Sorry for being so late with the blog today. I spent the day in Manhattan, playing golf at Colbert Hills in a Kansas Sports Hall of Fame event. Our team – made up of sports writers – shot 7-under, a miracle if you ask any of us. We went into the scramble tournament hoping to get one- or two-under. Lo and behold, we were 5-under after seven holes.
Colbert Hills is a great course, one of my favorites in Kansas. In fact, it might be No. 1. Certainly, Prairie Dunes is in the running. So his Flint Hills National south of Andover.
Besides the Chiefs, there was a lot going on in the NFL over the weekend.
I was most struck by the Calvin Johnson catch in the end zone that was disallowed by the officials, who made the right interpretation of a crazy rule. There’s no way Johnson didn’t catch that ball, which would have provided a game-winning touchdown against the Chicago Bears; but in an effort to make the officials’ job easier, the NFL has created some rules that defy logic.
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I watched a lot of football Sunday, including every play of the Cardinals-Rams game in St. Louis. Why that one? Because, after a few years of being absent, I’m back to being a St. Louis Rams fan, even though that team will be lucky to win four games this season.
I did like the debut of rookie quarterback Sam Bradford, except that the Rams offensive coaches asked him to put the ball in the air 55 times. That’s way to many and a recipe for injury, in my opinion.
Bradford threw three interceptions, but he gets a B-plus in his debut. Trouble is, he has a limited arsenal outside of running back Steven Jackson and recently-acquired receiver Mark Clayton, who has to be a No. 1 option for the Rams when he wouldn’t be for any other team.
Michael Vick looks like he still has his legs in Philadelphia, as he sparked a comeback in the Eagles’ loss to Green Bay. Philly fans are going to want to see what Vick can do as a starter, but it’s too early to give up on Kevin Kolb, who suffered a concussion Sunday but still might be able to play this week.
Speaking of injuries, I couldn’t believe how many there were in Week 1. In the games I watched all or parts of, there must have been at least 15 stoppages while trainers and team doctors came on to the field to attend to an injured player.
Makes me think that Commissioner Roger Goodell has to realize he’s off base when he talks about an 18-game regular season.
The game is just to physical to be adding games. The speed and strength of the players wreaks havoc when they collide. Adding nearly 13 percent more games seems like a drastic and dangerous measure, especially considering a player with a 10-year career in the NFL will be on the books for 20 more games.
My five biggest disappointments from Week 1:
5) That I spent any time at all paying attention to Miami’s 15-10 win over Buffalo. The Bills look like a potential 0-fer to me.
4) Dallas. Where’s the juggernaut we’ve been hearing about since the end of the 2009 season? One touchdown against the Redskins?
3) Once upon a time, I thought the Oakland Raiders could be in the mix in the AFC West. Then they played a game.
2) Atlanta managed only nine points and lost to Dennis Dixon and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Falcons have too many weapons to fall flat like that, even against a quality defense.
1) San Francisco, everybody’s pick to win the weak NFC West, didn’t show up in a 31-6 loss to Seattle.
The most impressive team in Week 1 had to be New England, which looked fantastic in taking apart the Cincinnati Bengals. Tom Brady and Wes Welker looked like they did in 2007. Randy Moss is always dangerous and the unheralded running game produced. Meanwhile, New England played just as well on defense and special teams.
I feel guilty for not watching more than about an hour of the U.S. Open tennis tournament this year. Somewhere along the way, I lost my interest in tennis and I’m not sure I understand why.
Come back in an hour or so for my thoughts on the Chiefs-Chargers.