I think Philadelphia is learning what Chicago already knows: Arizona can’t keep a lead. Remember: “They are who we thought they were!”? If Arizona blows this they will be tying a record for the biggest comeback in Championship history. This team is only two years away from that heartbreaking loss. The rosters are pretty much the same, so it’s not too unexpected that they would psychologically break as a team. That looks like what’s happening now. I just have to shake my head. I almost feel sorry for them… Continue reading
I know I watched it a bit late, but that Michael Phelps is a beast. He broke the world record in the 400m IM by about a second and a half. His strength and endurance are extraordinary. He exemplified form in all of his swimming strokes. When he bounces off walls, he stays under longer than everyone, and seems to get more out of each stroke. It seemed that he traveled further per stroke. It really looking effortless. This athlete is extraordinary in his concentration and strength. His form is very good, so he keeps himself focused on maintaining form; he’s smart. But physically he is a specimen. He is one of those rare athletes that is far better than every peer. Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Ted Williams, Muhammad Ali, the list is short. But as far as swimming, Michael Phelps is the best. After seeing the race today, he’s far better than his peers.
I saw the most sublime tennis match in recent memory at Wimbledon today. Between rain delays, it was a grand competition. I can honestly say I have never seen two foes so evenly matched in tennis. By the time Rafael Nadal had finally beat Roger Federer for the Wimbledon crown, most people were already incredulous at the back and forth that was today championship match. After winning five Wimbleon titles in a row, only Rafael Nadal stood in Roger Federer’s way for a sixth. But, it seems recently that Nadal has really come into his own. He’s come a long way since being that Spanish kid wearing capri’s. If today was any indicator, there is a changing of the guard occuring. Federer has been dominant for so long, someone was bound to beat him. Only Nadal has even come close. I think this tennis match showed how far ahead of the pack the top two men’s singles players really are. These two should not be surprised if they find each other’s company in a lot more majors for awhile. The rest have a lot of catching up to do.
With all the hype surrounding this year’s NBA Finals, there is the inevitable talk of the trades both the Celtics and the Lakers made earlier in the season. The biggest trade the Celtics made was for Kevin Garnett, not to mention Ray Allen as well. The Lakers, on the other hand, traded for Pau Gasol. The question is, which trade was better for which team? It’s an interesting question with a lot of perspectives. I took a quick look at the statistics, and based on points alone, it looks like both trades were equally beneficial to each team. Continue reading
What a letdown that was. I guess I can’t be too surprised, the hype machine rarely meets expectations. I was led to believe that Kimbo Slice would be the next Mike Tyson and James “The Colossus” Thompson had the look of a tomato can if I ever did see one. I thought Slice would come out of the gate trying to end the fight (which would have been perfect since the event ran over time). Kimbo Slice looked like a patient fighter, but once he got taken to the ground, the relative novice was apparent. I would bet if Thompson were better himself on the ground, this fight would have been over in the first round. Continue reading
Both these men are exhausted, but they fight like dogs. This fight attests to his endurance. The fight is about 10 minutes long, and Slice ends up losing the fight. Apparently Sean Gannon is the only person to beat Kimbo Slice. The fight itself is really brutal. These men fight until one can’t lift his arms anymore. There’s no rounds to save these guys’ energy. I couldn’t imagine the strength it takes to fight for 9-10 minutes straight. Take a look and see just how comparable to MMA it is. It looks like this is tougher…
If you haven’t heard of Kimbo Slice, you might after Saturday. Check out this narrated fight. Sorry it’s so short. I hear most of his fights are short. This backyard brawler has climbed from homelessness to the main stage on CBS (Saturday, 9 pm EST). To say he is ferocious seems like an understatement. But, before we celebrate this so-called lion, just remember Mike Tyson (see other blog post). He was deemed just as ferocious and merciless. All it took was the true skill of a real boxer to put him down. Fear only goes so far, I hope Kimbo’s skills are enough.