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The Day LeBron tried to Upstage Soccer

July 27th, 2018 · No Comments

Although I wouldn’t become aware of All the gripping news over King James announcement regarding which NBA Franchise he’d grace next with his presence until late Saturday evening after attending a Football match.

The Great One and The King: Two Transcendent Athletes Changing LA’s Sports Landscape Thirty Years apart

Saturday, June 30th, when much of the globe was gripped in Football Fever, not our 800lb NFL Gorillia! Nope, this one’s the one Y’all play with your feet, which us Yanks call Soccer, Mates.

Thus much of the globe was awash in World Cup Fever, as unbeknownst to Mwah, my Good Friend Randall, “thy Moniker King” of No Fenders, your El Senor Sportyblog Scribe’s “Day Job;” Err main “Sports” Blog; but I digress…

As Randy had even planned our pickup time to coincide with when the first half of Uruguay vs. Portugal was over. For which I found it hilarious when I decided to leave the room momentarily, only to hear the Announcer Shrieking when Uruguay scored its first goal seven minutes into the match, going ahead One-Nil.

And even though Randy’s a lifelong “Man U” and England Fan, which apparently England’s World cup squad has some Manchester United talent upon it. Along with one of Belgium’s top players.

Randy’s also a Diehard Seattle Sounders FC Rave Green Fan, who’s had two “Primo” Season Ticket seats since Day-1, Wayback in Twenty-oh-Nine. And reiterated to Mwah, he’ll keep them forever…

As Randy’s gracious enough to not only take me to one match per year at Der Clink’, nee Century Link Field. But also allows me to pick any game; err match of the season.

El Soundero!

Since I prefer day games, this year I chose to attend the Portland Timbers match, since the two respective team’s history dates back to the North American Soccer League (NASL) era.

And although attendance was down this year, vs. past 64,000+ Sellout Crowds. Nonetheless, the announced attendance was a robust 47,521, which was pretty impressive due to the weather, World Cup and Sounders woeful performance this season.

Arriving early, after removing everything from all of our pockets and passing thru security as it spitted rain. We stood outside within a large crowd gathered around one of the multiple Big Screens set up solely to show us the Uruguay vs. Portugal World Cup match, for which I totally wanted Uruguay to win. Who were leading 2-1 when we got near the Big Screen, which must have been underneath an awning, since we stayed dry whilst watching the match.

Having missed all three goals, as Uruguay now led 2-1 with Portugal throwing everything at them in the waning minutes! I’d wanted Uruguay to win in order to send Cristiano (Ronaldo) packing, along with (Lionel) Messi, who’s Argentina Squad had been eliminated earlier in the day.

Reaching our seats, the crowd was Pumped! And after we’d done player introductions, or was it before? Sometime early on the Sounders “Brass” very wisely introduce Seattle’s newest signing, Peruvian Striker Raul Ruidiaz, who will apparently don the number 9 when he begins playing for us.

Sounders FC sign Raul Ruidiaz to Designated Player contract

As the crowd shouted RAUL,

In homage to the Leagua Mexico Player who Randy says just signed a $14.5m contract to come North of The Boarder, Ci!

VIDEO: The Eagles On the Border - Song

Other pre-game festivities included a Hilarious parity played upon the stadiums Big Screens of various people from Portland saying They Loved Seattle!” As even better yet, as laughter rang about, I suddenly heard “I’m the Mayor of Portland and I Love Seattle!” Before Randy explained to me they were all from Portland, Maine and even had Lobster Claws to Boot!

And then the game began with the Portland Timbers Army across the pitch to my left Beating Thar Drums loudly! While Seattle’s own Drum Corps pounded back countless chants in Seattle’s support, including when the entire stadium yells Sea

And the people standing around us were quite entertaining, as I heard one loudly jeer What Game Are You Watching? I could See that From Here! Apparently towards the Referee…

since although we never got to break out in unison “The Ref’ss A Wanker!” The crowd did delight in vociferously singing a new Chant I’d never heard before, for which Randy sung me the lyrics to during a lull in the action.

Build a Bonfire
Build a Bonfire
Put the Timbers on Top
Put the Whitecaps in the Middle
And We’ll Burn the Fuckers Up!

Whilst our Neighbours from Up North eh! Those Bloody KuhNucks are so G-DAMN’ Polite. as Thar version of the Bonfire song has its two opposing Cascadia Cup opponents first, and then Cheerily says and we’ll Burn the Bloody lot Up!

Yet sadly, although not unexpected, the Timbers basically toyed with us, by finally leading for the first time ever in Seattle vs. the Sounders FC, since the Timbers returned to Major League Soccer (MLS) play in 2011. when the raucous Stadium suddenly went Deafly Quiet just three minutes into the second half with Portland going ahead One-Nil early in the match.

As I asked Randy when pointing across the field, is that Portland’s corner? Since it was the only L-O-U-D portion of the stadium.

Yet the Sounders made it interesting, causing the Rave Green Diehard Supporters to erupt in glee not once, but twice, upon coming back both times to equalize the score 2-2, before Portland ultimately put the game away 3-2 in their favour.

As we exited “Stage Left” about the 85th-ish minute of the match, as Randy was somewhat Disgusted over Seattle’s sloppy play, as we stepped into an empty Loo’ with the game being Piped in overhead, to hear Clint Dempsey being given a Yellow Card, as the game got quite ugly towards the end.

As I’ve got NO idea if Seattle can somehow claw their way back into the MLS Playoffs this year? And I’m also uncertain if it was his first game as a Sounders FC member? Since I do know that Raul Ruidiaz came onto the pitch sometime during the Sounders Two-Nil win over the Whitecaps at Century Link Field during the middle ‘O July…

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Sportyblog Skates On…

July 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Thin Ice? NOPE! We’re still here, but like many of uze’ Out Thar’, life’s simply gotten in the way for the proverbial Sportyblog Braintrust; Hya!

As your El Senor Scribe Touchdown Tommy was basking in the HEAT of Indiana over Memorial Day weekend attending the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500. As hey, I just had to see Queen Danica (Patrick) one final time; Hiccup!

Where ironically two years ago when touring the IMS Museum, which was formally the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame museum. When being given a very special treat of touching some rare, vintage racing cars during a personally guided tour. Another famous trophy was wheeled by us. With some other museum visitors squawking on ’bout Thar’ revered Stanley Cup as Indy Cars most famous Borg Warner trophy was pushed past us by two IMS employees for its Media trip to New York, the day after Alexander Rossi had won the Indy 500.

R100: Touching Three Awesome Racecars!

Whilst Mr. Sporty, the Editor of these riveting posts I poond’ out for your reading enjoyment has been out of town.

As I last pontificated about whether or not the Golden Knights could Beat the Odds? For which Y’all know they came up short. Which surely is a relief for the Las Vegas “bookies” who took two $30,000 Bets when the Odds were 500:1; Aye Karumba!

The Washington Capitals, after years of Frustration, win Stanley Cup

While the silver lining in the other Washington’s Capitals winning their maiden Stanley Cup after 43yrs of futility is that their right Winger’ T.J. Oshie Hails from the West Coast’s Washington, and now becomes only its second ever “Native Son” to have won the prestigious trophy…

Capitals T.J. Oshie in rare company for Hockey Players from Washington

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Floating in a Punch Bowl…

July 8th, 2018 · No Comments

As Y’all know what “Floaters” are Righto? Although I’m trying to refrain from using the word TURD, for which our most Glorious Emperor just laid another finely crafted piece of SHIT…

So I was going thru my morning ritual of listening to my NFB Newsline for The Blind Telephone News and burst out in laughter Friday morning over the first article I came across on The Guardian’s Sports Section.

As Seriously! Does the Great Wizard behind The Curtain at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue think we’re really that Stupid? Uhm, like potentially Pardoning a Dead Boxing Legend who’s Conviction was Overturned by the Supreme Court some four decades ago.

Trump floats pardon for Muhammad Ali even though boxing great doesn’t need one

Yet as I further contemplated the sheer Brilliance of this Fake Jab, I find it most ironic that it comes one Day after his Numero Uno Black Football Player Colin Kaepernick, who he previously called a “son of A Bitch!” Lawyer’s are planning to Subpoena the President for his case against the NFL for Collusion in Barring him from being signed to play for any National Football League Franchise…

Which comes right after Philadelphia Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins most superb response to our Fearless Leader’s latest Bullying Tactics.

Malcolm Jenkins chooses Handwritten Signs instead of Spoken Words to convey message after White House cancellation

along with OOH! Un-inviting the Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, as what did ‘Ol Mr. T used to say over Idiots who Mocked Him? Oh Yeah, “I Pity the Fool!”

Just Sayin’

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Can the Golden Knights Beat the odds?

May 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

This year in Dallas, 32 NFL Franchises will be “Betting-the-Farm” with their respective First Round Draft Picks, not to mention all of the Wheeling-Dealing that’ll occur over the three days riveting Draft television coverage; YAWN!

Yet instead, I found the Los Angeles Times article over the possibility of this year’s Cinderella National Hockey League’s expansion Golden Knights more entertaining than all of the noise surrounding the NFL Draft!

Since although I only follow Hockey casually, most notably having paid minor Attenzione over the latter season’s Playoffs Push of my current favourite NHL Team, the Los Angeles Kings, albeit I may have my own team to root for in Seattle soon?

Hey, if Yuhs cannot land an NBA Franchise, then why not start with an NHL Team instead, Eh?

Having first become acquainted with the Kings Wayback in the late 1980’s? Whenever it made front page News over “The Great One!” Wayne Gretzky having been traded by the Edmonton Oilers to La-La Land, which I can still recall learning via the USA Today Newspaper, but I digress…

I then began rooting for the L.A. Kings via a serendipitous connection a few years ago, when we used to frequent a fine ‘lil Bistro specializing in Bison Meat in “the city of Destiny,” aka Tacoma, where it’s proprietor Nathan is a Gynormous Kings Fan! Making frequent trips to Los Angeles during their past Playoff runs.

Thus I began my casual association of Kings Fever during the Daryl Sutter era, which ultimately netted them two revered Stanley Cup trophies! Before he, and their GM were Fired.

Whilst I won’t make any noise over the Synchronicity ‘O Sutter being a Cattle Rancher and Nathan’s “good Eats” Bison restaurant; MOO, MOO! Get along ‘lil doggie…

Fast forward to this year’s NHL Playoffs, where if you’re a Hockey Fan, you already know that the upstart expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Kings in their first round playoff series.

And I believe that the golden Knights have already made History, by becoming the first NHL expansion Franchise to win their Division., although I didn’t follow them this year. Along with having dispatched the Kings, now face another California team, the San Jose Sharks in their road to the Stanley Cup.

All of which makes the Bookmakers in Vegas mildly Nervous, since initially the Odds given to the Golden Knights winning the Stanley Cup were 500-1!

Golden Knights’ surprising Stanley Cup playoff run could be costly for Vegas

Yet presumably, the Betting Industry is a multi-Billion affair, for which although I didn’t read the story, nevertheless whilst perusing The Guardian’s Sports section, I came across the Headline denoting Tennis’s current integrity issue regarding betting.

Tennis has serious Integrity issue with Betting says Independent Study

Alas, my ‘Ol Fashioned One Arm Bandit came up with Three Lemons; Chuh-Ching! Having previously read the Air & Space Magazine’s article upon the Ultimate Bet having been wagered on over a Half Century ago, before paying off Handsomely on live TV for its winner upon Neil Armstrong stepping on the Moon.

Betting On the Moon

Which naturally made me reminisce over Armstrong’s co-pilot and Rapper Extraordinaire, Edwin Buzz’ (”Lightyear”) aldrin, Jr., the second Man to step upon the Moon. As how time flies by, Eh? As it’s already nearly three years ago that I read his great Autobiography.

Magnificent Desolation: An Astronaut’s re-entry to life on Earth and Beyond…

As I Don’t recall; Hmm? Total Recall? Oh Never Mind! How I found It, but Buzz did a Rap Song with Snoop Dog-Dog a few years ago.

And thus, while I’ve got ZERO Clue if the golden Knights will come up All Sevens in their Quest to hoist the Stanley Cup triumphantly, all they’ll need is? What is it Buzz? sing it Buzz! All You Need, is the Rocket Experience…

VIDEO: The Rocket Experience Song

Uhm, perhaps that’ll be the Houston Rockets NBA Championship victory son instead? Oh Never Mind! That’s a “Hole Nutter” story for another day…

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Spring Blitz: Swedish Superstar Scores twice while Knocking off ‘Ol Man Winter’s rust, Catches The “Chicken Skins” in Debut

April 13th, 2018 · No Comments

Ah, it’s the Month ‘O May, Uhm, wait Ah Minute, that’s a whole different Story; Hya! As many of Yuhs are probably going Ga-Ga over some Madness in March right now, Eh? Whale’ it was March when I began honing this finely crafted Sportyblog post; but I digress…

As I’m Ah-thinkin’, think Pink! That the National Football League’s annual Free Agency Pass Rush is a distant memory now. As Arse-sumedly Y’all are Frothing’ over the impending NFL Draft?

NFL: Winners, Losers and Biggest Questions on Day 1 of 2018 Free Agency

And although “Mr. Sporty” may not find it funny; Ha-Ha? I found it Hilarious that one of Seattle’s biggest Mouthpieces Sherm’ immediately signed a contract with the Division rival San Francisco 49ers a lone, single, solitary day after being cut loose from the Seahawks!

As Richard Sherman was just another Salary Cap casualty according to Seattle’s GM John “Not Bo duke” Schneider.

NFL. Looking at how NFC West was redone. Rams and the San Francisco 49ers do a bang-up job to flip the division upside down

Meanwhile I heard it via The Grapevine. If Yuhs Sports Fans in The Raisin State are looking for some way to spend your Tax Refund, perhaps Y’all will wish to put a down payment upon one of Los Angeles newest coming attractions, where a shiny new padded seat will cost you a small fortune…

New football stadium’s best seats will come at a price. Rams’ top season tickets will have $100,000 seat license. Chargers ask $75,000

Yet with The Boys ‘O Summer now having ended Spring Training, many Major League Baseball Fans eyeballs are squarely focused upon the lowly Los Angeles Angels newest Superstar. Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani, who at age 23 is hoping to become MLB’s first two way sensation since the late Babe Ruth.

Shohei Ohtani, Angels undaunted by rocky spring: ‘He’s going to wow us,’ says Mike Trout

And although Ohtani’s definitely wound-up his Fastball to sixth-gear, and is currently wowing Angels Fans with glimpses of his impending Super-Stardom. I’m more intrigued over the forthcoming Showdown between the “Grasshopper” and the Master. When Shohei comes to Safeco Field to square off against the Seattle Mariners beloved ichiro Suzuki.

A different side of Ichiro emerges in return to Mariners

And while it’s hard to believe that it’s already time for the NBA Playoffs, with Ice Hockey skating towards the impending Stanley Cup finals, I’ve been more intrigued lately over Major League Soccer’s newest European sensation, for whom I have trouble pronouncing his last name, Ya Sure Yuh Betcha!

Although the 36yr old Swedish Superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, obviously in the twilight of his Football career, seems to have chosen the right MLS Franchise and City to land in. Having simply announced his arrival to La-La Land with a full page Advert in the Los Angeles Times saying” You’re Welcome LA!

HE’S HARD TO IGNORE. Ibrahimovic has enormous talent and an even bigger ego, which make him a perfect fit for Los Angeles

As I just simply chortled out loud to myself, after Ibrahimovic’s Cinderella debut vs. cross-town rivals Los Angeles FC, that the Galaxy had just spent the best $3.2 million dollars ever!

Laughing loudly when reading how Zlatan said, How Do you Say? I got the Chicken Skins; Err Goose Bumps after scoring the winning goal…

SOCCER. GALAXY 4, LAFC 3. Ibrahimovic makes presence felt in a flash

Alas, although Spring may have Arrived? It seems that Mother Nature was telling us here in the Pacific Northwest to not jump the starting gun just quite yet. As the yearly AMA Supercross event came to Seattle’s Century Link Field Saturday, April 7th and the track was a virtual Mud-bog due to the continuous deluge ‘O Wet Stuff we’re being continuously Bombarded with! As Century Link Don’t Have NO Stinkin’ Retractable Roof!

Not to mention the Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins game being Snowed Out! Whilst some Bald Eagle wanted to see how the weather was atop our “Big Maple Leaf” James Paxton’s shoulder; Cymbol Crash please! Although we’ve at least turned the corner, or is that a 6-4-3 Somme-thun’ Baseball play metaphor?

since soon before your rambling Sportyblog el Senor Scribe Touchdown Tommy knows it, it’ll be Memorial Day weekend and time to G-O watch Danica Patrick’s final race before retiring. But that’s another story for a different day…

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