The Mitchell Report: World Cup, LeBron and a day with the cup
Posted July 13
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
I took a little time off from writing the Mitchell Report for the US Opens and some vacation. It's time to bring it back as we get ready for football next week. That's right...football next week!
I am not at all a soccer fan. I don't watch the English Premier League and I don't know any of the rivalries. I had to look up what team Messi played for this morning. Like a lot of Americans, I just do not follow the sport. I was, however, a fan of the World Cup. I went into the tournament not planning to watch many matches and ended up pretty interested until the end. What happened to Brazil was just incredible and I find myself reading about what is happening there. I am also very interested in what Jurgen Klinsmann is doing here in the U.S. I think he's a guy who could create a winning program here. I am not saying I am a soccer fan now, but I will be paying more attention to the sport moving forward. I do not think I am the only one who feels this way and that's great for soccer in this country.
Allow me to rub it in when I tell you about where I was when LeBron announced his decision to return to Cleveland. I was on the beach. I tell you this to illustrate just how big a deal this really was. I knew the announcement could be coming down anytime Friday so I, like a nerd, kept checking twitter. I then, like a nerd, read the essay while sitting on the beach. Can you remember a single sports news item that had you so interested that you would check on it instead of having another cold one? It just shows how big he is for the sport. That announcement changed the entire landscape of the NBA. I tried thinking about if there is another free agent move that made as much impact as this one (outside of the last time LeBron moved). The best we could come up with was Reggie White to the Packers. If you have another one, please tell me. This was a truly historic sports moment and I can't wait to see what he does with the Cavs.
Don't miss this
I have often wondered what I would do if I got to spend the day with the Stanley Cup. Now I know. This is the best idea I've seen!
This man wrote a book about the running of the bulls and the bulls, apparently, did not enjoy the book.
Worth Your time
I am a sucker for a good story and this is REALLY good story. It's mostly in french, but TSN does give us subtitles. It is worth 13 minutes of your time to learn about a man who loves hockey, what he did in Quebec and the tragedy that killed him.