Here are some of the more compelling Manchester United stories that have been circulating across the internet during the past 12 hours or so. We begin with an analysis of young star striker James Wilson.Follow paulmbanks
Everyone who was extolling the virtues of Brendan Rodgers last year is ripping him now. The Northern Irishman admits he’s feeling the pressure, and knows his job isn’t all that secure. He even made some remarks today alluding to the fact that he’s on the hot seat.
“I will only ever do my best. The best has seen us develop well. Now I need to fight even harder and take the responsibility, because as manager full responsibility comes down to me. Any pressure comes on to me,” Brendan Rodgers said.Follow paulmbanks
Unofficially, they were 8 books published about Liverpool’s runner-up finish last season. That might seem ridiculous; bestowing that much honor on what Brendan Rodgers accomplished last year. After all, it was still second place. But now, with the disaster that’s unfolding this season thus far…second place seems glorious. And while everyone was praising Brendan Rodgers last year; they’re slamming him now.
The Northern Irishman admits he’s feeling the pressure, and knows his job isn’t all that secure.Follow paulmbanks
In just two years at Penn State, so much has been said about starting Quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The reigning Big Ten freshman of the year has been hyped up as the greatest thing since sliced bread. He’s also been hit with the “overrated” label. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. extolled his virtues as a future professional signal caller.
Kirk Herbstreit sees the NFL in his future as well.
As this 19 year old kid from rural Virginia fulfills his lifelong dream of being the Nittany Lions QB1, he’s enduring the slings and arrows that come with being in such a high profile position. The team’s record and statistics show a regression, not just with Hack, but the whole team. Hackenberg’s tangibles and skill sets remain steady. Perhaps he’s developing them further. However, everything else around him is like his production; in dramatic decline.Follow paulmbanks
It’s Sunday, so that means it’s time to talk Liverpool transfer rumors, and as you might expect, the name Mario Balotelli came up. Yes, we know he just got here, so you would think a move away from Anfield would be unlikely, but it’s not as far outside the realm of possibility as it may seem. Although he’s certainly been a model citizen off the pitch, he’s goal less in nine Premier League games.Follow paulmbanks
There were quite a few games last season when Illini basketball had major issues scoring. Clemson in the NIT, at Northwestern, Ohio State, IPFW were just a few of the many times we saw Illinois put up halftime point totals that were in the teens or low twenties. Watching their half-court sets was often as enjoyable as logging into HealthCare.Gov.
Well, it’s a brave new world this season. Watching this Illini basketball team run their offense is way more fun and exciting than paying utility bills online. Illinois followed up their 114 point barrage over Coppin State with a 107 point explosion versus Austin Peay.
It’s not going to be this good all year obviously, but it will be way better than last year.Follow paulmbanks
Given the approach that Tim Beckman took to openly recruiting Penn State football players, in the wake of the sanctions imposed in 2012, Nittany Nation would have liked nothing more than a little karmic payback. Had this Penn State football team won today, it might have possibly been the final nail in the coffin of his Illini regime. Obviously, it didn’t happen that way as Illinois won 16-14 and the hate for Beckman in Central Pennsylvania grows even stronger.
Like Emperor Sidious said to young Skywalker, I say to Nittany Nation now:
“I fell your anger. Let the hate flow through you.”Follow paulmbanks