London 2012: Olympic soccer quarterfinals observations

After nine goals in four women’s Olympic quarterfinal matches, two of the world’s top five teams have fallen, along with host nation Great Britain.  As the remaining four teams shift focus towards Monday’s semifinals, let’s take a look back at how a marathon day of soccer shook down.

France continues to surprise

The most consistent part of France’s squad this tournament has been its inconsistency, and that didn’t change Friday morning.  After getting bombarded and conceding early [Read more…]

London 2012 Olympics: Women’s soccer quarterfinals preview

With the group stages behind us, the quarterfinals of women’s Olympic soccer kick off tomorrow featuring several intriguing matchups.  Among the eight remaining teams are six of the world’s top seven squads, as well as host-nation Great Britain, composed primarily of players from the world’s No. 9 England.  The Olympic knockout stage will also feature six of the eight 2011 World Cup quarterfinalists (counting Great Britain as England), and all four semifinalists, making the field as stacked as any in recent memory.  Here’s what to watch for as kickoff approaches. [Read more…]

1992 Dream Team vs. 2008 Redeem Team

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Few people can debate that the 2008 Olympics will mainly be remembered as the Summer Games when swimming was the most important: program on TV, topic at work and event to schedule your evening plans around. Michael Phelps owned NBC, Beijing and the Water Cube for 8 days. However, while Phelps garnered more medals than former Olympic Record Holder Mark Spitz, there is another accomplishment within Team USA that is worth taking into consideration, in both the present and past pretenses.

The 2008 USA Men’s Basketball Team is on a mission to reclaim the gold for USA Basketball after a string of sub par performances on the international stage, but they aren’t setting out to just win the gold. They are looking to demolish every opponent in their way. Each and every member of the team has settled into their role making sure that no team can ever question that they were the best.

Except one.

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