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Us Vs. The World

“Do you care now? For one month, soccer will become a canvas for America to illustrate it's sporting dominance in the world. To do that, they will have to overcome all odds and defeat the world in their game. For one month, soccer becomes our game. The World Cup can indeed become yet another "Miracle" story” -Hockey vs. Soccer: Why Should We Care; Dome Pondering 6/7/06

Changing the Focus of the Game

So after three start it seems like Stephen Strasburg is the real deal. Last year, yours truly selected Strastburg as one of the many pitchers in baseball that will likely have a huge impact on the game (Under 25 and Loaded: The Future Faces of Pitching). And at the time, despite not even being drafted yet, it seemed like a safe decision to go out on such a limb due to his dominance in collegiate baseball at San Diego State University. Many baseball diehards knew he would be good – but this good? I admit, I never gave it a thought. But then again, does anyhow believe anyone can be that good?Yet, after zipping through the minors like some sort of super ringer, that same “special” quality has sustained thus far after 19.1 innings of professional baseball. With blazing triple digit fastballs, wicked sliders, and deceptive changeups, Strasburg has managed to make many believe he is the “all 99 attribute” created player we all fantasize about when pushing the buttons on our video game cons…

Dome Pondering Import - “Thomas’ Final Stat Line: A Crying Shame

This is an article that was posted on ESPNnewyork.com discussing the managing futility of Isiah Thomas. With New York and the Knicks organization looking forward to opening the doors to a new era of hopefully winning and successful basketball beginning on June 24th for the NBA Draft, and of course later on with free agency on July 1st, the era of terrible management and bad basketball comes to a close.  Donnie Walsh spent the last two years untangling and undoing the situation which Thomas managed to get the franchise into. Now with light at the end of the tunnel, we forget (and we should) just how terrible Thomas was. In a very clever article written by Tom Haberstroh, the “Isiah Era” of Knicks basketball is put into an interesting perspective.

New Beginnings (1A)

There has been a lot of feedback and reaction to the New Beginnings entry posted on May 26, 2010. Much of that feedback have been kind words of encouragement, compliments and praises on a well-written article, and most importantly to me, comments on how relatable the post was. For all of the feedback, I thank you all. Upon the success of the New Beginnings post, I found myself in a position today that not only made me think of that post, but the words and thoughts expressed in the post. As you can imagine, New Beginnings touched on finally overcoming uncertainty, failure, and adversity to get to a new point. And while I did realize that much of those hurdles and struggles were essential in creating this new start, never once was there a thought on the effects those experiences (which we often connect with negativity) had on others. Today, on a rare free day with nothing to do for the first time in about a year, yours truly decided to make a few errands. One, which happened to be a vis…

LeBron Watch Gone Mad

Today marks twenty nine days until the frenzy that is the 2010 free agent class begins. And with  the greatest and most impactful free agent class in the history of the NBA comes the mania that is LeBron James. Where will he go? Who will he go with? Everyone seems to have an opinion, or answer, depending on who you ask. With July 1, 2010 within sniffing distance, the speculations, rumors, and “confirmed” stories will kick into high gear. Already today, we have heard that James stated in an interview with Larry King set to air this Friday that his home team of the Cleveland Cavaliers have the “advantage” in (re)signing him. All of this on the heels of hearing that all of the top free agents will have some sort of “summit” before free agency begins. Does James’ statement change anything? Absolutely not. In fact, if you ask Chris Broussard of ESPN, it’s been a lock since being eliminated by the Boston Celtics that LeBron James was on his way to Chicago to join the Bulls. Look, everyone …