Monday, November 23, 2009

The M2C Sports Desk

Well, it's been a fun weekend for football (both kinds). Let's recap a bit, shall we?

In association football (known here in the USA as soccer) Real Salt Lake City beat the Los Angeles Galaxy in a penalty kick shootout after the match finished extra time still tied 1-1. Real SLC managed to beat out such World Cup participants and international players as David Beckham and Landon Donovan.

By the way, Team USA clinched a berth in the World Cup to be held next summer down in South Africa. Ought to be a fun party, particularly since France also clinched at the expense of Ireland thanks to Thierry Henry's handball. Ireland is still understandably ticked about it, too. I will be taking up a collection to get all of the FIFA officials Lasix surgery to fix their vision problems.

In college football, the top seven spots in the BCS Top 25 haven't changed a bit, going into what is termed as Rivalry Weekend. Florida is still #1 after smashing the living daylights out of Florida International, while #2 Alabama squished Chattanooga.

Notre Dame lost to UConn - WHO THE HELL CARES?!? Notre Dame's been a crap team for years, and the constant mindless schmoozing of this sports franchise with attendant university gets on my nerves. Either the NBC staff all attended Notre Dame or someone at the college has scurrilous photos - those are the only reasons they still get their games televised. Coach Charlie Weis has said that he won't argue if the Irish want to replace him. Of course, he's in no place to argue, having managed 20 losses over the past three years. Not good, even if it is Notre Dame.

I watched the 30th Annual Florida Classic between Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman on Saturday. The Rattlers trounced the Wildcats 42-6, and everyone had a good time.

Professional football will always mean the NFL - nevermind the AFL, the USFL, the XFL and the Lingerie Football League (although the latter is fun to watch). Being a bit of an Oakland Raiders fan (ever since Madden was coach), I was tickled puce to see the Raiders win against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals were heavily favored, and I had expected a fearsome arse-whuppin.' The Raiders go on to meet Dallas in Texas for Thanksgiving, and after seeing the low-lights of the Dallas-Redskins game, I have some hopes for another Oakland win.

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers allowed the New Orleans Saints into their stadium, an action that they quite regretted after Drew Brees and the Saints won 38-7. Had Miami lost last Thursday, I would have been quite happy indeed.

Still, things could be a lot worse. That's all from the M2C Sports Desk.


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