The Washington Redskins and the New York Giants gathering by the knees. Fox televised the game; Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators. The first score of the game was a field goal for the Giants. New York 3 and Washington 0. The second quarter started with a tussle between Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss and cornerback Giants Corey Webster. Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham ran Eli Manning’s pass into the end zone for a touchdown a few minutes into the quarter. New York 10 and Washington 0. In the bottom of the quarter, defensive end Osi Umenyiora got his hands around a fumbled Redskins ball and ran it in for a TD. New York 17 and Washington 0. With fewer than thirty seconds left in the first half, Redskins pretended to try a field goal and punter Hunter Smith was able to make a TD. New York 17 and Washington 7.
The third quarter wormed down to under three minutes when Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted Eli Manning. Would Redskins QB Jason Campbell be able to take advantage? Not entirely. They’d have to make do with a field goal. New York 17 and Washington 10. The Giants picked up a field goal in the top and bottom of the fourth quarter. The Redskins didn’t stop trying, though. Tight end Chris Cooley made a TD reception in the final 1.5 minutes of the game. New York 23 and Washington 17. Final score.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Liquid nitrogen and a pool. Pretty.
2. The skycam swirled up and around the Giants huddle at the four minute mark in the second quarter. Those Giants looked like action figures with that vertical spatial compression.
3. When the commercial break ended after Oi Umenyiora made that TD, one of the cameras cut to him sitting on the bench. He looked upwards and made some hand gestures towards the sky. Was he thanking unseen forces?
4. I’ve noticed for quite a long time now that persons in army fatigues have stood behind the end zones in many games. I decided to google the phrase, “armed forces love NFL” to see what kinds of results are returned. Here’s something on Hines Ward. Watching the NFL in Okinawa, Japan. Searching “army NFL end zone” yields footballers in Kuwait.
5. After Hunter Smith made the TD in the bottom of the second quarter (which was captured with the skycam as it happend), there was some slow-motion footage of Redksins head coach Jim Zorn chewing gum. I’m going to take this moment to implore all networks never to include slow-motion of anyone chewing gum.
6. Four minutes into the third quarter, the camera cut to a medium close-up of the Giants sidelines. I’m not sure who was in the middle of the frame, but one of the non-suited Giants was screen-right in the background. He had a water bottle that was half-filled with faintly pink liquid and was holding a silver packet close to his mouth as his head was tilted. Kool Aid drink mix? Crystal Light packet?
7. Troy Aikman’s hands are quite large. I am amused by the way Joe Buck looks at his colleague during cuts to the press box. He appears to be listening intently, but on the other hand, he could also not be paying attention. Is it what he does with his mouth? And all those instances of swallowing? You can see hints of it here too.
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