SportsNet - September 2012
It’s always funny. Every year, it never fails.
Before the college football season, a few weeks in, a month or two, whenever … at some point, invariably, the talk will start to bubble to the surface about which conference is best, and how things are changing in the power structure on a national scope and blah, blah, blah.
Can we just stop it now?
Yes, the Pac-12 is potent, thanks to Oregon’s explosiveness and Southern Cal’s brand-name quality, and Oregon State is a stunning story so far – two games in. The ACC is awesome, if only for its ever-expanding and remarkable propensity to pilfer quality entities from the Big East.
But, people, c’mon, when we’re talking fall Saturdays and what circuit offers the highest level of competition, skill and ready-for-primetime performance, there is no doubt that the SEC does. Has for decades and will continue to do so.
Three weeks ago, If I had suggested that the Arizona Cardinals could be in line to start the 2012 season at 3-0, I would have been laughed at, even by myself.
Yet, against all the odds, and in the face of every prediction, the Cardinals somehow find themselves at 2-0, as they prepare for their Week 3 home fixture against the Philadelphia Eagles. For the third week in a row, the Cardinals will enter the game as underdogs—albeit by a much smaller margin than in Week 2 against the New England Patriots—and once again hope to beat the odds, and the opponents.
Both teams currently sit at 2-0, and the Cardinals and Eagles will both be well aware that teams who start the season 3-0 are statistically much more likely to make the playoffs—around 75% of all teams start with this record are still playing football in January.
Yet if the Cardinals hope to keep up their winning record, they once again face an uphill battle. How can they win? Here are five keys to victory for the Cardinals.
Put pressure on Michael Vick.
The crowd at Stamford Bridge went through a raft of emotions today and some even left the stadium before Ashley Cole poked the ball past Asim Begovic into the Stoke City net. Chelsea ran out eventual winners but only just. It was the solitary goal that separated the two sides and on balance of play, Chelsea would count themselves lucky to have got away with three points from this game. A game against the likes of Stoke can do that to even the most cultured sides in the Premier League, we know that.
Brandt Snedeker with only 3 tour wins to his career, 1 this year at the Farmer's, came up big today by winning the PGA Tour Championship and FedEx Cup by 3 shots with a 68 and aggregate of 270. Going in with the 54-hole lead, 10th on the money leaderboard, and 5th in FedEx points, Snedeker held the lead all Sun, only being tied once by Ryan Moore. With the win and the FedEx bonus totaling $11.44 million, he added to his season of $3,549,739.
Snedeker during the week had decent rounds. On Fri., Tiger Woods was shaky carding a double bogey, 5 bogeys, and 3 birdies. Jim Furyk took the lead on Fri. with 9 birdies and 3 bogeys for a 64. Bubba Watson dropped like Furyk on Fri. after a double bogey.
On Sat., Woods recovered with a 67 mostly by scrambling with a crucial par save on 16, and a great bunker save on #9 leaving him a 4' birdie putt which he sank. Furyk was sailing along until on Sat. when he triple bogeyed #17 dropping him out of the top five.