The weekend is here again and it’s time to highlight some of the best events. But before we do, let’s talk about LeBron James. He might highlight the weekend with his hosting of the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. He’s got some large shoes to fill after Peyton’s classic performance last season and past host like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Tom Brady and even The Rock had a good one back when he was still The Rock. But that’s not why I wanted to talk about LBJ. He was asked who would win a playoff series between the Yankees and the Indians and he said the Yankees. Come on, LeBron. You can say they may win, but as the biggest star in Cleveland you should at least say something like you want the Indians to win or it will be a good series. Instead you said “The Yankees. I know a lot of people might not like hearing me say that, but I think everyone knows I’ve been a Yankee fan my whole life. They have to deal with it.” Not a good answer. And why are you a Yankees fan? You’ve never leave anywhere other that Akron. The only reason you are is because they were good when you were young and the Indians weren’t. It’s the thing Girlfriend’s Brother ranted about in a comment the other day. LeBron there is no reason you should be a Yankees fan. Or least no reason you should root against the Indians. Damn you, LeBron. But you’re wrong.
On to the weekend…
**Oklahoma at Colorado** Remember when this game used to be important? You know, back when Colorado was good.
**California at Oregon** A chance for Oregon to prove they are for real. Two things should have the Ducks ready to go, the fans at Autaen Stadium, where it can get really crazy, and a combination of their uniforms they have never worn before. I’m hope for white helmets, green tops and yellow pants.
**Penn State at Illinois** Illinois is tough, Joe Pa is old, I think Illinois can win this game and make a statement in the Big Ten for the first time since Jeff George. Wait? What’s that? Ron Zook is their coach? Oh, forget what I just said about them winning.
**Michigan State at Wisconsin** The best game in the Big Ten this week. MSU the surprising upstart team while Wisconsin has struggled to beat UNLV, The Citiadel and Iowa. If JP Hill didn’t weight 450 pounds I’d pick MSU but too much of the big guy will beat Michigan State. Then all the Wisconsin students will hug each other and sing along in the stands like they were on the set of Barney.
**Now two three Big Ten games that should be blow outs**
**Ohio State at Minnesota** Minnesota is second in the Big Ten in total offense. Ohio State is first in total defense. Ohio State is sixth in total offense. Minnesota is last in total defense. Usually when the best offense goes up against the best defense the saying is “well something has to give.” For some reason, I think I’ll take OSU.
**Notre Dame at Purdue** Notre Dame is just the next powderpuff team on Purdue’s schedule. They’ve already beat up on Toledo, Eastern Illinois, Central Michigan and Minnesota. You think they would schedule one tough game before having to play Ohio State and Michigan in back-to-back weeks.
**Michigan at Northwestern** Sure, you would say this should be a blowout win for the Wolverines, but isn’t that what we were all saying against App State (I hate that any time I, or anyone, mentions Michigan, you have to mention App State). It is also Michigan’s first (of only four) road games this year and NW runs a spread offense which is Michigan’s kryptonite. Scaring stuff adding up against the Big Blue. But on the upside, we just switched from Time Warner Cable to AT&T and now get the Big Ten Network and NFL Network.
**Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns** So if we look at this mathematically, or I guess more of a pattern, the Browns played horrible, then played great (for them), then played bad, so now they should play good. The good news, I’ll be at Cleveland Browns Stadium for this game. The bad news, of all the Indians (four) and Browns games (one) I have been to this year, they’ve lost. I haven’t seen a Cleveland team win in person since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. For that matter, the Browns have never won when I’m there. That better change Sunday.
To beat the Ravens, the Browns need to take a page out of the Arizona Cardinals book. Yes, the Cardinals. They had success against the Ravens defense when they went no huddle and threw the ball around. I hope Romeo noticed that in his scouting report. But he probably didn’t. He probably skipped film session to go to an all-you-can-eat-buffet. And even if he did notice it, when he was speaking to his coordinators about it, they probably fell asleep since Romeo is about as exciting as Kurt Warner’s wife.
(By the way, help me come up with a nickname for Romeo. There’s got to be something good out there. He’s fat, monotone, boring and his name is Romeo. Help me please.)
All right. That’s all I feel like writing about for now. But don’t forget about the President’s Cup, the NL pennant races, and the Cleveland Indians going for the best record in baseball. Go Tribe! Go Browns!