SO YOU’VE HAD A BUSY WEEK, and for some reason, you failed to actually sit down and watch Spain butt heads with Italy, in a fight of two European countries on the economic bubble. Or you can’t quite remember that the MLB All-Star game is fast-approaching. No worries. Next time you engage in some sports-related banter with your friends, you’ll be equipped for small talk, courtesy of The Wanderer Online.
On July 1 2012, Spain trounced Italy by a score of 4-0, en route to their second consecutive European Championship title. Led by midfield duo Xavi and Iniesta and the likes of Pique and Sergio Ramos on the back line, the Spaniards conceded only one goal throughout the tournament. To the surprise of many fans and soccer pundits, Spanish striker Fernando Torres came away with the tournament’s Golden Boot, capping off a major reversal of fortune that has seen him go from oft-criticized player by the English media, to Champions League victor and Euro champ. Oh the sports industry is fickle!
New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey continues to baffle Major League hitters, and rake in the profits for his new memoir, Wherever I Wind Up. The knuckleballer is a leading candidate to start for the National League in the upcoming MLB All-Star Game, having accumulated a near-2.00 ERA and impressive twelve wins. And to the surprise of no-one, the Yankees and Rangers keep winning. (The Dodgers, however, have been overtaken by the Giants in the National League East, as of July 1 2014.)
Woods emerging from the rough:
Tiger Woods passed Jack Nicklaus for second on the all-time PGA Tour wins list, continuing a comeback from public relations infamy.
Schultz times two for the Oil:
University of Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz chose the Edmonton Oilers as his team of destination, adding to what is one of the National Hockey League’s most energetic young squads. Following a string of basement-dwelling seasons, it’s reasonable for Oil Country to expect a major turnaround come the 2012-2013 campaign.
Nash to Los Angeles, Howard to the Bronx:
In National Basketball Association action, Canadian point guard Steve Nash appears headed to the Los Angeles Lakers, and American power forward Dwight Howard may be moving to Brooklyn. The newly-located Brooklyn Nets might just give Miami, Boston and Chicago a run for their money next year. With Nash alongside Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, the upstart Clippers will once again have their hands full, even with Chris Paul and company leading the way.