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Chelsea F.C. 2016/2017: Antonio Conte & John Terry

CFC Trio - AC, JT, RA

The following post was written on June 3rd, 2016.

Chelsea Football Club must learn from the mistakes of 2015/2016. It was an embarrassing season for the club. The club, then managed by club legend José Mourinho, was unable to put up a fight in the first half of the season, and Guus Hiddink steadied the ship in the latter half. Chelsea Football Club finished as the tenth best team in the Premier League just one year after they won the title. Absolutely awful.

Now, Chelsea won’t participate in any continental club competition, and their former manager, José Mourinho, has signed with rivals Manchester United. But there were some highlights at the end of the season. Talents like Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham got some playing time with the first team squad, Antonio Conte signed on to manage Chelsea, and club captain John Terry has extended his stay at Chelsea Football Club.
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Awful. Upsetting. Disgusting. – The Future of Chelsea F.C.?

Jose and Terry - Past?

I don’t often write about sports on this blog anymore. It has to be something significant for me to sit down and write some of my thoughts on the matter. Sometimes I’ve previewed or reviewed a season, and sometimes I’ve said goodbye to a legend of a certain sport or team. This post is a mixture of what I’ve done before. I’ll mention how the season has gone for Chelsea, how the future might be for Chelsea, and, angrily, write about what the club is currently in the process of doing.  (more…)

#ThankYouČech – A Tribute to Petr Čech

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We are counting down what seems to be the final hours of Petr Čech’s Chelsea FC playing career. Rumors and papers suggest that he’ll be staying in London, they suggest that he’ll be playing for Arsenal for the next couple of seasons – thus making a rival a true title-contender. This is a sad rumor, which I suspect to be true, but in the end we have to respect his decision. For this isn’t him saying he’d rather play at Arsenal. No, this is him saying he’d rather play than be on the bench. (more…)

REVIEW: English Premier League 2014/2015

And there it is. Chelsea’s 5th Top League Title, 4th Premier League title.

Chelsea were the champions, which, of course, pleases me. They were on top from the start, and they, we, completely deserve it. But this season also marks the end of three great Premier League careers.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard end their Premier League careers, and will now go to the United States to take over the Major League Soccer. As a surprise on the last day of the season, Didier Drogba also revealed that it would be his very last game for Chelsea Football Club. Three great legends. (more…)

NFL Mock Draft 2015

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Hey there!

I haven’t been blogging about sports or the NFL for a few months, and I might not ever blog about it to the extent I did in 2014 again.

As we head into the Draft, however, I feel that I need to release my 1st Round mock draft – and give you my thoughts on who I want in Chicago. Here are my three favorite players in this year’s Draft: Marcus Mariota, Landon Collins, and Danny Shelton.

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NFL – 2014/2015 Playoff Predictions

After ending my regular season picks and predictions season I felt that a heavy weight was off my shoulders – but having seen how much I enjoy the playoffs this year, I’ve decided to give you my playoff prediction.

See, originally in my NFL 2014 Season Preview-post I called a lot of things wrong – though I still stand by the idea that Jay Cutler has had a great year, I did not see the Chicago-nosedive coming – and I definitely didn’t see the failure of the NFC South coming. Not at all.

In my season preview-post, however, I predicted that the Seattle Seahawks would defend their Super Bowl crown against last year’s opponent again – the Denver Broncos. Do I think that’s still possible? Yes. Is it my prediction? See below.

For the regular season picks and predictions, week-by-week, I ended up with a win-percentage of 61 (158-98). I’m actually very pleased with that, with the NFC South and Chicago-nosedives in mind.

Now, last week I went 2-2 in the playoff-prediction. I predicted that the Panthers & Ravens would lose – but that the Cowboys and Colts would defeat the Lions and Bengals respectively.

Here’s my prediction for the rest of the playoffs:

  Divisional Round:

  • New England Patriots over the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Seattle Seahawks over the Carolina Panthers.
  • Denver Broncos over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Dallas Cowboys over the Green Bay Packers.

    Conference Round:

  • Denver Broncos over the New England Patriots.
  • Seattle Seahawks over the Dallas Cowboys.

    Super Bowl:

  • Seattle Seahawks over the Denver Broncos.

Enjoy the playoffs,

– I’m Jeffrey Rex.

F.P.: New Direction


On monday December 29th 2014 the Chicago Bears fired three very important people. First it was general manager Phil Emery, then head coach Marc Trestman – and finally Aaron Kromer. Along with that, new information surfaced about the hiring of Marc Trestman.

This post will tell you why you need to fire these three men – and who I would like to see in Chicago in 2015. Before doing that though, let me state the obvious – the Trestman/QB-Guru project was a disaster.

So, Phil Emery is perhaps the most shocking sack of the season for non-Bears fans. Let’s state why he’s gone.

  1. His draft picks didn’t work out – we practically only have fond memories of Jeffery and Long…
  2. Emery stated that they would progress, become even better – when they actually went from 10-6, to 8-8 and now 5-11.
  3. Emery hired Trestman to fix the offense. He did not.
  4. This:

    “At the time, the plan was to retain the highly regarded Marinelli to run the defense. And he had planned to, remaining on even after close friend Smith was fired. But back in mid-January 2013, as part of their final selection process for a head coach to replace Smith, Emery and the organization had Marinelli interview the three finalists for the head-coaching job.

    Marinelli was asked to rank the three. He did. Arians was his runaway first choice; Bevell was the second; Trestman was a distant third.

    Emery selected Trestman.

    When he learned of the decision, Marinelli abruptly angrily resigned and left Halas Hall for Dallas and a de facto demotion to defensive line coach.” – John Mullins, CSNCHICAGO.COM.

So, this is basically self-explanatory. The same can be said for Kromer and Trestman.

  1. Aaron Kromer outed his personal problems with Jay Cutler to the press… Inexcusable, instantly fired in my humble opinion.
  2. Destroying an offense you were hired to fix.
  3. Doing the reverse-Lovie Smith (not having balance defensively).
  4. Not utilizing your best player (Matt Forte), i.e. not running the ball.

I will say, I wanted Trestman – but it didn’t work out. The fact that Chicago could have had Arians AND our old DC, but chose not to is inexcusable. So now Bears look ahead for new hirings. Therefore we need to mention some possibilities. First let’s look at my preferred GM:

  • Jeff Ireland – former GM of the Miami Dolphins.

This guy has plenty of experience, his granddad has ties to the Bears – and he himself was a ball boy for the Chicago Bears once. This could be a perfect fit.

No full analysis of the various HC candidates, but I’ll list my top 5 here in no particular order:

  • Mike Shanahan, former LA Raiders, Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos Head Coach.
  • Rex Ryan, former New York Jets Head Coach (son of former Bears DC, Buddy Ryan).
  • Dave Toub, former Chicago Bears Special Teams Coordinator.
  • Greg Roman, current Offensive Coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Dan Quinn, current Defensive Coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.

Any thoughts on the Chicago Bears?

– I’m Jeffrey Rex