THE GREATEST SPORT — Happy Labor Day to most of you.
But happy Opening Weekend of college football to all the rest.
Yeah, we know that technically this week marked the second weekend with college football. But with all due to respect to Week 0, to Florida-Miami and to Khalil-Tate-on-the-1-yard-line-in-Honolulu, college football officially returned to television sets around the country this week.
But before we take a look at some of our favorite moments from the greatest sport, let's take a look at a prominent former Utah Jazz guard who just won a championship.
No, it's not the FIBA World Cup. But it is Great Clips of the Week. As always, click the video above for more of our favorite moments.
Joe Johnson wins Big 3 title
Should Joe Johnson still be on an NBA roster?
The 38-year-old former Utah Jazz guard made a case for it Sunday.
Johnson had 28 points to lead Triplets to the Big 3 title, but the Little Rock, Arkansas native saved his best for last. Sitting just below the 50-point threshold for wins in all Big 3 games, Johnson stepped back and calmly sank a triple that sent made Lebron James jump out of his chair and give Triplets a 50-39 victory.
No ordinary Joe, indeed.
Credit should also be given to WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, who won Big 3 Coach of the Year in guiding Triplets to the championship.
Maybe we should re-think who we want in the NBA.
Welcome back (everyone), college football
There were a lot of games that got us racing around our living rooms from around college football this weekend.
From last Thursday's "Holy War" between BYU and Utah, to Auburn's thrilling 27-21 win over Oregon with a true freshman quarterback, to Jalen Hurts' ascension in Oklahoma's 49-31 win Sunday night over Houston.
If you missed it, Hurts completed 20-of-23 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns, and ran the ball 16 times for 176 yards and three scores, as well. That's 508 yards and six touchdowns in the Alabama transfer's first game with the Sooners — an Oklahoma program record for most yards in a debut game.
But not even Hurts-mania was enough to beat out the best moment in college football. That came after No. 22 Syracuse's 24-0 victory at Liberty.
You see, most games end with both head coaches shaking hands at midfield. Win, lose or draw, that's how it is traditionally done in college football. But Liberty coach Hugh Freeze couldn't make it to the turf Saturday; he called the game from a hospital bed high above Arthur L. Williams Stadium while he recovers from a staph infection.
So Syracuse coach Dino Babers gave him his due respect — by marching to midfield and pointing upward at the former Ole Miss coach in traction, a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye.
Freeze, for his part, acknowledged the gesture and returned it with a thumbs up toward the No. 22 Orange.
And that is why we love college football.
Not done yet
But wait, there's more.
College football didn't end Sunday, when the Sooners thrashed the Cougars on national television.
No, there's one more shot at a fix, fans. No. 9 Notre Dame opens the season at Louisville in an all-to-itself Monday night fixture on ESPN.
Before the game, the Fighting Irish released their preseason hype video. And while it is fire, it is also more honest than any hype video we've ever seen.
Love them. Hate them.
But pure 🔥🔥🔥.