Each Wednesday I share links to good articles/columns from recent happenings – with added insights and musings – from around the sporting world. If you come across good articles, videos, etc. – please pass them along, I’d love to take a look.
In light of the Lache Seastrunk recruiting mess at Oregon, the Idaho Statesman reported that Boise State doesn’t lean too heavily on recruiting services. This shouldn’t surprise anyone that follows the Broncos.
Ty Hildenbrandt and Dan Rubenstein from The Solid Verbal were at it again as Alex Trebek calls college football highlights:
SI’s Andy Staples says Jim Tressel’s decision to increase his suspension is a brilliant PR move for Ohio State, but warns that the NCAA will have the final say. It will be interesting to see what happens especially with the parallel between Tressel and Bruce Pearl (fired at Tennessee).
Notre Dame’s star wide receiver Michael Floyd has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested for DUI. This can’t be good news for Irish fans who surely had high expectations for the talented wide receiver.
Big wave surfer Sion Milosky drowned at Mavericks last Wednesday. Milosky was known as one of the best underground big wave surfers on the planet. Surfline put together a nice tribute to the Hawaiian charger, father, husband, welder. Here’s video from abstractlines.tv of Milosky talking about his passion for surfing:
Check out Surfline’s video of North Shore charger Jensen Hassett lurching through a second-reefer at Pipeline.
Here’s Surfline Punt of the Month – Josh Kerr pulls two full rotation alley-oops on the same wave at Rincon – pretty damn impressive!
Check out this video that was on surfermag.com titled “The Fatal Shore” about the infamous slab at Shipsterns in Tasmania. This looks gnarly and cold:
National Football League:
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita’s wife, Jaclyn Fujita, wrote an eye opening piece titled Wish of an NFL Wife providing an inside look at the “other side” of playing in the league.
NFL owners voted to move kickoffs to the 35 yard line and voted on a variety of other rule changes proposed by the leagues competition committee. Many of the major concerns and proposed changes revolved around player safety.
Chad Ochocinco is making the most of his opportunities during the NFL Lockout. Ochocinco started his four-day try out with Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer yesterday. You can watch Chad’s tryout live at 11:05 AM ET this morning. We’ll see if it’s a publicity stunt (most likely) or if he really has some soccer skills.
Photo via timesunion.com
Stuart Holden injured his knee in Bolton’s loss to Manchester United on Saturday after a nasty tackle from Jonny Evans. Holden had surgery on the knee and is expected to be out six months. I was going to post video of the tackle but don’t particularly like watching it – click the link if you want to see the tackle.
FoxSoccer.com writer Ives Galarcep examines the impact of Holden’s injury on the U.S. Mens National Team and this summer’s Gold Cup. It’s a shame Holden got injured (again) right before some important international competition this summer.
Charlie Davies returned to professional soccer last weekend after missing 17 months due to a horrific car accident. ESPN.com’s Leander Schaerlaeckens looks at Charlie’s long journey back.
SI’s Grant Wahl provided an inside look at Real Madrid’s legendary manager Jose Mourinho. Wahl shared some extras that didn’t make it into his SI featured story on the 2010 Manager of the Year.
ESPN.com’s David Hirshey says, Sorry, Arsenal and Chelsea, but EPL title race is all but over. I’m not sure I agree as I could either team possibly catching Manchester United or maybe I’m just hoping he’s wrong..
National Basketball Association:
Dwyane Wade posterized Kendrick Perkins last Wednesday as the Thunder paid a visit to the Heat. Fortunately for Perkins, Oklahoma City won the game 96-85. Here’s D-Wade’s sick dunk:
If any of you filled out brackets on ESPN.com like I did, you might be wondering how well everyone else has been doing because your brackets are destroyed. Fortunately ESPN revealed there were no “perfect” brackets after the second day and no perfect Sweet Sixteen picks among other statistics if you’re interested.
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was fired Monday – ESPN.com’s Andy Katz provided some informed analysis regarding the dynamics behind Pearl’s firing.
National Hockey League:
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke was suspended for the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for a dirty elbow to NY Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside looks at the suspension, reaction to it, and the new standard set by the NHL. The NHL appears to have finally made the right decision especially after Cooke’s history of violence.
Montreal Canadian forward Max Pacioretty could return for the playoffs after Zdeno Chara broke his neck and gave him a concussion on March 8th.
I’ll leave you with the latest ARcast from Armada featuring Phil Casabon and Spencer Milbocker at Big Bear – the music probably isn’t for everyone but the skiing is worth watching (HT Erica Pacold):
Any good articles or videos I missed? Happy Humpday Everyone!