In the NFL, Maurice Jones-Drew is this year’s Chris Johnson.  Jones-Drew wanted a larger contract because of his fantastic production on the field. Problem is, teams know that running backs have a short shelf life, and the Jaguars didn’t want to pay Jones-Drew, now 27 years old, big money given that he is approaching that age where he will begin to wane.  Because of these differences, Jones-Drew held out throughout training camp.  The Jaguars however said they are moving on with or without him — that the train is moving and he better get on the tracks.   Jones-Drew was offended by this, and was even preparing to miss games this season.  But this past weekend, MJD decided to report to camp anyway.  He really had no leverage in this matter, and he knew that all he could really do was play football and continue to prove himself.  He’s not being paid what he’s worth, but hopefully he will still have a good year and make the Jaguars just a little bit better.

And in college football, it was Week 1 action.  In what is now becoming a tradition, one game is played on neutral turf at Cowboys stadium.  This game usually features two high-profile teams who simply can’t afford a loss.  Last year it was #2 LSU v. #4 Oregon.  And this year it was #2 Alabama vs. #8 Michigan.  Michigan is controlled by Heisman candidate Denard Robinson, and after a stellar 2011 campaign, Robinson was hoping to possibly get the Wolverines to the national championship.  But could they really beat the defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide?  Boxer Floyd Mayweather seemed to think so.  He put $3 million on Michigan to cover the spread (+14 points).  That’s quite a bit of money to bet AGAINST the national champions.  And boy would Mayweather regret it. (Although, his sources now say he bet against Michigan…either way, crazy amount of money.)  Alabama came out and just rolled the Wolverines, showing that the SEC is far more dominant than any other conference.  Michigan will keep trying, but they can’t lose another one if they want to have any chance at a BCS Bowl.  Alabama 41, Michigan 14.


It was the Deutsche Bank Championship.  Rory McIlroy, who had been absent from the winners circle the last couple months, captured the victory.  But the most interesting thing to come from the tourney was Tiger Woods’ third place finish.  He almost had a comeback to win the whole thing, but had to settle for the bronze.  But with that came a $544,000 cash prize.  That put him over $100,000 million in cash prizes in his career.  Not too shabby!
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