Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Johnny Cueto (pictured above) is the biggest snub this year in terms of the MLB All-Star Game.
By Josh Kramer
The “smartest” man ever to step foot on a baseball diamond strikes again. This time, he is playing for keeps. Despite being retired, Tony LaRussa is still going after his bitter rival, the Cincinnati Reds. Now I am not naive enough to think that snubs don’t happen every year in regards to the All-Star Game rosters. Due to a flawed selection system, this is inevitable. But it is very atypical to see a particular “city” get snubbed like this. Continue reading
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Tagged Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds, Clayton Kershaw, Dan Uggla, Dwight Howard, Fernando Torres, Gianluigi Buffon, Italy, Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Cueto, Jonathan Papelbon, Jose Altuve, Jose Rijo, Kauffman Stadium, Maria Sharapova, Mario Balotelli, NL Central, Oakland Athletics, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Spain, St. Louis Cardinals, Tiger Woods, Tony Larussa, Venus Williams, Wimbledon
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Mario Balotelli (pictured above) stole the show in the semifinals. Will he put on another big time performance against Spain?
By Nick Craddock
Spain or Italy has won each of the last three major tournaments (2006 World Cup, 2008 European Championship, 2010 World Cup) and either Spain or Italy will have its named etched onto the European Championship trophy after today’s title game.
Coincidentally, fate seems to have brought both teams to the cusp of a championship yet again.
Much like the 2006 World Cup, the Italian national team entered this tournament amidst a gambling probe into the top flight of Italian soccer, where all but three players on the national team play their trade during the course of the season.
Rather than succumbing to the pressure of the media scrutiny and the off-field distractions, the Italians, much like the 2006 Italian squad, have come together to play a solid team game and to manage a surprise or two (Remember, it was host Germany which the Italians defeated in the World Cup semifinals in 2006 and a heavily-favored German team which the Italians beat to advance to this final).
This Italian team’s version of Mario and Luigi is not exactly identical to the mustached, overall-wearing Italian brothers who morph by eating mushrooms with faces, but, weird mushroom diet aside, striker Mario Balotelli and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon are responsible for forming what has been a prolific one-two punch.
Just ask the Germans. Continue reading
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Tagged Cesc Fabregas, Euro 2012, Fernando Torres, Germany, Gianluigi Buffon, Italy, Mario Balotelli, Mesut Ozil, Nick Craddock, Sami Khedira, Spain, Vicente Del Bosque, World Cup, Xavi Hernandez