Weekend Recap: News From Turkey, Texas And Tuscaloosa


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It's a party in the USA Turkey.

While Team USA was collecting gold medals in Turkey, one of the most American of traditions was in full swing back home – football! We had two days stacked full of it. So, yeah, the monster in “Monster Saturday” turned out to be more of the Sesame Street variety than the horror film type. There was still lots of excitement to be had. Just ask the entire Greater Houston area. Want more? Read on to see what you missed while watching the VMAs and celebrating National Video Game Day.

Turkey Is Terrorized By The Durantula

The Durantula myth keeps growing, as the kid scored 38 points in the semifinals against Lithuania Saturday to lead Team USA to an 89-74 win and a spot in the gold medal game. Once there, Durant did it again, scoring 28 points to lead the Americans to a 83-64 win over Turkey and their first world championship since 1994. Durant also set a scoring record for most in the tourney by a US player. The Americans’ performance qualified the US for the 2012 Olympics, so there’s a weight off. Break out the tea and crumpets!

Awwwww, kids and trophies!

Rain postponed the men's US Open final on Sunday, so we'll have to wait until later today to see if Rafael Nadal can win his first US Open title or if Novak Djokovic will make him wait another year (at least). But the sun - and the tennis gods - were smiling on Kim Clijsters, who repeated as US Open champion by beating Vera Zvonareva, becoming the first player since Venus Williams to win the US Open in back-to-back years (Venus did it in 2000-01), and upstaging Drew Brees in the win a championship and have a heartwarming moment with your kid department.

Monster Sunday, Sans Scares

Monster Saturday was a monster disappointment as none of the “revenge matchups” were even close. All three favorites won by double digits. No. 1 Alabama beat then-No. 18 (now 22) Penn State, 24-3, in a rematch of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, No. 2 Ohio State beat then-No. 12 (now 17) Miami, 36-24, in the LeBron Rivalry Bowl and then-No. 10 Oklahoma (now 7) beat then-No. 17 (now unranked) Florida State, 47-17.

Speaking of tough goings, the hits just keep on coming for the Hokies, who followed up their lost to Boise State last week with a loss to JMU Saturday. That’s right. JMU. And the rest of the ACC didn’t fare any better. All four teams lost, making the five ACC teams that started the season ranked – VaTech (now unranked), Miami, Georgia Tech (now unranked), North Carolina and Florida State – a combined 3-6 through the first two weeks of the season. Cheer up, Atlantic Coast. You’ll always have basketball.

Sunday, How We Missed You

Sunday was all about Arian Foster and the Texans, who BEAT THE COLTS thanks to Mr. Foster’s 231-yard, three-TD effort. Is it a case of Super Bowl hangover for the Colts? Or is this the year Houston steps up? To be continued. Meanwhile, Tony Romo and Dallas came ooooooooh so close to a comeback against Washington, but the Redskins escaped with a W in Donovan's D.C. debut. Tom Brady and Wes Welker looked to be in fine form as the Pats beat the TO and Ochocinco show, but all was not well in Patriotville on Sunday (ahem, Randy Moss, ahem). In other news this weekend, Kevin Kolb’s concussion allowed Michael Vick to step into the spotlight (even though the Eagles lost to the Packers), a lot of Lions fans think the Lions got robbed, Tim Tebow became No. 2 in Denver (and took a few snaps, to boot) and the NFL players showed some solidarity.

Oh, And Also …

Denny Hamlin won at Richmond to enter NASCAR's Chase in the No. 1 spot, there was talk of caging benching a Tiger, the Texas Rangers tied a Major League record by using 11 pitchers in a 13-inning win vs. the Yankees Friday (both teams combined to use an MLB record 19 pitchers), the Padres took the lead in the NL West (for a day, anyway), Sue Bird led the Storm to a win in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals and Pete Rose said he was sorry … kind of.