1. Borussia Dortmund
2. Bayern Munich
4. Bayer Leverkusen
5. Werder Bremen
10. Borussia Monchengladbach
15. Eintracht Frankfurt
16. Fortuna Dusseldorf
18. Greuther Furth
My post for Sauce Hockey about the long term contracts that several players have signed in the last two weeks.
My article about why Spain and their fans are happy about their preliminary round loss to Brazil on Monday.
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 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:
2. White Sox
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.)