SportsNet - July 2012
Liverpool faced Toronto FC on the 21st of July 2012 in their first game under new manager Brendan Rodgers. The game, a pre season friendly, was played in Toronto, Canada in the Rogers Centre.
Brendan Rodgers had in his first press conference on taking the coaching mantle promised a different approach to Liverpool's game: a more pressing system with emphasis on ball retention and midfield dominance. Liverpool did not disappoint.
The Reds started with some unfamiliar youngsters on the pitch, Nathan Eccleston, Andre Wisdom, 16 year old Jordon Ibe (formerly of Wycombe Wanderers) and Daniel Pacheco started with regulars Jamie Carragher (captain), Charlie Adam - who was back after a long injury lay off, Jay Spearing and Jose Enrique. Alberto Aquilani and Brad Jones in goal also featured in the first half.
Well we all knew secretly didnt we? Pearce, for all his macho posturing and his spiteful decision to leave out Beckham, really doesnt have any idea how to manage a football team.
All those contorted expressions and macho stances in the dug out may have looked impressive 30 years ago, but today it just epitomises how vacuous are our aspirations to win the Olympic gold.
His statement that leaving out Beckham for Micah Richards was for footballing reasons looks even more laughable after Richards performance tonight against Brazil. He looked overweight, lethargic, lacking pace and tactically naive. An utter liability. The penalty he gave away was just one of a whole catalogue of disastrous mistakes and failings at the back. How Beckham must have been secretly smirking behind his hand at this pitiful performance.
Full marks to Gaby Roslin for trying to talk up our pathetic chances in this competition, but Garth Crooks remided me of that guy in Rising Damp, Phillip Smith. A footballer with a posh accent talking utter tosh. How Robbie Savage must have wanted to put his foot in his mouth everytime he interrupted with another load of gushing tripe.
Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette is considered by many to be the NBA equivalent of Tim Tebow. While Fredette isn't nearly as divisive as the Jets backup quarterback, he shares a similarly limited skillset, a sterling college resume and strong religious convictions.
In March, Tebow was traded from Denver to the Jets. Before his second season, Fredette may be on the move as well.
After enduring a subpar rookie campaign, in which he averaged 7.8 points, 1.8 assists and a 38 percent shooting percentage, Fredette found a glimmer of hope in his first crack at the Las Vegas Summer League after last season's was canceled due to the lockout.
After going 5-for-22 from the field and scoring 22 total points in his first two games, Fredette scored 30 points against the Rockets summer league team on Monday.
Unfortunately, that same day the Kings signed former Phoenix Suns point guard Aaron Brooks. In his last NBA season, Brooks averaged nearly 11 points per game in 21 minutes per night and averged a career high 19 points per game in 2010. Last season, Brooks also averaged 21.1 points and 4.6 assists per game for China's Guangdong Southern Tigers.
NFC East Preview: Weaknesses for Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins
It's difficult to adequately the gauge how tough the NFC East really is. The last two division winners have failed to exceed the 10 win mark. Yet the division is also home to the current Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants.
Each team has improved this offseason and will likely need more than the 9-7 mark the Giants won the division with in 2011.
Here is the key weakness that could hold each NFC East team back this season.
Dallas Cowboys: Play Calling
There's is simply no other way to explain how a team as talented as the Dallas Cowboys manages to consistently underachieve. The problem has to be play calling.
Head Coach Jason Garrett seems to have an aversion to a balanced offense. Despite having DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones in the backfield, the Cowboys finished 24th in rushing attempts.
So despite a host of playmakers on offense, the unit ranked a mediocre 15th in scoring. Similar problems existed on defense.
Blitz-happy coordinator Rob Ryan takes too many chances and the Cowboys were one of the league's worst at surrendering big plays. They also had a knack for giving up leads late in games.
When the New York Yankees signed Raul Ibanez and resigned Andruw Jones, the plan was they would platoon in the DH spot. Both are prototypical DH’s for this era; former all-stars that have lost a step defensively, but still have pop left in their bats.
Not only would they be sharing time with each other, but we’ve also seen Joe Girardi use the DH spot a lot to give Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez a half-day rest. Girardi also needed to find time to play Eric Chavez at DH or third base.
Brett Gardner went on the 15-day disabled list on April 19, and Girardi planned to use Ibanez and Jones in left field until Gardner returned. What Girardi didn’t plan on was Gardner’s return likely being next season. Set back after set back has forced Ibanez and Jones to platoon full time in left and they have exceeded all expectations.