Hey, I am JR Holden currently playing basketball for CSKA Moscow. I have been in Europe for 11 years and 7 of them right here in Moscow, Russia. I started in Latvia, then to Belgium for 2 years, a quick year stop in Athens Greece and then to my second home now, Moscow, Russia. I have even been blessed to play in the Olympics for the Russian Men’s Basketball National Team. It was absolutely amazing being part of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing (I will speak on that topic more at another time).
The team I am on, CSKA, won the Euroleague last year and is fighting to try and have a chance to repeat this season. We lost some very good players from that championship team but we also added some nice players this season that gives us a chance to repeat. I think the Euroleague is wide open this year. There are a lot of teams that are evenly matched and the teams that may not get a lot of press are also good teams. If those teams get hot and get a nice rhythm at the right time they could very easily be competing to win the Euroleague this season as well. Well, I am excited about the year and what we can accomplish as a team. Stay tuned, CSKA is still a good team and a team to be reckoned with.
On another note, I am honored to be writing a column for a good friend of mine, David Hein. I have never written a column before but I am looking forward to the challenge and hopefully keeping you interested and checking back to read more. I am going to write on a range of sports topics from European basketball to American football, NBA basketball, futbol (soccer to us Americans :-)) and much more. If you have any remarks, questions or maybe even topics that you may want me to write about, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I can’t promise I will write on the topic you ask but I will keep all suggestions in mind and try and make all the readers of this column happy.
Right now the baseball World Series is going on in the USA. I haven’t followed baseball as much as I should have this season but I am definitely into the World Series. The two teams in the World Series were not picked by hardly anyone (especially sportswriters) to make it this far and that makes for an interesting twist and story in baseball right now. The Philadelphia Phillies are a good team that this season to many have overachieved. They have been playing their best baseball at the right time. What can I say about the Tampa Bay Rays? They were one of the worst teams in baseball last year. This year they are playing for the World Series. That turn around is amazing. They also have one of my favorite players in baseball, B.J. Upton. Although, I am cheering for the Phillies because I am a Pennsylvania guy, I won’t be hurt or upset at all if the Rays win it. What they have done this season is incredible. By the way, the series is 1-1 as I am writing this.
Until next time, take care and God Bless…