SportsNet - December 2012
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts Preview And Where To Watch Online: How Important Is The Return of Chuck Pagano?
The Houston Texans (12-3) heading to Indianapolis to take on the Colts (10-5) may be the best game in week 17. The Texans are sputtering with two bad losses sandwiching a victory over the self-same Colts over the last three weeks. Meanwhile the Colts will be playing under head coach, Chuck Pagano for the first time since he was diagnosed with leukaemia about three months ago. It remains to be seen how much involvement Pagano will have. Chances are - given his weak condition and the success interim head coach, Bruce Arians has had in his absence - Pagano will play more of a figurehead role this week. Other than Pagano’s return the Colts do not have a whole lot to play for, with their post-season seeding already sealed. Still they’d like to play spoiler to the Texans’ attempt to become the AFC’s top seed. This season the Colts are 9-1 in games decided by a touchdown or less.
A 3-2 victory over Liverpool last season was the turning point for QPR in survival battle.They fought back from two goals down to score three in the final 15 minutes. Harry Redknapp will be looking for his second victory as QPR manager. For this match Harry Redknapp will be without strikers Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora. Captain Park Ji Sung will be out due to knee injury.Goalkeeper Julio Cesar, full-back Nedum Onuoha and defender Ryan Nelsen are also doubts for this game.
Djibril Cisse will be the loan striker up front. Jamie Mackie, Taarabt and Shaun Wright Phillips will offer support to Cisse.Stephane Mbia and Alejandro Faurlin will be the holding midfielders.Fabio, Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill and Armand Traore will be the defense for Harry Redknapp. Rob Green will be the goal keeper. For QPR Adel Taarabt has transformed into a different player.Slotted behind the striker he responded with two goals that gave QPR's first victory of the season.He will be the player to watch for QPR.
On Desember, 30th Goodison Park will be covered in blue. Two of the biggest blues in the premier league will lock horn. They are, The blues Chelsea and the other blues, the host, Everton. Which side is the better blues? Which blues will close their 2012 with tears and which with joy? This match provides the answer.
Impressive. That’s the right word to describe these blues most recent form. Everton is enjoying their winning streak. Up until today they have gone 6 matches without defeat. And the other blues, which is, Chelsea have 4 wins and 1 lose in hand, but their recent 3 matches have been all kill. 9 points on their hands. With the shocking 8-0 win on Stamford Bridge against Aston Villa, Torres back on form, clean sheets on their 3 last matches, it seems like nothing could go wrong for Chelsea. But don’t forget, Everton is more than capable to set the Benitez’s lads off the track again.
Key players to watch & Probable Line-ups
BCS National Championship News: Nick Saban Waking Up The Echoes By Challenging Legacy Of Irish's Leahy
In the crazy, kooky, ever-cosmic world that is college athletics, you’d have to figure there was some type of connection or link looming underneath the surface of the BCS title game set for Jan. 7 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.
Yeah, yeah, you got the obvious: No. 1 vs. No. 2, two powerhouses with football traditions to match any other, All-Americans aplenty on both sides. Basically, just what you’d expect – and want – with the likes of Notre Dame and Alabama.
The somewhat hidden gem to this matchup, though, is a West Virginia kid’s further infiltration into the ultimate hierarchy of greatness in the game’s coaching annals.
No, Nick Saban isn’t exactly new to big games or big things, but, still, he’s on the cusp of breaking down any barriers between himself and a true legacy – a true legacy with an Irish slant.
From 1946 through 1949, Frank Leahy won three national titles while running the post-war gridiron machine at Notre Dame. No coach has pulled the 3-for-4 championship effort ever since in a four-year span.
Saban has the opportunity to do just that if he can direct his Crimson Tide past the Manti Te’o-led Irish.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals Observations And Where To Watch Online: More Than Meets the Eye In Week 17 Matchup
At first glance, there is not much exciting about week 17’s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and the Arizona Cardinals. The 49ers are 10-4-1 and have already clinched a playoff berth. On the opposite sideline, the Cardinals are 5-10 and their fans are surely looking forward to the draft already. But upon further examination, this game holds quite a bit of intrigue. Here are some storylines to watch for.
Aldon Smith Chases Strahan’s Sack Record Like He Chases Quarterbacks