I’m 36 years old, have been out of college for 12 years and graduated high school in 1993, yet every Labor Day weekend I still get that sickening ‘back to school’ feeling in my stomach. Most of that comes from a depression when only the end of summer and the end of another beach season is staring me in the face. See, I’m a beach bum and a 15 year resident of Sea Isle City. You can find me at the Carousel on Saturday afternoons, Carmen’s on Sunday mornings and every other minute, pretty much parked on the 54th street beach between Friday afternoons and Sunday evenings. To say the least, I enjoy my life between May and September.
Do I have to tell you the one thing that helps me see my way through my annual depression? This year, there are 2 reasons, actually…a seemingly inevitable 2nd World Series parade and FOOTBALL SEASON. Nothing like the Eagles to melt away my summer ending sadness. Time to focus. Time to dream (no pun intended). Time to begin mentally preparing myself for another crushing, emotional, disappointing gut-punch in January. AND time for your 2011 Week One NFL Notes & Musings…
What is it about Chokey Romo that causes his wide receivers to turn in to pregnant women when he blows yet another game? First T.O. turns in to a crying, slobbering mess and now I have to see Dez Bryant whispering under his breathe to avoid tears minutes after Chokey coughs up another game. If you’re a Dallas fan, please note this is not a trend. It’s his way. He chokes at big moments in big games. End of story. There is too much evidence to support.
It was nice to see Buddy Ryan on the sideline with his sons before the Jets / Cowgirls game. Who was the peculiar old guy trying to sneak in to the pictures being taken of them?
It’s only week one but I may be ready to eat some crow. Cam Newton looked downright SENSATIONAL on Sunday! I’m glad I don’t bet anymore because I would’ve put a mortgage payment on him never looking as good as he did this week. He is the first rookie in NFL history to throw for 400 yards or more in his debut.
The Redskins are not that good. The Giants are extremely thin thanks to injuries.
There’s a solid chance that the best game of the year was the first. It doesn’t get more entertaining than Thursday night’s Green Bay / New Orleans league opening matchup.
The best college game of the year will most likely be the Michigan / Notre Dame firework show from Ann Arbor. I don’t remember seeing 3 TDs in 72 seconds ever, at any level. It’s astonishing to me that with a 114,000 person capacity, that was the first game ever played in that stadium at night.
Donovan McNabb went 7 of 15 for 39 yards. No typos there. Adrian Peterson rushed for 98 yards on 16 carries. I’m wondering if they had the ball in the 2nd half. At all.
The Tom Brady UGG commercial annoys me to high heavens but whoever made the decision to air these Bucky Larson movie commercials should be assassinated. If there’s ever a Smith & Wesson within arm’s length while one of those commercials airs, it’s ‘goodnight, Irene’ for me.
Speaking of Brady, his 517 yards passing Monday night at Miami was a franchise record and the 5th highest game total in NFL history.
Sebastian Janikowski tied the NFL record for field goal distance with his 63 yarder Monday night in Denver.
Terrell Suggs is now the Ravens’ all time sack leader with 71.5. He had 3 on Sunday versus Pittsburgh.
Players who wear eye black annoy me and the college kids who put their area codes on it are worse. Does that make me sound old?
Raise your hand if you had Cleveland or Kansas City in your elimination pools…I have two hands up. I had them both in my two pools.
The Eagles did not dress their first (OG Danny Watkins), second (S Jaiaqwan Jarrett) and third (CB Curtis Marsh) round picks on Sunday. That’s disturbing.
Sophomore blues? LeGarrette Blount was held to 15 yards rushing and Ndamukong Suh was held to one tackle.
Eli Manning is now the current leader for consecutive starts with 111, since big brother had to take a year off.
Chris Cooley is now the Redskins’ all time leader in receptions by a tight end with 423.
Pumpkin ales are here! Between them and Oktoberfest brews, it’s the best time of year for beer. Try Southern Tier’s Pumking Ale…delicious!
Shane Lechler tied a franchise record with a 77 yard punt. Oakland’s kickers must love that mile high air.
Indianapolis needs to sit Kerry Collins down and let Curtis Painter play. Collins retired for a reason and he showed that on Sunday. There needs to be a rule about starting QBs and fully grey beards.
It was nice of Ted Ginn, Jr. to help disguise the fact that San Francisco continues to be woeful at the quarterback position. Ginn returned a kick 102 yards for a TD and a minute later, took a punt 55 yards to the house for another score.
And finally, like so many of you, I relived 9/11 Sunday morning, watching all the archived footage. I held my 2 year old daughter and thought, “how do I explain this to her someday?” Reliving that fateful morning brought back a lot of anger. I’m a proud Philadelphian but there is no greater city in the world than New York and, for a time, we were all New Yorkers. It was a jolt that brought life in to a different light. Sports is so minor and has so little to do with our lives. It’s an escape from reality and that’s all it should ever be. I hope you, too, were reminded on Sunday morning about the things that really do matter in life and pray you were able to squeeze yours tight as I did mine.
With that in mind, take a moment and read a column I came across on ESPN.com. CLICK HERE for the article.