Support competitive softball

June 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

Softball, as a competitive sport, is engaging in a desperate fight for relevancy. As there are no established leagues for softball, it is relying almost exclusively on national teams to help promote its growth. When softball was excluded from the Olympics, it lost its last bastion of relevancy. Countries are scaling back on their funding; some even cut their national programs. Softball’s premier event – the world championship – has very limited TV/streaming coverage and next-to-zero media attention. Even the popular World Cup of Softball will lose some of its precious TV time this year to another World Cup – the one in Brazil. If this continues, softball could very well be relegated to being a simple recreational activity for the weekenders.

Although I am not a softball fan, I can sympathize with its plight and hope the sport receives as much support as possible. We can start by watching the World Cup of Softball on TV. If the ratings are good, the sport will receive more attention in the future. Check out the 2014 World Cup of Softball TV Schedule.


First Day of Summer

June 21, 2014 § Leave a comment


“Imagine a world without summer. Adults will be sad. Children will be depressed. And gas prices will be cheap.” Simon Nguyen


Happy Father’s Day!

June 15, 2014 § Leave a comment


“My father is like a big oak tree — strong, quiet, but full of care.”  Simon Nguyen

One week until 2014 Wimbledon

June 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

While the world’s attention is on the World Cup in Brazil, tennis pros are ratcheting up their preparations for the sport’s biggest event – the Wimbledon Championships. This event is one of very few tournaments on the calendar that play on the grass. Over the years, the game’s greatest players have dominated this grand slam event – Pete Sampras, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova, Roger Federer and Serena Williams just to name a few. Wimbledon is my most favorite tournament and I will be getting up early (approx. 4 AM my time) to watch the matches. It’s gonna be great!

Check out Wimbledon 2014 TV Schedule (U.S. viewers only).

U.S. Open returns to Pinehurst No. 2

June 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

This Father’s Day weekend is shaping up to be an awesome weekend for watching sports. We have the start of the World Cup, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NBA Finals and of course the U.S. Open golf tournament. The 2014 U.S. Open will mark the return of the legendary Pinehurst No. 2. Originally designed by Donald Ross, this course is known for its paradoxical greens that will sternly test the best players in the world. I am particularly fond of this course, because strategy and deft touches are more important here than power. Pinehurst has undergone significant changes in the last few years, mostly in the removal of the fairway roughs. It will be interesting to see how these changes will affect the players’ strategies.

Check out the 2014 U.S. Open TV Schedule.


June 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

I am excited to announce a new blog called The Art Critic. This blog will focus on the world of arts – critiques of famous paintings, reviews of animation and stage plays. I will be updated that blog weekly. Please give it a visit when you have some spare time. Thank you.

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