World Cup 2014: Germany Defeats Argentina in Final | NYTimes.com
Anxious to replicate what Miroslav Klose describes as his country’s “Super Blend” of aesthetics and über-efficiency, the Football Association will inevitably introduce a five-year plan designed to accelerate the implementation of German-ification throughout all areas of the English game.
World Cup 2014: 11 things the tournament taught us | The Guardian
World Cup final: Five things we learned | NZ Herald News
But, unfortunately for their opponents, this golden generation will keep on rolling. Look at the young players in their squad; Mesut Ozil is only 25, Thomas Mueller has ten World Cup goals to his name and is just 26. Then there is Andre Schuerrle (23), Toni Kroos (24) Mats Hummels (25) and goalscoring hero Mario Goetze (22). In all almost half of Joachim Loew’s squad at this tournament are under 25 – watch out world.
A power outage at the Super Bowl put the nation’s biggest sporting event on hold for more than a half-hour Sunday, interrupting an otherwise electric, back-and-forth game that ended with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens as NFL champions thanks to a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
Bill Barnwell puts the Ravens win in perspective | Grantland
Bill Barnwell Analyzes the Super Bowl | Daring Fireball
Pride Before The Fall | David Lee
It makes sense intuitively that this type of ‘failure’ or defeat can be a catalyst for great success. You understand that there are times where no matter how hard you try or how hard you work, sometimes you’re not good enough. If success without failure breeds pride, then failure can foster humility, drive and true self-confidence. The flip side is that failure can be so debilitating that people don’t want to experience it again. And some people never are the same once they experience it.
Tom Brady – The Legend | YouTube
Pride Before The Fall | parislemon
For Ichiro Suzuki, Respect for Bats Is Key to Hitting | NYTimes.com
Today, after a decade in the major leagues, Suzuki still displays that same reverence on a daily basis, caring for his bats like Stradivarius violins. While most players dump their bats in cylindrical canvas bags when they are not using them, Suzuki neatly stacks his best eight bats inside a shockproof, moisture-free black case that he keeps close by his locker at home and on the road.
Goodbye To Ichiro, The Man They Called Something | Lookout Landing
Personally, I’m pleased that, if Ichiro had to go, he wound up on the Yankees. The Yankees have as good a shot at the World Series as anybody, and Ichiro’s never played in anything even close to that environment, on and off the field. I hope he gets his ring. He deserves a ring, if more for his career than for his season, and while the Yankees are by no means the most rootable bandwagon in the league, there’s no other playoff contender that boasts an Ichiro. I think it’s neat that the Orioles, the Pirates, and the A’s are in playoff contention. It’s fun to root for underdogs. I don’t feel as strongly about rooting for underdogs as I feel about rooting for Ichiro. I always need a reason to root for somebody, and there’s no reason better than this one.