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In NFL Week 1 action, Adrian Peterson proved exactly why he is the best running back in football. Peterson led the Vikings to an easy 34-20 win over the Browns in Cleveland. Peterson rushed the ball 25 times for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns. His 64-yard TD gallop in the 4th quarter was punctuated with 5 broken tackles and 2 stiff-arms – simply incredible. The presence of Peterson makes it easy on newly-acquired, un-retired quarterback Brett Favre. Favre needed to attempt only 21 passes in the win, completing 14 for 110 yards. Favre threw 1 touchdown pass to rookie all-purpose wide receiver Percy Harvin and had no interceptions, good for a 95.3 passer rating.
Couple the speed/power of Peterson and a healthy, mistake-free Favre with one of the best defense in the NFC, you have a recipe for success. There is a lot riding on the Vikings this year, so the pressure is on head coach Brad Childress to bring a championship to Minneapolis very very soon. We’ll have to see how it plays out, but with the current Sports Illustrated Cover Boy leading the way, Vikings fans have a lot to be excited about.
Mis-measured scoreboard aside, the new Cowboys Stadium looks pretty sweet. What better way to open up the new stadium than a battle against the division rival New York Football Giants.
Check out this great article on the new Cowboys Stadium. 20,000 standing room only tickets sold out. Maybe over 100,000 witnessing the 1st regular season game at the new Cowboys Stadium. Giants-Cowboys * Eli Manning-Tony Romo * Undefeated teams duking it out for bragging rights. You gotta love NFL rivalry football…
I’ve never been a big Michael Jordan fan. Spending time in the city of Chicago as a New York Knicks fan since 1994 always tainted me. Watching Jordan and the Bulls beat my Knicks countless times during the 1990’s and enduring the Bulls denying Patrick Ewing and the Knicks from winning one NBA title was always so painful for me. I always felt alone in my criticisms of Jordan, especially here in Chicago. In short – Jordan is a cry baby. He always whined when he lost and he never fully appreciated the role his teammates played in bringing 6 championships to the city of Chicago, even going to extreme lengths to get into fights with teammates during practices. Off the court, Jordan was even worse – Jordan was a blatant womanizer who ran up big gambling debts and thought he could play major league baseball because he was such a GREAT athlete. Hah! As an NBA exec, it has gotten even worse for Jordan. We’ve already seen the best of Jordan (back in the 1990’s) and anything he tries to accomplish now will pale in comparison. While I probably do consider Jordan the “Greatest NBA Player of All-Time”, I truly hope he continues to fail in his future NBA endeavors.
Now my real reason for the post on Jordan – I finally found a great article by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He sees Jordan through the same glasses that I do, and it makes me feel less alone in the world. Thank you Adrian – you are my hero. As Jordan put it over the weekend, “There will never be another Michael Jordan.” And I say “Thank God to that.” Cheers MJ…
Wow – talk about an upset. Juan Martin del Potro (the #6 seed) upset #1 seed Roger Federer in 5 sets to claim the 2009 U.S. Open Men’s Tennis Championship. Unbelievable – one of the greatest tennis upsets of all time.
Federer had won 5 straight US Open titles in Flushing Meadows and a string of 40 straight matches. Federer – who owns the most Grand Slam titles of any player in tennis history – was just 2 points away from the match in the 4th set. But Federer lost control of his serve and del Potro continued to rack up forehand winner after forehand winner – 37 total – en route to the 5-set upset. Del Potro battled back to win the 4th set tie-breaker 7-6 (7-4) and then cruised through the 5th set, winning easily 6-2. Beating Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals was a great accomplishment, but finishing it off with a win over the best player in tennis was a dream come true. Del Potro had this to say about the win – “When I would have a dream, it was to win the U.S. Open, and the other one is to be like Roger. One is done.”
Roger Federer will likely remain the #1 seed for the rest of the 2009 tennis season, but we might have to add a 3rd name to the top 3 players in tennis today – Federer, Rafael Nadal & del Potro…
Tiger Woods shot a 3-under par 68 in Sunday’s final round of the BMW Championship to win by 8 strokes over Jim Furyk and Marc Leishman. It was Woods’ 6th win of the 2009 PGA tour. With the win, Woods also assured himself of the #1 seed heading into the Tour Championship in Atlanta in 2 weeks, the final piece of the FEDEX Cup playoff. The winner of the FEDEX Cup picks up a hefty $10 million payout.
After blowing a 2-shot lead in the final round at the PGA Championship to Y.E. Yang back in August, Woods was confident that he wouldn’t let the same thing happen at the BMW Championship. Woods won for the 71st time in his career (now just 2 career victories behind Jack Nicklaus who is 2nd on the all-time win list), and he also tied Sam Snead’s record of winning at least 6 PGA tour events in 6 seasons. Not bad at all.
The points are re-set for the FEDEX Cup finale at the Tour Championship, so anyone in the Top 5 of the current points standings can win the FEDEX Cup if they win the Tour Championship. That means Woods, Furyk, Steve Stricker, Zach Johnson and Heath Slocum all have their sights set on one thing – that Tour Championship trophy… Stay tuned – – it should be a fun tourney to watch in HOTlanta in 2 weeks…
Wow – there were some good outings on Sunday, but none was as spectacular as Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints. And as for bad outings, Jay Cutler took the cake…
The Good – Drew Brees – 26 of 34 for 358 yards. He threw for 6 touchdowns, against just 1 pick, and he completed over 75% of his passes. All good for a phenomenal 137.0 passer rating. Brees even connected twice with tight end Jeremy Shockey twice – it was Shockey’s 1st and 2nd touchdown receptions since being traded from the Giants to the Saints before the start of the 2008 NFL season. The Saints won 45-27, and despite giving up 27 points on defense, there are high hopes in New Orleans that the high octane offense will keep leading the team to victory throughout the long season.
The Bad – Jay Cutler. Cutler had to make his Bears debut against the arch-rival Packers at the very unfriendly Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Not easy. But no one expected as bad a performance as this. 17 of 36 for 277 yards. Cutler threw 4 interceptions, the last of which sealed the Bears’ fate with just a minute left in the game. Cutler did throw one TD pass to Devon Hester on a nice fade that cut the Packers lead to 10-9, but he completed only 47% of his passes and his passer rating was an embarrassing 43.2. The Bears gave up 2 1st round draft picks to acquire Cutler, and although he doesn’t have the best set of receivers in his arsenal, he needs to play better than this. With upcoming tough games (Steelers at home; Seahawks on the road), if we see more outings like, we may start to hear the boo-birds at Soldier Field very soon…