Archive for June, 2010

Did It Really Matter?

June 27, 2010
By K. Becks

Yesterday’s game was a good effort by the U.S. team. The bottom line is, they made it to where they should have, and anything more would have been icing on the cake. It’s probably better that they went out valiantly against Ghana, because quite frankly, I think it would have been ugly had the...
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Time To Exceed Expectations

June 25, 2010
By K. Becks

Two weeks ago when the World Cup began, the United States advancing to the knockout round and keeping it close against predicted Group D winner Germany would have been enough to satisfy both hardcore and casual fans in the States. Those set of expectations have been wiped right off the board, however, as the...
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That’s How We Like It? Yea, Actually, It Is

June 23, 2010
By K. Becks

Once again the United States soccer team defined “late game drama” in their 1-0 heart stopping victory over Algeria that propelled them to the top of Group C and earned them a date with Ghana in the Round of 16. If any team in the World Cup deserved to make it to the knockout...
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The Sad Truth For African Teams

June 22, 2010
By K. Becks

As teams prepare for their final game in group play, I have come to the very sad realization that only one African team has a legitimate shot of moving on to the knockout round. This is not only sad due to the fact that I picked three of the six participating African nations to...
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Some People Are Missing The Point

June 18, 2010
By K. Becks

Okay, so the United States didn’t get the win today, even though it was pretty clear to everyone but Koman Coulibaly that they had scored the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute. However, many people are missing the bigger picture; the U.S. is still in great position to move on to the next round....
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Okay, I Guess I Understand, But…

June 17, 2010
By K. Becks

Utah leaving the Mountain West Conference on Thursday for the Pac-10 makes me scratch my head a little bit. They are leaving a conference where they and Boise State would have been the class of a very respectable football lineup, which also features TCU and BYU. I understand that the Pac-10 has the automatic...
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Reign In Spain?

June 16, 2010
By K. Becks

Every team in the World Cup now has one game under their belts, and unsurprisingly, some teams are pleased with where they currently stand, while others are scratching their heads wondering what they’re going to have to do in order to move on. Let’s take a look at the first set of group play...
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Actually, We’re Going To Stay

June 14, 2010
By K. Becks

Apparently, Texas did not think that it would be a good idea to move to the Pac-10, set off what would have been a chain of events that would have led to the creation of a collection of “super” conferences, and invoke talk of a college football playoff. Instead, now we essentially have what...
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It’s A Techtonic Shift

June 11, 2010
By K. Becks

We are amidst a major change in the landscape of college athletics; namely, college football. With Colorado bolting for the Pac-10, Boise State moving to the Mountain West, and Nebraska moving to the Big 10, the domino effect has been triggered. When all is said and done, I predict that we will have a...
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World Cup Preview: Knockout Stage

June 8, 2010
By K. Becks

Okay, so maybe I was wrong. The hype for Stephen Strasburg was about as great, if not greater, than the hype for Bryce Harper is and will be. The guy was a monster tonight; seven innings pitched, two earned runs, four hits, fourteen strikeouts, and the icing on the cake, a win. I don’t...
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