SportsNet - January 2013
In previous seasons a physical game with the San Jose Sharks would go something like this:
Sharks: Hey guy, that was dirty hit. That was really mean of you.
Opposing Player: Get over it man, we’re playing hockey. Oh is that your captain? I’m going to hit him in the back.
Sharks: You know what I think I should stand up for myself. I’m going to—oh looks like we already lost the game. Next time, I guess. Say, is Jeremy Roenick still playing?
And that’s how it has been for the last nine years. Every year, the Sharks would march in to the season with a ridiculously talented roster and then lose in the playoffs to a scrappy underdog whose only real accomplishment was leading the league in courage. This year, however, the Sharks are coming out with an edge and mowing down each opponent like it’s Chuck Norris versus the Teletubbies.
Take the Canucks tonight. Cheap shots galore. Early lead by the Sharks cut down to one on a bad luck deflection. Canucks pressing and causing a lot of turnovers in the Sharks’ zone. This would be where you expect the Sharks to begin to unravel.
There will have been many a United fan watching the draw for the fifth round of the FA cup hoping for a tie against someone like Luton or Oldham, however, after the high profile upsets this weekend, I am happy we have got a home tie against a bottom-of-the-table Premier League team. Why is that you may ask?
Well for starters, having just watched Liverpool humiliated by lowly Oldham and shown the door, I am long enough in the tooth to know that lower division teams are always steamed up for these ties. Furthermore, they are better football teams these days. Gone are the days of the big donkey centre forward to whom the ball is continually lumped forward, or the huge gorilla full backs that merely launch the ball as far out of the ground as possible every time they get it. Teams in the lower echelons of the Football League these days are a lot more sophisticated. There players may not have quite the level of skills their counterparts in the Premier League may have, but they make up for that with effort, planning and good tactics from young, up-and-coming managers.
Real Madrid Rumours: Florentino Perez And Arsene Wenger Joining Forces Would Be Football's Ultimate Odd Couple
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and embattled Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, could form football's ultimate odd couple this summer. According to reports in The Daily Mirror, Perez wants Wenger to replace Jose Mourinho at the end of the season.
It is not a new rumour that Perez wants Wenger in La Liga. He has tried to get the Gunners chief to take over Los Blancos twice before. However, the idea of Wenger joining forces with Perez remains as intriguing as ever.
In terms of the footballing philosophy and traditions of Real, Wenger would be an excellent choice. He demands the kind of stylish, expansive and attacking football Perez is so enamoured with. However, the two men represent polar opposites in the philosophy of squad building.
Ray Lewis Will Retire After Super Bowl But Brady Will Return For Shot At First Title In A Decade In 2014
Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens are going to play against the San Francisco 49ers in the Super “Brothers” Bowl. Unlike last year, the Ray Lewis led Ravens sent the Tom Brady led Patriots home.
Ray Lewis and Tom Brady are leaders, who for years have kept themselves and their teams on the trail heading for true success, they just do it in different ways.
Ray Lewis helped lead the Ravens to the 2013 AFC Championship title game victory over the New England Patriots by a score of 28-13. Lewis’ will and faith this season, emanated from the Ravens’ loss to the Patriots in the 2012 AFC championship title game last year. Lewis has kept his team focused during an injury prone sometimes unproductive season, that could have derailed most teams, through his strong in your face faith filled inspirational leadership.
LeBron James and the 28-12 Miami Heat will face the 20-23 Boston Celtics, led by Rajon Rondo. The showdown takes place at the TD Garden 1:00 EST live on ABC. It is the second of three meetings between the two rival teams who met in the last Eastern Conference Finals. Dousing the flames to their rivalry is the fact that both teams are going in two different directions.
Before the season began, many NBA fans felt the Eastern Conference would be decided between these two teams as it did in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. While the Heat has lived up to the hype, the Celtics have struggled.