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Thursday, September 6, 2012
Trending: Mayweather shows betting slip

By Bill Speros
Special to

I bet the Cowboys second half $200,000. This is real. Not a rumor like

— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) September 6, 2012

From floydmayweather via Instagram

Looks like the Dallas Cowboys, Bill Clinton and Tomas Berdych weren't the only big winners Wednesday night.

It was reported last week that Floyd "Money" Mayweather, who has a history of making large sports wagers and recently was released from jail following a two-month sentence in a domestic violence case, last week bet about $2.9 million on Michigan -- eventual 41-14 losers -- to cover the 14-point spread Saturday against Alabama. But those reports later were refuted. You can decide whether to take the 35-year-old super welterweight's word for it this time. Dallas won Wednesday’s game 24-17 and the second half 17-14.

Samuel L. Jackson, who tweeted lots of gold during the Olympics, scored some points throughout the game:

Hmmmm, 3 & out first series for G Men. Cruz shoulda caught that one!

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 6, 2012

Later, he wasn't pleased with the home team's pass coverage during the Cowboys' final scoring drive:

That looooong tradition of Giant Cover DB's!

— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 6, 2012

He also plans to be tweeting throughout the NFL season, telling his followers that he has the "NFL pkg so I'll be bouncin around on Sunday's."

The NFL season opener shared the spotlight with former President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention -- both evoking memories of days-gone-by after the Cowboys upset the Super Bowl champs:

So, the Cowboys are winning. Bill Clinton is speaking. All we need is a little Seinfeld re-run and the retro 90's night will be complete.

— Dylan Gwinn (@themightygwinn) September 6, 2012

Kevin Ogletree was a big reason. Two touchdowns. Eight catches, 114 yards and the back-breaking third-down conversion from Tony Romo late in the fourth quarter:

Who has Kevin Ogletree on their fantasy team? Lol

— Wesley Matthews(@wessywes2) September 6, 2012

Not many fans at MetLife Stadium, for sure.

Ogletree wasn't the only relative unknown star to emerge Wednesday:

How about Ed Wagner, equipment manager for the Giants, getting his own national commercial. You win in NY and everyone reaps rewards

— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) September 6, 2012

Things started on a high note for the Giants -- who celebrated all four of their Super Bowl championships:

4 those wondering: Giants have 3 super bowl mvp's- me, Phil + Eli. Strahan all-time sack. Eli's playing so he can't take part in pregame

— Ottis OJ Anderson (@OJAnderson24) September 6, 2012

Awesome!!! @giants…

— Eddie Trunk (@EddieTrunk) September 6, 2012

The whole world was watching:

In Abu Dhabi watching Cowboys/Giants game with the troops. The game started at 4:30am…

— Darren Woodson (@darrenwoodson28) September 6, 2012

Some folks got a little closer to the action -- winning an Olympic gold medal doesn't hurt. either -- as Russell Westbrook noted on Facebook early by posting: "Pre-game, Letss gooooooo...."

From russellwestbrook via Instagram

It was an uphill climb for the G-Men entering the fourth quarter:

let's GOOOOOOO @giants

— joe jonas (@joejonas) September 6, 2012

Romo and Miles Austin connected for a touchdown on 1st-and-30 from the Giants' 34 that gave Dallas a 24-10 lead:

Play like that makes up for a loooot of sins!

— Joe Namath (@RealJoeNamath) September 6, 2012

One defending champ doesn't always necessarily root for another:

H*ll yeah!!!! Romo to M.Austin for TD!! #CowboyNation #LetsGo

— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 6, 2012

The Cowboys stopped the Giants on 3rd-and-goal from the 5 in the second quarter -- forcing an incomplete pass to Victor Cruz (on a play where an apparent hold was missed). Following Lawrence Tynes' 22-yard field goal -- the first points of the NFL season -- Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was shown on tape uttering a profanity during the musical exit to commercial.

Would You Say Its Safe To Say Rob Ryan Likes The "F" Word?!?!?! Maybe just a lil bit???

— Jesse Holley(@Mr4thAndLong) September 6, 2012

Yeah, we would.

It wasn't just a sad first half for anyone who wanted to see some offense -- the lackluster play left an impact on New York's David Wilson following his fumble:

VIDEO: Was rookie RB David Wilson crying after his first qtr. fumble? You be the judge #DALvsNYG

— NFL (@nfl) September 6, 2012

Well, decide for yourself.

It was a long night indeed in New York.

Finally found something I don't like about NY... NFL games start way too late out here! People gotta get up early! How do they do it?! Silly

— Mario Lopez (@MarioLopezExtra) September 6, 2012

Lots of caffeine.

If you see any offbeat links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or