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Federer vs Nadal: The Clash of the Titans

Alex Perl | July 11th, 2019

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the two greatest tennis players of our generation. If you ask most people, the term greatest of all time is just a debate between them. July 12, 2019, is the date that will mark their 40th meeting vs one another. The tournament is Wimbledon, which will be their fourth overall meeting in this tournament and the tournament’s semi-final match. With Federer holding the 2-1 advantage in this tournament, and Nadal holding the better overall record, the excitement and audience views for this matchup will more than likely surpass the number of viewers for the actual final. This just shows how big and important this matchup will be.

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Christian Pulisic: The Hope of a Nation

Alex Perl | July 11th, 2019

Soccer is technically the most popular sport in the world, popular in almost every country perhaps, America maybe not so much. With the rise of soccer in video gaming (FIFA for example) over the last 10 years or so, the sport is gradually building a larger and steadier fan base in the states. With that being said, while more and more Americans don Messi and Ronaldo jerseys, one thing we have been deprived of is an American star. We have had some occasional flash in the pan stars like Tim Howard at the 2014 World Cup, or Landon Donovan, but never anyone to guarantee the sport is taking off here. That is until the arrival of one young American arrived in Germany, that man is Christian Mate Pulisic. Continue reading

Kawhi Leonard Signs with Los Angeles Clippers

Alex Perl  | July 6th, 2019

After what has proven to be the longest and most overblown free agency decision in years, if ever, Kawhi Leonard, Friday night finally made his decision. Leonard signed for Los Angeles and not the LA team most of the world is familiar with. In a decision that left media pundits, social media and the world in hysteria. Leonard signed with the Los Angeles Clippers in what can be described as stunning fashion. Continue reading

BREAKING: Kevin Durant to Sign with Nets

Alex Perl  | June 30th, 2019

According to league sources, Kevin Durant will sign with the Brooklyn Nets. The reported deal is for 4-years, $164M. Durant will now Join fellow free agent acquisitions Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn.

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Rob Pelinka: Contender or Pretender?

Alex Perl  | June 21st, 2019

Sports agents broker contracts, handle the business and legal aspects of athletes careers. Despite their wide array of work, one position you would never expect a sports agent to obtain is that of a General Manager of a sports franchise. Although this may sound far-fetched, this is indeed the life of Robert Todd Pelinka Jr. Continue reading

The King of Kool

Alex Perl  | June 20th, 2019

Jürgen Klopp had finally put to bed the ghosts of his failure. Well, failure if you can call it that, for on the night of June 1st, 2019, Klopp was now holding the trophy that had eluded him for years, The UEFA Champions League title trophy. In his third UEFA champions final match, he had finally conquered the demons of his past and could now proclaim himself, as well as Liverpool F.C.,  were now champions.

When you usually think of managers in soccer, you don’t envision fist bumps, hugs, and exciting runs down the touchline after a goal. What you usually see are stoic, suit dressed and stone-like figures, whose only show of emotion is usually anger or slight dismay. The latter is not Klopp, but the former indeed is. Klopp is not like any manager in the world of soccer, or almost in sports in general. His child-like mannerisms and excitement make you think he is more animated than his younger players, but the numbers do not lie, and when you look at the success Klopp has had over his managerial career, maybe he is on to something.

To understand the success of Jurgen Klopp, this goes well beyond his recent success in turning around Liverpool F.C. It dates back to his homeland of Germany. Klopp enjoyed a rather solid if not spectacular career as a player spent mainly with Mainz 05. With his retirement in 2001, he immediately took over the side’s managerial position at Mainz. With his almost revolutionary tactics and energy, he led Mainz in his third year in charge to it’s first ever promotion to the Bundesliga (Top division in Germany) With Mainz enjoying the success it had never dreamed of, Klopp was now hot property in his home country. With interest from top dogs Bayern Munich. he chose Borussia Dortmund instead, not a dominant team, but a team that had plenty of success over the years, despite falling on hard times prior to his arrival.

With Borussia Dortmund, this is where the star of Klopp would take notice on a world stage. Once again the 3rd time was the charm. His third season in charge Dortmund had dethroned Munich as Bundesliga champions. The youngest side to ever win the league. The next season Klopp would win the league again, and now it was not just Germany taking notice, but the world. His young side’s energy reflected in his own, he was pure entertainment, as he was usually seen celebrating with his team or giving very energetic and uncanny interviews post game. By the 2012-2013 season, Dortmund was not doing as well in league play, but Klopp had stated their focus was now on European play. After defeating powerhouse Real Madrid to set up an all-German final with Bayern Munich, his star was never shining brighter. Despite Munich, winning in late and spectacular fashion. Klopp had shown with a young team and comprised of inexpensive stars, you can enjoy success. By 2015, Klopp had done all he could with the lower budgets and emphasis of youth with Dortmund, he had decided to resign.

By October of that year, Klopp had shocked the world by accepting the Managerial position at Liverpool F.C. Klopp and his Gegenpressing tactics were now headed to England. Liverpool had enjoyed marginal success over the years but was known to usually lose their star players to bigger clubs. During his first press conference, he called himself “The Normal One”, a play on Manager Jose Mourinho’s self-proclaimed title of the “Special One.” He was already setting himself as a new character in a league that had no shortage of this. The third year of Klopp had once again provided magic, Liverpool had advanced to their first UEFA Champions League final since 2007. Once again though Klopp had failed, and Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the final. The 2018-2019 season would be quite different for Klopp and Liverpool, they were now in a dog fight for first place in the league, as well as battling to win the UEFA Champions League. Despite narrowly losing out on the EPL title, Klopp had finally buried his winless UEFA Finals record, beating Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 2-0 in the final.

Klopp and Liverpool now open the 2019-2020 season as not only domestic favorites, but possibly favorites to win the Champions League trophy again. With a stacked team from top to bottom who buy into his energy and system, Klopp is in the driver seat for what should be a remarkable and possibly historical season. Klopp once stated, “The challenge is to stay cool enough to handle the pressure in the moment so that you can succeed in the future.” If anyone knows anything about being cool it’s Klopp.

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Andrew Friedman: The Savior of Dodger Baseball

Alex Perl  | June 4th, 2019

As of this very moment, the best record in baseball belongs to the Los Angeles Dodgers. This is no minor coincidence, a stroke of luck, or the earth stopping its rotation. This is a methodically and well-prepared team, that have been constructed in a way, that has not only led to the current success, but also for the long term future. Despite all of the criticism and questioning, it all leads back to one man, and this man is the front office enigma himself, Andrew Friedman. Continue reading