Brad Richards Archive
Brad Richards, Writer, The Drubbing, is a Philadelphia sports fan through and through. You can email him at brad[at]thedrubbing[dot]com.
Eagles nation is getting ready for the preseason to kickoff tonight at Lincoln Financial Field versus the New England Patriots. Training Camp is officially over and this is when we start to see if any of the predictions and rumors come true. I am looking for a few things tonight:
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Watching Stage 21 from my couch Sunday was rather boring up until the sprint finish and the post race interviews. The peloton was rather relaxed and Alberto Contador went through the customary in race celebrations, e.g. toasting a glass of champagne along the Stage route and joking around with teammates and media crews.
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Any hope of Lance Armstrong dawning a yellow jersey and claiming his 8th Tour championship in this years race is just about gone. Armstrong has made good on his word and done the right thing over the last three weeks. Fellow Astana teammate Alberto Contador has shown that he is without a doubt the most prolific rider in the 2009 version of the Tour.
Continue reading “Tour de Lance update, Stage 20 Mont Ventoux” →
The cycling world, and those following the action to see what Lance Armstrong does, have been treated to some great racing through the first eight stages of this years Tour de France. Armstrong riding with team Astana is currently in third place after stage 8 which concluded today in Saint Girons in Southern France. Armstrong’s rival, and teammate, Alberto Contador is two seconds ahead in second place.
Continue reading “Tour update – Armstrong not in yellow, yet” →
In a recent AP report posted on ESPN.com, cyclist Lance Armstrong was quoted as saying he would accept, if necessary, a support role to assist Astana teammate Alberto Contadorâ€™s attempt at a Tour de France victory. The key to the story is that Armstrong said he would support Contadorâ€™s victory attempt if the Spanish rider is in a more likely position to win. I highly doubt that Armstrong will let Contador assume such a position gracefully.
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As Ryan pointed out this past Friday, the NHL did a bang up job with its Game 7 scheduling. While the brain-trust in New York continues with its poor decisions, one General Manager ended up proving that he too cannot escape some of the stupidity surrounding the NHL.
Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray, accidentally, struck a woman with a chair following his teams series loss to the Detroit Red Wings a week ago. The woman declined to seek charges against Murray according to the AP article on ESPN. Who knows, maybe Murrayâ€™s apology was very heartfelt, or perhaps the woman, who was in the press box, felt bad for the guy. Itâ€™s understandable Murray was probably upset with the loss, but swinging a chair in a press box is pretty lame. Punch the wall or slam a door; don’tÂ swing a chair at an unsuspecting woman.
The NHL is not pro wrestling and this is not good press. Itâ€™s a shame that a white collar employee, who should be concerned with helping the NHL and hockey rid itself of its barbarian-esque reputation, reacted this way. Iâ€™m sure Murray will or has gotten an earful from someone, but incidents like this donâ€™t help the NHL gain fans.
As I slowly come to grips with the fact that my Philadelphia Flyers are overmatched in their playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, I am left to wonder…what roster changes are needed?
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Itâ€™s madness. The 2009 NHL playoffs began last week and the match-ups have providedÂ quite a bit of excitement. Granted, my last post didnâ€™t pan out the way I had envisioned with regards to who was getting into the post-season, nevertheless the intensity, the violence, the passion, and the overall play has been nothing short of outstanding.
With just about a month to go in the regular season, the NHL isÂ primed for what looks to be a veryÂ competitive playoff run for the Stanley Cup.Outside of the current conference leaders (Boston from the East, and San Jose and Detroit (No.1 and No.2 respectively) in the West) who I imagine will continue to dominant in the fashion they have since October, the matchups for one of the most passionate tournaments has yet to be decided.
It doesnâ€™t come as a shock to find out that Alex Rodriguez used steroids. Iâ€™ve come to expect such things from baseball. The entire steroid era and subsequent investigations are a joke.
I canâ€™t take the sport and all of its characters seriously anymore. A pastime that is supposed to be as American and pure as apple pie is running its reputation into the ground.
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