Welcome to today's edition of The Victory Formation.
Earlier this week, there was a retirement that was announced. It was that of Yao Ming , the Chinese center who played his entire NBA career with the Houston Rockets. Injuries plagued the former number one overall draft pick in 2002 all throughout his tenure, especially on his foot. He's just 30 years old, with a multitude of possible greatness ahead of him, but like Bill Walton, his feet denied him of it.
The frustrating thing about this is, that the Houston Rockets themselves cannot make a statement on this. The decision of Yao to retire had to be coursed through the NBA's offices in New York. Yup, this is a direct result of the NBA lockout. You see, the teams cannot say anything regarding players. In fact, these teams cannot even retweet or mention the players when they do use the social media. The NBA probably would not even give the Rockets a one-off for this, which is a damn shame. But then again, these are some bitter times, and as long as the lockout is on, this is the norm.
However, if you have NBA TV, you must be enjoying the trips down memory lane with all the stuff they're putting up.
On other Motherland news, Hey, it's collegiate basketball time again here at home. My alma mater is gearing up for its title defense, and boy, I am so giddy about it. In addition, some guy also complained about this particular billboard that is located near a main thoroughfare, and managed to successfully take it down.
Here is a much closer look.
Here forth are the links after the jump.
Because it was after all, one year ago...
No Rafa, no problem. Spain moves forward in the Davis Cup. (c/o 10sBalls)
Yup, there is a team called the Washington Kastles. (c/o The Sacramento Press)
Andre Agassi gets inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame. (c/o Sportsrageous)
How did Korea nail the 2018 Winter Olympics? (c/o Yonhap News)
The final Tour de France of Alexandre Vinokourov goes crash and burn. (c/o VeloNation)
One sign that television is not good for you. (c/o The Guardian)
There is only one Ricky Hatton... (c/o East Side Boxing)
Cotto vs Margarito. This time without the loaded gloves. (c/o BoxingNews24)
The Punisher ekes out a victory. (c/o The Examiner)
Ferrari mark the 60th anniversary of their debut win the right way. (c/o Sportinglife)
Thomas Levet pulls a Kendrys Morales. (c/o Today's Golfer)
Colin Montgomerie talked smack about Rory McIlroy (c/o Irish Central). Karma must have struck (c/o The Independent).
Steve Stricker won the same tournament three straight years. Ain't that sweet (c/o Chicago Sun-Times).
Who says conference shake-ups are a football / basketball thing? (c/o Boston Herald) Of course, some are solutions-oriented... (c/o Western College Hockey)
How do you remember Armon Gilliam? (c/o Washington Post)
This game set Twitter abuzz with madness against Paul Hewitt. (c/o Huffington Post) They did salvage 5th place, though. (c/o NCAA)
Bruce Pearl wants another shot. (c/o SLAM Online)
Caleb King joins Terrelle Pryor as the jewels of the Supplemental Draft. (c/o NFL Mocks) Will Isaiah Crowell save Mark Richt?
Where will Tate Forcier go? (c/o CBS Sports)
Here's a novel idea. Offer cash back instead of wins. (c/o Forbes)
Buckeyes trying to appease the NCAA. Will it work? We'll see come August. (c/o Crimson & Cream Machine)
Mike Vrabel chipping in on the task of reimaging Ohio State. (c/o The Lantern)
Willie Lyles is one smart person knowing that he can get a school to fork over more money because of the swoosh. (c/o Lost Lettermen)
Nice job description there, Oregon. Hope it pays well given what it will entail you. (c/o The Register-Guard)
What should Mike Modano do? (c/o Crash the Crease)
Figuring out the NHL-KHL MOU for the simpleton. (c/o Puck Daddy)
It's now official. Ettore Messina in LA. (c/o Yahoo!)
Deron likes the challenge Turkey poses. (c/o ProBasketball Talk)
Kobe in China? Why not? (c/o Hoopsvibe) He'd might be more interested in Los Angeles given that his dad is coaching and all... (c/o Los Angeles Times). Oh, and he's coming to the Motherland soon. (c/o Nike Philippines)
This solution might be too good to be true for both the NBA and the Players Association. (c/o Grantland)
PacMan Jones acting like PacMan Jones. (c/o Outside the Boxscore)
Should Pat Tillman be in the Hall of Fame in Canton? Discuss below. (c/o Gang Green Nation)
Speaking of Canton, something new will be there as well. (c/o Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Christian Lopez is the guy who caught Jeter's 3,000th hit. (c/o Pocono Record)
Will Mike Trout be a good catch? (c/o Philadelphia Inquirer)
Could Bryce Harper open Nationals Park in 2012? (c/o Sports Illustrated)
Got $150? You can have a gold ball. (c/o So Hood)
Bored and nothing to do later? Go tweet the baseball All-Stars during the Home Run Derby a.k.a. US (National League) vs the World (American League). (c/o The News-Journal)
I am still jarred by the idea of a guy dying trying to catch a ball. (c/o Baseball Nation)
It happened just like that 12 years ago. (c/o New York Daily News)
Some of the people who will be facing Manchester United later this month. (c/o MLS Soccer)
Here are the highlights from the scintillating game in Stuttgart.