The Panama Loss: Bob Bradley’s Demise or a Wake-Up Call For the United States? [VIDEO]

The United States won their World Cup group, a group that included a ballyhooed England side and the feisty combination of Slovenia and Algeria.  They won the group and chased Ghana into extra time.  That same collection of U.S. talent now no longer has destiny in their own hands to win their Gold Cup group … Read more

Commentary: US Defeat of Canada Raised Several Important Questions [VIDEO]

The United States did not dominate Canada, as some bloggers around the internet have insinuated.  The United States scored twice: a Jozy Altidore strike that 80% of keepers in the world save and a flash of Clint Dempsey brilliance that was borderline un-savable.  (Carlos Bocanegra also missed a point-blank strike.)  The Canadians did not score … Read more

Novak Djokovic Comes Up Small in the Largest of Moments at Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic has given men’s tennis an adrenaline shot in the chest with his 2011 winning streak that began with a run through the Australian Open and has included two defeats of Rafa Nadal on clay in the lead-up to the French Open.  The Djoker has been the third best player in men’s tennis since … Read more

Commentary: World Golf Rankings Mindless Fodder for Brit Media (with TPC pick)

I came across two separate news stories this week of The Players, each related to the same golfing topic.   First Iain Carter lashed out at criticism of the world golf rankings from the American golf press and Nick Faldo (I don’t acknowledge knightings).  Second ESPN made their early-week golf headline Paul Casey’s overtaking of Tiger Woods in … Read more

Commentary: Nationwide Series Meaningless Until Cup Drivers Vacate (and other options)

I like NASCAR very much and I’ve watched more truck races in 2011 than Nationwide events.  The reason is quite simple: Cup driver dominance has reduced the entirety of the series to a meaningless weekend sideshow. Don’t believe me?  Let’s have a look at the current Nationwide standings: available here.  Notice something interesting?  Of course … Read more

Commentary: Late Saturday Marquee Matches a Horrible MLS Mistake

Real Salt Lake may not have won the MLS Cup a season ago but I think it’s nowhere near a reach to consider them the finest franchise currently in the league.  Aside from their consistent success, their landmark run in the CONCACAF Champions League, culminating in a final loss to Monterrey at Rio Tinto, provided … Read more

The Feilhaber Decision: How American Footballers Can Elevate MLS

Benny Feilhaber is not an American football superstar in the way of Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey or Tim Howard.  He is a player with matinee idol looks and a remarkable talent, never more on display than in 2009’s Confederations Cup in South Africa where he thrived as Bob Bradley’s go-to substitution in the second half … Read more

Commentary: UFC (Not Boxing) Will Flourish From Marquee Match-Up [VIDEO]

No one disputes that a match between boxing’s two best pound-for-pound fighters will shatter PPV buyrate records.  Not sports entertainment impresario, Vince McMahon.  Not boxing promoters, Oscar De La Hoya or Don King.  Not UFC President, Dana White, or anyone else doing business in the pay-per-view industry.  So it’s a difficult thing to say – … Read more

Commentary: Modern Era Mandates Creation of True Golf World Cup

The Ryder Cup pits the United States against Europe in an antiquated rivalry that no longer holds water in the modern golf game.  The President’s Cup pits the United States against the rest of the world less Europe in a contest that makes even less sense and was created simply to include non-Europe in team competition. … Read more

Commentary: An American Villa Supporter

Gerard Houllier is facing the firing squad from Aston Villa’s supporters and the British media.  Villa, a club that in 2009-10 looked poised to begin threatening for positions among the EPL’s elite, has slid to the bottom of the table and played like a side that deserves relegation (if not worse).  Houllier is attempting to … Read more

Commentary: The History & Future of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show returned this week for Season 13 – scoring a 1.0 television rating and an average of 1.5 million viewers – the highest-rated cable program in its time-slot among men in the 18-34 and 18-49 demographics range. At first glance, those are pretty impressive numbers for UFC’s … Read more

Commentary: Will Spotlight Drift From Tiger With Poor Augusta Effort?

Golf may be one of “the other sports” but Tiger Woods is certainly not one of “the other athletes”.  In the golf universe, Woods is the NFL, MLB, NBA, March Madness, E! Entertainment Television, TMZ and Red Shoe Diaries combined.  With every tournament he enters, he is the story.  His 74 on Saturday at Bay … Read more

Commentary: Hamlin’s Season on Brink

There isn’t much to add to today’s race at Fontana that the highlights video does not cover.  Kyle Busch dominated 95% of the afternoon until a late-lap battle with Jimmie Johnson allowed Kevin Harvick to surge to the front of the field.  It was easily the most thrilling sequence in the 2011 Sprint Cup … Read more

Commentary: English Media’s Overhyping of Wales Match Perverts Result

It seems the coverage from the English media – in the Guardian and beyond – has been extensive when it comes to their match Saturday with Wales. You would think the stakes are on par with an elimination match in a major international tournament. Guess what? They’re not. Wales has played three matches in Group … Read more

Commentary: Pacquiao Suit Still On But Time For Mayweather Fight Is Now

News was made official today that Manny Pacquiao’s defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather has been given the go-ahead by a judge after Mayweather’s consistently unfounded claims that the Pinoy boxing champ used PEDs to achieve his now legendary status. The order states, “Moving defendants [Mayweather, et al.] argue that Pacquiao has failed to sufficiently allege … Read more