Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The fix is in, TFC on wrong side
It all seemed set perfectly. A reputed so-so team, albeit on the road, hosting Toronto FC in Champions League play. To make it better, the hosts goalie was named Jose Calderon. Surely the Reds would score at will, no? Nope. In a game that was officiated so badly WWE officials would be red faced, TFC were 1-0 losers. I have read Declan Hill's book called "The Fix" and quite honestly, after what I saw last night, he might be ready to add a chapter. Nobody can be that inept, can they?
Tweets Bill Simmons, aka "The Sports Guy" on Chris Bosh not playing for the U.S. national team this summer:"I'm OK w/ Chris Bosh skipping out on Team USA, he didn't need any more big game reps. The 2003 NIT, 1 Olympics + 11 playoff games is enough." Awesome.
Philadelphia Phillies starter Cole Hamels went 102 batters and 372 pitches between runs scored in support of him by his Phillies. Ouch.
A great career retrospective on Roger Clemens, from the fine folks at The Sports Pickle.
With UFC legend Randy Couture set to face former heavyweight boxing champion James Toney this weekend at UFC 118, here's a peak at the top 10 freak fights of all the times. Toney, if you've yet to see, is taking smack talking to some impressive levels ahead of this one. Seems positively annoyed that few are giving him a big chance in this one. If he gets off a punch, sure. If Couture gets in tight and gets him down, he's cooked.
Detroit Tiger Johnny Damon was placed on waivers a couple days ago and claimed by his former team, the Boston Red Sox, a team and city that as recently as last week he disparaged in an interview on The Michael Kay Show. So with a chance to join a playoff contender, what did Damon do? Weigh his options, and value his legacy as a Yankee far greater, says Lee Jenkins at SI.com, as he declined a move to Boston. Well played, JD.
The San Francisco Giants are .000944881889764 games out of the NL Wild Card position with 35 to go. No, seriously.
Real Madrid and Barcelona have five of the world's seven highest paid soccer players.
Bonus picture. Check out a member of the U.S. Army Rangers - their elite crew - parachuting into the Texas Rangers game last night. Those pesky flag poles!