SportsNet - May 2012
Juventus clinched their 28th Serie A title after defeating Cagliari 2-0 on Sunday at Nereo Rocco.
The end of the nine-year drought is a welcome boost to the morale of the players after their two titles of 2005 and 2006 were revoked following match-fixing scandals and the club being relegated to the second tier.
AC Milan were the closest of competitors who could have spoiled the party for the Turin-based club, but their city rivals, Inter, came back from a 2-1 score to finish off AC Milan, 4-2. With AC Milan mathematically out of title contention, Juventus were declared the champions with a match remaining.
Juventus also automatically qualify for the 2012-2013 Champions League season, as they move forward in their long road back from being disgraced by scandal.
It took some time, but Juventus can finally say their back.
A major shift has occurred on the seventh floor of the Montreal Canadians brass, and it's a refreshing sight for a franchise that became a laughing stock of the league after a season filled with class-less moves made by a man who many believe slithered his way to the top.
Former General Manager Pierre Gauthier's reign of les Habitants was an utter disaster in public and player relations. He not only traded away a fan favourite in the middle of a game, he also hired a coach he knew couldn't speak French, which made no sense from a man who was raised in Quebec speaking French. To put it into perspective, it would be like General Motors hiring a new CEO who couldn't speak English.
Language hasn't always been the main story in Montreal -- there have been coaches in the glorious past of les Habitants who didn't speak French, but that was before today's media age of wall to wall coverage. The departure of the other province's team Les Nordique de Quebec in 1995 to Colorado didn't help things either, and as a result only increased the pressure for Les Canadiens de Montreal to be a French organization from the ice to the board room.
It's all about who blinks first in the last game of the Premier League season.
Manchester United faces Sunderland while Manchester City faces Queens Park Rangers in their final match of the season. A slender eight-goal difference is what separates them from earning the title.
For United, it has just been another season in the top tier while for their city rivals it has been about hard work, abilities, and all the money they have pumped into the team. Anything lesser than winning the title would be absolutely unsatisfactory for this club.
It was the same with Chelsea with the dawn of the Roman Abramovich era. City needed everything, along with luck, to go their way this season, but a team like United thinks otherwise -- always performing to the full and keeping pace with their ardent challengers. United have capitalized on the losses of the opponents and have grown on their own victories.
With all the drama for the fight at the top four this season, it is clear how United have engraved themselves in that coveted spot. Unlike Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, or City, they have not been about the money but about the team.
Once upon a time, all roads led to Rome.
Those times have changed, and now all roads that are on time go through New York, a city that doesn't sleep, because sleep is for the weak. The apple is not big do to its size, New York is big because of its stars.
A new star has arrived with wide open eyes and he's just in time. In fact, he's such a big star he has his own clock, it's called "Tebow Time."
The Tim Tebow trade to the New York Jets is more than just a football trade, it's a marketing move for a market that likes stars that can make papers move faster than clocks. Last year's champions may be the Giants of New York, but you wouldn't know it from the two hundred media crew who were assigned to hear the back up quarterback's press conference talk, at the time it seemed more like a bad case of gang green.
To put it into perspective, it would be like Apple buying Blackberry, and no one being interested in hearing what Apple had to say? Tim Tebow is not just stopping in to say hey, he's in the big apple to take a bite to what will surely be a fight for the starting job he knows fits just right.
The NBA playoffs this year seem to be a fight between a snore and a bore.
What happen to the game that likes to say amazing happens here? Is it the shorten schedule from the lockout, is it the too many back to back nights that have zapped the energy? Or is it that the first round is not really in any doubt?
With the loss of the Dallas Mavericks, a team that was the defending champs "the amazing" is just not happening this year.
Though the Mavericks weren't expected to beat the up and coming Thunder, but to be swept 4-0 with little fight just adds to the plight of this years playoffs. So far the playoffs have been as predictable as a Jersey Shore episode.
Whatever match up you look at in the East or West its really not any contest. The Utah Jazz are fighting to just win one game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Los Angeles Lakers are just toying with the Denver Nuggets like a sumo wrestler would be with a chicken nugget at McDonald's. Denver has no answer for Andrew Bynum's dominance in the paint, and the Lakers are just trying to round into form and see if they can take another shot at the throne.