Well….we all know that Russia is a decaying oligarchy that meddles in other countries with impunity across the world including the last US election…well…every election that has been held since the internet, but finally, someone has held them accountable for their cheating. Just announced today, the entire Russian Olympic team has been banned from the 2018 winter Olympics due to overwhelming state-sanctioned doping that happened in 2012 and 2016. This plan was actually run by state scientists paid by Russia to figure out new ways to cheat and it rivaled the other great cheating scandal that was East Germany in the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s that allowed them to steal more medals that any other country earned in that same time. In this world of cheats, from lying politicians here in the US now to the Russians being the only country ever to be banned for cheating in sports…it is about time the cheats were held accountable….and the capper here is that no government official from Russia will be allowed to even attend…poor baby Putin….geez…
Well….have been taking it quite easy today after a hard bike ride this morning…even got out in shorts for the last time this year…but, that’s not what I want to talk about…how about a little sports? Have been watching Man U’s match with Newcastle and, finally, Man U looks pretty good with getting toward the end of the match up 4-1…so that is a good thing….have had the Michigan game on the flashback channel and they have been holding their own against Wisconsin…they are even up 10-7 in the 3rd…so, I have some hope for a win still…but Michigan looks bad…again…. so I’m not sure how much more I’ll watch of this one….and there is still State and a race to watch later so I’ll have something to do the rest of the day…it would be cool to see Michigan knock off the #5 team and put a defeat on them….Wisconsin is looking pretty average today…
Well…sitting here waiting for the idiot trump to do his next bit of idiocy and thought I’d just do one on sports while I wait…okay, it’s mostly the Wings but I may touch on other sports, too….the Wings looked pretty good last night in their 4-2 win over the Wild and they even scored a power play goal…so that was cool…and my guy Hank got one, too…that is just icing to me….now, I’m not going to get carried away by one win, but they could have gone the other way and that would have dampened a lot of my enthusiasm for this year…it is cool to see the youngsters hold their own and get some goals, too….now, I guess I’ll talk a little about Man U and their start to the year….only one tie for the first 8 games and that puts them tied for first in the league this year….after last year’s 5th place finish, I have hope they will do better…at least in the top three to get into the Champions League without having to go through the Europa league to get there…not much to say about the Tigers other than I am a little curious who the new manager is going to be…I think it’s best to just forget about their season….oh, almost forgot to talk about the Lions…3-1 so far and they should be 4-0…but, they didn’t look good in their last game at all…so all of the hype about the playoffs I’ll take with a grain of salt being the long time Lions fan that I am…that’s enough….
Well…another fall, another hockey season starts tonight…for us anyway and I’m not sure what to think about it…last year was such a bust with half of the team in a slump that lasted the entire season and not making the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. But, when any new season starts, there is hope that we will play better…we really can’t play any worse…I mean not scoring an away PP goal for three months? I am still going to watch them tonight…and I’ll have my gear on with the hope that they get back to being the Wings again…..
Well…it’s one of my favorite days of the year with the English Premier League starting up this morning…well..it actually started Friday but it’s not really a start until Man U plays…and they just finished up demolishing West Ham 4-0 and looked like the Man U of old….Lukaku is going to be a great addition at forward getting 2 today and the addition of Matic in the midfield will also be something to see. So, I am pretty geeked about the season…especially after how terrible they started last year….
Well… almost forgot to do this one today….our Grand Rapids Griffins won the Calder Cup as American Hockey League champions here in GR last night…didn’t get to a game this year with being broke but it was cool to see the celebration on tv after they won….and to see the first championship won by a GR hockey team since around 1950….so, congrats guys…hope to see some of you in Detroit next fall….
Well…as you know, I sometimes like kind of weird sports…having a had a big thing for curling a few weeks back and even watching some cricket sometimes…and I just discovered another one…kind of obscure, for me anyway…just the other day I came across sailing for the America’s Cup and, while I have watched it before when they used the big, monohull boats, I have never seen the type of sailboats they are using now. These boats are catamarans but their cool part is they use hydrofoils that lift the boats 4 feet out of the water and make so they can go almost 50 miles an hour. And I am hooked again…watching it again right now for the challenger’s trials and then in two weeks will be the US against the world…should be fun….
Well…haven’t done one of these on sports in quite a while so I think it’s about time…I forgot to update when Man U won the Europa league Wednesday and that puts them in the Champion’s League for next year but that also ended the BPL season for the year…there is one more match tomorrow for the FA Cup and that should be a good one between Chelsea and Arsenal. There is so much sports on this weekend that the whole thing starts in about a half hour with Carb day from Indy and then F1 practice after that…then F1 qualifying from Monaco tomorrow morning, and the Xfinity race in the afternoon…then Sunday is raceday of the year with F1 from Monaco at 8…Indy at 11 and then the Coke 600 at 6…needless to say, I won’t be leaving the couch much Sunday….or the rest of the weekend for that matter….at least I won’t be bored….and I’ll be napping a lot…..
Well…have been just taking it easy today with feeling a little crappy today but I thought I needed to say something about the sweet sixteen and my team Michigan….it is a little weird watching it on the internet since the cbs channel that my son has on the server is from Canada…really strange commercials for companies I’ve never heard of….I’ll leave it there…Go Blue!
Well…I think it’s a pretty good bet that you will have no clue who John Surtees was…and that he died yesterday at 84….back in the 60′s when I was just getting interested in racing, there was not much coverage of it…certainly no tv, so you had to get your fix by newspapers or magazines…but that has nothing to do with this….John Surtees was the only person to ever win the motorcycle world championship and then later, the Formula 1 world championship for cars. Widely regarded as one of the most talented and nicest guys in racing…RIP John….