SportsNet - September 2012
Europe won the 2012 Ryder Cup but not without pulling out all the stops with great team play and spirit. Starting Sunday, the US led the European team by 10-6. Down by two more at one point on Sat., the Europeans made an incredible come back winning four key initial matches and four final matches on holes 17 and 18 on Sunday. Team USA had to get 4 and 1/2 more points to win the Ryder Cup, and Team Europe only needed 4 points as holder of the Cup for the final 12 singles matches. It was a see-saw match with Team USA again on the losing end as Europe retained the Ryder Cup.
Rory McIlroy arrived 10 minutes before his tee time, but still managed to win his point. Nicolas Colsarts four putted on #10 giving Dustin Johnson 1 Up. D. Johnson got the first Sunday points for the USA to make it 11-10. Then Justin Rose made a long birdie putt to go all square with Phil Mickelson, then followed with a birdie on #18 as Mickelson's approach rolled off the green for 11 all.
Arsenal have been playing the best football this season. They look to be back to their old ways of the invincible era. Not only are they back to their slick style of play but they are beginning to defend like Sol Campbell and Lauren are back in the team.
Gervinho has played a role in Arsenal’s good form too. Wenger’s utilised him on the flanks and through the middle. Some of the Ivorian’s finishes have been world class. However one still gets the sense that he himself isn’t the finished article. One can almost guarantee that many Gooners will tell you that he’s the next Didier Drogba. But Drogba didn’t miss as many chances as Gervinho.
The Ivorian isn’t a natural striker, I know. But when Wenger plays him in front of number nines such as Giroud, you get the sense that he wants him to be. Wenger likes a versatile player but I’m afraid Gervinho isn’t in that category. Gervinho is a wide forward. Not like Ashley Young or but like Luis Suarez. Wenger needs to stop playing him down the middle.
According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Liverpool and Manchester City are keen to sign Arsenal forward Theo Walcott. Both clubs have promised Walcott the option to play centrally.
Operating through the middle is something Walcott is keen to do. He commonly occupies a position wide right, when given a start in Arsenal's front three.
His existing contract runs out in the summer and Liverpool and City are sweetening the pot with the promise of a greater level of freedom up front. However, it's difficult to believe Walcott doesn't already have this option at Arsenal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has always valued fluid off-the-ball movement, as the foil for quick and intricate passing. The likes of Marc Overmars and Freddie Ljungberg both operated in wide areas, but made intelligent runs to arrive at the end of flowing passing moves.
OK, now that the 2012 Heisman has been decided …
Holy smokes, that was fast. College football’s top individual honor already wrapped up before the calendar even flips to October. That has to be a record, or at least the fastest sure thing since Tim Brown was bolting between Michigan State defenders while returning punts for Notre Dame in 1987 or Ty Detmer was picking apart Miami’s secondary for Brigham Young three years later … or last season when Baylor’s Robert Griffin III was introducing all fans to the wonders of what a truly special athlete can do at quarterback.
Seriously, folks, for all the warnings and admonishing statements we’re about to hear in the coming days about letting things play out this fall, we need to keep it real. This race, this “marathon” to cover three months has been consolidated into a sprint … and it’s over.
Geno Smith, West Virginia senior quarterback, congratulations – it’s all yours, big fella. You can pick up your gift package in December.
It was bound to happen. It was just a matter of when, not if Liverpool would register their first league win under Brendan Rodgers.
540 minutes and six games later it finally happened, and in style as the Reds put Norwich to the sword at Carrow road in a 5 star performance.
Prior to the Liverpool win their horrendous start to the season had been the topic of much discussion and heated debate.
Statistically it was the worst start to the season by the Anfield Club. Infact the 3 losses and two draws in their first 5 games translated to the worst start in over 100 years.
But statistics do not take into account the teams that a club faces: In the first five games Liverpool had played Champions Manchester City, last season’s runners up Manchester United and third place finishers Arsenal. At whatever stage of the season and despite a team’s form, home or away, these are tough games to play and particularly difficult at the start of a season. They become doubly difficult when the games are almost back to back as they were for the Reds.