SportsNet - March 2013

Does 7 (Catholics) Plus 3 (Mid-Majors) Really Add Up?

on March 20 2013 3:06 PM

Well, it’s official. Butler, Creighton and Xavier will join the new, Catholic 7-run Big East, just as expected. The moves, announced Wednesday, will be lauded, praised and explained as the “right ones” for all involved, and, really, there is nothing wrong with them.

Creighton breaks free from the Missouri Valley, where beating the likes of fellow mid-major toughies Wichita State and Northern Iowa was met with little more than a yawn outside of Omaha, Neb. Xavier ends an 18-year run with the Atlantic Ten in which it emerged as one of the staple programs for non-power-conference “near-excellence.”

Butler, meanwhile, bolts the same circuit after one campaign, essentially using it as a waiting room before entering into what it believes will be greener pastures.

The question is, will the new Big East offer greener pastures … for all involved?

67 Days, Another Manager Gone. Braindead Venky's Leave Blackburn On The Brink.

on March 20 2013 11:40 AM
Even by the standards Blackburn Rovers Football Club have set themselves over the last couple of years, this was quite something. 67 days. Shorter than a Kim Kardashian marriage, Michael Appleton was removed as Manager of Blackburn Rovers almost as quickly as he had been appointed. The latest in a series of bizarre business decisions by the clubs owners, Venky's. Appleton spend 67 days as Manager, which was 10 days longer than the man he succeeded at the helm, Henning Berg. He lasted 57 days before he was ousted. An astonishing move that has the football world shaking it's head. Blackburn Rovers are one of the founder members of the football league. Formed in 1875, they have a rich history and are one of only 5 teams to have lifted to coveted Premier League trophy. How sad it is to see what this once proud club has become. Struggling in the Championship and with owners who clearly have no grasp on what it takes to run a football club. The number of managers they have gone through in this season alone is merely the tip of the iceberg.

Keissling Left out again

on March 20 2013 8:36 AM




Keissling Left out again

on March 20 2013 8:36 AM




New York Jets News: Signing Antwan Barnes Shows Jets Are Finally Fixing Their Weak Pass Rush

on March 19 2013 11:44 AM

The New York Jets are finally fixing their weak pass rush, after signing free-agent linebacker Antwan Barnes. Manish Mehta of The New York Daily News reported the details of Barnes' signing. Frankly it is a bargain deal for Gang Green, paying him only $900,000 initially and then $1.2 million each of the next two years.

For a modest sum, head coach Rex Ryan is getting the kind of pure pass-rusher his defense has lacked for too long. Since Ryan arrived in New York in 2009, the Jets have failed to exceed 40 sacks in a season and no one defender has posted double-digits in quarterback takedowns.

Whether he has operated a 3-4, 4-3 or a hybrid blend of both fronts, Ryan hasn't been able to produce a standout pass-rush threat. He hasn't had the right athletes at the edges of his defense.

Barnes has the potential to emerge as the outside rush ace Ryan needs to make his schemes more effective. He is a natural rush linebacker with the initial quickness and agility to routinely collapse the edges of a pass-pocket.