College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
Depending on whether you’re a fan of football or hockey, there are two games tonight featuring teams that have something to prove.
In the Monday Night-er the Philadelphia Eagles swoop into the US Capital to battle with the Washington Redskins. The Eagles were involved in arguably the biggest upset of the young NFL season last week when they couldn’t muster a touchdown in a 13-9 lose to the Oakland Raiders. Quarterback Donovan McNabb was sacked six times and only completed 22 of 46 passes. The Redskins have been absolutely dreadful so far this season. So bad, that owner Dan Snyder coaxed Sherman Lewis out of bingo-calling retirement to replace head coach Jim Zorn as Washington’s offensive play-caller. Redskin’s QB, Jason Campbell must fell like he’s playing with a bulls eye on his back. Over the off season Washington pursued former Bronco and current Bear Jay Cutler. Snyder also wined-and-dined Mark Sanchez days before the draft. Campbell’s play has been off and last week he was benched mid game. He’s in his last year of his contract and every game is an audition, not only for Washington, but the other 31 teams in the league.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have played eight games so far this season. All eight have ended in loses (one in overtime) and every time the opposition is the first to score. Tonight the Leafs play the Anaheim Ducks for the one and only time this season. Things haven’t been that great for Ducks either. Anaheim has lost three straight at home by a combined 15-6 margin. In their last game, the Ducks gave up six goals over the second and third periods in a 6-4 lose to the Columbus Blue Jackets. For Toronto this is the second game of a five game road trip. Toronto hit the road with four goaltenders in tow. The Leafs hope Jonas Gustavsson will be healthy enough to return to action as he’s battling back from a groin injury. The Monster could be activated tonight. Vesa Toskala is also expected to make his return from injury on the road.