Even though I am an avid sports fan, if I had $2 billion dollars to spare, I would be hard pressed to spend it on a sports team instead of any number of brilliant plans to become the next ex-husband of Janet Jackson. Instead of listing at least 10 other reasons why I will probably never be a sports team owner, here are my sports FourThoughts for this week.
World Cup Fever
The whole world is getting ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil which starts Thursday, June 12th. Fans have their teams jerseys and flags ready to cheer. They know what group their team is in and share the belief their team can win it all.
United States goalkeeper Tim Howard (1) gets presented a jersey for 100th U.S. men’s national team appearance before the game against the Nigeria at EverBank Field Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
At least that is the attitude of everyone but the United States Men’s National Team’s manager, Juergen Klinsmann. According to reports, Klinsmann felt the need to remind everyone the day before competition begins that it is unrealistic to believe the U.S. team can win the World Cup.
He was reinforcing a view he had already expressed in a New York Times Magazine interview back in December. Then, he said “we cannot win this World Cup, because we are not at that level yet.”
After already chosing to leave the one player synonymous with U.S. men’s soccer, Landon Donovan, off the team, you have to wonder if U.S. Soccer president, Sunil Gulati, and the rest of the powers that be are wondering what they have gotten themselves into.
Because, while Klinsmann’s coaching credentials are impressive, he obviously could care less about generating American interest in the event.
What is he going to say if by some miracle we do win this year’s World Cup? It was pure luck?
NBA Playoffs: Best Soap Opera on TV
It is no secret I am a Spurs fan and as such I was going to be glued to the television watching the NBA postseason as long as they played. However, the drama in this season’s playoffs including the ongoing finals has been off the charts.
On top of the leagues hottest stars playing, the series have been unpredictable as good teams choked and bad teams over achieved. One of the greatest MVP speeches ever was delivered, but didn’t stop the MVP from being eliminated.
On top of the action and multiple storylines, including an inevitable rematch between last year’s finalist, an owner revealed himself like some comic book super villain, and the new commissioner swooped in and dropped the hammer like a certain blonde, Norse, god-like Avenger.
Crazy flops, ear blowing, air conditioning failures, fired coaches, hired first-time, player coaches…we need more popcorn to watch what happened between games than the action on the courts and when it is all done some of us may need some rehab.
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) falls during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2014 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena.(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Ready For Some Football
When the dust does settle after the NBA Finals and the World Cup, our focus will return to the giant, neon clock counting down the time until football season begins.
The anticipation for college football may surpass those waiting for the NFL this upcoming season because for the first time the college game will have playoffs.
For the first time ever, the top four teams (chosen by a 13-person selection committee) will compete in two semifinal games with the winners advancing to play in the championship.
It is a change college football fans have been screaming about for years.
The bowls that will host the semifinal games will rotate every three years. This year the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will host the games with the Championship game playing at a nuetral site at least one week after the semifinals,
In addition, the bowl schedule has been rescheduled to accommodate the change. Six bowl games will be played as back-to-back tripleheaders on New Years Eve and New Years Day. Including the two semifinal games, the six bowl games played on the two days will be the Peach Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl.
So fans can watch football all day New Year’s Eve, stay up all night to bring in the new year and then watch football all day on New Year’s day. They better start adjusting their schedule and start training now.
New Govs Era
In addition to the overal anticipation of upcoming college football, locals are anxiously anticipating the start of a new era of Govs football.
With a new stadium, new uniforms with the new brand and even a new president, the 2014-15 Govs football team will literally be starting from ground zero this year under second year head coach Kirby Cannon.
With zero wins last year, the Govs have no where to go but up when they host their first home game against Chatanooga Saturday, September 13 provided no other complications, like sinkholes, floods or tornadoes delay the completion of the new stadium.
“They say that nobody is perfect. Then they tell you practice makes perfect. I wish they’d make up their minds.” – Wilt Chamberlain
About Marlon Scott
Marlon Scott is a freelance journalist and writer. He graduated from Austin Peay State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Communications, majoring in Communication Arts with a concentration in print and web journalism. His writing career began as a sports writer for The All State, the APSU student newspaper, in 2006. He continued working for the paper until his graduation, serving in various positions including Sports Editor and Editor-in-Chief.
In 2010, Scott contributed stories and photographs as well as designed and served as Editor-in-Chief for the monograph, Civic Art of Clarksville: The stories behind the pieces.
Scott has also produced 60 stories for The Leaf Chronicle, the local newspaper of Clarksville, TN.
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SectionsAustin Peay State University, Basketball (Men), Columnist, Featured Story, Football, NBA, NCAA, NFL, Soccer (Men)
Topics2014 FIFA World Cup, 2014 World Cup, APSU, APSU Governor Stadium, APSU Govs Football, Austin Peay State University, College Football Playoff, Cotton Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Govs Football, Juergen Klinsmann, Kirby Cannon, NBA, NBA Finals, NBA Playoffs, Orange Bowl, Peach Bowl, Rose Bowl, Sinkhole, Sugar Bowl, World Cup