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Rolling With the Punches in 2014

If I could only use one word to describe the past 364 days of my life I could use either crazy or unexpected. Every year you want to become a better person, better at what you do and how you treat others, at least that is what I want. This year is hard to sum up in one blog with everything that happened but I will give it a try.

I feel thankful for most of the things that I got to accomplish this year. A year that was perfectly scripted the day it started but somewhere along the way that script got erased and life has not been the same. I wanted to keep my job, keep working in the United States, develop into a strong journalist and earn a reputation that could open me the doors more easily anywhere. I realized that sometimes no matter how good you are, your passport can hurt you.

I can’t complain of what I had to do to believe I was ready for any challenge. In the first half of my year, while I was still working at Telemundo in DFW. I covered the “Heart of Dallas Bowl” the first day of the year between my alma matter and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas where U.N.T. took the title. I had worked many games back at U.N.T. watching the program develop into what happened that first day of 2014 at the Cotton Bowl, so I was happy to be there.

Then came the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium, many Rangers games, a U.F.C. fight, Mavericks games including a playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs who would later win the championship. I was working on my own stories, I felt I was on my way to easily get a work visa once my student visa expired. I had gone through a lot of punches in my early career, I was starting to feel some stability in my life. Unfortunately that changed, after a great year and a half with Telemundo I had to say goodbye.

Before I knew it I was heading home not only after 18 months in Telemundo but almost six years living on my own in the United States. I wanted to say everything happens for a reason and more than six months after that happened that is still not so clear to me. I came back thinking my degree from a U.S. University would be my easy way in to a good job in Mexico. With the World Cup around the corner nothing mattered more for media corporations than what happened in Brazil.

i spent time at home thinking and trying to rebuild my life. Trying to find a meaning to whatever happened in this new era for me. It was and still is hard for me to understand why things happen the way it has. After half a year of sending resumes to many different places and not finding one full-time job many questions are raised.

Meanwhile I did have some nice experiences. I covered a triathlon, a marathon and to top it all off a Formula 1 Race. This last one was the best thing that could happen to me at any given moment, and after struggling with the job hunt, it was even better news. It was a one week job that I will remember for a lifetime. As a fan of the sport, having all the pilots, cars and celebrities (including Pam Anderson) walk right by me and stopping for pictures was like giving the key to a kid for a candy store. It felt surreal, but it could not be more real. At the end of the race I did not care about the outcome as much as I did not want it to end.

I like to say I went to heaven and came back the day after it ended and it is something that I believe truly adds to my curriculum. Since that trip I kept on traveling all over the place for almost two months. I was not staying in the same place for more than five days straight. I had a trip to shoot my first commercial, a project in which I am still working, and I was at home (Mexico City) to watch one of my favorite soccer teams win the national league championship.

After many weeks of being depressed by not finding a job I used travel to keep my busy and productive. I did everything including running a marathon where I had to sacrifice the will of qualifying for Boston due to an injury and now could only worry on finishing to remember how great that feels.

At the end of the year I am happy with most of the things that happened this 2014 but I am still seeking for that emotional, personal and professional stability. I know I’ve been through a lot and that this roller coaster will never end even if I want it to. That is how life goes, there are reasons to feel sad about 2014 but more to feel happy.

I started OscarSports.com to keep talking about sports, one of the things I love the most, and 2015 will be big for this project. This website will experience changes for the better early this new year. This is my new baby which I will keep feeding to make it grow. If work does not come to me I have to create it for myself and this is it.

I know I have to keep rolling with the punches, that is the only way to grow, to mature and to become a better version of yourself. I will not give up in the seek of better things and I hope that everyone that made it this far in this post does the same. Happy New Year everyone!

Postseason Cowboys

The accident waiting to happen has not happened this season for the Dallas Cowboys. Without Jerry Jones making the calls and letting his staff, lead by Jason Garrett do its job, after 16 weeks of football action this means the Cowboys are going to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

Unlike the past three years, Dallas did not have to wait until the last game of the regular season to learn its faith. By winning all but three games up to this point last night at AT&T Stadium they clinched not just a ticket to the postseason but the NFC East division title.

America’s team has been unbeatable on the road but they have had their fair share of struggles when performing in front of a home crowd. They opened the season with a loss against the 49’ers and since then only the Arizona Cardinals, the Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles have made it clear that they do wanted to mess with Texas.

That did not matter much now, since after losing to the Eagles in Thanksgiving, Romo has been on beast mode and done everything he can to take his team to where it stands today. After the Eagles lost to the Redskins on Saturday it was only a matter of a win against the Colts to seal the deal. They obviously came out on top with a dominant 42-7 performance over Indianapolis.

It was a record-setting night in Jerry World and it had nothing to do with ticket sales. The over 90,000 spectators were in to see the boys #finishthefight. Emitt Smith was sitting in the V.I.P. box with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and “hoping” to see DeMarco Murray beat his record of rushing yards in a season. With having surgery done in his left hand just days before the game it was a surprise to see Murray on the field. At the end of the day he was 29 yards shy of it.

The one that did get a record was Tony Romo. The quarterback had just another one of those nights that are hard to believe from a QB that had been struggling with his games in December his whole career. He completed 90% of his passes (18-20), he did not throw a single interception while the Colts had two. He passed the ball for 218 yards which has him now as the franchise all-time leading passer with 32,971, putting him in the record books over legendary Troy Aikman.

At the end of the game there were many reasons to smile about in the locker room. The victory, the playoff spot, and being so close to getting their first shutout of the season and against a team that had scored in every regular season game since 1993.

It was also a special night for coach Jason Garrett who now has 40 victories with the team since he took charge in 2010. He is now showing why Jerry has kept him for a long time after losing decisive games against the Giants, Redskins and Eagles the past three seasons. For the man that once was a player and is now leading the organization to the spot in history it deserves, this is the reflection of the work done in all past three seasons and not only the past 15 games.

If the regular season ended today things would not look so nice for the Cowboys as they would most likely be playing the Cardinals  (11-4), one of the few teams that can brag about beating the boys this season. If the accident waiting to happen does not happen there is a big chance we could see the Dallas Cowboys back in the Super Bowl on February 1st at the University of Arizona

Rondo To Dallas

Just how big is the move of Rajon Rondo to Dallas? In a few words, it is huge, and here is why. Bringing in someone like Rajon to Dallas is a key ingredient to an already strong team. The former Boston Celtics has been as consistent as you can be in a league where every season you play 82 highly competitive games every season.

He has played 527 games in his career with a field goal percentage of .473 but that is not the area where he excels, his go-to weapon while playing the game he loves is passing. Rondo has been in the top two spots in this league the past four seasons when it comes to assists. Last year the Mavs found in players like José Calderón someone to help the position that Jason Kidd had vacated a couple of seasons ago.The trade that brings in the number nine Celtic is actually compared to the one that was used to bring Kidd into the team.

Rondo was a crucial part of a championship team in Boston back in 2008 who will also make the trip to Dallas with Dwight Powell. In exchange the Celtics get Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright plus two draft picks that would go to the Mavs in the 2015 and 2016 drafts. That just quantifies how big the move is and how much Mark Cuban wanted to have Rondo playing at the American Airlines Center.

This could hurt a Dallas team that was working quite well almost halfway through the season with 19 wins and eight losses. A team that is leading the league with the most points per game average (110.1) and currently third in the southwest standings with the San Antonio Spurs as their next rival.

Obviously Marc Cuban, Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle don’t want to hurt a team that is in serious playoff contention. They are bringing in someone who could help elevate the already strong game the Mavericks have shown this season. Giving J.J. Barea a strong competitor for his position. Barea is a good player that also has a good player with already a championship ring in his resumé. It is still one of the weakest positions in the Mavericks roster that with Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis up front have made the Dallas team one of the most fearless offensive teams in the NBA.

That is a reason this team did not need someone like Lebron James. Last season they suffered setting up big plays and getting rebounds, with Rondo in the picture things could change drastically. The 28 year is switching teams for the first time in his career, after 8 seasons in Boston, Dallas will represent a new challenge for the University of Kentucky alumni. But the guy has a tested ability and even though he is coming out of an injury the faith in the 3-time All Star is strong.

Because if Rondo can adapt his game to his new team I am certain the Dallas Mavericks should from now on be considered a Championship contender. Having Rondo in the roster is a vital part of that dream.

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Born in Louisville, became pro in Boston and now looks to solidify his career in Dallas. Rajon Rondo (masslive.com)

UFC’s Injured Card

It took less than eight hours for the first-ever Ultimate Fighter Championship (UFC) fight in Mexico City to sell out the over 20,000 tickets available. Earlier this week the event took a huge hit and we probably won’t see the “Arena Ciudad de México” at its maximum capacity on november 15.

What was supposed to be a huge turnout to watch Caín Velasquez fight for the heavyweight championship against Fabricio Werdum could lose huge ratings now that Velasquez was ruled out due to an injury in his knee. His place will be now taken by Mark Hunt. Two days later, Diego Sánchez announced via Twitter that his fate was just like Velasquez bad luck. The interesting thing here is that Sanchez opponent, Joe Lauzon, had already dropped out of the competition one day earlier. Plus add the withdrawal of Erick “Goyito” Pérez from Monterrey, Mexico. Everything seems to be going the opposite way as to how organizers envisioned the event.

Dana White, during his appearance at UFC 172 in Dallas, Texas showed a huge interest on taking his brand to the other side of the Rio Grande where the UFC fanbase is steadily growing. It is still unclear how the various hits this event has taken will affect the two White had already planned for 2015.

At 32 years old, Velasquez (13-1-0) is not only a fan favorite among the hispanic followers of the sport, but a household name among the elite figures in the mixed martial arts world. Even though he has spent most of his life living in the United States, his roots are based in Mexico. The first ever UFC event in Mexico was a great comeback opportunity for the fighter who has not seen action since October 2013 when he beat Junior dos Santos.

His injury is clearly not just a hit for his personal career but for the whole UFC circus that is a major blow that is yet not quantified. Something that is not common in big events is reimbursements and that is just what UFC is offering ticketholders. From october 28 to november 7 those who saw any of the injured fighters as a reason to attend, will be able to claim their money back.

2014 hasn’t been a good year for UFC fighters,  many who have been getting injured left and right throughout the year. Staying healthy has been a challenge for many of them, something that is always bound to happen when we are talking about a highly physical and brutal contact sport. But it is nothing compared to 2013 when 101 fighters had to step down from either practices or bouts. This year the number of injured contestants is around 50.

Some could claim that the bad luck for the upcoming event on the arena where it will be hosted. The last big show that was scheduled at the Mexico City Arena was between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs. The NBA game had to be postponed when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building less than an hour before the scheduled tip off.

So whatever it is, now that Cain, Diego and Joe have been ruled out of the first ever UFC showdown in Mexico City it will be interesting to see if the arena still sells out and what are the repercussions for the future of the sport south of the United States.

The new main event for UFC 180. Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt who is replacing Cain Velásquez (mmaweekly.com)
The new main event for UFC 180. Fabricio Werdum vs. Mark Hunt who is replacing Cain Velásquez (mmaweekly.com)

Marca Maratónica

Paso de todo en el último fin de semana en cuanto a deportes se refiere. Cambios en la dirigencia de la selección de basquetbol de México, Miguel Layún anotó cuatro goles en el partido del América contra Santos, México gana el Mexican Challenge de Tiro con Arco y como olvidar el final de la carrera del capitán Derek Jeter. Pero en lo personal es el nuevo récord mundial en el maratón el mejor de todos.

El maratón de Berlín es uno de los seis grandes del atletismo mundial. A la par de Boston, Chicago, Nueva York, Londres y Tokio hay algo que sólo ofrece la capital alemana. A finales de septiembre se ha vuelto una costumbre que los mejores maratonistas del mundo se reúnan en Berlín y este año no fue la excepción. Desde el 27 de septiembre del 2008 cuando el etíope Haile Gebrselassie detuvo el cronómetro en 2:03:59, 27 segundos mejor que su marca del año anterior desapareció el mito de que el ser humano no podría bajar de 2:04:00 en la carrera de 42.195 kilómetros. Ese mismo año (2011) en Boston ya se había corrido un maratón más rápido pero el 2:03:02 del ya fallecido Geoffrey Mutai no contó por la altimetría del recorrido y ser un trazado de punto a punto. Pasaron tres años para que en el mismo Berlín con tiempo de 2:03:38 Patrick Makau de Kenya tuviera el honor de ser un plusmarquista. A Wilson Kipsang con 2:03:23 si le valió su tiempo en Berlín para arrebatarle la marca a su compatriota Makau. Ya este pasado domingo fue Dennis Kimetto quien escribió su nombre con letras doradas en la historia del maratón al vencer a todos los que en la historia de la distancia han completado un maratón para terminar con 2:02:57.

Kimetto a sus 30 años admira mucho a Gebrasaille y entrena con Mutai así que no es un desconocido a poner su nombre junto a los grandes. Su debut en el medio maratón se dió en Nairobi y lo ganó con tiempo de 1:01:30. Poco después en las calles de la ciudad que le sienta mejor (Berlín) terminó la distancia en 59:14. Seguido por un segundo lugar en el maratón de la misma localidad en el 2012. Su victoria de consolidación en la élite del atletismo se dió en el maratón de Chicago con un tiempo de 2:03:45, poco después de haber ganado el maratón de Tokio.

Su primera lesión en cuatro años como atleta profesional lo alejó de competir en el maratón de Boston. Sin embargo no tardó en sanar la herida (en el chamorro) y pudo prepararse para su cita con la historia en las calles de donde el mundo del atletismo lo puede considerar el hijo predilecto. Regresó a Berlín y en su mente no solo estaba ganar la prueba, sino imponer un nuevo récord mundial. Con 15 grados centígrados el día de la carrera y poco viento las condiciones eran idóneas para lograr la hazaña. Desde el pistolazo de salida comenzó la magia.

Sus primeros 10 kilómetros pasaron en 29:24 y las cosas apenas se iban calentando. Llegó con un contingente grande a la marca del medio maratón 1:01:45 y era considerado como lento. A los 25 kilómetros se quedaron atrás atletas de talla como Geoffrey Kamworor y Tsegaye Kebede y cinco kilómetros después se desprendieron de los conejos para que dos kenianos y un etiope se pelearan el título del evento. Cuando parecía que iban a aflojar el paso ocurrió todo lo contrario y empezaron a promediar 2:47 por kilómetro. A cuatro kilómetros del final Kimetto apretó el paso para ya no voltear y quitarse la espina del segundo lugar años atrás. Llegando a la Puerta de Brandenburgo sólo quedaban 400 metros (los cuales promedió a 69.93) y sólo quedaba la expectativa de conocer por cuanto se iba a llevar el récord mundial.

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Acabó la prueba y Kimetto terminó con otro mito más al ser el primer ser humano en romper las dos horas y tres minutos. Su tiempo de 2:02:57 comprobó que muy probablemente en un futuro no muy lejano podamos ver a alguien y tal vez al mismo Kimetto romper la marca de las dos horas. Lo complicado del caso es bajar el ritmo promedio que de por si ya es vertiginoso. El keniano sabe poco inglés para conceder entrevistas, pero con que sus piernas hablen al hombre le alcanza.

Tan solo saldrá de Berlín con $64,000 (dls) por ganar el maratón, $38,068 por bajar de 2:04:00 y para rematar sumenle $63,447.00 por tener la mejor marca del mundo mundial.

Video del cierre de Kimetto

Lone Rangers

The 2013 Major League Baseball Season was destined to be a comeback season for the Texas Rangers who missed the postseason for the first time in four years after falling to the Tampa Bay Rays at home during their wild-card game at the “Rangers Ballpark”. After 163 games everyone in the Texas Clubhouse was sent home for early vacations.

There were some changes made to the roster made during the offseason including Nelson Cruz who did not renew his contract and fled away to the Baltimore Orioles. He now celebrates clinching the American League East Title with his new team. Cruz, had missed 50 games of the previous season after being caught in the biogenesis scandal. Before that, he had been one of Arlington’s most prominent hitters with 157 home runs in eight years with the team. The team and fans took an even bigger hit when Ian Kinsler, took off towards Detroit to play with the Tigers. He is also enjoying current success as his team leads the Central Division of the American League.

Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder came to Texas looking to heal the open wounds Cruz, Kinsler and an early elimination in the previous season had on fans and the organization. They were brought in as people with experience who would help a squad with many call-ups from the minor league team. For many years Nolan Ryan had been the one making those type of calls, but with his resignation during the offseason, John Daniels took the spotlight and was under a lot of pressure to try and imitate what Ryan did with helping the team get to the World Series two times in a row as President of Baseball Operations.

Things have not worked the way Daniels, the team and fans would have wanted it. Some call it the Ryan affect, others bad luck and others are more critical and blame it on Daniels. Whatever it is, the team with a new stadium name (Globe Life Park) is looking forward to shutting its doors on September 28 when they host the Oakland Athletics to end the season prematurely once again.

The problems with the team got worst when skipper (manager) Ron Washington decided to resign on September 5th while the team was facing a long losing streak. He did not comment about his resignation at the time and only said it had nothing to do with the team, but a personal matter. After almost eight seasons as the leader of the team, Washington had a record of 664-611 left the clubhouse as the manager with the most wins in franchise history. The speculations about why he had left the team before the season was over ended today as Washington in 210 seconds addressed the media about the issue.

“I was not true to my wife after 42 years. I broke her trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her and to those I disappointed and those who have trusted in me. I let them down”, said the 62 year-old man who had her wife alongside him during the speech as he said goodbye to the team, fans and the entire metroplex area.

Now the Texas Rangers with a 59-92 record up to this point in the current season may only be motivated to spoil other teams chances. Rangers fans deserve a winning team and one that may hopefully win the first World-Series in franchise history. For that, a new chapter in Texas Rangers history will be written starting April 7, 2015 away against the Athletics.

Stats provided by: http://www.Baseball-Reference.com

Running Out of RE2PECT

It was the bottom of the ninth inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards when Kelly Johnson hit the ball hard to deep center field and pushed the Orioles past his old team, the New York Yankees for a 3-2 final score.

No only that meant that the game would not go into extra-innings, it pretty much meant the team from Bronx, New York is out of contention for a post-season ticket. The New York Yankees have to win almost every single game out of the 15 remaining in the regular season to get a miracle as they are now 5 games behind the Orioles in the East Division of the American League. Apparently we are looking at a post-season without Yankees, Red Sox and Texas Rangers.

It also means we may only be 15 games away from saying goodbye to one of the best baseball players of all times. Derek Jeter has taken the spotlight of this season on what he is calling it his “farewell” season. Everywhere the captain of the NYY goes, there will be some kind of ceremony in his honor. The 40-year old shortstop has spent 19 years as a professional baseball player and he has always belonged to the same team.

Jeter has played in over 2,700 games adding up 3,450 hits (259 home runs) with a batting average of .309 throughout his whole career. Jeter was destined to become one of the game’s greatest from a very young age as he was awarded “High School Player of the Year” in 1992 and was drafted by the Bronx team immediately before even thinking on going to college. Just two years later the skinny right-handed player was named “Minor League Player of the Year”. On May 29, 1995 Derek Jeter would make his professional debut against the Seattle Mariners. In 1996 he was awarded “Rookie of the Year”.

Success kept coming towards Jeter that continued to amaze everyone that saw him play either at the ballpark or on television. Consecutive World Series titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000 just added gold letters to his legacy not only to his name but the whole game of baseball. It was in the 2000 World Series when he accomplished his biggest personal title, he was then named “Most Valuable Player” of the Fall Classic and also the All-Star Game.

In 2009, almost 15 years after his debut another record was added to his curriculum, with his 2,722nd hit surpassing Lou Gehrig’s record as the ball player with the most hits wearing a Yankees uniform. Today he is the active-player with the most hits and occupies the sixth spot on the Major League Baseball  All-Time hit list. He also hold the Yankees records for games played, stolen bases, at-bats and singles.

Also in 2009, MLB commissioner Bud Selig described the number two as Major League Baseball’s foremost champion and ambassador. You embody all the best of Major League Baseball. … You have represented the sport magnificently throughout your Hall of Fame career. On and off the field, you are a man of great integrity, and you have my admiration.”

Jeter won 5 World Series Championships with the Yankees
Jeter won 5 World Series Championships with the Yankees (fasthorseinc.com)

Selig said it best, Jeter has really sparked an interest in baseball not only in the United States but also around the world. His undeniable talent has always been backed up by unmatchable statistics across the plate. Even though his numbers may not be as hot in his last seasons, there is not much more Jeter can give to the sport of baseball, he has done enough already.

I could spend all day and write a whole book about everything that Jeter has accomplished with the exception of a University Degree, the man has done it all. He is sure to find a shortcut to MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York whenever his career is over. Yesterday Johnson could have set that date for september 28 at Fenway Park against “Big Papi”and the Boston Red Sox, the NYY most fierce rival.

Post-season might be a more fitting finish for Jeter’s career, but even though it may all soon be over, his legacy to the Yankees and to the game will last forever.