“That’s one of the reasons I came here: to play with a great quarterback. Not having him has hurt the team. I’m not knocking Jacoby (Brissett) because he’s doing a great job, but us having Andrew Luck, we’re a different team. It is more of a town than a city with a population of just 100,000. In UK terms, that would see Green Bay dwarfed by the likes of Slough and Stockport. And being an industrial city, it is not much to look at..
The Bengals traded down in the second round on Friday and took Mixon, putting them back in the spotlight as a place known for giving second and third chances. The 5 foot 10 running back was one of the top players available at his position, but teams were wary because of his history. Mixon was suspended for his freshman season after punching a female student and breaking bones in her face..
That doesn’t bode well for a Jets team trying to get back into the playoff hunt after a miserable start.”This is a very important game for our season, so I’m not overly concerned with their season,” Brady said. “I think about what our season is all about and what we need to do. This is a very good team.
“This win means a lot to me, to my family, for the team but also for the country,” Dimitrov told Christina Macfarlane in the CNN studio the day after his win at the O2.”I proud to be Bulgarian, I played for my country all my life and I sure people are going to appreciate that.”After every match, just to see the Bulgarian flags, the atmosphere felt absolutely marvelous I felt like I was playing at home.”Dimitrov turned professional nine years ago and, after some impressive performances early in his career, he was constantly being talked up as the next Roger Federer.Although he yet to live up to the Fed billing, Sunday victory is certainly a step in the right direction and by far the biggest title of his career.It earned him a winner check of $2.5 million which is more than the winner of the French Open gets and 1500 ranking points, which means he finish the year as the world No. 3, behind only 19 time grand slam champion Federer and world No.1 Rafael Nadal.Bulgaria has experienced tennis success before with the Maleeva sisters, Manuela, Katerina and Magdalena, who played in the 1980 and 1990 They remain the only three sisters to make it into the top 10 at the same time.But Dimitrov, 26, is the country most successful male player by some distance Orlin Stanoytchev reached world No.96 in 2000 and the first to earn more than $1 million in prize money.Thanks to Sunday night, his career earnings have now been boosted to more than $13 million.”It so nice when you achieve something like this when you from a country like mine,” said Dimitrov, who is the first player since Spain Alex Corretja in 1998 to win the season ending finals on his debut.”We have a tennis tradition with the Maleeva sisters but also I just want this to be an example, not only of sport, but the hard work and everything.”Because it doesn matter where you from. If you dream big, if you put in the right amount of work, the dedication, the passion it all comes together and this is the result.”That sentiment was echoed by Bulgaria President Radev who took to Facebook after Dimitrov win and wrote: “One Bulgarian showed how victory is achieved with a lot of hard work, perseverance, spirit and faith.”Last year, Dimitrov was given honorary citizenship of his hometown, Haskovo, where he plans to build a tennis academy some time in the future.Dobri Belivanov, the town Mayor, now wants to name the local tennis courts after the country highest profile sports star.It not hard to understand why Bulgaria has latched on to Dimitrov achievements.