SportsNet - March 2012
Over the past month the Houston Texans have made a lot of unique moves when dealing with their roster and managing their salary cap situation.
When the Texans approached free agency they had cap issues after moves last season that came back to bite them. When GM Rick Smith signed Johnathan Joseph and Daniel Manning last season it was under the impression that the salary cap would be raised as discussed in the new CBA. It was raised, but only by a few hundred-thousand.
So going into this season reports were that the Texans were around $20 million over the cap. Everyone knew with all the free agents the Texans had this season that there would be no way to bring them all back.
Some of the names that were thrown around to be released were players like Jacoby Jones and Matt Leinart. Demeco Ryans and Owen Daniels were also mentioned for contract restructuring.
Manchester City piled up the pressure on their famous neighbors with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Eastlands.
The game started with City attacking at a blistering pace but the momentum dried out slowly as the half progressed. The main threat came from Samir Nasri who had a standout chance to score but was denied by the crossbar.Mario Balotelli also wasted a glorious opportunity to put Man City in lead when he shot wide of the post after having the hard work of beating the defenders done. Manchester City's play maker David Silva was more subdued and had little to offer. On the other hand his compatriot Fernando Torres looked livelier after his return to the scoring sheet in the last week's FA cup. A lively start to the match but subsided gradually as the first half came to an end.
Meet Clint Dempsey, the Premier League much under-appreciated yet finest American footb..er.. soccer player.
The name "Dempsey" isn't exactly what you'd call common. However, Google the name and the first result is not what you would've expected - it isn't a cheesy actor famed for Grey's Anatomy. It's Fulham's very own Texan superstar.
Dempsey's rise to fame is a classic example of the "written in the stars" journey. His story is one of courage and perseverance but entwined with grief, tragedy and every so often, unmistakable glimpses of hurt. Born in the remote Texan town of Nacogdoches in East Texas into a relatively poor family as the fourth of five children, Dempsey's was a humble upbringing. His footballing journey started off when his older brother Ryan was offered a tryout by the Dallas Texans, a youth club. Clint, who tagged along, was noticed while juggling a ball on the sidelines to pass the time. Almost immediately, he was recruited into the youth team.
The first race of the season is always exciting.
Mclaren came out the best of the pack at Albert Park with a flawless display. All this while during the winter testing, they were the team without much fanfare about the new car. But good to see the Woking based team to win. Button and Hamilton seem like a good team as we really do not want an Alonso - Hamilton kind of rivalry between drivers, that just spoils the work of an entire team.
Moving on to Ferrari...
Alonso drove his heart out in that car that does not look too convincing as per Ferrari's standards. Massa meanwhile has to impress his owners for a racing seat next year. We hope to see some better improvements in the car for the next races. It is hard to understand how a team like Ferrari that always got the race day setup to perfection is failing so regularly. They better answer these questions before the next race.
This morning the NFL made an example of the Bounty Gate scandal, Saints head coach Sean Payton and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams took the brunt of the punishment.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell brought down the ban hammer on Payton and has suspended him for the full 2012 season starting on April 1, 2012. With that date Payton will not be able to take part in the Saints 2012 Draft selections.
After the NFL released the details of the investigation most fans thought the punishment would not be enough and that further action will be necessary in court. I think the commissioner has done his part and put that thinking to ease, as these punishments will make true examples out of these coaches.
Now what about Williams?
The newly hired defensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams and former Saints defensive coordinator who brought in the whole bounty program has been described by being suspended "indefinitely". No one knows the full details of the length of that as the details are now being released.