Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wild World of Wednesday - June 25, 2008

Tennis is a big deal this week since Wimbledon is on! Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova, Jelena Jankovic, and Lindsay Davenport won in the first round. Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, and Rafael Nadal also took care of their opponents in the first. Roger Federer handled business against Dominik Hbarty as well. Fashion was such an important topic at the event that it was the top story on ESPN’s tennis page. Interesting.

Euro 2008 is down to the last four teams. The semi-finals are Germany vs. Turkey and Spain vs. Russia. Turkey has been the “Cinderella” of this ball but face a tough German squad. It looks like the match will be on ESPN 360, which is a great way to assure you don’t miss anything.

In the WNBA, the Los Angeles Sparks are still #1 in the West and Connecticut are #1 in the East. Oh, and in case you missed it, Candace Parker can dunk!

Speaking of basketball, Shaq has everyone in an uproar over his freestyle rap. Sure he disses Kobe – this is nothing new from him. Most people I’ve talked to about it are angry that he disrespected Kareem. That’s blasphemy here in Los Angeles.

Oh yeah, have you heard that they are going to eliminate softball and baseball as Olympic sports? The IOC president decided that the Summer Games are too bloated so 2008 is the last time you’ll see these. The decision came via secret ballot. Hmm…why is it such a secret?

Today in Sports History

1947 - The tennis shoe is introduced (not athletic shoe or sneaker, but sport-specific to tennis)

1969 - Longest tennis match in Wimbledon history takes place. Pancho Gonzalez beats Charles Pasarell in a 112 game marathon that goes on for 5 hours and 12 minutes.

1972 - Bernice Gera becomes the first female umpire in pro baseball.


Lindsay said...

I didn't know they were eliminating softball and baseball from the olympics after this summer. I can't say I care that much, but I bet a lot of people are unhappy with that decision. By the way, I can't wait for the olympics to start!

Apryl DeLancey said...

A lot of teams were hit hard with the news unfortunately. We've had a lot of Olympic trials going on in SoCal for some sports so many of us get to see them before they get to Bejing!

Monica 08 said...

I'm still in shock that Novak Djokovic lost! So early! I hoped he would give Nadal a tough time. Safin of all inconsistent players of late.

Euro 2008- I just saw Germany-Turkey! What a game! The most exciting game of the whole tournament. What was wrong with Lehmann? Now it's clear Arsene Wenger made the right choice to put him on the bench.

Did you see the Germany -Turkey game?

Apryl DeLancey said...

Yeah - Djokovic was a surprise! I'm also in shock over Turkey! I really thought they would pull it out!