Thursday, September 12, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Weekend filled with football and more
How about that for a whirlwind of a weekend in the sports world? Actually, that is more of an exclamation than a query. From Usain Bolt doing what he does best like running away from all of the opposition at the season’s last track meet to Serena Williams, the queen of the court, winning her 17th Grand Slam and the U.S. Open, to Texas canning its defensive coordinator. One would need a separate score card just to keep up.
Manny Diaz, a respected defensive guru, was fired on Sunday afternoon after a humiliating loss (any loss for the Longhorns is humiliating) to Brigham Young on Saturday night. The Longhorns’ head bull, Mack Brown, immediately hired former defensive coordinator Greg Robinson, who had left Texas almost 10 years ago. Now, some are saying that Brown’s job security is threatened.
The contest between Green Bay and San Francisco had been identified as the “Game of the Week.” That calculation didn’t knock my socks off. If I had my druthers (shades of Lil Abner), I would have picked the opening night game (September 5), with Denver and Baltimore.
The defending champs seemed hapless under the spirit-wilting pressure of Peyton Manning’s seven touchdown passes, which tied an NFL record. In light of the 49-27 win, it would appear that Denver made the right selection between Manning and the “T” man (Tim Tebow).
The ’Pack didn’t really like the outcome of their 34-28 loss to the 49ers but a six-point difference isn’t all that bad.
A game which was practically designed for all of us Southerners was the one with Atlanta and New Orleans. The Saints had their favorite coach (Sean Payton) back on the sidelines and they came away with a 23-17 victory. However, they shouldn’t go “marchin’ in” just yet. It is going to be a long season; trust me on that one.
There was a lot of dialogue on Monday morning about the Cowboys’ 36-31 over the Giants. I didn’t watch it but I plan to. I am interested to know why Jerry Jones tabbed the game tactics of the Giants as “funny.”
Two games were on tap to kick off Monday night football (after our press deadline) – Houston at San Diego and Washington hosting Philadelphia. Let’s just hope that RGIII is well oiled and the Eagles aren’t flying too high.
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