We all know sport stars like to play a few rounds of cards in their down time. From on the team bus to in the changing room, the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Shane Warne, and Boris Becker all enjoy calling a bluff, but two men have taken it beyond the casual game and moved on to something a little more serious. Sporting legends Rafael Nadal and Ronaldo are all set to go head-to-head in ‘The Duel’ next month in what promises to be a thrilling encounter in the heart of London.Follow paulmbanks
In 2011, America fell in love with their starting goalkeeper. Hope Solo became a national hero during the USA run to the women’s World Cup title game. But by late 2012, the secret was out about Hope Solo. Her descent towards being a Tonya Harding like villain was nearly complete.
And with the domestic abuse charges, where she called a family member a pussy before allegedly beating him up, she may be even more unfavorable and unlikable than Tonya Harding.Follow paulmbanks
Quick, name the professional U.S. Soccer team that Hope Solo plays for….
Okay, what’s the name of the professional women’s soccer league in America?
You don’t know that either?
Hold on, you’re telling me that the mere existence of an American women’s professional soccer league is in fact news to you?
Well, that puts you in the same category as 99.999% of the American population. The NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) may want to try and make themselves more relevant to the sports consumer. Also in need of more positive PR is Hope Solo herself. You may have heard her name in the news lately; for all the wrong reasons. Right now, neither the NWSL nor Hope Solo is getting it right when it comes to image CPR.Follow paulmbanks
Alex Morgan is no doubt the face of American soccer, and the most important player on the U.S. Women’s National Team as they head into the 2015 World Cup in Canada, hoping to win our nation’s first World Cup since 1999.
Morgan discusses her recovery from her recent ankle injury, and much more in the video interview below, but check out what’s below that, where Alex Morgan rips FIFA for their exploitation of women.Follow paulmbanks
“I have decided that this will be my last season,” Landon Donovan tweeted a few minutes ago. And now begins the barrage of media outlets claiming he’s the greatest player in American history. Not true.
He’s the greatest player in history according to ESPN, and that’s pretty much it. Remember this past May when ESPN banged us over the head with Landon Donovan being cut from the U.S. National Team coverage for a week? And then remember how the WWL subjected us to his horrible analyst and TV talking head work during the World Cup?Follow paulmbanks
The Qatar World Cup in 2022 is the most preposterous idea in the history of sports. You saw there were a couple cooling breaks in Brazil during this past World Cup when the temperature was in the mid 80s. Imagine the Qatar World Cup, where the temps reach 115-120 on average.
The game LITERALLY CANNOT BE PLAYED. That’s how morally depraved FIFA is. They took the bribe and signed on for this. Oh, and then there’s that whole thousands of people dying during the construction phase of the stadium thing.
So we give you “HBO Real Sports: The Price of Glory in Qatar”Follow paulmbanks
This summer, America fell in love with their goalkeeper, as Tim Howard became an even bigger national hero during the men’s World Cup. Howard is a PETA advocate, animal rights activist and part-time broadcaster. He’s idealistic and media savvy.
Tim Howard is probably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League. The Everton stopper from New Jersey, USA might actually be the best keeper in the world; period. He’s certainly one of the most talked about footballers on Earth this summer. And for good reason he had his best season ever in 2013-14.Follow paulmbanks
It’s often the mark of a true great starring on the world stage in international football’s biggest tournament. Pele’s done it, Maradona’s done it, and Ronaldo’s done it, this year it was meant to be the year of his namesake alongside Lionel Messi. And whilst Cristiano may have failed to do so, the little Argentinian is still in with a shout of winning the Golden Ball, joining a long list of superstars.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Red Stars play their home games at Benedictine University in Lisle, perhaps the most soccer friendly and soccer-crazed part of Chicagoland. Their roster boasts five players with Chicago area connections, three of which are tied to the very same area where the Stars are located. It’s a chance for the franchise to adeptly market itself and rise out of obscurity.
They’re a western suburban franchise with a roster that has lots of ties to the Western suburbs.Follow paulmbanks
The Chicago Red Stars are sitting just outside playoff position with the Portland Thorns, led by international superstar Alex Morgan, just a point behind 4th place Washington, during this crucial month.
They held Morgan in check Thursday night, as she didn’t score and the Red Stars drew the Thorns 1-1. “The first half tonight is the best we’ve played all year,” said Red Stars Head Coach Rory Dames.
“We were unlucky not to take 3 points tonight. We didn’t give away a lot of chances.” [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks
Like the rest of America, the Chicago Red Stars have World Cup Fever. When summers like this come along, featuring the global quadrennial tournament, there’s a boost in the awareness and interest of American soccer. And this year is even more special because ratings for American soccer records are being broken every day. At Red Stars home games on the University of Benedictine, World Cup programs and sticker books were handed out to fans. [Read more...]Follow paulmbanks