SportsNet - October 2012
Four neck surgeries and an entire season ago, Peyton Manning stood atop the NFL mountain as one of the few quarterbacks in the league who would be a first ballot hall-of-famer once he retired from the sport. He was a master at throwing the ball down the field and finding the open receiver. He handed out touchdowns like they were candied treats and his receivers were eager trick-or-treaters. He rarely made mistakes - but when he did he quickly righted the ship and the scoring continued. But that was then - this is now. The old Peyton Manning is no more and I for one am thrilled about it.
One year removed from its first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits head into the 2012-13 campaign as the heavy favorites to repeat as Summit League champions.
Last season saw the Jacks run the table in the conference tournament en route to their game against the 3-seed Baylor Bears in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While many expected the Bears to dominate the entire game, SDSU gave fans a treat by holding the high-powered Baylor offensive attack to 68 points in their 68-60 loss in the second round of the tournament.
Not only did SDSU jump out to an early lead on Baylor, they had the opportunity to cut it to a one-point game with under a minute remaining in regulation. That Brayden Carlson missed three-point shot led to the Bears hitting clutch free throws to close out the game.
Now, the Jacks are heavily favored to return to the big dance and, quite possibly, make some noise against the higher seeds. The Summit League essentially ranks SDSU and then everybody else.
After Andrew Luck and his Colts roared back in the second half to defeat the Green Bay Packers, the credit was given to the emotions of "CHUCKSTRONG." Many thought that the team put so much emotion into the game, that it may have just been the one feel good moment of the season. Those same people believed that even more so after the New York Jets hammered that very Colts team one week later. Luck looked awful, the defense couldn't stop Sanchez or the run game, and it appeared they were out of gas from that comeback vs the Packers.
Since then, the Colts have won two straight games, the most recent coming off another Andrew Luck led comeback. Luck brought his Colts 80 yards down the field, and ended the drive right with a Delone Carter 1 yard touchdown to tie the score with just over 3 minutes to go.
Luck, in overtime finished it off, after he dumped off a pass to Vick Ballard that was run into the end zone giving the Colts a 4 and 3 record.
When asked to give a summary of the average Premier League season for Everton Football Club over the last decade, most observers would say the same thing year after year. Poor start, great finish. If only the season started in January. But it won’t have escaped anyone’s attention that the Blues have made their best start under David Moyes since 2004/05 when they miraculously finished fourth in the table with a very average squad and thus made it to the qualifying stages of the Champions League, although don’t get any Evertonian started on what happened once they got there!
Nothing in the overall situation of the club has changed. Rough estimates have the club around £40-£50 million in debt, the under fire Chairman and Board of Directors remains in place and no new injection of funds or influx of big money signings have arrived. So what has got the perennially slow starting Toffees up and running at such an early stage of the season?
Arsenal's Gervinho, Giroud And Podolski Struggling To Replace Van Persie: Examining Gunners' Problems in Attack
After years being undermined by a suspect defense, Arsenal's problems this season are due to a blunt attack. The Gunners are owners of the Premier League's best defense, but are struggling to find the right combination and balance up front.
New signings Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski have struggled to replace the prolific qualities of Robin van Persie. That is stifling Arsenal's scoring potential, as is a lack of continuity.
Manager Arsene Wenger has not yet settled on his preferred combinations along the forward line. As much as Giroud, Podolski and the wildly inconsistent Gervinho have struggled individually, they showed promise as a trio earlier in the campaign.
The three-man produced some effective combination play up front. However, they have only been picked together four times this season.
One of those three occasions proved a success in Arsenal's 3-1 away win over West Ham. The game saw Giroud net his first and only English Premier League goal, following a precise cross from Podolski.