Welcome to the special Memorial Day edition to The Victory Formation.
Just to remind everyone, Memorial Day is an American Federal Holiday that they observe yearly at the last Monday of May, in which this year falls on the 30th. This commemorates all those who died while serving in the United States military.
Like most of the people in the United States, I am also getting the day off. To all my Stateside friends, I hope you get to do the right thing and honor the ones who gave their lives to defend your country from threats known or unknown.
It has been a while since I got the weekend off, and I really need it to get some rest, relaxation and time to stay at home. Unfortunately, most of my family got the chance to go out and frolic. At least, I get to do some more editing of photos and finish some blogs that I really need to go and write about, I hope.
How does the U.S. Embassy here honor Memorial Day? Recently, the U.S.S. Carl Vinson docked in our shores for a routine port call and then some. That aircraft carrier is the so-called funeral hearse for Osama Bin Laden. Some of my blogger friends luckily were able to go on-board and check the dock out.
Here is a nice picture of the U.S.S. Carl Vinson in Manila before we give way to the links.
Memorial Day weekend is all about racing. Dan Wheldon lucks into a rookie mistake (c/o Los Angeles Times). Kevin Harvick takes advantage of Dale Earnhardt, jr.'s fuel woes (c/o USA Today). In the principality of Monaco, Sebastian Vettel continues his dominance of the Formula 1 circuit (c/o VivaF1).
Danica Patrick might be coming to 2012 to a redneck neighborhood near you. (c/o Post Chronicle)
The beat goes on. Lost in the midst of Novak and his quest to smash McEnroe's streak is the fact that Roger Federer is now in 28 straight quarterfinals on Grand Slams (c/o The Independent).
The Williams siblings will be back in time for World Team Tennis. (c/o MSNBC)
Maryland vs Virginia for Lacrosse dominance by the men. (c/o Streaking the Lawn) Bad sign? Northwestern beat the kids from College Park to seal ladies' lacrosse. (c/o Wall Street Journal)
Alberto Contador seals the Giro D'Italia. (c/o Vancouver Sun)
Jamaican dominance in sprints. Probably not going to go away anytime soon. (c/o BBC Sport) Meanwhile, Usain Bolt comes out just fine. (c/o Jamaican Observer)
It takes Charlie Davies and DC United to finally be the team to beat the Portland Timbers at their turf. (c/o Potomac Soccer Wire)
Congratulations to FC Barcelona, who made mincemeat of whatever Manchester United threw at them (c/o Zonal Marking). Meanwhile, Berbatov did not take kindly to being omitted. (c/o The Sun)
Congratulations to AS Monaco for playing your 2000th Ligue 1 game. Your reward is relegation to Ligue 2. (c/o Yahoo! Eurosport UK)
Sepp Blatter has escaped once again the clutches of nasty allegations. (c/o New York Times) And he probably will be getting a fresh new mandate (c/o Bloomberg).
The Donald is finally on top. (c/o Herald Scotland)
Charl gets membership. For Life. (c/o ProGolf Talk)
Something Annika Sorenstam or Michelle Wie never could do. (c/o Larry Brown Sports)
Greg Paulus as a future college basketball coach? (c/o The Lantern)
No more Cody Green, pressure now on Brion Carnes. (c/o Husker Extra)
Classic case of "OMG, I just threw my school under the bus, I need to be in good graces with them, you know..." (c/o Waiting for Next Year)
Some of the Rams know that sports provide temporary relief from trauma. (c/o STL Sports Minute)
Transforming a sign of negativity into a sign of hope. (c/o National Football Post)
Good news for the Canucks (c/o The Globe and Mail). He's been handy for them off the ice (c/o Orland Kurtenblog).
Hockey is king, because unlike basketball in Chicago, others had to adjust schedule. (c/o Vancouver Sun)
Defending the need for the Atlanta Thrashers to stay. (c/o Matchsticks and Gasoline)
Cavs want BOTH Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams. (c/o ProBasketball Talk)
The John Kuester era in Detroit has reached a merciful end. (c/o The Detroit Sports Site)
Lebron is humbled by the Jordan praise. (c/o King James Gospel)
This Caron's for you. (c/o CBS Sports)
What lies ahead for Buster. (c/o San Francisco Chronicle)
To part, here is my fave Rage Against the Machine song. And always remember that the Revolution will not be televised.