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week in review

The Week Before Week 1

Technically, the NFL season began last night in New Orleans — um, welcome back, Brett — but football truly returns to our lives on Sunday, when the Giants meet the Panthers at the New Meadowlands Stadium. (The Jets — all of them, even Darrelle Revis — open their season the following night.) The good news? You'll be able to watch both of those games on TV. The bad news? The beginning of the regular season means the end of the Jets' entertaining run on Hard Knocks. But what happened this week that didn't involve final cuts and practice squads?

The U.S. Open continued at Flushing Meadows.

The Yankees lost two of three to Baltimore, but Andy Pettitte made it through a rehab start.

The Mets' week involved Oliver Perez, free tickets, and wounded vets.

The Rangers and Marc Staal kept talking.

We dreamed of Amar'e Stoudemire dunking on Isiah Thomas in the new NBA Jam.

And we learned that Buck Showalter is no Keith Olbermann fan.

That's it for us. Have a nice weekend.

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