This past week has been quite a wild one for sports, with plenty going on all across the board. Here were the highlights:
Germany took down Uruguay 3-2 as expected in the third place game. They were able to come back from down 2-1 with a couple nice goals in the second half. In the championship, Spain survived a dreadfully boring first half and was able to pull out a win over the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time. Iniesta scored in the 116th minute after earlier blowing 2 nice opportunities by refusing to shoot with his left foot. Luckily for Spain, he finally got the ball on the right hand side.
The final spots for the All-Star game were filled, with Reds first baseman Joey Votto taking his much deserved spot on the NL team, and Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher beating out Kevin Youkilis in a close race for the final spot on the AL roster. Also, due to staggering numbers that support the idea that participating in the home run derby will ruin the rest of your season, Yankee manager Joe Girardi pulled Robinson Cano from the spectacle. Cano said he agrees with the decision, and he is definitely a player whose production the Yankees can't afford to lose if they want to repeat as World Series champions.
Ilya Kovalchuk is continuing to taunt his suitors as he goes to visit the LA Kings once again on his free agency tour. Rumor has it that the deal he is looking for is in the ballpark of 6 year, $60 million. Now I understand he is a prolific goal scorer, but that's an awful lot of money for someone who is reluctant to cross back over his own blue line to play defense.
As free agency comes into full swing, some major moves have been made. David Lee went to the Golden State Warriors as part of a sign-and-trade resulting in a 6 year, $80 million contract. Also, there's a rumor that SG Tony Allen is close to signing a 3 year, $10 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
LeBron James has become public enemy number one after going through with the most ridiculous, selfish, grandiose, and downright stupid TV special in recent memory. LBJ held an hour long show on ESPN during prime time in order to tell his home town that he is leaving for greener pastures. It has drawn comparisons to "Instead of proposing to your girlfriend, dumping your wife on the Jumbotron. At the Super Bowl." What a Douche. And yes, he gets a capital D.