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The Trans-Atlantic Sports Romantic! - by TheMach

Clock winding down in overtime the New York Knicks has a two point lead against the Milwaukee Bucks. 20 seconds remaining, Carmelo Anthony shoots a jumper with two defenders jumping to block his shot and it rims out. Luckily Tyson Chandler, back from his fractured right fibula injury, caught the offensive rebound and passed it to Andrea Bargnani.

Knicks bench reacts to Bargnani's shot, Andrea Bargnani, New York Knicks, NBA, Basketball
Knicks bench reacts to Bargnani's shot

Andrea Bargnani instead of holding on the ball and running down the clock since the Knicks have a fresh 24 shot clock he shoots the three that rimmed out. The Knicks bench were seen on screen dumbfounded and very frustrated on that play of Bargnani, just look at the expression of Raymond Felton above.

So what happened next? Brandon Knight missed a layup but the Knicks failed to box out John Henson who tipped in the ball that tied the game with 0.3 of a second left and send it into double overtime.

Knicks Coach Mike Woodson said about Bargnani shot:

"I don't know if he thought we were down. This is a game of inches and obviously he had something else going through his mind at the time."

In the second overtime the Knicks regrouped and outscored the Bucks 13-7 to a 107-101 win.

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Fresh Meat Breaths New Life Into Bills!

September 29th 2013 22:29
Baltimore Ravens 20-23 Buffalo Bills

September 29th 2013

In the ever changing scene that is the National Football League, teams are putting more emphasis on their young blood - no more so in 2013 than the Buffalo Bills whose fresh approach has given their ever patient fans reason for optimism.

Though it may not always be the deal breaker, home form is essential to any team in search of long-term success. With two teams starting 3-0 this season the AFC East is looking far more competitive than the mundane one-horse race it has been for several years now. The Buffalo Bills were 1-2 heading into this afternoons home tie with the Baltimore Ravens knowing that defeat could leave them way out of that playoff picture even at such an early stage of the season.

Yet win they did and in some style. New Head Coach Doug Marrone made it 2 for 2 on home turf, adhering himself to the upstate New York faithful even further as he utilized the Bills' top 3 2013 draft picks to great effect to topple the current world champions who were pumped full of confidence after an impressive outing in week 3.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick left the franchise in the off-season leaving many questions still unanswered and was swiftly replaced by the 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft, E.J Manuel. The rookie trigger man out of Florida State is very much a part of the new breed of 'mobile quarterbacks' in which pass AND move is becoming the way forward in the NFL. Manuel finished with modest figures of 167 yards and a touchdown on the day but after just 4 games of his professional career is showing plenty promise moving forwards.

Step forward Robert Woods and draft pick number 2. In what was very much his breakout game, the rookie wide receiver outperformed the more accomplished Stevie Johnson en route to the best outing of his young career so far - 80 receiving yards on 4 receptions, the highlight of which was a stellar 42 yard catch for the pay dirt and his 2nd NFL touchdown reception.

Completing the outing and perhaps most poignantly on the day was the Bills other 2nd rounder, inside-linebacker Kiko Alonso. The former Oregon Duck has is crafting somewhat of a glowing reputation and added to his consecutive interceptions in weeks 2 and 3 with a double pick of reigning Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco in week 4 - 2 of 5 interceptions thrown by Flacco on the day... The magical chimes of Disney World must seem a distant memory after today's nightmare for the Ravens' QB.

It's a well-coined phrase in the world of professional sports 'if you're good enough, you're old enough' This is certainly the case for the Buffalo Bills who inspired by their young guns have improved to .500 on the season so far and even if the 2013 post-season proves a bridge too far given the talents of Miami and New England, there is plenty to be excited about down the stretch for the Bills' faithful.


NY-Enigma - Giants 31-36 Cowboys

September 11th 2013 21:41

Yes Eli, you may look confused. So too would the majority of NFL followers when presented with the Big Blues' stats from week 1 of the 2014 NFL season and asked to come up with any remotely fallible explanation as to why the New York Giants could not bring home the 'W'.

Tom Coughlin took his Giants to their home from home - Arlington, Texas and into the newly coined AT&T Stadium where they had emerged victorious on their last four visits since it was first opened for business in 2010. The renaming of the former Cowboys Stadium seemed a shrewd move on the part of the home side who finally broke their home duck against their NFC East rivals.

. . . get ready for the substantial anomalies;
Eli Manning finished the game with an impressive looking 450 passing yards and 4 touchdowns in contrast to his opposite number Tony Romo who weighed in with a much more modest 263/2.

The New York Giants had 3, yes THREE 100 yard receivers in the game - Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle and most poignantly the new mega-rich Victor Cruz who bought into his own hype with a staggering 118 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns ... no Dallas Cowboy receiver toppled 72 yards on the day.

So how was it that the side with such a painstakingly obvious advantage in the numbers game could fall short? ... Perhaps just as obvious as their numerical advantage was the reason they returned to the Big Apple empty handed. As masters of their own downfall, Coach Coughlin will hope it is not a case of starting as you mean to go on as his team combined for a hapless SIX turnovers. Quarterback Manning threw 3 picks, two of them borderline comical whilst 2nd year running back David Wilson, of whom much onus was placed this season, began in a similar vein to his rookie year by fumbling on his first possession and subsequently repeating the feat later on after being given a reprieve. Many will speculate that returning New York favorite Brandon Jacobs will have Wilson's double jeopardy to thank for getting paid this year...

The season opener was a continuation of the Giants 2013 form that saw them showcase their abilities and frailties hand in hand once too often. With the Eagles returning to the mix this year, New York needs to fix up fast if they are to avoid another near miss on the post-season.

Still, only the small matter of the Denver Broncos to come next...

NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs - Game 1 of 7

Boston Celtics 78-85 New York Knicks

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Green Bay Packers 10 - 38 New York Giants

Sunday November 25th - Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

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So the National Football League is at it again . . .

In the ever unpredictable world of American Football week 11 was not to be out done. With all teams past the half way stage in the season you think that predictions and fantasy matchups would become much more straightforward. Of course the NFL personnel have other ideas and the weeks early games have tossed up plenty more "nobody saw that coming" moments.

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New York Giants 13 - 31 Cincinnati Bengals

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A picture is worth a thousand words so they say. Yes, IT has happened again. Old habits die hard in the National Football League but a curse drags on and on and on. . .

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New York Giants 26 - 3 San Francisco 49ers

Sunday 14th October 2012
Candlestick Park, San Francisco CA

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The setting was a sunny afternoon in the Meadowlands...

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