16 October, 2013

Dichotomy of Class

Been seeing some interesting posts and tweets today... That said, I think the two things below will show you a huge gulf in sports.

While the USSoccer tweet isn't easily accessible unless you go through a time stamp check (perhaps they took it off?), what the 2nd shows you is that sports are still played by pros.

Sure we see divers, and cheats, and foulers. Sure we see horrible refs and fans raining debris onto the pitch. What we rarely see is the honest baller, understanding when to show some humility and instead of cheering a meaningless win, consoles a fellow player that may not have the chance again...

Classless v. Classy.

15 October, 2013

USMNT Saves El Tri

Not often can you say that, but with Panama going ahead 2-1  in the 80th minute, the US could have rolled over taken the loss.  They'd already won the group, and the .000009% chance they had at being a seed for the World Cup draw in Brazil next year went out the door with a Switzerland win over the weekend.

Mexico, for it's part, needed a win by a decent margin, and a Honduras loss, or at least not to have Panama win, just to qualify.

At this point, I'm thinking what you're thinking: "It's over.  Mexico couldn't right the ship fast enough."  They were down 2-1 on a 2nd goal by Costa Rica in the 64'. After the first five minutes in Jamaica, the Jamaica/Honduras score was 1-1 and everyone just felt that last place Jamaica was going to get crushed.  It was 2-2 at the 60' mark.

Then this:
3 goals between the US and Panama in the final 13 minutes of play. 

Mexico, holding on to dear life and a chance for a home/away playoff against NZ (the Oceania winners) for one last chance to see Brazil from the pitch, kept it close.

Sure you could say that Mexico held their fate in their hands.  Sure we would all miss El Tri going to Brazil  But, either way, I expect a bottle of mezcal by my doorstep when I get up because as much as everyone hates the US/Mexico rivalry at game time, especially the loser, there's just something about it that makes you want to see it...

Full Highlights of the US game:

Video: Beinsports

13 October, 2013

Mexico Wins In Style

Mexico was finally about to win a match, leading 1-0 over Panama at Estadio Azteca with only 10 minutes left. Then, as so often happens, Panama tied the match with an 81st minute goal. But then, new Mexico manager Victor Vucetich earned his keep in his first qualifier. Vucetich brought in Raul Jimenez in the 83rd minute. In the 86th minute, THIS happened: Video: ESPN

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