Goalscorer Alli hit by bottle as Spurs beat Arsenal to reach Carabao Cup semisby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSon Heung-min and Dele Alli struck for Tottenham as they defeated Arsenal in tonight’s Carabao Cup quarterfinal.Son pounced onto Alli’s smart ball over the top to put Spurs in front after just 20 minutes at the Emirates.Alli then coolly chipped it over keeper Petr Cech with the outside of his boot in the second half to make it 2-0.The England midfielder was then hit on the head by a plastic bottle thrown from the crowd shortly after that goal.Arsenal had not lost back-to-back matches prior to this defeat since they were beaten by Manchester City and Chelsea in the Premier League back in August. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Newcastle supporters pen open letter to Ashley for transfer fundsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveA group of Newcastle supporters’ organisations have written an open letter to owner Mike Ashley, urging him to invest in players this month.Toon are 15th on the Premier League table, and fans are fearful the club will be relegated should Ashley chose not to allocate money for transfers during the current transfer window.The letter read in part: “Dear Mike Ashley. We are writing to urge you to do what is right for Newcastle United this month and we hope, for a change, you are willing to listen to us and act accordingly.”This is a critical month for the football club, both in terms of your stated desire to sell and the need to strengthen the squad, as repeatedly requested by the manager Rafa Benitez.”We are hoping you see the sense in striving to do both, but if you cannot find a suitable buyer, then it is imperative that you still release the funds needed to improve the squad.”To fail to do so, would seem both reckless and foolish given the damage you know relegation will do. The ongoing takeover cannot be used an excuse not to spend money in the January transfer window.”If you refuse to spend money this month, the risk of relegation not only increases, it will also mean the manager will not sign the new contract you have offered to him.”You have repeatedly said that you want Benitez to stay, so do the things needed to make sure that happens. In short, back him and give him what he needs in this window.”I know we have had a difficult relationship in the past, but at this point, we want to look forward, not backwards. Please do what is right this month.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Crystal Palace defender Souare undergoes surgeryby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace defender Pape Souare has gone through with an operation on his dislocated shoulder.The Senegalese international was injured against Grimsby in the FA Cup over the weekend.There is hope that he will be back soon, but it is not a major loss for Palace. Souare had only played in four games this season prior to his injury.Souare took to Twitter to say: “Quick minor op, and it went great can’t wait to get back doing what I love.”I wanna thank everyone for their ongoing support. See you soon.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Tension between Barcelona teammates Messi and Griezmannby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi is yet to fully embrace the arrival of new Barcelona teammate Antoine Griezmann.AS says there’s some tension between the pair, with Griezmann sensing Messi isn’t fully supportive of his signing. Indeed, Messi went public last week with his disappointment that Neymar couldn’t be re-signed from PSG.Tuesday’s disappointing 0-0 draw at Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund was Messi’s first appearance of the season.Inside the club, meanwhile, there is confidence the frostiness between the pair will ease once they start winning games together.
Man Utd boss Solskjaer hints Greenwood set to sign new dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Mason Greenwood is set to sign a new deal.The teen proved the matchwinner for their Europa League victory over Astana.”We are always in talks with the boys, about how we look at their future, and Mason is obviously one we want to keep with us,” said Solskjaer afterwards.”It is natural for Mason to play football, score goals and be in and around the box. He knows how to finish. “He showed glimpses today of what he can become.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Silva says Everton didn’t deserve defeat to Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says they didn’t deserve defeat to Sheffield United.A Yerry Mina own goal and a late Lys Mousset strike condemned Everton to defeat at Goodison Park.Silva said: “It was a tough game for us. Of course we didn’t deserve the result but when you make mistakes like we did this afternoon you don’t get what you deserve.”For the second goal it should have been easy for our defenders to clear the ball. The second half was bad – not good enough. We need to show more and try new things.”Some individual performances were not at the level we expect, but that’s part of the game. The key moment for me was the mistake we made in the first goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Rodrygo Goes delighted with first months at Real Madridby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRodrygo Goes is delighted with his first months at Real Madrid.The striker already has a first senior goal, while he is a regular with Raul’s Castilla.”My adaption has gone well,” he said in Brazil during international break. “I live in a really nice city, at the biggest club in the world, with the best footballers in the world, who have really welcomed me in. It was easy to adapt.”After his first goal, coach Zinedine Zidane wasn’t slow to praise the youngster.”My relationship with Zidane is really good,” Rodrygo added. “He was one of my idols, I was always looking at videos of Zidane, he always inspired me. To have him as my manager is something wonderful. He won everything and has a lot of experience to share with me. He is a man who loves to speak and give advice. I make sure to learn and develop.”
Nashville, Tenn., is currently serving as a second home for thousands of Kentucky fans who have descended upon the city to watch the Wildcats in the SEC Tournament. Bridgestone Arena is full of blue-and-white clad Kentucky supporters. Many of the bars and restaurants surrounding the arena are packed with Wildcats’ fans, too. There’s at least one Louisville fan in the area, though. This Kentucky rival threw up an “L” signal while ESPN’s cameras showcased a bar full of Wildcats’ fans. @CardChronicle I guess a little turnabout is fair play. pic.twitter.com/Gb3MLGlamx— Christopher S. Jones (@ThrowinUpLs) March 15, 2015Well done, Louisville fan. Perhaps we’ll get Kentucky-Louisville Part Two in the NCAA Tournament.
Before Belgium’s run to the World Cup semi-final, Roberto Martinez’s side had to navigate a difficult qualifying group including Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having won their first four games comfortably, with Eden Hazard in three of them, the Red Devils were forced to do without their star man for the home game against Greece.Eden’s younger brother Thorgan Hazard was drafted into the squad to replace him but failed to get off the bench as Belgium could only draw 1-1. By the end of the campaign, they had won the rest of their games, with the younger Hazard starting and scoring against Cyprus, while the older Hazard netted twice.Belgium brought both Hazards to the World Cup, but Thorgan was still a fringe member of the panel, starting just the dead-rubber against England after Belgium had ensured qualification from their group. However, thanks to a stunning season at club level, he was finally handed a chance to shine in November, helping Belgium defeat Iceland 2-0 before scoring twice against Switzerland three days later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Red Devils lost 5-2 to Switzerland, but Hazard came away with his head held high after proving his worth in a dynamic attacking trio that included brother Eden and Dries Mertens. Hazard’s performance was not a surprise as it was merely a continuation of the brilliant form he has shown at club level for Borussia Monchengladbach this season.While Eden Hazard has been setting the Premier League alight with Chelsea, scoring ten goals and assisting nine more for Maurizio Sarri’s side, Thorgan has been putting in equally impressive displays in the Bundesliga. The 25-year-old is battling the likes of Paco Alcacer and Robert Lewandowski for the top scorer prize thanks to his nine goals in the first half of the season, while he has also assisted six more in the league.Both Hazards have also impressed in their respective cups, with Eden scoring twice in two Carabao Cup games, while Thorgan has three goals and an assist in two DFB Pokal outings. At their current rates, the pair will be neck-and-neck at the end of the season for their annual family wager.”There has been a kind of competition between us for years. If you score the fewest goals, you have to invite the other to dinner at the end of the season,” the Gladbach attacker told Sportbuzzer.When people say @hazardeden10 is better than @HazardThorgan8 … 😉 #fohlenelf #UCL #BMGCEL pic.twitter.com/GyhyqUDItl — Gladbach (@borussia_en) November 1, 2016 At two years older, Eden had a head start on Thorgan, and was even involved in goals before he was born. Both parents were footballers in Belgium, with mother Carine still lining out in the women’s league when she was pregnant with her first son. “I was in her stomach when she was playing. She was three months pregnant,” the Chelsea star told the Independent.”I take after my mum as a player. My dad played at the back, chilled out, calm on the ball. My mum was a striker. I never watched mum play but I can remember going to see my dad play. Actually, I like to think that I am a mix of the best of them.”Due to that early start, Eden believes that he may have had it easier than the rest of his siblings – brothers Kylian and Ethan are also footballers.“[Thorgan] deserves more praise than me because I think it’s harder for him. Everything has come to me quickly, I played some good matches early in my career. He has always had to contend with, ‘He’s the brother of Eden…’”Thorgan doesn’t see things the same way as Eden, hailing his older brother as one of the world’s best: “I just have less talent than him,” Thorgan admitted to Sport1. “I have to work things out that he might learn faster if I am being completely honest.”Eden also worked a lot on himself last year. Right now, my brother is in great shape and wants to win the title with Chelsea. I’m a different type of player than my brother. Eden is one of the best players in the world.”The younger Hazard’s fantastic Bundesliga performances have seen him earn the attention of bigger clubs across Europe, including one admirer that’s currently closer to home. Borussia Dortmund are interested in a January move for the winger, which could see a league trophy end up at a Hazard household this season.But instead of Eden, this time it will be Thorgan receiving the plaudits.
OXFORD, MS – NOVEMBER 17: General view of fans watching the game between the LSU Tigers and the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at Hollingsworth Field November 17, 2007 in Oxford, Mississippi. LSU beat Mississippi 41-24. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)AL.com’s SEC Shorts punks Ole Miss with hilarious parody video where the crew that stormed the field in 2014 is unaware they actually lost to Alabama football on Saturday after jumping out to a 21-0 lead.It’s the stuff of nightmares. Your team is up big, a win is basically a foregone conclusion, so you turn off the game and do something else, all while bragging about your team’s prowess on Twitter and Facebook.Except your team doesn’t win, they have a meltdown of epic proportions and lose and you look like an ass. That’s what happened to Ole Miss. Up 21 points in the first half, victory seemed certain, but Alabama football was having none of that. The Crimson Tide came back and won 48-43.So in the wake of that historic collapse, AL.com’s SEC Shorts decided to rub some salt in the fresh wound by creating a parody video clowning on cocky Rebel fans.Watch these poor Ole Miss fans get a reality check when they realize they’ll be carrying around the 2014 goalposts for at least a couple more years.[AL.com]
ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 10: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh watches the action during the second quarter of the game against the Northwestern Wildcats on October 10, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Wildcats 38-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Despite his busy schedule, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh manages to find time to watch cartoons.At least, that’s what he said on his radio show tonight. Harbaugh was asked about The Simpsons taking a jab at him in Sunday night’s episode. The long-running show referred to Harbaugh as “a sports genius who everybody hates.”Apparently, Harbaugh is a fan of the show.Jim Harbaugh on his Simpsons appearance: ‘People have been making sport of me my whole life … but that’s one of my favorite shows.’— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) November 8, 2016But wait, it gets better. Harbaugh is also a big fan of Spongebob Squarepants, and you won’t believe his reason why.Harbaugh favors Homer. Also a Spongebob fan – says Spongebob “attacks each day with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.”— Rachel Lenzi (@RLenziCMG) November 8, 2016Harbaugh is truly one of a kind.
Liverpool are once again being linked with a move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, but John Barnes believes the World Cup winner is a luxury that the Reds do not need.Many are of the opinion that Jurgen Klopp should be looking to bring in another playmaker.Since the departure of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in the winter transfer window of 2018, creativity in the middle of the park at Anfield has been lacking. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? That was expected to be addressed this summer, with it suggested that interest could be rekindled in Fekir.Liverpool came close to landing the France international 12 months ago, only for medical concerns to see them walk away from a deal.It could be that a fresh approach is made for the talented 25-year-old, but Barnes is not convinced that he is required.The Reds legend told The Sport Review when quizzed on the links to Fekir: “Yes, he’d be a good addition to the squad.“But, it’s going to be difficult to get into the front three.“If you look at the way Xherdan Shaqiri played, he could feature as one of the midfield three as well.“It’s always good to have quality to help the squad. But it’s pure speculation until it happens.“I don’t necessarily feel that Liverpool are desperate to sign anybody because of the squad they have and with two new players coming back in terms of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, who didn’t feature last year. We’ve still got Adam Lallana.“It could be good for the squad but I don’t think we’re desperate to sign anybody.”Fekir shone for Lyon again during the 2018-19 campaign.He contributed 12 goals and nine assists to the cause of an exciting young squad.The door has been opened for him to make a move this summer, with a mass exodus of talent on the cards at a leading Ligue 1 club.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said of Fekir: “His preference is towards a departure.“We are open to discussions. We have no news. “We are waiting for proposals in the coming days but, for the moment, we do not have any.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Marcos Llorente was sent off in his second Atletico Madrid appearance as the LaLiga giants edged Guadalajara on penalties at the International Champions Cup on Tuesday.Llorente, a close-season signing from rivals Real Madrid for a reported €30million, was shown a red card for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity in the 24th minute at Globe Life Park in Arlington, just as Atletico looked in control.However, Guadalajara were also reduced to 10 men as Carlos Villanueva was sent off just after the hour-mark. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Still, neither team could find a breakthrough before Atletico goalkeeper Antonio Adan stepped up in the shoot-out.Diego Simeone’s Atletico looked dangerous early and went close on numerous occasions in the opening 25 minutes.Diego Costa found the back of the net but was correctly ruled offside, while Guadalajara goalkeeper Raul Gudino made an excellent save to tip away a 25-yard strike from Thomas Lemar.Gudino also denied Alvaro Morata in a one-on-one in the 21st minute before the game turned with Llorente’s red card.Under pressure from Alexis Vega, Llorente dragged the forward down when through on goal, seeing him sent off for denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.Atletico still looked the more likely of the two teams despite their numerical disadvantage, before they made 10 changes at half-time. 45′ | 0-0 | HT at Globe Life Park. See you after the break!#AúpaAtleti #AtletiSummerTour #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/mmcjp1ocsR— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) July 24, 2019As Atletico appeared content to sit back to begin the second half, Guadalajara were also reduced to 10 men, Villanueva picking up a second yellow card in the 61st minute.Koke then almost put Atletico ahead with a fine free-kick, but Gudino dived to his right to push away the effort. 93′ | 0-0 | The 90 minutes are up at Globe Life Park. The game will be decided on penalties.#AúpaAtleti #AtletiSummerTour #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/LjJc156yzA— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) July 24, 2019Penalties followed and Atletico trailed before Adan made saves from Fernando Beltran and Alan Cervantes to help them to victory. read more
ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)One of the top defensive recruits in the 2019 class has announced some major news regarding his decision. He’s opted to flip his commitment.Stephen Herron Jr., a four-star defensive lineman, had been committed to Michigan, but he’s decided to de-commit from the Wolverines.The No. 5 defensive end in the 2019 class has flipped his commitment, too.Herron has committed to Stanford.The top defensive lineman announced his decision on Twitter.“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” #CardClass19 #FearTheTree pic.twitter.com/XqW0EBV3FK— Stephen Jr. (@stephenherron_) July 23, 2018This is a major loss for Michigan and a huge addition for Stanford. Herron was the second-highest rated recruit in the Wolverines’ class. He’s become the second-highest ranked commit in the Cardinal’s 2019 class.Herron chose Stanford over Alabama, Florida and Ohio State, among other programs.
College football’s game of the week is underway in College Station, Texas. The Aggies are hosting No. 2 Clemson in the first big game of the Jimbo Fisher era.Texas A&M is looking pretty good early. The Aggies’ defense is getting stops, now they just need the offense to put some points on the board.It hasn’t taken very long for some Clemson fans to start calling for a change at the quarterback position.Some want true freshman Trevor Lawrence to be put into the game. The first-year QB was a five-star recruit coming out of high school.Please sit Kelly Bryant and give me Trevor Lawrence!— Andrew Lanier (@A_Lanier32) September 8, 2018Trevor Lawrence steals the QB job tonight.— Steveñ Glañsberg (@Washed_nignog) September 8, 2018Trevor Lawrence is the answer. pic.twitter.com/DsEgeWwCIy— Jasoñ Marks??✍ (@OnTheMarksRadio) September 8, 2018Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel thinks Dabo Swinney won’t wait too long to go to Lawrence tonight if he thinks it’s necessary.“I get the feeling from being down on the Clemson sideline that Dabo won’t wait until things get dire to use Trevor Lawrence. He’s comfortable using him early and won’t hesitate to do so,” he tweets.I get the feeling from being down on the Clemson sideline that Dabo won’t wait until things get dire to use Trevor Lawrence. He’s comfortable using him early and won’t hesitate to do so.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 8, 2018Dabo has already said that he’s likely going to play both Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence.“We definitely will play both quarterbacks,” Swinney told reporters this week. “There’s no doubt about that. Nothing happened [against Furman] to warrant not playing both those guys.”Swinney didn’t give more details than that, though.“We’ll see as the week [of practice] goes,” Swinney told ESPN. “I won’t lay out what our plan is before the game. You like to have a little secrecy as to your plan. But I’ll tell you both of them are going to play.”Lawrence threw for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns in the season-opening win. Clemson and Texas A&M are on ESPN.
NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeye helmet is seen on the sidelines prior to the start of the game during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Details are emerging from the death of a former Ohio State University football player. He was reportedly killed by a drag racer in a tragic accident.Tyrone Harrison, a former fullback at Ohio State, was killed on Saturday night while walking along a road in New Jersey.The former Buckeyes’ football player was a vice principal at a school in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He was reportedly struck by a drag racer who fled the scene.Mycentraljersey.com has the tragic details:Tyrone Harrison, 49, of Somerset, was killed at approximately 9:17 p.m. near Ethel Avenue, according to a news release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Piscataway Police Chief Scott Cartmell.Authorities are actively searching for information regarding individuals involved in the drag race. The driver of the car that hit Harrison fled the scene, the release said.At the time of the impact, Harrison was walking from the Edison train station on route to a relative’s house. He was pronounced dead at the scene from the injuries he sustained, the release said.The New Brunswick community is mourning his loss.“He always showed tremendous pride in Ohio State,” New Brunswick High School Athletic Director Craig Lowery said. “He always would talk about playing in the horseshoe (the school’s stadium), and how he wanted to have a connection and pipeline to Ohio State.”Our thoughts are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 02: Oklahoma Sooners helmet on the field before the game against the UTEP Miners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated UTEP 56-7. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images) *** local caption ***Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson had his junior season cut short by injury. The next time he plays in a game, it will be in the NFL.Anderson announced tonight that he will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft. He has been away from the team rehabbing the knee injury that ended his season in Week 2.“I thoroughly enjoyed these past four years in Norman and am proud to have worn the crimson and cream,” Anderson wrote in a statement.Boomer Sooner⚡️ pic.twitter.com/weW7REn7ra— Rodney Anderson (@24RAnderson) November 1, 2018Anderson had already rushed for 119 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 carries before hurting his knee against UCLA. The injury cost him a chance to build on a breakout 2017 season.Last fall, Anderson rushed for 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns on 188 carries. He racked up nearly 1,500 yards from scrimmage as Oklahoma won the Big 12 and reached the College Football Playoff.Anderson missed the entire 2016 season with a leg injury he sustained in training camp. He made his debut in 2015 as a true freshman, making two tackles and carrying once for five yards in two games.If Anderson’s injuries are behind him, he could have a nice pro career. However, his health will no doubt be of great concern given his history.
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 07: Ian Book #12 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish rolls out against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game at Kenan Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Notre Dame, with an 11-0 record, seems close to a lock for the College Football Playoff if it can win its final game against USC. But the Fighting Irish are currently in a lot of trouble on the road against the Trojans.Through 18 minutes of play, the Fighting Irish have run just nine plays on offense – mostly because their defense can’t get off the field. USC currently has a 10-0 lead.Trojans quarterback J.T. Daniels is already 19-of-22 for 161 yards. Notre Dame is having a very tough time stopping USC’s passing attack.It’s early, but USC has looked to be the better team thus far. As a reminder, the Trojans are currently 5-6, fighting for bowl eligibility.This is the largest deficit the team has faced all season.Notre Dame trails USC 10-0, the largest deficit the Irish have faced all year.— Patrick Schmidt (@PatrickASchmidt) November 25, 2018SACK!@PalaieGaoteote powers through and the Irish are forced to punt!#FightOn | #BeatTheIrish pic.twitter.com/dJdZGnJEdn— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) November 25, 2018Notre Dame was ranked No. 3 in last week’s College Football Playoff rankings and likely needs just a win to secure a spot in the event.There is a lot of time left in this one, but it’s fair to say the Fighting Irish are officially on upset alert.
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 02: The mascot of the Nebraska Cornhuskers greets fans before the arrival of the team in the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Conference realignment has cost us a few big rivalries, like Texas-Texas A&M, Pitt-West Virginia, and Kansas-Missouri. Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten cost us a few as well.While members of the Big 12, Nebraska shared pretty heated rivalries with clubs like Oklahoma and Colorado. The Buffs and Huskers met this year, but for the most part, they’ve been replaced by Big Ten West foes like Wisconsin and Iowa.Nebraska’s profile in basketball has been raised under head coach Tim Miles in recent years, and one prominent voice in the area thinks the biggest rivalry for the athletic department may come on the hardwood, and not the gridiron.In a recent column for the Lincoln Journal-Star, Steven M. Sipple says he thinks Nebraska’s basketball rivalry with nearby Creighton is the most heated that the Huskers have.He thinks it is pretty definitive as well, which is interesting.My partner in crime on “Early Break” (93.7 FM), Jake Sorensen, raised an interesting question Tuesday morning: Did you ever think you’d see a day at Nebraska where it’s basketball that has the most heated rivalry of any of the school’s sports?No question, Creighton-Nebraska on the hardwood has gotten hot and even a bit nasty. No other rivalry in the Husker realm elicits as much energy, much of it visceral in nature. Tell me you’re not already looking forward to next season’s game.One of the casualties of Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten was football rivalries dating to the Big Six days going by the wayside. Give it time, though.The Huskers are coming off of a big 94-75 win over the rival Bluejays to go to 8-2 on the season.In time, the Nebraska-Iowa or Nebraska-Wisconsin games will probably overtake any basketball series, especially if the Huskers start competing for Big Ten West titles under Scott Frost. It isn’t the worst thing for the athletic department as a whole for some other programs to start to draw similar interesting, though. Big rivalries are a part of that.[Lincoln Journal-Star]
Evidently, NBC was prepared for the backlash.On Friday, NBC Sports published a lengthy article about the sideline Skycam, explaining the decision to make the change to the new look. In it, NBC Notre Dame writer Doug Farmer clearly anticipated what has been on Twitter today.The sideline Skycam isn’t going anywhere. You don’t need to @ me with your complaints.I like the camera, and if you have some patience, you might too … https://t.co/h8HHNHaFVZ— Douglas Farmer (@D_Farmer) September 14, 2019From the post:It will undoubtedly take most viewers some getting used to, but perhaps not as much as overreactions will indicate. Open minds will see the same perks to a more dynamic primary camera that led “Notre Dame on NBC” producer Rob Hyland to champion the idea in the first place.“To me, you’re closer to the action,” Hyland said this week while waiting for confirmation the setup of the additional camera system had gone according to plan. “When the play comes to a conclusion, the ability to collapse and move dynamically with that action, you literally feel like you’re right there getting up from the tackle. …“The ultimate goal is to bring the viewer closer to the action and to get them to the line of scrimmage. The only way to do that is through a camera that travels with the line of scrimmage.”Hyland, the producer quoted in the article, offers up a few examples of where the new camera was beneficial for NBC in its Week 1 Sunday Night Football broadcast of the New England Patriots vs. Pittsburgh Steelers.The new view does allow for a close view of every player on the field at times, which has its advantages, and can reveal visuals that other angles don’t allow for.Hyland admits that there is still a learning curve, and NBC could go away from it when necessary.“We want to enhance the viewer’s experience and make Notre Dame’s broadcasts unique to better serve the Notre Dame audience,” Hyland said. “The second it doesn’t do that, this camera will not be used as a primary camera.“… If we get into a down-and-distance or a specific situation that prevents us from doing our job, which is to document the sporting event we’re at, you’re not going to see us using this camera in a live capacity.”It is far too early to know if this new camera will be around for the long haul, but NBC has certainly invested in it, and you can probably expect it for the foreseeable future.Notre Dame opened on the road at Louisville, a 35-17 win broadcast on ESPN. The Irish had a bye last week, so this is the first NBC game. Brian Kelly’s team is blasting UNM 59-7 early in the fourth quarter.[NBC Sports] NBCNotre Dame football is on NBC for the first time this year. The Fighting Irish are typically pretty proud of its unique arrangement with the major network, but fans are not thrilled today.NBC is utilizing a new camera called the “Sideline Skycam,” that brings a new, and for some, uncomfortable view of the field. If we’ve learned anything through the years, it is that people do not like having major changes to the way they watch football games.Notre Dame tested out the camera for the Notre Dame spring game, and for the time being, it sounds like it is here to stay for Fighting Irish home games on NBC.Fans will likely adjust to it as it becomes the new normal, but for this first run during today’s game against New Mexico, the Fighting Irish faithful and others watching the game are none too happy.