The Champions League is the biggest stage for the best soccer clubs around the world to showcase their skills and compete for the ultimate prize. Clubs like Manchester United, Inter Milan, Juventus, Chelsea, Roma, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Arsenal are simply all-star teams competing against one another. If you don’t watch or are used to watching MLS (haha), this is soccer at it’s finest.
What to expect:Today at 2:30 Eastern time, Manchester United vs Inter Milan. The best of England vs. the best of Italy. Defending UEFA Champions league Champs, Man U are looking to repeat this year. Lead by the golden boy Cristiano Ronaldo, the footballer of the year in 2008. “It is going to be a titanic fight,” Ronaldo said. “Inter are top of Serie A which tells you immediately they are a good team who are going to give us a tough game.” Ronaldo can fake a flop and cry with the best in the world but he’s fast with great ball skill. Inter Milan are the reigning champs of Italy for 3 years running. They’ve struggled on the Champions League stage with early exits from the tournament. With coach Mourinho guiding them, they look to get over the hump and take advantage of a injured United defense.
Dick Rickles (Man U supporter) had this to offer “United are playing the best football in the world right now in the best league in the world. However, they are facing a difficult challenge tonight in Italy where they are not too successful; only 3 wins in 15 matches on Italian soil, but Inter have not been able to get a win out of their last 4 games where an English team has visited them at the San Siro. United are also without one of their best and arguably one of the world’s best defenders in Nemanja Vidic due to a preposterous red card he received in the Super Cup final, which will make it difficult to deal with Inter’s striking pair of Ibrahimovic and Adriano. The Red Devils will be looking to get that crucial away goal tonight and I don’t think they would be upset with a tie or even a loss with that away goal heading back for the return leg in Old Trafford when they should have a full squad.”
Screw Duke vs. UNC and Ohio St. vs Michigan…let’s talk about multiple countries represented in intense matchups of pride and glory. And the camera man always seems to find a fine Italian woman in the stands.
Also on tap today: Roma vs. Arsenal, Lyon vs. Barcelona , FC Porto vs. Atletico Madrid
Let’s kick it up a notch!
The NBA trading deadline proved to be more hype filled than full of trades. With rumors of Shaq joining the Cavs and Tyson Chandler traded to the OK City only to have a toe fail his physical. This years deadline did not move too many big names at all. Jermaine O’neal for Shawn Marion has probably the largest impact of any other trades but assure that O’neal will disappoint the Heat. The guy plays with no fire and he carries a huge contract.
News in Phoenix reports that Amare Stoudemire could miss the rest of the regular season due to suffering a partially detached retina in his right eye on Wednesday. This all after the 140 points the Suns put up over the Clips. Huge loss for the Suns.
Reports have indicated the Boston Celtics will pursue Joe Smith, all this pending Smith getting a contract buyout. He will also consider the Cavs. We know how buyouts go right Mr. Marbury.
Robert Horry rumor once again surfaces. He is considering playing this season and since he’s had relations with Cavs General Manager Danny Ferry, Cleveland could be his new destination. Imagine if you could show up 3/4 of the way through a season, play in the playoffs and collect a huge paycheck basically in four months. It’s like crab fishing in the Bering Sea, minus the sea sickness and potential death.
Newsflash, the Sixers offered Dalembert to everyone and their cousins including the Los Angeles Clippers for center Chris Kaman during the last week. No one wants him, no surprise there.
Tyson Chandler said he was surprised he failed the physical. The OK City doctor who administered the test and was the same who operated on his toe said he wasn’t good to go. “I don’t understand that,” Chandler said. “I haven’t missed a game because of it in the last three years after I had the surgery. I think had it been anywhere else or anything else it would not have been a problem or issue.” Failing a physical due to a toe injury is like blaming your cousin for your use of steroids.
Rafer Alston going to Orlando presents a good addition in the backcourt. A guy who handles the ball well and can move like Skip-to-my-Lou! Solid pickup since Jameer Nelsons out.
Chris Wilcox and Larry Hughes will fit into the fast-paced offensive scheme in New York but are yet to realize that the Knicks suck.
Twolves pickup a solid Bobby Brown and Shelden Williams. Williams was a top-5 pick in the draft with a big frame helping out Minnesota in the paint since Big Al is lost for the season.
Celts had a chance at Nocioni but were rumored to having to give up four players for him. They basically picked up then traded players for a 2nd round pick. I want them to grab Bobby Jackson, I think he would fit in really well here. KG strained his knee…cutting his road trip short and making me bleed a little green last night.
Brad Miller returns to the windy city of Chicago, hoping to finally make an impact.
Jason Williams, aka Whiteboy, is requesting reinstatment into the league. He’s looking to help a contender like Celtics or the Heat into a late playoff run. I thought he was terrible in his last years in Miami. He could handle the rock moderately well but his shooting touch lacked anything desirable.
Sidenote, I am A-Rods cousin, pay me for an exclusive story. Inject my wallet kids!!
Well now we know what KG’s mumbling to himself when he’s on the court. “Burn yo’ suit, Craig!!”
According to Big Papi, the lefty says he’s far from sloppy. He had a few choice words to say about steroids and those people who think he’s old at the age of 33. Oh Papi, I’m with you my man, let’s get the bat going, see some sun and maybe bring back an old friend.
When asked about steroids Ortiz spoke out and said; “I would suggest everybody get tested, not random, everybody,” “You go team by team. You test everybody three, four times a year and that’s about it.”
If the tests proves positive Ortiz said,”Ban ’em for the whole year.”
It makes sense in my eyes. Rid the game of the continued users and only allow the clean players a chance to play. The 50 game bans didn’t send a powerful enough message. They allowed the player to rejoin the team after the games were played and remain a name in the game. It’s just a logical, forceful approach to clean up the tarnished image and right the wrong. I know we’ve had plenty of steroid talks but it’s time you face the issue and clean it up. As Jonny Dakota was supposed to say on Saved by the Bell, “There’s no hope with dope.” Jonny (TV star)was actually doing the drugs in the episode, you could say acting like an A-Rod for Bayside students. Endorsing the game and pretending to be an activist in the fight. Let’s hope with his message, Papi has steered away from the dope. In a Bayside world Papi would say, “In one word, would I do dope? Nope.” Yes, I compared steroids in baseball to a Saved by the Bell episode, but don’t worry he’s Big Papi not Wicked Big Papi.
I’m just hoping he comes up wicked big this season. After a sub par 2008 season, Papi’s got his confidence and swagger back this according to him. He’s lost 15 pounds going into Spring Training and looks noticeably fit. People have been saying he’s too old and he’s on the downfall of his career, well don’t tell him that. “Sometimes I listen to comments and it just does nothing but make me stronger,” don’t mess with the bull, here come the horns. He needs to produce in order to get these Sox deep in the pennant run. Papi spoke out about getting another power hitter to help in the middle of the lineup. When the name Manny popped up, of course he said “Why not?”
Let’s hope what Papi’s preaching all comes true. From 1-year bans for steroid use, no pains in the wrist and a power hitting display fueled by media hatred in 2009. According to Papi we’re in for some changes in the game but hopefully a rebirth of his ongoing legend.
Due to the fact it’s NBA all-star weekend, we got to give you a showcase of some of the best performances on the big stage. From the 3-point contest to the slam dunk competition; the weekend remains to be one of the most exciting all-star weekends in sports. Phoenix will host the festivities and we should probably expect someone to get arrested on a drunk driving charge. Maybe carrying a concealed weapon charges and possibly beating up or refusing to pay a stripper. After all it is the NBA, anything is possible! Not much else to do in Arizona.
Larry Legend…always a showstopper!
One of the best dunk contests ever…MJ and Nique. Who knew he’d become such a great GM for the Bobcats…oh wait.
And let’s top it off with a little dance off…look at the big fella move!!
Enjoy the festivities
Friday, Feb. 13
7pm ET: NBA Celebrity Game (ESPN)
9pm ET: Rookie Challenge Game (TNT)
9:15 p.m. ET: D-League Skills Competition
Saturday, Feb. 14
4pm ET: D-League All-Star game (NBA TV)
5pm-7pm ET: Inside the NBA, HORSE game (TNT)
8pm ET: NBA All-Star Saturday Night (TNT)
Shooting Stars TNT
Skills Challenge TNT
Three-Point Shootout TNT
Slam Dunk Contest TNT
Sunday, Feb. 15
8PM: 58th NBA All-Star Game TNT
In the road to the World Cup, the United States has a huge qualifier tonight versus rivals Mexico in the CONCACAF bracket. These two teams hate each other and the intensity and flow of the game is usually dirty and fierce. In this type of game, people usually get hacked and it brings out the best in the US team. Tonight in Columbus at 7 pm all the action happens. It’s the first round of the final leg of World Cup qualifying and it’s time to step it up.
I hate Mexico for their dirty play and I just can’t stand watching them. They lack the skills of an up and coming US team that really looks to make more of an impact in 2010. Freddy Adu was left off the roster but expect Landon Donovan to pick up the slack. Donovan has struggled in the World Cup but recently has been playing in Germany for Bayern Munich. The Adu snub is due to the lack of action he’s seen in France. Baby Pele is getting upset, personally he’s not too impressive. He’s young but hey hype is much too large for this young little man.
The U.S. has dominated recently gathering an 8-0-2 home record against Mexico since 2000. In this time the U.S. has totaled 17 goals, while the Mexicans have countered with three goals on American soil in this decade.
The U.S. finished 2008 with a 9-3-2 record, including a 7-1-0 record in World Cup qualifying.
Action starts tonight at 7pm ET. Get loud in Columbus…I’ll be watching.
Alright folks, the world of sports is not all steroids and lies. The arguments over the juiced up era has been going on all week and it’s time we throw a positive spin onto this page. Let’s steer away from baseball and see what’s going on in the world of hoops.
The NBA all-star game is coming up this weekend and you know that means! Time to watch a bunch of superstars not play defense and fight to dunk more often than the other. TNT has gathered Kevin Durant, OJ Mayo and Joe Johnson to play a game of H-O-R-S-E. This has potential to be at least interesting when players start missing shots and getting letters like H-O. (This just in, they have actually sold the game of horse to a sponsor. It will now be the game of G-E-I-C-O. That’s G-E-I! And I’ve just lost all interest.) You’re basically combining the slam dunk competition with a shooting challenge full of creativity. I’ll predict a Joe Johnson victory.
Mo Williams has finally found a spot on the all-star team thanks to another injured player (Chris Bosh) bailing out. Mo’s teammates have been barking and preaching that their guy has the stats and deserves the respect to make the team. Gilbert even used words like ‘preposterageous’ to describe the snub. And you’re worried about our kids learning about steroids? Let’s just steer away from NBA players as role models for spelling. Don’t worry Lebron, Stern got your boy in.
Big Al Jefferson is out for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Sad news for such a young player having an amazing season. This season he averaged 23.1 pts, 10.9 rebounds and 30 double doubles. Wolves are only getting younger.
Elton Brand needs 6-months after his surgery on his right shoulder to be healthy and able to play. He signed a 5-year, 80 million dollar contract with the Sixers and played 29 games. Need I say more?
The Lakers have traded Vladimir Radmanovic to the Bobcats for Adam Morrison and Shannon Brown. Michael Jordan also had this to say about his moves in the past: “I think we’ve grown from it. I’ve grown from it and hopefully down the road when you make a choice, you try to make a better choice,” Jordan drafted Morrison and said that sometimes it’s a gamble. Sometimes players don’t pan out as expected. Leave it to Jordan to take a gamble on the Morrison mustache ride!
West Coast respect after the Celtics lost to the Lakers and Spurs.
Let me start off by saying, I hate Reggie Miller as a player. Every time he played the Celtics I would heckle and despise his every movement. From his baseline to baseline flops through screens, his cocky attitude and litte prissy ways. I couldn’t stand the guy. Every time he touched the ball he got boo’ed but he’d still hit his shots. In no way would we embrace Reggie Miller in the Garden even today. Not even if he smacked Bill Lambeer on a TNT broadcast. Ok, maybe if he smacked Bill Lambeer and Ulf Samuelson, then I would consider an ovation.
After Monday night’s “MVP” chants in Madison Square Garden by Knicks fans, Reggie supposedly texted back and forth with Spike Lee. His first text being “Oh how the mighty have fallen.” He goes on to say he knows he never got cheered there and Jordan probably never got cheered. Basically saying that Madison Square Garden has lost it’s luster and toughness. To welcome an outsider like Kobe with an MVP chant after he just threw 61 points on the home team is weak. Spike Lee went on to say “‘Look, times have changed. The climate has changed.'”
I think Spike is missing the point here. New York is a tough town! No one should come in there and get applause like that. Come on! I hate New York, I hate it even more now that they cheered for Kobe. In good or bad days(like the current Knicks times), you have to support your team. Great performances like Kobe’s on monday warrant boos and silence. Take a note from your Yankee comrades and leave the game early. But in no way should you be cheering for a one man team that is Kobe. I respect him as a player but if he did that in my hometown, I’d be pissed. That’s why you choose to root for a team like the Knicks(do people still cheer for the Knicks?), for nights when Kobe comes to town and you harass his ass until he flops. Now replace Kobe with Paul Pierce scoring 61…you still cheering now? Didn’t think so. I can’t believe I agree with Reggie Miller. Now that’s tough to swallow.
It was Groundhog day and wouldn’t you know it, that Punxatony Phil got scared again. Cue the music “So put your little hand in mine…” (Side note: Groundhog day the movie had to be one of the easiest acting jobs of Bill Murray’s career. Now what if he continuosly woke up on Super Bowl Sunday, I would test out every party and eventually hit every prop bet! WOW! Anyways good movie.) 6 more weeks of winter kids and tack on the death of football Sunday. With the Steelers winning their 6th Super Bowl, we have completed another season of excitement and NFL action. Now you’re asking yourself, what can I do on Sunday’s from now on? Let me share some survival tactics to fill your lonesome days.
Before I cure your Sunday woes, let’s talk about the Super Bowl. First of all, you may have witnessed one of the funniest moments in the history of halftime shows. Bruce Springsteen’s power slide made me cry laughing so hard that I had to rewind it at least 12 times. I found it online and watched it again at work today. Classic stuff. Halftime was also when the game peaked and the action started to happen. Harrison’s 100 yard Int for a TD, 3D commercials and Bruce baby! Harrison later went on to beat someone, 3D commercials sucked and Bruce smashed into a cameraman.
The 4th quarter was solid…but in no way was this the greatest game ever. It did mark the first time I ever won in Super Bowl squares. I’d like to thank Mr Whisenhunt for his first quarter challenge and Mr Tomlin for kicking a field goal at the 1-inch line. That lead me into a chant of “Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl.” And how was that last play not reviewed? Come on, even if the crew upstairs saw that the fumble occurred, build some suspense, let the audience look it over and decide. Instead, the game ended and Polamalu was left staring at the stars for…ever. Now that’s a strange cat.
To-do’s on Sundays:
Start studying College Basketball — There is no better time than now to think about your brackets in March and learn who you can count on disappointing you and busting your bracket. This may also lead to increased boredom and eating.
NBA action — The NBA should be alright to watch with some specially highlighted games on all day. Primetime NBA is good but it will not fill the void of an NFL Sunday. I would also like to thank myself for jinxing Andrew Bynum in my last post. 8-12 weeks, ouch!
Invest in the Fox Soccer Channel — well it is futbol and it is on Sundays. Give it a shot, or not.
Movies — This time of year they start playing the classics from “What about Bob” to all the Rocky movies in a row. Take a load off and enjoy. You never know when the Mighty Ducks trilogy will be on again, Gordon Bombay and the flying V.
Read a frigging book — Lazy ass. Or this blog! Message brought to you by sportsfly.com.
If those don’t meet your needs, have a coke and a smile!
I’m Feeling kind of Sunday
This week in the NBA, with so much time off and money piling up, Stephon Marbury decided to hold an online chat. He basically explained his side of the holdout and proclaimed to the academy that he is not a selfish player. He did support his cause saying
“I have averaged eight assists per game throughout my career.” Good stat but he did show up late to the chat. Not the best start to my Celtics approval interview.
The Shaq and Kobe feud is more like a Forrest Gump and Jenny relationship. They go together like peas and carrots! Shaq assured us all that the media made up the whole feud and it’s just another marketing ploy. He goes on to say “We’re still the greatest little-man, big-man 1-2 punch ever created in the history of the game.” They reunite on the West All-star side next month.
We now bring you the best excuse to be snubbed for the all-star team. This week’s winner is Carmelo Anthony. Melo was a little upset he got overlooked and said the injury had to be the key for not being selected. He says “I didn’t think I did nothing wrong,”, “My game didn’t do nothing wrong. That’s the only thing that could have (hurt Anthony, is his injury).” This isn’t a DUI questioning Carmelo; the media always asks questions after games. Melo did deserve to be named to the West all-star team, just didn’t like his defense.
Andrew Bynum will not face a suspension by the league for his hit on Gerald Wallace. Wallace suffered a collapsed lung after the Bynum forearm shiver. Bynum says “I’m sending flowers to his hospital room.” Bynum has stepped up his game this past month; he is also looking to represent the Lakers in Wrestlemania 25. Kendrick Perkins hacked Maxiell last night so I can’t even make my Lakers are dirty case. Instead, I’ll just move along…next topic!
Did someone say we’re going streaking? Yes it’s true, the Celtics have got the mojo going again and have won 10 straight. With the bench boys, House and Big Baby stepping it up, they’ve really showcased their toughness and 3-point shooting. They did snub Rondo and Ray Allen from the all-star game and now they’re pissed. Cavaliers are 22-0 at home this season. Holy Mo Williams! This guy scares me and with big Z back in action, the Cavs look tough. Should definitely be a fun second half of the season.
Farewell Lucky the mascot, he got fired (sweet justice). Can we hire MC Hammer now? Think of the possibilities! My my my my music…