While just about everyone else at St. Joe’s may be on vacation, we at The Hawk are still hard at work. And we know that with all the holiday milieu and gifts to return, we realize you might not have that much time to peruse the Web for the top sports stories. We, on the other hand, don’t have anything better to do half the time, so we’ll help you out by going through our browsing history:
It will come as no surprise that the hot topic this week is the decade-in-review articles, and it won’t take much to find a whole slew of them. Leading the pack is ESPN Soccernet’s superb index of categories chronicling all the best and worst in the footballing world this millennium.
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(By the way, real teams of the decade from yours truly:
Premier League (4-4-1-1): Shay Given, Gary Neville, John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Ryan Giggs, Patrick Vieira, Roy Keane, Stephen Gerrard, Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry; Bench: Brad Friedel (Go USA!!), Sol Campbell, Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Didier Drogba.
International (4-4-1-1): Gianluigi Buffon, Cafu, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Roberto Carlos, Luis Figo, Claude Makelele, Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry; Bench: Iker Casillas, Carlos Puyol, Ryan Giggs, Kaka, Lionel Messi, Ruud van Nistlerooy).
Anyway, ESPN is also running a series for baseball that was excellent (Jim Caple’s article on best and worst team’s is linked here by virtue of its Randall Simon reference, but you can’t go wrong with any of the pieces listed). ESPN’s hockey offering is also sure to bring a smile to the face of any die-hard puckhead, and boasts an outstanding submission by UniWatch guru Paul Lukas.
For a recap of 2009, the New York Times offers this global perspective on the biggest sporting stories.
In more recent news, the bastion of journalism we know as TMZ is launching a sports site. I guess they have more free time now that we know for sure the Michael Jackson is dead…for sure.
With the Olympics looming, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun has a preview of an early controversy brewing on and off the rink in Vancouver. A pair of articles for the business side of things: The Washington Post looks at the nitty-gritty of what it takes to get a bowl game off the ground and into a second year, while the New York Times explores the implications of California’s financial crisis on the athletics of its extensive and stressed network of public colleges and universities.
Also, two for the emotional side. Chris Henry’s death is put into an interesting perspective by John Erardi at the Cincinnati Enquirer, while lovable underdog Bemidji State is profiled by the New York Times.
Hot Reads is a new weekly feature compiled by The Hawk sports staff that packages the best offerings from the world of sports into a tidy, 500-word package. It will appear every Monday.
– Matthew De George ’10