I may not have done mental somersaults anticipating the start of NFL 2011, but how could I not watch the season opener? I’ve decided to change the structure of my game posts. I’m moving away from the essay/narrative and adopting a more stream-of-consciousness, talking-aloud-to-myself format.
- Aaron Rodgers quarterbacked for Green Bay. Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings made the first touchdown of the game, five minutes into the first quarter. A possession later, wide receiver Jordy Nelson made a TD for Green Bay.
- Drew Brees quarterbacked for New Orleans. Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem made a TD catch in the bottom of the quarter.
- Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb increased his team’s lead with a TD.
- Score – 21 GB and 7 NO
- Saints began the quarter with a field goal. Late on, running back Darren Sproles returned a punt for a seventy-two yard TD.
- Packers running back James Starks nabbed a TD at the bottom of the quarter.
- Score – 28 GB and 17 NO.
- Saints picked up a FG for starters; wide receiver Devery Henderson brought smiles to his mates with a TD later in the quarter.
- Randall Cobb smelled end zone turf again.
- Score – 35 GB and 27 NO.
- Packers fullback John Kuhn marched his body into the end zone at the top of the quarter.
- Saints tight end Jimmy Graham cut into the bottom right corner of the end zone at the bottom of the quarter.
Final Score: 42 GB and 34 NO. So close and yet so far for the Saints.
1. Broadcast on NBC with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth narrating.
2. The Saints wore white jerseys and gold/black pants. The gold appeared so pale it looked like champagne.
3. Is it my imagination or are the yard lines thicker?
4. I started watching the game three minutes into the first quarter. I’ve watched nearly every televised moment since and neither Al Michaels nor Cris Collinsworth have had any screen time until the end of the first half.
5. Peyton Manning is 35 years-old?!
6. I got distracted in the third quarter by local news. Whenever I remembered to flip back to the game, it would be a commercial.
7. Upon returning from such a break, Al Michaels plugged “America’s Got Talent.” Cris Collinsworth made a comment about “America’s got talent on the field too.” Funny.
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