FOOTBALL - With only half of the matches played at Euro 2012, there has been plenty of excitement already and certainly no shortage of goals. Is the European Championship better than the World Cup?
FOOTBALL - England have included 19-year-old Jack Butland in their Euro 2012 squad to replace the injured John Ruddy. Butland has never played a top flight match. Which need not be an issue, because only one of 116 European Championship campaigns (Portugal in 2000) even used three goalkeepers. At the FIFA World Cup, this has not occurred in 18 years, since Greece used three goalkeepers in 1994.
FOOTBALL - The 16 teams that have qualified for Euro 2012 now have less than a fortnight to finalise their squads, as UEFA’s deadline is 29 May. Most squads are known, except for some last minute decisions. Much will be made of fearsome debates concerning one person taking the place of another, but has anyone wondered what the ‘battles in the background’ really mean?
BASEBALL - Click here to see footage from the Los Angeles Dodgers playing the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers hitter Jerry Hairston tries to leg out a single. He is called out, but the Rockies’ first baseman’s foot is nowhere near the bag. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is furious. What do you think? Should this call for instant replay?
FOOTBALL - In both of Wednesday’s Champions League matches, supporters of the home team employing laser pens made an attempt to distract visiting players. We are by no means saying that both home teams wore white, because dark colours attract more bright light, whereas the whites deter it. But what we want to know is, which was the first match influenced by Dr. Evil?
BASKETBALL - With March Madness tipping off, millions of Americans are milling over their prediction brackets, hoping to emerge as a better expert than their friends and co-workers. We like to back the North Carolina Tar Heels to win The Big Dance based on the advice of senior bracket analyst Barack Obama. Click here to watch it.
BASKETBALL - Blake Griffin, you have got yourself some competition! Look at Tim Duncan throwing one down in the face of Chris “Birdman” Andersen. We will start a competition. Please hit the Comment button to tell us about your favourite monster dunk (or dunks). We will take more than one suggestion per user. When we reach critical mass (32), we will start a voting knockout tournament to determine the fiercest dunk ever. Will you help us?
AMERICAN FOOTBALL - One of the most hotly contested debates in American Football is ‘decision making on fourth down’. One of the best written pieces we have read in a long time, you can read here. We also very much like this blog, which has a graph capturing the optimal decision for each given situation.
FOOTBALL - Roy Hodgson and Harry Redknapp have been named as possible successors to Fabio Capello, as the Italian has resigned from his position as England boss. England have built a strong recent tradition with foreign managers. They have not been led by an English manager in a major championship since Kevin Keegan held the reigns at Euro 2000. That was followed by Sweden’s Sven-Göran Eriksson leading the Three Lions at the 2002 World Cup, Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup and Capello taking charge of their 2010 World Cup campaign. Another Englishman, Steve McClaren, failed to lead England to Euro 2008.