July 4, 2012 at 11:46 am #32792
I was hoping for an Italy goal too. In some ways, a lot of neutrals were hoping Italy would win. Spain were just superb. Italy will bounce back one way or another. I was surprised to see Brazil out of the top 10 in the Fifa rankings. First time ever it said on the news.
Haha, what are you famous for? :D I’ve heard of Gary Sobers before. West Indies have produced decent cricketers over the years. Brian Lara is a legend. I will have to take a vaction to that part of the world one day.July 4, 2012 at 1:54 pm #32805
>>>Haha, what are you famous for?
I haven’t decided yet. =) There are a ton of problems with our cricket now, but if you’re not a purist Gayle and Narine have been lighting up IPL. When Narine is bowling well it’s fascinating to watch.July 4, 2012 at 7:00 pm #32811
@ k man – Persie is leaving, such a predictable experience for an Arsenal…another player brought to England, another player developed by the club departing for same old crap.
If modern football hadn’t already collapsed upon itself I’d upset at this. I can only hope he doesn’t go to City, that’d be pretty sad. Juve I could live with.
Who is the old chap in your profile pic (original) anyway?July 4, 2012 at 10:40 pm #32820
That’s some world class bowling Narine did. The IPL is an intriguing league.
The guy in my previous avatar was Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. Check out his stuff. He composes great material.
As for Van Persie, it’s becoming deja vu with Arsenal’s best players. I too, hope he goes abroad as that would soften the blow. Looking at from his point I can understand why he wants to leave as he’s 28 nearly 29 and wants to win silverware before he retires. The way Arsenal are at the moment he won’t acheive that sadly.
What’s irking Arsenal fans the most is that he’s been with the club since 2004 and has had long injury spells almost every season. Arsenal have stuck by him where as another club might have offloaded him. Last season was clearly his best season at the club and they feel he should repay some of that loyalty.
It’s a tough situation, as both sides have valid points. Whatever happens, I hope he doesn’t choose Man City or another Prem team. Arsenal have already sold Adebayor, Toure, Clichy and Nasri to City. That would just back up what people are saying that Arsenal are a feeder club and the best players end up leaving.
As things currently stand, Van Persie won’t be an Arsenal player next season. The club have to sell him as they can’t wait for his contract to run out and him being with the team next season would have an impact on team morale. My biggest concern is with the attacking options. Unless Wenger goes out and buys a proven Prem striker, the options for next season are:
Podolski and Giroud who are class players but never played in the Prem before. They could need time to adapt.
Gervinho who wasn’t that impressive last season, but should be given another chance I guess.
Chamakh who has been dire since his switch from Bordeaux. Did well in his first few months but has been poor since then.
Park Chu Young who was rarely played last season and has the military issue hanging over him. He might have to do his service soon.
Bendtner who is almost 100% certain to leave. Just hope he isn’t convinced to stay.July 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm #32988
Andy Murray fails to win a major grand slam again. I feel today was his best shot at wining Wimbledon. Nadal and Djokovic were already out and Federer hasn’t been the same player he once was. Saying that, Federer didn’t let the pressure get to him and deserved to win. 7 Wimbledon wins and World no. 1 again. Not bad for the R man. Maybe he’s not giving up his throne quite yet :DJuly 8, 2012 at 4:19 pm #32994
Yeh it was a bit sad, looked like his best chance. Think he kinda gave up after being broken in the third set. He was so close in the second, and then to have that happen. Not sure the stars will align for him at Wimbledon again like that but who knows.July 8, 2012 at 11:40 pm #33006
Not a huge follower of tennis, but Mr Murray strikes me as having some mental issues regarding tennis, rather than issues with skills…he cracks so easily and so severely, he spends so much time battling with himself rather than with his opponent.July 9, 2012 at 12:34 am #33007
I reckon that may have to do with the expectation that’s placed upon him each year. He’s Britian’s best male tennis player and the last time a British man won the mens final was back in 1936. The media don’t help at all by piling the pressue on him. They write articles with headlines such as “Now or never for Murray”, or “Murray destined to win”, and try to motivate him that way, but it backfires. In the post match interviews, Federer even said he never reads the papers, which I think helps his game tremendously.
Murray started the match brightly, but the turning point many feel was when the rain started falling which meant the roof had to be used. That pretty much changed it to an indoor match which Federer loves playing.
On TV this morning, they mentioned that not every British fan is behind Murray and his connection with them is questionable. After the game and when he began speaking on mic, I think a lot of them felt sorry for him when he just let it all out.
He definitely has the potential to win a grand slam and has improved.July 26, 2012 at 7:45 am #33614
The Olympics doesn’t officially begin til tomorrow but the Football started a day early. Japan just beat Spain 1-0. What a start. I’m rooting all the way for the Blue Samurai to win it. If they fail to then I hope either South Korea or New Zealand can.
It looks like Tim Cahill is going to leave Everton for the MLS. Still feel he has a lot to offer in the Prem. He didn’t play in many games for Everton last season but he’s still a class player. Without a doubt, an Aussie legend.July 26, 2012 at 10:13 am #33632
I read your first post about your interest in martial arts. Most of my papers and research I did in college had to do in some way with martial arts. If it was an official subject I’d have had a doctorate in it.
I’ve got fairly high ranks in 4 arts, and I’ve studied 8 more for a couple years or so each. My original focus was in Japanese MA, but then I specifically focused on researching more exotic ones like Capoeira, Krav Maga, Sambo, Silat, Savate, etc.
So if you want any suggestions in which one to take/try out, just let me know.July 26, 2012 at 10:27 am #33634
Not a huge follower of tennis, but Mr Murray strikes me as having some mental issues regarding tennis, rather than issues with skills…he cracks so easily and so severely, he spends so much time battling with himself rather than with his opponent.
With that said, I’m worried about our Andy RoddickJuly 26, 2012 at 10:38 am #33635
I don’t know why you guys are talking about the boring ol’ Olympics when the biggest event in ESPORTS is happening tomorrow. Starcraft tournament on the beach guys! http://via.me/-3exm4tqJuly 26, 2012 at 11:48 am #33640
Thanks. I’m thinking of trying something like Wing Chun. I want to learn for self defence rather than competition. After watching Ip Man I got interested in Kung Fu movies. Any martial arts would interest me. What would you recommend?
Roddick has a temper on him. There’s a few Youtube videos of him going crazy at the umpires.
If I played Starcraft I might be interested. Is it a worldwide tournament or South Korea only?July 26, 2012 at 6:40 pm #33653
The poor old Olympics, groan. Once a proud beast is now a stumbling zombie…
@k man – yeah, a bit sad to see Cahill go out to pasture in the MLS. Although his last season or so haven’t been great I got the sense he’d still have plenty left to give in the EPL. Did get me thinking though, is he the first Australian to go to the MLS?
On the subject of MA, I’ve done Wing Chun before and think it’s fantastic. I don’t want to get into a discussion about if it’s the best for self-defense, or which MA is, those discussions are rarely useful. I think doing any MA will be beneficial in terms of self-defense.July 26, 2012 at 11:14 pm #33655
Cahill will be the second Aus player to play in the MLS after Danny Allsopp. Everton are kind of like a second team for me purely because of Cahill. I’ll definitely miss his towering headers and shadow boxing celebration. I’m still surprised he’s leaving Everton. He does still have a lot to offer the Prem. I would of preferred if he went to the A-League or somewhere in Asia. The MLS just doesn’t appeal to me.
It’s great you’ve done Wing Chun. I’m seriously thinking about taking it up if I can find a class near me. Your right about any MA being beneficial for self defence reasons.
As for the Olympics, I’m mainly interested in the track and football events. I think it has lost some appeal over the years but admirable how it still manages to draw in big audiences.
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