Archive for September 8th, 2009

WATERCOOLER CHAT: BIG SPORTS WEEKEND IN COLLEGE

What a sports weekend.

FOOTBALL

The big story, aside from everybody’s fantasy football drafts (which mine is tonight), was out of the college football world.  Oklahoma entered this season looking to get back to the National Championship.  And at their helm was last year’s Heisman Trophy winner — quarterback Sam Bradford.  They hoped to really make a statement against BYU on Saturday.  Well, things couldn’t have gone worse.

Their Heisman QB went down with an injury, and withered in pain on the field.  And on top of this, they fell to BYU.  Losing your first game of the season doesn’t mean that you’re out of the championship running, but it sure doesn’t look good.  They definitely can’t afford another loss.  And this is before they even get to the truly brutal Big 12 schedule.  It’s reported that Bradford will be out between 2-4 weeks, and the Sooners will need to try and stay afloat.  Meanwhile, BYU got a chance to do their team victory dance after the big win.  Perhaps they are on a road to a Big Bowl game.  BYU 14, Oklahoma 13.

Elsewhere in college football, it looks like one of the college football’s biggest dynasties is BACK.  The Miami Hurricanes, who used to always loom around the Top 3 in the rankings for the past 25 years, look to be a forced to be reckoned with… again.  They were unranked and took on #18 Florida State last night in the battle of the state.  Well Miami’s quarterback, Jacory Harris, absolutely went off.  He threw for 386 yards and 2 touchdowns, and allowed the Hurricanes to narrowly edge the Seminoles.  They’re off to a good start.  Miami 38, Florida State 34.

Matt StaffordAnd in the NFL, the Lions perhaps got a piece of inspirational news.  They went 0-16 last season, and the franchise looked bleak.  In the off-season they even changed their logo hoping to gain the perception of a new image, a new team.  With the #1 pick in the draft, they took Georgia’s QB Matt Stafford.  Well, he’s an unproven QB, but the Lions felt confident enough with his pre-season play to name him the starter for Week 1.  Sure it doesn’t guarantee anything, but it does show that they’re committed to a new start.  That they’re taking winning seriously.  Let’s hope that Matt Stafford makes it happen for an ailing Detroit.

Tia TequillaFinally, it was reported Sunday that San Diego Chargers Shawne Merriman was arrested for allegedly choking former MTV reality star Tila Tequila. However, Merriman says he didn’t do it.  His claim was that Tia Tequila wanted to drive drunk, and Merriman tried to restrain her from doing so.  For now, it’s just words, but we’ll keep afloat of this developing story.

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