Tuesday, July 13, 2010

American Teams at Tour de France

WOW! Four American-based teams in the Tour! Radio Shack, BMC, HTC, and Garmin-Transitions. But you would never know it by the coverage in the newspapers. Just like a couple years ago when there were two or three teams in it for the first time. Talk about historic!

For background, the first time an American team was in the Tour was 1986. So in 24 years, see how it's grown. We're getting better at putting American riders into the tour too.

World Cup Soccer

Not a fan. I've played soccer and coached soccer, so I understand something about the game. I believe that like hockey, soccer is probably better in person. Unlike hockey though, soccer is a slow game (overall). The game highlights are exciting, so it reminds me of the comment about baseball "5 minutes of action crammed into 4 hours".

I watched the US comeback against Slovenia (I only saw the second half). It was exciting, as long as I had something else to do. I even watched some entire games and not just when the US was playing. So I believe that I gave it a chance. I didn't bother to watch the final as by then I had learned that best teams don't translate into interesting games. No wonder there are so many fights at soccer games, you have to find something else to do to get through the game.