- 08/23/2012, 02:40PM ET
HighwayCrossingFrog said 08/23, 02:40 PM
1.Andy Murray winning the olympic gold.. Its kind of like when the red sox won back in 2004.. No brit has won a major tennis tournament in almost 70 years! And the fact that it occured on the wimbledon tennis grounds, plus beating Djokovic and Federer back to back.. It just had a grand slam feel to it..
2. Bradley Wiggins becoming the first brit to win the Tour de France.. And then a couple days later he gets an olympic gold.. Its officially the year of the brits:)
3. Mexico beating the mighty brazil, in soccer, and getting olympic gold in the process.. For a country that doesnt win alot, but whose passion about soccer, is second to none.. Im sure the Mexican olympic soccer team are all national heroes right about now..
4. Lithuania losing to the mighty USA, in basketball, by a mere 5 points.. If someone had told me that USA would beat Nigeria by 80 points.. I would have guessed that the Yanks would beat Lithuania, by at least 40 points..
5. Cueto/chapman, cincinnati Reds.. For cueto, its kind of like, where did this come from? With 16 wins and a 2.44ERA, he is a legitimate ace.. Dont look now, but the Reds are serious contenders..
OlderthanDirt said 08/23, 03:56 PM
Okay Froggie, you and I again.
While I see your point in all your selections, I feel I have a couple that is a bit better or at the least more prominent.
1st. Michael Phelps - DO I REALLY NEED to explain this choice? I will if you argue it, but Come on man!
2nd. Instead of Murray at the two spot, I will go with another Brit and choose, Moses Farah winning two gold medals in events normally dominated by other countries. When he won the 10000m and his USA training partner Galen Rupp finished second it was simply a heart touching moment. The unity the two shared finishing 1st and 2nd was absolutely one of the highlights of the 2012 games.
3rd. I will NOT choose USA Basketball for a top 5. They were built to win. They were expected to win. They won. So, for third, this is where I insert Andy Murray. Of course, for all the reasons you mentioned.
4th. I will stick with the boys of summer and go with the entire Nationals pitching staff. These guys have put together one of the best records in MLB and there seems to be no letting up.
5th. My last pick is Rory McIlroy. Two majors in less than 15 months. I absolutely enjoy watching him play. #3 in the world. MTC.
HighwayCrossingFrog said 08/23, 06:43 PM
I personally was disappointed by michael phelps..
He basically gave one gold medal away to a south african, cause phelps had a mental block, and thought he was closer, to touching the end of the pool than he really was..
I know phelps had a summer for the ages, back in 2008..
But lets face it, he lost his discipline, started partying, staying up late and smoking weed..
And to do it in a sport, where you really cant afford to goof off.. Its criminal..
Im 99% sure, if I was a professional athlete, and I was in my 20's, I would wait until my career was over, AND THEN turn into an alcoholic..
Usain Bolt would have been a better choice..
I really like your number two.. I watched that race, and the whole time I thought for sure an ethiopian or a kenyan would win it.. The fact that the brit, trained in the states, in Oregon, makes me think maybe we gave him a bit of american magic:)
I dont like your 4th pick..
The Nationals are about to shut down their ace strasburg..
I smell fear.. I smell panic..
Its crazy, a guy THAT THAT dominate isnt going to pitch in the post season..
Im not a golf guy..
But it is noice to see Tiger doing ok..
OlderthanDirt said 08/24, 08:46 AM
How is it possible to be disappointed in Phelps. Come on Frog Man even you have to be somewhat amazed at the total number of events and medals the guy has achieved. I'm not saying it here in this TD, but there are some claiming he is the greatest Olympian ever!
Usain Bolt can Kiss My ARse! After his derogatory comments about Carl Lewis he can just fade away into the night like all sprinters eventually do.
Nationals fear? Exactly what team are you talking about? You take Stras away and they STILL have probably the best rotation in the NL. Zimmerman has the second lowest ERA in the NL and Detwiller and Gonzalez are both south of the 3.30 mark. Jackson is doing a pretty good job for them as well and I am sure Davey Johnson and crew have something in mind for a fifth when they shut Stras down. As for the playoffs, only the Giants could possibly run out a better 3 man than the Nats.
Rory McIlroy is 23 and ranked #3. Tiger was 22 when he attained the #1 ranking. So there is a lot to look forward too from young Mr. McIlroy. I am NOT saying he is comparable to Tiger in skills but what I am saying is that he is good for the game and brings new YOUNG blood back to the links.
HighwayCrossingFrog said 08/26, 03:43 AM
1. california LLWS, down 15-5, in the BOTTOM of the last inning, they score 10 runs..
I know tennesse's pitching for their 3rd/4th string starter was pretty bad in that inning..
But damn, 10 runs in a championship title game, in one inning..
Damn, thats pretty cool..
Yeah tennesse won that game in the extras..
But damn, those cali kids are guys I would want to have on my side, in a bar fight in 10 years, cause they never gave up..
I always love it, when a team goes down kicking and screaming..
2. John Isner.. As if he is not already having a career year..
He wins the Carolina Open, his hometown..
Knocking off top ten guys, that are realistically better than him, Berdych and Tsonga..
To win your home town tournament, is very beautiful..
3. Lebron James..
His performance in the play offs was one for the ages..
James, was simply unstoppable..
NBA finished in june.. June is summer.. Lebron should be on here too..
Gonzalez, Beckett AND Crawford!
This team went all in.
As a red sox fan, I am depressed.
I cant remember a time, where a baseball team, essentially got 4 all stars, in trades, in a 6 week period..
OlderthanDirt said 08/27, 09:05 AM
Okay, first I did not know that on our third argument we would be starting over with a new list.
This seems a bit out of place since we do not have additional arguments to follow.
Let me start by talking about the LLWS. That Tennessee / California game is and will be a LLWS classic. Forty runs. Are you kidding me?
However, it was bound to be a mental let down for the winner and they could only muster a couple of hits against the great Japan team. That is part of the problem with the LLWS format. A one and done format always leaves room for any team to elimninate another team especially after a mentally stressing game like Tennessee played the day before.
You are really reaching to include Lebron as one of the Boys of Summer. Now , while the finals did run late due to the late season start, and it did Officially end on the First Day of Summer; that is a bit of a stretch calling all of Lebron's playoff performance a summer event.
Isner was eating homecooked meals and defended the title he already owned. He was a number 10 knocking off a 6 or 7 in his hometown. I don't see it as world shattering news.
However, the Red Sox dumping their majority payroll? Damn!
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