Tiger’s Return

I’m in the process of getting over some sickness.  This wasn’t like a normal cold where you kind of feel bad for a little while but you can still function like a normal human.  This was one of those where you’ve been run over by a truck and all you want to do is curl up into a ball and cry until it’s over.  Needless to say, I’ve watched a lot of TV the past two days.

One thing I saw over and over, besides Ali Farokhmanesh’s “nerves of steel” three-pointer to sink Kansas, was Tiger Woods’ interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.  The first time I saw it, I watched with great interest.  The rest of the times…eh.

Then, another strange thing happened.

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Weekend Update

Bryan and I were both out of town for Fourth of July weekend and weren’t on the internet at all. There were some pretty big things that happened in the world of sports that we feel should be mentioned but didn’t have the opportunity to write full posts on. I’ll just give a quick one or two sentences about each one.

– Steve McNair was shot to death in his downtown Nashville apartment. It currently looks as though it was a murder suicide by the girl whose body was found next to his.

– Roger Federer beat Andy Roddick for his 15th Grand Slam at Wimbledon, passing Pete Sampras previous record of 14 career Grand Slam victories.

– Tiger Woods won the AT&T National this weekend. This gives Tiger 68 career PGA Tour wins, five short of Jack Nicklaus and 14 short of Sam Snead’s record 82 career wins.

– Manny Ramirez returned from suspension and hit a home run in his second game back.

– USA beat Grenada in soccer to win their first round match of the 2009 Gold Cup and will face Honduras in their second game.

– Serena Williams beat sister Venus Williams to win Wimbledon on the women’s side and then the two teamed up to win doubles.

– Three stages into the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong is currently in third. He is seven seconds behind Tony Martin and 40 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara.

– Some big name NBA free agents have agreed to terms with different teams from the ones they played with this past year. The most notable are: Ben Gordon to the Pistons, Hedo Turkaglu to the Raptors, Trevor Ariza to the Rockets, Charlie Villanueva to the Pistons, Rasheed Wallace to the Celtics, Marcin Gortat to the Mavericks, and Ron Artest to the Lakers.

– And most importantly Bryan and I got the oportunity to play two games of Schleuderball over the weekend and we won both games.

Election Day

Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock, you know that it’s Election Day.  So, in the spirit of Democracy, go vote for whoever you want and then vote in the WaB Sports Election.

Our main issue?  Which sports pair would you vote for to be President and Vice President of the United States of America?

Peyton and Eli Manning

w_peytonmanning_vGIANTS MANNINGYou knew this pair was going to make an appearance, so I’ll just get it out of the way.  Peyton would take the helm, while Eli would man the Senate.  I’m pretty sure they would carry the Southern states pretty well, except maybe Alabama.  Plus, Peyton wouldn’t have to struggle for any campaign airtime on your television.  Also, these two have some entreprenurial experience as well which can only help their cause.  The Mannings would also have the perfect PR director for their firm in their Dad, Archie Manning.  Basically, if you cast your ballot for one Manning, you vote for them all.  Even you, Cooper.

Tiger Woods and Roger Federer

tiger_woodstxrogerfedererapMaybe you prefer pure dominance in your Presidential Candidates.  If that’s the case, it gets no better than Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.  We’re obviously ignoring the whole natural born citizen part, but no one here is over 35 years old either.  Anyway, these two have pretty much won everything they’ve ever entered so they had to be included.  It should also be noted that if this pair was elected, the first lady would look like this.  Not that it should have any bearing on your vote or anything.

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin

sidney_crosby7ovechkin2Maybe it’s youthful exuberance and unlimited potential that you look for.  Crosby and Ovechkin make up the youngest pair in the running with a combined age of 44 years old (not technically old enough to run for Office, but whatever).  They also have had the burden of carrying what some consider a dying sport squarely on their shoulders for the last couple of years.  Economic crisis should be easy.  With Crosby and Ovechkin in office, we would also see relations with Canada and Russia improve dramatically, which can only be a good thing.

Michael Jordan and LeBron James

michael-jordanjames_lebron0329This one is for the people who like a nice mix of dominance, plus a little bit of the old school and a little bit of the new school.  We first thought Scottie Pippin was the best choice for VP, but upon further review, he was kind of a jerk.  Jordan is the best player ever LeBron may be in line to challenge for that crown, so by running for President, Jordan could mentor on just about everything.  Except gambling.  They wouldn’t be able to talk about gambling.  The only problem with this pairing would be this.  That little stumble might be tough to overcome.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady

333wbelichick_bill_getty_260Our last pair represents the win at all costs people.  Belichick has shown that he has no problem breaking the rules to get an advantage.  Maybe that’s how you want your country run.  Tom Brady can do most of the press conferences and public appearances since Belichick isn’t real big on those.  He also doesn’t date Gisele.  He does, however, hold goats in a nice, loving way.  Anyway, Belichick knows Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pretty well already, so that’s good.  Just imagine Belichick swearing oath in a cutoff hoodie.  Weller obviously endorses this pair.

So there you have this year’s candidates.  Choose wisely, because the fate of the free world may lie with goat boy if you don’t.

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.

Halfway Home

We’re two soccer games down and have made the final turn at the US Open.  So far, so good for anyone who has been following along with me.  First, we had the Elimination match in Group A of the Euros.  I had the Czechs winning 2-1 and that prediction looked great until about 3 minutes left in the game when the Turkish captain, Nihat, decided to take over the scoresheet.  He capitalized on a terrible error by goalie Petr Cech and then finished off a beautiful through ball in stoppage time, stunning the Czechs 3-2.

Then it was USA’s turn in their first qualification match for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  I said they’d score 4 or more goals and they put in 8.  There was never any doubt after Clint Dempsey scored 53 seconds into the match.  The two teams will play again next Sunday and the USA will have to keep Barbados from scoring 8 goals in order to move on.  I think we’ll be alright.

Now Tiger is on the 13th hole at Torrey Pines with a one shot lead over Rocco Mediate.  Tiger and Lee Westwood just put back to back shots into oblivion.  This is Mediate’s chance to take the lead and become the oldest US Open Champion in history.  My money is still on Tiger.  Bum leg or not, he’s just incredible.  Woods just decided to take a drop while Westwood had decided to go search for his ball.  This finish is going to be something.

Quite a day ahead of us

Sunday around my house are reserved for watching sports…much like every other day, I just feel like things get started earlier so it takes up all day. Today, there are so many sporting events, I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch everything I want to.

Right now, Turkey and the Czech Republic are 14 minutes deep in an elimination contest in the European Championship. If they tie, it goes into a shootout, which is always fun…unless you’re emotionally involved somehow.  I’m taking the Czechs 2-1 in this one.

Then at 3:30, Tiger Woods tries to keep his lead after his Kirk Gibson-like performance on yesterday’s back nine. I’m just convinced that he’s no longer human.

At 4, USA takes on Barbados in the first of a home and home series in the first round World Cup Qualifying. If you don’t like soccer because they don’t score enough, tune into this game. USA should put in at least 4 and could get more if they play like they can.

Then at 7:30, the Celtics try to close out the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. I probably won’t watch any of this since the Braves are on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, but maybe Weller will be home for that.

So call your Dad, grab the remote and enjoy the day. If you’re watching from Missouri like me, it’s raining anyway so stay inside.

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