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Who are Sports best Athletes

April 15, 2011 3 comments

Well this is an age old question that came up the other night where most great conversations take place..At a sports bar. While spending some time with some friends and Alexander Keith we had a brief debate about which sport has the best athletes? Well let me first eliminate some sports that I have heard actually people paid to talk about sports on TV suggest. Golf more specifically Tiger, No Way! Golf is for people who are retiring why am I even trying to give examples, it’s golf!! Baseball, Uh No, unless you are playing in the middle of the field you are doing very little on the field and you get a break every inning. Football, well these guys tend to be quite athletic but I will elimate them, because 1 they play half a game as there is a defence and and on offence. Also the actual action on a football field is about 5% of the allotted time to play the game as most of the time nothing is happening the game is on pause. I will narrow the debate to 3 sports – Hockey, Basketball and yes – Soccer. In all these sports you play continuously, you play offense and defense, you use your entire body and when you look at the average player they are in physically good shape. (Some of the guys you see playing football or baseball could not be put in a rink, a ball court or a soccer field.). My vote goes to the Soccer players as I think although Hockey would likely be the hardest sport for the average person to play because it involves skating. The debate with my arguement comes down the high impact and high intensity of Hockey and Basketball vs Soccer. Reason being in Soccer most players play the full game (90 Mins). Much longer than Hockey or Basketball and do not get subbed off at all. In Hockey you take 90 sec shifts and may play 20 mins on a given night and in Basketball you tend to have most guys play 30-40 mins a night. I mean the stats for Soccer players is crazy when you see how much a player runs during a game. Even if you dont have the ball you are in constant movement whether on offense or defence. However one could argue the pace of soccer is much slower than basketball! But at the same time since Hockey and Basketball are North American and created in the birthplace of the mighty dollar. The average 48 min Basketball game or 60 min Hockey game takes 3 hours to watch from start to finish while a soccer game may take 2hrs. The soccer game is constant with no breaks other than halftime. Hockey and Basketball games tend to have numerous breaks in addtion to quarter ends and period ends. TV timeouts allow for the players to get numerous breaks that allow them to play the so called heavy minutes. Also for Hockey the inclusion of a stick and equipment devalue the athleticism of the sport, where Basketball and Soccer is man and ball strictly.

Categories: Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer

Monday Night Football – Rate Vicks performance

December 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Mike Vick performed good enough to win and had another solid performance in the Eagles win over the Texans. He was matched by Houston’s QB, but was a little bit better and led his team to victory, with the only blip being an interception but having said that there were a couple drops by receivers in the end zone that would have made this game not so close.

The way Vick is playing and his improvement in reading defences will only continue to shine as he has an effective offensive line that gives him time to decide what needs to be done. An efficient running game also keeps defences guessing at what the Eagles will do from play to play.

My rating a B+ Very good game), 34 points, a win, – that’s a very good game in my books.

Is this the real Michael Vick

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Not a big football fan but I am a sports fan and therefore tend to watch all sports as this is the best reality television. I had to say something about the Monday night football game which saw Mike Vick and the Eagles take on McNab and his new contract and the Redskins. Its always nice to watch games where players take on their former teams. You want to see who comes out on top, the player or the management. Well give this one to the management as Vick came out and blazed McNab and the Redskins. For a team to trade a player is one thing but to trade a player to a team in your division who you will face multiple times during the season is a real slap in the face and a statement to how crap you thing the guy is. Its like sending your wife to your neighbour and coming home each day to see her next door with the dude chilling on the lawn with him.

In any case Michael Vick has made believers out of the football world with his performance thus far. Fortunately for him Kevin Kolb got hurt and he got a chance and the Eagles have not looked back. Kolb is a capable quarterback and Vick would have likely remained the second string QB barring a real bad performance from Kolb over a period of games but other than Kolb getting injured if he remained healthy I don’t think Vick would have got the starting role. Even after the first game when Kolb got injured and Vick came on and played well, Andy Reid stated that Kolb was still his #1 QB.

Well now Vick has shown consistency and proved this was not one fluke game and is giving the Eagles a real shot at contending and with the supporting cast on offence that he is this team can definitely score with the best of them. The Monday night performance was a real display of offensive potency and the Eagles looked like they might put up 100 points on the Redskins. 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. Now that’s a beat down but as good as the offence was, they were aided by the offensive ineptitude of the Redskins. I mean these guys could not complete a first down which meant they could not move the ball, which means the Eagles were working with excellent field position each time. However having said that the Eagles made them pay and were scoring at will, I am not talking field goals I am talking touchdowns and they were making big plays and accumulating some serious yardage. Now given the Redskins defence was pretty bad but I think it was more a case of the Eagles making them look bad than the Redskins playing bad. The Redskins offence for the first half at least was definitely much worse than their defence.

But back to Vick, this game was a real coronation for him as this was a Monday night game shown nationwide and he showed that he is a Quarterback that can run and not a Running back that can throw. This was the debate before but he is showing that the debate is over, this dude is for real. He is living up to the hype and this QB like Steve Young said could be something special now that he is learning how to read games better and throw from the pocket. Time will tell if this year we are seeing the real Michael Vick, like Lebron he has something to prove. He was out of the game for almost 2 years as last year he was a guy with good seats to Eagles games. But now he is here and he is telling everyone that this is the real Michael Vick and I for one believe him.

League Across Continents?

November 3, 2010 2 comments

Recently David Stern of the NBA was enthusiastically discussing the merits of European expansion in the NBA. All I can say is WOW! In fact, this year the Raptors will be playing 2 league games in London (not Ontario – but I doubt if many NBAers know the difference). Now to me having 2 North American based NBA teams playing in Europe may be somewhat feasible, but to expect a team to fly for 5 hours to play league games is a bit ridiculous. Traveling across 3 time zones from Toronto to L.A. is bad enough – Let alone from L.A. to London, England.

My only hope is that other professional sports don’t get this bright idea. Over the years NFL teams have played regular season games overseas and some big soccer teams from Europe have played pre-season games over here. I have no problem with this simply because both teams have come from abroad to showcase the product – as opposed to NA based teams playing against European teams or other teams from other continents for points. Think of how complicated it could become when you consider the economical effects – not to mention the immigration issues that may arise if this were a regular thing.

Ya sure you are expanding your audience but you are also cheapening the product.

Categories: Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer