SportsNet - August 2012

Minnesota Vikings News: Vikings fall to Texans 24-28 in Preseason Finale

on August 31 2012 1:00 AM
Minnesota Vikings News: Vikings fall to Texans 24-28 in Preseason Finale

In what is better known as the final audition for players hoping to make the final 53-man roster than a game with meaningful results, the Houston Texans held on to an early lead to stave off the Minnesota Vikings 28-24.

The first drive of the game spelled bad news for Vikings fans, as the Texans advanced 83 yards in under 3 minutes, propelled on the heels of a 52 yard play by third Houston running back Justin Forsett.

After that, several back-and-forths followed, without either team scoring until the middle of the 2nd quarter, when backup quarterback Joe Webb led the Vikings downfield to allow Blair Walsh to kick a 36 yard field goal. Walsh missed a 43 yard field goal in the first quarter, possibly because of a poor job by the holder, punter Chris Kluwe.

Joe Webb left the game after two quarters in favor of presumed third quarterback Sage Rosenfels, and finished the game with four completed passes out of seven attempts, although one of his throws was dropped by young receiver Stephen Burton. Webb also ran twice for 22 yards, and was sacked twice.

FALSE START! - NFL Season Could Be Put On Hold Due To Player Strike

on August 30 2012 9:44 PM
FALSE START! - NFL Season Could Be Put On Hold Due To Player Strike

In a recent interview with SI.com, NFLPA Executive Director Maurice Smith referred to the league's lockout of officials as "absurd" and would not rule out the strong possibility of a player strike. Smith stated that the replacement referees have created an environment in which the players feel unsafe, which also jeopardizes player health/safety.

"The NFL has chosen to prevent the very officials that they have trained, championed and cultivated for decades to be on the field to protect players and - by their own admission - further our goal of enhanced safety. That is absurd in the face," says Smith.

What's absurd about the situation is that there hasn't been any significant injuries; yet (knock on wood). When you watch some of these pre-season games, it's amazing the blown calls, the mistakes, and ludicrous calls that these preseason games have had. For instance, in the Jets vs. Panthers game, the replacement referees announced a penalty on David Harris, when it was really on Bart Scott. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to remember a simple name and number on the back of a jersey. 

Sloane Stephens As The Next Serena Williams

on August 30 2012 6:25 PM

Let's not do a disservice to Sloane Stephens by anointing her the next Serena Williams or next great American champ, even though we need one.  Although quite talented, we should let the 44th ranked player in the world, especially when she feels confident, be her own person and not have to shoulder additional expectations. Let's just let her enjoy being 19 and having a good 2012.

After beating Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champ, in the first round of the US Open, people are too eager to make more of a match result and a good summer after getting to the fourth round of the French Open.  Last year, Stephens reached the third round of the Open.

Stephens showed uneasiness in her 2nd round match to Tatjana Malek winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.  She had difficulty constructing points to offset the constant changing tactics of a player almost 100 positions lower than her.  Absent was her strong serve and opportunities to set up her best shot, her forehand crosscourt.  Stephens made a match of it by hanging in there on a bad day where both players had many unforced errors, and by trying to come in and getting in some good slice serves. 

College Football 2012 Season Preview: Awards and Heisman Predictions

on August 30 2012 5:57 PM
College Football 2012 Season Preview: Awards and Heisman Predictions

 

The start to the 2012 College Football season is upon us. Everyone is still undefeated right now, as optimism flows through each fanbase. 

I'll break down and pick the winner of each conference, the winner of the BCS championship game, and the finalists and winner for the Heisman trophy. 

Big East Champion: South Florida--USF is led by quarterback B.J. Daniels, an athletic dual-threat QB who ran for 601 yards and six touchdowns last year. The Big East is the weakest of the BCS conferences, but USF, Louisville, and Pitt give them a strong top three.

Big Ten Champion: Michigan--Quarterback Denard Robinson will lead the Wolverines to the top of the Big Ten this year. One of the fastest and most dynamic players in the country, Robinson will cause problems for the strong defenses of the Big Ten.

College Football Preview: Heisman and Championship Predictions

on August 30 2012 10:42 AM
College Football Preview: Heisman and Championship Predictions

 

The start to the 2012 College Football season is upon us. Everyone is still undefeated right now, as optimism flows through each fanbase. 

I'll break down and pick the winner of each conference, the winner of the BCS championship game, and the finalists and winner for the Heisman trophy. 

Big East Champion: South Florida--USF is led by quarterback B.J. Daniels, an athletic dual-threat QB who ran for 601 yards and six touchdowns last year. The Big East is the weakest of the BCS conferences, but USF, Louisville, and Pitt give them a strong top three.

Big Ten Champion: Michigan--Quarterback Denard Robinson will lead the Wolverines to the top of the Big Ten this year. One of the fastest and most dynamic players in the country, Robinson will cause problems for the strong defenses of the Big Ten.

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