STOKLEY

While for some, yesterday was just the second Sunday in September, for a lot of men, and quite a few ladies, yesterday represented one of the true High Holy Days on the sporting calendar  — the return of NFL Football.  Ladies, if your man is a football fan, it is time to abandon all hope of doing something fun and couply on Sunday afternoons. No, it’s time to concentrate on errands or meeting friends for coffee because your man is gone, and will not return until sometime in February.  Opening Day is especially big for football fans because, put quite bluntly, nobody sucks yet and hope springs eternal.  You say your man roots for the Detroit Lions, who became only the second team in NFL history to go winless for an entire season? Doesn’t matter.  He will still be glued to the television for the next few months of Sundays.   But just because he’s watching the game doesn’t mean you have to.  Here’s a brief synopsis of what you missed on opening day.

  1. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was just horrendous in his debut for his new team (last year, he was member of the Denver Broncos), throwing four interception in a loss to Green Bay Packers last night.  Ditto for Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme, who actually played worse in a 38-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles (Four interceptions and a fumble).
  2. Speaking of the Broncos, Brandon Stokely (pictured above) caught a tipped pass with 11 seconds remaining and raced 87 yards for a touchdown to give Denver an improbable 12-7 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb fractured a rib in the victory over Carolina while scoring a touchdown.  His back-up, for now, is third-year pro Kevin Kolb.  Kolb is the back-up because renowned ASPCA spokesman Michael Vick is serving out a two-game suspension.
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