NFL Weekend 1 in the Books

Weekend #1 is in the books and well basically, there is a lot to talk about. Drama has surrounded the whole preseason, whether it be Brett Favre’s return from retirement AGAIN, Michael Vick’s return to football, or Donte Stallworths tragic crash…I for one wanted some news to occur on the field.

This weekend, the main story was probably Brett Favre’s true debut with the Minnesota Vikings. Of course, all eyes were on Favre who went 14-21 with 110 yards and one touchdown (of 4 yards). Not bad for an old man who still loves the game more than anyone else in the league. You can love him or hate him but one thing Brett Favre does is get the job done.

However, with Adrian Peterson on your team and playing the Cleveland Browns, they could have thrown Joey Harrington into the game and stood a chance. Peterson went for 25 carries and 180 yards, oh and not to mention 3 touchdowns. He ran with both feet but single handedly destroyed my fantasy team to the tune of 40.80 points so thanks for that.

Favre’s old stomping grounds, Lambeau Field in Green Bay saw the Packers beat the Chicago Bears to the tune of 21-15. However, you Packers fans might want to slow down the pat on the backs for now. The Bears lost 3 key defensive players throughout the game, including Brian Urlacher, possibly the most dominant defensive player in the league. Also, for those thinking that Jay Cutler was playing for the Packers, it was just a mirage. Those 4 passes completed were just interceptions and marked his career’s worst game. However, the game was won by the Packers with a late 4th quarter drive led by Aaron Rodgers and was capped with a 50 yard pass to Greg Jennings with 1:11 reminded…only fitting to have a Favre-esque finish.

Finally, the Philadelphia Eagles scored a win over the Carolina Panthers 38-10 despite Donovan McNabb cracking a rib in the 3rd quarter. Reports are that he will possibly play next weekend, and definitely by two weekends. Kinda makes me sad that Vick is still ineligible for the next two weekends though, being one of the most entertaining and able athletes in the NFL today. Jake Delhomne was booed heavily though as he walked off the field after throwing 5 interceptions on the night and finished with a passer rating of 14.7 and 73 yards. In the last two games that Delhomne has played has consisted of….get this, 9 interceptions and 1 fumble lost. Come on Jake! Make us North Carolina boys proud again.

NFL week one is in the books and the best news about the whole ordeal, we are able to count the NFL weeks again. We a few sloppy plays, some great drives, yet no punts hit the Cowboys jumbotron! Adrian Peterson, try to score just a couple touchdowns next time I am playing you in fantasy. Jay Cutler, return to your glory days and give the Bears a shot at a Super Bowl this year. And finally, Donovan McNabb, get well soon.

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NCAA Week 1: Sportsmanship and Upsets

College football is without a doubt my favorite sport. Amazing athletes playing for the love of the game is very rare in this day and age. This weekend “kicked off” the college season so to speak and it did not disappoint. Matt Barkley at USC proved that being the first ever true freshman to start for the trojans was not a fluke, Oregon and Boise State had drama after the game, and Oklahoma was SHOCKED by BYU. The biggest story however might be the injury to Heisman hopeful Sam Bradford.

Following his Heisman winning season last year as the second sophomore ever to win the trophy (Tim Tebow was the first just a year before), this year had high hopes for both Bradford and the Oklahoma Sooners. The team was ranked #3 in the nation before the start of their game on Saturday against BYU, who was ranked #20. In the 2nd quarter, Bradford was hit by linebacker Coleby Clawson and suffered what has been classified either a grade 2 or grade 3 sprain. These injuries can take from 2-6 weeks to rehab as a #2 sprain and a grade #3 would mean surgery. What does this mean for the Sooners? If the second half of the game is any indication…migraines. This doesn’t mean that they won’t finish in the top 15, and quite frankly, they would probably win the ACC with ease…but the hopes were so high in Norman that these consolation prizes probably wouldn’t ease the pain.

Before this all happened, the big story was the after game tussle between Oregon and Boise State. Following the game, one of the Boise State players touched and apparently said something offending to Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount whose night was already ruined by a terrible offensive performance by the Ducks (Blount running 8 times for -5 yards). After punching the player, Blount went after some fans in the stands as well; I am guessing he was going to get his money’s worth. Following the event, Blount was suspended for the remainder of the season by Oregon Coach Chip Kelly…The ironic part of this all is that it was national sportsmanship week for all NCAA games and Blount himself was part of the pregame handshakes to start the weekend off right.

I don’t think it inspired.

Should the NCAA demand handshakes before the games? Does this really inspire sportsmanship amongst these schools and players? Is it okay that some teams (Oklahoma State and Georgia) decided that they shouldn’t shake hands due to fear of a fight from their players?

I am not going to give too much of an opinion but if a coach can’t control his players from a pregame handshake, maybe new coaches should be on the menu. A coach should inspire and teach…and if a player can’t shake hands without getting into a fight, maybe they shouldn’t be on the field.

…end rant

To the upcoming weekends…get well Bradford, nobody, including Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma State fans want you hurt. Shake hands, respect the game, and walk off the field after you are embarassed on national television. Most importantly though, Oklahoma, you could always be winning the ACC.

For the upcoming season, pick up your NCAA flags and go all out with a tailgating flagpole to rep your favorite team!