Posted by: bkivey | 3 July 2010

The Wide World of Sports

Significant sporting events on two continents today as the World Cup quarterfinals took place and the Tour De France held it’s Grand Depart in Rotterdam. I don’t think that it’s too much of a limb to climb out on to say that Germany looks like the favorite to take home hardware in the World Cup after they destroyed Argentina 4 – 0 in their quarterfinal match. This on the heels of their equally impressive 4 – 1 win over England. The Germans take on Spain in a semifinal match but I’m not giving Spain much of a chance against the German Wehrmacht. On the other side of the bracket the Netherlands take on Uruguay after defeating perennial soccer powerhouse Brazil. I’m going to say that Germany will meet the Netherlands in the Final with Germany the victor.

Tour De France

The 97th edition of the Tour got under way in wet conditions with a 5.5 mile Prologue through Rotterdam. Tony Martin held the fastest time for nearly three hours until Swiss missile Fabian Cancellara completed the course in ten minutes flat. Lance Armstrong managed to put five seconds into rival -in-chief Alberto Contador while finishing a respectable fourth. Besides the competition there is intrigue aplenty in this year’s race: How will the Armstrong/Contador rivalry play out? How will the British Team Sky do in their first Tour? Can Andy Shleck and Christian Vande Velde repeat their performances from last year?  Can Mark Cavendish win more than 6 stages? And please God can we get through the next three weeks without a doping scandal?


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