This is has been a busy week in sports with football taking the majority of the nations attention. Last night was the opening of the NFL season and the second week of the college football season will be highlighted by USC and Ohio State.
There was also the sudden emergence of Melanie Oudin, a sudden retirement, and the Hall of Fame induction of Michael Jordan.
Here's my Friday recap.
Talk about a big opening event. The fireworks were amazing, the musical performances sucked, and I'm glad I chose to get some wings in the middle of it all. Pesto wings are my new best friend.
The game was the defensive struggle most fans would expect with the Steelers winning the game in overtime, 13-10. Terrible Towel fans must be happy to stick it to LenDale White, but if I were them I'd be particularly concerned with their teams performance.
First of all, that running game was atrocious. Willie Parker isn't what he use to be and Rashard Mendenhall isn't what anyone expected. The offensive line couldn't open up holes against a Haynesworth-less defense and were stone-walled at the point of attack.
Their pass blocking was significantly better as Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 350 yards and a touchdown. His ability to extend plays really played a factor; especially when the clock was under two minutes.
Questions: How are they going to solve the running game? Was this just a fluke from facing a good defense in the Titans or will this haunt the Steelers throughout the season?
The Steelers defense hasn't lost a step, but they did lose a particularly important player...
I try not to buy into the any type of curse, but when Troy Polamalu went down in last nights game the "Madden Curse" is the first thought that popped into my head.
Polamalu has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is expected to be gone for 3-6 weeks. The question now is, will Larry Fitzgerald fall to a similar fate in the Cardinals game against the Niners?
It's a unique situation because there has never been a Madden where two players shared the cover. Does the curse attack both players on the cover or the first person (Polamalu) that plays a game? Fitz and the Cardinals already have to deal with the "Super Bowl Loser Curse." I'm sure Polamalu going down doesn't calm his nerves.
Question: Does Larry Fitzgerald fall to the Madden Curse? Is the curse just a bunch of BS?
This story has been going on for a while and it gets even stranger and hilarious everyday.
From the Tila Tequila twitter messages, the alleged reports of jealousy, Merriman threesomes, and using sex and nudity as a sign of protest against said threesomes, this is an issue only famous people can have.
There's nothing set in stone yet. Who knows exactly what happened at Merriman's house. Both parties are sticking to their stories and it's just a matter if the DA think there's enough evidence to take this to court.
No matter the conclusion of this situation I think the moral of the story will be to never rock a fro-hawk. It'll only attract crazy women.
Update: The DA has decided not to file charges against Merriman citing there is "insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any crime was committed."
Question: Who do you think is telling the truth.
This was a great story to watch unfold during the US Open. Everyone loves the underdog and the 17-year-old Oudin definitely filled the roll.
Oudin defeated four Russian players before finally falling to Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinals. That's where things should have ended, but in the midst of all the support, more and more information about Oudin and the people around her began to be unveiled.
Oudin's parents are separated. Nothing is wrong with that. It gets a little more complicated and awkward when your father filed a sworn statement claiming your mother had an affair with your tennis coach. Drama.
This is an unfortunate situation that soils entertaining run that Oudin had this past week. However the situation turns out, I hope she continues to grow and perform well and win. After all, the Williams sisters, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati all had to deal with divorce and went on to win majors.
Question: Will Oudin win a major in the future?
In this midst of all football popping up, I almost missed this news. At the same time I don't thin anybody cares.
It was a quiet retirement, much the opposite of what he's been in the past year. Besides the crying in front of a camera and eating Vaseline, I'm going to remember his three years with the Phoenix Suns. He was a joy to watch when he wasn't being him.
Who knows if he'll actually stay retired. This might just be a random decision in the peculiar mind of Starbury or it could be for real. There's also a possibility of Marbury playing overseas in Italy.
Question: What's your best (or worst) memory of Stephon Marbury?
This news is a little old and was a little confusing when I first heard about it.
As you all know, Terrelle Pryor wore some eyeblack that had the word "Vick" on it and everybody went nuts. I'm still wondering what the big deal is.
I could go into a bunch of free speech ramble, but I'll save you the rant. The only problem with this situation is that head coach Jim Tressel didn't realize what Pryor had on his face.
If he did, I'm sure he would have at least let Pryor know the implications of his actions. Most likely he would have told Pryor to take the eyeblack off because of the over-exaggerated blow up that it would cause.
This is not exactly the attention you want to have when you have a game coming up against USC. They have officially taken a significant amount of pressure off freshman quarterback Matt Barkley. They have also added the annoyance of loudmouthed dog-lovers that will hound (pun intended) Pryor in tomorrows game and throughout the season.
Question: Will this situation be a major distraction for Pryor all season?
It's finally over. MJ is officially in the Hall Of Fame and ESPN can finally stop putting every highlight reel he's had on their programming. I understand he's the greatest basketball player ever, but when the all-time leader in steals and assists and one of the best big men ever to play basketball are also being inducted, can we even things out?
The person who really stood out was Vivian Stringer. She was the most engaging, charming, well-spoken, and inspirational person to speak at the Hall of Fame podium.
I think I would have been more into the festivities if it didn't come on the opening weekend of the NFL season. Why did they choose this time to have the ceremony when everybody is in football mode? Wouldn't it have been better to have it just before the start of the basketball season or after last seasons championship?
Question: Who is your favorite HOF player?