After a pre-season filled with blockbuster free agent acquisitions and heightened expectations, the New England Patriots were abruptly brought back down to earth with a thumping 33-20 loss against the Miami Dolphins last Sunday in Miami. The loss comes as a surprise to most, as the Patriots were expected to be one of the main AFC contenders for the Super Bowl along with the Denver Broncos and, to a lesser extent, the Indianapolis Colts.
In the world of sport, the term “legend” is reserved for an elite group of individuals — sportspeople who have distinguished themselves in ways previously thought unimaginable: Roger Federer for winning 17 singles grand slam titles; Michael Phelps for 18 gold medals at the Olympics; Sachin Tendulkar for hitting 100 centuries through his career; Joe Montana for winning four Super Bowls as the 49ers’ starting quarterback. In the world of motorsport, Michael Schumacher was definitely a “legend.” In an illustrious 19-year racing career, Schumi (as he’s affectionately known) won a record seven championships, a record 91 races, and started the most races ever from pole position.
For the first time in a while, men’s tennis is confronted with potential flux. With Federer now in his 30s and the likes of Nadal, Djokovic, and Murray in their mid- to late-twenties, the time seems ripe for the next tennis prodigy to burst onto the world stage.
2013 was a disappointing year for Roger Federer and his legion of fans. Throughout the year, Federer looked like a shadow of his former self — the serve wasn’t as accurate, the forehand not as precise or decisive, and he no longer played with his normal panache.
Sochi 2014 came to an end on Sunday, February 23. With security threats in Sochi and a tense Russian political climate, uncertainty surrounded this Olympics. Nevertheless, the Sochi Games delivered all the expected spectacles, from the “oddities” of the Winter Games, like Jamaica’s bobsled team, to a healthy dose of Olympic spirit and sportsmanship, like Swiss Dario Cologna’s 30 minute wait at the 15km cross-country finish line to greet the injured last-place finisher.