The Boston Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo is like Mr. Fantastic. He has long arms, long legs and loads of talent. He also has a short temper and has been known to stick his head into altercations on the court, thus getting himself into unnecessary trouble. His latest episode came Wednesday night against the Brooklyn Nets and this time he was ejected. So in honor of his latest tantrum, let's look back at his five greatest moments of madness on the hardwood.
5. Rondo Eavesdrops On Heat - Like a stubborn fly that never goes away no matter how many times you swat at it, Rondo was just as annoying during a timeout in a game against the Miami Heat. Despite being pushed back a couple times by both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, Rondo kept trying to invade the team's huddle and looked much like a zombie while doing it. Ray Allen had to pull him away eventually. Rondo didn't get into any trouble, but it was still memorable.
After its 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, one thing is becoming increasingly clear about Arsenal.
The club will miss out on the Champions League for next season. Even though that sounds about as nice as the apocalypse, Arsenal will benefit from that in the long run. The immediate consequences aren't favorable in any stretch of the imagination; less income, playing in the Europa League, losing out on world class players who want to play in the CL. But the effect of not qualifying for Europe's most coveted tournament will drastically change the mindset of the club.
Just like Saturday's game, the club, especially those on the board and in management positions, lack ambition at the moment. Arsenal has become accustomed to fourth position and achieving just enough to be in that position. It has become comfortable in that spot. It has become out of touch with the possibility of finishing below that. The Gunners have been in the CL continually since 2000, so being in this prestigious competition has become normal.
We all know what flopping looks like. It's quite funny sometimes.
Flying spectacularly into the air with legs folded and landing to the ground with a dramatic scream of pain is the trademark of soccer players like Luis Suarez and Ashley Young. Sometimes they do that after a defender puts his hand on their shoulder while trying to reach the ball. Other times, for no apparent reason. As it stands right now, if the referee determines a dive has taken place, the offender is shown a yellow card as a warning. But is that enough?
In the NBA, there are many forms of diving or "flopping." The most recognizable one is when a post defender throws his head back, falls backwards and slides across the floor as if he was violently pushed. But in reality the offensive player was just backing down the defender to get closer to the basket. There are many flopping basketball players but Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili are two notable ones. Beginning this season, commissioner David Stern has implemented a system that hands out increasing punishments to floppers.
Expectations were womewhat lowered at Emirates Stadium for Saturday's matchup against Queens Park Rangers. And for good reason, too, as Arsenal was trying to avoid a third loss in a week.
But eventuallly the Gunners fought through an uncomfortable silence from their home crowd for much of the game and came away with the classic "One-Nil to the Arsenal." Mikel Arteta finally smashed home the lone goal after the ball bounced off the crossbar, QPR Julio Cesar and other defenders for a couple moments. And of all people to deliver the cross, Andrey Arshavin was the man to deliver it.
In addition, the goal came after QPR's Staphane Mbia earned himself a red card for stupidly kicking out at Thomas Vermaelen. So Arsenal struggled to scored until it had a literal advantage with one extra man on the pitch. But there was plenty to be positive about during this game. The first of which was the return of Jack Wilshere.
After a disappointing loss to Chelsea last Saturday, Arsenal bounced back nicely against Olympiacos in a rainy Champions League Wednesday night matchup.
The 3-1 home win wasn't exactly pretty, and the Gunners had to overcome moments of lethargy to see off the Greek Super League leaders. Olympiacos' lone goal came at the end of the first half when the hosts were obviously waiting to hear the whistle for the end of the half. A complete lack of urgency and giving way too much space in the final third resulted in a fine goal headed in by Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou.
That, of course, left Gooners upset and head coach Arsene Wenger, who was sitting in the stands due to a suspension by UEFA, with even more pronounced forehead lines than usual. The defensive lapse essentially canceled out Gervinho's opening goal and threw away the lead.
The second half was a much different story. Gervinho kept being oddly fantastic as he assisted Lukas Podolski's goal. And just as icing on the cake, Aaron Ramsey flicked the ball over the goalkeeper in the closing moments of the game for Arsenal's third goal.