The Czech Baseball Story Adds a New Chapter

We begin in Brno, the southeastern city of the Czech Republic close to the Austrian and Slovakian borders. While the city is known by many as the second city of the Czech Republic, it is known within the baseball community as the Czech baseball capital. Both in the professional ranks and the youth levels, BrnoContinue reading “The Czech Baseball Story Adds a New Chapter”

NCAA FBS Top 25 for Week 3:

Conference: Out of Conference Record; SEC: 22-4; Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, South Carolina, Auburn, LSU, Missouri, Vanderbuilt Big 12: 16-3; Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas, Iowa State, West Virginia Pac-12: 16-6; USC, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Oregon, Arizona,Continue reading “NCAA FBS Top 25 for Week 3:”

Greenland ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Applied to join CONCACAF Earlier this Year

You may know the North American nation of Greenland for the well-known common tale of how Greenland and Iceland were named to confuse future conquerers? Or perhaps, you know Greenland because you really like polar bears and glaciers? Or maybe you are a map enthusiast and are drawn to its sheer deceiving size? There areContinue reading “Greenland ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Applied to join CONCACAF Earlier this Year”

FIFA Bans the All Indian Football Federation

FIFA has banned the All Indian Football Federation (AIFF) which means India will not be allowed to compete in any FIFA or Asian Football Confederation (AFC) competitions for this indefinite period of time. Why was India Banned? India was banned “due to undue influence from third parties, which constitutes a serious violation of the FIFAContinue reading “FIFA Bans the All Indian Football Federation”

El Salvador Football Federation on Verge of FIFA Ban

El Salvador’s Football Federation (FESFUT) has been receiving pressures to change their leadership from INDES, the Salvadoran Sporting Federation of which President Bukele’s half-brother is the president of. INDES is a governmental institution in charge of most of the major sports federations since 1980, but the sports federations are supposed to be almost completely autonomousContinue reading “El Salvador Football Federation on Verge of FIFA Ban”

The World Baseball Classic is Back!

The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is finally back after having to postpone the 2021 edition due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The 2017 edition was the most successful yet with over 1 million in attendance according to some figures and over 24,000 average attendance, quite high for a tournament that featured two stadiums below this amount:Continue reading “The World Baseball Classic is Back!”

UCLA and USC Big Ten Moves are a Sad Day for the Pacific and Unnecessary – From a UCLA fan

Leading the Pac, dominating the West, and working with our colleagues have made our identities as Bruins and Trojans, and it has been a true honor to represent the PCC/Pac-10/Pac-12. However, now, we have chosen to abandon our leadership and optimism, plus our tradition, families, neighbors, and longtime friends for a better contract at least in terms of money in the short term. But, regardless of how it turns out, it has created a stain on both of our legacies and especially on our historical tradition! We practice everyday to be the best in the West from the time we are young, and this challenge has excelled us to create the internet, to create the technology to reach the Moon, to win Olympic and World titles. Our athletes successes and our universities becoming some of the most sought after brands are directly because of the competitors we have faced for over 100 years! This competitive greatness created the legend of John Wooden, the grit and determination of The Boys in the Boat, the speed of Marcus Allen, and the ingenuity of Phil Knight. We owed it our region and to our competitors who made us who we are to respect their competitiveness by leading the Pac-12 and the Pacific into better times. Yet, just a few years of poor performances in our sports and in our management has led to our regional demise. I think the Big Ten will provide a lot of opportunity for both UCLA and USC, but loyalty, tradition, and honor, as well as leadership was an opportunity we passed up, a much greater set of opportunities because they cannot be bought. UCLA and USC moving to the Big Ten is severely disappointing and sad for the unity and family we shared as a Pac-12 Community. The Pacific looks to Los Angeles and we have abandoned it for the Midwest. We owed it to the region that made us who we were to stick with it to the end. We did not show leadership, we should an ability to follow the temptation of money at the cost of over 100 years of tradition. That is not what our academic institutions teach. There was no loyalty and a lack of respect for our competitors that got us to the position where we are now.

Updates on 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying and All the Teams Qualified for the FIFA World Cup

2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Matches during the June Window: Europe (UEFA): Matches Played; Wins-Draws-Losses; Goal Differential; Goals For-Goals Against; Points Second Round: The Group Runners-Ups from the First Round advanced to the Second Round of Qualifiers. The Top 2 2020-2021 UEFA Nations League Group Winners, who are neither Group Winners or Group Runners-Ups, advancedContinue reading “Updates on 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying and All the Teams Qualified for the FIFA World Cup”

Final European Club Rankings Top 50

Real Madrid (L, DSC, CL) (Spain) Manchester City (L) (England) Liverpool (DC, LC) (England) Chelsea (CWC, CSC) (England) Bayern Munich (L, DSC) (Germany) AC Milan (L) (Italy) PSG (L) (France) Inter Milan (DC, DSC) (Italy) FC Porto (L, DC) (Portugal) Ajax (L) (Netherlands) Red Bull Salzburg (L, DC) (Austria) Tottenham Hotspur (England) RB Leipzig (DC)Continue reading “Final European Club Rankings Top 50”

Top 32 Clubs for Week of 23 May:

Real Madrid (Spain) Manchester City (England) Liverpool (England) Chelsea (England) Bayern Munich (Germany) AC Milan (Italy) PSG (France) Inter Milan (Italy) FC Porto (Portugal) Tottenham Hotspur (England) Ajax (Netherlands) RB Leipzig (Germany) SC Portugal (Portugal) FC Barcelona (Spain) Villarreal (Spain) Napoli (Italy) Borussia Dortmund (Germany) Real Betis (Spain) Atlรฉtico Madrid (Spain) Juventus (Italy) Arsenal (England)Continue reading “Top 32 Clubs for Week of 23 May:”

Top 32 Clubs In The World After 2 May Matches

Liverpool (England) Manchester City (England) Real Madrid (Spain) Chelsea (England) AC Milan (Italy) Inter Milan (Italy) Bayern Munich (Germany) PSG (France) FC Porto (Portugal) Ajax (the Netherlands) SC Portugal (Portugal) River Plate (Argentina) PSV (the Netherlands) Juventus (Italy) Red Bull Salzburg (Austria) SC Freiburg (Germany) Villarreal (Spain) Napoli (Italy) Borussia Dortmund (Germany) Arsenal (England) RBContinue reading “Top 32 Clubs In The World After 2 May Matches”

The USA Should Use the 2024 T20 World Cup to Grow Closer to the Caribbean

Central America increasingly is being placed into the PR China sphere, and other areas across South America and the Caribbean are. Recently, El Salvador just announced a new stadium to be built with PR China investment. And Nicaragua just switched allegiance to the CCP’s China in 2021. Now, the concerns are in the Caribbean asContinue reading “The USA Should Use the 2024 T20 World Cup to Grow Closer to the Caribbean”

Top 32 Clubs around the World Right Now:

Liverpool (England) + Manchester City (England) – Real Madrid (Spain) Chelsea (England) Atlรฉtico Mineiro (Brazil) Bayern Munich (Germany) PSG (France) + Inter Milan (Italy) – AC Milan (Italy) + RB Leipzig (Germany) + FC Porto (Portugal) + Villarreal (Spain) + River Plate (Argentina) + Racing Club (Argentina) + Flamengo (Brazil) + Atlรฉtico Madrid (Spain) +Continue reading “Top 32 Clubs around the World Right Now:”

Top 32 Club Power Rankings:

World: Manchester City (England) + Liverpool (England) + Real Madrid (Spain) + Chelsea (England) – Atlรฉtico Mineiro (Brazil) + Bayern Munich (Germany) – Inter Milan (Italy) + Palmeiras (Brazil) + PSG (France) + Ajax (the Netherlands) + AC Milan (Italy) + Villarreal (Spain) + FC Porto (Portugal) + SC Portugal (Portugal) + River Plate (Argentina)Continue reading “Top 32 Club Power Rankings:”

Rangers victory propels Scotland Football forward in their Quest for World Cup Qualification

Having the best club team does not equal having the best league, and having the best league does not equal having the best national team. We have seen this with many nations such as in Spain. Spain’s Real Madrid has been the best club team throughout history, but Spain only won their first and onlyContinue reading “Rangers victory propels Scotland Football forward in their Quest for World Cup Qualification”

The West Indies and the USA have Qualified for the 2024 Twenty20 World Cup!

The 2024 ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup will be the next edition of this storied tournament to be held after its 2022 edition later this year. The hosts for the 2024 edition have been known for sometime: the West Indies and the USA. But, it was yet to be determined if the West Indies andContinue reading “The West Indies and the USA have Qualified for the 2024 Twenty20 World Cup!”

The Pathway to the Final for all 37 Nations Left in the 2022 FIFA World Cup!

Group A: Qatar (Host Nation) (51) Ecuador (46) Senegal (20) Netherlands (10) 21 November: Qatar v.s. Ecuador Senegal v.s. the Netherlands 25 November: Qatar v.s. Senegal Netherlands v.s. Ecuador 29 November: Netherlands v.s. Qatar Ecuador v.s. Senegal Group B: England (5) IR Iran (21) USA (15) Wales (18)/Ukraine (27)/Scotland (39) 21 November: England v.s. IRContinue reading “The Pathway to the Final for all 37 Nations Left in the 2022 FIFA World Cup!”

Pots for Qatar 2022:

Pot 1: Qatar (51), Brazil (1), Belgium (2), France (3), Argentina (4), England (5), Spain (7), and Portugal (8) Pot 2: Mexico (9), the Netherlands (10), Denmark (11), Germany (12), Uruguay (13), Switzerland (14), USA (15), and Croatia (16) Pot 3: Senegal (20), IR Iran (21), Japan (23), Morocco (24), Serbia (25), Poland (26), SouthContinue reading “Pots for Qatar 2022:”

2022 World Cup Qualifiers March Window Update:

North America (CONCACAF): Matches Played; Wins-Draws-Losses; Goal Differential; Goals For-Goals Against; Points Third Round/Octagonal Phase: The Top Three nations in the Group Qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Fourth Place team advances to the Intercontinental Cup to play the Oceanian First Place nation for one of the last two Qualification Spots at theContinue reading “2022 World Cup Qualifiers March Window Update:”

Winter Olympics 2022 – Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด wins the Olympic Gold Medal Count!

Norway wins the Winter Olympics by earning the most Gold Medals and Medals in total! Medal Table: Gold(s); Silver(s); Bronze(s); Total. Norway: 16; 8; 13; 37 Germany: 12; 10; 5; 27 PR China: 9; 4; 2; 15 USA: 8; 10; 7; 25 Sweden: 8; 5; 5; 18 Netherlands: 8; 5; 4; 17 Austria: 7; 7;Continue reading “Winter Olympics 2022 – Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด wins the Olympic Gold Medal Count!”

Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Wins Men’s Ice Hockey ๐Ÿ’ Gold ๐Ÿฅ‡- Updates Men’s Ice Hockey at the Winter Olympics 2022

Finland won the Winter Olympics 2022 Gold Medal, their first Gold Medal in Winter Olympics Men’s Hockey! Finland defeated the Russian Olympic Committee 2-1. The Russian Olympic Committee got silver after their Final loss to Finland. And, Slovakia won the Bronze Medal after defeating Sweden 4-0 to win their first Winter Olympics Men’s Ice HockeyContinue reading “Finland ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Wins Men’s Ice Hockey ๐Ÿ’ Gold ๐Ÿฅ‡- Updates Men’s Ice Hockey at the Winter Olympics 2022”

Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament Updates – Gold and Bronze Medal Game Preview

Semifinals: Finland 2 Slovakia 0 Russian Olympic Committee 2 (GWS 3-2) Sweden 1 Analysis: Finland was the superior team to Slovakia going into the game and coming out of the game. Finland scored late in the 1st period and then would not score again until the last minute on an empty net goal. Finland gaveContinue reading “Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament Updates – Gold and Bronze Medal Game Preview”

Updates on 2022 Winter Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – Semifinals

USA 2 Slovakia 3 (0-1 GWS) Russian Olympic Committee 3 Denmark 1 Finland 5 Switzerland 1 Sweden 2 Canada 0 Analysis: The USA wasted their chances away as David Quinn had one of the worst coaching jobs of all-time. The USA knew they had power play scoring issues and they did not improve these andContinue reading “Updates on 2022 Winter Olympics Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament – Semifinals”

The Rams Proved What it Means to Keep Pushing

Rams Fans, Players, Coaches, and LA deserved this Super Bowl for all each have had to go through as a football community. I do not think people realize how many Division 1 and NFL teams LA Area lost in the 1990s and early 2000s! It is quite incredible that so much of LA has come back to the LA Rams and NFL Football. When making the Bengals the underdogs and emotional appeal to root for, these facts were overlooked.

Updates on 2022 Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey and Quarterfinal Preview

Playoffs Round: Slovakia 4 Germany 0 Denmark 3 Latvia 2 Canada 7 PR China 2 Czech Republic 2 Switzerland 4 Analysis: Slovakia proved once again that they ate elite against teams in the lower half of the tournament. But, they still have yet to prove they can compete and win nonetheless, against teams in theContinue reading “Updates on 2022 Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey and Quarterfinal Preview”

2022 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Updates after Group Play

Team: Games Played; Wins-Overtime Wins-Overtime Losses-Losses; Goals For-Goals Against; Goal Differential; Points Group A: USA: 3; 3-0-0-0; 15-4; +11; 9 Canada: 3; 2-0-0-1; 12-5; +7; 6 Germany: 3; 1-0-0-2; 6-10; -4; 3 PR China: 3; 0-0-0-3; 2-16; -14; 0 Round 1: USA 8 PR China 0 Canada 5 Germany 1 Round 2: Canada 2 USAContinue reading “2022 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Updates after Group Play”

Updates After Round 1 of Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey

Team: Games Played; Wins-Overtime Wins-Overtime Losses-Losses; Goals For-Goals Against; Goal Differential; Points Group A: USA: 1; 1-0-0-0; 8-0; +8; 3 Canada: 1; 1-0-0-0; 5-1; +4; 3 Germany: 1; 0-0-0-1; 1-5; -4; 0 PR China: 1; 0-0-0-1; 0-8; -8; 0 Games: USA 8 PR China 0 Canada 5 Germany 1 Next: Canada verse USA Germany verseContinue reading “Updates After Round 1 of Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey”

Favorites to Win 2022 Winter Olympics in Men’s Ice Hockey

Russian Olympic Committee (ROC): The ROC’s ice hockey team is made up of all KHL players, the second best league in the world, with many teams as good or better than NHL teams. ROC should repeat as Olympic Gold Medalists as the NHL is not allowing their players to compete meaning that the USA, Canada,Continue reading “Favorites to Win 2022 Winter Olympics in Men’s Ice Hockey”

2022 FIFA World Cup Updates after January-February 2022 Window

North America (CONCACAF): Matches Played; Wins-Draws-Losses; Goal Differential; Goals For-Goals Against; Points Third Round/Octagonal Phase: The Top Three nations in the Group Qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Fourth Place team advances to the Inter-Confederation Playoffs to play the Oceanian First Place nation in a one-leg playoff in Qatar for one of theContinue reading “2022 FIFA World Cup Updates after January-February 2022 Window”

Proponents of a Stronger European Union should Explore an EU National Cricket Team!

The European Union (EU) is a confederation of independent sovereign states that for a long time has been edging ever closer to a federation like the United States of America. This is especially true post 2009 Lisbon Treaty! While EU Federalism is not something I personally am necessarily for, it is something that many ofContinue reading “Proponents of a Stronger European Union should Explore an EU National Cricket Team!”

USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Cricket ๐Ÿ is on the Rise!

The USA Men’s National Cricket Team may have had their last 3 matches of a 5 match series with Ireland canceled, but nonetheless, the USA Men’s National Cricket Team made great strides this past Ireland series that they can take with them into the future. The USA finished the Ireland series with a 188/6 (20)Continue reading “USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Cricket ๐Ÿ is on the Rise!”

NYCFC’s MLS Cup Victory Is The CFG’s Most Important Trophy Yet, since 2012

December 11, 2021 marked the day that NYCFC would become MLS Cup Champions for the first time! This was a joyous occasion, not just for NYCFC, but for all the City Football Group (CFG). While it was not surprising how the City Football Group came together to root for and watch NYCFC play in theContinue reading “NYCFC’s MLS Cup Victory Is The CFG’s Most Important Trophy Yet, since 2012”

Christmas Season Equals Football which Equals Bowl Games: The Story of how a Rose Parade transformed football forever.

It is the Christmas Season (and the other Holidays) and it is College Football Bowl Season! Wow, Santa Clause will be here any moment, and so will the New Year, and with that comes Bowl Games! What are they, and why does America have them? First, if you are an American football fanatic, but doContinue reading “Christmas Season Equals Football which Equals Bowl Games: The Story of how a Rose Parade transformed football forever.”

NCAA FBS Top 25 Rankings Week 15:

Alabama 12-1 SEC Cincinnati 13-0 AAC Michigan 12-1 Big Ten Georgia 12-1 SEC Notre Dame 11-1 Independents Baylor 11-2 Big 12 Ole Miss 10-2 SEC Ohio State 10-2 Big Ten Michigan State 10-2 Big Ten Oklahoma State 11-2 Big 12 BYU 10-2 Independents Pittsburgh 11-2 ACC Oklahoma 10-2 Big 12 Louisiana-Lafayette 12-1 Sun Belt UtahContinue reading “NCAA FBS Top 25 Rankings Week 15:”

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers after November 2021 Window

Europe (UEFA): Matches Played; Wins-Draws-Losses; Goal Differential; Goals For-Goals Against; Points First Round: The Group Winners Qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Group Runners-Ups advance to the Second Round of Qualifiers. The Top 2 2020-2021 UEFA Nations League Group Winners, who are neither Group Winners or Group Runners-Ups, advance to the Second RoundContinue reading “FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers after November 2021 Window”

NCAA FBS Rankings Week 12:

Georgia 10-0 SEC Cincinnati 10-0 AAC Oregon 9-1 Pac-12 Ohio State 9-1 Big Ten Alabama 9-1 SEC Michigan State 9-1 Big Ten Michigan 9-1 Big Ten UTSA 10-0 C-USA Oklahoma State 9-1 Big 12 Oklahoma 9-1 Big 12 Notre Dame 9-1 Independent Wake Forest 9-1 ACC Ole Miss 8-2 SEC Baylor 8-2 Big 12 SanContinue reading “NCAA FBS Rankings Week 12:”

NCAA FBS Week 11 Rankings:

Georgia 9-0 SEC Oklahoma 9-0 Big 12 Cincinnati 9-0 AAC Alabama 8-1 SEC Oregon 8-1 Pac-12 Ohio State 8-1 Big Ten Michigan State 8-1 Big Ten Michigan 8-1 Big Ten UTSA 9-0 C-USA Notre Dame 8-1 Independent Oklahoma State 8-1 Big 12 Ole Miss 7-2 SEC Texas A&M 7-2 SEC Wake Forest 8-1 ACC BYUContinue reading “NCAA FBS Week 11 Rankings:”

NCAA FBS Week 10 Rankings:

Georgia 8-0 SEC Oklahoma 9-0 Big 12 Cincinnati 8-0 AAC Michigan State 8-0 Big Ten Alabama 7-1 SEC Oregon 7-1 Pac-12 Ohio State 7-1 Big Ten Michigan 7-1 Big Ten Wake Forest 8-0 ACC Notre Dame 7-1 Independent Oklahoma State 7-1 Big 12 Baylor 7-1 Big 12 Texas A&M 6-2 SEC Auburn 6-2 SEC OleContinue reading “NCAA FBS Week 10 Rankings:”

Why Scotland and the other home nations should get more historical credit for their World Championship achievements

Association football begins as a story coming out from the public school and city footballs that would come to dominate England. With a unionization of many football clubs into an association, The Football Association (The FA) was born in 1863. The FA went through many changes early on, and by 1870, they had already proposedContinue reading “Why Scotland and the other home nations should get more historical credit for their World Championship achievements”

San Marino ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ and the Vatican City ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ should focus on National Team Baseball. Here is why:

The Italian Peninsula is full of baseball, the national past time of the United States of America (USA). The Italian National Team is consistently one of the best national baseball teams, not just in Europe, but in the world! The Italians have won 10 European Championships, second to the Netherlands’ 24 European Championships. The ItalianContinue reading “San Marino ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ and the Vatican City ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ should focus on National Team Baseball. Here is why:”

NCAA FBS Rankings Week 8:

Georgia 7-0 SEC Cincinnati 6-0 AAC Oklahoma 7-0 Big 12 Michigan 6-0 Big Ten Michigan State 7-0 Big Ten Oklahoma State 6-0 Big 12 Alabama 6-1 SEC Ohio State 5-1 Big Ten Iowa 6-1 Big Ten Penn State 5-1 Big Ten Coastal Carolina 6-0 Sun Belt San Diego State 6-0 Mountain West Oregon 5-1 Pac-12Continue reading “NCAA FBS Rankings Week 8:”

Cross-Enrollment Football: A modern technique to enhance College Football players aspirations

Football at the NCAA level can often feature up to 125 players on each team, meaning that battling it out for playing time, or just to be able to travel to away games is fiercely competitive. For example, the average number of players on a team for FBS that actually get playing time is usuallyContinue reading “Cross-Enrollment Football: A modern technique to enhance College Football players aspirations”

FIFA Rankings are Misunderstood

A lot of people get upset about FIFA Rankings because some nations do very well on average, but may not have the most talented players according to experts or video games or themselves even, and furthermore, many high ranking FIFA Nations often fail to win trophies, which further creates criticism of FIFA Rankings. But, thisContinue reading “FIFA Rankings are Misunderstood”