What happened in college football this weekend? Check out my CFB wrap-up post from Sunday, which breaks it all down, including – of course –
Meanwhile, I know Clemson was playing with huge emotion at home on a Monday night in a season opener (the perfect moment to pull an upset... although it wasn't an upset if you didn't have FSU ranked to begin with). But they're legit. The Tigers have those spectacular RBs, but new QB Cullen Harper did just enough passing to keep FSU honest.
New CFB Rules: More yards, more points, more clock. It stands to reason that changing (back) the clock rules (in addition to the new kickoff rules) would add more time – and, consequently, more plays, yards and points to games. College games were up 56 yards and 3 points, on average, over last year's season openers (h/t:
Appalachian State Upset Hangover: In this week's Blog Poll, I refuse to rank
I did, however, radically change my Top 25 now that we actually have real performance data to use. Virginia Tech is out of the No. 1 spot, pending next week's result at LSU. Instead, I have
More: I didn't have
Here's my full Week 3 ballot (which I'm allowed to revise through late tonight, but don't necessarily plan to).
NFL Kickoff: Thursday. It's coming. In the meantime, get those last-minute tweaks to your fantasy team done and start lining up your predictions for the season. We'll do playoff picks tomorrow and individual awards on Wednesday.
More NFL: Leftwich Watch. Could the ex-Jags QB end up near his DC hometown? Sounds like the Ravens are interested, among others.
Simeon Rice to the Broncos: Can only help, right?
How revamped are the Patriots on offense? Enough that they could release their leading WR from 2006. "Leading" is relative, of course.
MLB Milestones 1: Pedro Martinez gets 3000 Ks. That's not an unexclusive club. Only 14 other pitchers are in it, making it more exclusive than 3000 hits and 500 homers. It is one of those clubs that won't be joined anytime soon. Man, has this been a year for MLB Milestones or what?
It was also Pedro's MLB return from injury. If he can be moderately effective, it's like picking up a quasi-quality SP for the September stretch run, without giving up anything (um, except that big contract they owe him).
MLB Milestones 2: Ichiro reached the 200-hit mark for the 7th straight season, tying an
MLB Studs: The Indians own Johan Santana. Not many – if any – other teams can say that. But wow, they do.
MLB Dud: What happened to the Phillies' charge in the NL East?
Mickelson gets mouthy after win: It takes a tough (or tired) player to win one of these PGA "Playoff" events then threaten to skip the next week's event. But that's what Phil Mickelson did.
US Open: Roddick to quarters. Meh: No one is beating Federer anyway. (Meanwhile, James Blake's ouster is one less reason to watch anyway.)
Sports Media: Didn't see the
Varsity Dad: This is hilarious. (h/t: Fanhouse, Ballhype, Card Chronicle)