Monday, July 21, 2014

Huge couple of weeks ahead for the Red Sox


The Red Sox and Jon Lester face a crucial couple of weeks ahead


We could argue back and forth for days on end as to whether the Boston Red Sox can make the playoffs in 2014, and that argument would probably not even take into account another question which is, should they make the playoffs, how far can this team progress? What we can do, however, is look closely at the upcoming schedule and see if there are any indicators if the Sox will keep this current good streak up.

When you look at the next few weeks you notice one thing instantly. The Red Sox chances in climbing back into the race for the AL East hinge essentially on their next batch of games, which are basically all against foes from within their division. The Al East itself probably won’t be decided in the next few weeks, however the Red Sox chances of taking same will definitely be decided in that period.

That of course means we will know by then if the Sox will make the playoffs or not, as due to other teams great records, and the relatively poor records in the AL East, the winner of the latter is probably the only team from that division going to the playoffs.

The AL wildcard spots will most likely come from other divisions.

And so to Boston’s forthcoming schedule.

The next 13 games the Sox play will all be against AL east opponents. Come August 5th when they travel to St Louis, the Sox will know realistically if they are in with a shot at the East, or if they may as well start planning for 2015. Boston is 7.5 games out of first right now, and 4.5 behind Toronto. Guess who they play 7 times in the next 10 games? That’s right, The Blue Jays. Boston can either clamber over the Jays or get lost behind them over the next 2 weeks. The other 6 games are 3 against the Rays and 3 against New York.

This is an absolutely crucial section of the schedule for the Sox, and will find out an awful lot about their 2014 chances by the time Boston flies out to St Louis on August 5th.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

World Cup - team of the tournament

Hey everybody. Irish Central have published my World Cup team of the tournament. A couple of players in there that you might not expect, a couple that might send you frothing at the mouth with anger to the comment section. If so, great, leave your own team of the tournament in the comments along with your insults!! It's all good!

You can check the article out by clicking right........here!

Enjoy.

Benzema celebrates being added to my team of the tournament

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Team USA and the 2014 World Cup


Here are a couple of my latest articles for the good people at IrishCentral.com. The first is a look at the efforts of Team USA in the 2014 World Cup as they progressed, the second is a look at same after that incredible Belgian game. The States gave us an unexpectedly enjoyable ride through the tournament, and they will be missed as the quarter finals progress. Hope you get a chance to check the articles out, share them around, ‘like’ them, do what you will with them! Enjoy!




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 World Cup guide for Americans

Pretty exciting 24 hours. Irish Central posted my latest article, which is called the '2014 World Cup guide for Americans'. It's a light-hearted look at the forthcoming World Cup, equating the teams in same with teams from now and history in professional sports in the USA.

This kind of lark, basically;

Greece aka The ’91 Detroit Pistons.
The last of the Pistons ‘Bad boys’ teams, the ’91 team didn’t win anything and was just awful to watch. Greece won’t win anything, and are really awful to watch.

I was really humbled then that Boston Globe writer Eric Wilbur mentioned the article in his column on the Globe. You can see his article here.

The piece was a lot of fun to write, hopefully you enjoy reading it, and it gets you in the mood for the big show, kicking off on Thursday.


Monday, June 02, 2014

The real tragedy of Qatar is being overlooked

Finally the entire World is getting to see the extreme corruption that led to Qatar of all places being awarded the 2022 World Cup. For anyone who's familiar with the levels of corruption FIFA are capable of, this comes as absolutely no shock.

There are Nigerian pyramid schemes with more dignity than FIFA.

Sadly the outpouring of investigative articles are, for whatever reason, glossing over a far greater evil occurring as we speak.

Even FIFA are admitting that as many as 1,200 migrant workers have died horrible deaths in Qatar, building the stadiums that will probably now not even see any World Cup games. They are dying in droves from disease, hunger and workplace accidents. Amnesty international estimate that as many as 4,000 migrant workers will die if Qatar are allowed continue with their disgusting system.

Think about the numbers involved here. 1,200 (at very least) dead, with the figure rising daily.

If that was a thousand white people there would literally be riots in the streets. Instead it's just a thousand coloured people, and we're already forgetting them in favour of the financial intrigue involved.

One of the worst parts of this is that the World Cup is the flagship tournament for the game of the common people of the World. Football is the game of the blue collar worker. Building stadiums shouldn't result in the death of ONE blue collar worker, let alone thousands.

Qatar should have already had the World Cup taken off them, and those in charge should be facing human rights violations charges.

Including those in FIFA turning a blind eye to this tragedy.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tom Brady and Rory McIlroy: A couple of articles

Tom Brady and Rory McIlroy were both in the sporting news this week. I had a couple of quick articles on both published on Irish Central, here are the links to them, go have a look, like, share etc etc!



Ireland Croatia

Ireland Croatia
The Irish Team in Croatia 2000

Heroes and villains on Fox Sports

Heroes and villains on Fox Sports

'I didn't know..' gets a mention on Fox Sports

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