College Football is underway and the NFL starts this week, so starting next week, we’ll have a football feature on Mondays to cover all the weeks football news. But for this week, we’ll keep it all right here. Here’s this week’s T.W.I.S.T.
- Boy, Matt Leinart’s shot at a starting job came and went in record time. He was the favorite to win the job after Kurt Warner retired, and now it looks like he’ll either be released, traded, or demoted to 3rd string. Yikes.
- Troubled running back Maurice Clarett signed with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. It will be interesting to see what comes from him in that league.
- Call this a sign of the apocalypse: Troy Polamalu’s signature long hair has been insured by Head and Shoulders for $1 million.
- Some interesting injury/roster/suspension news this week. Cleveland rookie RB Montario Hardesty tore his ACL and will be out for the season, Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger has had his suspension reduced from 6 to 4 games to start the season, Minnesota WR Sidney Rice (and Brett Favre favorite) has been placed on the PUP list which makes him ineligible for 6 weeks at least, and Seattle seems to be done with WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh and plans to cut or release him before the season.
- Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, running back for Alabama, had a procedure done on his knee and will be out for the opener. If this becomes some kind of persistent injury, it will be interesting to see how it affects their offense.
- Texas Head Coach Mack Brown has stated that if the Heisman Trophy Trust takes back Reggie Bush’s 2005 Heisman Trophy, he thinks they should give it to his former QB, Vince Young. Hard to disagree with him on that one.
- Boise State thought they were getting a great deal leaving the WAC to join the Mountain West earlier this summer, but then Utah left for the Pac-10 and now BYU is leaving… to go independent!
- The Big 10 conference has released it’s new divisions! Although they are not yet named they will be split up like this: Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Northwestern in one and Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State, Illinois, Purdue, and Indiana in the other.
- QB Jeremiah Masoli has won his appeal and will now be allowed to play this season for Ole Miss after transferring (being kicked out) from Oregon. He won’t start the opener, but he’ll be their starting QB for the remainder of the season.
- Bodog.com has released the starting odds have been released for the National Championship winners. Here’s some interesting ones: Nebraska 15/1, Iowa 20/1, Texas 14/1, OU 15/2, Bama 4/1, Ohio St 5/1, Boise 8/1. The field 25/1
After denying his 17 year deal, the NHL has approved a new 15 year deal for Ilya Kovalchuk to sign with the New Jersey Devils. 15 freakin’ years… that’s ridiculous.