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In which our prognosticator gets very nervous about the Seahawks and willingly enters a blacked-out Jets bar. Also the Jaguars play the Raiders this week, and there's the pageantry of the Jeff Fisher versus Mike Smith Stepdad Bowl.

After another U.S. Open in which U.S. men were barely a factor, stateside tennis fans ask a familiar question: where are the great American men's tennis players? The answer remains, 'in the increasingly distant past, mostly.'

While there's still time left in the season, and before the discourse gets too loud, why not escape into the consequence-free embrace of minor league baseball?

With the start of another NFL season, fans have another opportunity to remember and forget what we need to remember and forget to enjoy Roger Goodell's game. We'll do it while we watch, of course.

There's a song to be written about this whole Suarez-to-Arsenal-then-not-and-now-they-have-Mesut Özil thing. Something about not always getting what you want, but that if you tries sometimes, you just might find you get what you need. For now, though, all Arsenal fans can hear is the sound of "öööööööömmm …" in their ears.

As of Thursday night, the NFL is back, for better and worse and the Jaguars-ianly meh. So we might as well take a stab at predicting the week's outcomes, then?

Plenty of people play FIFA Soccer on various video game systems, drunk or sober but mostly alone. Playing it in a bar, after a few drinks, makes for a very different game.

The era of the broadcast made-for-TV movie event is probably over. But if it ended with Holly Hunter beating Ron Silver in straight sets in When Billie Beat Bobby, a not-quite-noble genre at least went out in style.

With the College Football Kickoff(TM) starting tonight, we enter another year of shouty debates on the nature of amateurism in a multi-billion dollar industry, academic probations and players with glowing red flags attached to them sitting in the backfield of some of the nation's best teams. Michael Dyer may be one of those players, but why should coaches like Louisville's Charlie Strong care?

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Traveling through time with Steve Trachsel, conjuring Kirk Gibson, getting on a conga line with Yasiel Puig, and getting to yes with the inevitability of great pitchers missing a year of their prime and puffy radio meats getting mad about it. It's a lot, but baseball is a lot.