I needed to soak in that weekend. Every second of it. It could not have gone any better as a Seattle Seahawks, Toronto FC, Vancouver Canucks, MMA, and Manchester United fan. Chances are I’m not going to get many more chances to say that, so let me describe how good the last couple of days have been.
NFL Draft (Seattle Seahawks)
Pete Carroll and John Schneider still upset me because of the Darryl Tapp trade, but I can’t deny the great draft they had. Even if the bust/success ratio is not great, at least Seattle got talent where they needed to. Getting Leon Washington and the not-fat-anymore LenDale White to play with Justin Forsett is just a fantastic deal. Julius Jones is likely to be traded and I can’t say I’ll miss him. He was not horrible but he was unremarkable and is headed for the draded 30-year-old mark. This current RB trio is great, and hopefully Leon Washington has recovered from his broken leg and can become the special teams returner of old…something the Seahawks have been lacking for years.
In lieu of not getting a QB (long live Charlie Whitehurst!) this somewhat makes up for ignoring Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy. Even if the team goes 5-11 this year like I expect them to and has another year of poor QB play, I would be ecstatic to see offensive line improvement and the young talents at all positions to succeed; because if that happens then it tells me that all Seattle needs is an NFL-caliber QB to become a potential playoff contender.
Holy crap, what did they do with the real Toronto FC? I saw fluid passing, good possession, decent defending, and teamwork for an entire half! Sure the Seattle Sounders practically handed TFC the ball on both occasions leading to both goals in their 2-0 win on Sunday, but I’ll take it. TFC improves to 2 wins and 3 losses on the season and finally beat a Sigi Schmid coached team.
Let it be known they are 2-1 when Nick Garcia isn’t playing this season. Sounds stupid, but I just hope this dude is traded/cut ASAP.
GREAT SAVE LUONGOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! The turning point of the game ended up being crucial in the Canucks’ 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings in game 6 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals. Right now, a rematch with the Chicago Blackhawks is likely. Last year the Canucks were holding a 2-1 series lead against the Blackhawks before losing their final 3 games en route to elimination from the playoffs.
Excellent rally again by Team Sweden Vancouver. That Luongo save combined with his miraculous goal line swipe in game 1 just about saved the series for his team.
Nani’s exquisite finish won the game for Manchester United before Ryan Giggs’ 2nd penalty of the match clinched a 3-1 victory over a red hot Tottenham Hotspur to keep the Devils in the Premier League title race. This was done without Wayne Rooney, who is now out for the season due to a groin injury sustained during practice last week. That game was on Saturday and put Man Utd on top of the table….then Chelsea took the lead back thanks to a 7-0 obliteration of Stoke City. A win was expected but not by that much. The penultimate weekend in the English Premier League is only a few days away, and I’ll break down the title race games later in the week. For now, I’m thankful United is still in the race for a fourpeat.
WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber
The WEC’s first ever pay-per-view event occurred this past Saturday at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA, and it was one of the most entertaining and enthralling cards ever aired on TV. The televised event began on Spike TV with the 1 hour preliminary card special, which featured rising lightweight prospect Anthony Pettis submitting former UFC welterweight Alex Karalexis via leg triangle choke. However, Leonard Garcia and WEC newcomer Chan Sung Jung had the fight of the year and stole the show with an epic three round slugfest. It was far from technical, as evidenced in this little snippet, but it sure as heck was fun to watch. Garcia clearly didn’t win the fight, but two of the three judges didn’t see it that way and gave Leonard the victory.
That epic war likely influenced some viewers to buy the PPV card, and they weren’t disappointed. The action was non-stop, and the upset of the night came when former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown was knocked out by wrestler Manvel Gamburyan in the first round.
In the lightweight division, champion Ben Henderson and challenger Donald Cerrone had a rematch of 2009’s Fight of the Year, in which Henderson avoided several submission attempts and used his ground-and-pound effectively to eek out a narrow decision victory. Henderson took just under 2 minutes to erase any doubts of the last outcome by choking out Cerrone via guillotine to retain his belt.
The main event was Brazilian phenom and current featherweight belt holder Jose Aldo taking on the Sacramento native and former champ, Urijah Faber. The California Kid defended his belt 5 times before his KO loss to Mike Brown two years ago, and he hasn’t won it back since, losing to Brown in a rematch and winning a non-title fight against Raphael Assuncao. Aldo dispatched, annihilated, destroyed, battered, and dominated Faber in his home arena for five rounds as he cruised to an easy decision. Jose’s use of leg kicks left Faber powerless and he was unable to walk back to his corner at the end of the 3rd round. It was a great ending to a tremendous card, as the fresh young superstar fought a beautiful tactical fight and beat up on the 30-year-old Faber like no one ever has.
It’s going to be really hard to beat a weekend like that one. I didn’t even mention the NBA….mostly because it’s been incredibly boring, and this is coming from a huge basketball fan. Luckily, everyone else came in to save the day and made Saturday and Sunday a special spectacle (say that one 10 times fast) to watch.