SportsNet - August 2012
Even at age 50, Roger Clemens has still got it.
Clemens, making his first appearance on the mound in a professional baseball game since 2007, dazzled the Sugar Land crowd with 3.1 scoreless innings in a 1-0 Skeeters victory over the Bridgeport Bluefish on Saturday night. The legendary pitcher mixed sharp curves and splitters with a fastball that hit 88 mph on the radar gun, throwing a total of 37 pitches and striking out two. Scouts for the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals were in attendance, further fueling the idea that Clemens is eying a major league comeback.
Why would he possibly be considering a return to the big leagues, and is this really a good idea?
Stoke have won 3 of the last 4 games against Arsenal, at home.
Has Wenger learned to tame the beast?
This fixture throws up two contrasting styles, efficiency versus intricacy.
To create Wenger's nightmare recipe:
Onto a granite bed of well-rehearsed set pieces,
throw in the head of Peter Crouch,
doused liberally with Rory Delap throw-ins.
To complete the recipe:
Stir in some tight defending, a dash of desire
and a really unfriendly, passionate crowd.
There you have it: Stoke City- the away day that no Premiership side relishes.
They are not easy to watch but have been a regular thorn in Arsène's side.
Just as every new car has to be driven repeatedly into walls to test safety features, so must every side visit Stoke, to take their turn as crash test dummies.
The Britannia Stadium is a true house of horrors for Arsenal in recent seasons and that continued somewhat on Sunday during its 0-0 draw with Stoke City.
While Arsenal fans will be feeling frustrated by the lack of goals to start this campaign, there is plenty to be positive about. First and foremost is the quality of Arsenal's defense so far. Steve Bould's appointment has definitely been a positive influence on the defensive work and the pairing of Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen looks solid. The back line has looked surprisingly organized so far, and considering Stoke's ability to convert from set plays, the Gunners held them at bay admirably.
Getting a draw in such a hostile environment should be an accomplishment for Arsenal. Now that the game is over, head coach Arsene Wenger and company should feel relieved they don't have to visit again until next season. With Potter fans chanting things such as "break his leg, break his leg," referring Aaron Ramsey's horrific injury there a couple seasons ago, it's quite obvious Arsenal wasn't welcome at all.
"We are a generation of men raised by women; I wonder if another woman is what we need"
- Tyler Durden
"... A good boxer is an artist ..."
- Norman Mailer
Barcelona's latest signing Alex Song has admitted that he never wanted to leave Arsenal. Song made the move to Barcelona earlier this month for a reported fee of £15m. The Cameroon International has laid his frustration at Arsenal for not coming to a concrete decision about his contract talks.
Song was looking forward for a long-term deal with the Gunners which would have allowed the player to be at Emirates. The player insisted the club kept on postponing when he spoke regarding the extension of contract.
Earlier Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had suggested the Cameroon International had expressed his desire to move to Spain. However Song suggested all he wanted was a new long-term deal at Emirates.
"I woke up and read those things in the paper and was really surprised and disappointed. I love Arsenal, I never wanted to leave" Song told The Sun.
"I was ready to commit my future to the club. All I wanted were talks about a new contract but each time we were due to sit down, the club postponed it. I was fobbed off. I wanted a new five-year contract at Arsenal. In the end I got one at Barcelona"