SportsNet - November 2012
“If you said to any young player that you could play for Barcelona or Real would they turn it down? Probably not. If a bid was accepted you would obviously have to seriously consider it.”
Every player has his price and this time, Gareth Bale has found it. After years of constant speculation, the Tottenham Hotspur winger finally looks to be on his way out. Since raising his profile in the Champions League games against Inter Milan in 2010, many high-profile clubs are in the hunt for the Welshman.
And it looks as if Real Madrid are right on top of the list.
Jose Mourinho has always claimed to be one of Bale’s biggest fans after labelling him ‘amazing’ in 2011 after Tottenham’s surprising debut in European’s greatest competition. The admiration for the winger’s speed and penetration in and around the opposite box has seen Mourinho target Bale ever since that year but now it seems extremely likely Spurs could lose yet another big name.
Last month the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams traveled to London to play their week 8 match. Though the game took place at Wembley Stadium it was designated a home game for the Rams, which of course gave the Rams a disadvantage, as it means they only get to play 7 true home games this season. Needless to say, they were destroyed by the defending AFC champions and current ambassador team of the National Football League, 45-7. In front of a crowd of over 80,000 no less.
It’s true, American football sells a lot of tickets in England. Whether or not the fact they only get one or two games per year plays into those sellout numbers has yet to even be discussed. Right now, the discussion is all about how excited London mayor Boris Johnson is on the prospect of an increased NFL presence in the city and the nation. There are so many lucrative opportunities for both sides, if commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL owners agree to play more games or even relocate a team to London.
This weekend kicked off with Sunderland hosting West Brom. A dismal performance from Simon Mingolet led to Sunderland ultimately losing to the Baggies. QPR began the weekend without a manager against SAF’s United. Although QPR took the lead, United were never going to lose against a manager less team.
5) Jermain Defoe – The English centre forward was vital in Tottenham’s 3-1 win over West Ham. He scored the first in the 45th minute and after Bale’s goal, he scored Spurs’ third in the 64th minute. Under AVB he has been one of the best players in the league. It’s a shame he didn’t get as much playing time under Harry Redknapp. Even under Roy Hodgson at England, Defoe has been on top form. It’s form that Spurs need out of Defoe as AVB is determined to play 4-5-1. Defoe is definitely the man on form for Spurs and he’ll do all he can to stay ahead of Adebayor in the line-up.
NFL: Atlanta Falcons vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Preview, Prediction And Where To Watch Online Live Stream
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the biggest surprises this season. Greg Schiano has done a great job in his first season as head coach after leaving Rutgers. It's hard to find a coach outside of Jim Harbaugh who has done this good of job in his first year after leaving college.
The (6-4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have their hands full against the (9-1) Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
This is a huge game for both squads.
With a win, Atlanta will have a four game lead in the NFC South with five games left.
More importantly, Atlanta will be that much closer to winning the NFC and have home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. The Falcons need home-field in the playoffs if they want to be serious contenders to make the Super Bowl.
Tampa Bay is fighting for their playoff hopes. If the postseason started today, they would be out. Luckily, there are six weeks left in the regular season and they are tied with Seattle for the sixth and final playoff spot.
NFL: San Francisco 49ers vs. New Orleans Saints Preview, Prediction And Where To Watch Online Live Stream
I can't wait for Sunday.
And, it's not because one of the best teams in the NFL travels to take on one of the hottest teams in the NFL.
I live in the Bay Area and all you hear on sports-talk radio is who should be the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers? Is Alex Smith done? etc.
I understand if you talk about it on Tuesday, the day after Colin Kaepernick destroyed one of the best defenses in the NFL. But, to continually talk about it all day and all night for the entire week is too much.
So instead of telling you who should be the starting quarterback for San Francisco, let's actually dissect one of the best games on Sunday.
The New Orleans Saints started the season 0-4 and everyone was writing them off. Everyone had a good reason to, 183 teams have started 0-4 since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, and only the 1992 San Diego Chargers made the playoffs. Statistically the Saints have a 0.005% chance at making the playoffs.
Luckily for the Saints, they don't care about stats and the past.