SportsNet - October 2012
Man, you just can’t get anything past Jim Leyland.
Brilliant strategist, scintillating motivator that Detroit manager is, indeed. Seeing how San Francisco played baseball’s rope-a-dope with Cincinnati and St. Louis in successive series to reach the World Series as the National League’s rep, Jimmy stepped back, somehow coaxed his Motown minions to roll over the first two games and give the Giants false hope.
For good measure, he even boasted – yes, boasted – how his Tigers’ bats looked good Thursday night, belting out a collective two hits against that trio of Cy Young-like stylists named Madison Bumgarner, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo in what normally would have been seen as a must-win situation.
A must-win situation, of course, if it were not for Leyland’s foresight, his absolute understated genius … which somehow gets stated all the time by national media members.
Oh, the Tigers have San Fran right where they want it – up 2-0 in the series, feeling good and bordering on the edge of overconfidence – and they can thank their chain-smoking lead strategist for that.
At least that’s the scenario all of Detroit hopes is the case.
10 MLB Players Fans Should Watch In Person Part 2: Chapman, Hernandez, Ichiro, Stanton, and Halladay
There’s that old adage that certain athletes are “once-in-a-lifetime talents.” And while the phrase may be played out, there are definitely a handful of athletes that actually fit into this category. There are some talents that are just too amazing to not enjoy watching, regardless of what your favorite team may be. Some may be older players that have a limited window of playing time left while some may be young stars that are just too good to miss. The first installment in this series will highlight ten baseball players that fans should watch in person. Keep in mind this list is NOT solely comprised of guys on the verge of retirement. Here is part 2 of 2 (Players are in no particular order). You can check out part one here.
Aroldis Chapman- Pitcher, Cincinnati Reds
Manchester City have started the season well, however, they’re yet to capture their form of last season, despite still being unbeaten. They’ve won five and draw three out of their opening eight games, winning their last three, including a last gasp win against West Bromwich Albion, with ten men. With their envious home record, they’ll certainly be looking to take all three points against a Swansea side that has had a mixed start to the season.
Swansea started the season in exhilarating style, taking apart both Q.P.R. and West Ham, scoring eight goals and conceding none in the process, they then went on a winless run of five games, with draws against Sunderland and Reading, while losing to Stoke, Everton and Aston Villa, giving Paul Lambert his first win in charge of The Villians. After beating Wigan last week, however, The Swans confidence will be restored, and a win against the Champions could kick-start their season, and give them a new lease of life.
This Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-0), ranked No. 5 in the BCS standings, will take on the Oklahoma Sooners (5-1), ranked No. 8 in the BCS standings. The game will be broadcasted on ABC at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday 10/27 and will be Notre Dame’s biggest test to date. Historically, Notre Dame and Oklahoma have met eight times with the Irish winning seven of those contests, the last of which was a 34-30 Notre Dame victory in 1999. Notre Dame will look to prove that their top five ranking in the BCS is warranted and Oklahoma will try to keep rolling after dismantling Kansas 52-7 on 10/20 and move closer to Kansas State, who beat Oklahoma earlier this year and holds the top spot in the Big 12.
Mark Hughes was five years of age the last time his club, Queen Park Rangers, had such a poor start to the season at the highest level. In the 1968-69 season a QPR team containing Rodney Marsh and Ron Springet went thirteen games without a victory. If they don’t overcome a shaky Arsenal tomorrow they will reach nine games without a victory. If so, Mark Hughes might not get to oversee a tenth match.
Arsene Wenger is not under the same duress as Hughes but there are certainly smatterings of discontent around the Emirates. Having suffered a surprise defeat to Chris Hughton’s Norwich last Saturday, Arsenal went on to lose their impressive unbeaten home record in the Champions League in midweek. A 2-0 reversal was unexpected but a deserved result for Huub Stevens’s Schalke 04 side.
Bacary Sagna is expected to return to the Arsenal squad as he continues his rehabilitation from a broken leg. Long-term injury casualty, Jack Wilshere could join the French full back on the bench having not played for Wenger’s first team in almost a year and a half. His vision and movement is evidently needed more then ever based on Arsenal’s recent results.