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Monday, December 13, 2010

The usual mega-Monday edition...early!

Over the last nine quarters, the New England Patriots have outscored the Detroit Lions, New York Jets and Chicago Bears 103-10 combined. Tom Brady has won 21 of 22 games against NFC opponents. Pretty impressive run to say the least.

The Dallas Cowboys can't stop anybody it seems, but their games are sure entertaining, and they don't blow their brains out like they did earlier in the year.  The covering the spread machines covered the +3.5 against Philadelphia last night in a 30-27 win that might be remembered most for running back Tashard Choice, who should have all but ended Marion Barber's days in Dallas the way he's been playing relative to MB3, asking Michael Vick for his autograph post-game.

Up next for the struggling New York Jets, who were a bumbling mess in a 10-6 home loss to the Miami Dolphins: road games in Pittsburgh and Chicago.  9-6 is well within reach, Jets fans, and judging by the look on Fireman Ed's face, he knows it.  And as if that isn't bad enough, then there is Sal Alosi, Jets strength and conditioning coach, who took it upon himself to trip a Miami Dolphin racing down the sideline. 

Speaking of reeling, the Washington Capitals have lost six straight, and were hammered 7-0 by the New York Rangers yesterday, who were sporting one of the nicer third jersey's in recent memory.  Alexander Ovechkin got in the second fight of his career and it didn't turn the fortunes of his team.  But wait, I thought that fighting always picked your team up?  Weird.

Manchester United and Arsenal will tangle today in Manchester with first place in the English Premier League on the line.  There's a 3pm (Eastern) kickoff there, and I'll be shocked if it isn't three points for Man U when all is said and done.  Chelsea continued their struggles with a draw at Tottenham in a game they were outplayed for the most part, but had a chance to win in the dying moments only to see Didier Drogba denied on a penalty kick that would have won it.  Remember when the talk was that Chelsea would have the title wrapped up around Christmas?  They might be out of the race by Christmas the way they're going.

How important is it to have a defensive gem like Carl Crawford in left for the Boston Red Sox?  Well, they did have Manny Ramirez out there for years. And who do you suppose is the most interested and potentially upset over the Sox dropping that contract on CrawfordHow about Liverpool, the soccer club in England's Premier League now owned by Sox owner John Henry.

Toronto FC's main man Jurgen Klinnsman told Soccer Central that he hopes to have a coach and GM - likely the same person - in place by Christmas.

Mentioned above that the New York Rangers were rocking some nice third jersey's.  At the other end of the spectrum, there's the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, rocking the most hideous jersey's of all the times.

Detroit's win over Green Bay was their first in twenty games against divisional opponents.

After yesterday's showing by the Kansas City Chiefs, their QB Matt Cassell, out after an appendectomy, might be in line for some MVP votes.  Why?  In his absence, the Chiefs generated all of 67 yards total offence yesterday.

If you've been under a rock and have not seen the video of the Metrodome roof collapsing in Minnesota, check it out below.  The only way this would have been better is if #4 was standing underneath it.  Of course, there's some suggestions that Favre might have been on the roof with a buck knife and snow suit to give him a chance to keep his precious streak alive.  The Vikings will now "host" the New York Giants in Detroit tonight, with tickets available for free in a nice move by the NFL in a city that could use some nice moves.

Here's Jets assistant coach Sal Alosi tripping Miami Dolphin Nolan Carroll.

Here's a new way to score in hockey, from an Under 20 game in Sweden.  Watch closely.


hi said...

I've always wondered why NHLers don't try that often. I am no expert, but it looks fool proof to me. Kyle Wellwood did that once when he was playing for the Maple Leafs, but it wasn't intentional.

If it was any other day, I would have said otherwise, but I think Arsenal has a legimate shot today. They are on some kind of a streak, and Nasri is on fiyah. Man U's success will largely depend on which Berbatov shows up tonight.

I hope Klinnsman instils some emphasis on youth development while he's here. As it stands now, there is absolutely no merit for a foreign player to play for an MLS club except for maybe a chance to live in North America. Toronto can have scouts everywhere in the world, and the most functional management staff, and they still won't sign anyone worth a damn. A big investment in the youth development will be a long-term project, but a worthwhile one. Get some Brazilians to search through local schools and playgrounds, bring the talented ones in, and teach them some real football.

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TB said...

I'm sure somewhere in "the code", that wouldn't be a great move in the NHL. But feel free to keep plowing them into traffic hoping for a lucky bounce, that's way more skill! [/sarcasm]

Sure Nasri is on fire, but Arsenal has a way - usually in goal - of blowing big games against big teams. Mix in that Fabregas is once again supposed to be out and I can't imagine that he can do enough by himself against a full strength United back line. I'm going to guess Rooney finally gets off tonight and it is a 3-1 United win. Crazy? Maybe, but really think United smells blood in the water with Chelsea struggling badly.

Like your idea on the youth program, and they can do plenty of that here. Canadian kids do well against anybody until they reach 12/13/14 years old when the development programs in other countries annihilate what (little) we do here.

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