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Have you been trying to keep track of all the sport articles we have been publishing this last month? We have put together this handy monthly round up of some of the best sport news and discussion articles we have published recently. Here is our January sport round up.
Bye Kirk Cousins. Alex Smith has been traded to the Washington Redskins! The now former Chiefs quarterback has a new home, along with a nice new extension. Moments after acquiring their new quarterback, the Redskins signed Smith to a long term deal, something Cousins wasn’t willing to do.
A trade like this can have a big impact on both teams involved. The Redskins now have their long term quarterback they’ve been wanting, while the Chiefs just traded away the top rated quarterback of the regular season. Let’s look a little deeper into how this move impacts both the Chiefs and the Redskins moving forward.
Women’s Royal Rumble made history. On Sunday night, WWE made history, by including a women’s royal rumble. For the first time ever, stars such as Nia Jax, Asuke, Sasha Banks and Becky Lunch would fight in a 30 strong last one standing match.
The rules were the same as the male counterparts, both feet had to have touched the floor, and you had to be eliminated by being thrown over the top rope, not an easy feat for many of the female superstars.
To many, the FA Cup is the ultimate showcase of British footballing tradition. There’s nothing like watching Jurgen Klopp giving an interview in a tea room in Exeter, or Jose Mourinho crammed into a small Yeovil dugout. It can, and does, provide upsets like no other competition.
It is ironic, then, that the hugely controversial VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system is being tried out extensively in the FA Cup. In its six games in English football so far, it has contributed to a number of decisions, such as instating a goal for Kelechi Iheanacho when the Leicester striker initially had an effort ruled out for offside. There was an infinite number of perspectives on VARs use, and these games have created just as many questions as it has answered.
The Super Bowl is set. The New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl……. again. This year they face off against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are a team that dominated for most of the season. They were one of the NFC favorites after dominating team after team, but then Carson Wentz went down. From the moment Wentz went out, many have written the Eagles off, including myself.
Probably the biggest reason why the Eagles were written off is because of who was replacing Wentz. Nick Foles. How can you go to the Super Bowl when you go from a quarterback rating of 101.9 to 79.5? That’s a significant drop off at the most important position in football. Many placed the Eagles success on the incredible MVP level play Carson Wentz gave them throughout the season. The success of Carson Wentz was a huge reason why the Eagles were where they were, but there was so much more to it than that, and they’ve showed us that in these playoffs.
The 2018 All-Stars have been selected, and just like every other year, there are players who get snubbed. Unfortunately there’s never enough room in the All-Star game for all the players who deserve to be in to get in. There’s always someone who has to be snubbed. The past couple years the biggest name to be snubbed has been Damian Lillard, but this year he got in, leaving others out. This year the names may be a little more surprising than years past.
I’ve looked over these selections several times, and all of the players selected deserve to be in the All-Star game, but I also looked over the snubs and I think there’s a few players who deserve to be in more than those who actually got in. I’ve picked my top five All-Star snubs and also picked a player I think they should replace in the All-Star game this year.
It feels like speculation has gone on for years, but at long last Alexis Sanchez is on his way out of Arsenal. While this doesn’t come as a surprise to any football fan, it appeared a foregone conclusion that he would be reunited with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, but instead he has ended up at Manchester United instead, in a straight swap deal with Henrik Mkhitaryan. So, who are the winners and losers in this situation?
Israel, a country perhaps best known for its vast historical and cultural importance steeped in religion and tradition, has never been known as a major global force in sport. A quick jog of the memory may only bring up a few notable Israeli sport stars. Names such as Gal Fridman (the winner of Israel’s only Olympic gold medal) or even Premier League journeymen Yossi Benayoun and Tal Ben Haim spring to mind. Yet, in recent years Israel has asserted itself as a dominant player in one specific area of sport, sports technology.
Israeli start-ups are leading the stride in technology innovations in sports, particularly in video and sound. Indeed, Tel Aviv and the surrounding area is starting to gain a reputation of being somewhat of a ‘Silicon Valley’ for sports technology start-ups. Yet this is no accident. It is the result of many decades of military and academic research in computer vision and image analysis which now, more than ever, lends itself to technological advancements in sport.
The NFL is coming back to London in 2018 with three stellar games announced yesterday.
First, the Seattle Seahawks will take on the Oakland Raiders at Tottenham’s new stadium before the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the LA Chargers face the Tennessee Titans at Wembley Stadium.
Following the announcement, I wanted to share 5 reasons why I am excited for the 2018 NFL London Games (and why you should be too!).