Thursday, September 11, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
In the true vein of a non-cooperative chairman of any board, I refuse to entertain any motions to discuss any parts of the obvious meltdowns of the Ole Miss Rebels or the University of Memphis Tigers. It suffices to say that both blew golden opportunities.
All spoofing aside, this column was planned as an expose of opening weekend in the NFL. Would you believe that someone in a black SUV yelled an inquiry at yours truly Friday? The inquiry? “When are you going to write something about the Dallas Cowboys?” Since this was about the umpteenth time I had heard the Cowboys mentioned in pre-season, I thought perhaps it was time to see what all the hoopla was, or is, about.
I believe it is a well-known fact that this writer hasn’t been a Dallas fan for years and as one person remarked to me a year or so ago, “one would think that most of the folks in Holly Springs own stock in the Cowboys.” First, you have to admire the loyalty of such a fan base. True, the boys from Dallas have been called “America’s Team” for years albeit the franchise has not won a playoff game in 12 years. But they have had multiple coaches during that period and have acquired dubious personnel in even more dubious trades. Or deals.
Fan loyalties notwithstanding, there is such a thing as good exciting, professional football. And anyone who watched Dallas shred the Cleveland Browns on Sunday would have to agree that this game filled both bills. Verily, the Browns don’t have a Jim Brown any longer (although he was in attendance in his booth), but it was clear that at this point they were no match for Dallas.
No, I am not switching teams. I have resolved to give the Kansas City Chiefs one last chance, even breaking my three year rule. And no, I am not open to discussing their losing performance Sunday.
Much has been said about this being the year of the Mannings. Eli and the Giants successfully opened their season with a win over the Redskins Thursday night. Big brother Peyton and the Indianapolis Colts had the oddsmakers believing that they were 10 points better than the Bears. Apparently, they forgot to consult the Bears about their feelings. When the smoke cleared over the brand new dome in Coltdom, the Bears had embarrassed the Colts to the tune of a 29-13 shellacking.
All of Atlanta is happy. The Falcons had a brand new coach and brand new quarterback. Both complete novices. Matt Ryan, the QB you have probably heard of, Mike Smith, the new coach, you probably haven’t. Anyway, they teamed to shock the Detroit Lions into submission on opening day.
Brett Favre made out all right in his transition, but Tom Brady just could be lost for the season. It would be a serious blow for the New England Patriots. They won their opener on Sunday before the injury to their favorite son.
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