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World Cup: The thrill of certain victory and the agony of a tie
We started watching USA-Portugal in our family room last night.
We listened to the match on ESPN 1530 on our drive to the Lionel Richie concert at Riverbend.
Then we watched the USA-Portugal match on a big screen until Cee Lo Green took the stage as opening act.
The crowd reaction to the soccer was pretty cool.
When Michael Bradley missed the crowd collectively groaned.
We were walking to our seats when the US tied the match 1-1. A loud roar could be heard around Riverbend.
Peyton was watching at home and was texting us updates:
GOAAAAAL USA....Dempsey!
30 sec left....Extra time being added. 
They are adding 4 minutes
Portugal scored
Ranadlo crossed, then header in
Games over
Talk about a range of emotions being all over the place. What a moment it could have been for the US....a dramatic rally, an amazing goal by Captain America, back-to-back wins, no Jozy Altidore and advancement. Instead, it felt like the US lost and it provided all the naysayers ammunition for debates about ties/extra time/choking.
We got home around 11:30 last night and watched the final 10-minutes.
I still can't believe it. What a brutal late turnover by Michael Bradley. But what a cross by Ronaldo and what a goal. And how did Silvestre Varela get past all the US defenders? You could feel all those emotions through the post match reaction of Alexi Lalas on ESPN.
The Dempsey goal was amazing. I don't know that I've ever seen a goal quite like his.  What a lazy mistake when the US failed to clear and it led to Portugal scoring to make it 1-0. Having said all of this, the US has four points, and is still in. I can't wait until Thursday at noon.


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: American fans react as Portugal scores a last-minute goal to tie the U.S. 2-2 while watching at the FIFA Fan Fest on Copacabana Beach during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on June 22, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The game ended in a 2-2 tie. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Oh so close, Americans melt at end in Amazon heat
MANAUS, Brazil (AP) — They were less than 30 seconds away.
The Americans were about to romp into the round of 16 at the World Cup, about to walk off with their first come-from-behind win at soccer's showcase. About to advance with a game to spare. About to win consecutive World Cup games for the first time since 1930.
But they wilted in the Amazon heat and humidity.

Last-minute goal means US has work to do
Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News
The United States was mere seconds from advancement to the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, leading on a goal that might have been one of the more historic in their quarter century as a legitimate national team program. And then Cristiano Ronaldo returned to being Cristiano Ronaldo, his cross on a last-second surge finding the head of teammate Silvestre Varela for a goal that left the U.S. and Portugal in a 2-2 draw in the second game of Group G play.

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 22: Silvestre Varela of Portugal scores his team's second goal as goalkeeper Tim Howard of the United States looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Lionel Richie
Kelly and I saw Lionel Richie at Riverbend Sunday night. He played for an hour and 50-minutes and was excellent. He just turned 65 and was strong and a great showman. The night was right in my wheelhouse. I was at Carmel High School 1982-84. We had a student run radio station, WHJE. I played all his songs during that period. Cee Lo Green opened and was good. He played for just over an hour. It was well worth the $46.

Props to Riverbend for putting USA-Portugal on a big screen before the concert.

Remember former Bengals TE Ben Utecht?
He is performing at Riverbend on August 1.

I want the Reds to do this
Sunday was the Old Timer's Day at Yankee Stadium



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Ranking the WR's
2. Cincinnati Bengals 
The Broncos have a receiving corps customized for Peyton Manning. The Bengals have the ideal receiving corps for an offense led by a mortal. Manning needs bunches of guys who can run option routes and catch 15-yard comebacks along the sidelines. Human quarterbacks typically need a deep threat, a possession target, a checkdown backfield receiver, a tight end who works the middle and so on. Instead of multiple multi-tools, the Bengals have excellent single-purpose weapons.

Remember when we talked to QB Guru Tom House?
Seems more NFL QB's are seeking out the man that Andy Dalton turned to.

The Montreal Alouettes announced their roster.
*Chad Johnson, active roster
*Mardy Gilyard, practice squad

USA Men's Basketball U18
Franklin's Luke Kennard scored 10 points and pulled down 9 rebounds as the US moved a step closer to the Gold Medal game.

UK lands mega media deal
From UK
In one of the most valuable partnerships of its kind in college athletics history, University of Kentucky officials announced Monday that JMI Sports has been awarded UK’s athletics and campus multimedia marketing rights with a 15-year, $210 million agreement.

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