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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:24 pm    Post subject: The Giants, so accustomed to Octob Reply with quote

2014 marks the start of the Chris Jones era as head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos and many, myself included, think they may have found the right one. If you ask Jones what he looks for in a player, his response is "aggressiveness with intelligence that play with a ‘liitle edge.” That is a good definition of desire but could also be a description of Jones himself. Being aggressive is always a priority for a player; there are not many situations where being passive is beneficial on the football field. Pro football is not a nice game. In many ways and at the majority of positions youre imposing your will on another player, another athlete, and quite often the player with the strongest will and desire wins that battle. Sometimes you qualify it as mental toughness, but an aggressive mind set wins in this sport as long as it is disciplined and under control. Speaking of mind set, it may surprise you but intelligence is as important as any aspect of performance there is. The best linebacker in CFL football just may be J.C. Sherritt, the Eskimos middle linebacker. By no means is he physically imposing or dominant but when it comes to football smarts there are few that are his superiors. Interesting this year in that the injury adversity Sherritt faced last year gave an opportunity for another linebacker to shine in rookie Rennie Curran. This year both could be playing side by side in Edmonton, a strength for the Eskimos as both are athletic and very bright; they do not make the same mistake twice. The third quality of a Chris Jones player is one that plays with a little edge. Note those three words, "a little edge," are not easy to define or visualize. Is it a player who is exceptionally aggressive or intelligent? Or perhaps it is an attitude or enthusiasm. I think it is a guy who has no fear, cant be intimidated and, either subtly or overtly, does the intimidating. I dont know if you can describe it in words, but I do know coaches, especially veterans, recognize and want it. So the Chris Jones era begins and the Mike Reilly era, still in its infancy, continues. What was interesting to watch last year was how the Eskimos fans embraced Reilly as their quarterback. Not for the beautiful touchdown passes from the perfect spiral, or the ultimate three-minute drill to lead his team to poetic victory; they embraced Reilly because of the courage he played with in each and every game. Reilly was pummeled last year for many reasons, sometime poor pass protection, sometimes too many predictable passing situations. Add in a poor running game Reillys penchant for taking too many risks, hes gambling with his longevity. But what I observed is the Edmonton football faithful recognize his courageous performances and genuinely respected and responded positively to it. In a time when maximum revenue is a key priority for many, Reilly demonstrated an opposite mentality of thought; risking all for the cause in many situations. Now he has to temper it down however and he will or hell still be a football hero in Edmonton, just not for 18 games. The West is pretty good this year. Winnipeg will be better, Calgary and BC have good personnel that just need to stay healthy and focused, and Saskatchewan is the defending Grey Cup champion. So where does that leave Edmonton? They will be aggressive, they will be intelligent, and they will play with an edge. They will pressure the quarterback relentlessly and take risks one-on-one in coverage. And of course, their quarterback will continue to play with the definable quality of courage each and every game. Edmonton may just be pretty good this year. Ryan Switzer Jersey . The third-ranked Buckeyes were down eight points to Notre Dame with less than 2 minutes to play and their offence was nowhere to be found. 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And for a tense moment in the sixth inning Wednesday night, Kauffman Stadium was consumed by chaos.The one thing that was clear? The World Series suddenly had some life.Perez broke open Game 2 with a two-run double in a five-run sixth, and the Royals cast of clutch relievers kept the Giants in check for a 7-2 victory that evened the Series and spiced things up as it shifts to San Francisco for three games.We showed them that we have fight in us, and I think they knew that already, said Billy Butler, whose RBI single in the sixth inning gave the Royals a 3-2 lead. But we stepped up big there as a team, and that gave us some confidence.Jeremy Guthrie will be on the mound Friday night for the Royals, who had won eight straight playoff games before a 7-1 loss in the opener. Tim Hudson will start for San Francisco.With their pitching and our pitching, and the way both teams play, were going to have a fight, I think, every game, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.So much talk of fighting after the two teams nearly came to blows Wednesday.The Royals had surged ahead on Butlers single when Perez followed with a double off Strickland into the left-field gap. Omar Infante then scorched a pitch into the bullpen in left, the fifth homer that Strickland had allowed to 23 post-season batters.Boiling over with anger, Strickland yelled into his glove then got into a shouting match with Perez as the big, burly catcher headed for home. Players spilled out of both dugouts, and several Royals streamed in from the outfield bullpen before the umpires finally restored order.He started to look at me, so I asked him like, Hey, why you look at me? Perez said. So he was telling me, Get out of here, whatever. So I dont know. You dont have to treat me like that. Look at Omar. Omar hit a bomb. I didnt hit a bomb. I hit a double.Strickland said he simply let his frustration get to him.I let the team down, he said. My emotions got to me.With his 100 mph fastball singeing the Giants batters, Royals flamethrower Yordano Ventura allowed two runs while pitching into the sixth inning. The 23-year-old protege of Pedro Martinez hardly looked like the first rookie to make a World Series start for the Royals, calmly handling a lineup that had ravaged staff ace James Shields.The dynamic trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland did the rest.Herrera got the final two outs of the sixth to escape a jam, his first three pitches clocking at least 100 mph. He also survived a shaky seventh bbefore Davis breezed through the eighth.ddddddddddddGreg Holland, who saved each game in the Royals sweep of Baltimore in the AL Championship Series, allowed a two-out single to Brandon Crawford before fanning Gregor Blanco to end the game.The Giants only runs came on a homer by Blanco and a double by Brandon Belt, their streak of seven straight World Series wins ending on a crisp, breezy night.For us to leave here with a split, you like to get greedy, Bochy said, but we know its going to be a tough series.Early on, it looked as if the Giants could have a big lead heading back to the Bay Area.The fleet-footed Blanco silenced a rollicking sea of blue, becoming the 10th player to open a World Series game with a home run. He deposited Venturas 98 mph fastball in the bullpen in right field, just his 17th home run in more than 2,300 at-bats.The crowd, energized from the moment that Hall of Famer George Brett delivered the ceremonial first pitch, was left waiting for something good to happen for the second straight night.This time, the scrappy Royals gave it to them.ALCS MVP Lorenzo Cain stretched a two-out double later in the first, and Eric Hosmer walked on four pitches. Butler, Giants starter Jake Peavys long-time nemesis, then bounced a single past the outstretched glove of Crawford at shortstop to knot the game 1-all.The Royals kept the pressure on in second. Infante doubled over the head of Travis Ishikawa in left field, and Escobar sliced a two-out double down the right-field line to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead, its first in the World Series since Game 7 in 1985.The Giants, so accustomed to October baseball, refused to back down.Belt tied it in the fourth with a double that bounced off Nori Aokis glove in right field.The game was still knotted at 2 when the Royals got their first two batters aboard in the sixth. Bochy pulled the fiery Peavy. Butler promptly hit a go-ahead single off Jean Machi, and Strickland came in two batters later.From there, well, the Royals showed they still had plenty of fight left.PLENTY OF PITCHERSThe Giants matched a Series record by using five pitchers in one inning. The other teams to burn through as many pitchers did so in Game 7 losses: The Cardinals against the Royals in 85, and the Orioles against the Pirates in 1979, according to STATS.UP NEXTGiants: Hudson has appeared in 12 post-season games and started 11 of them, first with Oakland and then Atlanta. But hes never been on the mound in the World Series.Royals: Guthrie, an 11-year veteran, did not pitch in the Royals sweep of the Angels in the ALDS. He made his first career post-season start in the ALCS against the Orioles. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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