July 28th, 2010 by Lukas B
George Steinbrenner will be more than missed; he will be honored as one of baseball’s lead icons of all time. His heart attack on July 13th at age 80 shocked the sports world and had players and celebrities mourning his character. ”The Boss,” as his nick name suggests, branded him as the relentless, uncompromising Yankee owner for over 37 years.
Steinbrenner’s Machiavellian rule persuaded his players to conform to his way or else… In one of the more famous Steinbrenner episodes, the Yankee owner decreed that his player’s hair could not be longer than the collar of the Yankees uniform. First baseman Don Mattingly was ordered to get rid of his mullet-like hair and when Mattingly refused, he was benched. This came to mark the beginning of a new hands-on approach to sport ownership. Read More »
July 27th, 2010 by admin
It’s not a new thing. All that you need to do when mentioning unsporting behaviour is to go back immediately to 1986, to the infamous ‘hand of god’ goal, one of the most distinctive examples for the lack of honesty and integrity in sport, but what is still surprising is that it lasts. And lasts.
It’s easy to criticise from the side, thinking only about what you see in front of you, with your own eyes, and not take into consideration all the other aspects of the case in question, But it’s not a case of only being smart in retrospect, it’s a true calling. Regardless of the fact that I’m an England fan, If I were Manuel Neuer, Germany’s goalkeeper in South Africa, I would have let the poor Uruguayan referee know that Lampard’s shot actually did cross the line. Read More »
July 22nd, 2010 by admin
The World Cup is over, and the countdown to Brazil 2014 has already started, but before pointing all the focus back to the domestic leagues, here’s a good opportunity to take a look back on what the experts, aka us, thought and predicted before the start of the biggest sport event on the planet in our World Cup guide:
Let’s start from the top, and Spain were indeed our pick to win it all, although we got some of their rivals wrong along the way, as the following direct quote from our article, dated early June, shows: “1st in Group H. World Champions (beat Portugal in the last 16, Italy in the quarters, Argentina in the semis and Brazil in the finals)”. They did top group H, and beat Portugal in the round of 16, but we didn’t predict Germany’s run, neither did we think that the Netherlands could pull off a shock result against Brazil, despite giving coach Van Marwijk a lot of credit in our article: “Coach Van Marwijk may not be a big name, but he’s doing a fine job sustaining the peace and quiet, and the Orangemen will once again begin their World Cup tournament with high expectations”. All in all a nice job, don’t you think? Read More »
July 6th, 2010 by Lukas B
When seven-time Tour de France Winner Lance Armstrong announced that the 2010 Tour would be his last, few really believed him and only his competitors would have been anything other than miserable at the prospect of the sport minus one of it’s brightest talents. He retired once before, in July 2005 after claiming his seventh consecutive Tour crown, but returned in time for last summer’s race in which he managed a 3rd place finish against all odds.
Last year’s winner is this year’s favourite, Alberto Contador. The young Spaniard, who will be strongly flanked by Alexander Vinokourov and the rest of his Astana team, finished more than 4 minutes ahead of second-placed Andy Schleck and over 5 minutes ahead of Armstrong, in 2009’s epic race in which tempers flared, eventuating in a war-of-words between Contador and Armstrong, who were teammates at the time. Read More »