It was a busy sports weekend so I thought I would post my thoughts together rater than individually by sport.
- So much for Tiger Woods running away with the Deutsche Bank Championship in the absence of other big name players. After shooting a opening round 65 Tiger followed up with 73-72. He is tied for 41st place and seven shots back of the leaders. To put it in perspective, a couple of players shot 63 today. Looks like Tiger hit a rough patch with his swing. Maddening game golf.
- College football is now in full swing and the many of the Big Ten teams opened with a MAC opponent:
* My alma matter BGSU gave Wisconsin some trouble early before the Badgers pulled away. Not much defense in this game as the final score was 56-42. If BG had this kind of offense when I was there I would have gone to the games! Looks like the Badgers have themselves a running back in Brian Calhoun.
* Rutgers, who beat Michigan State last year, gave Illinois all they could handle taking the Illini to overtime. Zook scrapes by with a win in his first game. Might be a long season.
* Michigan and Ohio State both came away with comfortable victories and now face a huge game next week. OSU beat Miami of Ohio in rather typical fashion: dominating defense that sparks their offense. Miami just couldn’t get anything going and didn’t score until the second team was in. Michigan also won in typical fashion: sloppy special teams and big plays made the game closer than it should have been. Granted Northern Illinois has a better offense than Miami but it still is worrisome to Wolverine fans to see the big plays yet again. The good news is the offense looked good. Chad Henne looked sharp, Jason Avant seems ready to do his part to make up for the missing Braylon Edwards, and Mike Hart continues to pile up the yards. If Henne can dial in his throws and Hart continues to run this will be a hard offense to slow down. I have to think that part of the defensive problems were the lack of complex schemes put into play so as to avoid giving Notre Dame any clues for next week.
* Next week will be a huge week already with Michigan playing Notre Dame and Ohio State facing Texas. Both Notre Dame and Texas cruised to easy wins Saturday. Amazing to think that week two has national title implications but there it is. All of these teams have great tradition and none of them want to lose a game this year. Sure Notre Dame might not be in the title hunt on paper but you have to think Charlie Weis and company are dreaming big – Notre Dame always does. But Michigan, Ohio State, and Texas are certainly in the championship picture.
* Don’t forget about Iowa either. They took their wrath out on lowly Ball State – handicapped by 13 players being suspended – whipping them 56-0. Ouch.
- As the NFL gets set to kick off Thursday teams had to make cuts to get down to their 53 man roster. I wasn’t surprised that the Steelers released Brian St. Pierre (who will probably end up on the practice roster) but I was surprised they released fourth round draft pick Fred Gibson. Charlie Batch looked sharp in the preseason and I figured the Steelers would stick with a veteran like Batch even though he hasn’t player much in the last two years. Nate Washington from tiny Tiffin simply outplayed Gibson. At 6-4 202 pounds I thought Gibson might be groomed to be Plaxico Burress’ replacement long term. The 6-1 185 Washington looks to be that option instead; at least for this year.
Man I am so psyched about football season!!