What a difference a year makes.
Exactly a year to the day after winning their first Premier League title in 44 years, Manchester City sacked Manager Roberto Mancini following a season of disappointment culminating in their embarrassing 1-0 defeat at the hands of relegated Wigan Athletic in Saturday's F.A Cup final. The writing appears to have been on the wall for some time, given Mancini's disillusioned demeanor during Interviews and there have been strong rumours circulating for some time now that Manchester City have actively been looking for a replacement behind the back of the current Manager. Hardly the best way to do business, but this is the exact same situation Mancini himself walked into when he agreed terms on a contract when then Manager Mark Hughes was still at the helm.
So, where did it all go wrong?
A Late Winner And A 13th Title. A Fitting Way To Say Goodbye To The Greatest Manager In Modern History.
There have been some fairytale endings to football matches under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, so it will have come as no surprise to anyone that yesterday's game at Old Trafford, Ferguson's last as Manager, ended in the fashion it did. The game looked to be heading for an anti-climactic 1-1 draw and at the end of an emotional afternoon, few could have blamed all involved for taking this game for granted as United had already been crowned champions and League Cup winners Swansea City had nothing to play for. The occasion was definitely bigger than the actual game and the game could have been an afterthought to everyone concerned.
Not to Ferguson.
You didn't have to be Nostradamus to predict this one.
LeBron James, NBA Most Valuable Player.
The most gifted player of his generation picked up the MVP award for the fourth time, joining Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russel and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players who have won the award at least four times. That is some elite company James has now surrounded himself with, and he is more than worthy of being compared to the very best to have ever played the game. The most frightening thing for everybody is James is only 28 years old and is just entering the prime of his physical prowess so there is a real possibility he could get even better.
A man destined for greatness from the very outset of his journey.
For years now Everton Football Club have always been looked on as the inferior team on Merseyside. Their neighbours Liverpool have a Global brand, millions of supporters worldwide and the history and finances a club like Everton can only dream of. Five times Champions of Europe, 18 times Champions of England, they are one of the most prestigious clubs in the World and with good reason.
However, as both teams look towards a critical Merseyside derby on Sunday, the 220th meeting between the two sides, things have become much different.
It was almost too good to be true wasn't it?
Looking for their first Playoff series win in 13 years, the New York Knicks appeared to be in cruise control. After all, no team in NBA history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit and emerged victorious in a seven game series.
However, as every Knicks fan knows, nothing is ever quite that simple.
The Boston Celtics are a team of savvy veterans who realise they don't have many more chances at glory. Their aging stars have perhaps this year and next to add to their ring collection and being 3-0 down in the series was not part of the script. They felt that they had a legitimate chance of taking this Playoff series into it's twilight and it was surprising to see them down down and deflated. With big characters like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce leading the way, that atmosphere was never going to stay around for long. They are born winners, future hall-of-fame inductees and their will to win is legendary. They knew that the odds were stacked against them at 3-0 and that's just the way they like it.
Slowly but surely, they fought their way back.