For 30 days, the eyes of the world were on South Africa as the 19th World Cup final went underway. This marked the first time that the World Cup had been hosted on African soil. For the second time in consecutive World Cup finals, we were treated to an all european final, as Spain and the Netherlands duked it out in Soccer City.
Before we get to the final, let’s touch upon the basics for those who need to catch up. Both teams play with 11 players on the field, having 1 goalie, joined by defenders, midfielders, and forwards. The World Cup teams are made up of 32 countries from 7 regions around the world. The teams play in qualifying matches to make the tournament. Once the 32 teams have qualified, They are split into 4 groups of 8 countries per group and are selected in a lottery process to form the groups of 4 for the tournament, (This is to prevent the highest ranked teams from being selected into the same groups and also teams from the same region from playing each other.) The 32 teams are split into 8 groups and play each other once. After that, the top 2 teams in each group move on to the round of 16 and so on.
Now that we have the specifics out of the way, let’s get to the good parts, which if you watched were not that good at the beginning. Most of the matches were low scoring, as players struggled to score. Some reasons included the ball, called the “Jabulani”, the altitude in South Africa, and the temperature, which dipped down in the low 40′s at night. This didn’t stop from getting the action going, as we saw some exciting matches and some pretty crazy upsets, including Italy and France (Last World Cup’s winner and runner-up) not advancing past the group stage. USA made a run and won their group in surprise fashion over England. Team USA had controversy surround them throughout the group play, starting against England when a seemingly harmless shot by Winger Clint Dempsey was mishandled by English goalie Robert Green and rolled into the back of the net to end in a 1-1 tie. USA had to play from behind in their second game against Slovenia as they fell behind 2-0 at halftime. USA was able to come back with Landon
Donovan and Michael Bradley goals. A few minutes later the U.S. looked at if it were going to win miraculously when a Donovan free kick was volleyed into the goal by substitute Maurice Edu. However, referee Koman Coulibaly disallowed the goal. USA ended their run in a loss to Ghana in the round of 16. USA kept the attentions of American fans long enough for fans to cheer them on. Hopefully we’ll see more progress in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Ronaldo of Portugal, and Wayne Rooney of England to name a few. What made this a bit significant was the fact that none of these “stars” made it to the final four of the tournament. The teams that made it to the final four (Uruguay, Netherlands, Spain, and Germany) took out the competition with something that always overcomes individual stars: teamwork. Germany pounded England in a 4-1 win, with goals coming from Klose, Podolski, and Mueller. Then Germany took their rage out on the Messi-led Argentina squad in a 4-0 shutout with great passing and scoring from different players. Netherlands didn’t lose any games leading into the final match, with Attacking Midfielder Wesley Sneijder and Winger Arjen Robben leading the charge throughout the tournament, even defeating heavily favored Brazil off a beautiful header from Sneijder to win and move on to the semifinals. Uruguay grinded out most of their victories with Diego Forlan (Golden Ball winner, World Cup MVP) and Luis Suarez knocking in beautiful goal after beautiful goal. Uruguay survived a controversial game with Ghana in the quarterfinals, when Suarez intentionally knocked away a potential winning goal away with his hands. Ghana was unable to capitalize on the penalty kick, as Asamoah Gyan’s kick hit the crossbar. Urugauy then was able to win a penalty shootout to move on. Spain, the favorite by many coming in to the tournament, lost their first game against Switzerland. No team that had lost their first game had ever gone on to win the World Cup but Spain played very smart, conservative soccer. Their passing game was extraordinary, as they passed until they found an opening, usually by David Villa. In my opinion, Villa was the star of the tournament, being the most opportunistic scorer and dribbler. Leading into the final, Spain had only scored 7 goals, compared to the Netherlands 12 goals. In the final, both teams played conservatively throughout most of the match, not many opportunities came across for either team. The match went into extra time in a 0-0 tie. It wasn’t until Andres Iniesta’s dribble bounce goal in the 116 minute that sealed the deal for Spain’s first World Cup championship win.
“Inception” is a dream-heist film by “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan. The marketing for it has been everywhere. On tv, in primetime during the NBA Finals. So, with the marketing that has been shown, you think it would be enough? No. These banners are for UK promotion but it wouldn’t be a stretch if it made its way to the US. I would love to see one of these banners on a billboard as I’m driving down the highway. Remember, on July 16th, The Dream Is Real.
Inception is both written and directed by acclaimed Oscar nominated British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige and The Dark Knight. Nolan wrote the screenplays for Memento, Batman Begins (with David Goyer), The Prestige & The Dark Knight (both with Jonathan Nolan). Warner Bros is bringing Inception to theaters starting on July 16th this summer. Only a few weeks are left!
For those who know me, I’ve been talking about this film for months to people. With only two moths left until the premiere, Inception looks to be the most anticipated movie of the summer. For those looking for more insight on the film, here is the plot synopsis.
Acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan directs an international cast in an original sci-fi actioner that travels around the globe and into the intimate and infinite world of dreams. Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible—inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming. This summer, your mind is the scene of the crime.
That is some serious stuff. Well, Warner Brothers has released 7 character posters with descriptions in each characters part.
I am really excited for this film, specifically the storytelling and plot. Inception will be in theaters beginning July 16th, 2010. Below is the latest trailer.
Watching the New York Jets over the past few weeks get LaDanian Tomlinson, Antonio Cromartie, and Santonio Holmes, I was getting frustrated. I am a Miami Dolphins. I love the franchise, I know their history, and I love hating the Jets. The Dolphins made a splash in Free Agency with Karlos Dansby, but sat and watched other teams get better. Our passing game has been horrible for the last two years. In 2008, Ted Ginn Jr. led the Fins in receiving with 56 receptions and 790 yards. In 2009, Davone Bess led the team with 76 receptions and 758 yards. Finally, this morning the news came that all Dolphins fans waited to hear. “Brandon Marshall has been traded to Miami.” The answer has come. He’s 6’4″, 230 pound former UCF wideout beast, that runs fast, jumps high, and that can catch anything that comes his way. Marshall, caught 104 passes for 1265 yards in 2008, and then caught 101 passes for 1120 yards in 2009. Thats almost double the catches! Marshall is a huge upgrade at the position that desperately needed the help. All Dolphins fans know the struggles of watching Ginn dropping yet another key pass as it hits him in the hands.Watching the clock dwindle down late in games and pray to God that one of the receivers will at least catch a pass. The Jets might have the better team on paper, but we don’t play games on paper. We can now feel confident that we finally have our man. Thank you Bill Parcells, for putting us out of our misery.
I remember last season when the Cleveland Cavaliers were awaiting the winner of the Boston Celtics and Orlando Magic series. After the Magic blew out the Celtics in game 7 at the Garden, NBA on TNT had their post game show “Inside the NBA” with Ernie Johnson, Kenny “The Jet” Smith, and Charles Barkley. One part that stuck in my head was when Barkley picked Orlando to beat the Cavs in the East Finals. This prompted Kenny to say “Beat them in what? Basketball?” We all know what happened next. Orlando shocked Cleveland at home in Game 1 (who were an amazing 43-2 at that point), LeBron hits a buzzer beating 3 over Hedo Turkuglo (which people wanted to compare to Jordan over Ehlo but eventually fell through because they lost the series), and the Magic finish the Cavs in 6 games. Why do I repeat this? Because we maybe looking at a rematch this year. Before we assume this, with only 5 games to go for most teams in the NBA, let us take a look at the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland Cavaliers 61-17 - With the addition of Shaquille O’Neal, the Cavs made it clear that they needed someone to stop Dwight Howard in the playoffs. Some felt that the Shaq acquisition was not enough to match up with Orlando, and that they still had the matchup problems as last season. Just before the trading deadline, they traded with the Washington Wizards for Antawn Jamison. (Side note: I hate the rule that a traded player can be bought out and return to his previous team after 30 days. It’s not really a trade, but more of a rental of a player. This rule should be changed. soon.) With 3 big men to throw at “Superman” (Shaq, Anderson Varejao, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas), Someone to tire Rashard Lewis on defense and offense in Jamison, and of course arguably the best player alive in LeBron James, it should be a no brainer, right? I don’t think so. Watching the Cavs play the Boston Celtics this past Sunday, with the Cavs down by two with 10 seconds to go (after trailing by 22), LeBron grabs a rebound and takes off to his basket. It’s a one-on-one play against Tony Allen, with a chance to blow right by him and finish off the fast break as the best driver in the game. Instead, he takes a very bad three for the lead which misses badly off the left side of the rim. Which brings me to question LeBron’s clutch play. He’s fantastic when leading late in a game, but not strong when trailing. I’ve seen many cases where instead of driving right by his defender and finishing strong at the basket, he sizes up his guy and pull up for a bad shot. There are times when I don’t fear LeBron at the end of games. Can you say the same for Kobe? Now I’m not saying that the Cavs can’t win the East, but what I am saying is that they have one team standing in their way.
Orlando Magic 55-23 - The defending Eastern Conference champions have lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wait, what? You’re telling the playoffs haven’t started and people are already crowning the Cavs the East champs? People can’t be THAT stupid to proclaim such a thing after last years playoffs, right? Since the All-Star break, the Magic are 18-5, including wins over Cleveland, L.A. Lakers, Denver, and Dallas. Dwight Howard is on pace to become the first player in NBA history to lead the league in rebounding and blocks in the same season, twice and win the Defensive Player of the Year award. Howard also has a chance to pass Kendrick Perkins to lead the league in Field Goal percentage as well. Orlando is 4th in the league in points allowed per game, at 95 ppg. They have an average margin of victory of 6.9 ppg (second only to Cleveland), and have defeated every team in the league. Why is everyone quick to write off the Magic this year, after going to the NBA Finals last year? Let’s take a look at this. During the summer, Orlando lost Hedo Turkuglo in free-agency (signed with Toronto), then traded Rafer Alston, Courtney Lee, and Tony Battie, for Vince Carter and Ryan Anderson.Carter had a rough January (9ppg), but has since picked it up with 18 ppg. Ryan Anderson provides scoring, from arguably the deepest bench in the league, at 8.3 ppg. Even with his 6′ 10″ frame, he’s a threat from outside, shooting .389% from three-point range. Through free agency, the Magic added Brandon Bass, Jason Willimas (champ with the Miami Heat), and Matt Barnes to their bench, which already had Marcin Gortat, J.J. Redick, Anthony Johnson, and Mickael Pietrus. The Magic live by the three, and can die by the three. Having someone in Vince Carter to create shots is key in during this time. The game slows down, transition baskets are harder to come by, so creating shots in the halfcourt with Howard and Carter is key, which both can do. Again I ask, why is everyone crowning the Cavs as East champs? Are we going to witness another Magic win over the Cavs in the East Finals? Only time will tell.
Atlanta Hawks 49-29 - These are not your average Hawks. Sure, they’ve shown athleticism in the past (the Dominique era), but they haven’t been this competitive in a long time. Joe Johnson is a legitimate scoring threat (averaging 21.2 ppg), a great core of players like Mike Bibby (who has big game experience), Josh Smith(pure athleticism), Zaza Pachulia(a scrappy big man), Al Horford (an all around talent), and quite possibly the 6th man of the year in Jamal Crawford. But what is holding them back? I don’t see the Hawks as a threat to win a title just yet. Think of the last 20 title winners. Go ahead, take your time. Done? Now how many of those teams were built around a spot up jump shooter? Can’t name one, right? That’s because championship contenders are built around either a dominant big man, a scoring slasher, or a brilliant point guard. I don’t believe Joe Johnson can deliver a title to the ATL. Johnson is a second banana masquerading as a franchise guy. You can’t build a franchise around a shooter. The core as I mentioned before is there, but without a true franchise guy, this team will not win a title. Plus, Although they have the 3rd seed in the East, they may not be able to hold off the Celtics from stealing it. Why does that matter? If the Hawks fall to the 4th seed, they would have a second round date with the Cavs. Not good.
Boston Celtics 49-29 – Bill Simmons of ESPN wrote an interesting piece (Smoke and Mirrors) on the Celtics yesterday which got me thinking. Why are the Celtics so different? The core group is the same from the title team of two years ago. Last season could’ve turned out to be a Celtics-Lakers rematch in the Finals, if not for Kevin Garnett’s injury. All that being said, you don’t go from being the best defensive team in the league to losing to the worst team in the league (New Jersey Nets) THAT fast. Rasheed Wallace brings a sense of apathy to the team that can be contagious. I’m not saying he’s the reason for their lack of hard work, but a character such as Rasheed Wallace can rub off on people. Throwing up lazy 3 pointers, arguing calls, leading the league in technicals with 18 (that’s coming off the bench!) something that most people mention is probably spot on is age. This core group aging, and quickly. Garnett (33 years old) wasted his prime for a pathetic Timberwolves team. People tried to criticize him for not making it past the first round of the playoffs for 7 years straight, but it’s not his fault he played with only 2 all-stars from his rookie year to 2004. (Wally Szczerbiak, Tom Gugliotta) 2004 was a change for Garnett, as Minnesota acquired Sam Cassell and Latrell Sprewell, which vaulted them to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Lakers in 6 games. Paul Pierce (32 years old) was part of the Antoine Walker era, but eventually became the man in Boston, leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to New Jersey Nets in 6 games. Pierce wasted a chunk of his prime with some really bad teams as well. Ray Allen (34 years old) spent his career with fringe contenders. In 2001, Allen, along with Sam Cassell and Glenn Robinson, pushed Philadelphia to 7 games in the Eastern Conference Finals. While in Seattle, he lead the Sonics to the Western Semifinals in 2005. Three great player who wasted their primes on crappy teams. They have a core of players, starting with their catalyst in Rajon Rondo, that can give them that last gasp to make a run in the playoffs.
5-8 Seeds – I’m not going to waste time on the lower part of the Eastern bracket because neither one of those teams will make it out of the first round, but they will put up a fight. Just a quick run through.
Milwaukee Bucks 44-34 - The Bucks were playing some of the best basketball since the trade deadline, acquiring John Salmons from the Bulls for a scoring punch. They even had enough to possibly pull off an upset in the first round until Andrew Bogut injured his arm. (“Injured” is an understatement, click here to see what happened. Not for the faint of heart) The core of Bogut, Salmons, and Brandon Jennings will be great for the future, but not now.
Miami Heat 44-34 – The hottest team in the league right now, winning their last 9 games. Although Wade and company have shown grit throughout March, they will have a first round matchup with either Atlanta or Boston. Miami hopes to put together some type of run if they want Wade to stay put this summer.
Charlotte Bobcats 42-36 – Stephen Jackson is leading the Bobcats to their first playoff berth in franchise history, with help from All-Star Gerald Wallace. Although they show toughness to compete with anyone in the league, I don’t see them pulling off a Golden State-type of upset against Orlando.
Toronto Raptors 38-40; Chicago Bulls 37-40 – Two teams are battling it out for the 8th seed in the east, but does either team really want it? Toronto’s hopes took a huge blow with the injury to Chris Bosh, who might have played his last game for the Raptors on Tuesday. Chicago is backing its way in with the Bosh injury but what waits for either team is the Cavaliers. If I were either team, I would tank to try to get a lucky bounce in the draft lottery.
When was the last time you were watching an NBA season and saw that each team projected to be in the playoffs in a conference can finish with at least 50 wins? I’m not even sure if we have had that. That’s what makes this season so tough for the NBA. So much talent in the West, that now you have 7 teams jockeying for position for the playoffs. With exception to the Los Angeles Lakers (we’ll get back to them), we have the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder (or as Bill Simmons would call them, the Zombie Sonics), Portland Trailblazers, and the San Antonio Spurs. Thats 7 teams separated by a measly 4 games, with about 8 games to go. Either further, the Mavs, Jazz, Suns, and Nuggets are all within 1 1/2 games of each other for the second seed in the West. I think it’s time to break down the 8 teams in playoff contention and see what kind of roller coaster we’re going to have for these next three weeks, and possibly in the playoffs.
Los Angeles Lakers 54-21 – The defending champs have been on point throughout the season, until now. There hasn’t been any questioning that the Lakers are the team to beat in the West, but now there is actual opposition that may be able to knock the champs off. The Lakers play 5 playoff teams in the final 8 games, which my take a bit out of them for the first round, with a potential match-up against the San Antonio Spurs. I’m pretty sure that’s not what the Lakers wanted in the first round. Although, the Spurs did lose to the New Jersey Nets, the worst team in the league. I’m pretty sure L.A. isn’t sweating it too much. Everyone seems to be healthy but they don’t seem as dominant as before. They could turn it on for when it matters most, but teams have to be careful with that mentality. Something that does worry me is how much Kobe Bryant has played in the past 3 years. Deep playoff runs, USA basketball taking up his summers, and then the season swinging right back in. Kobe is one of the best conditioned players in the game, but eventually wear and tear takes its place. Laker fans are just hoping it doesn’t come at the wrong time, when they need him the most.
Dallas Mavericks 50-25 – The Mavs have always been considered a “soft” team. Never physical enough to be a true contender. In 2006, they seemed to be primed to win the title, until the Miami Salvatores….. I mean the Miami Heat came back from 2-0 to steal the title from Dallas’ hands. 2007 was even worse, as a highly favored Mavs team was shocked in the first round by a scrappy Golden State Warriors team, led by Baron Davis, Stephen Jackson, and Jason Richardson small-balled the hell out of Dallas. Since then, they’ve traded a future asset for a future Hall of Famer, (Devin Harris for Jason Kidd) added athleticism with Shawn Marion, even though he has a goofy jump shot. They’ve added toughness and rebounding with Brendan Haywood, who finally brings a true low post presence to Dallas. Something tha the overpaid Eric Dampier never did. (sidenote: I never understood why Mark Cuban didn’t want to spend money on Steve Nash to lead the team with a young Nowitzki, but then gave Eric Dampier an astonishing 7 year/$73 million deal for a guy who averages 7 ppg and 7 rpg. I have a headache) The Mavs finally got a true slasher in Caron Butler who can create his own shot and knows his role, and got rid of their only headache (Josh Howard.) Those moves won’t mean anything unless Dirk Nowitzki goes back to being ’06 Dirk. Not sure if you remember but let’s take a trip back to the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals in which the 1-seeded San Antonio and the unfairly seeded 4th Dallas Mavericks (if you click the link, scroll down to 2006 playoff controversy.) Dallas was about to blow a 3-1 series lead they had gained. Manu Ginobili has hit a 3 to give the Spurs a 104-101 lead at home in Game 7. Dirk Nowitzki has the ball with 25 seconds to go. Instead of settling for his patented jump shot, Dirk took a step towards greatness, as he drives to the basket, lays it up and draws the foul and ties the game with a free throw to send it to overtime. (Fast forward to 6:45) Dallas wins 119-111, Dirk finishes with a pantheon-like 37 points and 15 rebounds, and the Mavs make their way to the Finals. The Mavs did their part in adding some more physical pieces around Nowitzki, but Dallas needs 2006 Dirk for a chance to win in the West.
Utah Jazz 50-26 – The Jazz remind me of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde. One of the best home teams in the league (31-8 at EnergySolutions Arena), No many teams can beat them. Averaging .515 from the field at home, Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams have a one-two punch that rivals some of the best in the Association. They can spread the floor with Ashton Kutcher twin Kyle Korver and Mehmet Okur. Defensively, Andrei Kirilenko can still harass the best in the league. Now take a look at their road record (a dismal 19-18, .468 shooting percentage.) Are the rims different in every other NBA arena that the Jazz are that bad on the road? Do they feed off of their home crowd? I don’t think they lack the mental toughness to compete in the West, but of all the teams that need home-court advantage, Utah needs it most.
Phoenix Suns 49-26 – Phoenix is intriguing. This is definitely one of their least talented teams in recent years. (They’ve had Joe Johnson, Quentin Richardson, and Shawn Marion in recent years) With that being said, This Suns team has gelled well together, and are on fire. Steve Nash ahs kept up a high play at age 36 (16.7 ppg and leads the league in assists with 11.1 apg. (By the way, can we add Nash to the list of sports stars to host Saturday Night Live? My top 5 are Nash, Peyton Manning again, Dwight Howard, Chad Ochocinco and Ron Artest. Totally kidding about Artest. Let’s move on.) Amare Stoudamire overcame the trade rumors and has been hot, (leads team in scoring, rebounding, and blocks with 22.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg and .097 bpg) especially in March (27.3 ppg and 9.9 rpg.) But with the exception of Nash and Stoudamire, they don’t have a true third wheel. Jason Richardson is not a scoring force, although he brings a lot of athleticism to the table. Grant Hill is up in age, Leandro Barbosa was highly touted as a star, yet has been a serviceable bench guy at best. Youth might not work in the playoffs. It will come down to Amare to take the reins on offense.
Denver Nuggets 48-27 – Here is a case of having talent, but no direction. Head coach George Karl was diagnosed with throat cancer earlier this season and has been in and out of the sidelines. Their 4-6 in their last 10 games, they’re struggling to score in the paint, and seemed lost without their coach. At one point in the season, Denver seemed like the team to knock off the defending champs, as far as winning in LA 126-113 without Carmelo Anthony on February 5th. Those days don’t seem like long ago, yet it feels like a different team. With 7 games left, only one is against a losing team. (LA Clippers) They also suffer the Jekyll/Hyde syndrome (30-6 home/18-21 road.) If the playoffs started today, the Nuggets would have to get by Phoenix in the first round, and then Los Angeles would be waiting in the second round. If they can’t their act together soon, they could be looking at an early summer vacation.
Oklahoma City Thunder 46-28 – I love the next two teams on the list. The Zombie Sonics have such a fun time playing basketball, and it shows. Kevin Durant is currently tied with LeBron James for the league scoring title at 29.7 ppg. Durant can flat-out score. He has these freakishly long arms, deceptive speed, and an ability to get to the basket. Durant has also become the leader of the young Zombie Sonics, at the young age of 21. Although he has superb talent, and a deep cast around him, (Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, James Harden) I’m not sure they are ready for the pressures of the playoffs. Their last eight games don’t get any easier, as 6 are against teams above .500. I want to see the Thunder succeed, but they might be a year off.
Portland Trailblazers 46-29 – Has any other team had worse with big men than the Blazers? Bill Walton, Sam Bowie, Greg Oden. All have had injuries that took away potential success from Portland, Walton being the most painful. All that being said, this Blazers team can make noise in the playoffs. Brandon Roy has the composure in high pressure situations. The trade for Marcus Camby before the deadline gives them a true shot blocker and rebounder. Andre Miller gives them veteran leadership and a floor general. Lamarcus Aldridge is a strong scoring option. If any team has an upset in them for the playoffs, it’s the Blazers.
San Antonio Spurs 45-29 – If there is any team you can’t count out, it’s the Spurs. They are older. They are slower. That doesn’t mean they don’t know what it takes to win. Tim Duncan has an average of 23 ppg and 12 rpg in the playoffs. Manu Ginobili is coming alive at the right time, Tony Parker is finally coming back from his injury, and Richard Jefferson gives them the athleticism they’ve lacked in recent years. You can’t forget coaching is a big deal in the playoffs, and there aren’t many coaches better than Greg Poppovich. The only thing that worries me is the lack of depth. Their starters would have to play the majority of the minutes, and with their age, it might be tough.
Be sure to stay tuned for my review on the Eastern Conference.
I wake up every morning, check my twitter account to see what stories of interest come around. First one was the death of actor Corey Haim, star of such 80’s films as Lost Boys, License to Drive, and Lucas. Part of the most succesful same-name duo in entertainment (excluding The Mark Brothers in the early 1980’s for the Dolphins), this news saddened me. The next piece of news I saw was Nomar Garciaparra signing a one day deal so he could retire as a member of the Boston Red Sox. This happened to jog my memory back to the summer of 2004, when the Red Sox traded Nomar in a four team deal that sent him to the wild card leading Chicago Cubs. The Red Sox received Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. We all know what happened later that year. Nomar was still, and has continued to be recognized by Red Sox Nation as a fundamental part to team that won it all in ‘04 for what he brought to Boston in his early career. The stats speak for themselves, with a batting average of .323, 1281 hits, 178 homeruns, an AL Rookie of the Year award and a 6 time All-Star. Fans came to appreciate him, refereing to him a No-mah in his 8 1/2 years in Boston. Towards the end of his career as a Red Sox, his production began to slip and Boston was looking for defense so the trade came. That didnt stop fans to continue their support for him as he became a journeyman, going from Chicago, to the LA Dodgers, and ultimately Oakland. All he could really be used for was a mentor to younger guys coming up, as he was never able to regain the form he had early in his career. But Nomar always loved the Red Sox organization and the city of Boston as he mentioned in his press conference. He wanted to retire as a Boston Red Sox. With his retirement on Wednesday, Boston said “Welcome home Nomar, welcome home.”
Drew Brees donned a King of Bacchus outfit and rode a horse drawn carriage with his wife in a parade through New Orleans during Mardi Gras festivities on Sunday. We think that with his busy schedule of late he’s gone mad with power. We’re thinking Oprah has to have something to do with this?
I encounter this every now and then and it just blows my mind.
Girls, if i hold the door open for you, SAY THANK YOU!! I was raised to show respect, I will hold the door open for you, give up my seat for you, do all the old fashioned things not because I am looking for something in return, but because its the right thing to do. Just the other day when getting my morning coffee, while leaving the store there was a woman heading in, with hot coffee in hand, I did an uncomfortable maneuver to hold the door open for her. Walked right past me, without the slightest acknowledgement to my kind act. I said in a rather loud annoyed voice, YOUR WELCOME. Only then did she say Thank you.
on a side note to everyone. While driving, if I let you in front of me in traffic, give me the hands up wave thank you thing for crying out loud. Kthx.