What hurts more, going 6-0 in your division and not making the playoffs like the Oakland Raiders did, or going 10-6 overall and not making it, like the New York Giants did? Oh, and nice year Eli Manning. Only 24 interceptions?
Also on those two teams, the Oakland Raiders look like they'll be kicking Tom Cable to curb. The New York Giants have a worse record in the last 8 games in all 7 of Tom Coughlin's seasons. Not once did they match wins from first 8 games. They've also got four playoff wins over that run, all in their Super Bowl winning year. Interesting thought on why keeping some continuity in the coaching area isn't a bad thing: if the league does go to a lockout and comes back, you might see a coach with just a couple weeks to work with before the season starts.
Jason Garrett looks like he'll be named the full-time Dallas Cowboys coach
The NFL Most Improved Team award goes to the Detroit Lions for finishing 6-10 after a 2-14 year last year, and of course going winless the year prior. That's also their best record since 1995.
Great read from Kristian Jack at The Score as he takes his annual stab at the 100 top players in the English Premier League. Be sure to check out the ridiculous graphic alongside Luka Modric's entry at #7 that covers his passes during one game and where they were from and to. The man covers more ground than a lawn mower.
7 of 12 NFL playoff teams also made it last year. Did you know MLB hasn't had season w/ more than 1/2 of playoff teams repeating since '05? Once again, another blow to the simplistic view that "salary cap = parity".
Winter Classic ratings were up 22 per cent from last year south of the border to 4.65 million overall. Not bad, considering game was moved from afternoon to the black hole of Saturday night prime time. If you don't think the NHL keeps with it, you're begging. Best comment I heard on the subject: the whinging over the weather and such is largely coming from Canadians sour that Canadian teams are not hosting or participating in these games.
Because I can never get enough of people dumping on Brett Favre, here's former Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton with his latest round of verbal assassination that leaves me saying "That's Incredible!"
Looks like Toronto FC are about to announce a huge change in the way they do things - and good on them! - with the hiring of former Dutch international Aron Winter to lead the coaching staff with Paul Mariner, formerly with New England in the MLS, riding shotgun. Great stuff.
Those that dislike Cristiano Ronaldo will love reading that pretty much his entire Real Madrid team hates him after a blow-up with goalie/captain Iker Cassilas over comments made by his girlfriend, media hottie Sara Carbonero. Shame they can't win a thing without him. Should've stayed at United, CR7! Oh, and now comes word that the club has banned Sara Carbonero from even mentioning Ronaldo. Nice team, gents.
Love seeing that the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL - below - have taken to practicing goal scoring celebrations in the style of EA Sports NHL '94. I had it in mind to use this to take a dig at KD, who promised delivery of a video game, and he did indeed deliver. Thanks bro!