USA Shines in London Olympics, Titans WR Dead
Weekly Sports Roundup
Published: Friday, August 3, 2012
Updated: Saturday, August 4, 2012 15:08
Here are some of the most recent headlines from around the sports world:
USA Basketball: Say what you want about the 1992 Dream Team, but that was then and this is now. The talent that the 2012 Olympic team has on the court is frankly unfair. To tell you the truth, it really isn't even fun to watch. Just think back to when you bought that new basketball video game for your PlayStation and since it was your first time playing it, you put it on amateur. Next thing you know you're beating the team by 50. That's exactly what this is like. Except it's real life. They've played three games so far and have scored a total of 364 points.
In their first game they beat France 98-71. It wasn't such a convincing victory but it was only a preview of what was to come. Their second game they beat Tunisia, 110-63 – more of a display of America's talent. But their third game was just disrespectful as they beat Nigeria by 83 points, setting the all-time USA Olympic record for margin of victory, a feat that probably won't be accomplished ever again.
Whether or not they could beat their predecessors from 20 years ago will remain unanswered, but just give these guys the gold medal now. There really is no competition.
Titans WR dead: 25-year-old O.J. Murdock shot himself in the head on Monday, in the parking lot of his former high school, according to various reports. Murdock, who joined the Titans as an undrafted free agent, was supposed to be in Nashville for training camp. Murdock has never played a game with Tennessee because he suffered an Achilles injury during last year's camp and spent the season on the injured reserve. Yet, many Titans' weighed in on the situation, including WR Damian Williams. “When you are missing part of your family it is always hard to focus,” Williams said after a Panthers practice.
Penn State players transferring: Since being penalized by the NCAA just over a week ago, eight Penn State football players have already transferred to different schools. The biggest name to leave the football program is RB Silas Redd, who ran for 1,241 yards last season with the Nittany Lions, as he was recruited by USC and will have two years of eligibility with the Trojans. Click here for the full list of transfers.
USA Shines in London: There were a lot of different conversations at the start of these Olympics regarding whether or not Michael Phelps would be dominant in London as he was in Beijing. For those of you that doubted Phleps, shame on you! Despite a slow start, Phelps has stolen the show, broken records and become the most decorated Olympian … EVER. As of now Phelps has 22 totals medals, 18 of which are gold. The rest is really just history.
United States gymnastics have also been a topic of discussion, especially in New England, as Aly Raisman of Needham Massachusetts assisted the US team in winning gold. Gabby Douglas, one of Raisman's teammates, also won a gold medal in an individual all-around competition, becoming the first African-American woman to win the all-around gymnastics gold.
Lastly, the US Women's soccer team is eyeing a medal themselves as they swept through their group, scoring a combined eight goals and winning all three matches. More recently they beat New Zealand, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals against Canada. If the United States beats Canada, they will play France -- who they beat 4-2 in their first game of group play -- or Japan -- who they are seeking revenge on from the World Cup -- for the gold medal.
Miami loudmouth: Chad Johnson is home, and apparently also back to his old ways. In a recent press conference after a Miami Dolphins practice, Chad was talking about what he learned in New England, when he stated, “learned to shut the f**k up for a year. I never thought I could do it but I did.” When asked about why it didn't work out with the Patriots, he answered, “I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. Fins up. S**t, it doesn’t matter.”
It'll be interesting to see what type of effect Johnson has in Miami – will he help them or continue his disappearing act? Nobody knows. One thing we do know is he hasn't won a Super Bowl in his 11-year NFL career, and he probably won't be winning one this season either. The closest he has got to winning a Super Bowl ring was last year, the season in which he caught a career-low 15 passes.