Something's wrong here.
Today is the first Sunday in September. The forecast in Columbus is overcast and about 65 degrees. College football season began Thursday and picked up in earnest yesterday. And what do we have to look forward to today?
Kentucky vs. Louisville and TCU vs. Baylor.
The perfect time to start the NFL season occurs now. All the tantalizing college football games earlier this weekend serve perfectly to whet our appetites for the NFL's kickoff. Instead, we must wait until Thursday for the Dolphins and Steelers on NBC.
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty depressed about this. Labor Day weekend, a perfect chance for some distractions and reasons to procrastinate on homework (which I'm doing anyway by writing this, but you get the point).
Anyway, here are some other thoughts in my first update for awhile (Blame it on Capital's fabulous I.T. department):
Cleveland Browns: Umm, how can you not be excited about this team, outside of the inexperienced quarterback, a patchwork offensive line, battered secondary, and arguably playing in the toughest division in football?
Seriously though, trading for Eagles center Hank Fraley provides an immediate impact up front for the Brownies. Fraley's a proven veteran with big game experience in Philly - though he's coming off of an injury, he's only 28 years old and has started 71 games.
As impressive is the fact that coach Romeo Crennel and GM Phil Savage remain committed to winning now. After "The LeCharles Situation", they could easily have packed it in, said they gave it their best shot and blame the lost season on injuries (like past regimes). Instead, Crennel and Savage are out looking not only for guys to fill out the roster but actually help the team win, a noble concept for Cleveland teams.
In other news, Lee Suggs received his pink slip. I'm a little disappointed we couldn't trade him, but most likely other teams were scared off by his failed physical with the Jets. Suggs has tons of potential, but I think my 86-year old grandmother is healthier and more durable than the Virginia Tech grad. Plus, the emergence of Jerome Harrison in camp made Suggs expendable.
OSU Football: Though I didn't get much of a chance to watch yesterday's game, what I saw (in the first half) reminded me of NCAA Football '07 on PS2. Just send Teddy Ginn (or Theodore, as my roommate and I like to call him) deep on every play and let Troy Smith fling it as far as possible. I average about 300 yards receiving with Theodore in the game, and there's little doubt in my mind that he could do that in real life too.
Now comes the big showdown with Texas, who laid a beating on North Texas in their season opener. Yeah, I think I'll find the time to watch that game.
Capital Football: Rocky Pentello has an absolute laser for an arm and will likely hold most of the important OAC passing records at the end of the year. Derrick Alexander, a junior reciever who transferred in this year, can absolutely fly down the field. Jeremy Mulkey's a strong, fast back who only rushed for four touchdowns yesterday. And the defense, ranked in the top-10 last year, brings back nine starters.
As yesterday's 57-7 beatdown of Wittenberg showed, this season could be as much fun and enjoyable as last year. After a cupcake September schedule, the Crusaders will earn their stripes during the brutal October stretch (night game at John Carroll, at Ohio Northern, home vs. Otterbein, then at Mt. Union). There's a reason why we're ranked No. 5 in the country, though, and I have a feeling those other schools (well, except Mt. Union) are a little worried looking at the matchup with Capital.
Cleveland Indians: They've won five straight and nine out of ten. It's the most stupid rhetorical question in sports, but I'll ask it anyway: Why haven't they played this well all year?
I feel like I'm beating a dead horse here, so I'll cut short my diatribe against the Tribe, but this is the most frustrated I've been about the Indians - ever. Actually, I get pissed off just thinking about this failure of a season, so I'll stop now.
So I'll end this column on a positive note; the Reds are fading faster than Tom Cruise's popularity, and the Indians could have a better record than them. Heck, even the Devil Rays and Royals would compete for the Wild Card if they were in the NL.