Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This week: 2 Superstars in the making

When I read the headlines with Gareth Bale and Ronaldo mentioned in the same breath, I thought it was another one of those cheeky headlines from The Sun. As I watched the highlights of the Tottenham/Inter game, I could not believe the extents to which he destroyed not only Inter, but also the colossus right-back Maicon. There are things in football that you almost always know the outcome. Give a free-kick to Becks and you know you can get/will get punished. Give a penalty to Ronaldo, and he'll convert 9 out of 10. Wingers, don't try to go on the Inter's right-flank because Maicon is there. To me, Maicon is the best right-back in football by far, since Lilian Thuram. What Bale did over 2 games with the Brazilian was amazing. He not only went by him as if he wasn't there, he also openly challenged him 1 on 1 before doing so. Never seen this before. And boy, can the Welshman run blazingly fast and deliver perfect crosses! If you haven't seen the highlights of the first and return legs, I advise you to do so; it's quite a treat!

Melbourne Cup. Americain was best at the distance, best on the day, and deservingly won. But what did you think of So You Think? I thought he was mightily impressive. A machine. To win a 10 furlong Group 1 race just a week before running (pulling initially) his Melbourne Cup race, shows that this horse is really special. Add to that his other Group 1 wins, and the fact that his pedigree suggests he's probably better suited for a 12 furlong race, impresses me even more. Word is today that Coolmore are set to buy him and race him in Europe next year. I can't wait. At last, we'll be able to see the best High Chaparral has to offer. And maybe the Arc beckons...(although too soon to think about that!).