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D.J. Harper and Titus Young of Boise State rack up even more frequent flier miles while visiting Virginia Tech.
While you were out grilling or getting the last real licks of natural radiation in during the Labor Day Weekend, athletes were hard at work. Here’s went down while you were holding the Wiffle Ball and Ultimate Frisbee Championships of the Universe:
College football’s back and all is right with the world. Monday’s marquee match-up between Virginia Tech and Boise State did not disappoint as the visiting Broncos squandered a 17-0 first-quarter advantage and rallied to a 33-30 victory. The see-sawing leads were exactly the kind of match-up you'd expect from two BCS championship contenders. Utah upended 15th-ranked Pittsburgh by three points and roster-depleted UNC almost got the best of LSU, but for the most part the other Top 25-ranked programs didn’t have many problems. That’s what happens during Week 1 when everybody’s happy because they’re healthy and nobody’s stressing about papers or midterms yet. Your “Harlem Globetrotters-esque Line of the Week”: Oregon shellacked New Mexico to the tune of 72-0.
In NFL news, the NFC West lost two veterans as Matt Leinart and T.J. Houshmanzadeh were cut from the Cardinals and Seahawks respectively. Leinart signed with the Houston Texans, a deja-vu scenario where he gets to play back-up a top-ranked aerial attack. Meanwhile, Houshmanzadeh will take his slot receiving skills to Baltimore and one fewer excuse for Joe Flacco to disappoint as a breakout fantasy football QB. On the holdout front, Darrelle Revis inked a new deal with the NY Jets worth $46 million, including $32 million. He even got the “’Rudy’ Clap” from his teammates after walking into practice on Monday, so whatever happened to you these past couple of days, it probably doesn’t top Darrelle’s Labor Day Weekend.
Your FIBA World Championships update: Team USA unleashed a barrage of three-pointers and dunks against hapless Angola on Monday, nearly doubling up 121-66. We wouldn’t be surprised if Chauncey Billups presented them with Washington Generals uniforms after the game.
San Francisco Giants slugger Aubrey Huff was mired in a 3-for-32 hitting slump, so he took a page straight out of the "Bull Durham" playbook and started wearing a red thong. As in the kind of undergarment you might find in the ladies' department. Huff got a double on Sunday, but the verdict's out on whether or not the lingerie will be the difference for the rest of the season. Also, we don’t have the heart to tell him that the secret to Nuke LaLoosh’s effectiveness wasn’t the thong underwear but Susan Sarandon's sage baseball advice.
The U.S. Open saw a major upset on Sunday as No. 4 Andy Murray fell to Stanislas Wawrinka. He may be ranked as only the second best Swiss Men’s player in tennis, but he's No. 1 in our Frankie Muniz lookalike competition.
And finally, hello Tony Stewart. Nice checkered flag in Atlanta on Sunday, ending your 31-race drought without a Sprint Cup win. You've just sewn up a spot in the 12-man Chase for the Sprint Cup championship heading towards the final race before the playoff begins. What are you trying to do, give Jimmie Johnson a run for his money?