Archives for September 2014

Diego Costa: Chelsea star being “over-managed” for big tilt with Arsenal?

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The Sun had a story today, the gist of was something to the effect of: Diego Costa will start for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon as Jose Mourinho gambles with his star striker’s fitness. Well, I guess the gamble paid off as Costa played and Chelsea dominated Sporting today with a 1-nil victory in the UEFA Champions League.  Costa had a clear chance and blew it.

Which was surprising given what his form has been lately.  But the bigger issue is Jose Mourinho and how he’s saying he’s going to go about managing Diego Costa.

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Fox Sports Analyst BRUTALLY SLAMS Michigan over handling of concussion


Michigan is in full category 5 crisis mode right now. Although you wouldn’t know anything about that if all you watched was Big Ten Network. If you weren’t already certain that BTN is a league PR firm and not a news outlet before, their minimalist coverage of the Michigan drama drives the point home now. Every sports network, other than BTN, is leading their college football shows with Michigan coverage everyday. And justifiably so.

The UM fiasco has crossed over into mainstream news or “hard news” as well. Brady Hoke, Dave Brandon and their cronies are being ripped apart by talking heads left and right. Here’s another slam. This comes from a Fox Sports 1 Analyst. By the way, Fox and BTN have a partnership, FYI.

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Deion Sanders: “49ers Players Want Jim Harbaugh Out”


(UPDATE: tensions between the Niners players and Jim Harbaugh rise)

(UPDATE: Jim Harbaugh considered candidate for Oakland Raiders job)

Like Deion Sanders said, “it’s our responsibility to tell them what’s real.” He espoused this value last night on NFL Network stating that his sources inside the 49ers locker room are telling him that the Niners players not really playing for coach Jim Harbaugh and that they actually want him out. He said this on NFL Gameday Final last night.

(Update: Deion doubles down on these comments)

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Sources: Michigan Wolverines prefer John Harbaugh over Jim


(UPDATE: tensions between the Niners players and Jim Harbaugh rise)

(UPDATE: Jim Harbaugh considered candidate for Oakland Raiders job)

Regarding the Michigan Wolverines program, the question now is “Will Head Coach Brady Hoke and Athletic Director Dave Brandon still have their jobs next month?” As bad as Hoke’s mishandling of his starting QB’s concussion was, how he explained it to the press afterwardmade him look even worse. Then you had the A.D. trying to minimize the P.R. damage by sending out a confusing press release at 1 in the morning that only dug themselves into a deeper hole.

When a hashtag mocking your A.D. is trending worldwide, and the media who cover the program everyday believe Hoke’s days will be ending very soon (they’re saying days, not weeks now), you have a broken program. Going 1-8 versus opponents from the power five conferences since November just drives the point home. Fox Sports lead college football analyst had some really harsh words for how the program handled this. 

So now we can move on to predicting who the next man leading the Michigan Wolverines will be.

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Ronaldo return to Man United 2 years away says prominent journo

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It seems somewhat likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will somehow force a way out of Real Madrid and back to Manchester United at some point. However, it won’t be next summer. Guillem Balague, a very prominent Spanish football journalist/pundit talked Ronaldo return to the Theatre of Dreams, but said it will take a couple years yet.

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Purdue vs Illinois: PILLOW FIGHT Preview


Here’s where the very resistible force meets the quite easily moved object.

Purdue has an offense that would be horrendous by mid-major standards. However, now they face a defense that can’t stop a nose bleed (CC Bart Scott).

We will not be held liable for any mental and physical harm you incur from watching this. The fact that it’s even televised in the first place is frightening enough.

It’s Purdue versus Illinois. Because….someone has to win.

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VIDEO: Man United icon Gary Neville soaked by sprinkler

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville got soaked while covering West Bromwich Albion for ITV. The famed member of the iconic Class of 92 gets an unexpected and unwanted shower while doing his football punditry.

It made it all the way to Keith Olbermann documents the worst persons in the sports world.

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Michigan FINALLY ADMITS QB Shane Morris has a concussion


Of course, Michigan sent out their press release giving us an update on the health of Shane Morris at 1:02 AM EST, when 99% of their media, fans and everyone else connected to their program would be sleeping.

Of course, they tried to put some kind of Karl Rovian or Frank Luntzian language manipulation into that release.

Of course, they tried to spin the Shane Morris concussion into being something other than it was, and just ended up with nothing more than word vomit.

Of course, Brady Hoke and Dave Brandon are dead man walking. No way their jobs can survive this.

And of course #ThanksDaveBrandon

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Dennis Allen fired! Greg Olson might lead Oakland Raiders next


The Oakland Raiders have replaced their head coach. It happened sooner than we thought, and Dennis Allen was canned late Monday night. His replacement will be either OC Greg Olson or Assistant Head Coach Tony Sparano. The Oakland Raiders have a history of firing coaches four games in. See Lane Kiffin in 2008; Mike Shanahan in 1989.

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Three candidates to replace Wayne Rooney as Man United Capt.


Wayne Rooney will miss Manchester United’s next three games (Everton, West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea) due to his bone-headed red card in the 59′ versus the Hammers on Saturday. Rooney has made his explanation and given his apology. That incident had been vivisected enough. We’re done analyzing what it means, instead let’s look at who might assume the captaincy in his absence.

Who does Louis van Gaal give the Captain’s armband to?

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Marshall Faulk TOTALLY RIPS NY Jets WRs


All the NFL pundits are ripping the Jets these days. Here’s a collection of a few quips from talking heads on Sunday alone.

NFL Network personality and legendary former NFL pass catcher/runner Marshall Faulk is not a big believer in the New York Jets. At least not the Jets receiving corps. Check out this soundbite from NFL Network’s NFL Gameday Final last night:

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Van Gaal says Ryan Giggs is “The Man” to replace him


As we pointed out a few days ago, Louis van Gaal revealed that he is grooming Ryan Giggs to be his eventual successor. Giggs, who is British football’s most decorated player after a legendary career at Manchester United, served as caretaker manager last year for four games after David Moyes was terminated. He’s currently serving as Van Gaal’s #2.

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