9. Japan takes World Cup- The exciting World Cup run for the United States Women’s National Team ended Sunday after a heartbreaking loss to Japan. The United States took a 1-0 lead early in the second half but gave up the equalizer in the 81st minute. In extra time, Abby Wambach (does she do anything besides score?) scored in the 104th minute to give the United States a 2-1 advantage. In the 117th minute the US gave up the tying goal off a corner kick. Heading the PKs the United States missed 3 of 4 penalty kicks while Hope Solo was only able to make one save and Japan took home the trophy. It is hard to be mad about the game due to the tragedy that Japan has had to deal with over the past few months. In addition, I am extremely proud of the United States Women’s National Team for what they accomplished and making women’s soccer relevant for the vast majority of the country for the first time since 1999.
7. Pirates in Sole Possession of First Place- Yeah, there really is not much more to say than what we already said. Pirates hold a half game lead in the NL Central heading into July 20th. Stunning.
5. LA Kings GM has interesting take on recent trade- LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi is not happy about the recent Ryan Smyth trade with the Edmonton Oilers. The Kings sent Smyth back to the Oilers on June 26th but Colin Fraser, the player they received in return, can’t play due to injuries. They were originally slated to receiver Gilbert Brule but Brule is injured so the Kings acquired Fraser instead but that backfired as well. Lombardi was quoted as saying “I would have rather invested my money in Bernie Madoff than invest in Edmonton's word." Well, I think it goes without saying but, this certainly is not over.
4. Bastardo the Magnificent- Antonio Bastardo has been more than consistent. He recorded his seventh save of the season against the Cubs on 7/19. More impressively, Bastardo had a very under-the-radar streak that was broken on Sunday. Bastardo went more than a month without giving up a hit. Before Sunday, the last hit he surrendered was on June 5th against the Pirates and the last time he surrendered more than one hit was also the last time he allowed a run which was the 19th inning marathon against the Reds on May 25th.
2. Kendrick Joins Hamels, Lee, and Halladay?- On Sunday, Kendrick earned his 40th win as a starter in his 91st start. John Finger points out that Cole Hamels got his 40th win in his 91st start, Lee in his 90th start, and Roy Halladay got his in his 92nd start. Maybe Kendrick isn’t as bad as people think?
1. Reno Mahe, LOL, what were you thinking?- Former Eagles running back Reno Mahe was arrested, booked, and released last Thursday and charged with 2nd degree felony theft. Mahe, along with four others, were arrested in a Salt Lake City suburb and charged with the felony theft of gasoline from the construction company that they worked for. The five are charged with stealing more than $15,000 worth of gasoline. According to CSNPhilly.com, Mahe claimed in November, "I thought you were allowed to do it," he said. "I didn't steal no gas. I don't need gas." I am pretty sure he knew he wasn’t allowed to steal gas but that isn’t for me to decide.