Greetings and welcome to the latest edition of The Morning After.
It's already the second half of the 2012. Hope the reader has had a productive first half of 2012. It has been an interesting stretch for everyone and hope the remainder of the year makes it even better.
Meanwhile, the NBA season may have concluded on the court, the mantra of the swoosh remains true and legitimate. Basketball Never Stops.
The NCAA already has commenced action last week. The big buzz was naturally, how 5 rookies and a sophomore beat a veteran squad. The rival league UAAP already is making preparations for its campaign, which will begin on July 14. They even have a "Call Me Maybe" meme ready.
In the pros, the quest for a semifinal seat will need a playoff. One of the teams involved has Mario West as their reinforcement. And coming soon, a Legend gets his jersey retired.
The NBA Draft just ended, and Summer League beckons. Of course, there's the drama of free agency. And the quest for Olympic Gold. Being a basketball fan in the Motherland is just blissful.
Here forth are the links after the jump.
Kings of Europe. Again. (c/o Sports Illustrated)
How did Spain unleash its demolition of the catenaccio. (c/o Zonal Marking)
No Becks in the Olympics. Or maybe he will be in it, after all. (c/o Herald Sun and Fox Sports)
Caliclasico Drama. (c/o San Francisco Chronicle)
It is inferred that UEFA views that the decision on goal-line technology may be too hasty. (c/o Daily Mail)
Preps for the American women's football team already conducted. (c/o Salt Lake Tribune)
This is long, but after 2010 Isner-Mahut, feels short. (c/o The Guardian)
Rufus has been found. (c/o BBC Sport) The Golden Set. (c/o New York Times)
The sexist debate, revisited. (c/o Daily Mirror)
The First Sportsman chimed in on Title IX, but 40 years on, still a long way to go, apparently. (c/o Barack Obama and Christian Science Monitor)
One Million for One Drop, eh. (c/o Wall Street Journal)
Prime Time run-off with huge stakes. (c/o New York Post)
Time to replicate the 8 in '08. (c/o Washington Post)
What to watch in UFC 148. (c/o Rant Sports)
Blake has been better than Bolt, so far. (c/o Yahoo!'s Fourth-Place Medal)
Exiting Roushketeer. (c/o Sporting News)
Obviously, Singapore has made the rest of the world envious with their Grand Prix. (c/o Rush Lane)
Tiger passes Jack. (c/o USA Today)
Where the Pac-12 dominates. (c/o Oregon Live)
It takes a SEC guy to shepherd you in the SEC. (c/o Bryan College Station Eagle)
Penning a repeat begins here. (c/o CBS Sports' Eye on Hockey)
Staal-ing is a necessity. (c/o Charlotte Observer)
No El Kabayo at Chavez Ravine. (c/o Houston Chronicle)
Aldon Smith stabbed. (c/o NBC Bay Area)
May you enjoy this jazzy beat.