Well it has been a while since Allsports did a post, in fact it was back around Canada’s birthday and other than a brief mention on the European cup final there was not much in the world of sports news or sports on the web.
In fact other than the London 2012 summer Olympic games coming up at the end of the month, there is not too much that Allsports is excited about. There are two things that Allsports wonder’s about going into these games. First and foremost being the Canadian Patriot that I am, can our Canadian Olympic team bring home more hardware than we did in 2008. It would be great if we could match the success that we enjoyed as a nation in the 2010 Vancouver Winter games. That might be setting the bar a little high for a summer games but you have to reach for something.
Secondly Allsports has to wonder if the human fish, Michael Phelps, can come close to duplicating his amazing feat of 8 gold medals, which he was awarded in the 2008 Olympics.
The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting around 500 baseball and have been for most of the first half. They are currently in the basement of the very tough, American League East but the good news is that they are only about 2 and a half games out of a wild card play-off position. The bad news is, there are about eight other teams that can say the same thing. The Jays have not gotten too many breaks recently. Before the all star break they lost three starting pitchers in Brandon Morrow, Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek, then on July 8th in Chicago, left-handed reliever, Luis Perez suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and will require season ending Tommy John surgery as will Kyle Drabek. Sergio Santos, the projected opening day closer has been lost for most of the season and Jesse Litsch, another reliever is on the shelf long term. The pitching staff has been decimated and now what was thought to be one of the teams strong suits is full of holes. Young pitchers have been called up from the various farm teams as low as double A ball. They are not ready for prime time but they will sure gain experience in a hurry. The rest of the major league pitching staff will be stretched pretty thin and now to add insult to injury, Jose Bautista, the Jays best position player, was put on the 15 day disabled list two days ago with a sprained left wrist suffered in the opening game of the New York series. Then the Big Apple took another bite out of the Blue Jays line up when Brett Lawrie left the game yesterday with a leg injury. At least he is just listed as day to day. So how did the Jays do in New York you might ask? Well they were on the wrong end of the broom in a 3 game Yankees sweep to fall two games below 500.
Morrow and Hutchison should be back in the line-up soon but if the Jays can stay in contention with their injury woes it will be somewhat of a miracle.
Allsports thinks the Minnesota Wild pulled off the two biggest free agent signings of the off season. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter both signed free agent contracts with the Wild. Do these signings make them a Stanley Cup contender? Allsports thinks maybe but at least they will make the play-offs if they can stay relatively healthy for the season and once you are in the play-offs anything can happen. You have to look no further than this years L.A. Kings who won the cup after just getting into the dance with the number eight seed in the west. I guess both players decided they would like to play close to home. Zach Parise was born raised in Minneapolis while Suter grew up in near by Madison, Wisconsin. Anyway you look at it adding two players of the quality Parise and Suter bring to the rink can only make the Wild a better team. It sure won’t hurt the season ticket sales either.
Closer to home, the Brampton Excelsiors are trying to repeat as Mann Cup Champions and are currently sitting with a 6-5 won/loss record in the Major Series Lacrosse standings. Allsports hopes they can pull off another Major Series League Championship this year because, based on the hosting format, it is the East’s (MSL) turn to host the Mann Cup and it is great entertainment for the money. Brampton has three games remaining in the regular season and they are all at home which should help the cause to move up in the standings.
So there you have it with an Allsports round up on what is going on in the world of sports news and sports on the web.
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