SportsNet - November 2012
Terrell Suggs pulled off the impossible when he took the field just five months and two weeks after tearing his Achilles. Now, Ray Lewis, not to be outdone, may make his own remarkable return as soon as week 15.
Lewis suffered a fully torn triceps in the Ravens October 14th victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The injury requires a four month recovery period, but YahooSports Michael Silver reports that Lewis may be targeting a December 16th comeback against the Denver Broncos. If that is the case, Lewis expects to have made a full recovery in half the typical recovery time.
Lewis has long prided himself on his extreme efforts to take care of his body. His off-season workouts border on fanatical, and he follows a strict regimen of eating and sleeping. He is also known in somewhat mythical terms for his ability to impose his will—in game situations and in terms of the length of his career.
The first game between the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks couldn't have gone any better as it took one round of overtime to determine a winner.
It was surely worth the wait for Nets fans who had to wait an extra few weeks thanks to Hurricane Sandy.
Carmelo Anthony impressed in his Brooklyn homecoming with 35 points, but the Nets defense locked him down when it mattered to force overtime.
In the overtime period, Anthonys' only impact was an offensive foul that clinched yet another home victory for the Nets who are now 7-1 in their new billion dollar arena.
The game had a playoff atmosphere from the start, and although there weren't as many Knicks fans as expected, the crowd was still going back and forth all night long.
Just as the two teams did, in a game that was tight all night.
This was an important win for the Nets and more importantly their fan base. Nets home games, especially vs the Knicks, now provide a real home-court advantage.
Deron Williams put on a stellar performance scoring 16 points along with 14 assists while Gerald Wallace provided the overtime spark needed to put away the Knicks once and for all.
After Week 12 of the NFL season finished last night, I had a think about what teams are in line to have some major changes to their side, whether it be with coaching personnel, starting QBs or any other issues. After looking through the conference standings, and having a think about certain sides’ performances when I’ve seen them this season, I came up with 5 teams which really struck me the most as needing changes.
Firstly, there was the Chargers. At 4-7 after Week 12, this is a side where changes are inevitably going to happen. Norv Turner is in his 6th season as Chargers head coach, but this season you’ve seen that the pressure is getting to him in regards to his job. After snapping at the media a few weeks ago when asked whether losing but playing well was acceptable, it does seem as if his days were numbered. Granted, it was a ridiculous question to ask after what had been a close game against the Buccaneers, but some coaches would have perhaps laughed off that question, but Norv clearly showed that he’s in no mood to be joking around right now.
Oh, boy, the propaganda machine is working overtime now.
It isn’t enough that Notre Dame is 12-0, bound for the BCS title game and any comment that questions the 2012 edition of Irish football’s greatness is deemed sacrilegious or conspiratorial, but now we get the overkill pretzel logic of pushing for college football’s top individual honor to fall under the same domain. Even the most recognized journalistic hack in ESPN’s arsenal is on board.
Oh, for the love of Touchdown Jesus …
OK, let’s get it out in the open. Manti Te’o has been a great player throughout his stay at South Bend, Ind. He’s a leader, a top-notch performer, a wonderful story and seemingly an even better guy.
What he isn’t is the nation’s best player in 2012.
Sorry, he isn’t. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is, and he has been dominant in proving that he is.
If this were a lifetime achievement award, Te’o could be, should be, would be the choice.