Where Ryan Was Right and Where Ryan Was Wrong! First Week of June Edition

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Where Ryan Was Wrong

Well I was not expecting the Pacers to be as good as they have been against the Heat. Perhaps I just got caught up with the heatwave and I failed to see the strong defensive skills of the big men the Pacers have. The match up was close but watching the Heat destroy the Bulls in the fashion they did I thought they could’ve easily done the same to the Pacers, but that simply didn’t happen. It’s going to take more than Lebron James to win the the Final game at home and sadly Wade’s injury is not helping the team much. In the end thought the Heat are keeping their hopes up and are ready for all out battle in Game 7.

An obviously displeased Lebron James said “We hate to be in this position, but it’s an opportunity and we look forward to it,’’ after the Heat didn’t wrap up the series Saturday at Indiana, losing 91-77 in Game 6.

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Where Ryan Was Right

Their season didn’t go according to plan, a roster filled with injuries, an up and down season, and praised as the only team to defeat the Heat despite looking awful several times throughout the year. The Spurs swept two teams in the playoffs and the best part, I was right about both of them. The Spurs are a force to be reckoned with and they’ll probably beat the Heat in the finals, that’s right you heard me. The spurs are tall and loaded, something the Heat are not. Prediction? Spurs beat the Heat in five.

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Where Ryan Was Wrong

Ok so I know this is a little early but I was expecting the Penguins to win game one and show off their brute force and show they mean business but that was not what I witnessed. I sat through bad passes, awful defense, and failing to prevent big plays. The Penguins looked like they didn’t belong on the ice. I knew this matchup was going to be good, the Bruins are not to be taken lightly. Espcially now that they’re on their hot streak. I still think the Penguins will pull of a late win though so we’ll wait and see if I’m wrong again.

Small Wrong and Rights

I didn’t make too many more predictions so here’s some ideas I had but just didn’t post.

Where Ryan Was Right

Camping is awful, I despise camping. Especially on Memorial weekend. I Went back to my great home state of Wisconsin for the weekend and it was cold and rainy which led to a boring vacation and we were stuck with nothing to really do. I’ll be attempting this camping stuff again Labor Day weekend, hopefully it’ll be better.

Where Ryan Was Wrong

I was wrong about the U.S. soccer team just looking pathetic against Germany. It was quite the opposite and turned out to be a great game. Go team USA!

Looking Back Where Ryan Was Way Wrong!

So early in the NBA Playoffs I made the comment about if anyone actually cared about the Pacers hawks game. It turns out that people do and that the Pacers do to. I don’t know about anyone else but I was not expecting the Pacers to make it this far. They’re better than I thought, and they’re putting on a good show. Congratulations Pacers.

Where Ryan Was Right and Where Ryan Was Wong! Spring Cleaning Edition

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Where Ryan Was Right: The Grizzlies Bullying the Thunder

The lights came on and the whistle blew for overtime to start. The Thunder had looked fatigued the entire game. Then it came down to the last few minutes and the Grizzlies showed that they intended to defend the home court and take a 3-1 lead over the Thunder. The Grizzles held off the Thunder 103-97 Monday night to push the defending Western Conference champions to the edge of elimination.

”It’s not over yet, and we understand that,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. ”It’s the first to four. They’re in a good position, but our challenge is not impossible. It’s something that we can do. We just have to focus one possession, one game at a time. Hopefully, we can do that and come back here Friday night. There’s a barbeque festival right?”

The Thunder are missing something, is it Westbrook? Is it no James Harden? They just don’t appear to be a complete team. Kevin Durant is taking on the role of Kobe Bryant and the Thunder are playing just like the disfunctional Lakers team. They may be bounced out in game 5 at home.

Kevin Durant scored 27 points but missed all five of his shots in the extra period, including a layup in the final seconds. Durant went 2 of 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime and had only five points. He did score on a driving layup that forced overtime. But the All Star played 48 minutes and was just short on his shots as the game wore on.

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Where Ryan Was Wrong: The Spurs Winning in 5

The big three for the Spurs, at leat to me, looked good to go. Though now it’s not quite looking that way. Golden State’s rising stars are coming out and just dominating the floor. The Spurs often looked dazzed as the Warriors continued to rack up leads forcing the Spurs to play catch-up. I knew I was picking with my heart and not my head when I made this pick, I won’t be doing that again.

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Where Ryan was Perfect: Heatwave too Hot for the Bulls

My motto for this series will always be “Heart won game one, but talent won the next four.” I don’t know how the Bulls won game one, but they did and sadly that was the only thing they had going for them as the Heat continue to play physical with the Bulls.

Say what you want, bad officiating, flops, Stern interfering, whatever. The Heat are playing beautiful basketball and the Bulls are looking like the dirty team with the lack of skill. Nate Robinson and Joakim Noah have been the story for the Bulls.

”We worked for it,” said Heat forward Chris Bosh. ”I never like to say that things are easy.”

The Heat sure made it look that way, though. The Heat have also been pretty even, despite James and Wade not looking like their regular season selves. Cole has stepped up his game though and has been racking up the points.

After watching this series I’ve been wondering if the Bulls even deserved to be in Round 2. That said, this all came from a big Bulls supporter. I’m still cheering for them in Game 5, lets make it happen Bulls.

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Where Ryan was Way Wrong: Brew Crew Sweep the Reds, Ha!

Well I had predicited the Milwaukee Brewers to win all their games against the Reds, but that didn’t quite happen. They lost all their games, and the last two games were just embarrassing to watch. The Brewers have lost 8 of their last 10 games, what happened to the 8 game win streak from last month? Hopefully the series against the Pirates will be the turning point.

Some Quick Rights and Wrongs

I was right about the tall Pacers causing trouble for the Knicks, but I still think the Knicks will win, it’ll just take all 7 games to do it.

I was right about Ubaldo Jiménez being able to hold his own against the Tigers, and he did just that.

Lastly I was wrong about the new Manager choice for Manchester United. I really wanted José Mourinho, but I suppose David Moyes is alright.

Big Things are Happening in Manchester

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So it was just a few days ago that game changer and dynasty leader Ferguson left the managing position at Manchester United. Not too long before that Man U paraded down the street of Manchesterwith the Premier League trophy in hand. Rooney wants out of Man U, to most likely go somewhere outside of the Premier League. Last but not least Roberto Mancini was let go.

Manchester City fired manager Roberto Mancini on Monday exactly a year after he delivered the club’s first English league title in 44 years. Mancini had four years left on his contract, but the whole thing seemed like an inside job. Sure Mancini brought Man City a title, but I don’t think that ever really wanted Mancini no matter how well he did.

City said its end-of-season review was brought forward ”out of respect for
Roberto” after it was reported that Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini had been
lined up to replace him. Mancini’s final days in charge were marked by his
attacks on City for failing to deny those reports. It doesn’t help Mancini’s case that Pellegrini is only denying that a deal is in place, leaving open the possibility that he could be headed to the Premier League.

Mancini has paid the price for City’s failure to build on its position of strength, the club is set to end the season without a trophy and exiting the group stage of the Champions League for the second straight season.

”Despite everyone’s best efforts, the club has failed to achieve any of its stated targets this year, with the exception of qualification for next season’s UEFA Champions League,” City said in a statement.

”This, combined with an identified need to develop a holistic approach to all aspects of football at the club, has meant that the decision has been taken to find a new manager for the 2013/14 season and beyond.”

”Roberto’s record speaks for itself and he has the respect and gratitude of Sheikh Mansour, myself and the board for all of his hard work and commitment over the last three and a half years,” chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said. ”He has clearly also secured the love and respect of our fans. He has done as he promised and delivered silverware and success, breaking the club’s 35-year trophy drought and securing the title in 2012.

”I would like to personally and publicly thank him for his dedication to the progress that he has overseen and for his support and continued friendship.”

It sounds to me like they’re just trying to keep Mancini quiet, but he will not be silenced. It appears that Man City was only planning for his demise. What is a manager supposed to do when the front office won’t help you out?

City’s poor recruitment in the last offseason laid the seeds for the eventual demise of the former Inter Milan coach.

The club failed to sign its top target, with Robin van Persie opting to join United from Arsenal, and was forced to settle for low-profile recruits in Jack Rodwell, Scott Sinclair and Matija Nastasic for about 35 million pounds (now $53 million) in total.

Mancini was not afraid to let the board know about his unhappiness about the club’s dealings, regularly complaining about it with reporters.

So long Mancini and welcome whoever replaces him in this mess of a club. Manchester City will soon no longer be a power house in Manchester as united starts to take the glory. You may not hear much about Manchester City for a while, as they lay low and build up, I hope.

More Stupid Fans in the News, This Time it’s Soccer

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Turkey’s state-run news agency says a Fenerbahce fan was stabbed to death by two Galatasaray supporters after a derby between the two rivals in Istanbul.

The news agency says that the 20-year-old Burak Yildirim was fatally stabbed while on his way back home from the game late Sunday. The report, citing CCTV footage, said two people wearing Galatasaray clothes stabbed Yildirim in the heart at a bus stop.

The report said Istanbul police have launched a man hunt for the attackers after establishing their identities.

And I though Miami Heat fans were crazy, but this…this is crazy. Soccer fans have heart and passion, to bad it’s uncontrolled heart and passion.

End of a Dynasty, Goodbye Alex Ferguson

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The greatest manager in soccer is retiring. A true master of not only the sport but also of the position of manage. United confirmed the news on their website this morning.

“The decision to retire is one that I have thought a great deal about and one that I have not taken lightly,” said Ferguson. “It is the right time.”

Ferguson’s last game in charge will be at West Brom on May 19 and he will join the club’s football board.

“It was important to me to leave an organisation in the strongest possible shape and I believe I have done so,” he said.

“The quality of this league winning squad, and the balance of ages within it, bodes well for continued success at the highest level whilst the structure of the youth set-up will ensure that the long-term future of the club remains a bright one.”

Not even the soccer gods could have as good of a career as Ferguson did and he will truly be missed. I’ll deeply miss him that I know. I bleed red for Man U.

He won his 49th trophy in United’s 20th league championship and seemed set to
extend his career into next season, confirming as much in his programme notes
ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Chelsea.

He leavesa club behind in good shape  for whoever is next in line.

“Our training facilities are amongst the finest in global sport and our home Old Trafford is rightfully regarded as one of the leading venues in the world,” said Ferguson.

“Going forward, I am delighted to take on the roles of both Director and Ambassador for the club. With these activities, along with my many other interests, I am looking forward to the future.”

“I must pay tribute to my family, their love and support has been essential.”

“My wife Cathy has been the key figure throughout my career, providing a bedrock of both stability and encouragement. Words are not enough to express what this has meant to me.”

“As for my players and staff, past and present, I would like to thank them all
for a staggering level of professional conduct and dedication that has helped to
deliver so many memorable triumphs. Without their contribution the history of
this great club would not be as rich.”

The speculation intensified Tuesday afternoon and United’s failure to respond to questioning about the matter further fuelled the rumors overnight.

Now, Ferguson is left to look back on the power-shift in English football that he has instigated. We all can look back at the great accomplishments Ferguson’s done in the past. Hopefully the power will continue to be in Man U’s side of the field.

“In my early years, the backing of the board, and Sir Bobby Charlton in particular, gave me the confidence and time to build a football club, rather than just a football team,” said Ferguson.”

“Over the past decade, the Glazer family have provided me with the platform to manage Manchester United to the best of my ability and I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with a talented and trustworthy chief executive in David Gill.”

“I am truly grateful to all of them. To the fans, thank you. The support you have provided over the years has been truly humbling.”

“It has been an honour and an enormous privilege to have had the opportunity to lead your club and I have treasured my time as manager of Manchester United.”

Now, for the first time in over a quarter of a century, United are on the hunt for a new manager. David Moyes, out of contract at Everton, and Jose Mourinho, who is expected to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, are the obvious favourites. I’ll be reading up in this over the break to find out who the new manager is going to be. Can’t wait to see what happens, a good end for the perfect dynasty.

Goodbye Sir Alex Ferguson

Swansea delivers big blow to Wigan

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Wigan twice squandered the lead to fall to a costly 3-2 home loss to Swansea on Tuesday and stay rooted in the Premier League’s relegation zone with only two games remaining. Wigan would have clambered out of the bottom three with a win but defensive mistakes led to Swansea striker Itay Shechter making it 2-2 in the 59th minute and Dwight Tiendalli grabbing a scrappy winner in the 76th.

Wigan is three points from safety with games to come against Arsenal away and Aston Villa at home. These will be tough games for Wigan especially because of the way they looked against Swanesea. I’m a little afraid to say it but there’s no way Wigan is going to make safety.

The hosts had twice taken the lead at DW Stadium, through Roger Espinoza and then James McCarthy.

Man U Wins What’s Rightly Theirs

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In the crazy Barclays Premier League, with itsamazing forwards, overblown scandals, tricky midfielders,heart breaking games, and  hard-charging defenders, in the end, the solid and predictable team that won out. Manchester saved up all of it’s great plays and fire for the last game through this years up and down season.

United won their 20th English title on Monday, their 13th in the Premier League era and manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s tenure. A Robin van Persie hat-trick against Aston Villa. The second of which was a spectacular volley from the edge of the box picked from mid-air and shot behind Brad Guzan so fast that not even the karate kid could’ve grabbed it from mid-air with his chop sticks.

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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini had been able to keep his sumpster fire squad in check last season, he wasn’t able to get the same results this time around. Sadly, the most combustible locker room in the sport was just too much for him this season. Mancini had no choice but to sell striker prodigy Mario Balotelli to AC Milan mid-season, and he wasn’t able to coax the stratospheric form out of playmakers David Silva and Samir Nasri that they had displayed last year. City just couldn’t match the fire of the rising Man U team.

It may well have been the easiest title for Man U. Because after they took first place late in the fall, no challenger ever materialized. Defending champions City were inconsistent to the point of being simply erratic, they looked like a hot mess on the field. Chelsea suffered through a second consecutive tumultuous year with yet another mid-season managerial firing.

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The hat trick in this game was the most impressive play this spring. Man U will continue to steam roll through the season, with their trophy in hand. Well deserved, congratualtions Manchester united.

Arsenal Fan Throws Banana, Gets Banned

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Since when can we not throw bananas during football games!? Soccer for you Americans.  An Arsenal fan has been banned three years from soccer matches for throwing a banana at Tottenham forward Gareth Bale. This is a big game and there needs to be better security in the stands, this happens all the time. Football (Soccer) fans are funny, but they need better self-control.

Thomas Flint was accused by a judge of committing ”disgraceful behavior” for hurling the fruit at Bale, as he took a corner kick. Flint also swore at Tottenham fans during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. District Judge Rebecca Crane told Flint at a magistrates’ court on Friday that he allowed his passion for soccer ”to boil over into hostility for a single player and the opposing team. It could have boiled over into violence.”

Flint was also fined $385.

Arsenal had previously said it would ban for life the fan found guilty of the offense.

The Reality of the Sports Marketing Industry in the Panamanian Professional Football

Great post from Voll Sports

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FIFA explains with the help of numbers how football has become the most popular sport of the world being practiced by more than 240 millions players in 1,4 million teams and 300, 000 clubs distributed along the five continents. It is clear that football has a strong global presence forcing the global companies to always keep in mind the potential of investing in sport sponsorships especially in the football market.

According to the English Oxford dictionary, a sponsor is a person or organization that pays for or contributes to the costs involved in staging a sporting or artistic event in return for advertising. Sponsorship in modern football has turned itself into one of the primary income sources for clubs and one of the most successful advertisement platforms for the sponsors.

Football provides to the companies around the world an exclusive and extensive communication platform that can result in a unique…

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Atletico Madrid Draws

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Nine-man Atletico Madrid sputtered to a 0-0 draw at Getafe Sunday in the Spanish league, as Diego Simeone’s team fell further adrift of Real Madrid in their fight for a second-place finish. I really want someone to take Real Madrid down, will it be Atletico Madrid? I’m glad to see Barcelona picking up the pace as they rally behind their cancer suffering coach, it’s quite an amazing thing to watch.

Atletico has only one win in its last five games and failed to match Madrid’s victory from Saturday to fall four points behind the defending champions. Barcelona is cruising to the title 13 points clear.

”The league is long and our rivals are starting the find the way to neutralize us,” said Simeone. ”Perhaps we had more clarity to our play in other moments.”

After a rough first half plagued by fouls and void of scoring chances, Getafe forward Abdelaziz Barrada went closest three minutes after the break when he managed to draw a diving save from goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The lucrative berth to play in Europe’s top-tier competitions next season is important for all teams, but even more so for the heavily indebted Valencia whose president Manuel Llorente quit on Friday amid ongoing financial turmoil at the club.

Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde downplayed the institutional upheaval at the club.

”Now there is a small power vacuum, but we, I insist, are already thinking of the next game against Espanyol,” he said.

If Aletico Madrid expects to make it anywhere they need to start now before they fall too far behind. They played good, but a draw isn’t going to cut it down the stretch.