Was Raiders’ first ‘Hard Knocks’ episode really that bad?

first_img— David S (@DSahimi) August 7, 2019 … As the bad boys of the NFL, the Raiders seemed like a perfect fit for HBO’s annual “Hard Knocks” series. But, using social media reaction as our barometer, they didn’t quite measure up to the hype Tuesday night.Despite some predictably golden moments from coach Jon Gruden, the consensus among many was that the first episode was mostly lackluster.Or, in the eyes of some, even worse.That was the worst episode of Hard Knocks….maybe ever. Boringlast_img

For Ohio State football The Chase is on

The chase is on for the Ohio State football team, and it’s clear the Buckeyes are the hunters, not the prey. OSU held its first of 15 spring practices Tuesday indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, which houses a full indoor football field. At the south end of the facility hangs a new banner with two big words adorned on the scarlet background. “The Chase,” it reads. What exactly is the chase? Coach Urban Meyer said it’s different for everyone. “We’re all chasing something,” Meyer said. “We’re 15 practices behind every team that played in a bowl game last year, so the chase is on. Some guys are chasing starting positions, some guys are chasing bowl games, some guys are chasing NFL contracts.” But though Meyer acknowledges every individual’s pursuit has a different path, it seems clear that they all are aiming to intersect at the same place: the top of the college football world. It’s no secret what Meyer and his staff are chasing. On the team schedule listed in the media room, all the regular season games are listed. Then there’s the Rose Bowl. Then there’s BCS National Championship. That’s the prey, and everything – even the stretching and calisthenics during the very first spring practice – is designed to track it down. The expectations for this OSU team could not be higher. Rising junior quarterback Braxton Miller graced the cover of the latest “Sports Illustrated,” most preseason rankings have the Buckeyes somewhere in the top three and with nine returning starters on offense, nothing short of a championship will be viewed as a success. A perfect 12-0 season during a year with a postseason ban was enough to quench the fans’ thirst during year one of the Meyer era, but with one conquest comes higher goals. The Buckeyes’ first spring practice was open to the media, and it was clear what type of operation Meyer was running. Fast. Intense. Efficient. When he huddled the team briefly before breaking out into position drills, the only audible phrases from the sideline were “as fast as you can, go for four to six seconds” and “relentless.” There were no lengthy water breaks or team meetings, and there was no time to dwell on a failed rep. Everything was under the microscope. When a long, blond-haired kicker (who was not listed on the preseason roster) dared to take a swig of water during calisthenics, it was noticed. “What, do you need water, sunshine?” defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs yelled. “We’re stretching and you’re a kicker.” He wasn’t alone. No less than a half dozen assistant coaches were roaming up and down the field yapping at players for not running in a straight line or not going fast enough. “What are you chasing?” Coombs yelled at no one in particular. “What are you chasing today? Who are you chasing today? Let’s get to work. “Today’s not a good day, not a great day. It’s toughness Tuesday.” The transition between drills was a sprint, with the veterans going first, and the newbies waiting their turns so as not to waste time with lengthy drill instructions. The whole operation was a hyper-organized chaos and that seemed to be precisely how Meyer wanted it. Meyer praised Miller afterward, who looked about as good as a quarterback with no pads and no pressure can. “I thought Braxton Miller had a heck of a day,” Meyer said. “Fundamentally, his footwork was not very good last year. I thought it was outstanding today.” He also singled out rising senior Jordan Hall, who moved to a H-back position after a 2012 season riddled with injuries. Overall the second-year coach was pleased with what he saw. His team is in much better shape than it was at this point last year, something probably best illustrated by the fact that the third question of Meyer’s press conference was about the punting situation. But if Day 1 is any indication, there will be no resting on laurels. Meyer is constantly looking toward – chasing – the future. “Who’s going to be the (former offensive lineman Reid) Fragel?” Meyer said. “We’re going to call that the Fragel award, who was a very below average football player who turned out to be a very good football player for Ohio State University. “Who’s going to be that guy that’s coming out of nowhere?” OSU won’t be a team that comes out of nowhere this season. Everyone knows about the Buckeyes and everyone knows where they want to go. Will they get there? The chase continues. read more

Arsenal fans upset with new UEFA ruling

first_imgAfter much encouragement from Arsene Wenger, the UEFA finally lifted the player registration ruling for their competitions for next season – much to the frustration of the Arsenal fansThis development comes in light of their record January signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who previously represented Borussia Dortmund in this season’s Champions League at the group stages, being cup-tied for their Europa League campaign.As Dortmund were demoted to the Europa league upon their group stage eliminated, Aubameyang was prohibited from playing for Arsenal in the competition. This caused much frustration for Wenger, who has publicly criticized the UEFA for their handling of the situation.Upon releasing new regulations, that will include a 4th substitute for the respective finals of the Champions League and Europa League, the UEFA also stated that from next season three players who are signed during the January transfer window will be able to play in the knockout rounds of both the Champions League and the Europa League, without exception – Essentially meaning that Aubameyang remains cup-tied for the rest of their campaign.The fans have let their frustrations over the ruling know:Had to be done the year after Arsenal sign a cup-tied Aubameyang while Giroud and Alexis could play in the Champions League…Thanks, UEFA. https://t.co/sTOMDLuqaR— Dwarkanath Prabhu (@dk_prabhu) 27 March 2018Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.meanwhile aubameyang still cant play in a competition he never appeared in for bvb https://t.co/6ZkC7w4mh9— k. (@Kiigenn) 27 March 2018Arsenal buy AubameyangUEFA: Eh, tough shit guys, sorry.Barcelona buy CoutinhoUEFA: This rule is unfair, we’ll fix this now.— Doug Nichols (@TheTXI) 27 March 2018last_img read more

Neymar approved Tuchels decision to punish Mbappé

first_imgWhen asked if he was okay with Thomas Tuchel’s decision to punish Kylian Mbappé, Brazilian Neymar shockingly approved of it after the match.We discussed how last Sunday, Kylian Mbappé was reprimanded by manager Thomas Tuchel for arriving late to the match against Marseille and Neymar’s reaction after the game was quite surprising.Contrary to what some people may think about Neymar’s life outside of the pitch, the Brazilian is a very disciplined player when it comes to fulfilling his responsibilities as the PSG star and he applauded Tuchel’s decision to punish both Mbappé and Rabiot for the same reason.This reaction might come as a surprise for the French youngster, who is a very good friend of Neymar and he possibly didn’t expect this statement from one of his biggest supporters inside the club.When asked about the manager’s surprising decision to leave both players out of the starting eleven in a crucial match like last Sunday’s against Marseille, Neymar surprised everyone by telling the press that: “This is a matter between the manager and the players,” said Neymar to the press via Diario Sport.“But I do think that they must respect the schedules, and they failed all of us in that part. They know that they need to be responsible because they are great players, both of them are very important for the club and people suffer if they are not present.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“But I repeat, this is an internal matter. After everything happened, Kylian got in and solved the match for us,” he concluded.🆕🎥@Dugout @KMbappe’s mad dash, @neymarjr’s dribbling 😱👉 See more: https://t.co/bj4GHsCQG4🔴🔵 #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/i1TgaFyVJA— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) October 29, 2018last_img read more