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Football happened yesterday, and it was wonderful. As always, the NFL surprised us with upsets, replacement refs and late-game drama. There’s much to discuss heading into Week 2, so here are some things to keep an eye on moving forward.
Here’s a fun scene you might only get because it’s the NFL preseason. Watch a pads-less Tom Terrific and Gronk fool around in the Giants end zone like it’s some alternate reality of Super Bowl XLVI. That ankle. If only.
Jared Allen seems like the type of player to haze rookies. At the start of the fourth quarter of last night’s preseason matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers, a mic’d up Allen approached undrafted rookie defensive tackle Tydreke Powell (not Quentin Saulsberry, as the announcer proclaims) demanding a tune. Except Powell has a fantastic voice and belts out a quick “I’m so, happy, to be right here with Jared,” with a well-placed touch of vibrato. You’ll be a better person for having taken a listen.
Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley played extremely well last night in Dallas’ 28-20 preseason loss to the San Diego Chargers, racking up seven catches for 104 yards. But that came with a price, as the rapid pace of the no-huddle offense jarred loose his dinner, causing him to kneel and puke everywhere on the Cowboys’ final drive.
Violence at football games seems to be an epidemic in recent years, and last night was the latest episode involving gun fire. During the third quarter of last night’s Arizona-Oakland preseason matchup, a shooting took place in the northwest parking lot of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, after a fight.
The Indianapolis Colts took an early 7-0 lead in their opening preseason game today against the St. Louis Rams after a 63-yard TD pass. By Andrew Luck. Although this was hardly a pass, as it was a two-yard screen dump off that Donald Brown turned into a 63-yard reception.
No introductory text is required, except for that it’s Friday. It’s a video of NFL cheerleaders on trampolines. Happy almost football season!