SportsNet - June 2012
The NBA Finals has been as entertaining as advertised between two teams with great talent playing at the highest level. It appears that today's media always has to have a scapegoat when a team loses. When Miami lost Game 1, it was Dwayne Wade. Many pointed out that he was underperforming.
When the Thunder came up short in Game 2, Russell Westbrook was widely criticized for playing selfishly and not feeding the ball to his team's best player, Kevin Durant. Criticism is sometimes warranted; however, what many analysts fail to mention is that these players are only playing like they always have. Maybe the other team was just better that night.
D-Wade averaged 22 point, 4 assists, and 5 rebound, during the regular season. In the Heat's loss he had 19 points 8 assists and 4 rebounds. In their win he had 24pts, 5 assists, and 6 rebounds. These numbers are fairly consistent. Wade is a streaky player at this point in his career.
If you look at bare statsistics, then the win against Sweden looks to be an epic result, however, look past the rose tinted media hype and you will see that England beat possibly the worst team in the competition. Not only that, but they almost blew it by letting in two goals in the second half that would have embarrassed a Sunday pub team.
The truth is that they got lucky with Gerrard making a pass in a million that even Carroll could not miss. That will not happen against teams like Germany or Spain, nor indeed most of the teams in the next round should England manage to get out of the group. As we witnessed yesterday, competitions like this can throw up some surprising results, none more that Russia being beaten by Greece. Everybody laughed off their chances, yet they are in the next round whilst Russia is going home. England fans in their usual delusional hysteria think that it will be a walk in the park against Ukraine next week. It will be anything but.
A lot has been made of big players not turning up for their country. But should we really be this shocked? Many contemplate whether international football is completely different to domestic football. Moreover many claim that Champions League football is also different from the domestic game.
It makes perfect sense, when you think about it. Perhaps Ronaldo is the best example. Over 60 goals last season for Madrid but his international career is mediocre in comparison. You might say 'Yeah but he's playing with lesser players than at Madrid.' but why should this affect one of the world's best players? It shouldn't and what's more he played to a high standard for Sporting at the start of his career. It can only be one thing: international football is different than other forms of the game.
What's all the fuss from the 2012 USGA U. S. Open? Tiger Woods, No. 3 on the FedEx Rankings with seventy-three career wins finished Friday tied for the lead with a score of -1 in the 2012 U. S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Well, multitude of articles would be talking about "How he isn't back," how badly he is playing, and it's just bad karma for him. The talk from "when" would he ever win another golf major, would turn into "if" he ever would. Camera footage would show his dropped club, or scowl, and even his last major win, the 2008 U. S. Open, showcasing the specialness, strength, and competitiveness of his one knee spectacular finish, would be canned.
Even if he made the cut and was not in contention, the aforementioned would result. The only difference is that you would barely see any live footage of him; you might not even know he was still playing. Is there too much ado on Tiger, and not enough for everyone else?
Danny Welbeck's sublime finish in the 78th minute secured a dramatic win for England and puts them in a strong position to progress from the group stages.
England has always struggled against Sweden, a 'bogey' team if you will, and had never previously beaten them in a competitive match. That all changed last night thanks to a superb cameo from Theo Walcott who scored and created a goal to ensure victory for England.
The game started slowly in the Olympic stadium with Scott Parker's stinging shot being the only notable action in the first 20 minutes, but then the game burst into life when Gerrard crossed from 30 yards and Carroll powered a supreme header into the bottom left corner of the net. Carroll got ahead of his marker and executed his header perfectly giving the keeper no chance.
After the goal Sweden reacted with an immediate counter attack and a period of pressure with star player Ibrahimovic being the catalyst behind this. However, England were able to negotiate safely to half-time without too much worry.