OK, so it didn't mean anything either in the grand scheme of things or the NFL standings, but the Atlanta Falcons beat the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL's first pre-season game behind two touchdown passes from my Wahoo homey Matt Schaub, so that's something good. My Blazer homey Roddy White caught one pass for, uh . . . -1 yards, but hey, he's a rookie. He'll get there.
Meanwhile, in the world of college football, USA Today announced the results of their preseason coaches' poll on Friday, and it goes a little something like this:
1. Southern California (60 first-place votes)
2. Texas (2)
7. Virginia Tech
8. Miami (Fla.)
9. Ohio State
12. Florida State
17. Texas A&M
18. Arizona State
19. Boise State
21. Texas Tech
22. Boston College
Lucky number 13 sounds about right for the Dawgs. I might've dropped them a slot to 14 -- I think should be ranked above FSU at this point, at least until the Seminoles can straighten out their QB situation, but below Louisville and Purdue -- but I'll take them where they are. My guess is they'll probably lose at least one game they should've won, upset at least one team they should've lost to, and come out of the regular season with 8 or 9 wins and a third-place finish in the Eastern Division, along with an invitation to play Iowa or Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
As far as the national-title game goes, I'm guessing Southern Cal vs. Ohio State, but I'm not putting any money on it just yet.
Anyway, we've talked politics enough on this frickin' blog, so it's time to talk about something important for once -- consider this an open thread to discuss everything football. Where your college team will end up, who you like in the NFL, which teams are underrated/overrated, that sort of thing.
Oh, also if you want to help me pick out a name for my fantasy team, go ahead and make some suggestions. I'm thinking about going back to The Sloppy Seconds, which buoyed me to double-digit wins and playoff appearances in '01 and '02, but I'm not averse to something topical, like the Last Throes or the Fightin' Scientologists. Any name will be considered as long as it looks good on a league-championship trophy I can lord over these two bastards.
Off you go!