Eagles Win NFL Season Opener, Tiger and McIlroy Go Low, Serena Makes Final

Jonathan Grant | September 7th, 2018

Football season is well and truly here. College football got its start last weekend, and now the NFL has followed suit with its first game of the year pitting Super Bowl champions Philadelphia Eagles against the Atlanta Falcons. In a game that was delayed initially due to thunderstorms, the weather was an indicator of the ugliness that was about to ensue. Much like the playoff meeting last January, this was a tight, low-scoring game that ultimately went to the Eagles by a score of 18-12. Nick Foles is now 6-1 as a starter for the Eagles, but the real talk should be about their defense. They’ve once again taken over when they were called upon, and as recent history shows, if they can hold the Falcons to under 17 points, they will win. They did it on Thursday night, and they’ve begun their title defense very well.

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Long before the game kicked off, Tiger Woods was out on course making a big splash at the BMW Championship. Tiger would decimate the course like the Tiger of old, hitting 16 greens in regulation and shooting an -8 under 62 at the end of the road. It had all looked like it could be unraveling on the 17th when he made a bogey. But Woods battled back to make a birdie on 18 to give him the 62. Despite the low score, he did not finish the day in the lead by himself. Rory McIlroy also would shoot at 62 later on, with several others finishing closely behind. If you thought Tiger was gonna run away with it, not so fast. Others have ideas of their own heading into Friday.

In the US Open, history continues to be made in what has been an outstanding tennis tournament. The women’s finals are now set after Thursday night, and it will be pitting 20 year old Japanese starlet Naomi Osaka against Serena Williams. Serena was a little shaky in her own right, for a handful of minutes maybe, before stepping on the gas in her semi and trouncing Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets (6-3, 6-0). If Serena wins against Osaka, she will tie the mark held by Margaret Court (never a more Tennis-y name, huh?) for the most single majors in history at 24. Osaka is also making history in her own right. She is the first Japanese lady to make it to the US Open final after defeating American Madison Keys, a finalist last year, in straight sets (6-2, 6-4). She wasn’t broken a single time, but something tells me she will have a little more trouble with Serena…

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