Tim Marcin’s GBU: Bicycle Kick Alive and Well

By Tim Marcin
Elm Staff Writer

The Good
Since introducing himself as a soccer icon at age 16, Wayne Rooney has thrilled Manchester United fans with spectacular goals for years. His greatest moment as a Red Devil, however, happened just this past Saturday. This goal makes him a legend at the hallowed grounds of Old Trafford—in an instant he put himself among the legends.

The game was supposed to mark the changing of the guard in Manchester. Many viewed it as the match where upstart Manchester City would finally get over the hump, and take down the perennial powerhouse United. With their new rich owners and countless signings, who could blame the City faithful for believing? Unfortunately for them, Wayne Rooney had other plans.

In a tight game, the score knotted at 1-1, Rooney struck in the 78th minute. Off a deflected cross from winger Nani, Rooney adjusted his body and hit a masterful overhead bicycle kick into the upper right corner. The goal ended up winning the derby (rivalry) match for United. This is the day citizens of Manchester have had circled on their calendars for months, and Wayne Rooney single handedly decided the outcome with his brilliance. In the match that meant more than any, Rooney proved his worth.

Rooney called the goal the best of his career, and who can argue? What truly showed his professionalism however, was his quote, “More importantly, it’s three points (a win) which keep us top of the league”. It seems City may have to wait a little while longer to supplant a United team with Rooney at the helm.
The Bad
Come on Cardinals, get it done. Albert Pujols will be a free agent at the end of this upcoming baseball season if the Cardinals cannot get an extension on his contract finished before spring training. That is a terrible scenario for St. Louis. If Pujols leaves, it will be a devastating blow to the franchise, their marquee player shipping out of town. It is not quite LeBron leaving Cleveland, but close. Pujols set a deadline of noon on Wednesday the 16th for the deal to be finished—or everything will be left until the season is over.

The Cardinal’s brass simply needs to figure out a way to seal the deal. Offer Pujols the money he wants, do whatever it takes to get the best player in the game back on your team. Not only does Pujols average over 40 home runs per season and bat over .300, he simply is the organization. He is their face, he is their symbol, he is their hope for a championship. St. Louis cannot afford to put this to chance, they need to get it done before the season. Not only will this save the Cardinal’s franchise in the long haul, it will save them one hell of a distraction during the upcoming season—with all of the free agency speculation that would certainly circle Pujols’ every move (once again look at LeBron’s last season with Cleveland).

The Ugly
Kansas swiftly took the number one spot in college basketball from Ohio State after the Buckeyes fell on the road to Wisconsin. The Jayhawks then gave that number one spot away almost immediately. They simply did not show up against their instate rivals, Kansas State. Jacob Pullen and the rest of the State squad finally lived up to some of their potential, as they dealt out an 84-68 whooping. Pullen dropped 38 in the game, and a team that was supposed to be a contender all along finally won a big game.

That does not excuse Kansas giving the game away, however. Their top players, twins Marcus and Markieff Morris, both got into early foul trouble, which put the Jayhawks behind the eight ball from the start. They cannot allow such careless mistakes to happen. Kansas also allowed a struggling Kansas State team to shoot 56 percent from the field and could only manage to shoot 44 percent themselves (down from their nation leading average of 52.3 percent). Kansas Coach Bill Self called it “a beatdown” and said, “[Kansas State] controlled the game from early on”. He was certainly right in that assessment.

With the game in the past, Kansas now needs to look into what caused this loss. It seems they let a number one ranking get to their heads, and forgot what earned them that honor. If nothing else, this loss proves the Jayhawks cannot afford any kind of complacency when the big dance rolls around.

February 18, 2011
Volume LXXXI Issue 15

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