Today’s generation of athletes have often been labeled the 21st Century Athlete. And some of the common traits they possess are that they often appear unable to see beyond their own self-worth and self-importance. A lot of them are garnering more attention for their off-field/court behavior than they are for their on-field/court performance. So much so, that the 21st Century Athlete and their values are a big concern for many sports organizations.Follow paulmbanks
Time to talk Manchester United news and notes. As it’s summer time, transfer gossip is ruling the roost in the current news cycle. As you would expect, there’s a lot of talk about reshaping the attack. Without a doubt, there will be a makeover in the forward department at United this coming summer.
Expect a striker or two to walk through that door, but not before Chicharito makes his case that he’s more than a super sub.Follow paulmbanks
Clearly, Tim Donaghy is still a polarizing figure these days. He hasn’t been at the forefront of our national consciousness since 2007, but he still moves the needle because he’s controversial. By no means am I endorsing what’s written below. I haven’t checked out what Sean has to say yet.
I wholeheartedly plan to do so this week. Is Tim Donaghy telling the truth? Is Sean telling the truth? Or this exactly like the album title from ’90s hair metal band Extreme: “Three sides to every story- one side, the other, and the truth.”Follow paulmbanks
Love her or hate her, Hope Solo seems to thrive in rough times. Yes, those rough times she completely brought upon herself, and she’s anything but a sympathetic character, but Solo is at her best when things seem to be going the worst. Please don’t mistake this one admirable trait Solo possesses, the ability to succeed amidst strife as worthiness of being a role model.Follow paulmbanks
The U.S. Women’s National Team gives America a side that we can all root for. Hence the #1N1T “One Nation, One Team” hashtag. However, there are provincial angles to every World Cup too. Julie Johnston plays her club ball here in Chicago for the Red Stars; along with Shannon Boxx, Christen Press (who scored the game winning goal last night) and Lori Chalupny.
Despite her status as a cult favorite on Twitter during the game last night, Julie Johnston definitely flies under the radar.Follow paulmbanks