Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Two Wonderful Days

The last two nights have featured football, baseball, and basketball at the same time! Yes, I had a Slurpee each night as well. I can't imagine life getting any better. Alberto Gonzales resigned- there we go.

I didn't pay much attention to the pre-season football games. Unlike most football fans, I don't have time for pre-season football games, although I used to watch them when I was younger.

The Nats had a painful loss Friday and haven't recovered since. Up 5-1 in the 9th against the Rockies, Chad Cordero just didn't have it that night. D'Angelo Jimenez botched a slow-roller up the middle and the game was lost. Yesterday the Nats lost in the afternoon. The Mets lost to David Wells and the Dodgers in the night game.

Tonight, Wily Mo Pena sprained his ankle checking his swing in the 4th against the Dodgers. With a 3-2 count, he limped around, drawing attention from the trainer and manager Manny Acta. Pena stayed in the game, but couldn't run. He needed to hit a homerun to have any chance for a productive at bat. After all, he couldn't run. That's just what he did, a 2 run homer to left. I couldn't believe it. He was immediately taken out of the game after crossing home and giving the Nats the lead. The Nats eventually lost.

Basketball comes in the form of the men's FIBA Americas championship, a qualifier for the Olympics next year. The USA team is always the big bad wolf. Everyone wants to see them fall. Not having won a major tournament since 2000, they're also the underdog now. Carmelo Anthony always plays very well with the national team. Jason Kidd, Chauncey Billups, and Deron Williams are the three best American point guards and are all on the team. Kobe Bryant's premise helps a bunch. Among other things, he's a great outside shooter. So are Mike Miller and Michael Redd, a big weakness for the USA team in years past. Carmelo is really the team's only post up player. The lack of a big man post up player is a concern (no disrespect to Dwight Howard and Amare Stoudemire, it's just not their game), but I feel very confident with this team. They're flashy, but they work hard too.

Here's to more great days.

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