After a summer filled with lockout talk, lawsuits, and a lot of posturing, the NFL returns to action tonight. The New Orleans Saints will take on defending Super Bowl champs the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers’ belt. I hate the Saints as much as any team in the league, so I’ll be rooting for the Packers this evening, although I’ll probably watch more of Arizona and Oklahoma State. Tonight also marks the return of another great fall tradition: talking about your fantasy team nobody cares about. Seriously, I don’t care who you got as a 6th round steal, and if you’re in a head to head league, that shit’s all luck anyway. Links and such after the jump.
Here’s a handy timeline of the SEC vote on admitting Texas A&M. (Ed’s BS)
More cookin’ with The Key Play. This week: parrot wings. (The Key Play)
Spencer better tell the OSU secondary to wear their catchin’ shoes on Saturday. J12 is starting at QB for Miami. (Doc Saturday)
*It’s worth pointing out here that Luginbill probably should’ve never been named starting QB at Tech, and the fact that it happened created a massive racial divide on the team, leading to a one win season, and the firing of Bill Lewis, who can burn in hell (I hate him almost as much as I hate Shan Daily. Almost). On the upside, Lewis’ firing led to the hiring of George O’Leary, so I guess things worked out in the end. Sort of.
The Stephen Strasburg hype train is back at full steam, although it’s completely warranted. (Fangraphs)
From the Rumble Seat gets proactive about expanding the ACC, and extends some offers. (From the Rumble Seat)
Here’s a really long, really awesome read on Junior Johnson by Wright Thompson, who might be my favorite sportswriter at the moment. (ESPN)