Thursday, September 13, 2007
NFL back; watch out for Colts
While the NFL was getting its season off to a rollicking start, the WNBA and MLB were winding their respective seasons down.
The WNBA was seeing its top two teams splitting the first two games of the championship playoffs.
The Detroit Shock handily won the game on Wednesday by beating the Phoenix Mercury by a score of 108-100. The Mercury won the second on Saturday, 98-70.
This is a tough one to call but the smart money is on Detroit. The WNBA has not received the same attention as in previous seasons.
And we will remark upon one more tidbit about ladies. Justin Henin won the U.S. Open in Grand Slam fashion. She accomplished the almost impossible feat of disposing of the Williams sisters on the way. She did all the contests in straight sets. She downed Serena in the quarter-finals and Venus in the semis. But they didn’t see that one coming.
Anyway, back to the core of what this article is all about. The Indianapolis Colts practically demolished the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, 41-10, to open the season officially. It is customary for a defending champ to experience a “letdown,” but this might not have implications in the Colts’ case.
If this game is any indication of their future, the rest of the NFL had better watch out.
The games on Sunday’s compete opening day presented an enormous task of trying to track the plights of the various teams. There were some coaches making their debuts, a few new records set and a couple tied. One of the new ones was the distance for a kickoff return. The runback was measured at 108 yards, the longest in NFL history.
It was interesting to note that the majority of sportscasters were not reluctant to predict that the Patriots were the front-runners in Super Bowl picks. I know my colleagues are learned, but that seems a bit of a stretch at this juncture.
And speaking of sportscasters, if you missed the skit in the Fox pre-game show, please watch for it. It was a hilarious concoction with Bob Costas and Frank Caliendo. Caliendo tried to sucker punch Costas, who walloped him. It is a doozy.
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