Thursday, June 30, 2016

Portugal into semi finals

this game went into penalty kick. on Poland's fourth turn, their shot was stopped. Portugal scored on their last shot to secure it. the game was tied at 1-1, but Portugal wins 5-3 on penalty kick. it is their fourth trip to the semi finals in the last five tournaments, and fifth time there in the last seven. remarkable. they will face either Wales or Belgium. that game is tomorrow.

Monday, June 27, 2016

huge upset to end round of 16

wow this is huge. Wayne Rooney put England up 1-0 on a penalty kick. two minutes later Iceland ties it. not long later Iceland took a 2-1 lead. Iceland battled to stay ahead and knocked out England 2-1 and will face France in the quarter finals on July 3rd. biggest English upset since the 1950 world cup when the United States beat them 1-0. so the quarters are set. Poland vs Portugal on Thursday, Wales vs Belgium on Friday, Germany vs Italy on Saturday and France vs Iceland on Sunday. wow.

round of 16 part 7

Italy has just knocked out the two time defending champions 2-0 to move on to the quarter finals and will face Germany on Saturday. it was a good run for Spain, but it ends here. next up has England vs Iceland in an hour to finish the round of 16.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

round of 16 parts 4, 5 and 6

in the capper Belgium absolutely took out Hungary 4-0. first goal in the 10th minute and three goals in the last 12 minutes in the game. they will be playing Wales in the quarter finals on July 1st. the second game had Germany take out Slovakia 3-0 to go to the quarters against either Italy or Spain on July 2nd. the first game had France beat Ireland 2-1 to move on. they will get either England or Iceland on July 3rd. so tomorrow has Italy vs Spain and England vs Iceland.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

round of 16 part 3

this one went into extra time. a bit of a shaky game i think. Portugal gets the only goal of the game late in the second half of extra time as they beat Croatia 1-0 and will face Poland in the quarter finals on June 30th. tomorrow has France vs Ireland, Germany vs Slovakia and Hungary vs Belgium to continue the round of 16.

round of 16 part two

Wales has advanced to the quarter finals after beating Northern Ireland 1-0 on an own goal by Northern Ireland. ouch. sad way to eliminate your team. who will they face? stay tuned. next up has Croatia vs Portugal with the winner facing Poland in the quarters.

round of 16 part one

this came to penalty kicks. it went 1-1 through full time. it went 1-1 through extra time. in penalties Poland wins it 5-4 and advancing to the quarter finals and eliminating Switzerland. who will they face next? stay tuned

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

day 13 part two

Robbie Brady scores the biggest and only goal of the game as Ireland beats Italy one and will be the last third place team into the round of sixteen with 4 pts. Italy wins the group with 6 pts meanwhile Belgium hangs on to beat Sweden 1-0 to finish second in group E with 6 pts (Italy beat Belgium in their matchup) Sweden finishes last with 1 pt and is out. the round of 16 is set and goes as follows: Swizterland vs Poland, Wales vs Northern Ireland and Croatia vs Portugal on Saturday; France vs Ireland, Germany vs Slovakia and Hungary vs Belgium on Sunday; and to round it out, Italy vs Spain and England vs Iceland on Monday.

day 13 part one

group F (yes F) games are done. Iceland scored a last minute goal as they beat Austria 2-1. meanwhile Portugal and Hungary had a heck of a second half trading goals. they ended up playing to a 3-3 tie. Hungary and Iceland finished with 5 pts each, but Hungary takes the group based on goals differential (+2 - +1). Portugal finishes third with 3 pts and is one of the four third place teams in the round of 16. and Austria finishes last with one. group E this afternoon has Sweden vs Belgium and Italy vs Ireland.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

day 12 part two

group D is now in the books. Turkey eliminates Czech Republic after beating them 2-0. Turkey finishes 3rd with three points, while Czech Rep finishes with 1. meanwhile Croatia will finish first in the group after beating Spain 2-1. they had a key save on a penalty kick to preserve the win. Croatia finishes with 7 pts while Spain finishes with 6. Turkey may be in the round of 16 as one of the four best 3rd place finish. Slovakia and Northern Ireland have two of those spots. leaving two left. tomorrow's games has Sweden vs Belgium and Italy vs Ireland in group E and Iceland vs Austria and Hungary vs Portugal in group F. this will round out the group games and decide the round of 16.

day 12 part one

group C is in the books. Germany beat Northern Ireland 1-0 while Poland beat Ukraine, also 1-0. Germany and Poland tied for first with 7 points, but Germany wins the group based on goal differential (+3 - +2) Northern Ireland finishes third with three points and may get into the round of 16 as one of the four best third place teams and Ukraine finishes last with no points. a little later has Croatia vs Spain and Czech Republic vs Turkey to finish group D action.

Monday, June 20, 2016

happy summer solstice

at 4:34pm (about 40 minutes ago) we officially started summer. today is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours at over 17 hours. after today we slowly start losing those daylight hours. also the strawberry full moon happening. the moon will be lower in the horizon and ultimately a little bigger. last time the full moon happened on the first day of summer was in 1967. wow.

day eleven done as is group B

Wales got two goals in the first 20 minutes and got one more in the second half and carried the play as they beat Russia 3-0 to take Group B and eliminate Russia. meanwhile England and Slovakia ended up playing to a scoreless draw. Wales finishes first in group B with 6 points and will be in the round of 16 as will England, who finishes second with 5 points. Slovakia finishes third with 4 and may end up in the round of 16 as one of the four best third place team in the group. Russia finishes with one point and is out. four games tomorrow: Northern Ireland vs Germany and Ukraine vs Poland in group C while Croatia vs Spain and Czech Republic vs Turkey in group D. things are getting real fun now.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Group A done on day 10

group A is done with their round robin games. France and Swizterland played to a scoreless draw. France wins the group with 7 pts, while Switzerland gets into the round of 16 with 5 points. in the other game, Albania gets their first ever Euro goal and Euro win, winning 1-0 over Romania. Albania finishes 3rd with three poins, while Romania finishes last with one point and is eliminated. Albania has a chance of being one of the four best third place finishers to join the round of 16. stay tuned for that. tomorrows games has Slovakia vs England and Russia vs Wales to decide group B. stay tuned for that.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

scoreless capper

to cap it off, Portugal and Austria played to a scoreless draw to end matchday two. Portugal has two pts, and Austria has none to round out group F. match day three starts tomorrow in group A with Switzerland vs France and Romania vs Albania that is all for today.

middle day nine

Iceland had a 1-0 after scoring in the 40th minute, but Hungary ended up getting the equalizer in the 88th minute thanks to an own goal by Iceland. so this ended up a 1-1 draw. Hungary has 4 pts and Iceland has two. Portugal vs Austria rounds out group F in an hour.

beginning of day nine of Euro

it was close in the first half. Belgium blew it open in the second half scoring all three of their goals in winning over Ireland 3-0. Belgium carried the play throughout. group E is done their second games. Italy still leads with 6 pts, Belgium now has three, Sweden and Ireland have one each with one game left. Iceland vs Hungary is on in an hour.

Friday, June 17, 2016

euro day 8

in group D, Spain earned their way into the round of 16 after beating Turkey 3-0. they lead the group with six pts, while Turkey has none. also Croatia and the Czech Rep played to a 2-2 tie. Croatia has 4 pts while the Czech Rep has one. in group E, Italy beat Sweden 1-0. Italy has also made their way to the round of 16. they lead their group with 6 pts. Sweden has one. tomorrow has Belgium vs Ireland to round out group E, Iceland vs Hungary and Portugal and Austria to round out the second group games.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

a week into euro 2016

in group B, England beat out Wales 2-1 and now sits atop of group B with 4 pts, then Slovakia and Wales with three points and Russia has one. no eliminations or round of 16 spots here. in group C, Northern Ireland beat Ukraine 2-0 while Germany and Poland drew to a scoreless tie. Germany and Poland lead the Group with 4 pts each, Northern Ireland has three and Ukraine has none and is now eliminated with one game left. tomorrow has Czech rep vs Croatia and Spain vs Turkey in group D and Italy vs Sweden in Group E.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

second round of games on day 6.

the second round of games have begun. to cap off the day, France beat Albania 2-0, both goals real late - one in the 89th minute and one in added time. Romania and Switzerland played to a 1-1 tie. France leads the group with 6 pts, Switzerland has 4, Romania with 1 and Albania with 0. France, with their win, is the first team in the round of 16. in group B, Slovakia beat Russia 2-1. Slovakia has three points, while Russia still sits at one.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

day five ends first games

day five is done and so is the first games. in the early game Hungary beat Austria 2-0, while in the late game Portugal and Iceland drew to a 1-1 tie. Iceland tied it three minutes into the second half. Hungary leads with three points, Portugal and Iceland have one point and Austria has none. tomorrow begins round two of group games. games have Romania vs Switzerland, France vs Albania and Russia vs Slovakia.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Euro 2016 day four

in the capper, Italy showed their defensive skill as they beat Belgium 2-0. totally shut down the Belgium attack. earler Ireland and Sweden played to a 1-1 tie. Ireland got the first goal of the game, and then had one of their players score an own goal (put the ball in their own net), tying the game for Sweden. group E standings has Italy with three pts, Ireland and Sweden with one each and Belgium with none. in the first game of the day to round out group D, Spain beat the Czech Republic 1-0. Spain and Croatia have three pts, while the Czechs and Turkey have none. games tomorrow has Austria vs Hungary and Portugal vs Iceland in group F to round out the first games of group play.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley CUp champions

the Pittsburgh Penguins are stanley cup champions after winning game 6 3-1 and the series four games to two. their fourth championship in history after winning in 1991, 1992 and 2009. they outplayed the Sharks throughout most of the series. Sidney Crosby was named Conn Smythe trophy winner as playoff MVP. congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

day three in the books

day three of euro 2016 is in the books. the second game had Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0. the capper had Germany beat Ukraine 2-0. Muanuel Neuer kept Ukraine off the score sheet. Germany and Poland have three points each while Northern Ireland and Ukraine have none tomorrow has Spain vs Czech Rep, Ireland vs Sweden and Belgium vs Italy. that is it for today.

start of day 3

first game had Croatia beat Turkey 1-0. from what i heard Croatia had multiple chances to blow this game open. Croatia leads group d. two games left and tehy are in group C. next up is Poland vs Northern Ireland. later.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

148th running of the Belmont Stakes

this one came right down to the wire as Creator won by a nose over Destined. Irad Ortiz was the winning jockey. winning time was 2:28.51. pretty darn good finish. no triple crown winner this year. so congrats all around.

end of day two goes even steven

bit of a surprise. England carried most of the play and had plenty of chances. they opened the scoring in the 73rd minute. Russia ends up tying it in added time. the game ends at a 1-1 draw. England and Russia get a point each, Wales is on top of group A with three and Slovakia has none. tomorrow has three games: Poland vs Northern Ireland, Germany vs Ukraine and Turkey vs Croatia. that is it for now soccer wise.

a Welsh win

in their first Euro tournament game Wales pulls out a 2-1 victory over Slovakia in a bit of a chippy affair. Gareth Bale opened the scoring. this is also Wales first major tournament game since the 1958 world cup in Sweden. next up has England vs Russia at 1pm.

beginning of day two

wow this was a tight one. Switzerland scored 5 minutes into the game and had to battle a determined Albania team that finished the game with 10 players. Jan Sommer made a couple of key stops as Swizterland beat Albania 1-0. the Swiss could have had two or three more goals, but couldn't put the ball away. next up has Wales vs Slovakia.

Friday, June 10, 2016

opening night of Euro 2016

not a bad opener. France beat Romania 2-1. Romania battled and France looked tense. Dimitri Payet got the game winner for the hosts on a laser beam from outside the penalty area. France obviously leads Group A. three games tomorrow featuring Albania vs Switzerland to finosh group A, Wales vs Slovakia and England vs Russia in group B action.