(Update: 11:45 a.m. — had to steal this “Coach” video below from Bill Simmons’ blog. Too funny.)
JUST NEED A WINNER AND MARGIN OF VICTORY for either game or both. Winners will get to choose the lead photo(s) for Tueday’s briefing. This is your chance, should you so choose, to make fun of your rival through art and have it sanctioned by an employee of The Roanoke Times. Or have us post a picture of Sinbad. Whatever, your pick, within reason.
-Here’s Mark Berman’s story today that has Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver talking about the possibility of conference realignment. “Our [pro-ACC] comments are predicated upon our belief that the 12-member ACC is still intact. If anybody does [leave], we’ve got to talk.”
-Here’s Randy King’s story on Tech offensive lineman Greg Nosal, whose father is a Navy officer.
-Ninth-ranked Oklahoma State jumps out to a quick 21-0 lead and cruises to a 37-14 victory over visiting Arizona.
-Defense wasn’t much of a factor in the NFL season opener — at least until the end. The Packers outscore the Saints, 42-34, preserving the victory with a key goal line stand. Aaron Rodgers throws for 312 yards and three touchdowns, while Drew Brees goes for 419 yards and three scores.
-Peyton Manning could miss most or all of the season after undergoing neck surgery for the third time in 19 months.
-Giants Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck could miss Sunday’s opener against the Redskins.
-And now, for no apparent reason, the movie trailer for the 1970s film “Coach”:
-Possible playoff preview continues tonight as the Brewers host the Phillies. Philadelphia took the first game of the series Thursday, 7-2, behind a four-hitter from Cliff Lee. Roy Halladay and Shaun Marcum are your scheduled starters tonight.
NAME THAT TUNE
Tough one today, but I’m giving you the first verse and leading you right up to the title.
We’re not scared to lose it all
Security throw through the wall
Future dreams we have to realize
A thousand skeptic hands,
Won’t keep us from the things we plan
Unless we’re clinging to the things we prize
And do you feel scared – I do
But I won’t stop and falter
And if we throw it all away…