Tag Archives: Hope Solo

Food for Thought 8-14-2012

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Aroldis Chapman (pictured above) is looking to become the first relief pitcher to win a Cy Young since 2003 and perhaps the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher ever to win the prestigious award.

By Josh Kramer

The Reds may be the oldest team in professional baseball history (established in 1869), but there is one thing this proud franchise has never done.  No Cincinnati pitcher has ever claimed the Cy Young Award.  Just to put that into perspective, the Diamondbacks (established in 1998) have sported five winners of the prestigious award for the best pitcher in their respective League.  I know there is a still a month and a half left in the regular season, but a pair of serious Cy Young candidates currently reside in Cincinnati.  I will give you a hint.  One is a starter, while the other is a relief pitcher.  Despite the absence of star Joey Votto, the Reds have somehow managed to go a remarkable 19 and 8.  So much for staying afloat and playing .500 ball with the all-world Votto sidelined.

Sure plenty of players have stepped up in the absence of the MLB’s best all-around hitter (such as Ryan Ludwick and Brandon Phillips), but two players have been getting the job done all year.  Johnny Cueto has not only proven himself to be a formidable number one starter, but he has also proven to be arguably the best pitcher in the National League.  Cueto currently is tied for the NL lead with 15 wins and ranks third in ERA (2.45).  Make sure to note that the two pitchers with better ERA’s than Cueto in the present have 10 wins and 9 wins respectively (Vogelsong and Zimmermann)  Then there is the Cuban Missile.  Outside of one short-lived rough patch just before the All-Star break, Aroldis Chapman has been the most dominant pitcher in baseball. Chapman has been simply unhittable as of late going a remarkable 22 straight appearances without allowing a run.  Also, in 51.2 innings against National League foes, Chapman has surrendered one earned run.  Lastly he has given up just 25 hits.  Really think about those statistics.  Could we be on the verge of the first relief-pitcher to take home the Cy Young Award since Eric Gagne in 2003?  Or perhaps the first Reds Cy Young Award winner ever? Continue reading

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Three-peat is sweet

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Abby Wambach (left) and Hope Solo (right) were two of the key cogs for Team USA as they defeated Japan for Olympic gold yesterday.

By Josh Kramer

It had been 389 days since Japan shocked the United States in penalty kicks at the World Cup.  The bitter taste of the heartbreaking loss stayed with Wambach, Morgan, Solo, and the rest of the USA National Team up until the final whistle of yesterday’s outstanding gold medal match.  On July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt, the United States women suffered the most painful defeat in team history.  Redemption was on the mind of every Team USA player. Continue reading

United States break Canadian hearts in women’s soccer thriller

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Alex Morgan (pictured above) saved the day sending the United States to the gold medal game and breaking the hearts of Canada.

By Nick Craddock

The United States women’s national team can’t help but thrive on late-game heroics, apparently.

Continuing in the same form as the string of heart-stopping games from last summer’s women’s World Cup, the U.S. defeated Canada 4-3 in extra time in an instant classic at Old Trafford to advance to face Japan in the gold medal game.

Perhaps this was the only fitting conclusion to a game where in order for the top-ranked U.S. to avenge a heartbreaking loss on penalty kicks to Japan in last summer’s World Cup final, the Americans had to deliver a heartbreaking loss to Canada, ahead three times in this game, only to squander the lead three times in this game before finally succumbing to an Alex Morgan header in the 123rd minute, seconds removed from penalty kicks. Continue reading

Food for Thought 7-19-2011

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By Josh Kramer

This past weekend was absolutely wild in the sporting world resulting in some Twitter records (compliments of USA Today).  There was some great soccer, great golf, and of course great baseball as is always the case in July.

The following is what has caught my attention.

The USA Women most definitely choked Continue reading

Miracle on Grass

Photo courtesy of icepictures1.com. The United States had their "Miracle on Ice" in 1980 at the Winter Olympics. Could today become Japan's "Miracle on Grass?"

By Josh Kramer

Most of the American sporting world is very well aware of one of the greatest sports triumphs in our country’s history that occurred in 1980 at Lake Placid.  And if they were not aware, after the major motion picture “Miracle” came out in 2004, they became in the known.  Of course the “Miracle on Ice” revolves around a young US hockey team that shocked the supposedly unbeatable Soviet Union hockey team in the semi-finals of the 1980 winter olympics.

Now I obviously am pulling for Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, and the US ladies to bring home the World Cup title tomorrow.  But the American women are heavily favored over a little known Japanese squad that has an entire country on edge.  What if the Japanese were to shock the Americans?  Would Japan start referring to July 17th, 2011 as the “Miracle on Grass?” Continue reading

Weekly Nickel 7-11-2011

Photo courtesy of mets636.glogster.com. The Home Run Derby is one of the big events going on this week. We all remember Josh Hamilton's (pictured above) memorable first round in 2008.

By Josh Kramer

On to the next one.  Last week was an epic week full of wild finishes, big time milestones, and a great conclusion to the first half of the MLB season.  This week should be another great one.

Here is what you should be watching for.

5.  The NFL lockout progresses with “cautious optimism.”  The end is near though.  Or so it seems.  We are getting to the point where matters need to be solved, or training camp and preseason games will be missed.  I firmly believe that the League will not let any games be missed, preseason or not.  Look for a conclusion to this ridiculous fiasco at some point within the next two weeks. Continue reading

Hope provides a glimmer of hope

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By Josh Kramer

I never thought that I would see the day where a quarterfinal women’s soccer game got the entire country excited.  A finals match sure.  But a quarterfinal?  Well believe it, because today’s match was arguably the greatest soccer match I have ever had the pleasure to witness.  The majority of Americans would agree.

The American women were down and out.  They were down to 10 players.  They were going up against Marta, the best women’s soccer player in the world, and an extremely talented Brazilian team that had knocked them out 4 years ago.  It was stoppage time.  And somehow, the American women, led by Abby Wambach and Hope Solo never lost “hope.”  Ever heard the expression “Only in America.”  Well today, though the match was all the way over in Germany, it seemed to be one of those “Only in America” type of moments. Continue reading