Well, after two days of making up random facts and taking things out of context from shady websites in order to finish a proposal report for my business communication class, I am now ready to re-enter the world of sports blogging and discuss all the amazing happenings in the past few days.
First off, it really was too bad that Jonathan Horton and Sasha Artemev couldn’t have better showings in the men’s individual all-around. After watching those two carry the U.S. to bronze the day before I was really hoping to see some lighting in a bottle, but alas, it really doesn’t happen twice. Either way, hats off to Yang for getting the gold in solid fashion.
In other news, I’ve found my future wife, and her name is Alicia Sacramone. I love you dearly, Alicia, and eagerly await the moment that our two like souls meet.
That was creepy. ANYWAY.
So you know those road woes the Cubs have been victim to this season along with the rest of the league? Gone, apparently. The Cubs have now won nine straight away from the Friendly Confines, and are back to .500 on the season in this respect. It’s looking more and more like Dan Uggla won’t have to join witness protection for giving away home field for the Cubs in the Classic.
More on the win tonight. Daryle Ward? Do you remember me? I’m sorry for using a mild synonym for poop to describe you a week or so ago. I’m also sorry for the fun my dad and I had at your expense just before your GO-AHEAD 3-RUN HOMER earlier today. You be outta the doghouse, my man. You out. Straight kicks.
Anybody see this story by Peter Gammons, championing Cubs rookie catcher Geovany Soto as the NL MVP? I don’t see it happening in any way whatsoever, but it’s not a bad argument. Catchers do so much in this game that goes under the radar and never shows up on stat sheets. The MVP has become a glorified average-homers-RBIs race, and really, these things are simply the inevitable results of the things good players put on the table. The numbers are indicators, and not the reasons themselves. It seems like voters have regrettably lost sight of this fact.
Kerry Wood catches a lot of flak from Cubs fans. While the factors are debatable (his performance history? injury history? the
dead squirrel goatee?), the numbers say Woody has 57 K’s in 49 innings, a WHIP under 1.00, and is holding those unfortunate enough to face him to a .201 batting average. Not Cy Young numbers, granted, but exceedingly solid.
Michael Phelps. There are so many things to say about the guy, but it’s getting to the point where the guy’s name carries more weight than the millions of words and gushing epithets that are going to be flooding the internet for the next week or two. I’m not even going to try to join in. Just….Michael Phelps. Yep.
Awesome win yesterday for the Cubs (the 11-7 one over the Braves). Every Cubs starter (not counting Lilly) had a hit – six had two, including the maybe-not-slumping-so-much Kosuke, the hopefully-not-too-injured Ramirez, and future NL batting leader The Riot. That’s the kind of all-around lineup production that wins championships.