Archive for July 16th, 2007

Watercooler Chat: Beckham, Bonds and surprisingly no boos for the Phillies

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Is anyone else as tired as I am of hearing the hype over David Beckham’s arrival in the US? The press conferences, magazine covers, newspaper reports of Beckham and Victoria’s big arrival in Los Angeles where he’ll play for the LA Galaxy, is just a bit overdone for a sport that will never pass football, baseball, basketball or golf as an American favorite. The Galaxy ponied up $250 million over 5 years to lure Beckham away from England. I think this will go down as one of the absolute worst sports franchise moves in history. I just can’t imagine how the Galaxy plans on recouping that kind of money in a sport that is just not “mainstream” here in the US. And, at some point (hopefully some point soon), the paparazzi will get tired of taking pictures of the robot-like Posh Spice. On that note, just once I’d love to see a picture of her actually smiling instead of her signature pout.

Baseball

Our Barry Bonds watch is still going strong. The San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds is still 5 home runs away from breaking Hank Aarons home run record. The question on everyone’s mind right now is not so much “if” he’ll hit more than 755 career home runs, but “when” and which pitcher (team) will go down in history in making it happen.

If you can’t beat em join em. The Philadelphia Phillies have the dubious distinction of losing their 10,000th game, the first time in history that a sports franchise has reached that landmark. The clincher was hearing the fans “cheer” while the Phillies reached this milestone.

Rumor Mill

This weekend a broadcaster fueled the LA Lakers’ Kobe Bryant trade rumor when he apparently slipped (unintentionally as he thought the mic was off) and said he had been told that Kobe would go to the Grizzlies.

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Giuliani reads The Female Fan Guide to Motorsports

I opened up the New York Times this morning and had the greatest surprise. As I’m sipping my coffee and flipping through the paper, I noticed an article about former NY Mayor and Presidential Candidate, Rudolph Giuliani on his way to a Nascar race at Daytona Beach. To my COMPLETE surprise, the article mentioned my book, The Female Fan Guide to Motorsports which Giuliani said he read in preparation for the race. For the complete article, click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/09/us/politics/09rudy.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

On to the news of the weekend……

Tennis

After a tense 3 hour, 45 minute 5 set match, was there really any doubt that Roger Federer would pull out the win over Rafael Nadal? This is Federer’s 5th straight Wimbledon title, which ties the record set back in 1980 by Bjorn Borg. At only 25 years old, Federer is considered by many to be the best men’s player EVER. Even John McEnroe said on ESPN recently that he’s never seen a player like him.

Talking about best players EVER, Venus Williams won the women’s final (big surprise) for her 4th all time Wimbledon title. She beat Marion Bartoli 6-4, 61. Venus just makes this all seem so easy.

Indy Car Flare up

Scott Dixon won the Indy Car (open wheel) race at Watkins Glen Grand Prix, but that’s not what everyone was talking about this weekend. After the race, Tony Kanaan came over to “talk” to Sam Hornish Jr because he was upset that he bumped his car. Hornish Sr pushed Kanaan and then the fracas began as Kanaan’s team knocked the father over. According to Kanaan, he was only approaching Hornish Jr to talk about the race and never intended to get into a fight.

Tour de France

The biggest bike race has begun. I can’t really watch this on TV, but I do like to hear about who’s in the lead and every time I get on a bike, I completely appreciate and am marveled by the endurance of this grueling race. The Tour de France lasts 20 stages (plus the prologue which is a 4.9 mile race through downtown London) for a total of 2, 206 miles. Don’t worry if you missed the fact that the race is already underway. We won’t even crown a winner until the race ends on July 29th.

Floyd Landis, last year’s champ, is still trying to defend his 2006 title against claims that he used illegal drugs to win.

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