I was so eager to get posts up last night after sitting out for the weekend that I blew my wad with all of them for you to find when you got here this morning. I know bloggers are really supposed to publish posts throughout the day to encourage readers to return over and over, but I was too excited to get to it today. Under this post, be sure to check out:
On to today's Quickie:
TOP STORY: Super. Home.
The Saints' return to the Superdome is so much more important than everything BUT the actual football.
(It's also the biggest story of the sports day, and not just because it'll be getting blanket coverage.)
Sure, both the
run-n-gun "run-n-run" Falcons and the heart-warming host Saints are 2-0.
But it's all about the image of the Superdome hosting a football game, rather than the scene of a year ago: Devastation.
The topic will be beaten to death over the next 24 hours, but I point back to my rally cry from early last season, for at least one night:
"We're All Saints Fans."
NFL Week 3 Wrap: Full NFL W3 wrap below, but here are a handful of half-baked observations worthy of a one-take look at the biggest NFL storylines of the day:
(1) If the Jags' offense was half as good as its D,
(2) The Bengals are the new team to beat in the AFC; the Steelers won't be making it back to the playoffs.
(3) I wasn't wrong last week to call the Pats one of the NFL's least impressive 2-0 teams; losing at home to
(4) Rex Grossman's first-ever 4th-quarter TD to lead the Bears over the Vikings was more impressive (and important) than his 4 TDs in Week 2.
(5) Don't overweight Brett Favre's performance in getting the Packers' first W of '06: The Lions are a top contender for the NFL's worst team.
(6) Clinton Portis returns to reasonable strength (16 carries, 82 yards 2 TDs) and Mark Brunell is able to complete 22 passes in a row: Coincidence? I think not.
(7) Instead of blaming the crowd noise, the Giants should think about blaming their porous D. (Nice rally to make it interesting, though.)
(8) The most intriguing NFL game of 2007 just might be in the preseason, when the Seahawks and Pats meet in the NFL's first-ever game in
(9) Realistic fantasy lineup I wish I had:
QB: Matt Hasselbeck (5 TDs)
RB: Brian Westbrook (2 TDs, 117 yds)
RB: Ladell Betts (TD, 124 yds)
WR: Javon Walker (2 TDs, 130 yds)
WR: TJ Houshmandzadeh (2 TDs, 94 yds)
Flex: Keyshawn Johnson (1 TD rec, 1 TD rush)
K: John Kasay (FGs: 51, 50, 49, 46)
D: Vikings (2 INTs, including 1 for TD)
CFB Hangover: I'm still recovering from Notre Dame's comeback win at
Meanwhile, congrats to
MLB Wrap: Hoffman Is Saves King! It's actually hard to figure out what's more impressive:
Trevor Hoffman setting the career saves record (479 – enough to be a Hall of Fame lock?)...
...Or Hoffman, at 38 years old, leading the NL in saves THIS season (43) and positioning his Padres to make the playoffs -- and to make himself the league's Cy Young winner.
Tigers Clinch Playoffs! Breathe easy, Tigers fans. No matter what happens the rest of the regular season, your team has clinched a spot in the
The achievement represents the most impressive worst-to-first turnaround (albeit over three years) since the Braves went from worst to first in one year ('90 to '91).
Given where the Tigers were three years ago -- and how ultra-competitive the AL Central was supposed to be, between the defending champ White Sox, the shoulda-coulda-woulda Indians and the perennially competitive Twins 0 – it's particularly incredible.
Playoff Races: Dodgers win, but only keep pace. Padres' win keeps LAD .5 GB in NL West; Phillies' win keeps LAD .5 GB for Wild Card.
US Chokes on Ryder Cup: Who's the bigger loser -- (a) the
And a huge thanks to everyone who participated in the CFB and NFL Comment-frenzy this weekend. Terrific work. It's like you don't need me at all! (Wait, that CAN'T be good for business...)