Saturday, August 29, 2009

Maybe Spurs are for real

Start the jokes now Spurs are leading the Premier League, I know some people think that its too good to be true but maybe its not and their win over Birmingham City earlier today showed that. In the past Spurs would have packed up and settled for the point, but not this versions of the whites, they kept pressing and finally got the winner after former Spur Stephen Carr fell and allowed Aaron Lennon to break in and score.

People brush off the thought of Spurs keeping this pace up, but its not out of the question. Spurs have talent and toughness to do it.

Modric struggled at times last year, but this season so far his true class has shown. On the opening day against Liverpool, Modric did a great job creating chances and he did the same thing today.

For years Spurs have lacked a hard man in the middle of the park and now they finally have one in the Wilson Palacios. Palacios allows Lennon, Modric, Keane, and Defoe to go forward and not have to worry about defense, which leads to great attacking football.

One thing that people fail to realize is that Spurs have depth and might have as much as any title contender. Spurs have four good strikers and a ton of talent in the midfield. While they might be lacking a little depth in defense, they have players that can move back to play there in a pinch, like Huddlestone. Spurs depth was on display during the opening weekend of the season, when they played Liverpool. The Spurs bench featured Crouch, Bentley, Hutton, O'Hara, and Pavlyuchenko; compared to Liverpool's bench which featured Benayoun, Voronin, Dossena, and a bunch of kids.

People are all talking about how great Manchester City are and how they are going to challenge for a Champions League spot but maybe we should pay a lot more attention to Spurs as a challenger for a Champions League spot.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Its towel time

You never know what you are going to find in the garage. While looking for a towel to clean out one of our tailgating coolers, I came across this towel from our trip to the 25th anniversary game of the McDonald's All American Game. During the game we got to see three future Tar Heels that would win a national title: Felton, May and McCants. As well as other players that would fall flat on their face.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

It's starting to look up

On field the Nationals are still terrible, but there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel. At the last minute the Nationals brain trust got a deal done for Stephen Strasburg and then they named Mike Rizzo as their full time GM, while people might be saying big deal to a Nationals fan this is a big deal.

Coming off the disaster that was Aaron Crow negotiations last year, getting Strasburg signed had to get done and it did, not just for the on the field performance but for the fan base. Strasburg gives us hope that things might turn around. But the draft is not just about Strasburg. At the end of the day it was showing fans that they cared and that is exactly what the organization did. The Nats spent $10.8 million on bonuses for their first 11 picks in the draft that is 32 percent above what the commissioner suggested for those slots, according to Baseball America.

After the disaster that was Jim Bowden, the Nats now have a full time GM that can read birth certificates, Mike Rizzo. It might not be the sexiest name out there, but its someone that we know has the best interest of the team at heart.

While their record is that not good, this summer has given us signs that things might be looking up in the nation’s capital.