Monthly Archives: January 2012

Where my ladies at?

When the US does well in international sporting events, the country takes notice.

When the Women’s US Soccer team made it to the Women’s World Cup finals, the country rallied behind them. Now, the US isn’t exactly a soccer country, as in it’s not at all. Though it’s the most popular sport in the world, most people’s interest in the sport ends when they stop playing it as a child.

However, when the women made a terrific run in the 2011 Women’s World Cup, it made national headlines. People were actually able to name players on the team. Let’s be honest, that hasn’t happened since the 1999 World Cup and Brandi Chastain’s infamous stripping of her jersey (scandalousss!)

Hope Solo became a celebrity. Cities all over proudly claimed players as their own (Lauren Cheney and Lori Lindsey are from Indy, just sayin’).

The world of social media exploded. Twitter was blowing up about the shootout between Japan and the US. Globally, tweeters posted 7,196 tweets per second, making it the third most tweeted about event in 2011. It didn’t beat out Beyonce’s baby news, but who’s surprised there? (Beyonce had a baby. Beyonce had a baby!)

The AP ranked it as the 10th top sports story of 2011. It certainly was one of the most dramatic sporting events of the year. A shootout in a World Cup final? That’s the kind of scenario sports fans both revel in and curse at.

Matches like the 2011 WWC final create support and excitement for women’s sports.

Ryan Yoder, a writer for Awful Announcing, wrote “the Women’s World Cup showed this country will support soccer at the highest level, no matter the gender.”

Now, let’s hope the support continues on with the 2012 Olympics.

YOUR NEW NBA CHAMPIONS OF 2011 ARE………

The bets are in; people have been waiting for this moment for weeks now. Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat go head to head in the NBA 2011 finals. With the Mavs amazing offense and the Heat’s phenomenal defense this game was a toss-up. Most bets were going to the Heat with the terrific three, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, on the court and the Mavs substantial setbacks, there’s simply no other way to address the season-ending injury to Caron Butler and the gradual irrelevance of Rodrigue Beaubois, the Mavs didn’t stand a chance. Both were supposed to be significant players for Dallas this season, and it’s a testament to the team’s depth and the efficacy of those available that the Mavs stand atop the Western Conference. The momentum looked entirely in the Heat’s favor, until Jason Terry checked back in for the Mavericks. With just over two minutes remaining, he hit a huge three, and then drove to the hoop for a nice lay in. He led all scorers with 17 points. The scored stayed in the same place for almost the remainder of the quarter, which is until JET hit ANOTHER jump shot. He committed a foul on the other end, sending Chalmers to the line with 21 seconds left in the half. The quarter ended with a missed three from Dirk, and they went into the locker room up two. With the clock ticking down, Dallas defense took on a new level of insane, forcing turnovers and blocking shots. They even managed some second chance points thanks to a few offensive rebounds. The Mavericks began playing with the clock, running it down before they took their shots. They had a nine point lead with just less than three minutes to play, and then Dirk, with hands in his face, hit a beautiful jump shot. It was at this point that Heat fans quietly began to file out of the arena. Congrats to all the Dallas Mavericks fans all over, your new NBA 2011 Champions!

And the Legacy Lives On

The recent death of JoePa has given sports fans around the world a reason to look back on the previous year and the import people we have lost.

Joe Paterno, Head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for 46 years. From 1966 to this past year, JoePa has built a legacy at Penn State. Paterno lead the Nittany Lions to two national championships, and five undefeated seasons. About 6 months ago, JoePa lost his job due to an unfortunate circumstance, that let’s face it, we’re all very aware of. Hopefully JoePa will be remembered for the important, fatherly figure, he was to the school instead of one man’s mistake that inevitably ended JoePa’s career. JoePa lost his life battling lung cancer.

Legends in the sport world are held to high regard. Al Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders, was known for the rebuild of the raiders team. From the controversy of the LA move, then the move back to Oakland, Al Davis was able to put the Raiders team back on the map in the NFL. Davis worked his way up from college sports, to general manager to, eventually owning the franchise. Davis passed away this past year at the age of 82.

Kurt Budke, head coach of the Oklahoma State Women’s Basketball team was faced with a sudden death when his plane crashed in Arkansas while on a recruiting trip with assistant coach, Miranda Serna. Like the two coaches from OSU, unexpected, tragic deaths seemed to be recurring in the sport industry this year. IndyCar driver, Dan Wheldon passed away in the 2011 IZOD indy world championships shortly after he earned his place in the industry, winning the Indianapolis 500.

for more significant deaths in the sport industry, check the ChicagoTribune’s website for a recently published story on significant deaths in industry.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-2011-sports-deaths-pictures,0,3104718.photogallery

And We Almost Thought We Lost an NBA Season

For those Basketball fans out there, last years NBA lockout was shocking news and left its spectators and players worried and confused. Lasting 160 days, the lockout cost the NBA a total of 240 games for the 2011-2012 season.  This was only the second time in NBA history that regular season games had been cancelled. The lock out was due to a disagreement and an extensive debate over how to split the revenue between the association and its players as well as coming to an agreement on the salary cap system. Shortly before the beginning of December, after 160 days and a fifteen-hour session of nothing but talking about this issue and how it would be resolved, the NBA and the player’s representative finally came to a tentative agreement to end the lock out. The agreement was that the Basketball Related Revenue (BRI) would be split between 49% and 51%. It seemed silly that it took this long for a 2% difference, but in the NBA, 2% is a whole lot of money. That small percentage can range anywhere from $40 million- $80 million, I’d be arguing too for that much money! NBA commissioner, David Stern was going to be in a whole lot of trouble if the season wasn’t going to happen at all. There are so many NBA fans and players that depend on the season and on Christmas day, 2011 many families throughout the country spent their afternoon and night watching the start of the season. Both sides have the option to opt out of this 10-year agreement after a 6-year period. But for now, the NBA season is safe and continues on to finish a 82 game season.

Did That Really Happen?

The Top 5 Sport Scandals of 2011

5. David Stern Vetoes the Chris Paul Trade

“Huh?” That would describe most people’s reaction to this confusing series of events. This trade would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and would have givenLamar Odom, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin, Goran Drajic, and a draft pick to the Hornets. Instead, NBA Commissioner David Stern vetoed the three-team trade (which was found to be legitimate). His reasoning? Since the NBA purchased the Hornets, responsibility lies within the Commissioners office, and they felt they had to do what was best for the Hornet’s, which was keeping Chris Paul in New Orleans. A week later however, Chris Paul was traded to the LA Clippers.

4. Ohio State Football: Receiving Tattoos for Memorabilia

Ohio State was just one of the many college football scandals that happened this year. When it came out that Head Coach Jim Tressel knew about his players trading their memorabilia rings for tattoos, and then try to cover it up, it resulted in Tressel’s resignation. Their celebrated QB, Terrelle Pyror, also left Ohio State, and the school was banned from the NCAA postseason for 1 year.

3. Syracuse Men’s Basketball: Assistant Coach Accused of Child Molestation

Sadly, this was not the only case of its kind in college sports in 2011. Assistant Coach Bernie Fine was accused of child molestation, and was fired from Syracuse University because of it. Unfortunately, charges were unable to be filed because the statute of limitations had run out.

2. Miami Football: Booster Nevin Shapiro Gets Caught Paying Players

It was released in August that Miami University Athletic Booster Nevin Shapiro admitted in a series of interviews to paying around a total of 2 million dollars to over 100Miami Football players and other Miami Athletes. He claims his involvement with the team dates back to 2001. It was reported that Shapiro gave Miami players use of his yacht, money to spend in clubs on drinks and strippers, elaborate parties, and more. Shapiro is currently serving 20 years in federal prison for organizing a Ponzi scheme.

1. Penn State Football: Former Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky Accused of Child Molestation, Head Coach Joe Paterno Fired

Jerry Sandusky was an assistant coach to Joe Paterno at Penn State for 31 seasons, leaving the University in 2001. When it came out in 2011 that Sandusky was being investigated for child molestation with at least 8 underage boys, the nation was shocked, and the people were even more surprised when it was released that Paterno had been aware of these allegations years before. The

public felt that although he fulfilled his legal obligation of telling his superiors, he did not fulfill his moral one, by doing nothing when nothing else happened after he reported the incident. This all resulted in Joe Paterno being fired, as well as the Athletic Director Tim Curley being forced into retirement. Sandusky has been charged with 42 counts of child molestation. He denies the allegations.