Also, the triumphant Drew Brees over there (tastefully taken from his Purdue days) is because he is now your single season NFL passing record holder. Boiler Up! Or whatever Saints folks say. I can't say I really watch them for any reason other then Brees.
And, in what is typically a rare NBA post (though my second one in the past week) , the Pacers blew out the Pistons last night. I have no idea how good the Pistons are, probably not great. But, if that is the case, the Pacers did what good teams are supposed to do to bad teams. And Bankers Life Fieldhouse (nee Conseco Fieldhouse) was sold out for the occasion. That was definitely new. I don't have opening night attendance figures in front of me, but I would guess this is the first opening night they've sold out in a while. Probably the first time they've sold out a game that wasn't either a playoff or against the Lakers or Heat (or possibly the Celtics) in some time. I sure hope this is a sign of things to come. Larry Bird, as maligned as he's been in recent years, deserves a lot of credit for what he's put together. This core has big things in front of it, and I would be shocked if this year's edition doesn't make it to the playoffs, hopefully at a pretty decent seed.
Oh, and the Blackhawks have definitely regained their mojo. They beat the crap out of the Blue Jackets and will take on a disappointing Kings team tomorrow. The Kings are only a point out of the playoffs, but they were hoping for something much grander this year than scraping into the playoffs. They're not the most disappointing California team, though, so I suppose that's something.