The first full weekend of the 2013 pro football season has finally begun. Last night in the Mile High City, Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos flung seven (!) touchdown passes in an opening night victory over the world-champion Baltimore Ravens in a game delayed for more than 30 minutes because of, well, nothing (the fear was lightning, which never occurred). The all-time record for TD passes is 50 by Tom Brady in 2007 (Manning had the previous record of 49 set in 2004), but, after one night, Brady's record might be in serious jeopardy. A lot of prognosticators have picked The Broncos to go all the way in the AFC this year, and other than Brady's Patriots, who could argue with that prediction today?
Meanwhile the best game of the NFL weekend takes place at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday when the Green Bay Packers take on the 49ers, who came just a few yards short of winning the Super Bowl last February. And your Tampa Bay Buccaneers travel to New York to play the Jets. How terrible are these Jets? Well, let's put it this way — the Bucs looked pretty horrible in pre-season, yet they're favored on the road? We look forward to seeing how Geno Smith does vs. Planet Revis. CL's Bill Freitas reports in this week's cover story.
Yesterday, I was in St. Pete to hear about the (relatively modest) goals of the People's Budget Review. The St. Pete City Council is engaging in a couple of public hearings this month before approving the FY 2014 budget.
Speaking of St. Pete, there's been a lull in campaign debates since last week's primary election. However, there are two approaching (one moderated by yours truly), and both are going to concentrate on the interests and needs of small businesses.
And I'm sure you've heard of Uber by now, right? The alternative service to taxi cabs still isn't available in Tampa, which means that the new partnership between the NFL and Uber's cutting edge app that will provide transportation for inebriated NFL players won't be available for the Bucs.