By: Ryan Wooley
Hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July and that you continue to enjoy the annoying fireworks that everyone keeps blowing off at odd hours of the night. With the holiday now behind us, it’s time to bring you my latest weekly winners. As always, feel free to follow me on Twitter @WooleyMammoth85 and let me know whether you agree or who you would have added to the list.
After the news broke on July 4th that the Minnesota Wild not only landed Zach Parise but Ryan Suter, I felt bad that Detroit didn’t land at least one of them, but also felt happy for the Wild.
It’s not like Minnesota is a destination or even a top tier team in the NHL, but they found a way to bring the top two free agents home.
Now let’s see if it actually pays off and if the Wild can find a way to become relevant.
Whether you’re a tennis fan or not, you can’t ignore what Roger Federer has done and continues to do on the big stage at Wimbledon.
With a four set victory over Novak Djokovic, Federer advanced to his 8th Wimbledon final and is now just one win away from a record-tying 7th Wimbledon championship.
On top of that, it seemed that Djokovic owned Federer whenever they played as he has won six of the past seven meetings, but Federer pulled through when it mattered most to position him for another historic run.
This week the NFL has taken a back seat to all the free agent moves within the NBA and NHL, but the league still found a way to put their name out there by announcing that all video replays that are challenged will also be shown on the video boards inside stadiums, and that they’re lifting local TV blackouts providing that the teams sold 85% of their tickets.
I think both moves are big step in the right direction of proving the NFL listens to their fans because when we’re sitting in the stands, we want to know what video the ref if reviewing to make that crucial call, as home venues only showed replays that benefited their team.
The 85% ticket sale rule meanwhile is good one because if used last year, would have only affected four teams—(Buffalo, Washington, Miami and Cincinnati)—and if there is one constant between those four teams, it is that they’re always near or at the bottom of their respective divisions and will need all the help they can get to try and keep the attention of their fan base.