Richard Van Heertum, Sidelines Editor
Richard Van Heertum

About me
I have been a fan of Arsenal for over 15 years, following them from their greatest years in the early part of the millennium through the nine-year trophy drought and then during the past two season's resurrgence (of sorts). I watch every game and my weekend is often defined by them winning or losing. But through it all, I continue to root for the Gunners with the passion of a Northern Londoner who has followed the team since birth. Beyond Arsenal, I have been playing and watching sports my entire life, finding beauty in the competitive spirit and individual and team achievements that define the human spirit. Among the sports I cover here include basketball, American football, tennis and, on occasion, hockey.
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Sports
  • International Soccer
  • Arsenal
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • New York Yankees
  • New York Rangers
  • New York Knicks
  • New York Jets
  • NCAA Basketball
  • NCAA Football
  • Dallas Cowboys
  • Soccer
  • NHL
  • NBA
  • NFL
 Posts
11 months ago

Arsenal Cruise to 4-0 Victory over Swans after Slow Start

Arsenal have had their struggles with Swansea City over the past few seasons, blowing leads in a couple of key matchups that helped scupper their title challenges in the past. With the Gunners form uneven over the past few weeks ...

12 months ago

Arsenal Allergic to Title Charge Again, Lose 2-1 to City

Arsenal lost from a 1-0 lead for the second time this week, collapsing at the Etihad 2-1 today to put a huge dent in their title challenge, particularly given the stellar form of Chelsea, who won their 11th game on ...

1 year ago

Arsenal Go Top at End of a Great Week (3-1 over Stoke)

The culmination of a very good eight days saw Arsenal go top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Stoke today. It was another game where the Gunners found themselves behind, after a tight penalty call was converted by ...

Arsenal Cruise Past Stumbling, Bumbling West Ham 5-1

Arsenal were bright early, took the lead, seemed to meander a bit through the middle of the match and then exploded in the last twenty minutes for a comprehensive 5-1 victory over a reeling West Ham. Only three days after ...

Arsenal Settle for 1-1 Draw in North London Derby

At least twice a season, Arsenal line up against their most hated rivals. While they have been able to finish above them in the table every year of Wenger’s reign, it is clear the two sides are closer in ...

Arsenal through to Round of 16, Looking for More After Last Second Winner

While Arsenal’s wait for a major trophy is not even in the vicinity of the Cubs or Indians, fans had become accustomed to a certain standard of success, before the move to the Emirates and the subsequent barren spell ...

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1 year ago

@Basilene Henson -- interesting question. I think he does deserve the money as he was the best defender on a team that won the Super Bowl almost exclusively on defense. It is tricky to think about whether he or J. J ...

@Tucker Pettigrew -- great intro! I like the pick of Michigan in the East, my favorite team, though I do wonder if they will be able to emulate last season without blowing a game in horrific fashion late. Iowa is probably ...

@Tucker Pettigrew -- I'm not sure. Messi has gotten Argentina to the last three finals possible for the country, including the World Cup. He has been good in the runups, but hasn't delivered a trophy since his time with ...

@Jonathan Gardner -- as a Clippers fan, I'm not sure I agree. I'd like to keep the core of CPIII, Griffin and Jordan, and like Crawford off the bench, but I'm not really sure about anyone else on ...

@Jonathan Gardner -- interesting argument, but I just read a rumor that San Antonio will try to open up enough cap space to make a move for him this summer. If that is available, I can't imagine going anywhere else ...

@Tucker Pettigrew -- agreed. Arsenal have been out of the title race for weeks and, in my estimation, City for even longer, though they have been on a good run of late. It is now down to Tottenham versus Leicester, though ...

I would love to see my Islanders win, but agree that the Panthers will probably take it -- maybe even in 5.
I think Tampa has enough to beat the Red Wings, who are lucky to be here, even without two ...

@Mike Cortez -- interesting list. I think Puig could go, but that the Dodgers might give him one more season to mature, given the potential upside and his age. The New York Mets winning the Cy Young seems like a decent ...

@Tyler Birss -- I'm not sure I completely agree. The NBA regular season is probably one of the most unimportant of any of the professional sports, though hockey is similar. Chicago wanted to take the next step with an aging ...

@Tyler Birss -- agreed, but I think they want to get something for him and apparently they haven't had a good enough offer yet (actually, I'm not sure they've had any offer). It is weird though, as I ...

@Tyler Birss -- great question. The Niners do have the most cap space in the NFL this offseason (something like 55.3 million, I think). They probably would have dumped him already, but it seems they are having to work hard ...

@Tyler Birss -- maybe. I think Thibodeau had topped out with what he could do with this team and always seemed to see them underperforming in the playoffs. They had a team good enough to make the finals over the past ...

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