SportsNet - January 2013
The battle of Los Angeles has unofficially begun! I am not referring to the movie “Battle of L.A.” and no, it is not your standard good versus evil war that we have all grown to love. It is battle of the bad, the horrible. It is the battle of Los Angeles’ two biggest disappointments, not only in the city, in their respective sports as well.
On one side of the coin, you have the Los Angeles Lakers. They have a team full of stars, yet they have to go on a hot streak just to get back to .500.
On the other side of the coin is the USC Trojans men’s basketball team. The Trojans are the Pac-12 Conference’s current punching bag.
Who has the upper hand in this battle of awful teams?
You be the judge.
The Lakers have four, future Hall of Famers on their roster in Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Unlike their L.A. college counterparts, there is clearly some talent on this team. It does not matter if they have comparable complimentary players to fill out the roster. The Miami Heat won the NBA Championship last season with role players who would not get off the bench for this Lakers’ team.
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals Preview: Where To Watch Online Live Stream Of First Clasico Of 2013
So, here's a good question. What happened last time Barcelona and Real Madrid last met? Well, when the teams last met in 2012, they battled it out to a ferocious 2-2 draw that saw Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo score two goals each.
Real Madrid and Barcelona were slated for a "Clasico matchup" in March, but fans will now get two matches, thanks to the Copa Del Rey semi-finals. There are a great deal of matchups that will have a tremendous influence on how Wednesday's tilt plays out, but none will be more essential than the strikers on each team.
Barcelona has the best player in the world playing at his highest level. Messi has now scored in 11 straight Spanish league matches. His 33 goals in just 21 games sets him on pace for 56 goals in the 2012-13 season; in 2011-12 he scored 50 times. He is coming off a four goal match against Osasuna and is in his best form heading into Wednesday's battle. Messi has scored 17 goals in all Clasico matches, one short of tying record holder Alfredo Di Stefano.
Despite the zone-read/read-option once being considered a “gimmick” system or a “novelty,” it has not only found itself wrecking havoc in the NFL playoffs, but has led a team to the Super Bowl. Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers have successfully utilized the zone read-option to near perfection. San Francisco’s success may have been a contributing factor in Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s decision to announce that incumbent Carson Palmer will be competing for the starting job with Terrelle Pryor. Despite his limited NFL playing time, Pryor brings an ability to extend and make the tougher plays that Palmer cannot, similar to Kaepernick and Alex Smith in San Francisco. But is Pryor the next Kaepernick? Let’s take a closer look and compare/contrast the two to determine if Pryor will be the next big dual-threat quarterback.
I have watched Arsene Wenger transfer activities in every transfer windows and it all led me to one concrete concluison, “too many rumors and in the end none of them really happened, or other clubs will snap it from them.” Its lucky for Arsenal that they could snap Podolski, Cazorla and Giroud from the last summer transfer window, but look at how many players Arsenal were ‘keeping an eye’ at, Ibrahim Afellay (Now loaned out to Schalke), Lewis Holtby ( Joined Tottenham), Nuri Sahin (snapped by Liverpool and now sent to Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz, Demba Ba (Joined Chelsea), Daniel Sturridge (Joined Liverpool), Mathieu Debuchy ( Joined newcastle), Jan Verthongen (joined Tottenham) I could go on and on with the list. But now let’s the past be the past and look ahead, for the summer transfer window 2013. Who should Arsenal sign next summer? I have shortlisted 5 best rumoured-to-Arsenal-players for Wenger and now let’s take a look at it.
1. Edin Dzeko
Norwich City and Tottenham Hotspur's FA Cup exits to non-league Luton Town and Championship outfit Leeds United respectively were among the upsets of the Fourth Round. The managers of the two Premier League clubs have both publicly welcomed the Wednesday night meeting between their sides coming so soon
"It’s good to have a game so quickly, it gives us an opportunity back in the Premier League and in a situation like this, the quicker the game comes, the better," Andre Villas-Boas told his club’s official website.
Chris Hughton echoed that sentiment in quotes on the Canaries’ site.
“What I’d like to expect is to see a reaction from my team. Whether that will see us put in a performance that we need to get a result that we want, we’ll only know that on Wednesday, but I’m quite sure it won’t be through a lack of effort.”
For differing reasons, both could really do with coming away from the midweek clash with three points.