Sports Snippets

Last entry of the year…

  • My thoughts and prayers go out to former F1 race driver Michael Schumacher, who suffered a serious head injury in a skiing accident. As of this writing, he’d had a second surgery and shows slight improvement, but he’s nowhere out of the woods yet.
  • Less than forty days to Sochi…watched the Olympic trials this past Saturday, which set up the candidates for the U.S. ski and speed skating teams. Great stuff. Not so great? Well, Lindsey Vonn’s comeback is not going as anticipated. Her knee gave out and she couldn’t complete the latest competition in France. And reigning men’s figure skating gold medalist Evan Lysecek gave an emotional interview to Matt Lauer on the Today Show where he said that due to injuries, “the road to Sochi ends here.” So sad that he will not be able to defend his title.
  • What’s worse? Two terrorist bombings Russia within days of each other; innocent people are injured and killed, and brings the security question rears its ugly head yet again.
  • Quite a number of NFL coaches were given their walking papers over the past week. Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin wasn’t one of them. Not sure yet if that’s a good thing. What I do know is that the Giants will be home watching the Super Bowl take place in their yard, the Meadowlands Stadium.
  • Now Eli’s brother Peyton Manning is having a better time of it. He broke the record for total passing yards in a single game (though the last play is currently under review, according to Fox Sports). And the Broncos have the best record in the AFC, and punched their ticket into the playoffs.
  • And here’s an inspiring story to end the year. South African athlete Lucas Sithole suffered a tragic accident where he lost both his legs and one of his hands. He went on to become the U.S. Open Wheelchair champion, and the first African to win the title. He was featured on a recent segment of CNN’S African Voices. Look to hear more about his wonderful young man.

And that’s the snip! Have a Happy, Healthy, Safe, and Prosperous New Year!

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