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NFL 2013: Patriots ankle boot the Falcons

I didn’t watch the game — I couldn’t bear to watch it.  I did check the score every thirty minutes, though.  The first two quarters of Sunday Night Football between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons suggested that both teams’ defense were giving stellar performances.  Their offensive players shook their tail feathers in the second half, and despite a victory within the Falcons reach, the Patriots did what they do best: outscore opponents in the fourth quarter.  New England 30 and Atlanta 23.

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Super Bowl XLVI: The Giants almond butter the Patriots

Super Bowl XLVI.  Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.  The New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots.  Four years ago the Giants knocked down the Patriots by just three points.  Will they go for a repeat performance or will the Patriots take back the night?
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Broadcast on NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth providing commentary, the forty-sixth Super Bowl started with the Giants on offense.  They didn’t do much but New England quarterback Tom Brady inadvertently helped them out with an intentional grounding of the ball, giving the Giants a safety.  Shortly thereafter, Giants wide receiver was cradling the ball in the end zone.  New York 9 and New England 0.

The Patriots got on the score board with a field goal in the top of the second quarter.  New York 9 and New England 3. By the end of the first half, the Patriots’ rhythm improved enough for a TD courtesy of running back Danny Woodhead.  New England 10 and New York 9.

The Patriots brought out their proper ammo with another TD in the top of the third quarter, though the Giants managed to shrink the score distance with a couple of field goals by the end of the quarter.  New England 17 and New York 15.

Two point difference…two point difference!  With just over sixty seconds left, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw unintentionally made a TD.  A two point conversion was not successful.  The Patriots had fifty-seven seconds to spit out a TD.  Tom Brady and crew came very close but in the end, New York 21 and New England17.  Final score.  The Giants have won Super Bowl XLVI!!!

 

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem. She’s got bangs now!
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2.  Are you excited about both the advancements in technology, execution, and feasibility of streaming the Super Bowl live?  Does it mean that all parties involved on the producing, distributing, and financing end have figured out a way to profit from such an offering?  And of course there’s an app.

3.  Patriots’ safety Patrick Chung is part Chinese.  His mom was a singer in Jamaica.  Chung is also a Korean last name but in this case it’s likely the Cantonese spelling of what would otherwise be romanized as “Zhong” or “Chong.”  If his Chinese name really is 鍾家庭, then his teammates could start calling him, “Chung Family.”  His first name in Chinese is literally “family.”

4.  Halftime thoughts.  Wow.  Madonna channeled Spartacus, Cleopatra, cheerleading camp, marching band, and candle-lit choir,  in her performance of “Vogue,” “Music,” “Give Me All Your Love,” “Open Your Heart to Me,” and “Like a Prayer.”

And for all of you young people who don’t know a lick about classic Hollywood, click on the actors’ name from the spoken word portion of “Vogue” for more information.

Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Dietrich and DiMaggio*
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine

Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on air

They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katharine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you

Best halftime show I’ve seen this side of the 21st century.

* Joe DiMaggio was not an actor.^U^

5. I watched the 60 Minutes segment on Meryl Streep; I know people who don’t think she’s that big of a talent.  Although I can’t say I like her the way I like Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Charlotte Rampling, and Anna Mouglalis, I do like what she brings to the art and profession of acting. She’s got skills…and she’s stunning in a subtle way (and reminds me a lot of another actress, Jennifer Ehle).

6.  In my Youtube hopping tonight, I came across a clip of French singers covering “Ain’t No Sunshine.”  It made me wonder if Europeans singing in English sound any less accented than Asians singing in English.  Olivia Ong is from Singapore.  Ock Ju-Hyun and Hyori are KoreanGirls’ Generation from Korea singing “Wannabe” vs. now defunct French group L5’s rendition.


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Pre-S 10: Patriots corkscrew the Falcons

The New England Patriots shuttled southward to meet-and-greet the Atlanta Falcons.  Televised on Fox, the predatory birds’ second pre-season game began with the home team receiving the kick-off.  Matt Ryan quarterbacked during the Falcons’ first possession.  Matt Bryant kicked a forty-six yard field goal six minutes into the quarter.  Atlanta 2 and New England 0.  Tom Brady donned his QB shoes next for the Patriots.  He and his teammates made football look easy.  Wide receiver Randy Moss nearly made a touchdown catch but Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson and safety Erik Coleman rendered that pass incomplete.  A few plays later, running back Fred Taylor ran the ball twenty-eight yards for a TD.  New England 7 and Atlanta 3.

The top of the second quarter demonstrated a more focused Falcons offense.  Matt Bryant attempted a forty-seven yard FG at the end of the possession.  Kroy Biermann sacked Brady, which preceded a wide right forty-one yard Stephen Gostowski FG.  A personal foul on Chevis Jackson gave the Patriots an automatic first down.  Though Biermann made another defensive play, Brady connected with rookie Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez for a TD.  New England 14 and Atlanta 3.  John Parker Wilson went in as QB upon return from commercial break (with five minutes left in the second quarter).  Patriots rookie cornerback Jonathan Wilhite intercepted John Parker Wilson’s pass meant for wide receiver Eric Weems.  Brian Hoyer set to QB duties for the Patriots.

Hoyer and Parker Wilson continued as QBs for their respective teams in the third quarter.  Seven minutes into the second half, Patriots running back Sammy Morris carried the ball twenty yards into the end zone.  New England 21 and Atlanta 3.  The third sprang to the fourth with the Patriots recovering a fumbled Falcons ball.  The fourth quarter burst out with a TD by tight end Rob Gronkowski.  New England 28 and Atlanta 3.  After getting sacked towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, John Parker Wilson threw a TD pass to wide receiver Troy Bergeron.  Chris Redman took to the field for the final minute and a half of the game.  New England 28 and Atlanta 10.   Final score.  Sure, I’d have liked the Falcons to win, but losing to the Patriots by fewer than twenty points in the pre-season isn’t that bad, is it?

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Pre-game footage included a brief shot of Tom Brady walking into the Georgia Dome and wearing a suit.  His hair has grown past his ears; he looks like a hockey player.

2.  Matt Ryan is glowing.  Is it confidence? Bone structure?  Il est beau.

3.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman narrated this evening’s game.  Joe wore a light pink-lavender tie, an off-white button-down shirt, and a black blazer.  Troy wore a dark blue and light blue tie with stripes, a cornflowery button-down shirt, and a dark blue blazer.

4.  The Fox score and quarter graphic looks different and is ill-placed.  It was unassuming last season and sat in the upper left corner.  Now, it’s rounder, bigger, more colorful and is in the upper left portion of the screen–roughly two inches into the screen (from the edge of the set).  The Fox logo is in the upper right of the screen.

5.  Did Troy Aikman refer to Tom Brady as “dreamy” immediately before the telecast cut to a commercial following Matt Bryant’s first quarter field goal?

6.  Can’t sleep? No problem.  You might be smarter than your sleep-before-midnight brethren.

7.  Percy Harvin suffers from migraines?

8.  Upon returning for the second half, cameras caught former Falcons coach Jim Mora signing dollar bills for fans in the stands.

9.  Mike Pereira joined Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in the booth during the third quarter.

10.  Sammy Morris and Tommy Davidson could be brothers.

11.  Number 28 on the Patriots side was chewing gum in a sidelines huddle.

12.  Slow-motion footage of the Falcons sidelines after Bergeron’s TD had Matt Ryan and Chris Redman both congratulating John Parker Wilson (Ryan patted him on the back).

13.  Tom Brady hugged Matt Ryan when the game was over.  They both patted each other’s left breast…you know, the area between the arm pit and the chest.

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NFL 2010 wildcard: Ravens swarm the Patriots

If  the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens had a million dollars (right this second), would they buy you a house or a K-car?  Probably not.  Instead, they would meet on a patch of grass, squat down, crouch in stealth, chase each other, and pull one another to the ground in order to go to the playoffs.  Broadcast on CBS, the Ravens went on offense first and running back Ray Rice bolted eighty-three yards down the field for a  touchdown on the first play–seventeen seconds into the game.  Two plays into the Patriots’ possession, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs initiated a turnover.  The end of that drive produced a touchdown by linebacker Jameel McClain.  Baltimore 14 and New England 0.  Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception into the hands of Ravens cornerback Chris Carr in the middle of the first quarter.  Rice soon made his second TD of the day.  SWEET AND SPICY JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS!!!! Brady threw yet another interception when the Patriots got back on offense.  Ravens safety Ed Reed made the turnover catch and tossed the ball to safety Dawan Landry before getting tackled at New England’s thirty-four yard line.  The Ravens went with a field goal at the end of that excitement.  Baltimore 24 and New England 0.

The second quarter started with the Patriots punting the ball away but none of the Ravens caught the ball.  New England cornerback Kyle Arrington recovered the ball in Baltimore’s red zone.  The commentators thought the Ravens should’ve challenged the call but also pointed out that Baltimore’s coaches were not close enough to see anything to warrant throwing a red flag.  A few plays later, wide receiver Julian Edelman caught a pass for a TD.  Baltimore 24 and New England 7.  Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was picked off six minutes into the quarter.

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The third quarter appeared to demonstrate more New England solidness, that is until Dawan Landry intercepted Brady six minutes into the quarter.  The Ravens increased their score with a field goal  Baltimore 27 and New England 7.  Several minutes later, Julian Edelman made a second TD.  Baltimore 27 and New England 14.  The fourth quarter began with the Ravens winning a challenge to get a first-and-goal and a couple plays later, running back Willis McGahee got himself into the end zone.  A two-point conversion attempt did not work.  Baltimore challenged the unsuccessful try but lost.  Halfway through the quarter, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostowski’s kick was no good.  Baltimore 33 and New England 14.  Final score.  The last time the Patriots lost at home was to the Jets in 2006.  The Ravens are going to play the Indianapolis Colts next week.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators.  Both men wore dark suits, but Nantz had a purple tie, a lavender shirt, and a dark gray sweater vest.  Simms was decked in blue of varying shades for vest, tie, and shirt.

2.  Phil Simms noted during the Ravens’ kickoff to the Patriots upon returning from the commercial break that followed Ray Rice’s game-opening TD run that in an interview from the previous night, Rice said that, “I run deceptively quick with speed.”  I had no idea what that meant until an extreme high-angle (essentially an overhead view) of the field where the Patriots end zone was at the bottom of the screen.  The replay began at the line of scrimmage and as Rice broke through the New England defense and was headed down the field, the “deceptively quick with speed” became apparent in comparing the running of two Patriots that were trying to catch up to Rice.  These Patriots’ feet move more rapidly, whereas Rice’s strides were bigger.

3.  Jameel McClain did a little step-dance after he stood up in the end zone.

4.  Did I just see Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake speaking really, really bad Mandarin in a Sony TV commercial?  Yes, I did.  Manning sounded like he was speaking a bizarre smoothie of bad Cantonese and Mandarin.  Timberlake sounded like he was only speaking bad Mandarin.  It was pretty funny, though.  They have inflections in their voices.  I think I could teach both of them how to pronounce Mandarin properly.

5.  Ravens tight end Todd Heap sustained some kind of injury in the bottom of the fourth quarter.  He’s one year and two months older than I.

6.  New England head coach Bill Belichick was wearing a beanie.  The red and white yarn ball atop of it reminded me of a peppermint candy.  Tom Brady also needs to cut his hair.

7.  After the game, Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh ran around the field high-fiving Baltimore fans.

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NFL 2009: The Saints did what?!

The New Orleans Saints played the New England Patriots last night on Monday Night Football and beat those blue-white-and-reds 38 to 17.

Watch highlights here.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Why did I bother looking up the score?  I over-heard two men talking about Tom Brady in a somewhat pitying light this morning.

Brady and Drew Brees were featured in extreme close-up at the start of the highlights video.  New England’s QB looked so professional, so stern; while New Orleans’s QB looked like a wee lad with big brown eyes–all iris, no white.

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