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Intentional Upset: Not Much Goin’ On

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Well, all the college basketball teams that were supposed to win won last night. Kansas ended their road skid with a win at Iowa State, while Memphis ended their one-game losing streak by dispatching Tulsa. Duke won. In Cameron. Big surprise. To celebrate last night’s normality, here’s a video of some really bad misses on the soccer pitch. Some of these are just astonishing. Enjoy:

Better luck tonight, I hope.

Intentional Upset: Nadal Ousted From Aussie Open

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

While we aren’t all over professional tennis like some of the others, when Rafael Nadal gets dusted out of the Australian Open semi-finals in dominating straight-set fashion, it’s hard not to notice. And with a 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 victory, that’s exactly what Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did.

Before the match began, Tsonga was already receiving accolades for being an unseeded player in the semi-finals and for being the first Black male to be in the semis of a major since MaliVai Washington in Wimbledon, 1996 and with him defeating the world’s number 2 in such dominating fashion, these should only continue has Tsonga prepares to play the winner of the Friday’s semi-final match between the world’s number 1 in Roger Federer and 3rd ranked Novak Djokovic.

If Tsonga goes on to beat either of these two (most likely, Federer) to with the Australian Open, he certainly won’t be in the unranked pile for much longer.

Speaking about his defeat, Nadal, who had just 12 unforced errors, offered these thoughts, “I was playing fine,” Nadal said. “He played unbelievable. Congratulate him.” In beating the world’s second, Tsonga used a strong serve (17 aces) and great baseline play to launch himself into the final pairing. Tsonga had 49 winners and didn’t face a break on his serve until the third set, making his performance all the more dominating.

In other upset news, the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Phoenix Suns for the second time this year by the score of 117-107. Powered by Al Jefferson’s 39 point, 15 rebound performance, the Timberwolves got just their seventh (7-34) win of the season as opposed to the 30-13 record of the Suns, making the Minnesota beatdown all the more surprising…

Over at Bright Side of the Sun, they were feeling the same sense of surprise after watching Minnesota dismantle the Suns, a team that has hopes of reaching the NBA Finals… something that won’t happen if performances like this continue:

“Ok, how about the simple answer. The Suns in the back to back forgot to pack their “give a damn” in the gym bags and rolled out on the floor ready to stomp a JV team and instead got schooled by the cheerleaders in the powder puff game. “

Live Strong Eyes Boston Marathon

For the governing body of French runners, get your steroid accusations ready: Lance Armstrong is going to run in the Boston Marathon, which takes place the day after a national holiday, April 21st. According to Reuters, the seven-time Tour de France champion qualified for the run with a time of 2:46.43 (2 hours 46 minutes and 43 seconds).

In Boston, cancer-survivor Armstrong will be raising money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, which raises money for cancer prevention and care.

The Boston Marathon will be Armstrong’s third since he retired from cycling. I wonder if ESPN switched his bike out for a treadmill or if he’ll have a team of runners behind him, holding off the rest of the pack?

You Got Knocked The **** Out!!!

This video has been going around at a couple of sites, but it’s so good, we had to feature it here as well. What we have is Edison Miranda knocking out David Banks in the 3rd round of their fight, which took place on ESPN last Friday. Both boxers are super middleweights and so, there punches probably hurt a little more than the Floyd Mayweathers of the world…

Anyway, Miranda knocks the stuffing out of Banks, who winds up falling through the ropes. After he is counted out (did it really take a 10-count to see he was through?), Banks almost trips over his corner stool and has to be helped when he sits down. I’m guessing he felt Miranda’s punch… but did he read Banks his rights first (you know, the Miranda rights rule… oh, never mind).

Hat-tip to on 205th, WithLeather and JoeSportsFan.

Intentional Highlights: A Look Back At The Week That Was

Barry Bonds
It was a busy week for the sporting world, culminating in an adventurous night last night (Thursday, 11/15). Of course, the leading story was the federal indictment of Barry Bonds. Some people are claiming this was a witch-hunt on the part of the Feds and maybe it was. But if they do have a positive test for Bonds, then perhaps their hunting party was on target the whole time… I just wonder why it took so damn long to do something about it. Were they just sitting on the results, waiting until he completely asterisk-ized MLB’s record books?

Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle has a great write-up looking at some of the possible occurrences that lead to Bonds being indicted.

Dennis Dixon, Oregon’s BCS Championship Hopes Injured
Apparently, Thursday nights are a bad time for West Coast athletes. In their prime time match-up with the University of Arizona, a game that looked to solidify Oregon’s chances in the BCS race, Oregon QB Dennis Dixon reinjured his left knee in the 1st quarter, seemingly taking his team’s hopes for a BCS Championship and his shot at the Heisman trophy down with him.

Dixon was replaced by Ryan Leaf’s (yes, THAT Ryan Leaf) younger brother Brady, who was a paltry 22 of 46 for an underwhelming 146 yards and 2 interceptions and looked even worse than those stats suggest. A number of his 24 incomplete passes weren’t even in the same zip code as the “intended” receiver. At least we don’t have to worry about another Leaf melting down in the NFL.

Addicted to Quack has much more about last night’s disappointing Oregon loss.

Starbury, Isiah at Odds
New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury and coach Isiah Thomas apparently don’t like each… a lot. During a team flight to Phoenix, Thomas informed Marbury about his decision to keep the mercurial guard out of the starting line-up that evening. After that, all hell in the New York Knicks franchise broke loose.

Not to be outdone, King Lebron was kind enough to share his thoughts about Starbury’s actions. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see much sharing of the rock between these two. Ever.

A-rod Goes Crawling Back to the Yankees
After trying to steal the thunder from the Boston Red Sox World Series clinching victory and wasting the entire free world’s time, Alex Rodriguez wound up right back where he started (no, not Seattle): the New York Yankees for a cool $275 million over 10 years. I’m not sure how he’ll be able to live on that, but it’s worth a try. Personally, I would’ve held out for the $300 mil payday…

Talk about much ado about absolutely nothing. Next time you decide to waste everyone’s time, Alex, keep a muzzle on Boras.

This was just a cross-section of the stories that grabbed the attention of the sports world this week.  Enjoy your weekend and we’ll see you later.