Midweek Myriad: Marta, Nadal, handball, 1260s, etc.

One of the joys of following a hundred sports or so is that you’re not stuck dissecting the Super Bowl to the point that it becomes joyless. Instead, we have all this: – Marta signs with Western New York. A WPS shocker. Good news from a media point of view because it means more of us will be paying attention to veteran Rochester reporter Jeff DiVeronica, who jokes on Twitter that Marta will push him up to 1,000 followers. The conventional wisdom would be that Marta would sign with The Club Formerly And Still Partially Known As The Washington Freedom … Continue reading Midweek Myriad: Marta, Nadal, handball, 1260s, etc.

Friday Myriad: Not out of our league

To be perfectly honest, we’re in a lull. No Tour, no huge world championships (no disrespect to the folks with rifles and pistols), etc. Plenty of league games, though. Through the weekend, eight Mexican league games are on various networks. On Saturday, seven MLS games are on Direct Kick / MLSSoccer.com. See Soccer America listings below. And it’s X Games weekend — see TV schedule and ESPN3 schedule. FRIDAY 2 p.m.: X Games. ESPN 3 p.m.: Tennis, ATP Los Angeles quarterfinals. ESPN2 7 p.m.: X Games. ESPN 11 p.m.: Tennis, WTA Stanford quarterfinals. ESPN2 SATURDAY 9:30 a.m.: Soccer, Emirates Cup, … Continue reading Friday Myriad: Not out of our league

Friday Myriad: Up all night for Aussie Rules, MMA, Le Tour

No, I didn’t forget. Today was a last-ditch effort to get some progress on two nagging free-lance assignments. Which reminds me — if you or someone you know is a male caregiver for a spouse or loved one who has breast cancer AND you’ve done the Komen 3-day walk, could you please, please get in touch with me? On to the weekend (all times ET): SATURDAY 12:01 a.m.: Australian football, Geelong-Hawthorn. Nice to see this sport making a comeback on U.S. airwaves. Still have no idea how anyone has the stamina to run for two hours while being pummeled every … Continue reading Friday Myriad: Up all night for Aussie Rules, MMA, Le Tour

Monday Myriad: Want U.S. world titles? We’ve got ’em

Even with an extra day, the weekend was overstuffed: Soccer: No disrespect to Uruguay and the Netherlands, but isn’t the Germany-Spain matchup as good as it gets? The most explosive team in the Cup against a team that has spent the last three and a half years as the Harlem Globetrotters of world soccer? Closer to home, MLS had terrific goals in the Seattle-Los Angeles matchup, and Conor Casey is playing like he’s still auditioning for the national team. Or like he thinks he’s Marta. Tennis: Serena and Nadal winning Wimbledon isn’t the surprise. The surprise is that Roger Federer … Continue reading Monday Myriad: Want U.S. world titles? We’ve got ’em

Friday Myriad: Wimbledon, World Cup, le Tour

Funny thing about July 4th weekend – the most important action in the sports world is all overseas. The three-day absence from posting here won’t happen often. Had a lot of actual paid work to do, plus a week of solo parenting. Shouldn’t have a break like this until vacation. Off we go (all times ET) … HEADLINES Water polo: Big comeback keeps the U.S. women unbeaten in World League final tournament. Poker: The last weekend before the Main Event — the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold-’em World Championship that draws thousands of entrants and weeks of ESPN coverage — features … Continue reading Friday Myriad: Wimbledon, World Cup, le Tour

Friday Myriad: Enjoy the USA-Ghana game for what it is

At some point, it’s just about the game. If Landon Donovan scores a hat trick in a crushing 5-2 win over Ghana tomorrow, it won’t suddenly fill every MLS stadium and push Fox Soccer Channel’s MLS broadcasts to NFL levels. Nor would a 3-0 loss send U.S. soccer back to 1985. (The year, not the excellent Bowling for Soup song.) Saturday’s game is a great opportunity for the USA to match its best modern-day World Cup finish (no, I don’t count 1930 as modern-day in this case) and perhaps move on to more. Nothing more, nothing less. And it’s part … Continue reading Friday Myriad: Enjoy the USA-Ghana game for what it is

Isner-Mahut and Wimbledon: Triumph of will or failure of tennis?

Mahut-Isner: 40-40. No, not deuce. That’s the score in the fifth set of this match at Wimbledon that has captured the attention of Americans recovering from Landon Donovan’s goal. The stats boggle the mind. John Isner has 83 aces to Nicolas Mahut’s 69. Match duration: 458 minutes. ESPN’s crew has run out of superlatives. Then come the stats that raise questions. Mahut has won 22% of his receiving points, and he’s 1-for-1 on his lone break point back in the second set. Isner has won 21% of his receiving points, and he’s 1-for-12 on break points … 0-for-3 in the … Continue reading Isner-Mahut and Wimbledon: Triumph of will or failure of tennis?