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In his first Jersey interview confirming Those who assume this has been just another routine autumn of Test rugby have not been paying Mike Vernon Jersey sufficient attention. France failing to beat Japan at home, Scotland sticking 53 points on Australia, Ireland hammering South Africa 38-3, Romania defeating Samoa … not only have there been some eye-catching results but it has proved a difficult November for defence coaches. Women's Game Jeff Driskel Orange Jersey: Alternate #6 NFL Cincinnati Bengals NikeScotland’s three home fixtures against Samoa, New Zealand and Australia produced 28 tries, 16 of them for the home side. The All Blacks, in scoring five tries to two in a frantic game in Cardiff, burst through the 500-point barrier for the calendar year, making them the first team ever to do so in consecutive years. Chris Archer Authentic Jersey The stylistic trend is universally faster, snappier, more dynamic: up-the-jumper dinosaurs are now formally extinct. Odell Beckham Jr Youth Limited White Jersey: Nike NFL New York Giants Vapor Untouchable Road #13There is only one catch. To play the “new” Test rugby requires a palette of skills and a battery of pace not yet possessed by every team. Eddie Jones has been emphasising this reality for some time; why attempt Authentic Kyle Turris Jersey to take on New Zealand at their own, broken-field game when his English players are more traditionally suited to taking them on at closer quarters? He has a point but rare nowadays is the victorious Test team which fails to score at least three tries. In 19 Tests involving Six Nations sides this autumn – Wales still have South Africa to play outside the international window on Saturday – 14 of the 18 winning sides satisfied this modern requirement. The exceptions, aside from France’s 23-23 draw with Japan in the new U Arena in Paris which has placed their head coach, Guy Novès, under more pressure, were Italy’s win over Fiji, England’s dour effort against Argentina, Wales’s grind against Georgia and South Africa’s success over France. Bad weather, underfoot conditions and officiating can all have an impact but a pattern is emerging: sides without a serious cutting edge will be exposed sooner or later, regardless of their goal-kicking. Under Gregor Townsend Scotland have embraced this onrushing reality more enthusiastically than anyone, cheerfully abandoning the doom-laden cellar they have inhabited for much of the professional era. Happily they appear to be relishing the challenges of Test rugby again and their results are improving accordingly. In Stuart Hogg, Finn Russell and the sharp Huw Jones they have more than enough speed and guile to make all their 2018 Six Nations opponents slightly apprehensive. With – 10 tries scored, five conceded – and England enjoying unbeaten autumns, it makes for a tantalising tournament. Why bother obsessing over New Chuck Bednarik Authentic Jersey Zealand’s visit to Twickenham next autumn when Jones’s team are due at Murrayfield in February? The Calcutta Cup showdown is shaping up as a definitive test for both sides, with England’s optimum XV still not entirely established. England’s autumn return of 13 tries scored and three conceded, however, is even better than Scotland’s in terms of scoreboard dominance. With Ben Te’o, Jack Nowell and, perhaps, Manu Tuilagi lurking in the wings, there is definitely further improvement in them.
Nov 28 '17 · 0 comments
The mistrust Jersey harboured by a minority It would be easy for the Wallabies to dismiss their record loss to Scotland as an aberration, having played under-manned for John-Michael Liles Jersey 41 minutes, but they would be foolish to do so. Men's Reebok Rob Scuderi Premier White Away NHL Jersey: Los Angeles Kings #7The Wallabies’ 53-24 loss exposed flaws in their character and style of play, which has arguably undone all the progress they made during the course of the Bledisloe Cup series and the Rugby Championship. Youth Arizona Coyotes #8 Tobias Rieder Reebok Black Third Premier NHL JerseyBesieged Wallabies coach Michael Cheika accepted French referee Pascal Gauzere’s decision to red-card prop Sekope Kepu for a dangerous shoulder charge and claimed they could still have won with 14 men. Sometimes the sending off of player galvanizes a team. The All Blacks played for 56 minutes with 14 men in the second Test against the British and Irish Lions in June after Sonny Bill Williams was red-carded for a shoulder charge, going down in a tight 24-21 contest. Conversely, the Wallabies were stimulated into action for all of two minutes, resulting in a try to fullback Johnathan Hankins Youth jersey Kurtley Beale just after halftime. After five-eighth Bernard Foley’s shocking attempt at conversion the score was level at a respectable 17-all. But the Wallabies then capitulated, just as they did in the last 12 minutes of their record 30-6 loss to England the previous week. That was the biggest cause for concern to come out of the British tour, which began with the lofty ambition of going through undefeated, but ended in losing two of the three Tests – with just a win against Wales to their credit. The Wallabies are a talented but foolish team. On Sunday they made silly decisions and errors at crucial times, in a match which occasionally descended into chaos. For one, the decision to start retiring hooker Stephen Moore ahead of the in-form Tatafu Polota-Nau Authentic Ray Nitschke Jersey was an act of sentimental foolery. Sure, it was nice to try to give the 129-test veteran a fitting farewell, but there is no room for sentiment in the cut-throat world of Test rugby. To make matters worse, Moore stayed on the field for 60 minutes, taken off after the Wallabies’ front-row was penalized for standing up in a scrum, the game already beyond reach at 34-17. There was little Polota-Nau could do then to turn the tide. The Wallabies were ahead 12-10 when Kepu was sent off, coming back from a 10-0 deficit after centre Tevita Kuridrani scored two tries in the space of three minutes, but Scotland had the best of the play in the first half and deserved to be in front 17-12 at the break. Interestingly, the television camera panned to Cheika in the coach’s box when Kepu was red-carded, perhaps hoping to capture another blow-up from the volatile coach. But after Cheika was censured by World Rugby for his foul-mouthed rant during the England Test, he was virtually expressionless. It is questionable whether he was on his best behaviour or displaying some form of passive aggression. Then, when the Scots were penalized three times in a row for offside midway through the second-half, Wallabies captain Michael Hooper did not appear
Nov 27 '17 · 0 comments
Eddie Jones ready Jersey to choose Dylan Hartley Dylan Hartley will captain England during the Six Nations Championship next year, barring the return of any red mist. It is the strongest public statement Eddie Jones has made about Hartley’s role and it came on the same day he dropped him for the first time. As the Australian coach is never shy of saying, “contradictions are a big part of life”. Women's Adidas Philadelphia Flyers #11 Travis Konecny Premier Green Salute to Service NHL JerseyWhile that may be so, the message from the side Jones has picked to face Samoa is clear. Appointing Chris Robshaw and George Ford as co-captains is not only a neat way of avoiding raking up too much of the former captain’s annus horribilis in 2015, but also an endorsement of how both are integral parts of his intended leadership group for the 2019 World Cup. Youth Nike Chicago Bears #12 Markus Wheaton Navy Blue Alternate Vapor Untouchable Limited Player NFL Jersey“All things being equal, and [Dylan] doesn’t have one of those mystical experiences at Franklin’s Gardens, he’ll be captain for the Six Nations,” Jones said. “But we want to test our ability, if Dylan’s not available, to put a team on the field and have leadership density. It’s an opportunity for these guys to show it. Just because the tradition is that you have one captain, it doesn’t mean that you have to.” Captaincy apart, Jones has grasped the nettle and changed more than half of the starting lineup for England’s final match of the autumn. To describe it as experimental, though, would be to forget how meticulously planned England’s World Cup preparations are. “I’ve always been a fan of the way the All Blacks have done it historically,” Jones said. “When they used to have those old tours, midweek Jordan Poyer Youth jersey they’d always keep a stable spine of the team and then change other positions.” Indeed, like his predecessor, Stuart Lancaster, Jones already has an ideal number of combined caps for the World Cup in mind. “I could imagine that we’ll have a starting XV of around 700-750 caps, which is perfect,” he said. “Having been Authentic Karl Malone Jersey through difficult situations you know what you have to do, you’ve got the ability to handle those pressure situations, the ability to communicate, to keep the right body language … all of those things come experience.” Jones bristled at the suggestion, however, that this is also a side – with Danny Care, Ford, Alex Lozowski and Henry Slade all starting together for the first time since the first Test in Argentina – set Jakub Kindl Womens Jersey up to go around Samoa rather than through them. “The greatest challenge for us Victor Rask Womens Jersey is to be disciplined, and to be physical,” he said. “Keep the game nice and structured and tight, and then it becomes a game that you can manage.” That may be evidence of how complacency is the dirtiest word in Jones’s vocabulary but, in truth, England should have few troubles against Samoa and he did go as far as to acknowledge the Pacific island teams are far more competitive at World Cups, when they have had sufficient time together to prepare. That said, England open their 2019 World Cup campaign against Tonga and Saturday therefore, is acting as a “dress rehearsal”. “This will be Samoa’s big game. Particularly with all the hoo-ha that’s going around they’ll be motivated,” said Jones, who worked as a consultant for Samoa in 2006. “I know the Samoans as well as I know any team and I know that when they get their emotional level right they’re a bloody hard side to beat.” The motivation Jones refers to does not, however, come from the decision of England’s players not to donate a part of their £22,000 match fees to their Samoan counterparts, who are due to earn approximately £650 each from the contest on Saturday, according to their captain, Chris Vui. “It’s not their problem to have to give us money. It’s not their fault at all,” he said.
Nov 25 '17 · 0 comments
Ashes call Jersey would be sweet David Wheeler has uncommon priorities for a professional footballer. The first part of his bio on Twitter reads: “Sports Science Graduate at Brunel University.” The second part reveals that he is also a professional footballer for QPR. Having joined Exeter City from non-league at a relatively late age, and then progressed to the Championship with QPR this summer, Wheeler has a different perspective to most players. Men's Toronto Maple Leafs #43 Nazem Kadri Adidas Royal Blue Home Premier NHL Jersey“I can imagine that if you stay in football all the way through from being a kid it is very, very difficult to imagine what it’s like outside of football because you’ve only had that experience. I consider myself quite lucky to have had the experience of going to university and working, doing other things, because you can build empathy with people from different walks of life,” he says. Men's Julius Erving Swingman White Adidas Jersey: NBA Brooklyn Nets #32 ABA Retro Throwback“Most of my friends are from outside of the game. I made a lot of friends at uni and kept in contact with people I grew up with, who are doing all sorts of different things, from working for think tanks to being doctors. It definitely makes life interesting. It’s nice when you’re outside of football to be with people who Matt McGloin Authentic Jersey don’t really care about football;’s quite refreshing sometimes.” During his time at Exeter, Wheeler wrote a regular column for the Devon Live website, a sideline he has continued with his Wheeler on Wednesday feature at QPR. He subscribes to the New Statesman and is an ambassador for Make Votes Vince Biegel Womens JerseyMatter (the third part of his Twitter bio) in the campaign to overhaul British democracy and bring proportional representation to the House of Commons. “It’s something I strongly believe in. It would change politics for the better and make it more inclusive, make it so that everyone’s vote actually counted.” He Womens Bennie Fowler Jersey was born and raised in a safe seat in Sussex, but Wheeler is more than happy to venture outside of his comfort zone. At 16 he had no other choice. Released by Brighton, his chances of making it as a professional drifted. It was time to focus on the real world and studying for a sports science degree at Brunel University. A daring and diligent winger who was surprisingly strong in the air, Wheeler didn’t let the dream die completely. He played part-time for Lewes and then Staines Town, who he joined to be closer to the Brunel Geronimo Allison Womens Jerseycampus, before Exeter City spotted his talent during a trial in 2013. Wheeler spent four years in Paul Tisdale’s first team, culminating in his best campaign last season when he scored 13 goals en route to Exeter’s appearance in the League Two play-off final. They lost to Blackpool at Wembley but Wheeler was offered the chance to jump up two divisions with QPR in August. “I certainly felt it was more of a culture shock going from non-league to league football, because training every day was a big thing and you have to have so much care about everything you do. With every pass you make, the decisions you make, a lot more thought has to go into it. The big thing going from League Two to the Championship is that everyone’s an athlete. In the Championship most players are very athletic, very fit, very strong, which is a real challenge.”
Nov 24 '17 · 0 comments
Why Chris Woakes Jersey can be England’s danger Welcome to the Gabbatoir, where for the past 29 years Australia have been unbeatable in Test cricket. England will walk through the dark tunnel up from the dressing rooms and out into the middle to be met by harsh sunlight and 40,000 home supporters all willing them to fail. Nike NFL Greg Zuerlein Navy Blue Jersey Women's Game: #4 Los Angeles Rams Home It is a hostile venue to kick off this Ashes series and one that has seen many a visiting captain over the years drawn in by a hypnotic tinge of green on the surface, only to see their decision blow up in their face. Nasser Hussain doing so in 2002 is probably the most famous example between these two countries but he’s certainly not alone if you look through history. Men's Majestic Minnesota Twins #19 Kennys Vargas Replica Grey Road Cool Base MLB JerseyI remember that day well and being both mildly amused but also far from surprised. When I heard Nasser’s mindset at the toss, I understood where he was coming from to an extent, wanting to give his inexperienced attack the best chance of any movement. But really bowling first in Brisbane is a cop out. The first hour may be tricky but batsmen simply must stand up and do their job. Which lineup does so over the course of this Test and series will be fascinating, with Steve Smith and Joe Root two world-class performers leading out sides that have some vulnerabilities in their respective top sixes. It leads me to believe that Australia, knowing the conditions as they do and with a potentially more destructive bowling attack, Cordrea Tankersley Jersey will emerge on top come January. The two captains are cut from pretty similar cloth. It is strange for me to know the Englishman better than his Australian counterpart – given my time at Yorkshire – but I can say for a fact that both men should not be judged by their fresh-faced appearances and polite manners. You don’t get to that level of the game without having a bit of shit about you. Their teams are both blends of leading players and less names and from the support cast of England, I expect Mark Stoneman and Chris Woakes to perform. I saw far too much of Stoneman during my time at Yorkshire and with it a temperament that can succeed at Test level. His game should suit Australia too because he’s very strong square of the wicket on both sides. Woakes first came to my attention in my final first-class match for Glamorgan in 2007. I was in the gents during our second innings and suddenly startled by banging on the door with team-mates frantically telling me I was in, this kid is on Corey Liuget Jersey a hat-trick. Back then he was getting the ball to talk with swing but it has been adding a Al Horford Jersey yard of pace that has turned him into a real threat. Jimmy Anderson could be borderline unplayable with the pink ball in the second Test at Adelaide and Stuart Broad should be able to draw on his experience four years ago when he stood up amid the wreckage. But across the course of the series I have a feeling Woakes will emerge as England’s leading bowler and it could be the making of him as a Test cricketer.
Nov 23 '17 · 0 comments
Channel Nine Jersey cricket commentary Channel Nine last week announced that “Australia’s favourite voices of the summer” would commentate the 2017-18 Ashes series. According to Nine, they are: Bill Lawry, Ian Healy, Michael Slater, Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke and Shane Warne (with Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen to appear Pat Lafontaine Womens Jersey later to make up the English component of the team). The Englishman Mark Nicholas will anchor. Men's Chicago Blackhawks #67 Tanner Kero Adidas Red Home Premier NHL JerseyIn case the monotony isn’t evident upon reading, Wide World of Sports helpfully posted a photo on social media of the eight white men in various shades Dikembe Mutombo Womens Jersey of blue and black suits. Unsurprisingly, the photo went on to draw the ire of an especially acerbic Twitter audience. There are a host of highly-qualified, popular women who commentate and have successfully navigated both women’s and men’s cricket. They include, but are not limited to, Mel Jones, Lisa Sthalekar, Alison Mitchell, Charlotte Edwards, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent and Isa Guha. Jones and Sthalekar are established expert commentators and former Australian cricketers (Sthalekar a former captain), Mitchell is a one-time Sports Journalism Association Broadcaster of the Year, Edwards is a former England women’s cricket captain, commentator and coach with the Adelaide Strikers, and Guha and Rainford-Brent are former English cricketers. Additionally, Rainford-Brent was the first black woman to play for England, while Guha is of Bengali descent, Jones is of Indian descent and Sthalekar is Indian-born. In other words, all of these women bring extensive experience in playing and analysing the game, while they are also culturally and ethnically diverse. Cleverly, Jones and Sthalker have been snapped up by ABC Grandstand, while Guha will represent Triple M, Mitchell BT Sport, ABC and the BBC and Rainford-Brent the BBC. These broadcasters are slowly but surely moving with the times. Even if those arrangements had been made prior to any approach from Nine, Edwards (among others) was likely also available. Some may argue that Channel Nine has only used commentators from the touring side’s home country – Waqar Zaka has, for example, commentated Pakistan Tests and Ian Smith New Zealand’s – but all these women also meet that unspoken policy. Nine is now an outlier persisting with a line-up that is out of touch with public perception . To put aside for the moment the question of gender, however, it is worth considering how much more diverse the commentary team could be if that unspoken policy was also reviewed. Then, names like the popular Michael Holding (former West Indies player ) or Harsha Bhogle Colton Sceviour Jersey (who has recently returned to the commentary box) might also be considered. At the very least, Holding and Bhogle would provide some international perspective on one of cricket’s oldest and most enthralling rivalries. Perhaps one of the most disappointing aspects of retaining the same old team is that, together, they churn out what fans have come to expect from white Australian blokes talking sport – a particular brand of middle-aged male banter that has been described as the stuff of “embarrassing dads”.
Nov 22 '17 · 0 comments
Australia’s pacemen will target Joe Root in the opening Ashes Test in an attempt to bring back memories of the bruising series whitewash four years ago when England’s batsmen were “scared” of Mitchell Johnson, according to Nathan Lyon. Lyon on Monday celebrated his 30th birthday with a series of remarkable and seemingly pre-planned potshots at the tourists before the first Test begins at the Gabba on Thursday, saying England were frightened from No1 to No11 of Johnson’s barrage in 2013 and claiming how “I was at leg slip and I nearly had to push a couple of the guys back towards the stumps”. Elite Men's Jonathan Bullard Navy Blue Alternate Jersey: NFL Nike Chicago Bears #90He also stated that Australia again hope to end careers, just as they did on the 2013‑14 tour, and talked about that victory as one of his “fondest series”, adding “seeing Mitchell Johnson scare all the Erik Johnson Authentic Jersey Poms was unbelievable”. Root, who played club cricket in Adelaide with Lyon before either had graduated to the international game, will be watched particularly closely by Australia after he endured a tough first Ashes tour four years ago. “Root got dropped last time [in Sydney] when he was here, so it’d be good to get him dropped again, wouldn’t it?” Lyon added. “If we can start by opening up that crack, it’s pretty crucial. There’s a lot of scars for the English guys, especially coming over here, especially when we have two guys bowling 150kph, not just one now. “I don’t want Joe to go out there and say: ‘Mate, there you go, here’s a hundred today.’ I want to take his wicket. I want to put him under pressure. Test-match cricket is about being resilient and, if you can bounce back from your lows, you will have some highs.” Curiously the other player Lyon took particularly aggressive aim at was Matt Prior, the former England wicketkeeper who was dropped after the third Test on the last tour and played only four more to end what had hitherto been a superb career containing three Ashes series wins. “It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Lyon, “knowing that they are broken. Stephen Anderson JerseyLeading into Perth we knew that they were broken, we knew Matt Prior wanted to fly home before the game started and he was one of the senior players.” Prior, who retired in the summer of 2015, was quick to retort to the barbs. “That’s absolutely laughable. If that was the case and I was scared, why didn’t I go home then? I have no idea where this has come from. Of all the things he could have come up with? That’s completely ridiculous and all I can do is laugh. It is wholeheartedly untrue.”
Nov 21 '17 · 0 comments
Brighton & Hove Albion twice came from behind to earn a draw at home to Stoke City and extend their unbeaten run to five matches with the home manager, Chris Hughton, grateful his team overcame the referee’s failure to award them a clear first-half penalty. Pascal Gross and then José Izquierdo replied to goals by Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kurt Zouma to leave both sides with a point on the south coast, on a night when Peter Crouch made history of an altogether different kind. Women's Majestic Baltimore Orioles #2 J.J. Hardy Replica Grey Road Cool Base MLB JerseyBrighton remain ninth in the Premier League while Stoke prolonged their own unbeaten run to three matches to stay 15th, four points above the relegation zone. Put to Mark Hughes that four of the five Premier League clubs beneath his side have sacked their this season, the Stoke manager smirked. “Why are you asking me?” he said. “If you don’t get results in this game you get sacked, unfortunately.” This, at least, proved thoroughly entertaining fare on a dank evening in east Sussex. Hughton had described Stoke as a “very manly side”, no Mark Barron Youth jersey doubt a nod to their attritional approach and one that again paid dividends for their opener. Xherdan Shaqiri’s floated ball over the Brighton defence in search of Choupo-Moting caught Lewis Dunk cold – by the time the defender realised the whereabouts of his man, the Stoke striker had coolly slotted his third goal of the season beyond Mathew Ryan, the goalkeeper. Ruffled after going behind, Brighton Womens Marcus Johansson Jersey were raging when Lee Mason awarded not a spot-kick but a goal-kick six minutes before the interval, when the Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross, already the crowd’s pantomime villain, cut down Glenn Murray inside the box. It really was the definition of a penalty. “I was just waiting for the referee to give it,” Hughton said. Hughes, by comparison, felt the referee, who was roundly booed off at the final whistle, got it right. “I think there was minimal contact,” the Stoke manager said. Kevin Friend, the fourth official, calmed Hughton over the penalty appeal and played peacemaker moments later when Hughes erupted at Murray’s Chuck Foreman Jersey meaty lunge on Kevin Wimmer. Once Brighton had composed themselves they pulled level, however. After a relentless driving run past a sea of Stoke shirts Davy Propper crossed for Gross – so often the supplier this season – to smash in an equaliser But less than two minutes later Stoke regained the lead, when Zouma’s header from Choupo-Moting’s flick had the Brighton net rippling once more. Then came the protracted celebrations, with Choupo-Moting joining the Chelsea loanee for a rehearsed jive in front of the North stand. Erik Pieters, too, joined in the fun from halfway.
Nov 21 '17 · 0 comments
The fans Jersey of America’s two most popular sports Petr Cech has been one of the finest goalkeepers of the Premier League era and, at 35, is still very good. But he is past his best, with that prediction of him being worth 10 points a season to Arsenal when he joined in 2015 always looking over-optimistic. Hugo Lloris is far quicker and more decisive when sprinting off his line, excellent in one-on-ones and among the best sweeper-keepers around. The wiry Frenchman is also particularly agile and regularly makes spectacular point-gaining saves, such as against Real Madrid in this season’s Champions League. Cech sits out Arsenal’s Europa League tussles. #22 Adidas Authentic Brian Roberts Men's Purple NBA Jersey - Alternate Charlotte HornetsAs both teams use a back three more often than not, let us go with that formation. Toby Alderweireld has got to be the first name on the team sheet, although he will not be in action on Saturday because of injury. When he returns Adam Humphries Jersey to fitness, the Belgian will not take long to show the class that makes him one of the most accomplished defenders in the Premier League, commanding and creative from the back as well as a danger at set pieces. The three players who could sensibly rival Alderweireld for the title of the Premier League’s best defender are Chelsea’s César Azpilicueta, Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk (some recent dodgy performances notwithstanding) and Spurs’ very own Jan Vertonghen. This has been Vertonghen’s best season for Tottenham. He has grown in consistency, solidity Womens Morgan Cox Jersey and influence, becoming, in fact, the Spurs player with the most touches of the ball in the Premier League this season. He also tops their charts for tackles, interceptions and clearances. Similarly, Nacho Monreal has had a mostly decent season for Arsenal and has become quite reliable in a three-man defence despite admitting that he was frightened to move from left-back when initially asked to do so by Arsène Wenger. Like Vertonghen, Monreal leads his team’s tackling, clearing and interception statistics. But unlike Vertonghen, he remains prone to lapses, such as during the 4-0 defeat an Anfield or when getting in a muddle with Cech at Everton or being roughed up at Watford. Laurent Koscielny, meanwhile, has yet to find his best form this season but has been solid for several campaigns, which gives him an edge over Davinson Sánchez, who has been quietly superb in his debut season in English football but was omitted for Tottenham’s visit to Old Trafford, coincidentally after José Mourinho boasted about successfully targeting him during Manchester United’s Europa League victory over Ajax last season. There has been no sign this season of the 21-year-old being as hesitant on the ball as Mourinho suggested but he was spared an important test and Eric Dier floundered in his place. In the main Nascar patrons skew older and lean conservative. They’re not unlike their NFL Kyle Juszczyk Youth jersey counterparts in that way. Really, both fanbases seem to be after the same spectacle, something that pays heed to the Good Lord Above while a bunch of overgrown boys in costume run around narrowly cheating death. They’re waiting for the pileup. The latest figures show NFL’s TV ratings are down 5.7% from last season. While in the grand scheme that’s hardly catastrophic for a product that outdraws everything on television by significant margins, the league’s owners are nonetheless sounding the alarm.
Nov 20 '17 · 0 comments
Only three Jersey Gunners players feature in our north The American couch potato has an insatiable appetite for sound and fury, and Sundays in the fall are a feeding frenzy. On one side of the dial there’s the NFL – the sport that doesn’t so much pit man against man as much as ram them together, over and over. On the other there’s Nascar, which takes those very mesmerizing bits of pro football – the speed, the collisions – and puts it all on wheels. For decades this split bill attracted crowds in droves. But now those crowds appear to be thinning. Men's Adidas Indiana Pacers #31 Reggie Miller Swingman Blue ABA Hardwood Classic NBA JerseyThe players’ national anthem protest – which, just to remind everyone, is not meant to rebuke the armed forces but, rather, bring greater awareness to racial injustice – has made for a convenient scapegoat. Even commissioner Roger Goodell, whose early diplomatic tone on the issue landed him on the cover of Sports Illustrated interlocked with LeBron James and Steph Curry, leans on that excuse now. “People come to our stadiums to have fun not to be protested to,” he said earlier this month. Never mind that the NFL’s ratings problems run deeper than players kneeling during the anthem, which barely eats more than a minute of a broadcast that lasts at minimum three hours. In some ways the league set itself up for failure by committing so completely over the past decade to the rivalry between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, latter of whom retired two seasons ago after helping the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50. Two star QBs who could step into that breach, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Houston’s Deshaun Watson, are out with season-ending injuries. Thursday Night Football has proven to be a disastrous experiment, one that produces far more player injuries than actual entertainment. Meanwhile stories continue to emerge about the adverse effects football has on players’ long-term health. All of it makes the NFL that much more difficult to sit with. Still, things could be worse for the NFL. It could be Nascar. A decade ago the sport emerged as an unlikely challenger to pro football’s small-screen primacy, attracting nearly 20 million viewers to the 2006 Daytona 500. But Nascar has lost more than 45% of its audience since then, according to Nielsen. What’s more, equally dismal live spectator figures have compelled some tracks to remove seats Cameron Artis-Payne Jersey from their grandstands. Denny Hamlin, a star Nascar driver, has made his peace with this. “People with smartphones, they’re rewatching races in the back of their car going up the highway,” he said back in April. “You don’t have to attend these races anymore. You get such a good experience through your cellphone, so the way we measure attendance and we measure TV ratings and all that’s always skewed because we live in a different world now.” Like the NFL, Nascar can’t trace its decline back to a single source. Certainly the global financial crisis, which hit the automotive industry especially hard, didn’t help. Nor has Nascar’s compulsion to change its rules, especially the ones the define how its championships are won, on a whim. Worst Kenny Golladay Youth jersey of all, the sport can’t seem to stop hemorrhaging star drivers. Two years ago it saw the retirements of Jeff Gordon (a five-time series champion), Tony Stewart (a three-time champ) and Carl Edwards (an oft-snakebitten contender). This year Matt Kenseth (the 2003 series champion), Dale Earnhardt Jr (Nascar’s most popular driver) and Danica Patrick (its iconic female trailblazer) will call time. Many of the drivers racing in their stead are young and lightly experienced. The hope is that this will appeal to millennial viewers, a demographic Nascar struggles to attract. A recent entitlement pact with Monster Energy – which has brought, among other things, its caffeine-stuffed drinks and sexually charged brand ambassadors to the track – has done little to alter that fact so far.
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