Thursday, September 19, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
SEC, NFL weekend
There is good news and bad news from the weekend of football at all levels. And there is also a war of words which has resurfaced during the past week concerning the mascot of one pro team.
But first things first, we will start small and go big. You will find extensive coverage of our local high school teams and it will be easy to see who has remained undefeated and who hasn’t.
The good news among the collegiate teams is that number one Alabama is still number one after taking on the only team who defeated them last season. Texas A&M joined the SEC last season and it became obvious that they belonged here. Anytime you can beat the strongest team in the SEC and do it on their home green, you are in.
Johnny Football (John Manziel) was apparently completely able to put “Autograph Gate” behind and turn in a more than credible threat for the national champs. He and his fellow Aggies had the Tide on the ropes at 14-0 early in the game and were looking to make it 2-0 against the standard bearers of the SEC. However, you can’t discount the fact that you are playing a virtual mastermind when you play Nick Saban. He brought the Tide back and won at 49-42. The Tide leads six other teams from the SEC in the top 25.
How about the good news from Longhorn country that the Rebels had taken their revenge against Texas? The Rebs completely out-managed the Longhorns on their way to an impressive win on the road. Ole Miss is ranked number 21 in the polls and is undefeated at 3-0.
There was major interest and some disappointment at the “Manning Bowl” played at N.Y. Sunday. Peyton Manning taught his sibling the price of corn, romping over Eli and the Giants 41-23. The Broncos are 2-0 and the Giants 1-1.
The Buffalo Bills and their fans are happy this morning, having given their rookie coach (Doug Marrone) and rookie QB (E.J. Manuel) their first win. Father and son (the Manuels) enjoyed an emotional hug over the fence. Manuel threw a TD pass with two seconds left to give Buffalo the 24-23 victory.
My Redskins were walloped by Green Bay 38-20 to move them further down at 0-2. I am trying hard not to panic after two games. Washington has another battle on hand and it is the game of “Name That Team” or more precisely, re-name that team. The franchise is being sued over the use of “Redskins” as the mascot. This has been fought before on more than one level.
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