Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

January 3, 2007

Now the critics are having to take a dive

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 6:25 am

The News Review:

* World-class athletes and the usual misdemeanors
* – HORSE – Jazil back where he started
* A History Of Violence
* Now the critics are having to take a dive
* Football-mad Begay has no reservation about starting anew-Sport-Golf…
* – MLB – Former Brooklyn Dodger outfielder Koy dies at age 97
* Quotes of the Year Part II
* – NCF – Ex-Colorado St. player pleads guilty in bank fraud…
* The Prague Post Online: Sports: Lackluster

World-class athletes and the usual misdemeanors
Salon – Jan 1, 2007
Around the globe, the year in sports began and ended in the middle of the calendar, with the. Biggest story in the world: Italy, not one of the South American powers,. – HORSE – Jazil back where he started
ESPN – Jan 3, 2007
“If all goes well, McLaughlin will likely point Jazil to the Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 3 and run Invasor in the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream on Feb. If Invasor makes it to the World Cup, Jazil will likely remain in the U. On Friday, Fernando Jara will ride Jazil from the outside post in what was drawn as an eight-horse field. John Parisella, the trainer of Chief Speed, said he was “shocked” to pick up the overnight and see Jazil’s name among his opponents. He also isn’t thrilled about having to give the Belmont winner five pounds with a horse who debuted for a $16,000 claiming price.

A History Of Violence – Jan 2, 2007
In Italy, all Ultra leaders should be arrested immediately, all the Ultra headquarters raided, and their finances frozen. Membership in these organizations should be illegal, wearing the colors of these organizations should be illegal, and any person who is causing or provoking violence at football games should be met with immediate expulsion and a lifetime ban on attending games. Having said all of that, I would like to remind all GOAL web site surfers to recall the world cup 2006, and the behaviour of the Tifosi during and after the games, and also when the Azzurri arrived home. There were tens of thousands of people on the streets celebrating, and there were no riots nor any vandalism. Even when Italy lost hearbreakingly in World Cup ’90, on home soil, there were no riots. Even when Italy were cheated at World Cup ’02, there was no vandalism. 99% of the Tifosi are good people.

Now the critics are having to take a dive
Belfast Telegraph – Jan 2, 2007
That usually happens shortly after that over-hyped, anticlimax of forced jollity that goes by the name of New Year’s Eve. But now, even that non-event is out of the way and we can all concentrate on the year ahead. Mind you, one particularly memorable thing about the 2006 festive season was the football. For the first time since Jose Mourinho arrived at moneybags Chelsea, there is a genuine two-horse race for the Premiership. Yet despite having the strongest squads in the league, both in terms of quality and quantity, Manchester United and Chelsea have found themselves relying on one particular player to make the difference. In Chelsea’s case it is Didier Drogba, currently in his finest run of form since joining the Blues two and a half years ago. The Ivory Coast international has bagged 20 goals already this season; that’s impressive in anyone’s language… Drogba was of course dismissed as the £24m misfit whose stay of execution at Chelsea would surely end with the arrival of a ‘real’ quality forward, one Andrei Shevchenko. And it would be good riddance to bad rubbish, with Drogba having admitted that he was indeed a dirty, cheating Johnny Foreigner who would have no problems diving or handling the ball if it was in the team’s best interests. But the fury over those comments was nothing to Ronaldo’s contribution towards getting his United team-mate Wayne Rooney sent off during the World Cup. (Rooney’s own contribution – virtually puncturing Ricardo Carvalho’s wedding tackle with his studs – was regarded as a considerably lesser crime. ) Afterwards the red-top media agreed, virtually en masse, that Ronaldo could never return to England and would therefore have to leave United. After all, there was no way United fans, let alone England supporters around the country, would ever forgive him. And of course his relationship with Rooney was toast; how could these two play together again after what happened in that World Cup quarter-final? It all seems a long time ago now, doesn’t it? Especially when you see Rooney rushing to hug Ronaldo after yet another crucial goal for United.

Football-mad Begay has no reservation about starting anew-Sport-Golf…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Jan 3, 2007
After the chronic back injury, the jail sentence and the football- induced renaissance, Notah Begay III is fit and preparing to play on the European Tour. Surprise at seeing Begay move from the United States at the age of 34 comes couched in caveats about his idiosyncrasies. Famed for putting left and right-handed, he used to daub red clay under his eyes before tournaments and has a deep love of football inspired by Northern Ireland’s 1986 World Cup finals squad. As a Native American and registered member of the Navajo nation, Begay is aware that he is different from the average golfer and if his presence on the European Tour raises awareness of the problems facing his people, that will be a happy by-product. “More Indians were killed by the federal government than the number of people murdered in the Holocaust (albeit over a far longer period of time),” he said. “Now there are problems on the reservations. Diabetes and alcoholism are rife. – MLB – Former Brooklyn Dodger outfielder Koy dies at age 97
ESPN – Jan 2, 2007
The university said in a news release that Koy helped change theface of football and baseball for the Longhorns in the early 1930s. Koy, known as “Big Ernie,” was named all-Southwest Conferencethree times in both football, where he was a running back, andbaseball. Koy chose pro baseball over football and played for 10 years,including five in the majors. He played with the Dodgers from 1938to 1940. He then spent time with the St. Louis Cardinals, theCincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies before joining theNavy in 1942. He hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat in the majors andfinished his pro career with a career average of.

Quotes of the Year Part II
BBC News – Jan 1, 2007
Zidane saw red, Materazzi saw stars and Poll saw yellow – three times. England fans might want to erase 2006 from their minds, but before we see the old year out, take 10 minutes to have a laugh at what happens when sporting folk open their mouths in the second part of our top 2006 quotes. WORLD CUP WORDS OF WISDOM… ”
Marco Materrazi denies calling Zinedine Zidane names in the World Cup final, while revealing his bizarre pet name for his 10-month-old daughter. “He’s the future King of England and I’ve just done a dance for him – I think it’s a bit surreal. ”
England striker Peter Crouch entertains Prince William with his ‘Robokop’ dance during a training session. “For a game played in Cologne, that stunk. ”
Mark Lawrenson after sitting through 120 mind-numbing minutes of Switzerland v Ukraine. – NCF – Ex-Colorado St. player pleads guilty in bank fraud…
ESPN – Jan 3, 2007
— A Colorado State football player wassentenced to unsupervised probation and community service for hisrole in a bank-fraud scheme. Micah Lamar Crews, a defensive back from Englewood, pleadedguilty on Tuesday in Larimer County court to one count of theft andone count of forgery. He received a two-year deferred sentence andwas ordered to complete two years of unsupervised probation and 60hours of community service. He must also pay $2,594 in restitution. Crews is one of eight people arrested last year for allegedlydepositing forged checks into other people’s accounts and thenusing stolen debit cards to buy money orders based on the inflateddeposits.

The Prague Post Online: Sports: Lackluster
Prague Post – Jan 3, 2007
Zalčík was forced to resign because of his blunder. Ski jumper Jakub Janda's battle with the Czech Skiing Union over whether he should be allowed to wear logos from private sponsors during competition seemed to sap the champion's concentration in Turin. Janda, who in 2006 became the first Czech ski jumper to win the World Cup, was considered a hot medal candidate before the games, but he did not get even close to the podium. Many suspected the dispute left him unprepared for the Olympics. More recently, soccer club FK Marila Příbram's owner Jaroslav Starka — who is also vice chairman of the Czech Football Association — hired former Viktoria Žižkov soccer manager Ivan Horník, who was previously implicated on charges related to match fixing. Starka ignored protests from within the soccer community, as well as a court order that banned Horník from any activity in soccer for 10 years. In mid-November, Starka was himself arrested on abduction charges unrelated to his soccer activities.

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