The joke that is the opening weekend of college football got started today. We were graced, or disgraced, with a few beat downs from Thursday and Friday. Today we saw more of the same. Except, one game. What in the world happened to Michigan?!?! If Lloyd Carr keeps his job after the season I will be extremely surprised. Granted, Appalachain State was the Division 1-AA Champions in back to back seasons and aren't pushovers, but this was in the Big House. This was in front of 100,000+ fans all geering up for a National Title run. Well, scratch that now. After losing 34-32, Michigan's hopes of a National Title appearance is dead. Even Rex Grossman is saying, "Damn, they suck".
(I've lost count how many times I've taken a shot at Rex)
Rodney Harrison has been suspended for 4 games by the NFL after word came that Harrison has used HGH. And Dallas Cowboys quarterback coach Wade Wilson has been suspended 5 games after he has been found to have used steroids. This is starting to happen more and more in the NFL. First, the 2003 Panthers team is found out to have had members of its team on steriods during that season. Shawn Merriman gets his lights cut off after he's found to be on the roids last year. And now, Harrison. There are more cases that aren't coming to the brain I'm sure at the moment. I love the NFL, and I don't want them to have to suffer through the same problems my other favorite league is having to go through, the MLB.
Juan Encarnacion of the St. Louis Cardinals suffered multiple eye socket fractures after taking a foul ball Friday night. His season is over, and even his career is in jeopardy. OBVIOUSLY, this injury is serious. When seeing the replay, my jaw fell to the floor and caught a whiff of my sneakers. It was one of those moments when you just say, "There is no way he's getting up." This was just like the scene from the X-Games when Jake Brown fell 50 feet. I watched it Live. And I was saying the exact same thing about that that I was with Encarnacion.
Tyson G.ay, Leroy Dixon, Darvis Patton won the gold for the USA in the 4 x 100 relays Saturday night. Tyson G.ay joins Carl Lewis and Maurice Green as the only men to win 3 gold's at a world event. Team USA overall did a great job in Japan. The women also won the 400 meter relays. Allyson Felix had won the 200 meters. Brad Walker got a gold in the pole vault. Overall the USA have 22 medals, 11 of them gold.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland defeated Maria Sharapova 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 today. This was not expected at all coming into the 3rd round of the US Open. Radwanska was the 30th seed in the tourney. Sharapova is the defending US Open champion and was favored to at least make it back to the final match. Sharapova killed herself by 12 double faults and a load of unforced errors. This loss by Sharapova came to me as no big deal. When I found out the news, I was still in shock about Michigan and eating some Cheetos.
And I was still in shock about Joba Chamberlain being delt a 2 game suspension. Chamberlain had thrown to fastball's over the head of Kevin Youkilis. I had previously blogged on this. Joba! Joba! Joba! I was just screwing around in that blog, being silly with the whole play by play of what could be. I really don't think Joba deserved to get suspended. I dont think he was gunning for Youkilis. Torre wouldn't have sent him out there to do that. And it was pretty evident when looking at his arm action and release of the ball that he lost control. But, as a Red Sox fan, that doesn't mean I'm not going to just "Let It Be". He nearly put Youkilis in the ICU with those heaters. I really do hope the Sox dont go head hunting in the final series in September. We really don't need any more fire in the rivalry than there already is. And hey Cole! Say something about Terry Francona again! I dare ya!!!! LOL
In Ohio, a few students spent hours planning an elaborate prank for the big high school football game. The game was between 2 big rivals. The students somehow figured out a way to get the opposing fans to hold up signs saying "We Suck" during the game. I thought this was BRILLIANT. Honestly, all is fair when it comes to football between the teams, and the fans. Watch the video from CNN.com. This might just make your day.
I recently stumbled upon SI.com's NFL Preview. It had come from the most recent issue of the magazine Sports Illustrated. It was a complete breakdown of the divisions, the playoffs, and the Super Bowl. I was surprised to see that they have the New Orleans Saints representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. I'm in Louisiana, and it still hasn't sunk in that this team is really good. But the biggest surprise was how they had the Cincinnati Bengals winning the AFC North by going 10-6 and the Baltimore Ravens also going 10-6. Check this out if you haven't already. "SI's NFL Predictions"
And this just in, Clay Buchholtz threw a no hitter against the Orioles tonight at Fenway. The Red Sox won the game 10-0. This is a huge game for Boston. Coming in on a 4 game losing streak. The Joba/Youkilis incident, being swept by NYY, Wakefield hurting his back, and Manny being out for a few weeks. This was huge. Francona said Joba woke them up. Maybe he did.