Euro 2008 Final

Well, I have been gone since last Tuesday and my soccer viewing has been minimized. I was able to see Germany’s 3-2 victory over a very game Turkey side, but I did not see Spain’s easy 3-0 win over an annoying Russian team.

Those games set up quite a final this afternoon between Spain and my pick, Germany. Unfortunately, I can’t give any sort of thought or analysis on Spain’s 1-0 win, since I was driving for the duration of the game.

Spain was missing the tournament’s golden boot winner David Villa because of a hamstring injury. I didn’t think they’d miss him too much with Cesc Fabregas and Dani Guiza ready to step in and pick up the slack. I was a little concerned with Fernando Torres form in the tournament, but he proved me wrong with his game winner in the 33rd minute. All in all, it was a great tournament and Spain were very deserving winners. Now we turn our attention to Word Cup 2010.

Wow, We’ve Been Slacking

It’s bee quite a while since we last posted something up here, but it’s not from lack of events in the sports world. Basically, we’re just big slackers and we know it. Sometimes video games matter more than anything else.

The Boston Celtics won the NBA Finals, though I didn’t watch any of it. I’m glad for KG and Ray Allen, but I lost all respect for Paul Pierce. Not that I had much for him to begin with given his college choice. I’m just glad basketball is over so I don’t have to listen to Stephen A. Smith anymore.

The Mets cowardly fired their manager, Willie Randolph, in the middle of the night. I never thought Randolph was a very good manager to begin with, but what is Omar Minaya thinking? Two weeks ago he has a very public meeting to keep Randolph and then let speculation run rampant until firing him in the
middle of the night while the Mets were across the country in Los Angeles. This drew the ire of many people around the sports world, making Willie Randolph quite a sympathetic figure. Omar Minaya tried to make himself look like a decent human being by saying he didn’t want the firing to be leaked and have Randolph hear it from someone else. Omar Minaya is a doof and the Mets should be hang their heads on this one. The Mariners also fired everyone related to their team. I heard they were keeping Ichiro and Felix Hernandez and are going to try and win games only using those two.

The first game of the Quarterfinals in the European Championships was this afternoon with Germany taking down Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 3-2. The Germans will take on winner of tomorrow’s Turkey-Croatia match. Finally Germany has looked like the team I picked to win, making me feel a little bit better about my decision. At this point, the Dutch have looked invincible. If they play close to the way they have up to this point, then I don’t see anyone touching them. A Germany-Holland final would make for a spectacular game.

Tiger Woods is done for the year. After his thrilling extra-extra hole playoff win in the US Open, Woods revealed that he’d have knee surgery that would sideline him for at least 6 months. I figured he’d be out until the British Open, but not this long. Apparently he tore his ACL while jogging last year. Golf ratings will take a massive hit around the country. I doubt I will watch any for the rest of the year.

Also, Dayn Perry wrote one of the stupidest articles of all time earlier this week.  Read it, try to make sense of it.  I’ve never been real sure why Foxsports continues to pay this guy.

That might catch us up a little. I think Weller has something planned for later, but tends to fall asleep like a narcoleptic person, so I don’t know what to make of that. We won’t slack this bad again, we promise.

Euro Match Days 1 and 2

We’re two days into the European Championships and so far it’s gone exactly as expected. I guess the only shocking thing is that the underdogs have yet to score a goal.

Yesterday, the Czech Republic dispatched Switzerland 1-0 on a 70th minute goal from Václav Svěrkoš. In the late game, Portugal outplayed Turkey for a 2-0 win with goals from Pepe in the 61st minute and Raul Meireles 3 minutes into stoppage time. I wasn’t able to watch any of these games because we don’t get ESPN Classic and espn360.com was really choppy. I was able to see the highlights later here and here.

Today was more of the same. No surprises, but a little controversy in the opener. Croatia beat the hosts Austria 1-0 on a fourth minute penalty by Luka Modrić. The penalty, which I felt was a good call, was hotly debated by ESPN analysts Tommy Smyth and Julie Foudy. Smyth thought the play should have been let go citing that it was simply too early to give a penalty. I think that’s a little ridiculous; a penalty is a penalty in the 1st minute or in stoppage time. I will give credit to the Austians, however, they played quite well in the second half, but were unable to score. This is a far cry from the predictions for the 92nd ranked country in world. They were still shutout, but they played valiantly.

The second game of the day had some political undertones to it. Germany defeated Poland 2-0 behind two goals from Lukas Podolski. Germany carried the play for most of the match and Poland never really threatened. The game could have ended 4-0 pretty easily. Smyth and Andry Gray had a very spirited discussion about whether Podolski should be in the lineup after he struggled to crack the starting 11 with his club team, Bayern Munich, due to injury. Podolski proved his worth and them some, I think. Poland, competing in their first European Championship, will take on Austria on June 12th in an elimination match.

In other soccer news, USA will take on Argentina tonight at the Meadowlands in New York. The game will start in about 2 hours, so I’ll probably have some comments after it’s over. Argentina is the #1 ranked team in the world and the USA is 1-9 against top ranked teams all-time. The one win came when USA defeated Brazil in the 1998 Gold Cup Semifinals. It should also be Landon Donovan’s 100th appearance for the National Team.

Anyway, hopefully USA can prevail tonight and the Euro games will only get better tomorrow as France will take on Romania and the Netherlands will play Italy in my most anticipated game so far.

I’ll leave you with the newest Nike Soccer commercial, which I think it one of the coolest commercials ever.

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