Football, Football And More Football
Football season is about to come rumbling into our lives next week, so why wait?
Here are just a few quick hits and comments on the upcoming college and pro seasons:
The clear Heisman Trophy favorite to me is Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, coming off his great Rose Bowl performance and with the Buckeyes set for their usual three September cupcakes (Marshall, Ohio and Eastern Michigan). I don’t know how a legitimate team like Miami (Fla.) got in there, but even that game is in Columbus . . .
Even before Thursday night’s 59-24 rout of the Colts, the Packers looked like an authentic Super Bowl contender. And Aaron Rogers definitely seems ready to take his place with the league’s elite quarterbacks . . .
I wonder if Brett Favre would have been so anxious to come back if he had known he would lose his best receiver, Sydney Rice, for at least half the season? I’m guessing no . . .
Even if Alabama isn’t the best team in the country, it should go undefeated with that schedule. Unless Florida is better than it appears, there is not a true threat to ‘Bama’s cruise to another BCS title game . . .
I said it before, and I’ll say it again. Everybody is underrating Stanford and quarterback Andrew Luck . . .
When he was still at Arizona, I thought 6-4, 265 pound tight end Rob Gronkowski was the best NFL prospect in the Pac-10. Nothing I’ve seen of the Patriots’ rookie so far has changed my mind . . .
Talk about your quick hook. Arizona’s Ken Whisenhunt is demoting Matt Leinart already? After watching him in three series, without his best receiver and working behind a shoddy offensive line? I guess the fact Leinart has clearly outplayed Derek Anderson throughout training camp doesn’t matter . . .
Darrelle Revis will be in the Jets’ starting lineup on opening day. Bet on it . . .
Stat I didn’t know. Peyton Manning has had seven consecutive 12-win or more seasons. Now, that’s amazing . . .
Most exciting college player in the counry? I’d go with Pitt’s electric Dion Lewis . . .
The Ravens’ defense forces you to consider them as an AFC title pick every season, but I’m still not convinced Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl quarterback . . .
The Chargers’ Phillip Rivers will miss Vincent Jackson, but not nearly as much if tailback Ryan Matthews is as good as he’s looked so far . . .
If Boise State can get by that tough opener at Virginia Tech, look out. We’re apt to have ourselves some juicy debates come BCS bowl time . . .
Speaking of the Broncos, I love their quarterback Kellen Moore, who just might be the best player at that position in the country . . .
Do you get the same feeling I have that Donovan McNabb has no chance of making it through the season healthy playing behind the Redskins’ offensive line? . . .
The Rams’ Sam Bradford sure looked like a No. 1 overall draft pick in his first real start on Thursday night, didn’t he? . . .
Meanwhile, Bradford’s buddy from Texas, Colt McCoy, supposedly is on the bubble in Cleveland. If I were the Browns, I wouldn’t rush to any decision on the rookie quarterback. I can remember back when the Falcons hastily traded another rookie passer. A kid named Favre . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF