Monthly Archives: June 2012

Painting the Black

To the surprise of many today, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that they will be signing Sidney Crosby to a 12 year, $104.4 million contract extension. Under normal circumstances this deal would not even be questioned. Too bad for the Penguins that these are far from normal circumstances.

The Sidney Crosby concussion saga has done its part into making head injuries a hot topic all across North America. Following his second concussion in December, I said that Crosby was done. The jury is still out on that one but they are leaning towards a unanimous decision of him being just fine.

However, one bad hit and it might all be over. That’s the fear of anyone who cares about hockey.

Thing is, the Pittsburgh Penguins had no other choice. I guess they could have waited for him to play out the season but that’s not how you treat the best player…

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Two giants of European football will clash in Warsaw to see who will make the final of Euro 2012. Germany and Italy will meet for the first time in a competitive fixture since the 2006 World Cup semifinal, which the Azzure won 2-0.

The Azzure finished second in Group C, drawing Spain and Croatia, before defeating Ireland to advance to the quarterfinals. The Azzure had to go to penalties, before knocking out England, to advance to the semifinals.

Germany have been perfect so far at Euro 2012, winning all four matches in the tournament. Portugal, Holland, Denmark and Greece have all succumbed to Die Mannschaft, who have looked unstoppable in the competition.

The Germans love to use a 4-2-3-1 formation and will most likely lineup in that same formation for this fixture. Coach Joachim Low’s biggest decision could very well be, who will be his lone striker up front. Both…

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The Iberian Peninsula will be on high alert on Wednesday, as Spain and Portugal collide in the semifinals of Euro 2012. The two countries last encounter was at the 2010 World Cup in the second round, with Spain going through with a tense 1-0 result.

Both sides have yet to play their absolute best football in this tournament as of yet, which means this could be a tantalizing spectacle to behold. After losing their first match to Germany, Portugal have won fixtures over Denmark, Holland and most recently, the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. Spain opened their Euro account, with a draw to Italy, before recording victories over Ireland, Croatia and France in the quarterfinals.

Many eyes will be focused on the head to head matchup between Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta. These two superstars have waged many a battle over the last few years, either with their club teams…

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The previous BCS system was flawed.

It was a system most of us were not willing to live with. A playoff system was necessary to bring absolute fairness to the world of College Football.

College Football fans across the country have gotten their wish. It was announced yesterday that, starting in 2014, a 4-team, seeded playoff system will be implemented pending approval of the university presidents who serve on the BCS committee. Like Kim Kardashian’s divorce to Kris Humphries, this is an inevitable conclusion to a controversy that could only be resolved with one solution.

What next though?

By finally giving in and moving to a playoff format, the NCAA has created a slippery slope that will get steeper and steeper as the years go on.

The critics to the unfairness of the current BCS system have been silenced but for how long? As I’m sure people will realize, this…

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Dubsism

Originally, I was just going to comment on this piece written by Grant Bisbee from the San Francisco Giants blog McCovey Chronicles. But, the more I explored his theory, the more I saw this was morphing from a comment into another patented Dubsism-style breakdown.

Either way you slice it, the dominant Tim Lincecum that won two Cy Young awards has seemingly vanished into thin air.  The reasons are complex, and not plainly obvious.  I think Bisbee has nailed the best take on this, but I also think he’s missing one important factor. I intend to bring out that point as I walk through his points.

Say, here I am, after another dismal Tim Lincecum start! Boy golly howdy, this is fun. His FIP tonight was Walter Johnson riding a hippogriff and wielding a flaming scimitar made of testosterone and diamonds. His actual game was a shitstorm. Again.

There were…

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Remember the other day when I called the Washington Nationals a bunch of “pimply-faced prodigies who by graduating from Harvard at age fifteen have already accomplished more than a middle-aged dipshit writing some blog which gets four readers a week ever will.”

Let me introduce you to Beau Hossler, who as a 17-old brace-faced little punk has by virtue of performance at the U.S. Open this past weekend pretty much topped anything anybody who either writes or reads this blog will ever do on the links.

Forget the fact that he didn’t end up as the low amateur, forget the double-bogey on the 18th hole on Sunday that cost him that opportunity.  Sunday showed the kid is human, unlike the performance gave on Saturday. During the third round at Olympic, Hossler backed every one of his bogeys with a birdie, but in the final round, he posted back to back…

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Sam’s Sports Brief Blog Update

Hi everybody,

Thank you all for reading my blog, and for your awesome support so far.

I am not going to be at home for the next 7 weeks, and I won’t have any internet access, so I will not be able to make any posts for 7 weeks. I will start posting again when I get back home (on August 5th).

I hope you all are enjoying my blog, as I really appreciate all of you who have visited it so far.

I will make my next post on August 5th, when I get back home to internet access!

Also, my radio show, GameTime is taking a summer vacation. We will continue to broadcast GameTime on http://novahpradio.net in August. Thanks!

I look forward to continuing this blog, and seeing just how far it can go!

-Sam

P.S.- Remember to help me support Stand Up 2 Cancer, a charity fighting to find the cure for cancer! Just go to the Stand Up 2 Cancer orange box on the side, and do an activity for free, you can save a life!

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