All-Star Weekend, Soccer, and More!

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Tuesday, 7 PM @ Rose Quarter, Portland, OR

Can the Trail Blazer slow down the frontrunner for MVP?

The Thunder are looking like the league’s best team, leading the NBA with 41 wins and a .774 win percentage, so they’ll give Portland all it can handle in this match up. However, OKC has stumbled away from home, going 18-9 compared to 23-3 at home. The Trail Blazers look to be what the Thunder were a couple years ago — a young team that came out of nowhere to eventually become the best in the West. Led by Damien Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, the Trail Blazers will look to bridge the 4-game gap between them and the #1 Thunder.

#1 Syracuse vs. #25 Pitt
Wednesday, 7 PM @ Peterson Events Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Pitt will try to handle Cuse its first loss

Even with contests like Duke-North Carolina, Heat vs. Warriors, and Canadiens vs. Red Wings happening on the same day, this is the game you want to see. Syracuse is the unanimous #1 team in the country in both the AP and Coaches polls, but they’ll be at the Peterson Events Center in Pittsburgh for this one. Pitt has slipped a little recently after starting the season 16-1, losing 3 of their last 6 — including a 59-54 loss at Syracuse. The home-court advantage could be exactly the lift the Panthers need to get over the hump and hand the Orange their first loss of the season.

NBA Slam-Dunk Contest
Saturday, 7 PM @ Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

John Wall will look to bring some new energy to the contest

The lineup has been OK at best for this event over the last few years, but in 2014 the NBA attracted some of the best. Paul George, Damien Lillard and John Wall are a few of the competitors looking to take down reigning champion Terrence Ross. Between jumping over cars and 360-windmills, we’re sure to get a show at the New Orleans Arena. Say what you will about the non-compeiative nature of the All-Star Game on Sunday, these guys want to win.

Arsenal vs. Liverpool, FA Cup Quarterfinals
Sunday, 4 PM @ Emirates Stadium, London, UK

Will Liverpool trounce Arsenal for the second time in a week?

A rematch of the 5-1 thrashing Liverpool just gave the Gunners in the Premier League on Saturday, this is a great contest between two of soccer’s best clubs. We are unlikely to see another instance of Arsenal giving up four goals in the first 20 minutes, but Liverpool’s attacking play is hard  to stop. Whether it’s Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge or Raheem Sterling, the Reds offense is set to send them back to the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Arsenal looks to be headed back to Europe as well, but the club hasn’t won a trophy since the 2005 F.A. Cup. Lots on the line here.

 

 

English Premier League – Prepping for Week 24

Week 23 proved to be a boon for Chelsea and Manchester City, while Liverpool and Newcastle encountered trouble offensively.  Chelsea saw a solid offense, thanks to Salomon Kalou’s second-half double which kept the team’s title hopes alive.

Unfortunately, Liverpool wasn’t as successful.  Posting their 7th draw in their last ten games has put them in a bit of bind, giving Chelsea the go-ahead for the second spot in the standings.   Liverpool’s offense lacked in almost every regard again last week, allowing Wigan Athletic to score on a penalty Kick by Mido.  With Aston Villa trailing Liverpool by one point, and Manchester two points ahead, it is going to be an exciting race to see who makes the top spot.

Make sure to catch the Chelsea/Liverpool game at your favorite brewpub this Sunday, it’s gonna be a good one.  If you are in Austin, Texas, you can catch the game over at Bagpipes Pub at 183 and Burnet.  The game starts at 10:00 AM CST (live), so you will need to head over to Soccer Post to watch the first half (it’s in the same complex as Bagpipes), then you can flip over to Bagpipes when they open at 11 and ask them to change the channel to Setanta Sports or Fox Soccer Channel for the game.  There will be a delayed re-cast of the game on Setanta at 5:45 PM, so you better be prepared to watch it at home, because the Super Bowl is generally regarded as the more favorable program in the U.S.  You will get laughed at if you try to ask your local bartender to change the channel from the Super Bowl to Liverpool/Chelsea.  Hey, it’s the U.S.A., what can you do?

Stadium : Anfield
Time: 16:00 GMT

Here are the stats for both teams:

Chelsea Stats
Ranking 2 : Won 14 Draw 6 Defeat 3
Last 5 Matches

  • 26 Dec 08 Chelsea 2 – 0 West Bromwich
  • 28 Dec 08 Fulham 2 – 2 Chelsea
  • 11 Jan 09 Man Utd 3 – 0 Chelsea
  • 17 Jan 09 Chelsea 2 – 1 Stoke City
  • 28 Jan 09 Chelsea 2 – 0 Middlesbrough

Liverpool Stats
Ranking 3 : Won 13 Draws 9 Defeats 1
Last 5 Matches

  • 26 Dec 08 Liverpool 3 – 0 Bolton
  • 28 Dec 08 Newcastle Utd 1 – 5 Liverpool
  • 10 Jan 09 Stoke City 0 – 0 Liverpool
  • 19 Jan 09 Liverpool 1 – 1 Everton
  • 28 Jan 09 Wigan Athletic 1 – 1 Liverpool