Stop me if you've heard this one before... Harry Redknapp spending huge sums of money at a club where they have, at best, a modest turnover, in the hopes they survive relegation. Sound familiar? This isn't the first time Redknapp has found himself in this situation. When he was manager of Portsmouth he was in this exact same situation. He spent big money and even bigger salaries on players to save the club from relegation. How did that turn out? Portsmouth were relegated, Redknapp walked away from the mess he left the club in and the club plunged into chaos. They were relegated again and have been in administration numerous times. The club almost folded last season and players this year have been playing on short-term deals simply to keep the club going. Is history repeating itself? It certainly appears very similar, Redknapp taking over a struggling Queens Park Rangers team languishing at the bottom of the table. He has used the January transfer window to strengthen the squad, but has he gambled the club's future on it like he did at Portsmouth?
We're already at the Half-Way point of what is proving to be a fascinating NBA season. We've had some surprises, some devastating injuries and some outstanding Basketball. However, as we look at the race for the Most Valuable Player award we see some all-too familiar faces fighting it out for the most coveted individual prize in Basketball. 1. LeBron James (Miami Heat) 26.6 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 7.1 APG - I think we take LeBron James for granted at times. His exceptional all-round play has become expectant of the great man. His stats are off the charts this year, his assists and rebounding are up and his scoring remains in the top ten in the league. He is playing like a man with the weight of the world off his shoulders this year, having finally attained that elusive ring last season. His speed, power and ability to take over a game on any given night make him the front runner for another MVP title this season.
An end to a very successful era The Philadelphia Eagles have made the change. The cornerstone of the franchise for years, Andy Reid, was relieved of his duties as head coach after one failure too many. Chip Kelly, the innovative former Oregon head coach, responsible for one of the most high-octane offenses in the history of college football, has been given the task of turning this football team into contenders again. To say he has his work cut out would be an understatement. This season was one of the most disappointing in recent memory for the Eagles. With stars covering their roster and the fans demanding the playoffs, the pressure was on from the outset. Things started well enough, the Eagles had a 3-2 record after 5 weeks. They were demonstrating the high-powered offense most expected at the start of the season. Even without the presence of Left Tackle Jason Peters, who was ruled out for the season with an achilies injury, they were still producing solid performances. Victories over the Superbowl-bound Baltimore Ravens and current Champions The New York Giants stood out, and would eventually be the season highlight. Then, the wheels came off.
As Ray Lewis stood in the very same Locker Room a year ago, he gave an inspirational speech to his Baltimore Ravens team-mates. They would be back here next year, and when that time came, the outcome would be different. A year on, the legendary Linebacker was right. The Ravens pulled off a monumental upset over the New England Patriots to ensure their undisputed leader gets the send off his career undoubtedly deserves. Lewis will get all the headlines, without question. However, he will be the first to admit that this was a collective effort. He has long been a believer in this team, convinced that this year they would reach the promised land. They didn't make it easy for themselves, their route through the playoffs made it difficult to believe they could achieve their goal. After all, 3 of the NFL's best Quarterback's would stand in their way. First up was Rookie Sensation Andrew Luck. Luck found the Playoff much harder than the Regular Season and the Colts were easily disposed of 24-9 in Lewis' last game in-front of the adoring home crowd.
That's not an Earthquake in Los Angeles, that's the balance of power shifting. For the longest time The Los Angeles Clippers have been an after-thought, playing second fiddle to their neighbours in the city, the decorated Lakers, steeped in history and championships. One of the greatest franchises in the history of sport. Media darlings, A list celebrities watching them on a nightly basis. Magic, Kareem, Wilt, Shaq, Kobe. The teams throughout the generations will be talked about forever. Things are changing. Things have already changed. Slowly but surely, the Clippers have turned it round. It hasn't been easy, they have made some bad decisions along the way but now the Clippers have a team that can genuinely challenge for an NBA championship. Something that the long suffering Clippers fans have never had before. Franchises have defining moments and you can pinpoint three moments in the not-to-distant past that have transformed the Clippers into the force they are today. 1. Drafting Blake Griffin: