High five for Sasay
As temperatures begin to chill (a little) Richland’s men’s soccer team is already warmed up. On Sept. 7, the top-ranked Thunderducks defeated Paul Quinn for the fourth straight year by the score of 8-0. Forward James Sasay scored a hat trick plus one. He tallied four goals (two in the first half, two in the second half) while four other T-Ducks recorded a goal each. Richland outscored Paul Quinn in goals 34-2 in the last four meetings.
On Sept. 10, Sasay blazed a trail against the Trailblazers of Tarrant County. He sliced up another goal making it five goals in two games as Richland prevailed, 4-1. Richland will have its annual alumni game on Friday, Sept. 29 before the T-Ducks play against Mt. San Antonio from California.
Thunderducks spirit outside of Dallas
Mikkel Rohde Pedersen who led the Thunderducks to last season’s national title is already making his mark in his “new” Kentucky home. On Sept. 8, under the Friday night lights in Lexington, Ky., Pedersen scored the game-winning goal for his Kentucky Wildcats defeating Alabama-Birmingham, 1-0. Pedersen was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week. In a school known for its basketball tradition, Pedersen and the Wildcats are looking to make some noise in Conference USA.
The Dallas Cowboys gigantic conquest
It’s great to see the defending NFC East champions and the NFL back on the field. The Dallas Cowboys kicked off their 57th season in grand, but low-scoring, fashion by defeating the New York Giants, 19-3. Running back Ezekiel Elliott looked good after running for 104 yards. Quarterback Dak Prescott got his very first win against the Giants. You may recall last season when Prescott and the Cowboys lost the season opener to the Giants 20-19 before winning the next 11 in a row.
Prescott completed 24 passes, threw for 268 yards and a touchdown to tight end Jason Witten who, by the way, became the Cowboys’ all-time leader in receiving yards surpassing Michael Irvin.
In addition, Witten exceeded another Hall of Famer, Dallas native Tim Brown, for sixth all-time in receptions. Fortunately, Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham didn’t play. His injured ankle forced him at the last minute to sit out the opener. The Cowboys defense put up a good fight by holding the Giants to 35 rushing yards and was forcing them to put six times.
Whether Elliott will sit out the next six games is yet to be determined. His preliminary injunction granted by a U.S. District Judge has caused the NFL to file an appeal to overturn it. If the appeal is approved by the courts, Elliott will start serving his six-game suspension. On the other hand, Elliott did not get a fair hearing thus bringing in the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to help fight for Elliott.
According to attorney Daniel Wallach, The Fifth Circuit Court of appeals has overturned just 7.2 percent of the cases: 7.2 percent! In all likelihood, Elliott, a St. Louis-area native, will gateway himself to play all 16 games, unless the courts smashes the gong.
If anything, the courts should smash the gong on the NFL. The league’s legal system is as deflated as the footballs in New England. Speaking of deflation, the momentum in New England lost air when the Chiefs upset the Super Bowl champion Patriots, 42-27. Prepare for another long and dramatic football season.