Monday, July 8, 2013

Weekend Observations

After Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer lost in the early rounds of Wimbledon this year I fully expected Novak Djokovic to pick up another Grand Slam title.  Little did I know Andy Murray would find a way to control his emotions and play some of the best tennis of his career.  Murray became the first Englishmen since Fred Perry in 1936 to win Wimbledon by dismantling Djokovic in straight sets 6-4,7-5,6-4.  Most of the experts (including myself) have overlooked Murray when projecting who will be the sports next dominant player, but he has beaten Djokovic in two consecutive Grand Slam finals and is the defending champion going into the 2013 US Open.  Now that he's been able to win the big one on his native soil his game could soar to higher heights.  I still got Nadal as the player to beat when he's healthy, but Murray's definitely in the conversation.  Congrats to Andy.  Here are some observations over the weekend.

I never thought I would say this, but Anderson "Spiderman" Silva got the snot piss kicked out of him on Saturday.  I didn't think he was capable of losing a fight let alone getting knocked the fu*k out like D-Bo in Friday.  I still think he's the best fighter in his division though.  Am I in denial?

Yasiel Puig deserves to be an all star.  Not because of the numbers he puts up, but because of the excitement he brings to the game.  MLB desperately needs players that draw attention to the sport so letting Puig in the all star game was a wise decision.

Max Scherzer is 13-0 with a 3.09 ERA and he's not even the Tigers best pitcher (That's still Justin Verlander).  With the reigning AL MVP in Miguel Cabrera and starting pitching that rivals anyone in baseball I'm starting to think the Tigers will be back in the World Series this year.  

Dwight Howard's departure to Houston will hurt the Los Angeles Lakers short term, but in the long run they will be better off.  In three years time when a REAL superstar comes to town Laker Nation will forget all about this temporary setback.  More on this tomorrow.

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