Tuesday, December 20, 2005

SportBlog Roundup #4

Greetings, and welcome to the final Sportblog roundup of 2005. At a time when standing on the touchline leaves you feeling like a block of ice, here is a roundup of some of the blogosphere's finest sportswriting to make you feel warm and happy right up until Christmas.

First, though, I'm inviting you to test your brains out. Dave at Talk Politics has a football-related caption competition - just what is Wayne Rooney thinking?

Next, a cautionary tale for sports stars aiming at immortality. The Indianapolis Colts' bid to become only the second team to go through an NFL season undefeated ended on Saturday, and Eric McErlain counts the cost for the team in cold hard cash. Meanwhile The Sports Pulse thinks that it's the best thing that could have happened to the team.

SportsFlames considers the life of a stand-out college athlete and wonders if any of the top players this year will be able to replicate their college feats in the professional leagues.

Moving back to the English type of football, Jeremy Granade complains about Sepp Blatter unfairly singling out Chelsea for buying in foreign players. Cameron Kippen, meanwhile, talks about some of the wranglings likely to take place regarding sponsorship deals for the World Cup.

As regards the World Cup draw, Italy are claiming the draw was a fix, and Cap puts a brave face on the tough draw handed to the US - more a group of opportunity than a group of death, he claims.

Sourav Ganguly's axing from the Indian national cricket team has caused an awful lot of controversy - as I pointed out the other day, even the Speaker of the Parliament wants to intervene. Prem Panicker, Kanwal, Desi Fans, and Aramki all have their thoughts.

Bleacherguy believes that the long-term future of the NHL is looking rosier than he might have expected, coming off a year-long lockout with their players on strike.

The Manchester Buccaneers stop winding up Manchester United fans for a minute, instead satirising the continuing row between Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.

Jeff Peek at Baseball Analysts explains who he will be voting for in the Hall of Fame ballot.

That's all for this fortnight - obviously a dry time as we get ready for Christmas. That said, the period between Christmas and New Year is probably my favourite sports-watching time of the whole year, as it's often possible to fit in 24/7 live sport. So there should also be plenty of blogging!

As usual, send any suggestions to sportblog at googlemail dot com - and if you're only a fortnightly visitor here (which, of course, is a huge mistake) have a great Christmas and see you in the New Year!