Just Football…

OK, we’ve got week one of the NFL season under our belts and half of the teams are losers.  That means there’s only about a 25% chance those “losers” will make the playoffs – that’s a cold hard fact.

We also have a couple weeks of college football in the books and even the high schools are well into their seasons.

My eyes are a little tired this morning – it all started Thursday night with the NFL kickoff and ended with a Monday Night Football doubleheader about midnight (in the Mountain Time Zone) with the Raiders beating the Broncos.

So after the first full weekend of football, here are some of the games, the teams, and the people that caught my attention from the pros all the way down to the high school – read on…

THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

In the NFL, we had 14 quarterbacks throw for over 300 yards.  Six of those 14 were losers.  Seven runners went over 100 yards with only one being a loser. A couple teams looked terrible during the opening weekend, but there are still 15 games left…(my glass is half full).

Green Bay Packers

Seeming like they were in midseason form, the Packers handled the Saints in the NFL kickoff.  Saints fans should not be discouraged; hardly any visiting team wins the NFL Kickoff game.

MVP – Peyton Manning:

Yes, Manning is probably done for the season (before it started) but the Colts played so bad without him that Manning is the Most Valuable Player (MVP).  The Colts lost to the Texans 34-7.   This was shocker number one from the first week of the NFL season.

Kansas City Chiefs:

The number two shocker for the week was the play of the Chiefs, which is my team.  Since the Chiefs are like family, sometimes you have to be brutally honest.  The Chiefs lost to the Bills 41-7 at Arrowhead.  The Bills are not that good.  The late Chiefs’ linebacker Derrick Thomas (DT) would be in shock at their play.  DT excelled during times when there were patriotic events at Arrowhead and to get your butts whipped like that showed that the 2011 Chiefs were not prepared by their coaches to play.

Tom Brady:

Brady appeared to be in mid-season form throwing for 517 yards and four TDs in the early Monday Night Football game against the Dolphins.  Wow is all I can say.

Sebastian Janikowski:

The Oakland Raiders’ kicker put one through the uprights from 63 yards Monday night helping the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 23-20.  That kick tied the NFL record (1970 –Tom Dempsey and 1998 Jason Elam). This was a bright spot in the game which was also punctuated with 25 penalties for 222 yards.  After week one, the San Diego Chargers look like locks to win the AFC West.

Ron Jaworski (Jaws):

I like Jaws, but he messed up during the telecast of Monday Night Football (MNF).  The USA Today blog explains it best, “Jaworski dropped a four-letter S bomb that rhymes with “fit.” The likable former quarterback later apologized to MNF viewers on air and said he hoped he didn’t offend anybody.”

I don’t care too much for the MNF crew – especially Mike Tirico – who reminds me of the kid on the playground who never got picked to play on a team – but he knew all the rules of the game.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Many teams (like the Montana State University Bobcats and the University of Montana Grizzlies) are done “prostituting” themselves now and played teams more to their skill level last weekend. They both won their games.

Montana State is ranked #4 and Montana is ranked #11 in the latest FCS poll. You can see it HERE.

Arizona State University – Missouri:

The Arizona State University (ASU) Sun Devils beat the Missouri Tigers 37-30 in overtime on Friday night to go 2-0 on the year.  6’8″ ASU QB Brock Osweiler (from Kalispell MT) threw for 353 yards and three TDs, and Aaron Pflugrad (son of Montana head coach Robin Pflugrad) caught eight passes for a career-high 180 yards.  He had a pair of touchdowns.

Mizzou had a chance to win this game in regulation on a 48 yard field goal.  Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkle called two timeouts before the kick.  Supposedly these timeouts were taken after trying to draw ASU offside and give the Mizzou kicker a shot from 43 yards away instead of 48.  It did not work and Mizzou missed the kick and ultimately lost the game.

Carroll College (Helena):

The Saints actually lost a game to Eastern Oregon University (EOU) 41-33 at home on Saturday.  They are now No. 5 in the NAIA rankings and EOU is number 12.  The loss to EOU ended Carroll’s 44-game Frontier Conference win streak and 31-game home conference win streak.  The full poll can be viewed HERE.

Major College Rankings:

The top six in the USA Today and AP Coaches poll are:

1.  Oklahoma

2.  Alabama

3.  LSU

4.  Boise State

5.  Florida State

6.  Stanford

You can see the full poll HERE.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:

I just want to talk about one team this week – the Princeton (Missouri) Tigers.  Princeton is a town of about 1200 people in northern Missouri. They normally have a pretty good football team.

The Tigers forfeited their football game last Friday night to the Gallatin Bulldogs.  The Tigers were undefeated.  It will go down in history as a 2-0 loss, but there’s much more to the story:

Two Princeton high school students, Emily A. Clark, 16, and Kelsey S. Purdun, 17, died in an automobile accident on Wednesday.  The visitation was Friday night and the funerals were held on Saturday and Sunday.  Clark and Purdun were cheerleaders for the Princeton Tigers.

Prayers go out to the Clark and Purdun families for this tragic loss.  I also salute the Tigers for their unselfishness during this tragedy and wish them the best of luck in their upcoming games.

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