I write this column and every column this week from the Carribbean paradise of Aruba. It's always sunny here in Aruba, except when it isn't, like today. There was a storm here today the likes of which I haven't seen since Karate Kid Part 2. I got very wet.
Whether I'm in the country or not though, the NFL preseason marches on. So here are your recaps.
JETS 31, FALCONS 16 (Halftime- Jets 14-13)
Manginius did the same thing Parcells did with Tony Romo last year, and played a QB pretty much the entire way for an exhibition game. Kellen Clemens had his big moment in the sun, and threw 3 TD passes. Thomas Jones had his first TD in a Jets uniform
Jerious Norwood had a first quarter TD, fantasy players, commence rubbing your nipples. 7th round rookie Jason Snelling led the Falcons with 48 yards rushing. Joey Harrington looked OK in his Falcons debut, going 6 of 9 for 88 yards.
BUCS 13, PATRIOTS 10 (Halftime- Bucs 10-7)
Sixth round rookie Justin Rogers had six tackles and a sack. Randy Moss didn't play.
Tampa Bay Cheerleaders...very HOT. Luke McCown was 7 of 7 with a TD pass. Watching the Buc cheerleaders made me want to punch McCown. I mean punch my clown. Do YOU know who the 4th overall pick in this year's draft was? It was Bucs DE Gaines Adams, who had 2 whole tackles. 7th round RB Kenneth Darby rushed for 84 yards.
BILLS 13, (0-2) SAINTS 10 (Halftime 3-3)
Only one word you need to know here...POSLUSZNY. The first round backer out of Penn State had nine tackles and a sack. This guy is going to be the next big thing. ESPN loves overhyping two things...black quarterbacks and white linebackers.
The first team offense clicked much better than it did in the Hall of Fame Game. Drew Brees was 12 of 14, and Devery Henderson had 3 catches for 52 yards.
RAMS 13, VIKINGS 10 (Halftime Rams 7-3)
Brian Leonard is another guy everyone is going to love. A white running back from Rutgers. I can practically hear the boners popping around me from all the Jerseyites here on holiday as I write this. He had 9 carries for 36 yards and a TD. Derek Stanley, a 7th round wideout from UW Whitewater, was the Rams's leading receiver with 61 yards.
Backup LB Donterrius Thomas had 2 picks, including he one he took back 82 yards for the Vikings only TD. Travaris Jackson had a pretty good night. The Vikings starting QB completed 8 of 11, and his top 2 wideouts, Bobby Wade and Troy Wiliamson, combined for 74 receiving yards. Adrian Peterson made his pro debut and had 33 yards on 11 carries. Third year linebacker Heath Farwell had 10 tackles and a sack.