A week of Pressure,Controversy,Parting of ways,Victories and progress. Only in sport can you find such a diversity of mixed feelings in the space of seven days. The global world of sport never fails to deliver and come Sunday afternoon we take time to reflect about the highs and low’s before contemplating what might have been.
People don’t play sports because its fun. Ask any athlete, most of them hate it, but they couldn’t imagine their life with out it. Its part of them, the love/hate relationship. It’s what they live for. Anon.
The week started with the controversial topic of diving, Suarez came under fire for his antics at stoke backed up by Gareth Bale’s incident at spurs.
Diving was no longer a concern for Owen Coyle who said about hid departure ” The performances have been to a high standard, but we have to accept that we have not won as many games this season as we wanted to”.
Coyle who left Burnley to join Bolton was immediately linked with a return to the Clarets as the club announced Eddie Howe was to leave the club and return to the Cherries for personal reasons.
“I had to do it for my family. It’s been a difficult six months for me and I hope the Burnley fans understand,” Howe told BBC Radio Solent on Saturday.
The week was then to be dominated by the shock news by USADA who’s damming report shocked the world of sport and left some overwhelmed by such detailed evidence.
“The U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel Team doping conspiracy was professionally designed to groom and pressure athletes to use dangerous drugs, to evade detection”, the USADA said.
International week got off to a positive start with Royalty arriving at Burton to officially open St.Georges Park.
Also arriving was Ashley Cole who found himself having to apologise for his FA twitter rant and was later warned by the Duke ” If you continue to be naughty they’ll take your twitter account off you”
Frank Lampard finding it much easier with the girls.
The rest of the week was dominated with pressure as Craig Levein and Chris Coleman both needed a result at the millennium Stadium on Thursday Night. Final score Wales 2 Scotland 1. “It’s great that this is my first victory after I lost two friendlies and two qualifiers, and in the last one, took a hiding”. Coleman said.
“I’m extremely proud to have this job and I’ll do the best I can”. Levein told reporters.
England’s 5-0 Victory over San Marino was over shadowed by the injury to Theo Walcott.
Giovanni Trapattoni faced calls for him to quit after an embarrassing 6-1 defeat to Germany. ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary,’ Trapattoni said. ‘Germany have gone, they will qualify as group winners, but we are in their fighting with Austria and Sweden for qualification.
It’ll be a Riot on the night was the story from Senegal he game was stopped after 70 minutes, with visitors the Ivory Coast winning 2-0 (and 6-2 on aggregate), following rioting among home fans sparked by a controversial penalty decision.
Boxing , the week was dominated by the return of Audley Harrison which only lasted seconds on Saturday Night.
Audley: ‘Price will know he’s in a fight’ he said on Friday unfortunately Audley you didn’t get long enough ! as predicted by probably every boxing fan in the world.
The Korean grand Prix was dominated by Red Bull as Sebastian Vettel took victory as Button Crashed out on the first lap.
“Kobayashi, what an idiot”. Button said “I don’t know what Kobayashi was thinking.” Lets hope his eyes were on the Road!
Also crashing out ! Andy Murray losing to Novak Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final.
“I’ve lost tougher matches than that before and I’m sure I will recover,” he said. “But it was a top-quality match. Both of us played some unbelievable tennis at times”. said Murray.
And Just when you thought that was a great week Felix turns up and creates History !
Austrian Felix Baumgartner has broken the record for the highest ever skydive by jumping out of a balloon 128,000ft (24 miles, 39km) above New Mexico.
for more on Felix catch up with Red Bull Stratos. Link
Well the end of One week and the start of another.
Well Done #felix & #RedBull Stratos