Month: March 2014

YNWA (You’ll Never Walk Alone)

For the first time since December the reds are at the top of the league. The last time Liverpool won the league title, the English premier league was referred to as the First Division. With just six games left for Liverpool on the season.

Liverpool ascended to the top of the table with a 4-0 thrashing of the spurs earlier today at Anfield Stadium. This season’s story no doubt has been the scoring exploits of Liverpool’s dynamic duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge affectionately known as S.A.S ( Suarez and Sturridge) to the Anfield faithful. Suarez has scored 29 goals on the season, while his strike partner Sturridge has pumped in 20 goals making first and second on the leagues top goal-scoring charts.

goal scorers

Liverpool’s remaining schedule include West Ham, Manchester City, Norwich City, Chelsea, Crystal Palace and New Castle, although all games are important, the two that stand out are the Man city and Chelsea matches as they’re the only things standing between the reds and their first Premier league title. I Suarez and Sturridge can stay in this goal scoring form there is no reason they can’t hoist the trophy

Are the Bulls good enough?

It seems the Chicago Bulls have the Miami Heats number except when it matters the most in the playoffs. The bulls were led by Joakim Noah and D.J Augustine, Noah poured in 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Augustine contributed with 22 points, leading the bulls to an overtime victory over the heat. Both teams have split their regular season meetings 2-2 this year.

The biggest play of the game happened right at the end of regulation when second year player from Marquette Jimmy Butler, stripped LeBron on his way to the basket for the potential game winner.

In the 2011, the bulls had the number one seed and fell to the heat in the conference finals and last year without Derrick Rose the heat beat the bulls in the 2nd round on their way to a second straight championship, this no doubt has left a sour taste in the mouth of Noah and the bulls.

The one thing the bulls do not lack is energy, and just as last season they’ll be going into the playoffs yet again without their MVP Rose and traded swing-man Luol Deng.

The Bulls will be problematic in the playoffs for either the heat or the pacers but I do not see them knocking either team out. Maybe somewhere in New York Carmelo Anthony watched this game.

Final Four

FA Cup Trophy

The English Football Association cup, a tournament in which teams In England’s professional set-up are embroiled in a knockout competition over several rounds. The draws are done at random, however the bigger clubs aren’t added to the equation until the 3 round of the tournament.

The tournament is known for its unpredictability, it has a long standing tradition of the lower ranked teams becoming “giant killers” due to their victories over their higher rated opponents, and this year is no different.

Current champions Wigan Athletic have again defeated Manchester City this time in the quarter finals and advance to face Arsenal in the semi-finals at Wembley stadium. They’re a championship side (Divsion 1) in the English league, this is their second successive trip to Wembley.

Joined by Wigan in the semifinals are the gunners. Arsenal have been on a trophy drought for the past eight years, ironically the last trophy they won was the 2004-05 FA cup and coincidentally the last cup final they’ve been to during this trophy drought is also the FA cup where they lost in the finals to Birmingham City (2-1).

Sheffield United, became the first third tier team in the English league since 2001 to make the semifinals of the FA cup (according to yahoo sports) by defeating Charlton 2-0.

last but not in least in the final four of the cup is Hull city. Hull city are currently in the English Premier league and had to defeat their fellow premier league mates Sunderland 3-0 to advance to this years semifinals.

Arsenal should be favorites to end their trophy drought in this years field however with Wigan, Sheffield United and Hull City having proved the “Giant Killer” notion is real, anything can happen and is why games are played on the field and not on paper.

Schedule:

Arsenal V Wigan Athletic 04/12
Sheffield United V Hull City 04/12

The King chases the Servant

King chases the servant

If you’ve been paying attention to the NBA as of recent, you would have noticed Kevin Durant gave himself the nickname “The Servant.” I think Durantula, KD or the slimreaper are all better names to me. Much has been made in the first half of the season about Kevin Durant running away with the MVP race. Durant earlier in the season had a stretch of games were he had 30 plus points. LeBron has heard this and as any competitor would feel, he wonders why as the two-time MVP everyone (including myself) is ready to hand Durant the award.

In the first meeting between each stars team, Durant got the better of LeBron as Oklahoma City came out the victors 112-95, and what made this win significant is that it was on the heats home court. Both teams met again Feb 20, this time the heat came away victorious at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 103-81.

According to ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh LeBron James said:

” I do get jealous, I’m not gonna lie. I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he’s like 16-for-32 and then 14-for-34. … Man. … First of all, you have to have an unbelievable mindset to get up 30 shots. I always think about it, though. If I get up high-20s, 30 shots a game, what could I do today, with the way I’m playing?”

LeBron has come out on fire post all-star, with just six games in and playing less minutes on average (36.3), his FG% and 3 point FG% have both risen as well as his shot attempts. Recently LeBron logged his career and Miami Heat franchise record 61 points in a game against Charlotte Bobcats. Durant responded with a 42 point game against the Sixers in which he didn’t play in the 4th quarter. The rest of the season is going to be interesting it’s officially a two horse race, I still think Durant is the front runner, at least now it’s a conversation again

Melo Drama

In Pursuit of Rings

The story-line so far this season in New York has been will seven time all-star Carmelo Anthony leave New York when his contract ends in. The Knicks are in the mists of one an abysmal season with a record of 21-39 and currently sitting 11 in the eastern conference and a slim chance of making the playoffs.

Despite the Knicks losing record and struggles, Carmelo has been doing his part to keep the Knicks relevant this season. He currently ranks second in scoring after three-time scoring champion Kevin Durant. So the question at hand is should he leave?

My answer to that is yes. When it’s all said and done players are mostly judged by their championships. Bill Russell, Micheal Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon are just some of the players considered some of the greatest players to play basketball and are always some of the first names you here when lists are made for top 10 players, more importantly all of these players have multiple championships.

Players like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Dominique Wilkins, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and New York Knick great Patrick Ewing are often over-looked when the discussion for all-time greats come about. Now Don’t get me wrong they’re all respected and often in the conversation, however the argument of how many titles have they won comes up too often and so they automatically get dismissed from the conversation.

If Carmelo Anthony wishes to end up on the “Mt.Rushmore” of NBA players he needs to win multiple titles and time is running out. After all LeBron, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh are some who have left teams in search of rings.

102 days till the World Cup

Brasil 2014

We’re exactly 102 days away from the 20 world cup in Brazil. Considered the worlds game and one of the most largely viewed sporting events in the world, this years world cup will prove to be one of the most intriguing. The groups have been drawn with some of the world powers in soccer ending up in the same groups

The tournament is set to begin June 12 and end July 13. The host country and record world cup title winners with five, Brazil headline group A with Croatia, two-time hosts Mexico and Cameroon. Group B includes the number one ranked and current WC champions Spain, Chile, Australia and perennial underdogs Netherlands, 2010 world cup runners up. Group C is led by the Colombians currently ranked fifth in the world, Greece, a very talented Ivory Coast and 2002 co-host Japan. Group D features inaugural tournament hosts and winners Uruguay, 4-time champions Italy, Costa Rica and 1966 World Cup champions England.

Switzerland are the top seed in group E, joined by Ecuador, Honduras and 1998 champions France. Two-time champions and powerhouse Argentina spearhead group F, joined by Iran, new comers Bosnia and Herzegovina and current African Nations cup champions Nigeria. Group G considered the “group of death” 3-time world champions Germany, Portugal currently ranked fourth according to Fifa rankings, African power-house Ghana and the United States ranked 13 in the world. Last but not least group H features the Belgians who are currently ranked 13 in the world, the Russians who rank 22 in the world, Korea republic and the Algerians who are ranked 26 in the world.

The likes of Brazil, Argentina, Spain, Italy, Netherlands and Germany are going to be considered the front runners however, my dark horses for this tournament are the Belgians. They have a unique blend of youth and experience. With players like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Christian benteke, Vincent kompany and Thomas Vermaelen it’s highly possible the Belgians can possibly lift the trophy this summer.