SportsNet - November 2012
Just when the Chicago Bears thought they would avoid serious injury to a major contributor, they are forced to place fourth-year OG Lance Louis in injured reserve.
Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reported the story Monday evening. The injury to Louis is a crushing blow for an offensive line that has been the Bears’ trouble spot all season long. Louis is believed to have a torn ACL after being hit by a diving Jared Allen. At the time, Louis was chasing down Minnesota Vikings CB Antoine Winfield who had just intercepted a Jay Cutler thrown pass.
The Allen hit on Louis raises a question: In the time when safety regarding concussions is held at a priority in football, why is it legal to hit a player near the knees or use yourself as a launchpad?
Suffering from a concussion is one thing, but having a torn ACL is a different animal.
In football, some players bounce back in one week or two. Albeit they are not the same, but they do not have months upon months of rehab to do. Louis may not be the same player after being hit by Allen.
He deserved it.
For anyone bemoaning the firing of Gene Chizik on Sunday as head football coach at Auburn University, try to keep that in mind.
Yeah, he came in with a flourish of success … and he is departing with a flourish of the opposite.
It is the nature of the business. Put up or perish. Either win or go home … or head off to the next gig.
Yeah, his Tigers stood atop the BCS nation following the 2010 season. They also dropped off to 8-5 the next year and were an abysmal 3-9 this one … with off-the-field issues starting to rear their ugly heads.
As strange as it may seem to some that Auburn would cut ties with Chizik so soon after leading the Tigers to the promised land, there were just as many, if not more, confused at his hiring on the Plains four years ago.
Coming off a 5-19 run at Iowa State, he hardly was a hot commodity. Back then, the push was for Turner Gill to get the job. The former Nebraska quarterback had taken Buffalo to a bowl game the year before, and remained the hot name as much for his racial profile as for his X-and-O acumen.
Never before has a new manager been so hated by the supporters of a club, but having ousted a highly popular club legend, Rafael Benitez can hardly be surprised that the Stamford Bridge faithful greeted him with a chorus of boos in Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.
But it’s not just Chelsea supporter’s opinion that the 52-year-old usurped the managerial hot seat from the Italian that finds him held in such poor regard, the fact the Spaniard was always quick to speak negatively about the west Londoners plastic flags and lack of history also adds to the disgruntlement amongst Blues supporters.
So can Benitez do anything to win over the Chelsea supporters? The two things that come to mind immediately are organising a Chelsea defence that was leaking goals prior to his arrival and getting the best out of the under performing £50 million striker Fernando Torres, who served his best years under Benitez during their time at Liverpool.
Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, better known as Isco, has started the 2012/13 season with a bang, and has really announced himself on the world stage, after some exemplary Champions League performances.
He came through the famous Valencia academy, which has produced players like David Silva, but only played four games for them in the 2010/11 season, before moving to Andalusian rivals; Malaga, for six million euros, signing a five-year-contract. In his first season at Malaga he had a very solid season, even more so for a teenager, contributing to five goals and five assists in his thirty-two games played, however, after the financial problems which saw star Santi Cazorla move to Arsenal, Isco has really come into his own, and shown the world what he is capable of.
After Sunday's 0-0 draw against Manchester City, Rafael Benitez was asked in post-match interviews and his press conference, what he needed to do in order to win over the fans. Benitez was booed unanimously by the Chelsea faithful after he was introduced to the Stamford Bridge crowd before the start of the match. The boos only subsided after the PA announcer mentioned there would be a minutes applause for Dave Sexton, the former Chelsea manager who had passed away in the hours before the game. The announcer said, 'we have some bad news for you Chelsea fans'. Many thought he was referring to Benitez.