Dean Jones

Players To Watch In 2013: Teddy Bridgewater, A Franchise Quarterback In Waiting.

on June 23 2013 2:07 PM
Players To Watch In 2013: Teddy Bridgewater, A Franchise Quarterback In Waiting.

Continuing our preview of the players to watch in the upcoming NCAA Football season, we turn our attention to the man touted as the best Quarterback in the country.

#2. Teddy Bridgewater.
Position: Quarterback.
College: Louisville.
Height: 6 feet, 3 inches.
Weight: 213 lbs.
Draft Projection: 1st-3rd overall (1st round) 2014 Draft.

This years Draft had a distinct lack of Quarterback talent. No signal caller was taken in the top ten, E.J Manuel was the first taken at number 18 by the Buffalo Bills. Top talents a year ago such as Matt Barkley and Geno Smith weren't even taken in the first round, such was team's skepticism on their talents.

This year, things are different.

Introducing Theodore 'Teddy' Bridgewater.

Bridgewater has everything that you look for in a Quarterback, a blue-chip talent that is set to take the college game by storm in 2013. Like number one prospect Jadeveon Clowney, had Bridgewater been eligible for the 2013 Draft he would have, without question, been the first Quarterback taken. He could possibly have been taken first overall given the lack of franchise Quarterbacks currently in the NFL.

Good To Be King: LeBron James Is Now The Greatest Sportsman On The Planet.

on June 21 2013 3:48 PM
Good To Be King: LeBron James Is Now The Greatest Sportsman On The Planet.

With the World watching, LeBron James once again showed everybody just what a special talent he is.

His accolades, of which there are many, almost don't do him justice.

In the last 14 months, LeBron has gone from a pantomime villain to one of the most revered sportsmen on the planet. You only have to look at what he's won in that time to see just how much he's accomplished:

- 2x NBA Most Valuable Player (4th Overall).
- 2x NBA Champion.
- 2x NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
- Olympic Gold Medal (U.S National Team).

Not many players can boast that sort of success in their entire careers, James has done it in just over a year.

This latest NBA championship, may be the sweetest of all.

While his first championship got the proverbial monkey off his back, repeating the feat is an ambition few manage to achieve. Although they were considered the favourites throughout the season, Miami have struggled to assert their dominance at times in these Playoffs. Almost all of their roster has struggled at times in the postseason, either with their shot, their defensive intensity or their health.

Everyone but James.

Not Even Rex Ryan's Bravado Can Paper Over The Cracks In New York.

on June 20 2013 11:51 AM
Not Even Rex Ryan's Bravado Can Paper Over The Cracks In New York.

Say what you want about Rex Ryan, at least he is consistent.

The Head Coach of the New York Jets has shown his usual amount of bravado this offseason as he looks to rebound from a disappointing 6-10 season that almost cost Ryan his job.

If he's feeling the pressure, he certainly isn't showing it.

In truth, if there isn't a dramatic turnaround, Ryan will be dismissed. He was fortunate to keep his job at the end of last season, especially when you consider the firings the Jets made all around the brash coach.

They basically cleaned house, making everyone but Ryan the scapegoat for the Jets failures. Reports suggest that Ryan had talked his way out of his removal, using his two AFC Championship game appearances when he was first hired as Jets coach as an example of what could be achieved with him at the helm.

Ryan recently said after the Jets first set of OTA's: "I'm a hell of a lot better football coach than I'm given credit for".

Recent form suggests otherwise.

Legacy Saved: LeBron's Heroics Force A Monumental Game 7.

on June 19 2013 2:22 PM
Legacy Saved: LeBron's Heroics Force A Monumental Game 7.

For some games, there are just no words that do it justice.

Game 6 of the NBA Finals was one of those games.

Tuesday's game in Miami will go down in the annals of history as one of the greatest ever. When LeBron James describes it as "By far the best game I've ever been a part of", you know that it was something very special.

The San Antonio Spurs were seconds away from an NBA title, so much so that the arena staff had even surrounded the court with yellow rope for the trophy presentation. The Heat staged a miraculous turnaround, James and then Ray Allen hit consecutive three-pointers with just 5.2 seconds left to force overtime.

To their credit, the Spurs picked themselves up and had a chance to force a second overtime, but Danny Green's three-point attempt was blocked by Chris Bosh and the Heat emerged with an improbable 103-100 victory.

Now, it's winner-take-all in a monumental Game 7.

Or as Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra put it "The two best words in sports".

Liverpool Fans Finally See Luis Suarez For What He Is.

on June 18 2013 4:00 PM
Liverpool Fans Finally See Luis Suarez For What He Is.

After all the loyalty Liverpool Football Club have shown Luis Suarez over the last 29 months, the least they should have expected was a little in return.

Sadly, this is football, where the word loyalty has almost become obsolete.

If Liverpool fans expected better from Suarez, then they haven't been paying attention.

The Uruguay International has once again stated his desire to leave the club this week. He has become disillusioned with life in England, in particular the media treatment of him in light of his transgression's. Suarez has made no secret of his desire to join Real Madrid, seemingly willing to say anything via the media to force a potential move.

There is an apparent £40 million release clause in his contract, which in today's market seems quite reasonable. Liverpool have been firm in their stance that he will not be sold, Manager Brendan Rodgers daring Suarez to submit a formal written transfer request if he is serious about departing. This will mean Suarez will have to forgo any "Loyalty Bonus" in his contract upon his departure.

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