Yes, football is back! … Ahh! My eyes!

Nice helmet,buddy.

It’s good to have football back, isn’t it? After a boring sports summer full of lockouts and low-rent baseball pennant races, I greatly enjoyed sitting on the couch all day Saturday watching college football.

Thanks to the advent of DVR, you can pause the game, run out and pick up a pizza and not miss a thing. You just have to stay off social media for a minute.

But did anyone else notice that as the weekend wore on, the jerseys got more and more ridiculous? The new fad in college football is wearing flashy uniforms with brazen color schemes because the high school kids who you’re recruiting think they’re cool.

Oregon has found some success doing this in recent years, and now teams like Georgia, Boise State and Maryland are all trying to duplicate the Ducks’ magic. Quick: Can you come up with the names of three Maryland players or 10 funny comments you heard about the Maryland uniforms?

Grab that attention in a nationally televised game while you can, Terps!

Look! A blonde wife!

What’s with the trend of college football players getting married … while still in college? You may recall that former Texas star Colt McCoy got hitched while still a student a couple years back.

While they were engaged, TV cameras often found McCoy’s blonde girlfriend in the crowd. She became an online sensation.

Kellen Moore, Boise State’s quarterback, did the same thing. Moore married his girlfriend (they’ve been dating since middle school) over the summer. And cameras caught his wife, Julie, in the stands Saturday night, and it’s safe to assume you’ll be seeing lots of her this year.

Wacky NFL?predictions

With the NFL season starting tomorrow night, can I interest you in some wacky predictions for the upcoming season?

Aaron Rodgers has dated a grapefruit heiress, a singer and a couple actresses. He’ll start dating a female athlete (Hope Solo is single, right?) and when Green Bay loses in the playoffs, someone will mention that Tom Brady hasn’t won a title since he starting dating Gisele. … Jay Cutler and the Bears will be terrible, but Cutler’s ex-fiancee will finish in the Top 3 on Dancing with the Stars. … Reggie Bush will be a fixture on the South Beach scene and the Miami Dolphins will have the worst record in the league. … The Saints beat the Chargers in a high-scoring Super Bowl.

– Jason Raj McIntyre covers athletes off the field and runs the popular blog, The Big Lead.
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