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“Every memory I have from when I was a kid involves basketball.”
— Kevin Durant

It’s cliche but this kid eats, sleeps and breathes basketball. It’s good to see KD and crew get their gold.

(Source: zimbio.com)

Olympic Countdown

The countdown to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London is on — ten days away. To set the tone, here’s Pre. Happy Mustache Tuesday.

"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it."
— Steve Prefontaine


Old Glory

Last month, Nike unveiled the new United States Men’s National Team away kit.  It is glorious. The white sleeves combined with the red, white and blue crossover collar are designed to resemble varsity jacket. The familiar tonal slash on the body is a nod to the kit design worn by the 1950 USMNT team who defeated England in the World Championship finals. My favorite detail is the American flag tucked away on the inside neck. USA!


Bragging Rights

It’s the second Saturday in December and that means Army-Navy. One of the few events left that are played solely for the love of the game. If you ask me, it’s a nice breather from all the current NBA trade/MLB acquisition talk that dominated the week. These guys aren’t headed to the pros. Sure, there are outliers, see Cowboys Quarterback Roger Staubach. But for the most part these men have committed to serve in our armed forces and this will be the highlight of their football career. The only reason to play is for pride — it’s a game of honor. And what’s not to love about the triple option?

Go Navy. Beat Army.

A Sign Of The Times

Is it me or does anyone else feel like soccer fandom in the United States is building towards a realistic tipping point? Are we that far away from a time when the casual sports fan will care about soccer when it isn’t World Cup related? Maybe the degree I surround myself with sports media has me even more separated from the casual fan than I realize. This photo, on the other hand, makes me think otherwise.

Here’s a shot from Chicago’s Wrigley Field yesterday afternoon. While the Cubs were outside on the field there were large groups of fans inside catching the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

(Source: ESPN)

"Abby Wambach’s head is an American treasure."
Matt Ufford 

Sweet Land of Liberty

"The price of liberty is eternal vigilance."
— Sgt. Slaughter, G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987)

If this doesn’t make your heart start pumping red, white, and blue than nothing will. This captures sports at it’s absolute pinnacle. Goosebumps. Is it any wonder that the Bears started out with a 21-0 lead?

What an anthem. What a country. U.S.A.

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