Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday Mudita

Argentine wunderkind Lionel Messi delivers the extra-time game winner in the Final of the World Club Cup with his chest as he dives across the goal mouth. Yes, that's a diving chest goal. I can't say that I've ever seen anything like this done intentionally. The cross was too high and had too much pace to volley and was sinking at too great a rate to get a head on it. So, what does the best footballer on the earth do? Well, he dives and chests it past the Estudiantes keeper in the 110th minute. You've got to watch this clip through to the end to see the close-ups of this shot. The wide-angle view doesn't do it justice.

Just When I Think They Couldn't Possibly Be Any Dumber...

...the Knicks Win Two At Home and Totally Redeem Themselves

After twin come-from-ahead road losses last week (at Charlotte and Chicago, respectively) slowed the Knickerbockers headlong charge into Eastern Conference relevancy, sapping my confidence in coach D'Antoni, the team came home to the Garden and regrouped over the weekend. Well, not at first. Because, at first, they fell behind by 20 to the Clippers. But then, they did regroup and rally for a late win on a David Lee tip on Friday night. Then on Sunday, Danilo Gallinari hit (and missed) clutch free throws before icing the game with a blocked shot in the waning moments against Larry Brown and the Bobcats.

After opening the 2009-2010 campaign with a franchise-worst 1-9 record, the Knicks have hit 10 wins before 20 losses. Now, hop on the back of this moped, Isiah got it for a second rounder in 2008, and let's ride to the Eighth Seed.