A funny online meme…photo of Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr. and Baker Mayfield with the caption “If you weren’t a fan of us when we used to lose by 30…Don’t be a fan of us when we lose by 30 now”…

 Week One NFL games are absolutely the best.  You spend all off-season thinking you have everything figured out and then “boom” – everything you thought was true flies out the window.  Now be serious, did any of you see scrambling quarterback Lamar Jackson throwing for 324 yards and five touchdowns on a 17 for 20 performance in three quarters? After watching Cleveland load up on talent on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, how many of you saw a 30-point home beat down to Tennessee coming? How many of you had the Vikings beating Atlanta with Kirk Cousins only throwing 10 passes all game?  And finally, while it wasn’t a stretch to take the Patriots over the Steelers at home, did you really see a 30-point beat down coming? …

May I deliver a word of caution about reading too much into the Week One results? Let’s go back exactly one year to Week One in the 2018 NFL Season. Remember the Jets looked like world beaters in pounding Detroit 48-17; Ryan “FitzMagic” Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Bucs looked unstoppable in scoring 48 in a win against a really good Saints team, and we all felt the awesome Jacksonville Jaguars defense – which came within a game of the Super Bowl the year before – looked like it was back for round two in limiting the Giants to 15 points in a win. Three teams, three impressive wins in Week One, but  wait for it....wait for it…three teams that all finished last in their divisions and compiled a combined 14-34 record. And for the record, let’s not get too excited about what we saw last weekend with Lamar Jackson and the Ravens just yet. Yes, Baltimore put 59 on Miami in Week 1 but they also scored 47 against Buffalo in Week 1 a year earlier.   For the rest of the season, they put up 30 or more points just once.  Just saying one week in the NFL is hardly a trend…   

Speaking of the NFL, here are some strange but true facts:  Of the only five teams to beat the Super Bowl winning New England Patriots last year (Dolphins, Lions, Steelers, Jaguars and Titans), none of them made the playoffs. Over the last three years, Dak Prescott has the second most victories of any quarterback in the NFL. The NFL leader in passing yards has never won a Super Bowl in the same year. The NFC East (Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, New York Giants) has not had a repeat winner in 15 years.  In terms of career completion percentage, Kirk Cousins is the second most accurate passer in NFL history. No team that has ever won the Super Bowl has started the season 3-3 or worse, so if your team does not have at least 4-2 in Week 6, it might not be your year to celebrate…

Just for the record, this column (other than to make fun of it) will never talk about Fantasy Football. No one cares about your team, how smartly you drafted, how you hoodwinked another GM in a trade or how your team “came from behind” to win thanks to an incredible Monday night performance by your kicker. You can care…we don’t…

Don’t know whether the organization was having some “behind the scenes” issues with Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowski, but to fire him when his team was nine games over .500 and less than a year removed from winning a World Series seems a little harsh to me. Also it was strange that ownership did not hold any sort of news conference in making the announcement, instead electing to throw manager Alex Cora “under the bus” to answer questions about the firing.  It was a classless move by an organization that normally operates with a lot of class…

I know Florida State fans do not want to hear this, but before jumping on the “Willie Taggert must be fired immediately bandwagon,” please go back and google Matt Hayes June 24 article in the Bleacher/Report entitled “The Mess Jimbo Left: Inside FSU’s Fall and Willie Taggert’s Plan to Rise Again.”  It’s a fair analysis of where FSU was at the time of Jimbo Fisher’s departure and it does a pretty good job of explaining how far down the ladder the Seminoles have slid.  That said, I understand the frustration of what FSU fans are seeing right now. I can promise you however that if they fire Willie this week, there is no immediate fix to the problem...

Speaking of college football, that LSU team is a lot better than I thought they were. That was a terrific performance against Texas last week. I am beginning to think Auburn and Texas A&M are not the only challengers to Alabama in the SEC West…

After his no-hitter a few weeks ago, I believed Justin Verlander had all but locked up the American League Cy Young Award. But as Central Florida icon Lee Corso would say, “Not So Fast My Friends.” In his two starts since Verlander’s no-hitter, teammate Garrit Cole has allowed just four hits and two runs with 29 strikeouts in 14 innings.  At 16-5 with a 2.73 ERA and a league-leading 281 strikeouts in 184.1 innings pitched (13.7 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched); Cole is going to make that a difficult decision for voters…

Finally some sad news to report on the passing of three sports figures last week, including one from Osceola County. Brett Fannin was a former golf star at St. Cloud High School, a great friend to all who knew him and a popular member at Kissimmee Bay Country Club for decades. He passed away last week at the way too-soon age of 37. Brian Barnes, the charismatic British golfer died at age 74 last Monday after a short illness. He will forever be remembered as holding the distinction of beating Jack Nicklaus not once – but twice – in Ryder Cup singles matches on the same day in 1975. Former Florida Gator and Oakland Raider linebacker Neiron Ball died Tuesday at age 27 after suffering a brain aneurysm last summer that left him paralyzed. R.I.P.  to all three…

Y’all have a great week!