Posts Tagged ‘Danica Patrick

14
Feb
10

Sports Digest 2.14.10

Happy Valentines Day Everyone! 🙂

Vancouver Olympics

What a start to these Olympic games! So many great stories already and I love seeing sports that only pop up on the radar every 4 years.

Simon Ammann is back folks! Forget him? Switzerland’s ski jumper burst onto the scene at Salt Lake in 2002 and grabbed two gold medals in the sport. After an absence in the Torino games, Ammann captures a gold in the normal hill event yesterday, bringing his total to 3 gold medals. Not too shabby. What’s so enjoyable about Ammann is his enthusiasm and joy for the sport. His frantic and excited interview after medaling mirrored his interviews in 2002. It’s nice to see his enthusiasm for the sport never faded in his through his trials in the past eight years

Unbelievable.

Apolo Ohno is the bomb. Seriously. Anyone that reads this blog, even semi-regularly, knows that my Valentine Ohno and I go way back. While I’ve always admired his athletic ability in addition to his dashing good looks; I think that last night, Ohno’s athletic ability definitely took over. In the 1500 preliminary round, Ohno sat in last place and, with two laps to go, passed the ENTIRE field in about 2 seconds and won by about a quarter lap. I have NEVER seen anything like that in sports. (I can’t find the video ANYWHERE to include in here! If someone has it please let me know! :)) Make sure, if you didn’t see that AWESOME display of athleticism, that you do.

After coming in second in the semi’s, Ohno earned the silver medal in the 1500 event. (After two Koreans trip and fall with a quarter lap to go … sports are so fun when they’re unpredicatable!) This medal ties Ohno with Bonnie Blair as the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time. It’s well deserved. Check out the craziness of the final race here : NBC Olympics

Side note: BIG Congrats to Bronze medalist, American JR Celski. JR had a severe injury in September (some reports said he almost died on the ice) when a skate cut his thigh. It’s amazing to see him bounce back five months later for Olympic glory. A lot of people are saying that Celski is the heir apparent to Ohno. Whether or not that’s true, these two definitely have a great mentor/mentee relationship.

Ohno & Celski

Hannah Kearney wins the US’s first gold medal of the games in Women’s Freestyle Moguls. Kearney, who wasn’t supposed to win, had a near flawless final run to capture the prize. Holler for the first US winner being a woman and holler for how awesome the sport is! 🙂

Gold medalist Kearney

College Basketball

Syracuse is tipping off right now in the dome vs. Louisville (i miss it so much!) Hopefully they can play tight and will still be on their current run when they Face-off against Georgetown on Thursday. I still think Kansas is the best team in the country (obviously) but I’m not quite sold on Kentucky yet. While I know Kentucky is a good team, I don’t see how they leap-frogged Syracuse for the #2 spot. In fact, at 24-1, Syracuse not only has the best record in the country, but also has the best shooting percent. So I’m not quite sure why they’re hanging back at #3.

Daytona 500

I’m not a huge NASCAR fan. My family leaves the knowledge of that sport to my older brother, Chris and his wife, Alicia (@alicamflynn) are the staples here. So while I can’t comment whose going to win, I am going to say that Danica Patrick crashed yesterday and that’s all I was hoping for.

NBA

Everything about the All-Star break is lame. Props for trying though!

MLB

PITCHERS AND CATCHERS REPORT IN THREE DAYS!!! HOLLER! 🙂

What’s your favorite sports story of the Olympics so far? What am I missing? Do you think Kentucky deserves its ranking? Anyone been to any NBA All-Star events ever? Talk to me people, and Happy Valentines Day! 😀

-Sam

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08
Feb
10

Super Bowl (& Commercials) Wrap-Up

Congratulations to the New Orleans Saints. They earned their Super Bowl win. The reason why the Saints won last night is because they were playing to win the game. The Colts were playing not to lose the game. That’s a BIG difference. Payton has balls of steel. Seriously, he does. He goes for it on fourth down near the end of the first half and follows it with an on-side kick to start the second half. That was THE game changer. Even if that onside kick didn’t work out, I would have admired his guts. He had faith in his team to pull off the improbable and he was right. Congrats to Drew Bress who was OUTSTANDING completing 32 of 39 passes. This was a hell of a Super Bowl…is it time for pre-season football yet?! (Steelers WILL play at New Orleans next season…already can’t wait!)

Brees with his son...so touching.

That being said, let’s talk about commercials. There were some good ones this year and I enjoyed the commercials A LOT more than in the past. Below are some of my favs. I’d like to say though, that Go Daddy are a bunch of nimrod assholes. Obviously, Go Daddy think that only men use services to register Web sites. (I can tell you I’ll register with another company) Go Daddy also must buy into the fact that sex is the only way to sell a product. Go Daddy must also lack any kind of intellectual stimulus to create any ad that would be original. Go Daddy must also be run by pre-pubescent 13 year old boys that have their dad’s Playboy’s hidden underneath their mattresses. Seriously guys, grow up. You give ALL men a bad name. You’re cavemen, juvenile and your shtick is old. Oh and Danica Patrick, enough people hate you and don’t think you belong in the world of NASCAR…way to alienate the women that are actually on your side by starring in such sexist commercials. FAIL. *Rant done…stepping off soap box*

There were a lot of commercials I DID like.

My favorite of the night was the Snickers/Betty White commercial. At 88 years old, Betty White is having the year of her life! Her popularity is through the roof, she won the Lifetime Acheivement Award at SAGs, she stars in this commercial and there’s a large movement brewing to get her to host Saturday Night Live. Loved this commercial for so many reasons but my favorite has to be Betty’s trash talk while in the huddle.

Budweiser/Bud Light had a lot of misses this year. The house full of Bud Light cans was stupid, the rocket launch one was silly and the horse/cow one seemed SO promising but then didn’t go anywhere. Bud Light completely KILLED it on this one though: the auto-tune. A lot has been talked about with auto-tone in music lately (my boy Jay-Z, called for the death of it last summer) so it awesome to see what it would be like if auto-tune was in real life. The cameo by T-Pain is HILARIOUS. “Pass the guaca-moooo-lllleeee!

Doritos was really good this year too. What’s awesome about Doritos is that they issue an open call for Super Bowl ads and produce them. This is a company that seems directly in tune with its target audience. My favorite Doritos commercial is the baby putting his mother’s date in place.

E* Trade

These talking baby commercials are always dead on. Funniest phrase of the night?  Milk-a-what?!

Naturally I really enjoyed the Polamalu commercial too. Polamalu is my FAVORITE Steeler. I adore everything about him. So, if I couldn’t see him in the big game at the end of the year, I was glad to see him in this capacity.

I know I’m in the minority here, but I thought the Google commercial was lame. I’m worried about all these people that have drank the kool-aid from Apple and Google and can’t admit with something is underwhelming. (*cough Ipad*)

What commercials did you like? What are you thoughts on Go Daddy? What did you think of the game?

Talk to me people 🙂

–Sam




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