Bloggers from Couchsideshow.com are constantly reading some pretty silly headlines from all across the wide world of sports. Whether it’s about an athlete being seen at a mall or an irrelevant trade, the fact is, someone has written about it. Sometimes these “stories” are annoying. Sometime they are entertaining. So we’ve decided to take a look at three of these headlines and make a weekly blog: “Why should we care?” Enjoy part one of the ongoing series …
BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor
• Reds closer Aroldis Chapman does double somersaults after save: Some fans (especially Brewers faithful) are loudly screaming foul after witnessing reds flamethrower Aroldis Chapman show off his tumbling skills Tuesday night. In fact, it pissed off Milwaukee players, Reds manager Dusty Baker and even Chapman’s Cincinnati teammates. I guess there is a law out against having fun. We’ve all seen boring handshakes after a closer puts another one in the books. So why not spice things up a little bit? I mean Chapman is a young player, who needed to brighten his own spirits after having himself a pretty bad month of shutting down games. Chapman hasn’t pitched like himself in the month of June, blowing three saves and taking a loss in his last 10 games. While his post-save actions may have been considered bush league, it’s nice to see a player show a little bit of life, especially in a slow sport like baseball. We would like to show you a full video of what he did, but YouTube was at least able to provide some response videos with some pictures. See below to check it out:
Domination is a popular and common term often applied to sporting performance. If anything, it is tremendously overused, and therefore its meaning has been diluted by the majority of sporting publications. The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines domination as “supremacy or preeminence over another” and “exercise of mastery or ruling power.” Despite your initial thoughts, the premier example of nonstop and unrelenting domination in a professional sport isn’t found on the gridiron, hardwood court, or baseball diamond. It is found on the tennis court, in the form of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, two world class athletes who continue to consistently and unshakably demolish the rest of the field.
To put Nadal and Federer’s unbridled success into perspective, they have combined to win 26 of the last 34 Grand Slam titles ( Grand Slams constitute the U.S. Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and Australian Open). Since taking home his first win at the U.S Open in 2003, Federer has gone on to earn 15 other Slams, and finish as runner-up seven times. The current #3 ranked player in the world possesses a tremendous 810-186 singles record and has won 70 career singles tournaments and 8 doubles tournaments. So far, Nadal has 10 Grand Slam victories under his belt, cementing himself as the King of Clay by winning six titles at the French Open. The 25-year old Spaniard is currently ranked #2 in the world and boasts 46 career singles titles and a 544- 117 singles record.