Greece made history on Tuesday afternoon. They became the first Greece international side to advance to the knockout stage with their 2-1 victory over Cote D’Ivoire aka Ivory Coast. However their victory didn’t come without controversy. In the 90’ +2 minute, Georgios Samaras was tripped up in the penalty box by Giovanni Sio or so it appeared. The shot in live time made the referee Carlos Vera look like he has terrible eyes, however the replay did show that they was contact that caused Samaras to get clipped. In my opinion, what happened is that Samaras wound up his leg and got his legs caught up in a running motion with Giovanni Sio, who wasn't close, and as a result Georgios Samaras was tripped up. In any case, the controversial penalty was awarded and Samaras made no mistake, converting the penalty kick. Should it be a penalty? Absolutely not. That is like the soccer equivalent to guy A in hockey trying to skate through the defense and accidentally trips on guy B’s toe when guy B is standing still. Contact yes, diving no, but penalty no.
Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in a loser leaves town match and that means Italy is out and all of Woodbridge, Ontario went silent for a day to mourn the defeat. In all seriousness, Italian soccer fans have a lot to be upset about because this game was marred by sideshow activities. In the 59th minute Claudio Marchisio was shown a straight red card for his challenge on the ball and to say the red card was harsh is an understatement. It was a yellow at best, but unfortunately, Italy was down to ten men. However the sideshow activities did not end there. Already up 1-0 Uruguay’s Luiz Suarez bit Giorgio Chiellini in the upper shoulder/neck region away from the ball. Honestly, it was as if he was a vampire and there was no action by the referee. For the record, the initial act in real time was not easy to see from a bird’s eye view at home, let alone a ground view if you are the referee. It was away from the ball therefore the referee does not get blame. What is unsettling is that Luiz Suarez has bitten two other people in the past 4 years and this time it should not be unpunished. And if I am Fifa I would teach Suarez a lesson he wont forget.
The sky is falling, the apocalypse has come upon us, it’s raining fireballs and the reason is because LeBron James and his people have decided to opt out of his contract with the Heat. In other words, LeBron is officially a free agent. I really do believe that LeBron James will stay in Miami and is just trying to re-work his deal. The only way I see him going elsewhere is if Chris Bosh and Dwyane wade decide not to opt out and Micky Arison doesn’t pay to get guys. The funny thing is that Dwyane and Chris’s salary is a lot of money, way more than they’ll make if they opt out. Either way watch it closely.
Before you dismiss the NBA mock draft that Mark Spears made on Monday, I want the Fan-I nation to notice something… Joel Embiid is at number three despite his foot injury. For the record Mr. Spears is not saying that an injured Joel Embiid is a better option than other draftees, what he is saying is that he thinks Philadelphia is interested in taking a chance with him. If Spears is right, this is a new level of stupid for the 76ers upper management staff, who already drafted Nerlens Noel who missed the entire season due to a knee injury and need I remind 76er fans about Andrew Bynum. I am not saying the Embiid cannot be somebody good in the NBA because of an injury. What I am saying is that big men who get injured during draft combine scare me and I would assume it would scare others too