For 30 days, the eyes of the world were on South Africa as the 19th World Cup final went underway. This marked the first time that the World Cup had been hosted on African soil. For the second time in consecutive World Cup finals, we were treated to an all european final, as Spain and the Netherlands duked it out in Soccer City. Read More
Watching the New York Jets over the past few weeks get LaDanian Tomlinson, Antonio Cromartie, and Santonio Holmes, I was getting frustrated. I am a Miami Dolphins. I love the franchise, I know their history, and I love hating the Jets. The Dolphins made a splash in Free Agency with Karlos Dansby, but sat and watched other teams get better. Our passing game has been horrible for the last two years. In 2008, Ted Ginn Jr. led the Fins in receiving with 56 receptions and 790 yards. In 2009, Davone Bess led the team with 76 receptions and 758 yards. Finally, this morning the news came that all Dolphins fans waited to hear. “Brandon Marshall has been traded to Miami.” The answer has come. He’s 6’4″, 230 pound former UCF wideout beast, that runs fast, jumps high, and that can catch anything that comes his way. Marshall, caught 104 passes for 1265 yards in 2008, and then caught 101 passes for 1120 yards in 2009. Thats almost double the catches! Marshall is a huge upgrade at the position that desperately needed the help. All Dolphins fans know the struggles of watching Ginn dropping yet another key pass as it hits him in the hands.Watching the clock dwindle down late in games and pray to God that one of the receivers will at least catch a pass. The Jets might have the better team on paper, but we don’t play games on paper. We can now feel confident that we finally have our man. Thank you Bill Parcells, for putting us out of our misery.
Today, the Basketball Hall of Fame announced that along with Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Johnson, the 1992 USA Mens Olympic Basketball Team will be inducted this August. This marks a historic occasion for one of the greatest teams ever assembled. Read More
I wake up every morning, check my twitter account to see what stories of interest come around. First one was the death of actor Corey Haim, star of such 80’s films as Lost Boys, License to Drive, and Lucas. Part of the most succesful same-name duo in entertainment (excluding The Mark Brothers in the early 1980’s for the Dolphins), this news saddened me. The next piece of news I saw was Nomar Garciaparra signing a one day deal so he could retire as a member of the Boston Red Sox.
This happened to jog my memory back to the summer of 2004, when the Red Sox traded Nomar in a four team deal that sent him to the wild card leading Chicago Cubs. The Red Sox received Orlando Cabrera and Doug Mientkiewicz. We all know what happened later that year. Nomar was still, and has continued to be recognized by Red Sox Nation as a fundamental part to team that won it all in ‘04 for what he brought to Boston in his early career. The stats speak for themselves, with a batting average of .323, 1281 hits, 178 home runs, an AL Rookie of the Year award and a 6 time All-Star. Fans came to appreciate him, referring to him a No-mah in his 8 1/2 years in Boston.
Towards the end of his career as a Red Sox, his production began to slip and Boston was looking for defense so the trade came. That didn’t stop fans to continue their support for him as he became a journeyman, going from Chicago, to the LA Dodgers, and ultimately Oakland. All he could really be used for was a mentor to younger guys coming up, as he was never able to regain the form he had early in his career. But Nomar always loved the Red Sox organization and the city of Boston as he mentioned in his press conference. He wanted to retire as a Boston Red Sox. With his retirement on Wednesday, Boston said “Welcome home Nomar, welcome home.”