I was saddened to hear of the passing of former NFL running back Chuck Muncie. The onetime San Diego Charger and New Orleans Saint back, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 60. He is best remembered for being the featured back in Don Coryell's offense that ran roughshod throughout the NFL in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
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Let me start by stating this. I do not like Sir Alex Ferguson. Not one bit. I think he's a boorish, conceited, uncouth, ill-tempered bully who has received far too much praise, from the British press who lap up every word he says, like it's the word of God himself. Only Ferguson can get away with skipping news conferences after defeats in the Champions League, like he did this past season, after Manchester United were eliminated by Real Madrid.
Over the last several years, there has been little doubt has to who has led the way in the sport of soccer. Since 2008, Spain has been the leader of the beautiful game at both the club and international level. The winners of Euros 2008 and 2012, along with a World Cup title in 2010, Spain has been the best in the world.
To say the Toronto Blue Jays had high expectations heading into the 2013 Major League Baseball season, is like saying the CN Tower is really tall. Many experts pegged the Jays to win the American League Eastern division for the first time since 1993.
However, the Jays have started slowly this season, as they sit in last place in the AL East, going 4-6 in their first 10 games.
Nothing says spring like the Masters tournament. The sights of Augusta National are as familiar as any sporting ground. Hogan Bridge which connects the 12th fairway to the green over Rae's Creek. The azalea's blooming behind the 13th green. Butler Cabin where Jim Nantz of CBS does his interviews. The Eisenhower Tree located on the 17th fairway, famous for former US President Dwight Eisenhower consistently hitting the tree on a regular basis with his tee shot.
Rising French power Paris Saint-Germain clash with Spanish giants Barcelona in the quarter finals in the UEFA Champions League. PSG currently sit atop of Ligue 1, eight points clear of Lyon. Barcelona are topping the table in La Liga, 13 points clear of bitter rivals Real Madrid. In European competition, PSG topped Group A, then advanced past Valencia in the knockout stage.
A mouth-watering quarterfinal fixture headlines the Champions League Elite Eight as German frontrunners Bayern Munich tangle with Italian table toppers Juventus this week. Die Roten are only three points away, from wrapping up the Bundasliga title, after a 9-2 thrashing of Hamburg over the weekend. Meanwhile La Vecchia Signora sit 9 points clear of second place Napoli in Serie A, following a critical 2-1 result over Inter Milan.
One of the best sporting events tips off on Thursday as the NCAA men's basketball tournament, aka March Madness begins in Detroit, Lexington, Salt Lake City and San Jose. 64 teams battling to see who will make the trek to the Georgia Dome for the Final Four. Brackets have been filled out. Bets have been made. Here are my selections on who will be in Atlanta in two weeks time.
After a dismal 2012 season, the Detroit Lions knew changes had to be made. The Honolulu Blue and Silver finished the season with a very disappointing 4-12 record, after making the playoffs the previous season. Change was in the air. And change hat come.
The Lions needed to make a splash in free agency, and they achieved that splash with the signing of running back Reggie Bush to a 4 year deal worth $16 million.
For those expecting a blog about AC/DC after reading the title, sorry to disappoint you. (I don't mind AC/DC especially the early stuff with the late Bon Scott on vocals. The later stuff is overplayed. But I digress.)
The debate has been raging for many years. Which sport has the toughest athletes? Many people in my homeland will argue hockey has the real tough guys.