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Though some won't be ready to declare him as a national treasure as Pele officially was in 1961, others will have no issue elevating him to this status.
Lionel Messi, 27, is the Captain of the underdog Argentina... and fans generally root for, yep you guessed it- "the darkhorse".
If Messi leads Argentina to a World Cup Championship, he will become a King. This happens when the best player in his sport at the time leads his team to a championship.
Jordan, Gretzky, Ruth, Montana ... you may have heard of these guys.
Messi, winner of the last four FIFA Ballon D'Or awards (FIFA's MVP), has countless records and mind numbing statistics.
Just know he's been regarded as the best player on Earth the last four years.
A few stats to help put everything into perspective:
1. Messi owns the World Record for most goals scored in one year.
2. 40 years ago Gerd Muller scored a record of 85 goals in one year.
3. Messi finished 2012 with 91 goals. Lionel Messi el sex symbol? Si!
Do you believe Messi can be a King, or a Sex Symbol?
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
|AP Photo/Themba Hadebe|
The onslaught reminded me of this scene ... from Transformers The Movie (1986):
What does this 7-1 destruction remind you of?
Monday, July 7, 2014
Soccer fans are perhaps the most tenacious fans of any major sport. Need proof? Take a look at this video of Messi's Argentinian fans chanting with a plastic spine and pelvis:
These "Vertebral Columns" aren't easy to acquire either. They don't sell these at your local Target. In fact, I found one here on Amazon for $279.95. This whole situation is a little awkward being that Messi and Neymar currently play for the same team Spanish team, F.C. Barcelona, in La Liga.
Playing for your country trumps playing for a team though.
What are your thoughts on this video?
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Twenty-two year old Neymar Jr. of Brazil took a punishing knee from Columbia's Juan Zuniga on the 4th of July, and suffered a fractured vertebrae that KO'd Neymar from the world cup. Neymar, Brazil's star player who plays for the Spanish club FC Barcelona in La Liga, is a slight 5'9" and 142 lbs.
Anyone who suffers from back pain can imagine what Neymar is feeling. Brazil was the favorite to win the win cup before Neymar's injury. Now Germany is favored just as heavily. Brazil plays Germany in their next game.
Neymar is considered one of the most marketable athletes in the world, along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Take a look at how the injury occurred:
DO YOU THINK BRAZIL CAN WIN THE WORLD CUP WITHOUT NEYMAR?
Thursday, July 3, 2014
I didn't know Belgium was so good...orrrr that were are so bad; we did only win 1 game in this World Cup. Their 18 shots on goal vs Tom Howard were absolute missiles. I've never seen a professional soccer goalie get peppered so much. Not even on my favorite video game Fifa 14 (PS4).
You have to see these saves to truly appreciate them.
Take a look:
TIM HOWARD SHOULD APPEAR IN STAR WARS EPISODE VII...as himself!!!
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Messi of Argentina is Earth's best soccer player
...watch his game winning assist to De Maria vs Switzerland!
Lionel Messi has 4 goals, 24 dribbles and 18 key passes in 4 games in this World Cup, he also has 1 assist. In the 117th minute of a 0-0 tie, Messi sucked in three defenders before passing to Angel Di Maria for the goal that gave Argentina a 1-0 victory.
And it was not a slow, set up play...this was lightning FAST spontaneous action. It's why they call soccer the beautiful game as it appears Messi was running at a fever pitch while he set up the game winning goal.
Take a look:
Do you think anyone, on the planet Earth, is better than Messi?
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Uruguay stand to the left, James stand to the right. The 22 year old now has 5 goals in this world cup including the fist two today vs Uruguay. Take a look at the first...it is THE goal of the world cup so far:
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
If anyone doesn't know who Christiano Ronaldo is...now they know. Some regard the 29 year old Captain of Portugal as the best soccer player on planet Earth. He became the most expensive footballer in history when he moved from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009 in a transfer worth £80 million (€94 million/$132 million). Rolando's contract with Real Madrid, under the terms of which he is paid €21 million per year (after taxes), makes him the highest-paid footballer in the world.
"He made a great cross," said Howard, Ronaldo's former teammate from their days at Manchester United. "Football's cruel sometimes."
Take a look:
The elegant crossing pass was why they call soccer the beautiful game. The way he curled the ball takes your breath away. Americans will never forget that assist/goal.
When they hear his name, it's the first image that will come into their mind. Some U.S.A. fans had gently mocked Rolando before the game, consuming Messi highlights and forgetting about Rolando.
That's a shame...
To put this in American sports terms....this is the equivalent of Ray Allen hitting that 3 in closing seconds to tie up game 6 last year to put the game into overtime. Everyone knew the Spurs were going to lose the overtime period, as well as game 7. Now U.S.A. has to beat a healthy Germany to assure themselves a second round birth.
The advancement scenarios for Team USA when it plays Germany on Thursday:
1. Win against Germany
2. Tie Germany
3. Have Ghana-Portugal match end in a tie
4. Win tiebreaker with the Ghana-Portugal winner
1. Goal difference in all group matches
2. Goals scored in all group matches
3. Points in matches between tied teams
4. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
5. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
6. Drawing of lots
Team USA and Germany currently each have four points, while Portugal and Ghana have one. Germany in plus-4 in goal differential, USA is plus-1, while Ghana is minus-1 and Portugal is minus-4.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014
R.I.P. Tony Gwynn...perhaps the purest hitter in the last 50 years...and one of the greatest ball strikers of all-time. This is a guy that I can't write an article about...I don't have the time lol, so I'll provide an outline:
Some of Tony Gwynn's accomplishments:
- MLB Hall of Famer (receiving 97.6% of the ballot vote)
- 3,141 hits
- .338 career batting average
- 8 NL batting titles (only other player to win more batting titles was Cobb, who earned 12)
- 15-time NL All-Star
- 5 NL Gold Gloves
- played 20 years with one team
- has a statue...and a street named after him
- once used 1 bat for an entire season
- has more career doubles (543) than strikeouts
- had 143 career at bats vs. Greg Maddux + Pedro Martinez and never struck out.
- in 10,232 plate appearances, Gwynn struck out 434 times. (= 1 strikeout every 23.57 PAs)
- was the first to extensively study himself hitting on film..or should I say "tape" (VHS era)
- stole 56 bases in 1987 and became the first NL player to hit .370 and steal 50 bases
- hit .300 or better for 19 consecutive seasons, the longest run in National League history
- played basketball, in addition to baseball, at San Diego State. As a point guard, Gwynn is the school’s all-time leader in career assists (590), season assists (221, 8.2 per game), and most assists in a game (18)
- is the only player in Western Athletic Conference history to be named to the all-conference team in two different sports. He earned the honors once in baseball, twice in basketball. (Gwynn was also a two-time All-American.)
- in 1981, Gwynn was drafted in the MLB (Padres) AND the NBA (Los Angeles Clippers)
- he has a son, Tony Gwynn Jr., playing in his 8th season in the Major Leagues. Gwynn Jr. wears his dads # 19..how awesome is that? That's every Father's twisted fantasy lol.
Take 5 minutes and enjoy....Mr Padre:
Is Tony Gwynn the best hitter since 1980?
Friday, June 13, 2014
Patty 'Gun' Mills hit 4 of 6 3s and dropped 14 on while SA slaughtered Mia in game 4. So another Spur that no one ever heard of before...that is introducing himself to the world under the lights of the NBA Finals. Mills' father is a Torres Strait Islander and his mother is an Aborigine from the Ynunga people of South Australia. That's not the typical bloodline of an NBA player.
Drafted by Portland (where he and then teammate Rudy Fernandez invented the now imfamous "Three Goggles"), on 29 August 2011, during the 2011 NBA lockout, Mills signed with the Melbourne Tigers in Australia then China with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. He was released for allegedly faking a hamstring injury. Mills denied this report. On 27 March 2012, Mills signed with the San Antonio Spurs after a week or so of attempting to attain a work visa so he could make the transition. That's an unusual journey to the NBA, but not so much to the Spurs; Danny Green took a similar path.
Take a 2 minutes and watch these Patty Mills highlights:
Your thoughts on Patty Mills?
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Kawhi Leonard drops a career high 29 points to save San Antonio
...say hello to THE FUTURE OF THE SPURS!
Welcome Kawhi Leonard! Leonard scored a career-high 29 points to save the Spurs in game 3. A game everyone thought Miami would win. 29 is more than he had ever scored in 70 games in college (San Diego State) or high school (Martin Luther King (Riverside, California)).
He became the first player since Kenyon Martin scored 35 against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 to set a career high in the NBA Finals. “I just was in attack mode, trying to be aggressive,” said the soft-spoken Leonard. In the past 35 years, only two other players younger than 23 have scored 29 or more points in an NBA Finals game: Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant. That's it...that's the list. Magic dropped 42 in his series-clinching performance his rookie year and Kobe went 30+ twice in the Lakers’ 2001 Finals win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Take a look at a 3 minutes of Kawhi Leonard highlights:
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
LeBron James will win his 3rd NBA Championship with the Miami Heat
...watch this video of Chris Bosh shooting 3s!
The first step before anybody in the world believes it, is you that you have to believe it.... LeBron does not have a plan B because it detracts from his plan A. A long time ago he decided who he was going to be: the smartest player on the court at all times. Not that LeBron man needs any more focus but when the opponent start throwing out guarantees of winning (Tim Duncan), amongst other things, that brings out that steely eyed focus and resolution to do what LeBron can do. Do opponents not realize how much they are playing into LeBron's hands?
When you create an all-time NBA team some positions are debatable...two aren't: Air Jordan at shooting guard and King James at small forward.
James passed to Bosh for a 3 down by one at the end of game 2 b/c mathematically, and rhythmically he thought that was the best play. Bosh drained it...and the Heat won. And Bosh was and still is pumped. This type of play will unleash the sometimes fragile Bosh's confidence for the rest of the series. Bosh has been working on that 3 from the corner for years. He used to be mocked for taking it, but not it's part of his game and it's made him that much more versatile and valuable. His pass to Wade to ice the game was simplistic, by the book, and direct. Bosh has received minutes at the C, PF, SF, and yes...SG in this playoffs so far.
You don't think Chris Bosh has made this shot a staple of his game? Watch this video of Bosh draining 3s from 'his spot' in practice. Guess how many he drains in a row at the beginning of this video...u will me amazed:
Are you a LeBron James fan? What are your thoughts on Chris Bosh?
Friday, June 6, 2014
This is what Danny Green used to be known for, being a clown figure:
Danny had a nice college career. He is also the only player in the history of the ACC with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 250 assists, 150 three-pointers, 150 blocks and 150 steals. He also won a championship his senior year at UNC. That was college.
When Danny Green hit the pros...he played 20 games his rookie season after getting drafted in the second round by Cleveland; then the Cavs cut him. Then a roller coaster of events happened.
If you are interested (and it's a great listen), Green breaks it down here:
I was listening to game one of the NBA finals last night. It was the 4th qtr and Green and 2 pts and was 0-4 at that point from beyond the arc. He hit a 3....LeBron left the game.. Green hit another 3 next time up the court to put SA in the lead and I KNEW that was game. I turned the radio off as their was no need to listen to the rest of the game.
What is your opinion of Danny Green?
SF was smart to lock up "Colin" in the final year of his deal before he became a free agent...and Carolina would be smart to do the same to same with Cam Newton. Who knows how much the deal is really going to be worth. No need to go into details...the point is he got his money. And now is the face of the franchise. Period. Kaep has been a part of some shenanigans on and off the field, similar to Johnny Manziel. They are excused because he wins, and at age 26 is the modern NFL QB. With the size, speed, arm, and ability to NOT take a big hit. The future is Colin, Cam, Russell Wilson, Luck, Aaron, RG3...you gotta have those "quicks".
SF HAD to sign Colin. He brought the 49ers to within a few yards of a Super Bowl win. No QBs under 30 get to a SB, switch teams and do it again. Only a few have done it and they were old and seasoned (Warner and Manning come to mind).
The Kaeptain has talent...he practiced this TD celebration FOR A PLAYOFF GAME and assured himself of scoring...on a running play...so he could do this:
and btw that was Rookie Of The Year Luke Kuechly he juked out of his mind on the way to the end zone...virtually untouched. Enjoy some more of Kaeptain America:
What's your opinion of this signing?
Friday, May 30, 2014
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook...
...enjoy this while you can. Because it won't last. It can't. Kevin Durant is one of the very best pure shooters since the 1979-1980 season; when the NBA adopted the 3 pointer. He is in the prolific 50–40–90 ( shooting percentage at or above 50% for field goals, 40% for three-point field goals, and 90% for free throws during an entire NBA season) club. This club consists of all of 5 other players: Larry Bird, Steve Nash, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, and Dirk Nowitzki. You might have heard of these guys.
Durant and Westbrook have spent their entire basketball lives being dominant scorers. Durant plays the nice guy role, Westbrook the bad boy; this means Westbrook will be the one out the door.
Can you imagine if OKC had traded Westbrook for Rondo and kept Harden. Rondo, Harden and Durant my goodness gracious. But what OKC has is two 25 year olds that do not fit together. Neither seems willing to score fewer points and let the other take over in the fourth quarter. Key word here being willing. Durant is the league MVP, Westbrook has league MVP potential. Russell has the artistic temperament, but he is not an artist.
Has a league leading scorer ever won a championship with a shoot first point guard with MVP talent? The answer is No.
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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Pacers back on track and will beat the Wizards
...but watch this video of Chris Webber & Juwan Howard with the Bullets
The Pacers are beginning to do what they are supposed to do, and play like a #1 seed. This Wizards team however, composed of Beal, Nene, Trevor Ariza, Gortat, Webster, Booker, Miller, Gooden, Temple, Harrington, Seraphin, and John Wall...who started this all the first day he arrived.
This was Wall's intro for his first game:
A lot of people don't know that Chris Webber and Juwan Howard (Rasheed Wallace also..check the three oops he catches at the 0:40, 0:49 and 1:05 marks) played for the Washington Bullets together.
Take a look at this:
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