MLB Drops The Ball
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Jimmy requires two days to recover from the NFL's opening weekend and has asked me to fill in through Wednesday. He did send me a text last night, however, about how badly MLB botched the 9/11 anniversary. The league, which Jimmy has blasted in the past, told the Mets that they couldn't wear hats honoring New York City fire department, police department and other agencies. Former Mets reliever John Franco, who threw out the first pitch, said the team should have ignored MLB and worn the hats anyway, as the 2001 team did.
College Football RoundupOne of Auburn's "War Eagles" smashed into a press box window while flying around the stadium ... Michigan beat Notre Dame in the best college football game ever (at least until next weekend) ... USC scored six extra points two hours after the completion of their game against Utah ... After beating Akron 27-22, Ohio State still hasn't lost to another Ohio-based team since falling to Oberlin in 1921 (with this huge asterisk) ... The Situation loves Michigan State.
NFL RoundupCowboys quarterback Tony Romo took the blame for his team's 27-24 loss to the Jets last night ... Falcons receiver Roddy White took the blame for his poor fantasy performance in his team's 30-12 loss to the Bears (although he did have a respectable eight catches for 61 yards) ... Panthers quarterback Cam Newton set a rookie record by throwing for 422 yards in his debut, including this 77-yard TD pass to Steve Smith ... Lions tight end Tony Scheffler had the best/worst (I can't decide) touchdown celebration of the opening weekend ... Receiver Percy Harvin got the Vikings season started with a 103-yard kickoff return on the game's first play.
Dumb Injury of the WeekendGiants relief pitcher Jeremy Affledt is out for the season after puncturing his right hand with a knife while trying to separate frozen hamburger patties,
Random LinksFormer Reds great Joe Morgan will lead the World's Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest next Saturday ... Funny or Die came out with their own version of Hard Knocks ... Joe Paterno was nominated for a Presidential Medal of Freedom ... Five years ago today, the Islanders signed goalie Rick DiPietro to a 15-year contract. Whoops.
Happy Djokovic Video Of The DayNovak Dkojovic leads the U.S. Open crowd in an impromptu dance party after beating Roger Federer in the semifinals on Saturday.