2012-2013 La Liga Predictions

1. Real Madrid

2. Barcelona

3. Atletico Madrid

4. Valencia

5. Athletic Bilbao

6. Malaga

7. Sevilla

8. Espanyol

9. Levante

10. Real Sociedad

11. Real Betis

12. Getafe

13. Mallorca

14. Osasuna

15. Granada

16. Rayo Vallecano

17. Deportivo La Coruna

18. Celta Vigo

19. Real Zaragoza

20. Valladolid

USA Gets the Rematch they Want

Plenty has been said about the United States’ classic victory over Canada in Monday’s Olympic semifinal. I posted about the match and gave post game thoughts on my Twitter account. Here are a few more things to take from Monday’s match.

  • Watching Christine Sinclair and Megan Rampinoe trade goals was enjoyable to watch. It was the type of must see TV that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo bring each weekend in La Liga.
  • The match was another success on social media. Americans got another chance to be proud of their country and celebrate a dramatic result. Canadians expressed displeasure, but it was good to see a hockey country caring about soccer.
  • The USA have wanted revenge against Japan and they will have that opportunity on Thursday at Wembley. Keep in mind that most of the USA women played 120 minutes on Monday and have less than 72 hours to be ready for the Japanese.

Chicago Sports Power Rankings for August 2012

Chicago is a city with many superstar athletes playing for our professional sports. With the high profile names comes high expectations from a passionate fan base. Not only our the players under the microscope, but the general managers and front offices for each team face pressure.

Each month I will be ranking Chicago athletes and front offices from the four major American sports leagues. For players I will rank players by the following criteria:

Current performance- How the athlete has performed in the last month

Past performance- How the play has done in the past and achievements for the organization.

Potential- How the player might fare in the future. Age is a big factor here.

Appeal to buy apparel- Is this player’s jersey or shirsey a big seller and often seen at games or around the city?

Off field reputation- A combination of player’s personality, and role in advertisements and popular culture.

In the news- Are the mainstream Chicago media outlets and blogs writing and talking about this player?

The criteria is still a work in progress, but without too much math here is my player rankings for August 2012:

1. Derrick Rose

2. Jay Cutler

3. Brian Urlacher

4. Patrick Kane

5 Jonathan Toews

6. Matt Forte

7. Brandon Marshall

8. Joakim Noah

9. Paul Konerko

10. Anthony Rizzo

11. Patrick Sharp

12. Luol Deng

13. Lance Briggs

14. Duncan Keith

15. Julius Peppers

16. Marian Hossa

17. A.J. Pierzynski

18. Starlin Castro

19. Adam Dunn

20. Jake Peavy

Front Office Rankings:

1. Bears
2. White Sox
3. Cubs
4. Bulls
5. Blackhawks (Not much the Blackhawks can do at the moment. With a stalled NHL free agent and trade market, Stan Bowman and company must stay patient until a new CBA is in place.)