By Joe Fuentes
It was a great weekend in sports: college football returned, Manchester United avoided embarrassment, Dwight Howard said thank you to Orlando and the NFL begins Wednesday. So let’s get started:
Is it bad that I left the KU game early? I walked out after the 99 yard touchdown run (which I called by the way) by South Dakota State in the first quarter to put the Jackrabbits up 7-0. I’m sorry, but it was 100 degrees in the stands, there was no shade and our offense couldn’t score on its first two possessions. I had already seen enough. Although, the Jayhawks ended up winning the game, I think it was still a bit of a disappointment. South Dakota State kept the game close, but couldn’t capitalize on their 411 yards of offense. Also, the Jayhawk defense did not seem much improved from last season. It will be interesting to see how the team comes out against Rice this weekend, because there is no way Coach Weis will stand for a performance like last week again.
Well, the Michigan vs. Alabama game was a dud. The Crimson Tide rolled over the Wolverines 41-14 at Cowboys Stadium. The Tide was led by (my new favorite college football player to watch) freshman T.J. Yeldon. Yeldon rushed for 111 yards on 11 carries and had a touchdown. This guy is a beast! He is 6-2, weighs 216 and is a freshman! Definitely check him out.
Finally, Notre Dame opened up the season with a 50-10 win against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. It was worth getting up at 8 AM to see the Fighting Irish start off with a big win. Also, Oklahoma State beat Savannah State 84-0! The win by the Cowboys was the biggest spread covered in history. Entering the game Oklahoma State was favored to win by 62 points– the largest spread since Hawaii was favored by 60 points over Northern Colorado in 2007.
Manchester United avoided disaster by pulling out a 3-2 win over newly promoted Southampton, in manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1,000th league game. Man U was led by new signee Robin Van (“PERFECT”) Persie who had his first hat trick as member of the team. Van Persie missed a crucial penalty kick which would have leveled the game at 2-2. However, he redeemed himself in the final 7 minutes, scoring twice to lift United and get the hat trick. The game was Sir Alex’s 599th win at United and Van Persie now has twice as many goals (4 to 2) as the entire Arsenal squad.
In other English soccer news, Liverpool is off to its worst start since the 1962-63 season. In Italian soccer, defending champions Juventus beat a 10-man Udinese team 4-1 with two goals by Sebastian Giovinco. Also, AC Milan beat Bologna 3-1 on a hat trick by Giampaolo Pazzini.
5 Predictions for the 2012 NFL season:
- The Chicago Bears will win the Super Bowl. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will both have career years.
- Randy Moss will win Comeback Player of the Year for the 49ers.
- Peyton Manning will win MVP.
- The Giants will NOT make the playoffs this season after winning the Super Bowl last year.
- The Ravens will come up short and miss the Super Bowl again. (Sorry Ray Ray)
Here’s My Take On It:
Dwight Howard purchased a full page ad in an Orlando newspaper thanking the city for his time there. The ad contains a message by Dwight, as well as pictures of him helping in the community and highlights from his career in Orlando. Personally, I don’t think he needed to say anything at all. He made it very clear to the city how he truly felt with the long dramatic ordeal he created, before finally getting what he wanted: a one-way ticket out of Orlando.
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