Saturday Recap

World Cup

USA vs England: I decided to give Soccer a chance. However, it didn’t last long. I watched about 10 agonizing minutes of this match and I had to turn it. I just can’t see myself enjoying soccer on TV ever. Having said that, the atmosphere did look amazing. I wouldn’t mind attending the World Cup and watching one game in person.

Major League Lacrosse

Major League Lacrosse

Lacrosse is sort of similar to soccer. The only difference is that Lacrosse is played at a much faster pace with more contact and more scoring. Outside of PE class back in High School, I’ve never played Lacrosse but I’ve been getting more and more into this sport. Yesterday, Denver Outlaws at Boston Cannons was aired live on ESPN2. Boston came out on top 17-12. I’ll leave the complete recap of the game to the pros.I’m not quite a lacrosse buff yet and I can only name a handful of players of the top of my head but I really enjoyed watching this. I’ll take lacrosse over soccer any day. And I highly recommend that you try watching lacrosse if you already done so.

Pujols Hurting

The Cards got hammered last night by the D-Backs. The Cards were forced to go with the youngster Adam Ottavino. Ottavino has shown that he has the potential to be a big league starter but I don’t think he’s quite there yet. So the loss in its self is not a big surprise to me. The bigger story here is the health of Albert Pujols. People have been talking nearly all year about something just isn’t right with Pujols. He’s now batting only .296. I have some serious concerns about his health at this point. Last night he was wearing a compression sleeve on his bad elbow. Granted, a compression sleeve in itself doesn’t indicate pain since many other players wear them when healthy. However, Pujols hasn’t been one of those guys in the past. I don’t know for certain that he’s hurt. But I’ve been watching this guy his whole career and to me something just doesn’t look right. Elbow problems? Back problems? I’d lean towards the problem being the elbow but back issues could also be the culprit. All season Pujols has gone through stretches where he’s very bad and the short stretches were he’s on fire. This just isn’t the consistency we’re used to seeing out of him. And given the nature of back injuries, maybe the inconsistencies are being cause by a bad back. Again, I am no doctor and this is merely speculation on my part. After writing this Pujols will probably go 3-4 with 1HR and 5RBI tonight. But the question is will another unusually cold streak follow his next hot streak? If the answer is yes, then I believe that he must really be hurting.