SportsNet - November 2012
New York Jets Commentary: Thanksgiving Mauling by New England Patriots Should Spell The End For Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez
The 49-19 Thanksgiving defeat to the New England Patriots should spell the end for Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez.
The duo once seemed destined to lead the New York Jets to a Super Bowl. However, they have since experienced a spectacular fall from grace.
As head coach Ryan has failed to construct a credible offense to complement some stout defenses. His biggest problem has been the quarterback he helped draft fifth overall in 2009.
Sanchez has failed to live up to his "franchise passer" billing. Despite leading Gang Green to two-straight AFC Championship games, Sanchez has regressed badly during the last two years.
He has become shaky and indecisive in the pocket and his accuracy is mediocre. That's resulted in the Jets going from division contenders to also-rans.
This wasn't supposed to happen to Ryan and Sanchez. They were supposed to key a revival that would overthrow the Patriots as the supreme power in the AFC East.
They appeared to be winning the fight when they dominated Brady and company in the 2010/11 AFC divisional playoff. However, since then Ryan's teams have consistently self-destructed.
Gareth Frank Bale, the welsh wizard opens a door for any clubs to take him out from the white hart lane. But, leading the race is 2 clubs from the spanish sides, Real Madrid and Barcelona. The big question is “Which of the clubs are most likely to get his signatures?”. Now, lets try to answer that question.
The 23 years old player plays best as a left back and left midfielder. Then which clubs really desperate in one of those positions? First, Let’s look at Los Blanco.
You are all decked out with your new Ohio State Jacket and hat. Then a Michigan fan walks by with that big cocky smile, boasting about Michigan’s win in “The Game” last year. You think about how on earth this person could be fooled into being a Michigan fan. So you start to think of things to tell him, just to give him a friendly reminder of why your precious Buckeyes should be the ones with the cocky attitudes. From the perspective of a biased Ohio State fan, Denard Robinson would be considered worse than Braxton Miller. (B. Miller: 56.8% Completion, 14 TD Passing 6 INT; 1214 yards rushing with 13 TDs. D. Robinson: 53.6% Completion, 9 TD Passing 9 INT; 1044 yards rushing with 6 TDs this season.) You tell the Michigan fan this and he has a lot to say back to you.
He says that even though Denard Robinson hasn’t lived up to his Heisman potential this year, he has made a great impact at Michigan. He retaliates, “Miller can’t throw the ball!”
You look at him with curiousity on why he would think such a thing. You try to come up with a comeback. “Oh yah? Well….. umm… Denard Robinson sucks!” Then it hits you. He doesn’t suck.
1) Damian Lillard, Portland Trailblazers: Lillard’s holding on to his position as ROY front runner. Starting off the season with eye opening performances, Portland’s point man is starting to make his excellence a habit. In his last 4 games, Lillard averaged just over 22 ppg. Along with his scoring comes a welcomed efficiency, with Lillard shooting 50% or better in each of his last 4 contests. His performance against the Kings was the highlight of the 4-game set. Lillard shot 7-10 from the field (3-4 from deep), going for 22 points and 9 assists. The one knock on Lillard is his turnover issue. He’s coughed the ball up 16 times in those 4 games, the most of which came in a game against Phoenix (6 turnovers). 2) Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats are 6-4, aka above .500. For his major role in that alone, I would hand the ROY award to MKG right freaking now. Alas, I don’t make those decisions. Kidd-Gilchrist has averaged 13.6 over his last 3 games.
There is usually a lot on the line when LSU and Arkansas meet up on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The battle for the Golden Boot typically carries major post season ramifications. National title hopes have been shattered and bowl bids have been gained or bettered in this border state rivalry.
This year, however, carries a little different meaning for both teams.