SportsNet - May 2013
On Thursday night, May 30th, in the fifth game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals, someone will draw a line in the sand. The Miami Heat had their opportunity to draw a line in the sand during game four of the series. The Heat had a 2-1 lead in the series and a win at Indiana would have put the Pacers on notice that this series was now being commandered by the NBA's defending champion Miami Heat. That did not happen.
Miami completely decimated the Pacers in game three at Bankers Life Fieldhouse beating the Pacers 114-96 and the final score is not indicative of the beating the Indiana Pacers received.
Arsenal are reportedly close to a transfer deal for goalkeeper Julio Cesar, according to The Daily Mirror. The veteran stopper has admitted he is in talks with an English Premier League club.
That is strongly assumed to be Arsenal, given the Gunners long-standing interest in Cesar. A similar report in The Mirror back in April, stated Arsenal were keen on the Brazil international.
Cesar also revealed he came close to joining the Gunners last summer, according to Sky Sports. In many ways Cesar is the ideal solution to Arsenal's prolonged issues at goalkeeper.
An experienced and savvy stopper, he has an excellent record at the top levels of the game. As well as being Brazil's No.1, Cesar is a proven winner at club level.
It was never a good idea in the first place to have two friendly internationals at the end of a gruelling Premier League season and all the forebodings have come true with a performance from England that was drab, lifeless and bereft of any intuition or guile. It would be easy to point the finger at the players, but, when they have just finished a stressful final period of a long season, is it really any surprise?
Gary Lineker, a former star England striker and now a television pundit did not hold back in his assessment of England`s performance. He tweeted:-
"Even though results haven't been great, felt tactically England was maturing, but this is a step back to the dark ages of two lines of four."
The first time I saw him perform live and in person, LeBron James was a senior in high school, drawing rave reviews for his basketball prowess and criticism for tattoos, throwback jerseys, a Hummer and an omnipresent mom.
He was the latest and greatest version of yet another second coming. Big and bad, but refined and respectful, he was said to be the total package on the court, maybe one day better than Michael Jordan.
The list of high school-to-pro guys who enjoyed NBA success had been small, but James was considered a sure thing – even more so than Kobe Bryant.
It was that last part that tweaked my curiosity – more so than Kobe. Really? That seemed hard to believe.
But here it was, an opportunity to see if such talk had any merit. As I entered the arena in Trenton, N.J., that March evening in 2003, it was with a critical eye. James had to prove himself to me.
Cut through the BS and political pretzel-logic rationalizing on both sides, those pro-Julie and those con, one question remains: Why, exactly, was Miss Hermann chosen to be Rutgers University athletic director anyway?
With a firestorm of controversy ablaze on the banks of the Raritan River in Central Jersey and beyond, courtesy of yet another administrative misstep as those representing the Scarlet Knights seem prone to make, the aformentioned, more than ever, begs to be asked.
Why? Why her? What was it that made her stand out above the rest? How did she go from non-candidate after the search firm hired by the school deemed her unworthy of being one of its 47 suggested candidates to the one who rose to contender, semifinalist and then, ultimately, the individual named to lead RU on its monumental transition into the Big Ten conference?
Did she interview great?
Did she come across more intelligent, showing greater knowledge of RU and the hurdles it faces?
Did she dress sharper?