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Strasburg…The National's pitching wonder…Makes the SI cover….

The question is …..

Can he keep it going?

Can he carry the team?

Stephen Strasburg is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, at least for everyone not in the Chicago market. This is, I believe, the first time a member of the Nats has been the primary subject of an SI cover. (UPDATE: Svlurga writes in to say that Ryan Zimmerman appeared onthe fold-out portion of this cover. My bad.)

It’s also only the second time a D.C. pro athlete has been featured on SI’s cover since this blog began in 2006.

In those five years, I believe this is the sixth time a D.C. athlete has been featured, though it’s certainly possible I’ve missed some.

But let’s put to lie this notion of an SI cover jinx, at least as far as D.C. athletes are concerned.

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June 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

Strasburg…The National’s pitching wonder…Makes the SI cover….

The question is …..

Can he keep it going?

Can he carry the team?

Stephen Strasburg is on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, at least for everyone not in the Chicago market. This is, I believe, the first time a member of the Nats has been the primary subject of an SI cover. (UPDATE: Svlurga writes in to say that Ryan Zimmerman appeared onthe fold-out portion of this cover. My bad.)

It’s also only the second time a D.C. pro athlete has been featured on SI’s cover since this blog began in 2006.

In those five years, I believe this is the sixth time a D.C. athlete has been featured, though it’s certainly possible I’ve missed some.

But let’s put to lie this notion of an SI cover jinx, at least as far as D.C. athletes are concerned.

More….

June 15, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Health, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

CD on the NBA Basketball finals Update…….Boston up 3-2…..

Yup, this matchup was important even when Al Jefferson was a Celtic. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

NBA Finals 2010 update: Boston leads 3-2 with their amazing Game 5 win at the TD Garden in Boston, MA over the defending champion LA Lakers, 92-86 in a wild game as Kobe Bryant’s 38 points wasn’t enough to pull out the win.

June 14, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, Projections, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

Quickie…..The Mets….

I’m a Met fan…

I’m  a VERY HAPPY Met fan today….

The Team has just completed a sweep of three games from Baltimore…

Yes!

The Phillies…

Who the Mets beat the last time around are BELOW the Mets in the standings!…..

Yes!

David's two homers lift Mets to first sweep away from home

From the New York Post……

BALTIMORE — David Wright hit two homers, Chris Carter and Jason Bay also connected, and the Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-4 Sunday for a three-game sweep. Bay entered in an 0-for-16 skid before going 4-for-4 with four runs scored….  

June 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports, Travel, Updates | , | 6 Comments

US and England play to a 1-1 Tie in South Africa World Cup game…..

[ England goalkeeper Robert Green lies on the pitch after mishandling the ball for the U.S.’s only goal. ]

The Journal provides minute-by-minute analysis of the U.S.’s 1-1 draw with England in today’s World Cup Group C match in Rustenburg. Journal staffer Neil McIntosh offers commentary on the match and the telecast, with other contributions from around the world.

For more World Cup coverage from the Journal, click here.


From the Wall Street Journal Live Blog…….

Sometimes you win…

Sometimes you lose….

Sometimes you draw….


Both sides will feel they could have done better; they had the chances to do so. But, also, both will know this result isn’t terminal to their chances of progression.

That said, the U.S. must be the happier group of players and supporters. Their superstars — Donovan, Dempsey, Altidore — turned up and played well. We knew that defense would struggle with England’s pace. But, in reality, they managed to restrict England to a lot of long-range efforts and one or two nearer things which were scrambled away. Tim Howard was just as good as we knew he was.

How England must wish they had a keeper of Howard’s stature. It was hugely cruel that Robert Green’s calamity should deny England a win, and he — and his family — will feel the full force of the English tabloids’ mockery and ire tomorrow morning. As the Journal’s London bureau chief, Bruce Orwall, correctly noted earlier: “This is gonna be ugly.”

The nation is going to be consumed with his failure, and the debate about who to have in goal next time. Add in to that a further debate about Ledley King — if he can’t last more than 45 minutes against the USA, why was he put in the squad? — and a more minor discussion of England’s midfield options after James Milner was hauled off in the first half. At least Emile Heskey, the main pre-match talking point, played well.

For the U.S., it’s on to Johannesburg and the Slovenia game next week with individual and collective reputations intact, even enhanced. England may face Algeria, in Cape Town, with more furrowed brows

Editor’s note: Kyle Beckerman is a midfielder with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer and has 12 appearances with the U.S. national team since 2007.

Fun game to watch. Howard is an absolute beast. It could of really gone either way. We both had some chances to snatch it at the end…We’ll take this nice point, and it’s on to the next one.

Editor’s note: Gary Smith is a former soccer player in England and currently coach of Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids.

Very disapointing result for all English men.

To take the lead and start so well but ultimately lack ideas and serious quality, especially at big times was worrying, not only today but as we move forward.

The positives were difficult to mention on the day, but the result would lend [itself] to both teams progressing

Game over but chaos ensues as hordes of people fight to get on a bus back to the lot. A U.S. fan says “we can take a tie” while smushed into a seat.

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

DSD…..The World Cup and ABE….(Anybody But England)…….

USA squad - England v USA: USA ready to crush England's 'little boys'

What’s behind Anyone But England?
By Jon Kelly
BBC News Magazine

As the World Cup kicks off, many football fans from the UK’s celtic nations say they will support ABE – Anyone But England. Why does this inflame so much passion on both sides?

When Fabio Capello’s men run out to begin their World Cup campaign in Rustenburg, their shirts gleaming in the South African evening sun, an unknown number of their fellow British citizens will be cheering. For the USA.

On June 18, the same group will support Algeria. Five days later, it will be Slovenia whom they get behind.
And if Rooney, Lampard, Terry and company make it past the group stages, these UK passport holders have a handy phrase to remind them with whom their loyalties will lie: Anyone But England.

Few subjects on football message boards generate more ire, head-shaking and mutual antipathy between the constituent nations of the union than that of ABE.

To plenty of England supporters, the phenomenon is an unseemly grudge-fuelled display of bitterness by those with an inferior international record.

Meanwhile, to a certain breed of Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish fans, it is either a natural expression of friendly rivalry with one’s near-neighbours or a necessary corrective to the perceived arrogance of an English-dominated media, which appears not to be able to discuss a soccer tournament without copious references to Bobby Moore and 1966.

As the historian Eric Hobsbawm observed, a nation of millions “seems more real as a team of 11 named people”. Consequently, football has become emblematic of ongoing trends such as devolution; Scottish, Welsh and Irish nationalism; and English resentment over the West Lothian question…..

….continued, at length, with a great many comments, at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8733373.stm

June 12, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Entertainment, Media, Men, Projections, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Jessica Gomes…….

Jessica+Gomes in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Party At LAX In Las Vegas

Model Jessica Gomes arrives at the LAX Nightclub at the Luxor Resort & Casino during a launch party for the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue February 12, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated) *** Local Caption *** Jessica Gomes (Getty Images)more pics »

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Entertainment, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

World Cup Simulated Odds from FiveThirtyEight……

From  FiveThirtyEight.….

June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Men, Other Things, Projections, Sports, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Daniel….. SOCCER WORLD CUP OPENER: South Africa – Mexico 1:1

Hello Folks!

South Africa's Siphiwe Tshabalala scores the first goal of the 2010 World Cup to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, but South Africa gives up a late goal and ends with 1-1 draw.

[ South Africa’s Siphiwe Tshabalala scores the first goal of the 2010 World Cup to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, but South Africa gives up a late goal and ends with 1-1 draw. ]

This late Morning (US Time) the 18th FIFA Soccer World Cup started.

In the opening Match Host South Africa drawed Mexico to a 1:1.

Two different halfs:

In the first half Mexico was clearly better while in the second half the Host were better. South Africa was a little bit unlucky at the end by hitting the Post in the last Minute.

Second Match of this Group is starting in a few Minutes: France – Uruguay.

Daniel G.

Mexico's Rafael Marquez fires home the equalizer in the 79th minute.

[ Mexico’s Rafael Marquez fires home the equalizer in the 79th minute. ]

JOHANNESBURG – A new day – a new era for that matter – dawned on South Africa and the entire African continent Friday.

The first World Cup in Africa kicked off amid pageantry, a celebration of its culture and a South African tie at Soccer City Stadium in Soweto.

Rafael Marquez‘s goal in the 79th minute spoiled the South African party a bit as the hosts left the stadium with a 1-1 draw in the opening match of the World Cup.

Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala‘s spectacular goal in the 55th minute lifted the hosts to a one-goal lead in front of 84,490 enthusiastic and noisy fans.

Midfielder Katlego Mphela, who created the South African goal, almost became a national hero, as his left-footed shot bounded off the left post and out of bounds in the 89th minute.

The opening ceremonies celebrated the culture of Africa and the host country with music and dances that evoked the culture and history of the continent.

But even while South Africa was celebrating itself, the world and the beautiful game, tragedy marred the event.

Former president Nelson Mandela, the driving force of the country’s end to its apartheid policies, was unable to attend the ceremonies. He was mourning the death of his great grand-daughter, Zenani Mandela, 13, who was killed in a car accident while returning home from a pre-World Cup concert on Thursday night.

“The FIFA World Cup is in South Africa,” Blatter told the crowd and a worldwide TV audience that believed to be more than one billion. “Thank you.
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June 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Projections, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , , | 19 Comments

Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor…”For the Love of the Game”……

From NiceKicks….

The Air Jordan 2010 is easily one of the most talked-about sneakers in the market today, and it seems this shoe will continue to garner a lot of attention as the year unravels. Later this year, Jordan Brand will release the Air Jordan

2010 Outdoor in a series of colorways …

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Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor “For the Love of the Game”

June 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sneakers (Kicks), Sports, Updates | , , | Leave a comment