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Weekend Viewing: U.S. Open Tennis, College Football & the NFL

September 12, 2012

It was an exciting weekend of football and U.S. Open tennis. Some quick observations follow. See the previous two posts for our weekly American and National League review of baseball.

Andy Murray and Serena Williams repeated their Olympic tennis titles by winning the U.S. Open. Murray captured his first “Grand Slam” tennis victory, winning the first two sets, losing the next two sets, before prevailing in the decisive 5th set to capture the title. Murray was a 2 to 1 underdog vs Novak Djokovic in the final. For Ms. Williams, it was her 4th US Open title as she also needed a decisive set (in her case a 3rd and deciding set) to edge by 4 to 1 underdog, Victoria Azarenka.

In college football, neither Alabama nor the University of Southern California won by more than the “expected” margin, while Louisiana Monroe, a 30 point underdog, won outright vs 8th ranked Arkansas. Saying that the Arkansas team was looking ahead to a date this week with defending national champion Alabama is an understatement of exponential proportions. However, give Louisiana Monroe great credit for one of the bigger college football upsets.

In the first week of the season, NFL teams that are scheduled to grace the airwaves this Thanksgiving won all six games. It is early but network executives are already giving thanks. For the record, the Houston Texans are in Detroit to face the Lions and the Washington Redskins are visiting the Dallas Cowboys in the two traditional “Turkey Day” games while in the greed driven, “lets have 3rd’s” (please remember others are starving in this world when you waste food) night game, the New England Patriots visit the New York Jets. Dallas and Washington won as road underdogs. Only Detroit won by less than than the “expected” margin.

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