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Oregon tight end Moliki Matavao, right, celebrates his touchdown against Ohio State with tight end Terrance Ferguson during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. Oregon beat Ohio State 35-28. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Weekend winners

Oregon. Now that was a nice win. Going to THE Shoe and whipping THE Buckeyes puts the Ducks on a direct path to the playoff. Run the table in a less-than-stellar Pac-12, and a road-win at THE Ohio State will be the best non-conference flag of the season provided no one wins in T-Town.

Matt Stafford. So, this is what the former Georgia star and No. 1 overall pick would look like with a complete collection of NFL talent around him — 312 yards, three scores and an almost-perfect QB rating of 156.1. Impressive, Matthew. Impressive.

Jameis Winston. Vader's pick for comeback player of the year was lights out as the Saints DEE-stroyed Green Bay. Uh, if Winston shows out in Payton's offense, will this hurt Drew Brees' legacy and kind of point us to Brees being way more of a system guy than we realized? Discuss.

Sam Darnold. Yes, we could put every winning QB on this list — hey, they're the QBs, they get too much credit when they win and too much blame when they lose — but we'll stop with two. Stafford was brilliant; Darnold was fine, but to be able to lead your team over your former team and outplay the guy the franchise replaced you with, well, enjoy the moment, Sammy D.

Emma Raducanu. Yes, Spy, I had to look her name up. Sue me. And no Scott, I can't pronounce it. Either way, the history-making Raducanu went John Daly on us, making the U.S. Open field as a qualifier and then winning the whole shebang.

Freddie Freeman. And the Braves. Freeman homered Sunday — on his 32nd birthday — to clinch a 5-3 win over Miami. The Braves now lead the East by 4.5 games with 20 to play. Have I mentioned how much I love the "er months in baseball?

Sam Pittman. What a big-time win and love-generating moment for the Arkansas coach when his Hogs thrashed Texas.

 

Weekend losers

The ACC. Again. Jacksonville State spoiled the feel good of last week's game FSU effort. Seriously FSU, what in the name of Gregg Williams was that? App State should have beaten Miami. NC State got pistol whipped in Starkville. Yes, Pitt won in Knoxville — and the Vols got jobbed on the spot of the ball on that third-and-goal — but the league is less than good. (Side note: Can't put the Vols in the winners category because they lost, but I know a lot of Vols fans who were encouraged by the effort and the adjustments after Saturday's 41-34 loss to a Pitt team that likely will finish top three in a watered-down ACC.)

Novak Djokovic. He's the best in the world at his craft, granted. And he's likely going to be the best to ever do it when he gets done. But the Joker could have planted a hard-to-argue flag on the GOAT conversation with a win Sunday at the U.S. Open. He lost in straight sets and missed a chance at the first calendar slam in men's tennis since Rod Laver was in the picture.

Matt Nagy. Andy Dalton? Really? That's better than letting Justin Fields learn on the job? No, Matt, it's not. Side note: Fantasy football players — pick up Fields now. Trust me.

Aaron Rodgers. Yes, I love Rodgers and believe he's the best to ever do it. But I also believe this: When you spend the whole offseason moaning about this or that and you come into camp with the long hair and a slew of new commercials and the Hollywood fianceé, and you go 34-of-38 for 385 and four scores, you're Easy Rider. When you do all that and drop THAT kind of floater in Week 1 — and get pulled for Jordan Love, to boot — well, you look like a disinterested malcontent.

The "F Joe Biden" chanters. Hey, I didn't vote for him either and don't think he's doing a good job, but wow, have some class, people. And show some respect to the office — regardless who is in it.

The Titans and the Falcons. Did they think this was the fourth and final preseason game? Did they negotiate in their deals that they did not have to practice before the season? We know this much one week in: the Titans offense was dreadful without Arthur Smith as OC and the Falcons offense was dreadful with Arthur Smith as HC. So there's that.

The Yankees. They got punked by the Mets and Francisco Lindor on Sunday in a heartbreaking loss to their crosstown rivals. (Side note: Great call scheduling the Mets-Yankees on the 9/11 anniversary weekend. That was some cool stuff.) As for the Yankees, though, when you go 2-8 over your last 10 in this AL East, you go from second and leading the wildcard race to fourth and needing help to get into the playoffs with three weeks left in the season.

 

Vegas baby

OK, the Fab 4 had seven picks and went 4-3 over the weekend. (Side note: We were staring at a 5-2 week but we got back-doored when Western Kentucky scored an anything-but-meaningless TD with 22 seconds left in a 38-35 loss that allowed the Hilltoppers to cover the 6.5. So it goes.)

It was, by most counts, a hard week to handicap, considering the number of college football overreactions.

NC State was overrated after week one. So was Texas. Washington looked bad both weeks.

FSU's galant, Bowden-tribute-inspired effort against Notre Dame masked some glaring roster holes.

Oklahoma bounced back. Georgia took the offensive questions personally and won by what felt like 100. Auburn covered. Alabama was uncharacteristically sluggish in the first half.  

And the NFL games were worse.

This from ESPN gambling writer David Purdum: "Quotes from bookmakers (Sunday night): "Saturday was the best Saturday any of us can remember and Sunday has actually been even better." "I couldn't have asked for a better day to start the season."

The public loves to play favorites, especially in the NFL. Heading into the Monday night game, the underdogs were 11-4 with eight outright wins in Week 1.

The winners were the Dolphins (Ouch), the Eagles (Cha-ching), the Texans (Ouch), the Bengals (Cha-ching), the Saints (Ouch), the Steelers, Chargers and Cardinals.

Also, the public loves to play over the total, and the under went 9-6 through the first 15 games of Week 1.

This and that

— Yes, the TFP will be printing a paper only on Sunday come June or so of next year. I have a slew of thoughts. I think this will be successful here for a number of reasons. And in all likelihood, if I had to guess, the one area of the TFP operation that will change the least is our weekday conversation here at the 5-at-10, since we've been online from the get-go.

— Speaking of TFP details, great nominations for the 5-at-10 Bracket Challenge. We are going to share those and open the voting tomorrow. Deal? Deal.

— You know the rules. Paschall had a slew of college football items of interest over the weekend. If you missed any of it, you can go here.

— Better effort for the Mocs, who blanked North Alabama 20-0. Still that offense should be more productive than this.

— OK, we had the discussion about transgender athletes in the Olympics. Then I saw this. Yes, a transgender MMA fighter choked out a female. That does not seem fair or right.

 

Today's questions

Weekend winners and losers. Go.

Multiple choice Monday looks like this:

What was the biggest NFL headline from Week 1?

— Packers laying an egg.

— Falcons looking like the worst team in the NFL.

— Urban Meyer looking like the next successful college coach who is going to gag in the NFL.

— The Chiefs are never out of any game.

— Tony Romo has become the greatest NFL live-game color analyst to ever speak into a mic.

As for today, Sept. 13, let's review.

On this day in 1969, "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" debuted on CBS. Great cartoon. Does Scrappy Doo make the Rushmore of the worst additions to a comedy ever? He has a chance. So does Cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch.

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