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Not. One. Bit.

Q. You always want to win. In the context of the FedExCup, did you do what you had to do this week?
TIGER WOODS: No, no (smiling). Sorry, no, I can’t go there with you on that one.

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It got off to a rocky start, but finished strong (like this blog post.) But Mark Sanchez’s first start as Jets QB, albeit the preseason, did end with a touchdown. But it started with an interception returned for a touchdown and another one Ravens’ LB Ray Lewis should have had. Let’s hope he got the bad bugs outta him. But he did end it with a nice drive that led to the TD pass to Leon Washington. Good luck, Mark.

Leon, looked strong, as did the defense, which does need Darelle Revis back in pass coverage. Dwight Lowery hasn’t improved, and I hope he is not starting or participating in any major situations this year, or opposing offenses will just eat him up. Like they did last year.

Shonn Greene has rib injuries, lets hope he returns soon, and the return of Nick Mangold and Alan Faneca on the offensive line helped finally open up the running lanes for Thomas Jones and Washington.

Let’s hope we see better performances on both sides of the ball Saturday night against the Giants at 8pm ET on WNBC-TV.

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Nothing like messing up a perfectly laid plan, but that’s what happened to me today:

The U2 concert previously scheduled for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2009 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey has been moved to WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2009. The performance on Thursday, September 24th will proceed as scheduled.

The change was necessitated by the rescheduling of the New York Jets football game on Sunday September 27, 2009 from 4:15pm to 1pm out of respect for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which starts that evening. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year.

The spectacular staging installation for the U2 360° tour requires up to 2 days to disassemble. The original 4:15 PM game time scheduled by the NY Jets provided enough time for the band to load out the set. The change to 1 PM was logistically impossible for U2. In order to accommodate the New York Jets, the NFL and the state of New Jersey, which owns the stadium, and out of respect for U2 and Jets’ fans of Jewish faith, U2 agreed to move their show rather than pursue other options.

‘We regret any disruptions this may cause U2 fans.’ said Dennis Robinson, President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and Thad Sheely, Executive Vice President – Stadium Development and Finance of the New York Jets. ‘Out of respect for the religious holiday it was critical that the game time was changed. The NJSEA, along with the Jets, want to thank U2, their management staff, their fans and Live Nation for their immediate response in helping us remedy this situation.’

Tickets for the Friday, September 25th performance will be honored at the newly announced show date of Wednesday, September 23rd. Refunds, if necessary, will be available starting Friday, August 28th (through September 22nd) at point of purchase for U2 ticket holders of the September 25, 2009 show who cannot make the September 23rd date.

The U2 360° Tour scheduled for Thursday, September 24th is not affected and will proceed as scheduled.

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Here we are, the first PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs event, The Barclays. Let’s try to put this into easy terms: 4 weeks, where the points are quintupled or more from the regular season, and anyone really can win this thing. Top 100 in the standings move onto next week, 70 the next week, and 30 to the Tour Championship. Anyone in the field in the Tour Championship has a shot to win the cup, and the top 5 in the standings control their own destiny — win and they win the whole deal. Got it?

This week we’re at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, which a lot of the players don’t like, some saying it’s the worst course they’ve ever seen, and I’ve been told some caddies think something like -6 or -8 could win. Yikes. Tiger called it “interesting.” When asked if it was good or bad, he just said “interesting.” I don’t see him playing here again.

TV Coverage is tomorrow and Friday, Live, on Golf Channel from 3-6pm ET, Saturday from 1-2:30pm ET and Sunday from Noon-1:30pm ET also on Golf Channel, Saturday 3-6pm ET on CBS and Sunday 2-6pm ET on CBS. Enjoy.

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Here we go for the first playoff event:

A: Tiger Woods (Backup: Phil Mickelson)
B: Steve Stricker (Backup: Zach Johnson)
B: Hunter Mahan (Backup: Lucas Glover)
C: Y.E. Yang (Backup: Charles Howell III)

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From the New York Daily News’ Rich Cimini:

This is hardly a shocker, but the Jets have decided to name rookie Mark Sanchez as their opening-day quarterback, the Daily News confirmed this morning.

Rex Ryan, in his first big decision as coach, picked Sanchez over career backup Kellen Clemens. The only thing surprising about it was the timing, with Sanchez coming off a mistake-filled performance Monday night in Baltimore.

This is no big surprise. Even though he had a shaky game the other night (more on that eventually, I promise) he had the much better camp than Kellen Clemens and you knew this was bound to happen. Now he can hopefully relax and have a good last preseason game against the Giants this weekend.

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Take it from the #1 news anchor in America, Brian Williams:

One more thing: While it’s not for everyone, I wanted to recommend a very funny place: FAILblog. The name will quickly become self-explanatory. Remember that I said it’s not for everyone.

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