SportsNet - September 2012
With Ray Allen now a member of the Miami Heat and Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce further into the twilight of their careers, the 2012-2013 NBA season will see the Boston Celtics move into the next era of the franchise’s storied history. This era will be defined by Rajon Rondo’s ability to lead the team and live up to the expectation that he is one of the National Basketball Association’s premier players.
During the off season the Celtics management made the commitment to this transition regardless of whether Ray Allen was going to sign with the team or not, by telling the future hall of famer that upstart shooting guard Avery Bradley would replace him in the starting line-up when the next season begins. Bradley’s presence in the starting line-up better complements the play of Rondo than Allen’s, because Bradley can get out and run the floor better than the sharp-shooting veteran.
We’ve all heard the saying before, thought about it, acknowledged it, even accepted it.
One play can turn a game around. Hmmm, you don’t say … yeah, that’s probably true … in fact, I’ve noticed that to be the case … plenty of times.
Rarely, though, is evidence provided to back the claim in such stunning fashion at just precisely the right time.
Having outgained, outhustled and outplayed Clemson, Florida State still found itself trailing at home in a battle of ACC college football powers. Down 10 points, just moments removed from Tigers coach Dabo Swinney jumping up and down in celebration of a 50-yard field goal by his kicker, Chandler Catanzaro, the Seminoles seemed stuck in a proverbial never-never land where regardless of how well they performed, they just could not get the upper hand.
Clemson had struck first and managed to counter every return by FSU. The pattern seemed set, almost unbreakable. Even the normally rabid, garnet-clad crowd appeared to agree, having settled into defeatist, “oh, well, we tried” calm.
Liverpool News: Referee Halsey Gifts Manchester United A Precious Anfield win As He Damages A Global Spectacle With Dubious Decisions
In 2001, referees in English football became professional for the first time. This was a huge overhaul of the management, training and development of match officials. Unfortunately for Liverpool, there was nothing resembling an improvement in refereeing standards at Anfield today, as Mark Halsey made three disastrous decisions that unjustly gifted all of the points to a poor Manchester United side.
As Anfield remembered the 96 fans that lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, Liverpool played with the kind of passion, verve, commitment and desire that the occasion demanded. In Halsey though, there was a referee who seemed to want to see anything but passion on show in this encounter. In 2001, we were promised an increase in consistency from officials as they would ‘sit down together and watch videos of incidence which have caused controversy.’ If they are to sit and watch a video of the controversial referring moments in this match then their meeting may last quite some time.
The Chicago Bears look to bounce back from last week’s ugly loss in Green Bay, but they’ll have their hands full with Sam Bradford and the St. Louis Rams. With Matt Forte out of commission, Jay Cutler will need to be at the top of his game to keep up with Bradford and the Rams’ passing attack.
Here’s a look at the crucial factors that will determine whether Chicago can come away with a much-needed home win.
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1. How will Michael Bush fare in the passing game?
Bush has already shown that he’s a perfectly solid runner, and while he doesn’t have Forte’s big-play ability, he’s a more powerful back who will wear down the Rams’ defensive line. The bigger concern, though, is whether he’s ready to protect Jay Cutler as a pass blocker.
Bush doesn’t see much action on passing downs because he’s neither a great pass blocker nor a dangerous receiver. He’ll need to come through in at least the former area, if not the latter, to keep the Chicago aerial attack functioning.
The Detroit Lions head down to the Epicenter of country music, Nashville, where the Tennessee Titans will attempt to get their first win of the 2012 season. Although Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton have put the capital of Tennessee back in primetime, it’s the winless professional football team that has Volunteers on the edge of their seats.
Both the Titans and Lions are coming off West Coast road losses in Week 2 as Tennessee was embarrassed by San Diego and Detroit was man-handled by San Francisco on Sunday night.
Will the Titans once again have an Achy-Breaky Heart Sunday night? Or will it be the men from Motown who conceal Tears Of A Clown? There are five keys to Sunday’s contest at LP Field that will most likely determine the outcome.
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