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Euro Cup 2008, What’s up with Portugal? June 12, 2008

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To all you devoted soccer fans, the Euro cup is starting to get into the quarter-finals round of play. With favorites including Portugal, and Germany the teams are bringing their best in order to be named champion of Euro Cup 2008.

The buzz is that Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo is the one who is going to carry the Portugal team. In fact, in his last 13 appearances he has scored eight goals. According to soccernet.com he is “the best player on the planet going into the Championships,” (referring to Euro Cup 2008).

Apparently Portugal has the reputation of being inconsistent when it comes to big championships. They made it to the semis and quarter-finals in 2000, and 2002 however, in 2004 in the Euro Cup final they had a shocking loss to Greece, a loss that will not be forgotten.

With Coach Luis ‘Big Phil’ Scolari leading the team the Portuguese have a chance to take it. Sadly, the contract of Scolari is ending soon after the Euro Cup tournament, with many teams looking to hire him.

 The problem for Portugal that is critical in play is: the lack of defense. Portugal is known to have an exceptional offense, and a so-so defense. With a team that is not particularly well-rounded it is hard to make it far, and this is what has seemingly been the problem for quite some time now.

It is not that the defense is bad but, they lack discipline. The defense as a whole makes silly mistakes that can be easily corrected with more time and effort.

If Portugal wants to become the champions they are going to have to step up their game, not only in their so-called average defense but, in their incredibly good offense as well. Strategic mid-field play will be pivotal to this team’s success throughout the tournament.

Maybe this will be the year for Portugal, and I guess we’ll find out soon.

-Jess

 

 

 

Lakers take Game 3 June 11, 2008

We all know the NBA Finals are going on right now with game four tomorrow night. With the Boston Celtics taking the first two, the Los Angeles Lakers really needed to step it up in game three if they even wanted to see a chance at the championship, and apparently they did.

The Los Angeles Lakers won game three last night June 10, 2008, with the final score being 87-81. Although Lakers fans everywhere rejoiced in the fact that we were victorious, if you consider yourself a true Lakers fan you can acknowledge that they did not play up to par.

After the game as I watched the numerous people being interviewed, it was only Sasha Vujacic that was man enough to tell it like it is. He said, “We didn’t play well but, we played good enough to win.” Hats off to Sasha for being the only honest one to be interviewed.

If we are being honest here and if you are an avid basketball watcher you know that the Lakers just didn’t play well last night. Lamar was off, Pao was off, and even Fisher had a so-so game. I am usually not the type to brag about the awesomeness of Kobe Bryant but, he was one of the few who were living up to their usual game play, minus his numerous missed free throws. Hopefully Phil Jackson makes Kobe work on his free throws today in preparation for game four.

As for Vujacic, not only was he completely honest during his interview, he happened to play above average last night as well. His nickname is “The Machine,” and he helped out quite a bit in the game last night.

This is what the Lakers need in order to tie the series and even win. The Lakers starting five and the Lakers bench need to play as they have played this whole season, whole-heartedly. The reason the Lakers have made it thus far is because of this and in the first two games of this final series it’s as if that was thrown out the window. Come on Lakers, show the Celtics what you are really made of! Lakers for life.

-Jess

Picture courtesy of espn.com

 

Wooo, new Sports Hottie! June 10, 2008

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Sorry ladies, this week’s sports hottie happens to be a woman. I mean, as women we should be able to appreciate other athletic women who just so happens to be gorgeous. It’s okay to let the little green monster come out just a bit, but here I present to you an established and gorgeous female athlete, surfing sensation Malia Jones.

Malia of Hawaiian, Spanish-Filipino, and German descent is a surfer and a model. She began surfing at a very young age and has actually born here, and when I say here I mean Loma Linda, California.

How cool huh, to all you LSU students who keep up with our blog, her dad went to Loma Linda University, and is now a dentist.

She was a U.S. amateur champ at the age of fifteen, and from winning that tournament her second career was born, modeling. Although Malia vows that surfing is her primary career and first love.

She has been named part of the “50 Most Beautiful People” by People magazine and one of America’s “10 Sexiest Athletes” by Esquire. She seems to be a very busy girl and she also happens to design swimwear for Mambo Graphics Sportswear.

I just thought I’d give a shout out to a successful female athlete that is ridiculously good-looking.

-Jess

 

French Open 2008- The Massacre of Federer

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Well, the worlds the highest paid athlete did not prosper in the French Open finals. World renowned tennis super star Roger Federer was defeated in the final of the French Open on Saturday June 7, 2008. Defeated is an understatement, it was honestly a massacre. The final score of the match was 6-1, 6-3, 6-0.

Federer is the first player in tennis history to lose three French Open finals consecutively. Not only did Federer lose his match, he was evidently upset with his own performance. Despite all this, he managed to keep himself together for the presentation of the trophies where long-time competitor Rafael Nadal was presented with the title of champion and 1st place.

A set back in any tennis players career can be clay-court. Clay is unmistakably more difficult to play on as opposed to grass court play. Not only does the ball bounce differently it is faster paced game on clay.

Even with losing the French Open once again, Federer has maintained a refreshingly positive attitude about the rest of the season and Wimbledon. According to ESPN.com after the match Federer said, “It doesn’t matter now. I’m looking forward to grass. I think the second half of the season, hopefully, is going to be better than the first.”

For Nadal, this is a great title to add to his name. He just beat the player that is rumored to go down as the best player in the history of tennis. Nadal is definitely getting his name out there, not that he necessarily needed to. He was ranked number two in the world for quite some time.

Overall, the French Open 2008 was entertaining and worthwhile to watch, even with Nadal’s massacre on Federer.

-Jess

 

Where in the world did mascots come from? May 26, 2008

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What do you think of when you hear the term ‘team mascot’? In the past that term use to instantly fill my head with images of a dopey-looking furry creature running around a baseball field acting like a crazed rodeo clown.

Mascots have been a used for all sorts of things since their introduction sometime in the late 1800s. The term ‘mascot’ was integrated into the English language after Edmund Audran wrote a comic operetta entitled La Mascotte.

One website, gameops.com, asserts that mascots come from a much older era. This site proclaims that the concept of a mascot has been around since the time of cavemen.

The authors of the article entitled, “Brief History: From art to reality,” believed that ancient humans used the image of animals to bring them luck while they harvested food or fought disease. They argued that cavemen wanted to magically channel the power of animals and that is why they would occasionally dress up in their likeness.

I’m not sure if I buy all that mumbo jumbo, but I thought it was only fair to include every opinion about the origin of mascots.

Well back to reality…Webster’s dictionary defines a mascot as “a person, animal, or object adopted by a group as a symbolic figure especially to bring them good luck.”

Luck, eh? Well now this is starting to make sense…we all know that athletes are considerable superstitious. I’m sure you’ve heard stories about teams not showering or shaving during the season…maybe you’ve heard about a player that keeps a lucky ‘treasure’ in their sock or locker. It’s really the same idea, something external will help bring luck to the player or team.

This idea of luck may have contributed to the rapid proliferation of mascots since their introduction two centuries ago. Nowadays, it is practically impossible to think of an American sports team that does not have some sort of mascot whether it be a costumed individual or otherwise.

As hard as it is to believe, even bad-ass sports teams have mascots. Take for instance the Oakland Raiders, while t don’t have a fury or costumed Pirate running around, their cartoon pirate insignia on their helmets and jersey’s work in the same fashion.

My perception of mascots has changed dramatically over this last year. During the 2007 soccer season my school’s costumed mascot, a blue and gold colored eagle, appeared at one of my soccer matches.

Strangely, I didn’t even know we had that costume until he just showed up that day. The Golden Eagle couldn’t have picked a better game to make his debut; there were literally a few hundred fans lining the field and the match was incredibly intense, at half time the score was tied 0-0.

While my coach was giving his usual half time pep talk, my mind and eyes wondered away. In that moment I became transfixed with the giant furry eagle. He was just flapping away trying to get the crowd pumped up for the next half. For whatever reason, I too became motivated by this ridiculously disguised classmate of mine.

I don’t know what it was…maybe the eagle was a bit magical or something, but my teammates fought harder than they ever had and we ended up winning the game 1-0. The victory was incredibly unexpected because our opponents had previously beaten us 8-1.

I’m not certain that we magically channeled the majestic spirit of the eagle, but we must have had a little luck on our side and maybe… just maybe…the eagle helped us to do some mighty fine ass kicking! We may never know.

-Tab

 

His teammates call him “Hollywood,” and I don’t blame them May 20, 2008

Well, the kids of Cole Hamels and his former Playboy model wife are definitely not going to be crying the blues later in life. I mean, having two great looking people like that together should not even be allowed.

Twenty-four year old Cole Hamels plays in the MLB as the starting left-handed pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. Being left-handed in any sport is unique and to be a starting left-handed pitcher makes you even better.

Cole Hamels was born in San Diego and grew up there his whole life. He has been playing baseball from a very young age and had many scouts interested in him when he was playing in high school at Rancho Bernardo High School. Unfortunately in his junior year he broke his pitching arm and local scouts, such as the San Diego Padres, lost interest in Hamels.

Lucky him that he is that good that he ended up still getting drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round draft pick in 2002. He played minor league ball until his major league debut in 2006.

He also married his hottie of a wife Heidi Strobel in 2006 as well, what a year for Cole Hamels.

Cole Hamels has continuously continued to deliver for the Philadelphia Phillies; he recently pitched a shut-out on May 16, 2008 against the Atlanta Braves.

Keep up the great work Cole!

-Jess

 

Kobe got MVP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! May 8, 2008

On May 6, 2008, 29 year-old LA Laker, Kobe Bryant, was named MVP of the NBA for the 2007-2008 season. Not only is he well deserving of this unique award, it’s about time!

Kobe has come in third place for the MVP nomination twice within the last two seasons, after Steve Nash, and Dirk Nowitzki. For Kobe, this season of all seasons has been recognizably different from the last few. After the three-peat ending in 2002, Kobe had to pick his team up from basically nothing. He kept his faith in his team noticeable and built a foundation for what is now a great basketball team once again.

I have to admit, with Kobe’s “Rape Scandal,” with the random Colorado girl in the 2003 season, he lost a lot of support from his fans. For those of you who don’t know, he did admit to having sexual relations with that woman for one night on an away game road trip, when in fact he has been married since 2001, and I do not agree with adultery by any means but, who are we to judge his personal life? His wife took him back, and that is what I think is the most important, Hilary stood by Bill when we had relations with Ms.Lewinsky, so what makes this situation any different?

Back to the point, Kobe lost a great fan base when this happened but he did not let that faze him. He continued to re-build his team. Around the same time all this happened the LA Lakers began getting a better range of players again, picking up people like Ronny Turiaf, Devin George, Brian Cook, Smush Parker, and Kwame Brown.

Although these players were helpful in the re-building process, most were traded in order to build a “dream team” once again.

However, the last few seasons the LA Lakers have been so fortunate to get players such as, Derek Fisher, who was part of the original dream team, Andrew Bynum, Trevor Ariza, and outstanding, yet versatile center/power forward Pao Gasol.

So, Kobe has pretty much stoked that he did not have to be such a ball hog anymore because he had such awesome players in his general vicinity. You can see this is in his play and how much it has changed over the last few seasons, especially this 2007-2008 season.

Not only is Kobe estimable of this award, he has truly earned his place in NBA history.

 

Intro to being a Jock GF May 6, 2008

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Attention to all girls who have or want a guy that is into sports but you just can’t seem to find a liking for it, wow that was a mouthful. I have a topic that I think is important to any girl interested in any guy who plays a sport, the topic of cheering.

You may be new to the sports world, maybe you just got a new boyfriend who plays baseball and you have despised baseball your entire life, I’ve been there and I know what you are feeling. How the heck are you supposed to go and support your guy if number one, you hate the sport, and number two, you don’t even know what is going on.

I have an idea that helped me get through my hard times of being a Jock GF and actually led me to loving a sport that I did not even imagine myself ever liking.

First things first, most guys like to be supported when they are doing something they enjoy, especially if it is a girl they like or are dating, they appreciate any kind of attention from people who mean something to them, like their mom, sometimes even their dad, and usually their significant other.

So, even if you don’t like the sport that your guy plays, go. Go for them, they want you there and when you see them smile at you with the satisfaction of knowing that you came just for them that is when you realize that it is worth it.

Next, if your guy gives you his team hat, or his team jacket, whatever it may be, wear it. Not only will be he excited to see you but when he sees you in his jacket that is slightly too big, he is going to excited that you were so thoughtful.

One more thing, cheer him on. Cheer his teammates on too, ask people around you who each guy is and what it is their position does for the team or things like why he is wearing that bracelet around his wrist. If you sound interested, people tend to respond to your friendly persona.

Once you’ve introduced yourself to the regular cheering community, you become one of them. You make new friends, you learn about the sport, and you get your guy’s attention even when he’s focusing on the big game.

In conclusion, cheering your guy on isn’t that bad, and you may actually find yourself starting to appreciate something you didn’t even know was possible.

-Jess

 

Check out Tab’s new blog! May 4, 2008

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Now that Jessie and I have gotten the Girlfriend’s Guide to Sports up and running with regular posts I will now be writing a supplementary blog about my experience as a college athlete. Through my own personal accounts I will try to offer some insight that will help other athletes that are trying to make it into the often exclusive world of college sports

Today I have registered the domain name http://collegeathlete.wordpress.com and I plan to start writing entries for this new blog early next week. So make sure to go and check it out!

In my new blog I will write posts about how the how the whole college athlete process works. There will be information about how to find the right school for you and how you can get yourself noticed by college scouts. Both of these steps are an incredibly important because finding a school to play at directly affects a person’s future whether it is in professional sports or “the real world.”

I will also write about the different intricacies of the life of a college athlete. I plan non writing about dealing with college life in general, but I will structure my posts so that they are written from the perspective of a college athlete. I plan on writing about the different expectations that are placed on college athletes, how to juggle a demanding schedule, homesickness, parties, and so much more.

I also plan on writing about my different experiences playing for a Division I college soccer program and playing for a Division III program. I believe that this spectrum of playing opportunities has given me an edge in understanding the different demands that college programs may have for their athletes.

Altogether I hope that I can assist anyone who is trying to become or currently is a college athlete. . Like gfg2sports, my new blog will be updated weekly to ensure that new insight is always getting shared.

Like I said earlier, be sure to check it out. Once again, nothing will be posted for a few days.

-Tab

 

Wait a second…I thought the Olympics were about sports, right? April 13, 2008

If you have been watching the news at all lately, you’ve probably heard all about the Olympic protest and torch extinguishing attempts. In fact, last week the torch was extinguished a reported five times while it traveled through Paris, France. The protesters are concerned about issues relating to Tibet and other human rights violations. With all this talk about Chinese politics, it makes me beg the question, ‘Aren’t the Olympics suppose to be about sports?’

The most straight forward answer is, yes. The Olympic Games are suppose to be a time where athletes from all around the world get together to showcase their talents and compete at the most premier level imaginable. It is obvious that spirit of the Games is being diminished by all the hoopla; in a time when we should be comparing player stats and shooting playful trash talk at one another, we are instead focused on China’s internal affairs.

While the Olympic Games should put a spotlight on tremendous athletes, this spotlight is currently burning so bright that the entire world can see right in China’s front window, so-to-speak. While China was hoping to use this attention to promote their own agenda about their growth and advancement, the world has instead turned their collective eyes on China’s many problems.

The focus primarily rests on China’s dealings with Tibet, but there has also been discussion about other human rights issues and the pollution problem in Beijing. As shameful as it is to admit, I had no idea what the news meant about ‘Tibet Controversy,’ until I started researching for this article.

In short, in the early 1900s Tibet existed as an independent Buddhist country, but in 1950 the Communist controlled Chinese government took over Tibet and claimed it as part of China. There has been controversy and resistance ever since. The current protests are utilizing China’s Olympic spotlight to raise awareness about this substantial injustice.

Governments all around the world are reacting to this display. Reportedly, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has stated that he is planning to boycott the opening ceremony and Prince Charles of England has said that he would simply not attend the Olympics at all.

In the U.S., members of Congress passed a resolution, Resolution 1077, which calls on the Chinese government to begin discussion with the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist leader of Tibet, in order to find a lasting solution that will result the country’s respect for human rights of Tibetans.

So what does the Chinese government have to say about all this? “The Tibet issue is completely China’s internal affairs. No foreign countries or international organizations have the right to interfere in it,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

For the most part I agree with her. No one is digging up our dirt and telling us to give California back to Mexico or our entire country back to Native Americans for that matter, and besides this has NOTHING to do with the Olympics, at all.

Hopefully this all gets resolved before August, when the Olympic Games are scheduled to begin. I am not trying to be insensitive to the human rights violations that are going on, but you would think that China would have ‘cleaned the house before inviting everyone to dinner.’ What we’re really looking at here is a huge PR nightmare that could have definitively been avoided. It’s sad for both the Tibetans and the Olympians that their issues have to be so tragically entwined, because after all the Olympics are suppose to be about sports, right?

-Tab