Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sports Agenda Is Full Today

I love sports and I don't care who knows. Trouble is, this time of year, you can go weeks without finding a sports day with 4 events that would be the "main event" on most any other day.

But, today is Wednesday, February 24. Check it. 4 Top Tier Events to occupy your time on this beautiful day!

1:45 - Champions League Round of 16: Chelsea at Inter, Fox Soccer Channel

Why Should you care? Mourinho against Chelsea? How about this tid-bit :

He is a bitter and twisted man — and a successful one.

Saturday was the 130th consecutive time a team coached by Mourinho — from Porto to Chelsea to Inter — has remained unbeaten at home in league play. It is a run built on stubbornness and good organization, yet scarred by an attitude that is inimical to the game.

Mourinho’s mind games included prolonging the halftime interval by almost five minutes, leaving the opponents cold on the pitch and the match officials jogging nervously in the tunnel. Mourinho challenged officialdom by demonstrating, not for the first time, that his men will come out to play when it suits him.

We have seen all this before. It is unlikely to be coincidence that this display came as Inter was preparing to face its next visitor to the San Siro, Chelsea — the team that he built and the club that fired him — in the Champions League on Wednesday.

So, arguably the best team in the world today, Chelsea, which also just fired Jose a few years back, now tries to snap the 130-match home unbeaten mark he has?

Yes, Please.

2:00 - USA vs Switzerland, Olympic Quarterfinal, NBC 5

6:30 - Russia vs Canada, Olympic Quarterfinal, CNBC

Clearly you know what is at stake now - anyone still alive in this most wonderful of hockey tournaments is 3 wins from the Gold.

But, wow, Canada vs Russia in the Final 8? This was many people's Gold Medal game, and now one of them will be out of the tournament altogether by the end of the day. Surely, this will be amazing. And with Canada on short rest, and already not totally sure of themselves, the prospect of dealing with OV, Datsyuk, Malkin, Kovalchuk, and the rest of the Russian gang will test all sorts of Canadian resolve.

Meanwhile, the USA must tangle with Jonas Hiller again. You would like to think that this is a win, but remember that the Swiss held up well against the US already, and then took the Canadians to a shootout.

8:00 - Lakers at Mavericks, ESPN, Ch 21

Finally, the 4 event Wednesday is capped off with the marquee battle locally of the Mavs testing their new squad against the heavyweight champion of the world, who beat Memphis last night. Kobe returned from being gone for 5 games and scored 32, with the Game Winning 3 .

Let's show em what we got.

1 comment:

Justin said...

8:00 PM #21 Texas A&M vs. #24 Baylor, ESPNU. This series has turned into a very intense rivalry in the last couple of years. The only other time these two teams have faced off as ranked opponents it took five overtimes to resolve.