Why it’s such a surprise. The Dutch lost a key player to injury during warmups. The Dutch gave up a goal in the first ten minutes to the stylish Brazilians. The Dutch had to score two in the second to come from behind. Brazil was the decisive favorite before the tournament.
Why it shouldn’t be that big a surprise. The Dutch have won all their games in the World Cup. The Dutch have now won 9 in a row in international competition. The Dutch are undefeated in their last 24 international matches.
And, oh yes, if not as stylish as Brazil or Argentina, the Netherlands play damn good and really solid soccer.
Even if their orange unis are U.G.L.Y.
You think it’s Hot here . . . the Fahrenheit is soaring in Big Blue Country. Just when Cats fans were sighing with some relief and looking ahead to the unveiling of Coach Cal’s UK 2.0, there’s more innuendo.
Seems TMZ, a more reputable gossip site than most of its targets would like to admit, is saying the NCAA is on UK’s case. It’ the usual stuff. Current players. Recent players now gone. Agents. You know the normal litter spotted where Calipari has walked.
Bloomberg bashes Kobayashi. The flack over Takeru Kobayashi’s pending non appearance in Sunday’s Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Championship has gotten political.
Today, during a press conference, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg minced no words. “Well, you know what they say: If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.”
The mayor’s posturing notwithstanding, the impasse between the superstar and the IFOCE remains.
MLE Commissioner George Shea is adamant it’s just about money. “We have never stopped negotiating with Kobayashi to bring him here. We want him here. Nathan’s wants him here. The fans want him here. And he himself has said he wants to be here. So why won’t he work out [a contract] with us that will bring him here?”
Sunday’s favorite and defending champ, #1 ranked competitive eater Joey Chestnut remains nonplussed.
“I always go for a new record either way. To me, 69, 70 sound like good numbers.”
Chestnut indicated he’s more concerned about second-ranked Bob “The Notorious B.O.B.” Shoudt than he is about Kobayashi.
Shoudt has Chestnut’s number, besting him in competitions eating grits, ribs and chili spaghetti. He hopes to add hot dogs to the list and grab the top spot, whether Kobayashi shows or not.
Saturday Night Sports Tip. School Bus Figure 8s at Jeffersonville Sportsdrome. You haven’t really experienced sports until you’ve seen one of these.
– Seedy K