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SALT LAKE CITY — With college football and the NFL now beginning, it's nice to finally have football back. Defending Super Bowl champions New York Giants earned the opening night spotlight, but started the season out with a 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Full disclosure, I'm a Cowboys fan and have been since I was a child. It's been a rough decade or so, with a team that appears to be promising, but ultimately falls short in all the wrong ways. No, it's not like the bad omen hanging over the Chicago Cubs, but it still hasn't been pretty since their last Super Bowl win in 1996.

Despite their troubling seasons and seemingly lack of relevance, everyone still hates the Cowboys. I completely understand. Unless you're a Cowboys fan, you most likely cheer for any team playing against Dallas, even if it's your dreaded rival. Nevertheless, the NFL is back and here are some of the highlights from Wednesday night's game.

And for the many non-Cowboys fans out there, I'm sorry. Let me have at least one week to say my team beat the defending Super Bowl champions. The chaos that is Dallas will likely resume in week two.

Notre Dame trick shot

The Notre Dame football team has not had a great season in the past few years, with their last 10-win season coming during the beginning of the Charlie Weis era. However, the tradition behind Notre Dame can't be beaten. The Fighting Irish will always have its place at the top of college football's pedigree.

And what better way to highlight their team's skills? A ping pong trick shot. Tight end Jake Golic attempts to bounce a ping pong ball off the wall and into a small Gatorade cup. The trick shot is successful and his teammates go nuts. It's the little things that make them happy. Imagine how the team would react if they won a BCS bowl game.

Greg Jennings does Old Spice and ESPN is great

Old Spice has been know over the last few years for their clever commercials. Oftentimes they're odd, but more than likely memorable. In fact, they're actually commercials you look forward to seeing instead of skipping them on your DVR.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings and Old Spice partnered up for an interesting commercial. Instead of giving my analysis of the spot, I'll let you be the judge. For some viewers, it will be one of the best, but for others, you'll be left shaking your head. Just keep your eyes on the dog.

ESPN has also released some pretty funny commercials over the years. From soccer flops to mascots being disappointed at their players, the commercials are fun to watch. ESPN just released their newest spot, showing the alternative side of ESPN analyst John Clayton. Who knew he still lived with his mom?

Ref gets hit by a football

Referees have a tough job in any sport. Not only do they have to make tough decisions at the moment they happen, but they have to live with those decision. Fans, players and coaches all ridicule the refs, with few showing them any love. Rarely is a ref praised for a good call, but is constantly criticized when he or she makes one bad call.

They understand their jobs and they're still willing to do it. However, it's not likely a ref is all that excited to be thrown into the action.

While taking part of the action in a high school game, one ref was on the losing end of a bad throw by a quarterback for Dieruff High School's football team, who is currently on a 31-game losing streak. The ref gets knocked down, but quickly jumps back up. I love how he shakes it off like nothing happened. Luckily for the ref, there were no injuries and he was able to continue the game without incident.

Unfortunately for the football team, it comes as no surprise they're on a 31-game losing streak, but who am I to judge?

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