SportsNet - November 2012
The Atlanta Falcons have a chance to basically clinch the NFC South with a win over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football. Standing in their way is a Saints team that handed the Falcons their only loss this year, in a Week 10 shootout in which both quarterbacks threw three touchdowns. More fireworks are expected Thursday Night, as both offenses are ranked in the top of the league, and both defenses have shown weakness in recent weeks.
Falcons Offense vs. Saints Defense
Tony Gonzalez, Julio Jones, Roddy White, Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers, and on and on, the Atlanta Falcons have many dangerous weapons. Yet, the ebb and flow of this team goes with Matt Ryan. The Falcons outstanding quarterback is 3rd in the league in completions, and 2nd in the league in completion percentage.
Both Arsenal and Swansea have had inconsistent starts to the season, with neither really putting together a great win streak, however, both sides are great footballing clubs and regularly entertaining – striving to play attacking football every game – which makes you think this should be a great game for the neutrals.
Arsenal were handed a huge blow in mid-week as defender Laurent Koscielny was forced to go off in the game against Everton, with a muscle injury, which means Kieran Gibbs will probably be pushed back into the first team and Thomas Vermaelen will be moved back to his natural position of center-back.
Swansea don’t have any fresh injury concerns, but the absences of key-players Neil Taylor and Michel Vorm will be big misses, despite young Ben Davies filling in brilliantly at left-back for Taylor.
This move would be in the best interest of the New York Jets for many reasons. Tim Tebow has been nothing but a negative aspect of the Jets season because of the distraction he has caused. Or should I say, the distraction Woody Johnson and Mike Tannenbaum have caused. Notice, Rex Ryan doesn't get a part of the blame there, and for good reason.
The irony is that Tebow has caused a distraction, because most of "Tebow Time" has taken place standing next to Tony Sparano on the sideline rather than on the playing field.
This hasn't come close to the distraction over in San Francisco where they have two quarterbacks fully capable of winning games. This is a totally different type of a distraction for a team in disarray.
The amount of timeouts that the Sanchez to Tebow mid-drive switch has been more of an impact then the one or two yard runs Tebow has been responsible for.
Heck, the amount of pressure that Sanchez has faced knowing Tebow is on the edge of the sideline has had more of a negative impact than the many runs that Tebow has lost yards on.
The only positives that Tebow has brought the Jets is three fake punts that went for first downs.
In form Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has rubbished rumors of a move away from White Hart Lane to re-unite with former boss Harry Redknapp at QPR.
The England forward has been in fine form this season, netting 10 goals in all competitions, helping the North London club keep up with the top four.
Defoe addressed the transfer speculation of a possible move to QPR on Sky Sports News:"That's not going to happen. I'm not leaving Tottenham, I love the club and to score goals at a big club like this is fantastic"
"If the opportunity comes to leave the club it won't be happening. I don't want to leave, I'm a Spurs player - and I'm happy.
"I think I can say I'd like to finish my career at Tottenham. I want to achieve something special here - it's a great time to be at the club,” he concludes.
Before Kobe Bryant has a chance to eclipse His Airness, Michael Jordan in rings or on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, he has another ex-high-flying guard to shoot down a peg.
In Bryant’s most recent outing, the Lakers guard put up 40 points in a losing effort. As a result, Bryant begins the weekend against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night just 100 points shy of 30,000 points and is 127 shy of surpassing 70’s and 80’s icon Dr. J on the all-time scoring list.
Surpassing Erving is an accomplishment that likely won’t garner much media attention because the NBA doesn’t recognize ABA statistics besides absorbing a number of its teams. That’s unfortunate for Bryant but more so for Erving, whose accomplishments have been diminished by the ABA’s dissolution.
Bryant has tallied over 11,000 more career NBA points than Erving on the NBA’s career scoring list but those numbers don’t include the 11,662 career points Dr. J tallied as the ABA’s fifth all-time leading scorer.
Erving retired at 37 after 16 seasons in 1987. The 34-year – old Bryant is in his 17th season but has played 67 fewer regular season games.