Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Sp0rts Bl0g

Welcome back Lee students! I'm sure your summer was as great and eventful as mine; but don't worry, if it wasn't, the sports world's summer certainly was.

This new blog will be the basis of all things sports and whatever opinion I may have about them. Occasionally, Lee sports might be the topic of the blog as well.

This blog being a recap of the summer's events, it will slightly differ from the others in the future. But that's enough of formatting and logistics, lets get on with the recap.

The summer started fast with the Los Angeles Lakers defeating the Orlando Magic in 5 games to capture their 15th NBA title. The championship also thrusted future Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson into the number 1 spot for most NBA titles, as a coach, with 10. It sure helps when you have Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant on all your championship teams though.

Major League Baseball (MLB) was also getting into full swing. On June 4th, Randy Johnson collected his 300th career win when the San Francisco Giants defeated the Washington Nationals 5-1. Johnson became the 24th pitcher in MLB history to reach the remarkable feat; just the 6th left-handed pitcher.

The Giants weren't done making history however, as another left-handed pitcher, Jonathan Sanchez, thrust his name into MLB record books with a no hitter. Sanchez, 26, was looking to solidify his spot in the starting rotation as his last few starts were sub-par to say the least. He showed the Giants pitching coaches why he should stay in the rotation with the first Giants no-hitter in 33 years. To make the story even more special, his dad, a native of Puerto Rico, was able to be in attendance to watch history being made by his son. It was the first time the father was able to watch Sanchez in person; only God could plan that.

Not to be outdone, just 12 days later, on July 23, Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox achieved the ultimate greatness for any pitcher - throwing a perfect game! Buehrle became just the 18th pitcher in MLB history to get every single batter out that faced him. No runs. No hits. No walks. Nothing. Perfect.

Unfortunately for Major League Baseball, the scandalous performance enhancing drug (PED) situation continued to rear it's ugly head this summer. David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, two of the top sluggers in baseball, were newly connected to testing and using PEDs. Now, this doesn't mean they are 100% guilty, but the fact that they were connected casts another dark shadow upon the best players in the game today.

As the summer rolled into August, training camps of the National Football League (NFL) began. Quarterback (QB) Brett Favre decided yet again he was not done playing football, and after weeks of behind the scenes negociating, Favre decided he would play for the Minnesota Vikings. Since then, Favre has only taken 8 snaps from under center in a pre-season game. The Vikings success and season with their new QB should be watched closely this season.

Another QB made his return to the NFL this summer... but through a much different route. Michael Vick finished serving his 23 month jail sentence in July; for being involved in a dog-fighting ring. After being reinstated back into the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles took a chance and signed him to a 2 year deal. Vick is playing his first NFL football, since being in jail, in a preseason game tonight, August 27, against the Jacksonville Jaguars. This is another interesting story to watch throughout the year.

Another popular news story in football this summer came from the former Super Bowl Champ wide receiver (WR) Plaxico Burress. The former New York Giant WR was indicted and is about to spend 2 years in jail for carrying a loaded gun into a New York night club. Oh, by the way, the only reason they found the gun was because Burress shot himself in the foot by accident. Ouch... although I'm not sure what hurt more: his foot, or his pride.

Also, the
6'5 freak of nature (and I mean that in the most respectable way possible) from Jamaica, Usain Bolt made sports news this summer. He broke the 100m and 200m world records in track and field just a few weeks ago in Berlin. This guy is NUTS! I encourage you to YouTube some of his races. It looks like he's jogging out there. A great story.

All in all, it's been a great summer of sports. Plenty of other important stories, Steve McNair's shocking death, Tiger Woods not winning any of the 4 majors this year, and the US men's soccer team failing to lock up a early spot in the World Cup by losing to Mexico, were prominent to the sports world.

I'm sure there are other sports stories that were worth mentioning, but these are the most significant stories to me. And that's the Sports Blog for ya...

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