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Just an old guy that loves sports and the internets.

Yes the seasons are turning, it’s time for NFL Football!

So it begins. Another season of the great game of NFL Football. My friend Les Fitzsimmons and I were talking about the Oakland Raiders earlier and it brought back memories of when the NFL seemed like it played on another level. Les is a 49ers fan, but we both laughed about his story on John Matuszak. What a player he was. Sit back, and enjoy a few minutes of what it was like back in the day.

Here ya go Les, I know you remember what football was like back in the day. Hope you enjoy remembering it.

 

With two cracked bones in his spine, Baylor QB Bryce Petty listed as day-to-day

The main story line to emerge from No. 10 Baylor’s 45-0 thumping of SMU on Sunday night was not the sharp teeth and elongated claws of the Bears’ defense, but the back of Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback Bryce PettyPetty was lifted at halftime of a 31-0 game after grabbing his left hip and noticeably grimacing multiple times throughout the first half. The senior connected on 13-0f-23 throws for 161 yards and rushed twice for 21 yards and an additional score, but missed a handful of deep throws to open Bears receivers.

One day later, we officially know why.

After undergoing an MRI on Monday morning, Petty was diagnosed with two cracks in the transverse processes of his back, as first reported by Dennis Dodd CBSSports.com.

“I’m bummed out because it’s never fun being hurt,” Petty told CBSSports.com. “Bummed out because I just watched tape and everything is off. You never want to make any excuses. When you’re throwing and I can’t torque [it's frustrating]. Every time I went to throw it would jolt. It felt like somebody was punching me in my side.”

Bruce Feldman of FOXSports.com also reported that Petty’s injury is one that heals on its own. If so, it just comes down to Petty finding a way to manage the pain.

Petty is listed as day-to-day and plans to play Saturday versus Northwestern State. Should it so choose, Baylor has both the time and the opportunity to rest its star gunslinger before the meat of the schedule arrives. The Bears visit Buffalo on Friday, Sept. 12 and then take a week off before opening Big 12 play at Iowa State on Sept. 27.

Rams claim Case Keenum off waivers from Texans

The Rams have another quarterback, just in case.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Ramsclaimed Case Keenum off waivers from the Texans.

Keenum was squeezed out in Houston when the Texans traded for Ryan Mallett, and he’ll slot in with the Rams behind Shaun HillAustin Davis was the only other quarterback on the Rams roster after the season-ending knee injury to Sam Bradford.

Keenum got eight mop-up starts for the Texans last year, and was the loser in each of them. But that’s hardly his fault, as he was merely the guy holding the wheel after the ship hit the iceberg and Matt Schaub was thrown overboard to save weight.

Houston Astros fire Bo Porter

HOUSTON — The Astros fired manager Bo Porter on Monday, saying the dismissal had less to do with the team’s 59-79 record than the need for a “new direction” and a “united message throughout the entire organization.”

Porter was in his second season with the Astros and was succeeded by interim manager Tom Lawless, who worked in Houston’s minor league system. Lawless’ first game in charge is Tuesday night at home against the Los Angeles Angels.

Bench coach Dave Trembley also was let go.

Porter joined the Astros after working as a third-base coach for the Washington Nationals. The Astros went a franchise-worst 51-111 in his first season for their third straight 100-loss season.

General manager Jeff Luhnow said the decision was not based on “our current level of competitiveness.” The Astros entered Monday in fourth place in the American League West and with the second-worst record in the league.

“I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible,” Luhnow said in a statement. “Rather, I made this decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse.”

Owner Jim Crane said the firing was “not an easy decision to make.” It comes following recent reports citing sources who said Luhnow and Porter were not getting along.

Porter did not immediately respond to a call from The Associated Press.

Whoever is hired as full-time manager will be the team’s fourth since 2007, not including those who held the job on an interim basis.

“What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization,” Luhnow said. “It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the major league level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed.

“Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so — even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today.”

Lawless worked in Houston’s minor league system and was the interim manager at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season when manager Tony DeFrancesco was on medical leave.

Adam Everett, who was also working in the minors, will replace Trembley as bench coach.

Baylor students trampled running onto field prior to football game (Video)

 

Baylor officially opened its brand new McLane Stadium on Sunday with a 45-0 victory over SMU. Robert Griffin III was in attendance for the unveiling of a statue in his honor and so was George W. Bush, who handled the pregame coin toss.

baylor-line-tramplePrior to Baylor taking the field at home games, a tradition by the Baylor Line takes place. Freshmen gather in one of the end zones, charge onto the field, and create a tunnel for the Bears football team.

Unfortunately, some of the group had a memorable time for the wrong reason.

As the students rushed the field, a few ended up on the ground and were subsequently trampled. Thankfully, no one appears to have been seriously injured.

The Baylor Line has its own section behind the opponent’s bench and got a visit from the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner during halftime.

‘College GameDay’ Is Back And We Can Confirm That Lee Corso Is Still Nuts

ESPN’s pre-game and post-game and halftime shows usually suffer from a lack of, shall we say, interesting things happening. Personalities are dialed back and everyone wears the same suit and says the same things and it’s generally a boring affair.

Not “College GameDay.” That show is awesome, and we’re so glad it’s back, if only so we can watch Lee Corso go nuts. This morning, he drank some beer with Stone Cold Steve Austin:

Drinking beer and shooting guns and watching football — is there anything in this world more American than Lee Corso? If so, it’s probably this guy:

The Kings Have Traded Jason Terry To The Rockets

hich would be a really big deal, if this were 2011. But since it isn’t, Sacramento in return will get Alonzo Gee and his non-guaranteed contract, some other, not-named non-guaranteed contract players, and draft picks — two second-rounders, including one via the Knicks. The intent seems to be for the Kings to clear cap space. Terry had been making $5.6 million.

 

For those keeping score, the teams are Houston, Sacramento, Brooklyn and Dallas.

Week one around college football shows why preseason rankings stink

I don’t know about you, but Oklahoma State sure looked like a top 25 team to me as I watched the Cowboys give defending national champion and consensus preseason umber one Florida State all they could handle. The Pokes forced Jameis Winston to look vulnerable at times (although the best player in college football overcame that by showing just why he won the Heisman Trophy in 2013 when needed) with a pair of interceptions. Oklahoma State held Florida State to just four third down conversions on 14 attempts and nearly countered every punch thrown by Florida State in the second half, pushing the Seminoles to the final second. Oklahoma State lost the game, of course, and there is not much of a chance any voter will include them in a top 25 poll this week.

But would it be fair to say Oklahoma State’s loss to Florida State was more respectable than No. 25 Washington’s 17-16 win at Hawaii? Maybe, depending on whom you ask.

The controversy and debate over preseason rankings are nothing new. The reason they exist is purely for debate, conversation and in this day and age, page views. We’re all guilty of it, even those of us who question why preseason rankings exist. We all check them out, even if we say we do not care about them. This week in college football will add some fuel to that discussion, but nothing will change.

Is No. 21 Texas A&M and new Heisman contender Kenny Hill really 24 points better than No. 9 South Carolina? What do we make of No. 7 UCLA beating Virginia by eight points when the offense only scored seven points (that defense is good, but they will not put up 21 points each week)? How much should we boost No. 12 Georgia or drop No. 16 Clemson after Todd Gurley muscled the Bulldogs’ 24-point victory? Ohio State was ranked fifth in the preseason polls, before quarterback Braxton Millerwas lost for the year. They pulled away from Navy in Baltimore, but could possibly fall in the rankings without doing anything wrong.

Aside from the mismatches with FCS competition, the only game that may have been the best representation of the preseason rankings was No. 13 LSU coming from behind to defeat No. 14 Wisconsin, and the Badgers sure did not look like a top 15 team while letting a 24-7 second-half lead evaporate. Injuries on defensive line were one thing, but giving Melvin Gordon the football just three times for one yard, turning over the football twice and going three-and-out three times is not what a top 15 team does, even against a team as talented as LSU.

The good news is things should be different this season. With no BCS computer formulas adding various rankings into the equation and a selection committee chosen to determine the tp four teams at the end of the season, where teams fall in the preseason rankings may not have as much of an impact. It will be hard for the selection committee to stray from the long, storied tradition of poll and ranking philosophy, but they will not be influenced as much by preseason rankings as they are results on the field. But then again, isn’t the weight of the results on the field influenced by the preseason rankings? Oh boy.

The new Associated Press top 25 will be released on Tuesday this week, to account for games being played Sunday (No. 10 Baylor vs SMU, Tennessee vs. Utah State) and Monday night (Louisville vs. Miami).