Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Hamilton wins at Monaco, Dixon at Indy, and rain delays the French Open

Lewis Hamilton jumped into second place after Kimi Raikkonan got off to a slow start and then took the lead when Felipe Massa had to take his pit stop to make the necessary tire change. From there he never looked back. In a race marred with bad weather, two stoppages, and multiple wrecks, it was far from easy but Hamilton proved why he is one of the best in the sport. After holding as much as a 40 second lead most of the way he won his first Monaco Grand Prix and moved to the head of the F-1 standings. The Brazilian Massa has had much hype and still my take things over by the end of the year, but Hamilton will probably ride his wave of momentum all the way across the Atlantic and win in Canada as well.

Scott Dixon made the most of his pole position by taking the flag at the Indy 500 after taking the lead in with 28 laps to go. Once Dixon took the lead his only challenge was avoiding the slower traffic as he went by until Vitor Meira made is move with 4 laps to go and was just .4 seconds behind, but Dixon held him off taking the flag with Marco Andretti taking third. Of course the drama of the race focused around Danica Patrick who was forced out of the race after an accident with Australian Ryan Bricoe. Coming out of the pit on her way back to the track she was clipped by Briscoe and suffered too much damage to continue. Patrick showed some vigor as she was stopped by security personel on the way to the pit box of Briscoe. What actually was what impressed me the most that she actually doesn’t look like she is just happy to be there but competes like someone who has won before. If someone clipped Buddy Rice do you think he would go pay him a visit? She has actually WON an event so she can’t be called the Anna K of auto racing, and now it’s time we welcome her to the club.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Man U left standing in the end. Zenit joins fellow Russian side CSKA as champs

When all of the dust had settled, and the last clock stuck approximately 4pm on the final day of play, it was Manchester United that stood atop the EPL two points clear of the nearest challenge from Chelsea. With the goal differential being decidedly in Man U’s favor the Blues knew they needed a win at Stanford Bridge and hope that United get tripped up, but the exact opposite result happened as a desperate Chelsea club watched the clock as much as their opponent and as it became academic surrendered the tying goal just before extra time. Meanwhile Man U was putting the finishing touches on a clinching victory and an EPL title. Now the two will square off with more chips in the center of the table on Wednesday, as the scene shifts to Moscow and the Champions League Final. Will does taking home what used be known as the European Club Championship mean more than an EPL title? Is it just compensation for failing down the stretch? Does a Man U sweep display the dominance the club has shown all year?

Meanwhile at the home of Manchester City, FC Zenit was hoisting the UEFA Cup trophy with an impressive 2-0 victory over Rangers, becoming the first Russian side since CSKA Moskow to win the cup. A very partisan Rangers crowd left disappointed as the 72nd minute goal from Dennishov proved to be the difference. The final culminated the seasons for both clubs as neither was expected to get there, but which one will parlay the tournament into perpetual deep tournament appearances?

Sunday, May 4, 2008

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Chelsea continued it’s mastery of the opposition when playing at Stamford Bridge with a 3-2 extra time victory over Liverpool. It a game filled with drama, particularly because of the “away goal” rule, this semi-final was not decided well into the 110th minute. After finishing 1-1 at the end of regulation, Drogba scored his second goal of the game, Chelsea’s third, and it turned out to be needed when Babble scored from 30+ yards out late in the second extra frame.

Manchester United ensured that it will be an all English final in the Champions League final as crafty vet Paul Scholes scored from close to 35 yards away in the 14th minute to give Man U a lead they would not relinquish despite some nervous moments. They advance to Moskow 1-0 for the game and 1-0 on aggregate. United's makeshift backline of Owen Hargreaves at right-back, Rio Ferdinand and Wes Brown in the middle and Evra on the left, were immense as time and again they disrupted promising Barcelona attacks. For the first time in the 52-year history of the competition two European teams will meet in the final. The last time Man U went this far, in 1999, they scored twice in the final minutes to defeat Bayern Munich 2-1, ironically in Barcelona. Is this Man U’s year again?