Three to Get Ready: September 8-10

A look ahead at the three sporting events I’ll be watching this weekend (and yes, because of the NFL season, Monday counts as part of the weekend).

September 8:
9 Virginia Tech at 2 LSU, 9:15 ET on ESPN
This is pretty cool -- two non-conference, top-10 opponents meeting in just the 2nd week of the season. For one of these teams, their national title hopes will be over on September 8th (or damn close to it). The winning team could easily use this game as a springboard to an undefeated season. Here’s the big question -- if LSU wins big (just like it did last week) and USC struggles again, does LSU leapfrog USC to become No. 1?

September 9:
Bears at Chargers, 4:15 ET on FOX
You’ve got the team that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl against the team that finished 2006 with the league’s best record. Not a bad marquee matchup for the first NFL Sunday. Honestly, it could be a long day for those LaDainian Tomlinson fantasy owners. He hasn’t had a multi-TD game in his opener since his rookie year, and he’s facing the best defense in the game. I’m not saying bench him, I’m just saying don’t expect 150 yards and 3 touchdowns. Then again, don’t expect much from Sexy Rexy either. Shawne Merriman might break him in two.

September 10:
Ravens at Bengals, 7 ET on ESPN
Obviously this is the Monday Night Football season premiere, and it should be a pretty good game, but it’s worth tuning in just for Chad Johnson. "I'm bringing sexy back for this year. It's that Ocho Cinco. It's going to be a beautiful season. Trust me, it's going to be a good year." Putting the bad Justin Timberlake reference aside, Chad Johnson has promised the greatest touchdown celebration ever if -- no, wait, WHEN -- he scores against the Ravens. If you’re not watching when it happens, may God have mercy on your soul.

In anticipation of the greatest touchdown celebration ever (or as those in the know call it, “the SexyBack”), enjoy this: