Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Brian Urlacher retires

From CBSSports

Long time Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher has announced his retirement from the NFL. He had garnered little interest in the free agent market, with the favourite landing spot, the Minnesota Vikings, ruling themselves out. On his retirement he had this to say:

"Although I could continue playing, I'm not sure I would bring a level of performance or passion that's up to my standards. When considering this, along with the fact that I could retire after 13-year career wearing only one jersey for such a storied franchise, my decision became pretty clear."

"I want to thank all the people in my life that have help me along the way," Urlacher continued. "I will miss my teammates, my coaches, and the great Bears fans. I'm proud to say that I gave all of you everything I had every time I took the field. I will miss the great game, but I leave with no regrets."

Premiership South Power Rankings Week Six

1. London Blitz (1-0)
As predicted, the Blitz have confirmed not a new stadium, but some significant moves with their current stadium. The Blitz are the model by which all other teams should attempt to follow if they want to help grow the game, the first team to have vested interests in their home ground will go down as a landmark in Britball. Now just to play games.

2. London Warriors (3-0)

This Sunday sees the breaking of a three week hiatus for the Warriors, who unlike so many others in the division are churning through their game. It seems whoever made the schedule wanted the Warriors to get all of their games done quick while giving them 5 weeks to prepare for the Blitz, which in reality is probably not at all that helpful. Peterborough to face this weekend, who will have a real test on their hands.

3. London Olympians (0-1)

It's hard to keep the O's up this high when they are sitting at 0-1, but as has been pointed out before that  was against the Warriors. They will no doubt earn their place once they get a few more games under their belt.

Premiership North Power Rankings Week Six

1. East Kilbride Pirates (2-0)
No game at the weekend means the Pirates hold onto the top spot for another week. With another bye week before their huge game against the Mustangs, the Pirates spot atop of our rankings should be secure for another week.

2. Tamworth Phoenix (2-0)
Similar to the Pirates, the Phoenix were out of action at the weekend. With a trip to Coventry on the cards this weekend, Tamworth could claim the number one spot with a convincing victory over their Midlands rivals.

3. Doncaster Mustangs (4-0)
And that’s a hat-trick! Just like the two teams above them, the Mustangs found themselves enjoying a bye week at the weekend. Doncaster now have another week to prep for their game vs. EKP. Here’s hoping it will be as close as last year’s 26-20 (to EKP) game up in Hamilton!

National League Power Rankings Week Six

1. Chester Romans (3-0)
No game for the Romans this weekend past means they get at least one more week at the top of our Power Rankings. Bask in the glory Legion.

2. Bedfordshire Blue Raiders (3-0)
As with the Romans the Blue Raiders didn’t have a game in this week’s sparse fixture list. They’re currently holding off the impressive Solent Thrashers for second place.

3. Solent Thrashers (2-0)
The Thrashers overcame the Oxford Saints 13-0 in their second game after whupping the Farnham Knights in their first. If they keep up this form then they’ll be rising up our Power Rankings in the coming weeks.

4. Colchester Gladiators (2-0)
No game for the Glads, so they hang around in fourth place. Next up for them is the Watford Cheetahs in just under a fortnight.

5. Merseyside Nighthawks (1-0)
The highest place team with only one game played. The Nighthawks impressed against the Shropshire Revolution and fully deserve their top-5 spot. They face off against the Lincolnshire Bombers this weekend looking to move up again.

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