Thursday, September 15, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
NFL, tennis and more
This past weekend was one of those which had everything on tap, not just in the sports world but way beyond with a little bit of clandestine intrigue. One would have to go a far piece to find something not to like or appreciate.
First and foremost, the much deserved tribute to all the heroes and heroines of 10 years ago, and their survivors, associated with the World Trade Center disaster. There were warnings that the nefarious factions which had perpetrated the dastardly deeds a decade ago were threatening again.
There were the closing rounds of the U.S. Open Tennis World Championships in New York. Flushing Meadows was flush with the world’s greatest tennis stars. Naturally, my shekels were on the lone Williams sister in the tourney. Serena had gone through the entire ordeal without dropping a single set, even banishing the world’s number one seed (Caroline Wozniacki), and then being defeated in straight sets by Samantha Stosur of Australia. Really, go figure. Serena was rated number 29 and Stosur number 8 (or 9).
This was also the second weekend for SEC football and the kickoff (quite a lead in, huh?) of the NFL. There will be extensive coverage in the coming weeks on your favorite SEC teams and how they begin navigating the trying gridirons on their way to the BCS championship, standings and rankings or ignominy.
All the NFL teams saw action with the exception of the four which were scheduled to play on Monday evening (of this week, after our sports section deadline) – New England versus Miami and Oakland at Denver. To start things off and re-introduce Thursday night football, the Super Bowl champs of succeeding previous years, New Orleans and Green Bay, squared off in a highly entertaining game which the defending champs won by eight points (42-34). The Pack’s fans probably used the occasion to go and purchase another hoop of cheese. What better way to kick off your season with a victory over a former champ.
I won’t pretend to go through all the odds but there were a few surprises. There was disappointment, but probably not too much of a surprise, for Colt fans. They lost big to Houston without Peyton Manning. The team leaders say not to worry, all will be right when Manning returns to the lineup.
There were some wide gaps in scoring and two close ones among the games played. The Jacksonville Jaguars squeaked past the Tennessee Titans 16-14. They had hopes that their holdout signee (Chris Johnson), would make the difference; wrong. The next close one was the 27-24 tally recorded between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys. Is America’s team in trouble again this season? Or is it just a glitch which their almost new coach (Jason Garrett) hasn’t fixed yet?
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