The first full weekend of NCAA and NFL football is in the books, and boy, what a weekend it was.
Let's start in the NFL. I never expected my first game as a Kansas City Chiefs fan to be the lead story on SportsCenter this morning! In the first quarter, Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard attempted to sack Brady while he was still in the pocket trying to throw a pass. Pollard was on the ground when he made a last ditch effort to tackle Brady. Unfortunately, he got him on the left leg just below the knee and Brady went down writhing in pain.
"He was in a lot of pain. When you hear a scream, you know that," Pollard said after the game.
I have already heard some people say that Pollard's hit was a dirty one, including Patriots wideout Randy Moss. It was definitely NOT a dirty hit, but I can totally understand where Moss is coming from. It's the first game of the season, his quarterback is knocked out of the game by a hit at the knees and he's talking about this right after the game, so his emotions are obviously running high. I'm sure that after he watches the film more he'll come to realize that it wasn't a dirty hit. And I'm not just saying that because I'm a Chiefs fan either.
So, Brady may be out for the rest of the year. He will have an MRI today and we should know more by the end of today or Tuesday.
Some of the other more notable news was the exceptional play of rookie quarterback's Matt Ryan of Atlanta and Joe Flacco of Baltimore. Flacco led the Ravens to a win over the train wreck that is the Cincinnati Bengals and Ryan led his Falcons to a win over the hapless Detroit Kittens.
My predictions didn't pan out as well as I had hoped. I went 7-6 yesterday, but can redeem myself with two wins tonight on MNF. If both the Packers and Broncos win, I will have posted a more respectable 9-6 record.
Now, on to the college kids. I was able to watch most of the UM vs. Miami (Ohio) game. The good news was that Rich Rodriguez was able to get his first win at Michigan by a score of 16-6. I was also impressed by the quickness of freshmen running back Sam McGuffie. The bad news is that the offense as a whole is still pretty bad. Neither quarterback is stepping up to claim the full time position so Rodriguez is playing both throughout the game. I don't really like doing that, but it doesn't look like either one is really comfortable with running the spread offense yet.
Nick Sheridan is definitely the better passer of the two. However, Threet is a far better athlete. I could actually see Threet as a triple threat for Michigan in the same way that Kordell Stewart was for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Next up for the maize and blue is a date in South Bend with Notre Dame. The Irish are 1-0 after defeating San Diego State on Saturday. This will be the biggest test so far for Coach Rodriguez and his young team. Even though Notre Dame had a pathetic year last season, this could give us a preview of how Michigan is going to do against their conference opponents.
Another game to check out next week will be Ohio State (#5) traveling to play USC (#1). Ohio State got a scare from Ohio U last week (I believe because they were looking ahead to this game with USC). But, the Buckeyes may be without their top running back Beanie Wells due to injury.
To be perfectly honest, even if Wells plays against the Trojans, USC is going to destroy the Buckeyes.
Next up for the Chiefs is their home opener against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are a young team, but I am projecting a Chiefs victory next Sunday. Go Chiefs!!