Archive for February, 2014

The Sochi Olympics Are Just About Done

This has been a memorable Winter Olympics from Sochi.  The collapse of the US Men’s Hockey team at the hands of Canada and Finland was pretty bad.  The two-goal comeback from the Canadian Women’s Hockey team against the US was also pretty bad.  The total failure of the long track speedskating team and the unimpressive performance of the short track speedskating team was also a surprise.

But the high notes of the games were actually pretty darn good.  Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety winning gold medals in alpine skiing was good.  Steve Holcomb and Steve Langton breaking the 62 year drought for the US in 2 man bobsled by taking the bronze and Meyers/Williams and Greubel/Evans taking silver and bronze in the2 man women’s bobsled was also satisfying.  We’ll see what happens on Sunday in the 4 man bobsled – the US is sitting in fourth only .01 seconds from bronze.

The new freestyle skiing and snowboard events were pretty good to the US.  Sweeping gold, silver and bronze in the Men’s Ski Slopestyle and taking both golds, mens and womens in Snowboarding Slopestyle.  It was also heartwearming to see Noelle Pikus-Pace and Matt Antoine win medals in skeleton and to also see Erin Hamlin win the first ever single’s luge medal for the US.

But my favorite events of this Winter Olympics were the Figure Skating Team competition and the Ice Dance competition.  I was glad to see Meryl Davis and Charlie White take control to lead the US team to a bronze medal.  But the Ice Dance competition was absolutely my favorite event.  To watch Meryl Davis and Charlie White light up the ice and skate a phenomenal short dance and incredible free dance to win the gold medal with world record scores in the short dance, long dance and the combined score was pretty darn good.

I must say that I particularly appreciated the way that Meryl Davis and Charlie White handled themselves when they won silver in Vancouver and the gold in Sochi.  I was unimpressed with the attitude of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir when they finished with the silver medal in Sochi and the “whiny” attitude about their shared coach.  Saying that they told their coach that second place was not acceptable when the coach is not the one on the ice is pretty bad.  It gives the impression that they wanted the coach to be unfair to Meryl and Charlie in their training.  At least they didn’t do a Tanya Harding on the American pair.

Oh well, next Olympics is the Summer Games in Rio in 2016…

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Yet another change for World Team Tennis

The changes just keep on coming…

It was announced on 2/4/2014 that the Sacramento Capitals could not locate a venue for the 2014 season in Sacramento.  So after 28 years in Sacramento, CA the Sacramento Capitals are moving to Las Vegas, Nevada and becoming the Las Vegas Neon.

Since the New York Sportimes moved to San Diego, the Sacramento Capitals moved to Las Vegas and the Orange County Breakers moved to Austin, Texas, those three teams will join the Texas Wild of Dallas, Texas to comprise the Western Conference.  The Springfield Lasers will be aligned in the Eastern Conference along with the Washington Kastles, Philadelphia Freedoms and the Boston Lobsters.

Update – the Las Vegas Neon franchise was terminated by World Team Tennis in March 2014.  The league will proceed with three teams in the West and four teams in the East.

Update – The Springfield Lasers ended up in the Western Conference with the Texas Wild, the Austin Aces and the San Diego Aviators.  So the Eastern Conference is only the Washington Kastles, the Philadelphia Freedoms and the Boston Lobsters.

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World Team Tennis – Big Changes

Well the first big change in WTT will be the fact that the Kastles home in 2011, 2012 and 2013 will not be their home in 2014.  The Kastles will not be playing at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf at 800 Water Place, SW, Washington, DC in 2014.  The Waterfront Redevelopment project is starting at that site so the Kastles are in search of their new home.

The second big change in WTT for 2014 is the fact that the Orange County Breakers were purchased and relocated to Austin, Texas.  Andy Roddick is part owner of World Team Tennis (along with Venus Williams) and the Springfield Lasers traded Andy Roddick to the Austin Aces for financial consideration and Marquee Draft position.  I’m sure that the fact that Andy Roddick is from Austin had a part to play in the whole scenario.  John Lloyd was named as their coach and they will play at Cedar Park Center.  Cedar Park Center is a multi-use entertainment facility and accommodates 5500 fans when configured for tennis.  It is an indoor facility.  Thank goodness for Mark Ein holding down the cost of tickets – my equivalent location in Austin runs 50% more per season than in DC.

The third big change in WTT for 2014 is the fact that the New York Sportimes, arch rivals of the Kastles were purchased by Russell Geyser (a San Diego, CA businessman) purchased and moved to San Diego to become the San Diego Aviators.  They will be playing at a 3,000 seat facility to be constructed in downtown San Diego.  In addition to moving the New York Sportimes to San Diego, the Aviators obtained the Bryan Brothers in a trade from the Texas Wild for financial consideration.  They also named David Macpherson as their coach.  Macpherson is the Bryan Brothers coach.

How the Conferences will be aligned is up in the air at this point.  Stay tuned for information about the upcoming Marquee Player draft on February 11 and the Roster Player Draft on March 11.

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Have been bad and not posted in a long time

Well, I have been bad and not posted in a long time.

The Redskins sucked this year – you suck when you end up 3-13 for the year.

I renewed by season ticket for the Kastles – I will post separately about the Kastles and World Team Tennis.

Unfortunately the Australian Open didn’t go Serena’s way but Maria Sharapova choked and so did Vika so it’s all good.  Serena is still ranked #1 in the world and is not in any eminent danger of losing that ranking – she has 13,000 ranking points as of today and Vika is #2 with 6,581 points and Li Na is #3 with 6570 – Serena is just a 150 points shy of having as many points as Vika and Li Na combined.

The winter has been brutal so far – it has been so cold here in the DC area.

So much for the general post.

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