Wild Weekend in Sports

21 12 2009

I wish every weekend in sports was like this past one.  We saw the Dallas Cowboys end the Saints run at perfection, we saw seven NFL games that were won on late 4th quarter drives, we saw the first ever basketball game at the new Cowboy Stadium, and we saw the first bowl game of the season be a thrilling double-overtime game.  So what did we learn?  That the month of December gives sports fans amazing Christmas gifts.

Saturday night, the Cowboys ended the Saints 13-0 start.  Demarcus Ware, who had to be taken to the hospital on a stretcher one week earlier, lead the Cowboys with two sacks and two forced fumbles, one of which ended the game.  It felt like the Saints were going to pull it out again after Nick Folk missed a 24 yard field goal which kept the game 24-17, but Ware stripped Drew Brees of the ball with two seconds left to seal the Saints fate.  Nick Folk might be looking for a new job.

Most of the games on the Sunday schedule for the NFL ended with high drama.  Seven games ended within a touchdown, and one ended it overtime.  Ben Roethlisberger completed an improbable pass to Mike Wallace who some how kept his feet in.  Jamarcus Russell also lead his Raiders team on a winning touchdown drive with 35 seconds left.  Chargers, Falcons, Cardinals all won late in the 4th quarter while the Titans beat the Dolphins in overtime.  Crazy day in the NFL

North Carolina and Texas played not only the first NCAA basketball game at Cowboy Stadium, but the first basketball game ever.  Texas proved that their were the number two team in the country beating up the Tar-Heels 103-90.  Texas outrebound UNC by 20.  The HD replay screen actually stretched out further than the length of the court, and nearly 40,000 people attended the game.

Tempers flared before the Fresno St. and Wyoming game.  The New Mexico Bowl tipped off bowl season, and did it in grand fashion.  In the first overtime, Wyoming had a chance to win the game, but missed a field goal.  However the Cowboys from Wyoming scored first in the second OT and held Fresno and claimed the first bowl win of the season (35-28).

If this past weekend is any indicator of what is going to come over the next month or so, like Craig Bolerjack says, “Buckle In”, and even though I cringe every time he says that, it actually seems quite fitting for the next few weeks of sports coming our way.

Written by: Matthew Flygare
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