Here’s an overlook of some of the big sports stories that transpired this weekend! As always, there was a little bit of everything!
The European soccer season got off to another entertaining start this weekend. Big news from the English Premier League saw Manchester United, the defending champions start their campaign with a 4-1 win over Swansea. This was a perfect start for new coach David Moyes, who is trying to fill the shoes left by the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson who retired. First week wins for title contenders Chelsea, Tottenham, and Liverpool all had great performances. Arsenal however, who are owned by Stan Kroenke got off to the worst imaginable start losing 3-1 to Aston Villa at home. The pressure will now be at an all-time high for coach Arsene Wenger who did not bring in any marquee signings in the transfer market, and now Arsenal must go to Turkey to play Fenerbache in their Champions League playoff match to get into the group stages of the Champions League. One match is left in the England top division as Manchester City who spent over 100m in the summer will face Newcastle United to wrap up week 1 of the EPL. Moving onto my favorite league, the Spanish Premier League simply known as La Liga, the team I support FC Barcelona who are the defending champions, got off to another perfect start with a 7-0 thrashing of Levante. Real Madrid who will challenge FC Barcelona for the title recorded a tough 2-1 win over Real Betis later in the day. Other notable results: Bayern Munich won 1-0, Dortmund won 2-1, PSG tied 1-1, and Juventus defeated Lazio 4-0 in the Italian Supercup.
The Associated Press released their first official Top 25 ranking for the college football season. The top 10 are as followed: Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Stanford, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Clemson, Louisville, and Florida. No surprise to see 5/10 in the top 5 are from the SEC and certainly no surprise to see Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide in the #1 spot going for their 3rd consecutive BCS national title and 3rd title in 4 years, which would put them in the conversation for best college football team ever. The fact that the SEC has won the last 7 BCS titles shows you that they own college football at the moment. I’m looking forward to see how Ohio State does coming off a perfect season but now off probation as well, will allow them to go to a bowl game. 2nd year coach Urban Meyer is an excellent coach and with Heisman front runner Braxton Miller at QB, this might be the Buckeyes year. It will be interesting to see how Oregon performs now that Chip Kelly is gone and off course all of Aggieland is waiting to see what the NCAA decides on Johnny Manziel before they can assess their title aspirations. These are just some of the exciting storylines as we enter what will be another awesome college football season and the last season under the current BCS system. This fact alone deserves to celebrated!
Please let’s not push the panic button about the Denver Broncos in August! That is just preposterous! Yes, Seattle’s 40-10 trouncing of Denver last night was not enjoyable to watch. Keep in mind that Seattle had two special team TD’s of over a 100yd each and the Broncos committed 4 turnovers. It was ugly on all sides of the ball for Denver, and off course a little disheartening considering the starters played the whole 1st half. This game showed that Denver has some flaws and is not a perfect team, which does not exist. A big factor for me was how Seattle was able to out-physical Denver in the trenches and this will guaranteed be something the coaches discuss with the players in the coming weeks. All in all, this was a very bad preseason game, but that’s it, just a preseason game. Come September 4th when the Ravens are in town, Manning and the Broncos will be raring to go and this will be a distant memory.
Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka both individually won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rafael Nadal defeated top American player John Isner 7-6,7-6. This was a great tournament for John Isner as he was able to upset Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro on his way to a runner-up performance in which he certainly held his own against Rafael Nadal. The 27-year old won the championship in Montreal a week ago and has back-to-back hard-court championships for the first time in his illustrious career. Nadal’s five Masters titles this season are a career best. He’s tied with Novak Djokovic for most Masters titles in a season since 1990. Victoria Azarenka came from a set down to defeat American Serena Williams 2-6,6-2,7-6. This victory ended Serena’s 14 match win streak. Focus now shifts to the US OPEN in New York, as this will be the last major for the 2013 season. Undoubtedly, Rafael Nadal right now is the favorite for the men and even with this recent loss, Serena Williams will be the women to beat in a week’s time.
Usain Bolt won the 200m at the World Track Championships. This victory will go nicely along with his 100m win he had previously and the 400m relay. A triple-gold medal performance and Bolt just continues to win and in dominant fashion. He now has passed Carl Lewis in world track championship history for most gold medals.
For the first time on U.S. soil, the European women’s team won the Solheim Cup at Parker Golf Course in Parker, Colorado. The Solheim Cup, being the equivalent to the Ryder Cup for the men drew larger crowd all weekend and unfortunately team USA, did not have it and team Europe was dominant in every fashion on their way to retaining the Solheim Cup.