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The weekend's top 10

September 28, 2009 - Steve Murch
It was an interesting weekend for sports fans. And while news happenings are lighter on the weekend anyway, have you noticed how often it is nearly non-existent during the football season? Yes, news does happen, but the big stories rarely come during the weekend in the fall.

This weekend's top 10 does two news story; one didn't rank high on the interest scale while the other scores quite high.

10. Seattle Seahawks unveil new uniforms. What were they thinking? Phil Knight must have had a hand in the design. Knight and Nike have outfitted the Oregon football team for years (some combinations are OK, others are hideous). Maybe Knight didn't because the Seahawks unis are worse than any combination Oregon ever had. Maybe the rain has made the organization's collective mind go to mush.

9. Roman Polanski might be extradited. The filmmaker, who has made some great movies and won an Academy Award but is likely more known for being Sharon Tate's husband and the crime for which he might be extradited for, says he will fight the extradition. Polanski had sex with a 13-year-old in 1977 then fled the country. The woman who was the then-teen victim has said she wouldn't testify, so it might make for a tricky case.

8. Iowa a BCS contender? It's still early, but the Iowa defense looks as good as anyone in the country. The Hawkeyes confused and controlled Penn State on Saturday night. The Big Ten might be down, but an undefeated team will warrant consideration for a title contest if the others are knocking each other off. Hard to believe this is the same team that nearly lost to Northern Iowa the first week of the year.

7. Cincinnati over Pittsburgh. The Bengals nearly blew it down the stretch with poor clock management, but a great finishing drive put the defending Super Bowl champs at 1-2.

6. Miami not quite back yet while Georgia and Notre Dame are just getting by. The U had the college football world abuzz with talk that the Hurricanes were back as a national power. Then they went to Virginia Tech, which manhandled them. Now the Hokies are an exceptional team, but if you're back, you don't lose that bad. Notre Dame probably should be 1-3 if not for a poorly thrown pass late in the game against Michigan State and a bizarre timeout by Purdue that gave the Irish time to regroup. Georgia has been the better team in its last three games, but the Bulldogs could be 0-4. Two shootouts followed by a last-second field goal victory is all that stands between Georgia and a goose egg.

5. Houston joins the BCS talk. There are now three teams from non-BCS conference that are undefeated that could rain on the BCS parade. And none of them are in the same conference. The Cougars, from Conference USA, now have wins over two Big 12 teams (Oklahoma State and Texas Tech), while TCU out of the Mountain West has two wins over ACC teams, and Boise State's opening win of the season looks even better because …

4. Oregon in the driver's seat in the Pac-10? After falling to BSU the first week of the season, Oregon now looks like the team to beat after thrashing California and Heisman candidate Jahvid Best. The Ducks have to go to UCLA this weekend, but they have USC and in-state rival Oregon State at home.

3.Tigers and Twins play monkey see, monkey do. The Tigers lead is still 2 games heading into this week's four-game series that could decide the AL Central. Or maybe it will come down to the weekend. Either way, the next four days will be exciting in Detroit.

2. The Lions finally win. After nearly 22 months the Lions finally win again. It might not have been a masterpiece, but a win is a win and Lions fans will take it. The best part was watching the players who have been there for the whole debacle shedding tears as they walked off the field. If you have any doubt that they cared what was going on during the streak, that should be proof they do.

1. Nearly a half-million people are left homeless as Tropical Storm Ketsana rocks the Philippines. The storm hit Manila and dumped the most rain there in 40 years. More than 140 people were reported dead as of Monday afternoon.


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