Commentary

Weekend Review: What You Missed (Aug. 13-14)

I try not to read anything beyond factual results for the first month of the English Premier League, because they’re pretty much as worthless as a snood in the Manchester City team store.  And as I write this with the Super Copa in the background, and Ray Hudson shrieking at every attack from either side … Read more

On the Eve of a New Start

This… this wasn’t the article I was planning to write. I had been waiting, chomping at the bit for this weekend to arrive. I’ve had to suffer through lackluster performances in international games, games missing the emotion that I’ve been spoiled with week in and week out. I was ready to take on this blog … Read more

Arms and the Woman: Brette Trost on Long Island on Women’s ‘Wrist Wrestling’

“Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat… This is ABC’s Wide World of Sports…And now from Petaluma, California, it’s the World Wristwrestling Championships”. This classic introduction from ABC’s flagship program was what inspired Gene Camp to gather a large crowd of competitors … Read more

Commentary: On Tiger’s Return at Firestone

The names are all on the entry list at Firestone for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational: McIlroy, Mickelson, Donald, Westwood, Open champion Darren Clarke.  The best players in the world, according to both the eyes of intelligent golf fans and the world golf rankings, will tee it up Thursday morning in beautiful Akron, Ohio.  But for … Read more

Commentary: Thierry Henry Must Stop On-Pitch Complaining and Adapt for RBNY

Full disclosure: I am a Red Bulls supporter.  So this piece will be sauteed in subjective butter. Thierry Henry’s career, one of the most remarkable in the history of the world’s game, speaks for itself.  If you’re reading this you don’t know need me to list his credentials.  There is simply no arguing that from … Read more

Pearl Harbor Revisited: Physicality & Pace to Determine Women’s World Cup Final

I’m by no means an expert on the women’s international football game – even though I’ve been thoroughly engaged by this tournament as its progressed.   While entertained I still find the product overwhelmingly underwhelming.  Flourishes of brilliance are marred by extended periods of technical deficiency.  And I’m not entirely sure this is a male/female … Read more

They Wam Me Bach: How the US Women Stole My Heart [VIDEOS]

I tuned in somewhere around the 70th minute.  An online stream from what I assumed to be Scotland, based on the brilliance of the accents, featured a pair of commentators outraged by what had just transpired on the pitch.  A misguided foul call in the box against the United States.  A red card unfairly awarded … Read more

Devouring Disgusting Quantities of Hot Dogs: Not Just For Gentlemen Anymore [VIDEO]

Do female athletes have to be the picture of grace, poise and beauty to be popular? The German women’s national soccer team certainly thought so, as members of the team posed in sheer tops on the cover of German Playboy to show that they are “normal and lovely girls”. Headlines ran: “What better way to … Read more

Djokovic Number 1? TOS Retires From the World Rankings Game

So Novak Djokovic will be number one in the world after beating Jo Wilfried Tsonga to make the final at Wimbledon.  Even if Rafa Nadal defeats him on Sunday morning, winning his second consecutive slam, and continuing to cement his place in the history of the sport.  Nope.  Don’t matter.  The computers will say Novak is number one even while … Read more

Return to Daytona: Two-Car Draft Providing Superspeedways Identity, Excitement [VIDEO]

In the aftermath of being unfortunately bounced from Talladega after Kyle Busch pounded his front fender, Matt Kenseth had a few choice words for the two-car draft dynamic that has emerged on the superspeedways in 2011. (Video of both the wreck and comments here) http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ebsq2Umzb7Q These comments came after Dale Earnhardt Jr. – the sport’s … Read more

Why US Soccer Must Move On From Bob Bradley [WITH GOLD CUP FINAL VIDEO]

US Soccer, and soccer for most of the teams in the CONCACAF region, is not like the rest of the world.  The US is a guaranteed Gold Cup participant, they don’t truthfully enter World Cup qualifying until the late stages and their friendlies are played at times when most of their top tier talent is … Read more

Commentary: Breaking Down the United States Victory over the Reggae Boys

Suddenly the group stages feel a distant memory.  After a 2-0 defeat of an overwhelmed and oddly-managed Jamaica side, the USMNT find themselves in a rematch with Panama for the right to play in the Gold Cup final.  Suddenly the team drawing jeers for its star players attending sibling weddings and the manager who was scanning job listings … Read more

Rory’s Rebound a Spectacular Feat

For full leaderboard, click here. Impressive.  No other word for it. Rory McIlroy’s Sunday collapse at Augusta in April made headlines all over the world as the then 21, now 22 year-old from Northern Ireland hit a tee shot into house and then followed with hole after hole of missed putts after draining everything inside … Read more

Commentary: Why the U.S. Open is the Year’s Greatest Tournament

It is the hardest tournament of the year, every year.  Northern Irishman Graeme MacDowell won at Pebble last year at even par.  Lucas Glover shot a -4 to win at Bethpage Black and was one of only five players to get below par on the week.  Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate ended at -1, before … Read more

Commentary: US Needs to Hammer Guadeloupe, Move on to Knockouts

The United States men’s soccer team doesn’t earn Sam’s Army brownie points for beating Guadeloupe in Kansas City on Tuesday night.  Beating a country that no one knows is a country and holds about as many people as North Jersey is not something that keeps a manager in the most important position in US soccer or … Read more