Welcome to the latest edition of Sparty & Friends.
It's Labor Day in the United States, and I am pleased to say that my job will allow me to have the day off today. But writing blog posts is a 24/7 responsibility for the site and the quest to provide quality content is always a responsibility all of us writers have. It always helps to have readers suggest possible posts.
Whilst college football marked its opening this weekend, college basketball for my alma mater is picking up. One more game to go before the end of the regular season. Toting a 10-3 record, they are a game behind Far Eastern University, whom they will be facing this Saturday, September 11th. Yes, that is a significant date. We lost to them in the previous round robin, but one missed lay-up was the difference.
Meanwhile, yesterday I had the opportunity to watch them seal the twice-to-beat advantage in the Final Four, albeit in a scary fashion. The special thing about this game is that I watched the game at courtside level. I somehow lucked out in getting one, which costs slightly over $7. Usually, these particular seats are always snapped up, especially when it comes to rivalry games.
The experience of watching it down there is really great. It will probably be unlikely for a repeat with the playoffs looming, but I would like another crack at it.
Hereforth are the content action:
Revis Island is ready for the upcoming season. Caretakers like Randy Moss and Brandon Marshall are to be advised.
Final roster cuts have been made, some look bad, but others look deserving.
Vincent Jackson is still a Charger for now.
Steeler Nation ready for Charlie Batch?
The Padres are on a skid. Giants catching up.
Good thing the Rangers locked it up already, because injuries are piling up, with Josh Hamilton and Cliff Lee skipping. They botched one, too.
On the other hand, Rays and Yankees are on a dead heat still, as for the Red Sox? All Sawx fans are in FML mode.
Carpenter keeps things alive, but the story is about the Rasmus drama.
Atlanta and Philly in a NL East tug-of-war.
Immediate repercussions from the Chapel Hill mess.
Things looking good for the Irish, even their TV profile.
How was it in Jacksonville State, the day after?
Cardiac Finish! Prayers were answered. Sure helps to be 6'8"
Turkey and Slovenia advance. USA plays later against Angola and will face winner of Russia vs New Zealand.
Delonte in Boston makes sense.
So Floyd "apologizes." The smart people have figured that out already. As for the Pacquiao, he shrugged it off.
Parting shot: Since it was 90210 a few days ago...