Newsflash for the Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill is not the answer. The Dolphins, a storied franchise in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s has been abysmal for far too may years. He seems to hold on to the ball too long. He is erratic.  His accuracy is questionable. He seems to have no internal clock that lets him know he has been holding the ball too long or the natural awareness that good quarterbacks have for sensing a defender approaching and getting rid of the ball. […]

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New Era in Men’s Tennis?

For the first time since the 2005 Australian Open, there will be a men’s tennis grand slam final that does not feature at least one of these three players, namely Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. This year’s US Open final will feature first time finalists Kei Nishikori of Japan and Marin Cilic of Croatia.  That is a run of 38 straight grand slam finals featuring at least one of these three players, and numerous times featuring two of […]

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Chess Olympiad 2014

Seventh ranked China’s surprising victory in the international chess Olympiad (Men’s division) and the stunning defeat of the no. 1 ranked Russians, who did not medal at all, were the main takeaways in this tournament. The Hungarians won the silver and the Indians won the bronze.  Hosts Norway with reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen, finished 29th.

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Germany – World Football (Soccer) Champions

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the second period of overtime. Considering the tournament as a whole, the Germans were clearly the best and most consistent team.  But what is even more amazing is that of the 20 world cups so far, Germany made it to 8 finals (40%) and won 4 (20%).  That is a truly remarkable record. So Kudos to Germany.

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Is this a result of Homophobia?

Michael Sam, the first notable, openly gay, college football player was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh and final round. He was selected 249th out of the 256 players drafted in seven rounds.  played in the Southeastern Conference (one of the toughest division in College Football). A team hailing from the SEC won the last seven national championships (2006-2012) prior to this year (in 2013 where FSU belonging to the ACC won the national championship).
Now it should […]

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Back to the World Championship Title Match

Viswanathan Anand who badly lost his World Championship title to Swede Magnus Carlson has earned the right to challenge him again later this year:

Viswanathan Anand wins Candidates, can challenge world champion Magnus Carlsen now

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand won the 2014 FIDE Candidates Chess tournament after settling for a draw with Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the 13th and penultimate round on Saturday.

Anand has an unassailable 1.5 point lead with one more round to play in the tournament. It was […]

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Man Vs. Machine

From  The Wire, former World Table Tennis Champion wins against a ping-pong "KUKA" robot:

Watson v. Ken Jennings. Deep Blue v. Kasparov. Like those man against machine battles, the KUKA robot v. Timo Boll match for ping pong supremacy could have been a referendum on how far the robots have come. Instead, the faux-"competition" managed to thoroughly disappoint.

"The Duel," as the match's teaser video billed it, featured the German Boll, a former top-ranked table tennis star, against the orange KR Agulis machine from KUKA, […]

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Sochi 2014 – Winter Olympics

So it looks like Russia will top the Medals Table at the Sochi Olympics.  Outside of Russia, does anyone seriously believe that this will win even an iota of goodwill for Vladimir Putin?  Was the reported $50 B expense (for hosting the Olympics) worth it to Putin and/or Russia?

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Two Endings!!

This past week, two storied professional careers/reigns came to a conclusion.  Last Saturday, Sachin Tendulkar called it quits from international cricket at the age of 40 after having played a world record 200 tests.  Then, yesterday, Viswanathan Anand lost his undisputed world chess champion title, after a 6-year reign, to 22-year old Magnus Carlsen. End of two eras and changing of the guard, in two sports, in one week.

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Patriots 27 – Dolphins 17

The Dolphins did play poorly in the second half.  But one gets the feeling that but for the copious amounts of help by the referees, the Patriots, who appeared to be on the verge of checking out of this game, would have lost. The Patriots were helped immensely by two horrible calls by the refs, both of which kept their drives alive, instead of them having to punt, and actually led to points on the board for the Patriots. The […]

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