It's Football Friday in the Grill Room, but we're still cleaning up around here following this morning's dandy of an NFL season-opener.
It wasn't always pretty, but the Pittsburgh Steelers, rated No. 1 in the Grill Room's NFL 100- PROOF RANKINGS, knocked off the No. 7 Tennessee Titans, 13-10, in overtime.
It seems the only folks around these parts that weren't ready for some football were the Polizei. They'll tell you they'd rather face the Russians in winter than deal with a drunken, raucous, mostly American football crowd at 5 in the morning.
We were able to buy happiness for our neu gut freunds when we properly bribed Captain Heinrich and his gang with an all-the-Pfungstadter-they-can-drink-for-free offer. And let's get this out of the way now: Pfungstadter is the official bier of the GR.
Before setting the tables in the joint for this weekend's action, and rousting the good captain from his bier-induced coma, a quick assessment of this morning's opener brought to you by folks we mostly trust:
- CNN/SI's Don Banks tells us it's Big Ben's team this year.
- Chuck Finder leads his comprehensive notebook in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette with the latest word on all-world saftey Troy Polamalu's knee injury.
- Jim Wyatt of the once-great Tennessean says the Titans have themselves to blame for this morning's loss in his excellent write-up.
For informational purposes only...some picks for Week 1 action around the NFL brought to you by gangs who most likely know as much about the game as you do:
And some picks on the college football side:
This Week's Grill Room NFL 100-PROOF lock: Minnesota over Cleveland minus-3.5.
Cleveland is a team in disarray and No. 8 Minnesota wants to show it is ready to seriously challenge for a title this year. Forget all this talk about Brett Favre and Brady Quinn. The game will be settled on the sod. The Browns ranked 28th against the run last year while the Vikings featuring Adrian Peterson (photo above) ranked fifth. Look for the Vikes to pound away on the Browns all day and leave town with a 27-13 win.
Tape it up
Apparently the No. 2 Eagles have decided to list their whole squad on the latest NFL injury report, while the New York Post's Mike Puma tells us the Jets will likely be fined big for not listing Brett Favre on last year's report.
If you can't stop by the Grill Room, here's the college and pro football fare that's cooking on the tube this weekend:
(For our U.S. military viewers and their families overseas the games American Forces Network will be showing are in bold.)
Friday, Sept. 11
Colorado at Toledo, 9 p.m., ESPN
Saturday, Sept. 12
Fresno State at Wisconsin, Noon, ESPN
Central Michigan at Michigan State, Noon, ESPN2
Eastern Michigan at Northwestern, Noon, Big Ten Network
Iowa at Iowa State, Noon, FSN
Syracuse at Penn State, Noon, Big Ten Network
Western Michigan at Indiana, Noon, Big Ten Network
North Carolina at Connecticut, Noon, ESPNU
Duke at Army, Noon, ESPN Classic
Troy at Florida, 12:21 p.m., SEC Network
Notre Dame at Michigan, 3:30 p.m., ABC
BYU at Tulane, 3:30, ESPN2
Houston at Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m., FSN
Louisiana Tech at Navy, 3:30 p.m., CBS CSN
TCU at Virginia, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Texas at Wyoming, 3:30 p.m., Versus
UCLA at Tennessee, 4 p.m., ESPN
South Carolina at Georgia, 7 p.m. ESPN2
Vanderbilt at LSU, 7 p.m., ESPNU
Air Force at Minnesota, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
Illinois State at Illinois, 7 p.m., Big Ten Network
Kansas at UTEP, 7:30 p.m., CBS CSN
Tulsa at New Mexico, 8 p.m., Mtn.
USC at Ohio State, 8 p.m., ESPN
Purdue at Oregon, 10:15 p.m., FSN
Utah at San Jose State, 10:30, ESPNU
Oregon State at UNLV, 11 p.m., CBS CSN
Sunday, Sept. 13
Miami at Atlanta 1 p.m., FOX
Kansas City at Baltimore 1 p.m., CBS
Philadelphia at Carolina 1 p.m., FOX
Denver at Cincinnati 1 p.m., CBS
Minnesota at Cleveland 1 p.m., FOX
N.Y. Jets at Houston 1 p.m., CBS
Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1 p.m., CBS
Detroit at New Orleans 1 p.m., FOX
Dallas at Tampa Bay 1 p.m., FOX
San Francisco at Arizona 4:15 p.m., FOX
Washington at N.Y. Giants 4:15 p.m., FOX
St. Louis at Seattle 4:15 p.m., FOX
Chicago at Green Bay 8:20 p.m., NBC
Monday, Sept. 14
Buffalo at New England 7 p.m., ESPN
San Diego at Oakland 10:15 p.m., ESPN
(All times EST)
- And finally...a wish on this the eighth anniversary of 9/11: May bin Laden's cave burn long enough to give the NYC Firefighters a chance to put it out. The staff at the Grill Room will never forget.