Monday, December 31, 2012

The end is here

The Andy Reid era is over. The Eagles season ended with a unprofessional performance against the Giants. Here is how the Philly Daily News covered the end.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mid-Term Team of the Season

The Barclay's Premier League season is halfway over. Most of the teams have played 19 games, marking the half way point of the 38 games season. Here is a look at The OTWT All Mid-Season Team.I'm sure people will complain about it, if you have a different view post your team in the comment section.

Goalie: Asmir Begovic, Stoke City
Defender: Vincent Kompany, Manchester City
Defender: Jan Vertonghen, Spurs
Defender: Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City
Defender: Leighton Baines, Everton
MF: Micheal Carrick, Manchester United
MF: Juan Matta, Chelsea
MF: Marouane Fellaini, Everton
MF:Michu, Sweansea City (pictured above)
Striker: Luis Suarez, LFC
Strick: RVP, Manchester United

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day Drama

Could Boxing Day become the day the Braclays Premier League title race came into focus. This British Tabloid thinks it could be and I hope they are right.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saying good bye

Andy Reid walked off the field yesterday at The Linc for what appears to be the final time. In a way it's sad, but that is the business. The Philly Daily News has another great front page after another heart breaking loss.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Popeye Jones Part II

Most NBA Players sons become basketball players, but not Seth Jones. Jones the son of Popeye Jones is set to make a name for his himself:  Jones Is a Rising Hockey Star. Jones is set to the be the first African American to be chosen first overall in the NHL Draft, that is if we have one. Jones will be one of the cornerstones of the United States World Junior team that is set to play in Russia next week.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Manchester United Academy Still Tops in England

For all of the talk of Manchester United youth system not producing talent, that is simply not true, according to a report from Sporting Intelligence. According the report, United lead the Premier League in developing talent, yes more than famed youth policy at Arsenal.  According to the report, Barcelona No1 for producing players for clubs in Europe’s elite leagues. Now that is not surprising at all, considering the players that have come out of La Masia over the last decade.

Friday, December 14, 2012

This season really has been bird crap

The Philly Daily News hit it right on the head with their front page today after another Eagles loss

Monday, December 10, 2012

A Christmas Miracle

Nick Foles is now St. Nick after leading the Eagles to a dramatic win over the Bucs yesterday. The Philly Daily News sums it up perfectly.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Manchester Madness

Today's Manchester Derby had it all. Great goals, great drama and some terrible incidents involving fans. Here are some tweets from around the world describing United's 3-2 win over City.

Prospects Plus: A Failed Experiment

The book has finally been closed on one of the worst experiments in the history of the Washington Nationals. After five years in the farm system, Jack McGeary is gone from the system. The Boston Red Sox selected the Massachusetts native in the Rule 5 draft during the recently completed Winter Meeting in Nashville.

When McGeary was selected in the 2007 draft he was supposed to be the face of the franchise for years to come. When the Nationals drafted McGeary in 2007, they gave him a $1.7 million signing bonus to buy him out of commitment to Stanford. Little did we know that McGeary would be a huge flop.

I remember seeing him pitch when he was in the SAL and thought what A Waste of Money, So Far. His stuff was not overpowering, his command was not that good and he just seemed disinterested on the mount. During his time in the Nationals system, McGeary put together an 8-18 record with a 4.97 ERA. McGeary never made it pass A-Ball.

At first I was in total favor of the drafting him and paying him, little did I know that he would turn into an example of how much of a crap shoot the baseball draft really is.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

They make everything

For my birthday some one got me Rutgers pasta yes pasta. It's amazing what they make.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Could the Premier League turn into the SPL

The Guardians' David Lacey makes that the case that the Premier League title race could turn into a two horse race between City and United or one long Manchester derby for year to come. If this happens it will basically turn into the Scottish Premier League, where Rangers and Celtic have dominated the league for the last two decades. Which will not be a good thing.

Monday, December 03, 2012

The Eagles are "good to the last drop"

Last night the Eagles dropped another game this time to the Cowboys. The Philly Daily News sums it up perfectly.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

What is next for Rutgers?

Any Rutgers fan will tell you that Thursday night was tough. At the half I texted my wife and said "half way there'', little did I know that the second half would be full of heart break. Sure walking out of Rutgers Stadium was incredibly difficult on Thursday night and it took a couple of days to get over. Rather than rant about how terrible Gary Nova is or how limited the offensive plan was or how the defense was not good, I decided to take a couple a days and think about what happened and where they go from here.

First of all, Rutgers fans, like myself, have to realize what our pedigree is. Just a decade ago Rutgers went 1-11 and 0-7 in the Big East. During that season, the Scarlet Knights lost their opener to Villanova. If you would have told fans that a decade a later they would be dissappointed by sharing the Big East title, they would think that you had been on drugs. People have to understand that this program has little pedigree, and that it has has been developed since 2005, when they went 7-5. Let's face it we are not Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan, or even Georgia. We're Mississippi State, a nice program that in the right year can win a conference title but traditionally will go 7-5 and go to a mid-tier bowl.

People are going to scream about Nova, I thought he was good on Thursday night. Sure the last pass is something that will be talked about for years to come, but who knows who fault that was. Next year, Nova should have the best offense he has ever had. Two good running backs, a good group of receivers and solid offensive line.

Let's look at it like this, the Knights are heading into the best bowl game in the history of the program. They have a share of their first conference title.

The future looks bright and I mean that. On Thursday night, 44 recruits made their officials visit and most of them had Rutgers near the top of their list and that is the very important. The next couple of classes will know the Rutgers program as a winning program and have no idea how bad things where.

While it hurts, all Rutgers fans should know the best (and the Big Ten) is yet to come.

Much of the same

The football world was stunned yesterday when a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker killed his girlfriend and then took his own life. On Sunday morning, the New York Post and New York Daily News went with the same headline "SNAPPED". How many time have you seen the pair use the same headline.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

A reason why the Longhorns have struggled

This sums up the issues with the University of Texas football program. They have missed with two high profile in state quarterbacks.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Professional Tailgating: Pain

Rutgers was half way to the Orange Bowl. At the half they lead Louisville by 11 but that went up in smoke and so did Rutgers dreams of heading to South Beach. Here are some of the sights from last night. There will be more to come on this over the weekend.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The $pecial One and $ir Alex

It reads like a who's who of managers: Sir Alex, The Special One, and Carlo.  The group heads the  best-paid football managers in the world, list according to a Brazilian sports marketing group.  The interesting thing about the list is some of the out of way clubs that employee these high priced managers, from Anzhi to Guangzhou to Swiss National Team. The list shows the impact that new money is having on the game.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The bag men are out.

Last night the Eagles suffered another embarrassing loss. The Philly Daily news sums it up performance perfectly.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Premier League is Printing Money

So Burma is one of the poorest countries in the world and they have the money to show Premier League. Around the world, £5.5bn was spent by channels to show the Premier League. Shows how incredible a TV asset it is and how popular it is, even if the quality of the league is down over the last couple of years.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The time has finally come

After more than two years of talk and worry about the conference affiliation of Rutgers, the end its here and its does have a happy ending. Rutgers is heading to the Big Ten in 2014.

It has been a long winding road for Rutgers. Talk that they might be left on the outside looking in is now over. The program has stability and the chance to stand side by side with some of the best programs in America.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Striking while the iron is hot

So this afternoon Rutgers announced that they are headed to Big 10 (more on that later today or tomorrow), a couple of hours later my season ticket renewal form for next season showed up in my inbox. It's the earliest I have received my renewal form, now that is what I call timing or should I say striking while the iron is hot.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Can it get worst, maybe

So the Eagles season just keeps getting worst and yesterday was no different. The Philly Daily News sums it up best.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Maybe it's time to start the list

With the Eagles starting to look like the laughing stock of the league it's time look for a new leader. Here are my top guys:
1. John Gruden: MNF color commentator: Super Bowl winning coach enough said.
2. Sean Payton: Saints head coach: will be costly but well worth it.
3. Mike McCoy (pictured above): Denver offensive coordinator: Last year he made Tim Tebow look like an NFL qb and now this year he has changed everything and is working with Payton Manning. Could be the perfect coach for a team with a young qb. McCoy is the guy that I want, if Gruden and Payton take a pass and go somewhere else. He was the Only Time Will Tell seal of approval.
4. Perry Fewell: Giants defensive coordinator: Hiring from a rival might be a little hard, but Fewell has been really respected around the league and could be the defensive coach the fan base wants.
5. Chip Kelly: Oregon head coach: Kelly spoke to the Bucs last year about their opening and is very highly regarding in NFL circles.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The end is near

The Philly Daily News sums it up the best, Andy Reid's tenure is all but over and it's time to move on.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Jim Johnson was really the brains behind the Birds

Saw this tweet and its so true. The Eagles we loved and respected died a couple of years ago: “@PhillyFansVoice: Wow. Joe @Buck just hit it right on the button. Losing Jim Johnson was the beginning of the end for Andy Reid. #Eagles”.
It's so true

Comcast Fail

I know soccer in the United States is not at the level of other sports but the least Comcast could do is get the names of the teams playing right. On Sunday, Comcast put on their guide Manchester United vs. Tottenham. Small problem it was not United playing but rather their arch rivals Manchester City. How could you mess that up. It would be like putting the Cowboys when the Eagles are playing the Packers. Lets hope Comcast sorts this type of stuff out.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Professional Tailgating: Jersey Strong

After a traumatic couple of weeks, Rutgers returned to the field to beat Army. The game was a welcome change of pace for many.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

It's over

The Eagles season maybe officially over and the Philly Daily News writes the teams tomb stone. Here are the front and back pages of the tabloid.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Sorry for the lack of posts

The last week has been extremely crazy at work because of Hurricane Sandy. I should be back to regular posting later this week.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Professional Tailgating: No More Unbeaten Season

Rutgers dream undefeated season ended yesterday with a loss to Kent State. Despite the lack of fireworks from the offense, there were fireworks after the game. Despite the loss Rutgers can still win the Big East, which is goal one. Here are the sites from the game.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The one that got away

During the summer Paul Pogba decided to leave the Manchester United for the greener grass of Juventus because of a lack of first team chance.

On Saturday, Juve took on Napoli at in a battle of top three sides in Italy. Pogba started the game on the bench but made a big impact after he came in 76th  minute. During the his 18 minutes on the field Pogba scored his first league goal on a great shot and showed flashes of why people say he is Patrick Vieira like.

Since Roy Keane left United, the Red Devils have been looking for a strongman in midfield. They have tried Fletcher, and even Phil Jones. Progba would have been perfect for that role and would have allowed United not to worry about this position for the next decade.

I know that people wanted to keep him at United, but it hurts when you see him showing the promise at another club. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012