Thursday, June 30, 2011

Movies That Rule

While there's no denying that some of the most legendary sports films are testosterone heavy, there are also some epic female-centered classics. Stuck on ideas for date night with your man? Or trying to find the next movie for a girls night in? Here are some of the most famous sports movies, classified into whatever you're looking for.

With the BF solo:

-The Sandlot
Quite possibly one of the best movies ever made, but I've met girls who just don't get it.
photo via Texas Theatre

-Field of Dreams
Baseball legends and Kevin Costner. A few of a man's favorite things.

-Any Given Sunday
A little too abrasive for most girls (myself included), but guys love anything Al Pacino.

Though I don't personally get too big of a kick out of this movie, boys do.

Sylvester Stallone and boxing. Two things girls aren't usually thrilled on, but a classic for sure.

-Bull Durham
I think this is my dad's, brother's, uncle's and grandpa's favorite movie. GUYS DIG IT.

With your BF and BFF(s):

-Remember the Titans
A feel-good movie that gets me every time.
photo via Blogspot

-The Blind Side
Based on a true story, this flick melts the hearts of the girls and has enough football for the boys.

-The Mighty Ducks
Need I say more?

By far my favorite sports movie EVER. You can't help but love and root for Rudy in this one.

-Varsity Blues
Naked girls and hot guys. Everyone wins.

-Cool Runnings
If this doesn't remind you of your childhood, I don't know what does.

-Coach Carter
Not only is this movie emotionally amazing, but Channing Tatum is one of the stars. Winner!

-Talladega Nights

-White Men Can't Jump
I don't know if I love this movie more for the basketball or the sweet early '90s wardrobe, but I love it.

With your BFF(s) solo:

-A League of Their Own
-By far the best female sports movie ever. There's no crying in baseball. 
photo via Glogster

-She's the Man
Classic or not, again, Channing Tatum.

-Love & Basketball
One of the best love stories ever and it incorporates basketball for all my sporty girls.

-Bring it On
This brings me back to the cheerleading days, and is a movie no girl can resist. 

-Blue Crush
Kate Bosworth pre-eating disorder. Always a good go-to movie for time with the ladies.

So whether you save this list for a rainy day, or find yourself having a lazy weekend, grab your guy or girlfriends and check out some of these flicks.

Cosmo Clue:
Guys aren't the only stars of the best sports movies ever made.

Feeling REALLY bored? Click here.

Monday, June 27, 2011

World Cup

Soccer is a sport that everyone loves. Most of us played it growing up and most of us are too out of shape to keep up in a game today, yet it still holds a special place in our hearts. Even if you weren't a soccer diehard growing up, we can all appreciate the babe factor that soccer players posses (hello, David Beckham). 

Another sweet factor when it comes to soccer? The studly players don't only come in the male genre. Girls definitely rep soccer just as well as the boys do, and the FIFA Women's World Cup kicked off this weekend. 16 teams around the world qualify for the World Cup, with Germany as the event's host this year.

photo via FIFA

 Straight out of the US of A, our national team is ranked first coming into the competition, and we've got some major talent on the field. 

From 21-year-old Cal alum, Alex Morgan,
 photo via ESPN Soccer

to veteran player Kristine Lilly,

the American girls are hoping to come out champs.

Support your fellow females by catching these two and the rest of the national team in their first game vs. Korea on Tuesday. Soccer-themed dinner party anyone?


Cosmo Clue:
The Women's World Cup started Sunday, July 26th.

Everything FIFA World Cup right here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Time to Draft

You may be curious as to why I'm talking about the NBA. Didn't the season just end? Well, yes, it did, but that doesn't mean everything basketball is done with. The 2011 NBA Draft will begin tomorrow, with teams keeping their fingers crossed that they not only score some raw talent but that the looming lockout stays far away as well.

Basketball is not an easy thing to keep track of and getting lost in the shuffle of endless teams and players is nothing to be ashamed of. That's why I'm going to make checking out some future NBA stars pretty brainless on your end. Here are 10 of the most talked about babes heading into the draft tomorrow...

1. Kyrie Irving, Duke
Irving is an Australian-American basketball star who is bypassing his final three years of college for the big leagues.

photo via The Locker Room

2. Derrick Williams, Arizona
Williams originally signed with USC but then changed his mind and moved over to AZ. He was the Pac-10 Player of the Year this season.

photo via Big Lead Sports

3. Brandon Knight, Kentucky
 This Florida-native frosh spent only one year playing college ball before declaring for the NBA draft.

photo via Bleacher Report

4. Enes Kanter, Turkey 
Due to receiving cash benefits, this 6'11" Turkish star is ineligible to play basketball in college and declared for the draft.

photo via World News Blog

5. Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuania 
I have no idea how to pronounce this dude's last name or the team he plays for in Lithuania (Lietuvos Rytas), but I do know he's a top draft pick.

photo via Fiba

6. Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
 In high school this SDSU star was named "Mr. Basketball California". His father was shot and killed at a car wash in 2008.

photo via Fox Sports

7. Kemba Walker, UConn
Walker was born in the Bronx and is not only an amazing baller but a dancer and sociology major as well.

photo via Every Joe

8. Jan Vesely, Czech Republic
 The 6'11" Czech star is part of a family full of talented athletes. His father played basketball, his mother played volleyball and his sister is also a bball player.

9. Bismack Biyombo, Congo 
Nicknamed "B-Smack", this Congolese stud was discovered at the age of 16 and plays in the Spanish ACB League.

10. Jimmer Fredette, BYU
This Mormon baller has acquired a hefty sum of awards throughout his career and actually played out all four of his college years.

photo via Fire Rick Reilly

If you haven't already, make some bets on who will go in the top 10 with your guy (or lady) friends. Enjoy draft day!

And do yourself a favor and check out this awesome take on the draft. 

Cosmo Clue:
The 2011 NBA Draft starts tomorrow.

Find out more about the actual draft here.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sweeping Up the Champs

I usually don't like to promote my dislike of teams, but in this case I just can't help it. 

You see, I'm a lifelong Padres fan. That means I've been spending most of my 24 years devastated with the Padres lack of playoff success. Yet again, the Padres are making my life painful, sitting dead last in the NL West. Not only are the Padres in last, but the San Francisco Giants—quite possibly my least favorite team in baseball—are sitting pretty in first. 

To make matters worse, I live in San Francisco. I'm constantly mauled by the orange and black SF logo wherever I turn. To make matters worse times two, the Giants won the World Series last year, my first fall living in the city. It was pretty much the opposite of awesome.

photo via Zimbio

After way too much SF pride last season post World Series, the fans are just as confident this season. Here I am, yet again, surrounded by overly-cocky Giants fans. Catch my bitterness yet?

But...this past weekend I was gifted with a little slice of heaven. The San Francisco Giants were SWEPT (yes, that means they lost every single game of the series) by their Bay Area rival, the Oakland Athletics. 

 photo via Bleacher Report

Now, I'm not a fan of the A's and I'm definitely not claiming that I root for the team, but when it comes to the Giants, I'm a fan of whoever they're competing against. 

The A's (who you should know are almost as bad as my Padres this season, pulling up the rear in their division) left the Giants feeling like big, fat losers. And I couldn't be happier. The A's displayed some major power this series, and newbie Jemile Weeks made the Oakland fans proud.

photo via Bleacher Report

Sorry to all my Giants-loving friends, but I just couldn't resist.

Thank you, Oakland!

Cosmo Clue:
The San Francisco Giants were swept by the Oakland A's this weekend.

For all MLB standings, click here.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Something You Should Know

Just in case you missed Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night, the Boston Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-0. The Americans beat out the Canadians (whose fans did not take it well) in the final game of the series, making them the best of the best when it comes to hockey.

Congrats to Boston and all of it's fans!

Cosmo Clue:
The Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup Finals.

Game recap here

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Drama Kings

Though girls are usually better known for being the more dramatic of the sexes, the guys competing in the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals over the past couple weeks really bitched it out. Both exciting and competitive series, the boys playing in the finals did not disappoint in the drama department.

The Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals Sunday night and the Vancouver Canucks and the Boston Bruins are heading to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Dallas Mavericks celebrating their first championship
 picture via SB Nation

Some off-court fuss happened when Miami Heat's LeBron James and Dwayne Wade got caught mocking Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who had been sick in a previous game.

Dirk threw the comment in the overconfident gossipers face, taking not only the series and championship, but the MVP honors as well. 

There was also a little commotion between the two teams in the final game, with emotions running high and forcing the station to go to an immediate commercial break.

When it comes to the ice, this series has produced quite the frenzy when it comes to brawls and injuries. The NHL boys have played rough and have been going back and fourth trash talking all series.

 photo via All Live Sports

Game 7 (the final game) of the Stanley Cup Finals is on tomorrow at 8 pm ET. Winner takes all - don't miss it!

Ladies, the time has come for you to get your basketball and hockey-loving bf's attention back. Let's hope your boys aren't as dramatic as the athletes playing.

Cosmo Clue:
When it comes to drama, male athletes take the cake.

 More on Stanley Cup Game 7 here.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Getting Pucked Up

The Stanley Cup Finals are in full swing and these hockey stars are nothing short of badass. From punches to knockouts, these guys are bringing toughness to a whole new level. 

The Boston Bruins are down to the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 in this intensely aggressive series. Check out some of these crazy man-on-man scuffles we've witnessed so far.  

  Vancouver's Aaron Rome gives a hard late hit to Boston's Nathan Horton

Aaron Rome is suspended for the rest of the series and Bruins player Nathan Horton is out of the hospital (but he won't be able to play anymore this season). More on the story here.

Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas body checks Canucks player Henrik Sedin

Bruins star Milan Lucic delivers a punch to Cauncks player Alex Burrows 

In my opinion, and these videos back it up, hockey is definitely one of the most brutal professional sports. Not only are these guys competing in a highly stressful game, but they are throwing out hits and watching their backs all while on ice! Most of us can barely stand up in an ice rink, let alone skate, strike and score. 

Not only does that require some major talent, but it also brings hockey studs to the brink of bad-boy hotness (with or without the teeth).

Game 4 of this exciting series in on tonight, 5 pm ET. Don't miss it.

Cosmo Clue:
Make sure to have a hockey player on your side if you ever find yourself in a bar fight.

More on the Stanley Cup Finals here.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A link to love

This isn't necessarily the most over-the-top exciting post, but I wanted to share a little something I love. 

For my photo-loving friends, ESPN does a pretty much perfect job at capturing amazing moments throughout the week in sports. If you're more of a visual person and are opposed to reading endless information about sports, check out this link to see some great shots. 

It's a way to not only get caught up on the latest sports action, but it also a great indulgence for the eyes. 

 photo via ESPN

add the link to your daily reads and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Wedding Bells

Spring is a time for flowing dresses, baseball games, backyard barbeques and for many athlete-celeb couples, weddings and proposals. Whether it's the warm weather or blooming buds, something must be in the water of the locker room drinking fountains. Several familiar faces around the athlete community have been taking their love to the next level. From ballers to footballers, here are some of the latest guys makin' the moves...

Tony Romo and Candice Crawford
 photo via Celebridoodle

If you're not aware of this hunk of a man yet, he is the QB for the Dallas Cowboys. His new ball and chain is Candice Crawford, a former Miss Missouri and the sister of the stunning Chase Crawford (pictured to the right). This most beautiful couple ever started dating in 2009 and got engaged last December.

 photo via People

They got hitched over the weekend in a very small, intimate service - only 600 people in attendance. Congrats to these Southern belles!

Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari

Jay is one of the biggest babies in sports and Kristin is one of the whiniest reality stars, so the pair seem to go well together. He is the QB for the Chicago Bears and she is known for roaming around Laguna Beach and The Hills reality shows. The couple began dating last fall and got engaged in April while on vaca in Cabo. I wish these two the best, but I don't see it lasting far past the wedding bells.

photo via FabulousBuzz

Kristin is now seen sporting 5.2 carat diamond ring.

Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian 
 photo via StarBerryIceCream

This extra stunning pair started dating in December 2010 and got engaged a couple weeks ago. Humphries spelled out "Will you marry me?" with red roses and popped the question on May 18th. The reality star/sex-tape star/entrepreneur has worked her way around the athlete world, so hopefully this New Jersey Net can tie her down for good. The two will surely make gorgeous mini-me's if they can make it that far.

photo via People

In Kardashian fashion, the ring did not disappoint. Humphries lived up to his future families over-the-top style and popped the question with a 20.5 carat sparkler. 

Other athletes who are recently engaged: Chad Ochocinco is engaged to Basketball Wives "star" Evelyn Lozada, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Brad Penny is soon to be married to Karina Smirnoff, the Dancing with the Stars beauty.

Who's next? Derek Jeter who has been dating Minka Kelly for years? Or Jeter's teammate Alex Rodriguez who has been loving on Cameron Diaz for months?

Cosmo Clue:
Love is in the air. Many athletes are tying the knot to famous girls.