SportsNet - January 2013
LeBron James is the arguably the best basketball player in the world. He gave himself the self proclaimed nickname "The Chosen One" or as many of his fans call him "The King". Last basketball season James claimed is first NBA championship title after failing twice to the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs. LeBron James is now a three time MVP, last years Finals MVP, 2012's Sports Illustrated Player of the Year, and a two time Olympic Gold Medalist. Regardless of all of LeBron James accomplishments he is a Master of Disguise.
LeBron James captures many of his fans attention by his high-flying dunks and God given arttributes. But LeBron James is missing one key factor that all great players of his skill set contained. LeBron James simply isn't clutch. The lack of James's clutch ness doesn't make James a Master of Disguise, it's how James comes about to the situation in clutch moments.
It used to be very simple for Super Bowl advertisers. Plunk down a hefty sum with a network, engage the best of the best on the creative side and wait, or hope, for the ad to jumpstart sales for the millions of eyeballs tuning in to the game. Talking puppets, capturing “Big Brother,” Clydesdales playing football, and the annual Bud Bowl promotions were always the rage, and were watched over and over again in talk shows following the game. You knew the final score, and more importantly for a brand, you saw your wins in advertising trades and in consumer brand confidence. Then you moved on to whatever came next with your brand.
There are a lot of people who believe that football needs to address the safety issues that have the potential to cripple the sport, both in the literal and figurative sense.
President Barack Obama is among them.
In an interview that will appear in the February 11th edition of The New Republic, President Obama says that he is a fan of the sport but that if he had a son, he would think long and hard about it before allowing him to play the game. The President believes that the negative impact that the game has had on players, which includes everything from paralysis to concussion-related dementia, might make the game too unsafe and that the sport itself needs to take steps to reduce the violence.
Because these words come from the president, a debate has been sparked over whether or not the government will step in and put pressure on the game’s power brokers to make football a safer sport – and whether or not it is their place to do so.
A term much bandied about and loved by the English media is that Manchester City is the richest club in the world. Sky Sports News gets this jibe in at Manchester United at every possible chance. Whilst this proposition is treated with contempt by the same media, it is not a coincidence that this vitriol has emanated since Murdochs`s failed attempt to buy the club in 1998. The truth is that Manchester City is the club with the richest owner. The club itself is financially insolvent. The same applies to Chelsea.
When it comes to the value of the club, the media once again is in denial by quoting Deloittes football rich list stating that Real Madrid hold that honour. What they fail to mention is that their net profit is in the minus because of the huge debts they have. These are club debts and not to be confused with the loans taken out by the Glazers when they first bought the club, which are more akin to a mortgage.
Arsenal are nearing a deal to sign Spanish international left-back Nacho Monreal. UK newspaper The Independent, reports the Gunners are finalising a deal said to be worth £8.6 Million.
Arsenal's need for quality cover at left-back has been longstanding. However, that need became more pressing since Kieran Gibbs' injury against Liverpool on Wednesday night.
That leaves Arsenal relying on the calamity prone Andre Santos. That's not a scenario that would inspire renewed confidence in an already shaky defence. The Gunners defensive frailties have been exposed on a number of occasions in recent games. Monreal will be relied upon to solidify the left flank.
He currently plays for Malaga and his capture would represent Arsenal's second raid on the La Liga club since the summer. Arsene Wenger swooped for Santi Cazorla during that transfer window and now seems set to reunite the tricky playmaker with his ex-teammate.