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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chilly chilled

Looks like it wasn't just a guess here yesterday that the Green Bay Packers may have authored the demise of two rival coaches.  Brad Childress did indeed get the boot in Minnesota.  In related news, NFL analyst Rodney Harrison says here that it is time to put Brett Favre out of his misery.  Why?  We were just starting to have some fun?  For his part, Favre is giving hints he may pack it in immediately.

Sure, Peyton Manning's interception thrown in the red zone aided a few teams in his division in their playoff hunt, but you don't expect a rival QB - Jacksonville Jaguar David Garrard in this case - to tweet out "Thanks Peyton.  U da man???"

A wild weekend in the English Premier League, with Tottenham rallying from a pair down in the second half to beat rival Arsenal 3-2.  Chelsea shockingly lost again, this time 1-0 to Birmingham despite dominating, which allowed Manchester United to pull even in the Premier League with their 2-0 win over Wigan.  Sure, United may have seven draws in 14 games, but "undefeated" sounds a lot more like championship material than a team with four losses in 14, which is the case with Chelsea.   Mix in Arsenal and Manchester City and there are four teams within three points of first place.  Going to be a wild race, though United defender Patrice Evra expects his team to take the title.

Canadian boy Joey Votto was the runaway NL MVP winner, with 31 of 32 first place votes.

The Miami Heat were pounded at home 93-77 by the not-exactly-powerhouse Indiana Pacers. What a crying shame.

Turns out those NFL uniforms for next year turned out to be fakes.  Depending on your team, major relief.

Jason Whitlock has a great look at how important it is to treat being a quarterback as a full-time job, something that Brett Favre and Vince Young have failed to do.

Turkey's Hamit Altintop provides a lighning bolt for the latest FIFA Goal of the Year nominee.  What a bomb this is.

Don't get too hot now, Buffalo Bills, or you may miss out on drafting Andrew Luck.  Check out the run - and thundering shoulder - Luck dropped on the weekend.


bukkake said...

even Rich Kotite thought Brad Childress was a bad NFL coach...

hi said...

In response to Evra, I think we all knew EPL is going to be a battle only between Chelsea and Man U.

Chelsea's problem going forward is their lack of depth at the back four. Selling Calvalho at the last minute lead to a major problem because it meant they now only had two true central defenders (and Ivanovic) to rotate for a position that requires two players each game. They tried to cover up their sell by getting a replacement defender (I forget his number), but it backfired. Just to explain how terrible the situation has gotten, Ferreira is getting minutes at the middle. Also, it doesn't help that Ramires, their new defensive midfielder, hasn't panned out as they hoped to.

The chemistry between Drogba and Anelka have completely shut down, and Lampard, for likely the first time in his life, is out injured. Ancelotti developed a habit of prefering older players from his previous job, but Chelsea is aging quick and they will need to buy some new players--not to change their starting 11, but just to add cover for probably injuries.

TB said...

I thought Chelsea were going to run away with it the way they - and the rest - started.

You're dead on, their lack of depth is getting exposed. Terry is out for a bit, Lamps who knows, and you have to figure Drogba misses his usual stretch or two before things are said and done. They badly need January's window to arrive.

Heard talk that Ancelloti may quit, so once again, they've got the usual drama around the manager to worry about too.