Welcome to the first edition of The Cred Report. In this roundup, we’re going to recap the events of the past week, highlighting the main stories from the sports world as told by the Fancred community.
Let’s get started!
In a tournament full of upsets early on in the week, including losses from defending champ Roger Federer and the 2013 French Open winner Rafael Nadal, The Scotsman, Andy Murray, brought Britain home its first Wimbledon title in 77 years. People will no longer think back to the Fred Perry days in 1936, but instead to the day of July 7th where #2 Murray defeated the #1 seed Novak Djokovic in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.
Brazil blanked Spain in the Confederations Cup Final 3-0, ending the Spanish team’s 29 game unbeaten streak. Brazil forward Fred finished off a strong tournament with two goals, while wunderkind Neymar provided a laser past Spain keeper Iker Casillas. The unsung hero award goes out to Brazilian David Luiz for this ridiculous save.
The Boston Celtics shocked the sports world this week with the hiring of 36-year-old Butler University coach Brad Stevens to a 6 year, $22 million deal. The Celtics look to be rebuilding, with this news coming on the heels of trading away long-time coach Doc Rivers to the Clippers and aging stars Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets.
Continuing with the NBA offseason, the biggest story thus far has been the Houston Rockets signing of Dwight Howard to a 4 year, $88 million contract. After meeting with five teams in Los Angeles, Howard narrowed his final two choices down to the Lakers and Rockets. USA Today was the first to announce his decision early on Friday, but sources close to Howard denied the claims. Howard met with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak to inform him of the decision, and that he would be leaving the team. He also took this picture with new teammate James Harden.
The MLB All-Star rosters were released on Saturday. The Orioles have the most starters with three, while the Tigers have the most players in the game with six, as well as a candidate on the final vote selection. Notable players not in the NL starting lineup include Giants catcher Buster Posey and Dodgers stud Yasiel Puig, who’s on the final vote ballot. Most would agree that the AL starting lineup is great as it is.
It’s only the beginning of this year’s NHL free agency period and it has already become a free agent frenzy.
Tampa Bay Lightning staple Vincent Lecavalier left for the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Lightning filled the vacancy by signing Valtteri Filppula away from the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings, now needing some offense, snagged long-serving Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredson, followed by the Senators finagling a trade for Anaheim Ducks star Bobby Ryan. All in the meanwhile, the Boston Bruins managed to trade away youngster Tyler Seguin to Dallas, see fan favorite Nathan Horton leave for Columbus, and sign veteran Jerome Iginla away from Pittsburgh. Is your head spinning yet?
This weekend, the Patriots were allowing fans to trade in their Aaron Hernandez jerseys for other jerseys. Popular jerseys included Vince Wilfork, Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Rob Ninkovich, and of course, Tim Tebow. Tebow’s jerseys were limited in availability. Adam Schefter reported that over 1,200 jerseys were exchanged by 5pm on Saturday.
4th of July
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Champion Joey Chestnut won his 7th consecutive title by devouring a record 69 hot dogs. Second place finisher Matt Stonie downed only 51. The more competitive battle this Fourth of July occurred among the Fancred Faithful in an epic matchup of Team Ketchup vs Team Mustard.
And that wraps it up for this week’s edition of The Cred Report.See you next week.