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Best bets, key numbers and analysis: NFL Week 14

For NFL Week 14, I will analyse five games I think are the best predictions and back it up with my reasoning and strategies to make successful picks.

 New England Patriots versus LA Rams 

The Patriots have been a shadow of themselves this season following the departure of the immortal Tom Brady. To be fair, […]

Not in the same class as Ali-Frazier though that’s for sure

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

All good shouts for F1 rivalries but personally they wouldn’t be in my top 5

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

IJ come on mate show some decency at least. A human being just passed away and yes while he made a mistake as all of us do it certainly doesn’t define him.
How about showing him some respect and talk about what he did on the field…smh

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

Another person who tries to talk about things that happened off the pitch that are not relevant to his on-field performances just like Diego Maradona…

Rossi was definitely a legend in Italy and gave so many good memories to Italians in the summer of 82’. His achievements in that year came after the match-fixing scandal and a lot of people didn’t want him back in the side, putting his doubters to shame.

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

There’s no excuse for Inter not win Serie A this year with a far less superior juve side we are accustomed to seeing compared to previous years…the hiring of Pirlo proves that it is a transitional period which is crazy to think with Ronaldo in the side

Copying the Juventus blueprint has backfired on Inter Milan

Exactly right Martin.

Unfortunately a lot of people in this country don’t understand the scale of just how big football is around the world

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

Apologies for the delay in posting the article…took a while to analyse the games!

Picked another win with the Rams yesterday with a 24-3 win and 1st half under total! 3-0 with my picks here so far.

Hope there’s a bit more faith in me.

Best bets, key numbers and analysis: NFL Week 14

Tim, the “toughest” sport in the world doesn’t have to literally mean that in terms of contact. Of course I agree that rugby is most physically the toughest sport with the massive hits they cop.
There’s other factors that make it the toughest sport which I have outlined.

Yes, obviously any sport requires technical difficulty to master…I never said the opposite. I just think football is the most technically difficult sport to master and I only mention this for my argument when it comes to different rivalries from different sports that are worthy contenders.

My intention is not to put those other sports down as I respect what they do and the difficulty associated with it.

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

A true Italian legend. To win the World Cup, Golden Boot, Golden ball and the Ballon’dor in the same year and be the only one to do so is remarkable. RIP Paolo

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

Yes agree with all of those contenders, especially Ali-Frazier and McEnroe-Borg

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

I admit that I should’ve given biathletes more credit in terms of stamina and endurance as I know they are long races.
But I still don’t think it compares to football with the amount of games they play throughout the course of a season (60-70+ games) with only an 8-10 week rest in June-August unlike the other codes such as AFL, NRL, NFL and NBA.
What’s even more impressive about Messi and Ronaldo is that they have barely missed any games through injury or rest basically ever since they both burst onto the scene which is pretty damn impressive. The amount of travel also comes into play which doesn’t compare to any other sport.
To the point about pressure…those countries you just mentioned have more pressure put on football players than biathletes…even in the Scandinavian countries. It’s just like saying there’s heaps of pressure for cricket players that are from India, Australia, Pakistan and South Africa…but it is not a world sport and the most popular sport which doesn’t compare to the large scale of football

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

Don’t agree at all that it’s a “far tougher sport”

Football is the toughest sport in the world because:
#1 – It’s the most technically difficult sport to play by having to use your feet and requires a lot of skill
#2 – The pressure that Messi and Ronaldo have on their shoulders to produce week in week out is enormous. Especially a country such as Argentina in Messi’s case…it’s like their own seperate religion and the whole country lives and breathes football, much like most countries in the world. With all due respect to biathletes, no one is really that interested if they succeed or fail. A bad game played by Messi or Ronaldo and the media will be on their backs until the next game.
#3 – Football requires more stamina and endurance for the full 90 minutes, so in Messi and Ronaldo’s case they have no timeouts, one 15 minute break at half-time and that’s about it. The intensity required doesn’t compare one bit to a biathlete (again with all due respect)

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

“I’m more a Messi fan than Ronaldo, but admire Ronaldo for his dedication, effort, will to win and play.

The reason why I like Messi so much is he, at least to me, appears more of a team man.
More willing to put the team first.”

I agree with you 100% on that. However, one of the negatives that I can pick out with Messi is that he doesn’t seem to be a natural team leader such as Ronaldo and that’s probably one of the main reasons why he has struggled with Argentina. Even at Barca the past couple of seasons…when things aren’t going well he will sometimes drop his head and that resonates with the rest of his teammates

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

I can see where you’re coming from. It’s a very difficult topic discuss so I thought I’d give it a go by trying to highlight many reasons as possible to back up my argument. You have your opinion, I have mine…that’s the beauty of sport ????

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

Nothing hyperbole about stating an opinion to start a debate.
“…outrageous claims only devalue one’s credibility”
I can assure you that millions upon millions of people would have Messi and Ronaldo as the best rivalry of all time…so I’m not sure about you using the word “outrageous”

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

It’s definitely up there but for me they don’t compare to the ridiculous records that both Messi and Ronaldo have broken

Messi vs Ronaldo will be known as the greatest individual sports rivalry of all time

Yeah agree with that…Washington’s defence came up big today and I’ve said throughout the season that it’s very underrated (Pittsburgh failed to convert 5 consecutive attempts at the Washington 1 yard line)

Why the Washington Football Team will end the Steelers’ undefeated streak: NFL Week 13

Yes supporting Newcastle would definitely be worse! The amount of broken promises that have been made at that club would be very frustrating

When will Arsenal ever learn?

Arsenal’s problems for the past decade:

– Keeping Wenger for far too long and hiring the wrong managers to help them achieve success (look how valuable experience is with mourinho)

– No transfer strategy, no plan to build an actual TEAM, not fixing the defence which has always been a shambles and keeping players on with high wages/transfer fees that are too expensive (Pepe’s transfer fee, Özil’s £350k pay package per week etc)

– They have failed to properly gel youth and experience together. Yeah, I see quite a few youngsters in the attack who have some potential, but how exactly are they being fit into the side with Aubameyang, Lacazette etc?

– The board and some of the fans accept mediocrity…finishing 4th and winning the FA Cup should not been seen as successful seasons. There needs to be a long-term plan and objective in the next 3-5 years to win domestically and in Europe. Look what Ivan Gazidis has done after leaving Arsenal…he has planned for the future by bringing in a lot of quality youth with smart spending and as a result are the youngest team in Europe’s top 5 leagues and are 1st in the league. Until they change their mentality into a winning one, Arsenal shouldn’t expect anything more than constant disappointment

Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal: Kane and Son down miserable Gunners

For sure it would definitely be a challenge playing against Bayern and Liverpool with such a young squad…but I’m really impressed with the maturity they have showed so far with the amount of inexperience they have. Definitely looking forward to next season when hopefully they can test themselves in the UCL. Just in terms of the actual football being played though, I don’t think anyone is playing better than them.

AC Milan are the best team in Europe and it’s not even close

Have you seen the talent they have been producing?

The production of Australian players hasn’t been great recently but it is still miles ahead of Saudi Arabia…

The Socceroos cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup

You seriously think Australia should be coming third in their group behind Saudi Arabia? With all due respect to them, we should be much stronger than them. It’s just disappointing

The Socceroos cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup

Because if we’re struggling to qualify for this World Cup, then we’ll struggle in the future with a lot of Asian countries significantly improving, and it comes to the quality being produced.
The gap between the A-league and the NPL is too big and so very few youngsters get the chance to develop. The NSL was bringing up the likes of Bresciano, Cahill, Grella, Emerton etc etc. as their was no pressure. A-league is more of a results based business so coaches can’t rely much on youth

The Socceroos cannot afford to miss out on the World Cup

I’m sorry to say but Roma won’t win any major trophy for years to come. It doesn’t help when you turn into a selling club and have no direction whatsoever.

No heart in that team besides De Rossi and Florenzi. Draw too many games and drop points to average opposition. Juventus are too consistent

Winners and losers of the summer transfer window

Don’t see Roma making the top 4.

Key departures such as Salah and Rudiger haven’t been properly replaced and with a new coach it will take time to get to understand the football he wants Roma to play.

Winners and losers of the summer transfer window