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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

Weekly Nickel 7-18-2011

Photo courtesy of myhero.com. How many people pay attention to cycling in the post Lance Armstrong (pictured above) era.

By Josh Kramer

We watched Japan shock the USA in the Women’s World Cup final yesterday.  In addition, we got to witness a first time Major champion in Darren Clarke at Royal St. George’s.  Lastly, baseball came back in a big way following a dismal All Star Break.  It was a fantastic past week.

Here is what to watch for this week.

5.  The NBA shenanigans will continue.  Do not expect anything substantial to occur in terms of negotiations, but do expect to possible watch some stars entertain the prospects of playing in Europe.  Sadly, this is what the NBA has come to.  With an outstanding playoffs in the rearview mirror, the future prospects of the world’s greatest basketball league do not look great.  We now have to watch for players to sign contracts.  But these contracts will not be with NBA teams, they will be with international squads. 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