Month: June 2016

Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina

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After a heartbreaking loss to Chile in the Copa America final on Sunday night, Argentina is left trying to recover and regroup.

It may have to move forward without one of the game’s greats, Lionel Messi, who announced his retirement from the international team on Monday.

The 29-year old soccer superstar is calling it quits on Team Argentina for now. If this is truly the end for him at the international level, he doesn’t owe Argentina anything more, nor should this year’s Copa America finals loss tarnish his legacy.

Some have already given him the title ‘greatest of all time,’ but others are holding off from doing so, pointing to his failures at the international level.

Well, it’s not completely his fault that Argentina has not won a major international tournament under his watch, since there are 10 other players on the field. However, most of the blame and attention gets placed on Argentina’s soccer messiah. Time and time again, pundits allude to the Albiceleste’s shortcomings in global play. When these losses occur, Messi is at the forefront of the blame.
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This is Not a Dream

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USA Basketball unveiled its 12-man roster for the upcoming Olympic games at Rio next month, and quite frankly, this lineup is looking inferior in comparison to some of the past Olympic teams in recent history.

Yes, this year’s squad certainly has some top-tier superstar talent in Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, but it’s missing some other big names–LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden, just to name a few.

Granted, some players like John Wall, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Blake Griffin withdrew their names from consideration to recover from injuries or surgeries, but their presence will be missed. (more…)

How Far We Haven’t Come

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Nope, sorry, even if the United States had upset Argentina on its own turf, soccer in the United States still has a long way to go.

After a 4-0 beat down by the best player on the planet and his national team on Tuesday night, it became even more apparent that the United States needs a lot more work.

Yes, Major League Soccer, America’s domestic soccer league, has been on a gradual rise. A new, shiny broadcast deal with ESPN and Fox Sports before the 2015 season has helped the league get more coverage and attention, while putting more money into their pockets.

The eight-year deal between ESPN, Fox Sports, and Spanish broadcast network Univision, have an average estimated value of $90 million per season. 125 games will be shown annually across the three networks. This is almost five times larger than the previous broadcast deal between the MLS and ESPN, Fox Sports, and Univision, that was only averaging an $18 million value.

MLS franchises have become more valuable, with the average team worth $157 million, according to a 2015 report by Forbes.

While these upward trends are nice for the MLS, the league and the American cultural perception towards the sport still remain well in the back seat.

The United States’ professional leagues for football (NFL), basketball (NBA), hockey (NHL), and baseball (MLB) still trump the MLS.  (more…)

Zaevion Dobson: Remember the Name

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What were some of the choices that you had to make when you were 15?

Should I do my homework or watch T.V.? Which shirt looks better on me? Should I eat pizza or have a sandwich?

Personally, for me, one hard choice was picking between optional football practices in the blazing summer heat or playing Madden in the comfort of my air conditioned room.

Some decisions like that don’t bear much consequence, and yet, it may take a few minutes and even a few hours to arrive at a satisfactory solution.

15-year old Zaevion Dobson didn’t have a few hours, let alone minutes to think.

A sophomore at Fulton High School in Knoxville, Tenn., Dobson was like many boys his age. He hung out with his friends, played video games, and was a member of the varsity football team.

However, he made a quick, impulsive decision that was made in seconds and held a grandiose weight in comparison to the everyday choices young teenagers make. (more…)

Game of Thrones: Underdog City Rules the NBA Landscape

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There’s no doubt that Cleveland has been the butt of many sports jokes, but that was put on hold on Sunday night, when the Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in game seven to clinch the title.

The city itself had been known of its poor luck when it comes to its sports franchises. Before June 19, 2016, Cleveland’s major sports teams hadn’t tasted the sweet flavor of victory since 1964, when the Browns won the NFL Championship.

From 1964 to this past Sunday, Cleveland sports fans have had their hopes shatter before their own eyes time and time again.

Since their last run for the championship, the Browns haven’t come close to reaching the Super Bowl. Even more devastating, is the fact that the original Browns franchise was relocated to Baltimore and became the Ravens, where they have won two titles since the move in 1995.

Meanwhile, the rebooted Cleveland Browns haven’t had the same success, leaving the city wondering what could have been if the franchise never moved to begin with.

The Indians last reached the World Series in 1997, but lost to the Florida Marlins.

Then there are the Cavaliers, led by Akron native LeBron James.  (more…)