Saturday, June 9, 2012

Today Around the World of Sports

Miroslav Klose and Germany will look to start their tournament off right.
I'll be heading down the shore today to see some friends, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be inside watching sports! There is a lot of action going on today, and I'll give you a heads up on what to watch for.

Euro 2012 enters its second day as the group of death begins its play. The 2010 World Cup runner-ups, the Netherlands, square off against Denmark at noon. Then, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal take a shot at tournament favorite Germany at 2:45. Germany and Netherlands are the favorites to make it out of this group, but Portugal is a dark horse and Denmark is no slouch. Expect two exciting soccer games today.

The AL and NL East races are directly intertwined this weekend in interleague play as the five teams in each division face each other. Three games are on at 4. The Red Sox, who dropped to .500 again and four games back, start Daisuke Matsuzaka against the first place Nationals. The Orioles look to get back into first after a rough loss to the bumbling Phillies, who are six games out of first place. And the Braves try to beat the Blue Jays for the second straight night and recapture first place. At 7, the Mets and Marlins play their instate rivals, the Yankees and Rays, as they try not to fall any further back in the division race.

The Seattle Mariners throw Jason Vargas on the mound today after Kevin Millwood and five other pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the Dodgers last night. What's more embarrassing; the fact that six guys collectively dominated your team, or the fact that it was the Mariners?

Other notable games: The Rangers try to beat up on Ryan Vogelsong and the Giants in a rematch of the 2010 World Series. The surging Reds will look to bully the reeling Tigers. The surprising Indians take their shot at the defending champs, the suddenly struggling Cardinals.

I'll Have Another is out of the Belmont, as you all have probably heard by now, after hurting his leg. It's a sad day for not only Horse Racing, but the whole world who drew interest in the sport in hopes of seeing a Triple Crown winner, myself included. I almost wonder whether they could just send him out there to race if the injury isn't too severe. I'm not sure who the favorite is now, but frankly, I don't really care. I guess there's always next year.

Adam Henrique is extremely clutch for a rookie.
The Devils and Kings play Game 5 at the Rock in what will be a very interesting matchup. Los Angeles has two streaks going right now: they're perfect on the road in the playoffs and are 3-0 in Game 5's. It seems New Jersey has found a formula to beat the Kings, but the question is whether or not they can score on Jonathan Quick. It would be a great story despite who wins, but for the sake of good hockey, let's root for the Devils to extend the series and the season. LET'S GO DEVILS!!!!

Game 7 for Miami and Boston is also tonight, as tip off is at 8:30. There are some serious implications here for both teams. The loser will most likely make some drastic changes next season. The winner will get a shot at Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals. While the Heat are the more talented team, and this game is in Miami, it's going to come down to who wants it more. Here is LeBron's chance to prove he wants it more than Paul Pierce or KG. Here's his chance to prove he can be a closer. The world will be watching. These are my two most hated teams in the NBA, so let's hope the arena explodes and the Thunder win the title by default.

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