What a January

The month in sports

It seems that the pro athletes around the world take getting rid of the Christmas fat seriously, just think about all the major tournaments that have been happening worldwide this January or are coming up in February?

Australian Open
African Cup of Nations
Asian Cup
NFL Playoffs
Dakar Rally – one of these days…
Handball world championship – a strangely brutal game for those of you not familiar
The X-Games – an OPD favorite.

This is just the big specials, of course lots of leagues are active. Surely the Premier League will create a winter break sometime in the future, maybe not over Christmas but a January or February break wouldn’t hurt.

Australian Open highlights

As always there have been some shocks and unfortunately also some big controversy, with the sexist comments from one of the commentators. It is a real shame that we are still having to fight these problems but at times, sports is the last bastion of the neanderthal, unfortunately.

Quick update:
Serena Williams won a fantastic contest against Maria Sharapova
Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray as he collapsed in the final, there has also been claims from Murray that Djokovic feigned an injury during the final that gained him an advantage.

African Cup of Nations highlights

After changing the location of the tournament at the last minute, it all seems to be going very well, a real relief after the Togo team bus attack a few tournaments ago, Zambia are the defending champions just so everyone is up to date, though it does not look like they will be defending their title as they sit at the bottom of their group.
As it stands now the woman’s final will be Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova, while the Andy Murray is waiting to find out who he will be taking on.

Asian Cup highlights

A few goals There is one highlight that we will focus on, not to take away from the tournament but this deserves that extra bit of focus, step forward Tim Cahill, you maybe wrapping up your career in the near future but DAMN! you are intent on going out in style. Just a friendly piece of advice though… practice that knee slide a few more times.

NFL Playoffs highlights

The NFL Playoffs are only about one thing

Dakar Rally

It looks from the highlights that this might not be a Dakar Rally that the navigators can be proud of as the latest highlights will show you that there was a slight detour to Argentina Though we know that this was planned, it just seems like it could have been funnier if it was the first Dakar Rally that was done with Sat Navs only.

World Handball Championships

As we said earlier a strangely brutal game that is tougher than it sounds. Though the thought of seeing a major league pitcher playing would be interesting. The highlights can be found on the BeIn sports website

X-Games highlights

Do you really want us explaining what happened here or do you want to watch the official Look Back? Just as we thought, here it is: Speed skating is also in full flow, a round of applause to the size of the thighs. Good luck fitting into skinny jeans with those, just google Speed skater thighs if you dare.

Coming soon

 

SuperBowl

We have talked about #deflategate but as anyone that is just an American Football fan for one game, sorry NFL, there are lots of them out there. The big issue is the halftime show and who will win the advert war. There are a few bits of information that have leaked out but we shall see what it all brings on the night.
The Patriots won a very interesting game, for more on this, we will have a full write up at the end of the months

NBA All-Star weekend

This is taking place in New York the home of basketball, oh wait, it is the home of the Knicks so it cannot be the home of basketball, that is cold! Maybe next season the Knicks should take a try at Handball, it might work out better. Quick sidebar, anyone that is a NY sports fan especially of the blue and orange persuasion, understand the phrase “the worst team money can buy” and the Knicks are living upto that. Back to the All-star weekend quickly. We just pitched it to @TheWhistle that maybe a way to spice the Dunk Competition up would be to bring in some amateurs to throw down a few against the pros,

just look at @teamflightbros to see what type of talent there is out there. It would be a great way to get the fans involved a bit more.

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