SportsNet - June 2012
Gray "The Bully" Maynard (8-1-1) vs Clay "The Carpenter" Guida (9-6) Maynard is coming off of an October 2011 loss to Edgar, after an 8-0-1 start to his UFC career. This is not exactly a small layoff, and his next opponent isn't exactly a walk-through.
Clay Guida is a true veteran of the UFC. 15 fights, 4-1 in his last 5 and only lost to Benson Henderson, last November, who went on to become champion at the beginning of the year.
On paper, this fight looks to be a great one. Both have good wrestling and striking. However, it's this analyst's opinion that this may be somewhat lackluster. Both fighters are vying for a title shot and this fight has title contender implications. With the stakes this high, and both of them losing their previous fight, they both need a win here. Caution may very well take control of this fight as it has in the past with fights like this, rendering both fighters tentative and hesitant.
According to several sources, including the New York Daily News, the New York Jets will perform more of a 4-3 defense, especially against division rivals. Ever since Rex Ryan took over the Jets he has deployed several types of defenses (3-4, 4-3, Blitz, Cover, and others) with success. However, for the Jets to play a single defensive set is somewhat different from the standard norm for Rex Ryan.
But don't fret. Many NFL teams have adopted more a pass first, run, second stance, and the Jets are developing a younger defensive line made up of Quinton Coples and Calvin Pace as the edge rushers with Muhammad Wilkerson, Kenrick Ellis, and Mike DeVito making up the rotating trio of the inside. This change can be widely credited to Quinton Coples as the Jets drafted him with the 16th pick in hoping to fulfill the pass rush that the Jets have long looked for.
England's second game in Euro 2012 pitted them against the Swedes in Kiev. On paper it looked like an exciting matchup. On the pitch it turned out to be a cracker of a match.
In the first game the English were out thought and outplayed by the French and were most certainly the happier of the two teams with the eventual 1-1 result. Roy Hodgson, seeking to make a statement of intent in this crucial match made one change to the team, Andy Carroll replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first eleven.
Hodgson adopted a 4-4-2 formation to accommodate Carroll who played along Danny Welbeck upfront with James Milner and Ashley Young providing the width. The introduction of Andy Carroll would later prove to be an astute decision.
The game was scrappy in the initial minutes with both teams trying to find their feet on a damp pitch.
Watching the utter destruction of Ireland last night against Spain only served to instill fear into England fans hearts that should England somehow manage to stumble out of their group, they will meet Spain in the quarter finals stage.
That thought is bad enough when you think that Ireland are just a small step away from a carbon copy of England. The skill levels of Ireland teams was so woeful that it almost looked like a pub team playing Spain. Consider then the likelihood that Andy Carroll, now donkey-in-Chief since Heskey has departed, will be starting against Sweden. The news that has leaked from the England training camp is that Hodgson thinks that Sweden have a weakness in the air, so he will play Carroll up alongside Welbeck. The natural conclusion therefore, is that Hodgson will be adopting the tactic of the long ball up to Carroll.
AN ANALYSIS OF THE 2011-2012 ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON
"Blue Moon, You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue Moon, You knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I could really care for"
The strains of this classic ballad reverberated around the Ettihad Stadium on the 13th of May 2012 as the world paid homage to a set of players who by a herculean performance had typified the true import of grit and determination.
Manchester City with a narrow 3-2 win over Queen Park Rangers in the last game of the season had just secured the 2011-2012 English premier League title.
But that is just half of the story. Not even Alfred Hitchcock at his best could have conjured a plot so gripping, so intense and so full of suspense as was the menu served in that final crucial game at the Ettihad.