"Mon Dieu!" says the aghast French coach. (Image by AFP via @daylife)
France is falling apart.
The French national soccer team is refusing to practice, the day after striker Nicolas Anelka was sent home for failing to apologize for a profanity-laced tirade aimed at Raymond Domenech — France’s coach — during the team’s loss to Mexico earlier this week (Quelle insulte!).
C’est une révolution!
France team director Jean-Louis Valentin says the national team is refusing to train following a dispute on the practice field.Valentin also says he has resigned from the French football federation, shouting that he was “ashamed” of the team.
The team arrived at training Sunday but a few minutes after taking the field, fitness coach Robert Duverne stormed away from an argument with coach Raymond Domenech. Duverne threw his accreditation badge to the ground after the heated discussion and walked away.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! The United States has completed an improbable comeback victory from 2-0 down to take the lead 3-2! What a victory! Exhilaration as millions around the country suddenly realize that soccer doesn’t suc….
Hold on. The ref took that goal away? We weren’t offsides. If anything, one of our guys was getting fouled. Downright bear-hugged even.
“It was the guy’s first World Cup game, so maybe he got caught in the moment,” said U.S. star Landan Donovan, of Koman Coulibaly — the ref from Mali — who seemed to be watching a different game all day. Here’s some more info about today’s horrible refs.
I hope Jim Joyce was watching, because that ref just made him look good. Real good.
Strasburg, on his way to save D.C. (Image by Getty Images North America via @daylife)
Stephen Strasburg has arrived. The biggest thing to hit D.C. since the countdown crossing signal, the 21-year-old starting pitching phenom took care of the Pittsburgh Pirates last night in impressive fashion — striking out 14 while allowing just two runs in seven innings.
“It’s fun to go out here on a day and compete and try and win on a day. But I don’t know if I could put in the time that would be needed to play or compete at that level, day in and day out. I don’t have any feeling or need to right now.”
Romo who was four shots off the lead after the first day, triple-bogeyed the first hole of the second day, and got through three more holes before a weather delay convinced him to withdraw. I’m sure all those guys vying for the chance to bring in the potentially life-changing winnings of a good showing at the U.S. Open thought it was cool that he was looking for some “fun” competition in his hobby sport.
When I was fifteen, my baseball coach condemned me to a stands-bound life. "Graham, you're a pretty good fielder," he said. "But unfortunately it's easier to teach kids how to field than it is to show them how to hit." Stung by this unceremonious end to my baseball career, I trained my crosshairs on his breed. Over time, I have come to realize that he isn't unique, American sports are full of coaches just like him....
Recently, I have written weekly Yankee columns for the Bronx News Network blog, and articles for the Norwood News, a Bronx newspaper, as well as Sumter, SC's newspaper, The Item. I am currently a Master's candidate at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.