Posted on: February 8, 2012 3:23 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2012 3:24 pm

Fabio Capello resigns as England manager

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

An already volatile situation with the England national team exploded Wednesday with the resignation of manager Fabio Capello barely five months before the country's opening match at Euro 2012.

According to a statement issued by the English FA, Capello met with top FA officials "for over an hour" Wednesday to discuss Capello's comments to an Italian TV station regarding the FA's decision to strip defender John Terry of his England captaincy. Terry is accused of racially abusing Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand in a 2011 Premier League match, with the case set to be heard by the English court system following Terry's appearance at Euro 2012. 

Capello (pictured departing FA headquarters Wednesday) told Italian TV he was "absolutely not in agreement" with the FA's decision and confirmed he had told FA chairman David Bernstein as much.

"It is going to be civil justice, not sports justice, to decide if John Terry committed that crime," Capello said.

The rift created between Capello and Bernstein could apparently not be smoothed over in the Wednesday meeting, and the two sides agreed to part ways.

“I would like to stress that during today’s meeting and throughout his time as England Manager, Fabio has conducted himself in an extremely professional manner," Bernstein said in the statement. "We have accepted Fabio’s resignation, agreeing this is the right decision. We would like to thank Fabio for his work with the England team and wish him every success in the future.”

Capello leaves England with a 28-6-8 record and comfortable qualifications for the two major finals during his tenure with the "Three Lions," World Cup 2010 and now Euro 2012, a not-insignificant achievement following the team's disastrous failure to qualify for Euro 2008. But Capello's tenure was also marked by a prickly relationship with the British press, the 2010 controversial stripping of Terry's captaincy (this time, on Capello's orders) for a tabloid scandal, and a  deeply disappointing showing at the World Cup featuring draws vs. the U.S. and Algeria before a 4-1 elimination defeat to Germany.

Many England fans will likely welcome a change if it means the hire of current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, the consensus favorite for the post after being cleared of tax evasion charges earlier Wednesday. Redknapp's Spurs sit a surprising third in the Premier League standings and are known for their attractive, attacking style of play--a substantial shift from Capello's frequent tactical caution.

But even if Redknapp accepts an FA offer (which is not a given on either side), the bottom line for England is that with mere weeks to go before they board their flight for the Ukraine, the team has no manager, no captain, and no direction. If England are going to finally shed their long-held label of major tournament underachievers at the Euros, they're clearly going to have to do it the hard way.

Posted on: January 18, 2012 2:49 pm

VIDEO: Baghdatis breaks 4 rackets at Aussie Open

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

We've been told it's possible to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day even in Australia. Judging by this reaction to losing the second set to Stanislaw Wawrinka in the second round of the Australian Open Wednesday, we're guessing Cyprus's Marcos Baghdatis isn't going to argue: 

Unfortunately for Baghdatis, his day would get even more terrible-horrible-no good-very bad from there, as he went on to lose to Wawrinka in four sets. Though we don't know officially how many rackets Baghdatis would go on to smash after actually losing the match, Eye on Sports is setting the over-under at 11.5.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:50 pm

Inside 'A Game of Honor': NYC Premiere

by Jameson Fleming

NEW YORK -- 1,250 new recruits. 90 seconds to say goodbye to their families. Two rivals schools fighting for one cause. Those stats are ultimately what matter to Army and Navy football players, not the 8-16 combined records or the 14 touchdowns Navy QB Kriss Proctor scored this year.

“[Navy’s John Dowd] is a two-time Academic All-American while playing Division-I football while training to be a military officer,” said Pete Radovich Jr., co-producer of the Army/Navy documentary 'A Game of Honor.' “Every minute of his day is accounted for, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

The CBS Sports/Showtime production of the documentary, ‘A Game of Honor’ focuses not just on the play on the field, but ventures inside the service academies to profile what Cadets and Midshipmen go through to prepare for battles on both the gridiron and battlefield.

In one scene, former Army captain Tyson Quink addresses the team about an explosion that left him a double-amputee. A few moments later, ‘A Game of Honor’ takes you to a mock battlefield where the Army hires actors to play the roles of insurgents. During the drill, current Army captain Steven Erzinger must simulate the same injuries Quink suffered in war.

As Erzinger lays on a stretcher, another Army football player lightens the moment in the mock battle and quips, “How are we supposed to beat Navy without our linebacker?” Everyone around him chuckles for a moment and then it’s immediately back to work.

Navy OL John Dowd. (US Presswire Images)
The documentary also reveals a third side to these Cadets and Midshipmen: their academic prowess. Army’s Andrew Rodriguez won the academic equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. He brought home the Campbell Trophy as the nation’s top senior scholar athlete after posting a 4.14 GPA as a mechanical engineering major.

His Navy counterpart John Dowd, who attended Monday night’s ‘A Game of Honor’ premiere in New York City, is the school’s first two-time Academic All American because he earned a 3.91 GPA also as a mechanical engineering major.

Ultimately, football at Army and Navy plays second-fiddle to the studies off the field, but for two weeks a year, it’s at the forefront of life at the two service academics.

“Our motto all year was to get back the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy,” Dowd said.

After losing the trophy to Air Force in 2010, Navy failed to meet its goal again in 2011. The Air Force swept Army and Navy in two tightly contested matches.

“After we lost to Air Force this year, all we wanted to do was beat Army,” Dowd said. “In retrospect, the other 10 games didn’t even really matter.”

The Navy’s values of “honor, courage, commitment” carry over to the football field as well.

‘A Game of Honor’ details the suspension of Navy senior Alexander Teich for failing to lead his team. Following the team’s loss to Air Force, Teich called out the officiating and left the field before the two schools’ alma maters were played, a tradition at all games between service academies.

“For what he did, no other school in America would suspend him for,” said ‘A Game of Honor' producer Steve Karasik. “Basically all he said was it was pitiful and walked off the field.”

L-R, Radovich, Showtime CEO Matthew Blank, Karasik, and Phil Simms. 
The Naval Academy’s values also serve as motivators for the players who are willing to sacrifice their bodies on the gridiron against the Notre Dames and Ohio States of the college football world.

“We try to thrive in those situations [against big schools],” Dowd said. “Those guys aren’t ready to sacrifice their whole body because they are trying to play in the NFL. When we went up to Ohio State, those guys didn’t want to get cut blocked, so we used that to our advantage.”

Overall, ‘A Game of Honor’ provides a compelling two-hour narrative about the lives of 200 young men. Co-producers Radovich and Karasik used dozens of vignettes to piece together eight months of service academy life. It showcases how the players spend four years on the football field as rivals, only to walk off the gridiron to become teammates for life.

“It’s a really difficult to squeeze a year of 200 men’s lives into two hours, but they put together a very faithful version,” Dowd said.

The documentary will air Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

For more on 'A Game of Honor,' watch the web-series which contains countless moments that didn't make it into the full-length documentary. 

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 11, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2011 5:26 pm

VIDEO: Nightmare own goal dooms Armenia

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The national soccer team from Armenia has never qualified for a major tournament--not the World Cup, not the European Championships, nothing. In fact, they've never even come that close.

Until this year's qualification for Euro 2012, that is. The Armenians went to Dublin for Tuesday's final qualifier against Ireland knowing that a win would vault them past the Irish into one of four two-leg playoffs that would determine the last four slots for next year's Euros. It's not an exaggeration, at all, to say this was the biggest soccer match in the country's history.

So yes, Armenia defender Valeri Aleksanyan picked a really, really, really bad time to do this:

Already down a man thanks to a controversial red card, that own goal created a mountain for the Armenians to climb, and they would go on to lose 2-1. The Irish advanced to the play-offs, and the Armenians were eliminated.

Which is why we're sincere in hoping a young Armenia team rebounds to at least challenge for a spot in World Cup 2014 or Euro 2016. Because otherwise, the video you're watching above is one of a moment that's going to haunt poor Aleksanyan -- now his country's answer to Bill Buckner -- for the rest of his life.

HT: Dirty Tackle.
Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:54 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 6:13 pm

2 Guys & Podcast: Charles Robinson of Y! on Miami

Posted by Will Brinson

We're thrilled to announce our best podcast yet -- joining the show today is Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, who recently broke the monster scoop on the Miami Hurricanes.

We talk with Charles about the process that goes into an investigation like this, the recent allegations of Tyrone Moss that he never spoke with Yahoo, how Charles manages to be patient during an 11-month process like this, what other scandals may or may not be in the pipe, what kind of reaction he's gotten from fans and how he'd rank Miami, USC, Ohio State and North Carolina in terms of scandaliciousness.

All that and much, much more just by hitting play below. Also, Subscribe via iTunes! (If you can't listen to the podcast below, download it right here.)

Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:12 pm

VIDEO: Lax announcer says B.I.G. lyric after goal

Posted by Chip Patterson

Everyone has their favorite broadcaster. Some subscribe to the belief that a broadcaster is like an official, they should do their job so well that you only remember the action on the field. Those fans want play-by-play and color commentary that helps them understand and interact with the sporting event.

At some point, sports commentary became an art form. And thus the "BOOYA!" generation of sportscasting began. As sports media and popular culture continue to grow closer together, the implementation of references into a game's call have increased.

That brings us to the enthusiastic efforts of an announcer during a recent lacrosse match for the Boys' Latin School of Maryland. Calling play-by-play for high school lacrosse may be a stepping stone for this announcer, who channels his inner Notorious B.I.G. after this fourth quarter goal.

h/t: Rap Radar
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