SportsNet - November 2012
Everton boss David Moyes takes his side to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday attempting to maintain an enviable recent record against Premier League Champions, Manchester City.
In the last ten meetings between the two North West clubs both home and away, Moyes has triumphed eight times and lost just twice. City, for all their success, have found themselves a bogey team in Everton.
When glancing back at the recent period of dominance Everton have enjoyed over City, one must have a great deal of admiration for the way David Moyes has repeatedly sent his team out to outwork, outthink and outbattle their wealthier and more celebrated opponents. The expenditure shelled out by City’s Arab owners could have bought Everton Football Club several times over. Moyes must often wonder what he could do with the resources afforded to current City boss Roberto Mancini. And therein lies an interesting encounter off the pitch too.
The Boston Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo is like Mr. Fantastic. He has long arms, long legs and loads of talent. He also has a short temper and has been known to stick his head into altercations on the court, thus getting himself into unnecessary trouble. His latest episode came Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets and this time he was ejected. So in honor of his latest tantrum, let's look back at his five greatest moments of madness on the hardwood.
5. Rondo Eavesdrops On Heat - Like a stubborn fly that never goes away no matter how many times you swat at it, Rondo was just as annoying during a timeout in a game against the Miami Heat. Despite being pushed back a couple times by both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, Rondo kept trying to invade the team's huddle and looked much like a zombie while doing it. Ray Allen had to pull him away eventually. Rondo didn't get into any trouble, but it was still memorable.
Thursday night, the San Antonio Spurs take on the defending champion Miami Heat in South Beach. It will be the first time these teams take the court against each other this season and both teams have double digit wins. The Miami Heat (10-3) and the San Antonio Spurs (12-3) are both in the top five in points scored per game at 100+ however the Heat have one of the worst defenses in the league allowing 100.3 points per game.
This game could be a preview of a potential NBA Finals series if both teams continue to play as well as they are playing now. However, the Spurs played this well last year but didn’t get past the Western Conference finals getting eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Heat are on a four-game winning streak right now and are undefeated at home however playing on the road will not be a factor for the Spurs because they have played the majority of their games on the road. San Antonio is 9-1 on the road up with their only loss In LA against the above .500 LA team, the Clippers.
The NFL is violent. In the past, the violence was acceptable, even glorified. However, with a generation of former players drawing attention to the long-term effects of head injuries—and the league facing publicized law suits—player safety has become a hot topic.
The greatest area of concern surrounds concussions, and the NFL has introduced multiple measures to keep players with concussions off the field. Now, the attention is focused on helmet-to-helmet hits.
Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was recently suspended for having four helmet-to-helmet hits over the past three years. The fourth, which came against the Pittsburgh Steelers, was far from a vicious hit and occurred in part because receiver Emmanuel Sanders lowered his head. The suspension was overturned, but the NFL's message was clear. Players must adjust their style to avoid helmet-to-helmet hits... or face consequences as severe as suspension.
It’s just about over now.
The water is creeping up, having completely engulfed the body and now forcing the head to bob and weave in desperation to garner oxygen; the attempts at finding a life raft, a life preserver or anything else to alter the inevitable having long since lost any legitimacy.
This is the Big East today – alone … helpless … drowning … no salvation in sight.
Just a week after Rutgers announced it would roll out and into the Big Ten, another shoe dropped: Louisville, owner of the top all-around athletic program in the Big East, will be leaving for the ACC. The organization gleefully confirmed its addition Wednesday. That makes seven schools in the past year to have opted to depart the Big East, joining a list that includes West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Texas Christian – the last one so beholden to its commitment that it bolted for the Big 12 before ever taking the field or court as a conference member.