The NFL’s Opening Sunday finally arrived and it did not disappoint! We saw quite a few comebacks, like the Saints victory over the Falcons, the Bears win over the 49ers on a flooded field and the Giants beating the Titans thanks to Saquon Barkley’s 194 total yards. We saw overtime games like the Bengals blowing it against the Steelers after squandering a golden opportunity at the end of regulation and the Colts and Texans battling to a tie! And Sunday Night Football ended up being allergic to offense as the Bucs scratched together a 19-3 win over the Cowboys, while Dak Prescott will miss several weeks due to a hand injury suffered during the game. Meanwhile, Game 1 of the WNBA Finals saw A’ja Wilson lead the Las Vegas Aces to a win over the Connecticut Sun. In tennis, Carlos Alcaraz finished up his epic US Open with a Championship victory over Casper Ruud.
MINTY BETS: How did we go 7 months without competitive football? How?
- No clue.
MINTY BETS: Well, the NFL is officially underway, and Week One was crazy. It gave us some of everything.
- Like what?
MINTY BETS: Like the Saints overcoming a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Falcons. Or the Bengals waging an epic comeback against the Steelers, only to blow it in overtime. The Colts and the Texans couldn't decide who needed the Week One win more, so they split the difference with a 20-20 tie.
MINTY BETS: And how about the Bears pulling out a come from behind W against the 49ers while practically playing in a swimming pool?
- (SINGING) Pool party, baby! It was a cool party.
MINTY BETS: The old Saquon Barkley returned for the Giants, helping lead his team to a comeback win over the Titans with 194 total yards. Unfortunately, injuries were a big part of Week One. Defensive player of the year TJ Watt suffered what the Steelers fear is a torn pectoral muscle, and Chris Godwin making his return from a torn ACL left Sunday night's game with a hamstring injury.
But it wasn't all bad news for the Bucs. Like Mike Evans making this one handed monster grab for a touchdown. That ended up being Tom Brady's lone touchdown of the day. Heck, it was the lone touchdown of the game.
MINTY BETS: You know what else is lame? Dak Prescott leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury to his throwing hand.
MINTY BETS: But the Bucs will gladly take what little offense they had, and the 19-3 win. Whoa, that was a lot of football! Good thing nobody's crazy enough to compete with America's number one sport on opening weekend.
- Hey, hold my beer.
MINTY BETS: The WNBA is crazy enough. Because game one of the finals between the Las Vegas Aces and the Connecticut Sun tipped off on Sunday, and A'ja Wilson wants all the hardware. The League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year led the Las Vegas Aces with 24 points and 11 rebounds in front of a record home crowd.
- And finishing, beating Bonner back down the floor!
MINTY BETS: And with Chelsea Gray's 21 points, the Aces held on for the 67-64 game one victory. Now if I were a betting woman-- oh, wait! I am! I'd bet that Wilson adds the Finals MVP to her trophy cabinet if she keeps this up.
The US Open Men's final is over and what a ride it's been, especially for Carlos Alcaraz, who has played so much tennis in this tournament. One might wonder how the heck he had anything left for a finals match against Casper Ruud.
Well, he is 19 years old, so that's how. And he put his youth to good use, besting Roode in four sets to win his first Grand Slam singles title.
- Game! [INAUDIBLE] 3 sets to 1, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6, 2-3.
MINTY BETS: Just for reference, Alcaraz played three straight five setters coming into Sunday's final, and his quarterfinal didn't finish until almost 3:00 AM. Well, I'd say it was worth it, because Carlos walked away with $2.6 million and a pretty sweet trophy. So Carlos, next time you're in Vegas, drinks are on you.