Trending: Mayweather shows betting slip

From floydmayweather via Instagram

Looks like the Dallas Cowboys, Bill Clinton and Tomas Berdych weren't the only big winners Wednesday night.

It was reported last week that Floyd "Money" Mayweather, who has a history of making large sports wagers and recently was released from jail following a two-month sentence in a domestic violence case, last week bet about $2.9 million on Michigan -- eventual 41-14 losers -- to cover the 14-point spread Saturday against Alabama. But those reports later were refuted. You can decide whether to take the 35-year-old super welterweight's word for it this time. Dallas won Wednesday’s game 24-17 and the second half 17-14.

Samuel L. Jackson, who tweeted lots of gold during the Olympics, scored some points throughout the game:

Later, he wasn't pleased with the home team's pass coverage during the Cowboys' final scoring drive:

He also plans to be tweeting throughout the NFL season, telling his followers that he has the "NFL pkg so I'll be bouncin around on Sunday's."

The NFL season opener shared the spotlight with former President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention -- both evoking memories of days-gone-by after the Cowboys upset the Super Bowl champs:

Kevin Ogletree was a big reason. Two touchdowns. Eight catches, 114 yards and the back-breaking third-down conversion from Tony Romo late in the fourth quarter:

Not many fans at MetLife Stadium, for sure.

Ogletree wasn't the only relative unknown star to emerge Wednesday:

Things started on a high note for the Giants -- who celebrated all four of their Super Bowl championships:

The whole world was watching:

Some folks got a little closer to the action -- winning an Olympic gold medal doesn't hurt. either -- as Russell Westbrook noted on Facebook early by posting: "Pre-game, Letss gooooooo...."

From russellwestbrook via Instagram

It was an uphill climb for the G-Men entering the fourth quarter:

Romo and Miles Austin connected for a touchdown on 1st-and-30 from the Giants' 34 that gave Dallas a 24-10 lead:

One defending champ doesn't always necessarily root for another:

The Cowboys stopped the Giants on 3rd-and-goal from the 5 in the second quarter -- forcing an incomplete pass to Victor Cruz (on a play where an apparent hold was missed). Following Lawrence Tynes' 22-yard field goal -- the first points of the NFL season -- Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was shown on tape uttering a profanity during the musical exit to commercial.

Yeah, we would.

It wasn't just a sad first half for anyone who wanted to see some offense -- the lackluster play left an impact on New York's David Wilson following his fumble:

Well, decide for yourself.

It was a long night indeed in New York.

Lots of caffeine.

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