Vick would need those missiles because he pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda in February of this year.

"Michael Vick has to stop physically hurting my feelings and dashing my hopes," Riches writes in the complaint. Riches wants $63 billion dollars "backed by gold and silver " delivered to the front gates to the Williamsburg Federal Correctional facility in South Carolina. Riches is an inmate at the facility serving out a wire fraud conviction.

David Beckham - First Goal for LA Galaxy - Free Kick v's DC

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Eva Longoria launching after-school center in S.A. for disabled children

Eva's Heroes, a local nonprofit organization founded by actress Eva Longoria, will soon open the group's first after-school program for developmentally challenged children and young adults.

More than 40 volunteers from the Valero Energy Corp. Volunteer Council will be on site at the Eva's Heroes Center on Saturday to help paint interior walls, doors, cabinets and provide other final touches for the facility.

The center is located at St. Matthew's Catholic Church and is slated to open in mid-September 2007. This particular center will provide the foundation of what could be a network of similar centers throughout San Antonio, the state, even the nation.

"Eva's Heroes is an organization that strives to enhance the lives of the young adults that are served under the charity," Executive Director Christiane Perkins-Garcia says, adding that the work performed by the Valero Volunteers will help make the center ready for the new school year. Valero Volunteers is made up of employees of San Antonio oil refiner Valero Energy (NYSE: VLO).

Speaking of Eva's Heroes, Longoria says, "This organization is extremely important to me and close to my heart. I was fortunately to grow up with an intellectually disabled sister, so I am very passionate about the opportunity to help young adults with development disabilities by offering a place for them to enrich their lives."