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5 things to talk about on the course: The NFL returns, Serena attempts to make history, and Selena causes a stir

September 11, 2015

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. NFL opening weekend: Pro football is back! You know, the kind of football where the quarterbacks can actually throw, the kickers can actually kick, the focus isn't on some jerk who makes more than all the professors at the school combined, and the competitive playing field is at least somewhat level. That means it's also time for our annual reminder that if you're not watching Scott Hanson and the NFL RedZone channel, you're not living.

2. New England Patriots: Our favorite team to suspect of cheating is back, too! With opposing team's headsets not working in the season opener! It never ends with these guys! Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was visibly perturbed after his team's 28-21 loss, particularly by having trouble communicating with his coaches during the first half. It's probably nothing, but after "Deflategate," and "Spygate," which just in the last week two of ESPN's top reporters released a huge new story about, it's hard not to be suspicious.

3. Serena Williams: We're so close to sports history and yet I still don't feel Williams is getting enough props for what she's doing. Not only is she is on the precipice of completing the calendar Grand Slam, but she's doing it in the same year in which she became the oldest major winner. This is amazing, folks! (UPDATE: Of course, Serena was upset by 43rd-ranked Roberta Vinci shortly after this posted. Sigh. Still, what a run. Congrats, Serena! And you won the U.S. Open last year, so that's two "Serena Slams." Incredible.)

4. Selena Gomez: The pop singer made waves when she released the cover of her upcoming album, "Revival." Wonder why. . .

The first single, "Good for You," is pretty good, but she's got a ways to go before we put her in the same league as Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. At 23, though, there's still time.

5. Stephen Colbert: The funnyman finally began his run as David Letterman's replacement on The Late Show and. . . well, I don't stay up that late anymore so I have no clue how he's doing.