Monthly Archives: November 2007

NFL News: Rollin’ with Romo’s Homies, Favre back to the pit stop

Hopping from Yahoo Sports.

Dallas 37, Green Bay 27

By JAIME ARON, AP Sports Writer
November 30, 2007

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo took a knee, sealing a playoff-clinching, record-setting victory over the team he grew up rooting for and the quarterback he’s obviously patterned himself after. So when it was time for hugs and handshakes, the kid from Wisconsin went looking for Brett Favre.

He had to settle for Aaron Rodgers.

Favre was already in the locker room getting treated for a banged-up right elbow and a separated left shoulder. Besides, the graying icon already had seen enough from Romo and the Dallas Cowboys.

For all his denials about Favre’s influence on him, Romo sure played a lot like a young No. 4 Thursday night — full of moxie and joy, but needing a bit of a high-wire act to send the Cowboys past the Green Bay Packers 37-27 and into the lead for home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

“When I got out to the field, (I realized) it was pretty neat, the atmosphere,” Romo said. “I looked around and was like, `This is why you want to play sports.’ You want to play in games like this. Your competitive juices get flowing and you want to prove what kind of player you are.”

Romo led Dallas to two field goals, then three touchdowns on his first five drives. He finished with four TD passes, giving the Cowboys (11-1) their sixth straight win and guaranteeing a spot in the playoffs.

They also have a leg up on avoiding a trip to Lambeau Field should these teams meet again in the NFC championship.

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Army-Navy Football: The 108th Showdown

Don’t miss the Army-Navy football game this Saturday.

From Army’s web site:

Army and Navy will compete Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore in the 108th meeting of the service academy rivalry. Kickoff is set for 12:16 p.m., and the game will be televised live by CBS with Boomer Esiason and Ian Eagle calling the action. Audio of the game will be provided by the Army Sports Network on WABC 770-AM as well as through the Knight Vision subscription package at www.goARMYsports.com with John Minko, Dean Darling, Rich DeMarco and Bob Outer proving commentary.

 

Take a stroll through Navy’s web site as well.

College Football News: Chan Gailey, we won’t be needing your services anymore

What will the future hold for the Yellow Jackets?

Gailey fired after six seasons

Associated Press

ATLANTA — Chan Gailey never had a losing season in six years at Georgia Tech.

Then again, he never produced the sort of team that really got the fans excited.

Citing business considerations as much as wins and losses, athletic director Dan Radakovich fired Gailey on Monday, two days after his sixth straight loss to rival Georgia ended a season that failed to meet expectations.

The 55-year-old Gailey had lost support among the fan base, which made fundraising more difficult, and he wasn’t the sort of dynamic personality who could help the Yellow Jackets make a name in the crowded Atlanta sports scene.

“Obviously, he didn’t agree with the decision, but he understood there’s a business aspect to this,” Radakovich said. “As far as Xs and Os, Chan is a very good coach. But there’s more to it now. College football is more than just Xs and Os, especially in the competitive market where we are.”

Radakovich finalized his decision Sunday and broke the news to Gailey on Monday morning. Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta took over as interim coach for an expected trip to the Emerald or Humanitarian Bowl, and he will be a candidate to keep the job permanently.

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NFL News Update: Redskins Tragedy, Sean Taylor shot, gone

Redskins safety Sean Taylor didn’t make it. If you believe in unseen forces, send his family and teammate some healing thoughts.

Updated news from Yahoo Sports.

Redskins safety Sean Taylor dies a day after being shot

By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press Writer
November 27, 2007

MIAMI (AP) — Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor died early Tuesday, a day after the Pro Bowl player was shot at home by what police say was an intruder. He was 24.

Family friend Richard Sharpstein said Taylor’s father told him the news around 5:30 a.m.

“His father called and said he was with Christ and he cried and thanked me,” said Sharpstein, Taylor’s former lawyer. “It’s a tremendously sad and unnecessary event. He was a wonderful, humble, talented young man, and had a huge life in front of him. Obviously God had other plans.”

Taylor died at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he had been airlifted after the shooting early Monday, Sharpstein said.

Two carloads of mourners, including the athlete’s father, arrived at the house Tuesday morning. They remained inside and did not speak to reporters. A single bouquet of flowers was left by a palm tree just outside a front gate. Beside the mailbox, an untouched newspaper lay with news of Taylor’s shooting.

Doctors had been encouraged late Monday when Taylor squeezed a nurse’s hand, according to Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins’ vice president of football operations. But Sharpstein said he was told Taylor never regained consciousness after being transported to the hospital and that he wasn’t sure how he had squeezed the nurse’s hand. “Maybe he was trying to say goodbye or something,” Sharpstein said.

Taylor, the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft following an All-American season at the University of Miami, was shot early Monday in the upper leg, damaging the key femoral artery and causing significant blood loss.

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Initial coverage, Scooped from Yahoo Sports.

Redskins safety Taylor shot in Florida, in critical condition

By MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press Writer
November 26, 2007

PALMETTO BAY, Fla. (AP) — Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor was in critical condition Monday after he was shot during what police are investigating as a possible armed robbery at his home.

The 24-year-old player was in the intensive care unit following several hours of surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital, said family friend Richard Sharpstein, his former lawyer. He remained unconscious early Monday evening.

Taylor lost a “significant” amount of blood because the bullet damaged his femoral artery, and doctors are worried about blood flow to the brain, added Sharpstein, who was at the hospital with the player’s family and friends.

Taylor has had problems on and off the field, and two years ago was accused of brandishing a gun. The shooting came eight days after another invasion was reported at his home. According to police records, someone pried open a front window, rifled through drawers and left a kitchen knife on a bed.

Officers were sent to Taylor’s home at about 1:45 a.m. Monday after his girlfriend called 911 and said he was shot in his lower body, Miami-Dade Police Lt. Nancy Perez said. Taylor had missed the last two games because of a knee injury and was at home recuperating. He was airlifted to the hospital.

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The NFL story may be the same article or a slightly longer version.

 

 

‘Tis the Season: Patriots squeaked by the Eagles

The New England Patriots against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb didn’t play tonight on account of an injury. A.J. Feeley stepped in for the evening.

Holy Mary in a Manger. Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted the second Eagles pass just moments into the first quarter and ran to the end zone for a touchdown. The Eagles matched the touchdown when running back Brian Westbrook jumped over three players (two Eagles and one Patriot) into the end zone a few minutes later. With fewer than two minutes in the first quarter, Patriots fullback Heath Evans broke the tie with a touchdown.

Eagles wide receiver Greg Lewis brought the tie back with TD in the top of the second quarter. Patriots broke that tie again with a field goal in the middle of the second quarter. New England 17. Philadelphia 14. Ooo. Greg Lewis took his fellow Eagles on top with another touchdown in the second quarter. Philadelphia led 21 to 17. But the Patriots weren’t having second-tier. Wide receiver Jabar Gaffney made a touchdown at the bottom of the second quarter.

The third quarter allowed the Eagles to take top tier after wide receiver Reggie Brown made a TD. The quarter began with a touchdown by wide receiver Randy Moss that was reversed because of offensive pass interference on Moss himself. The fourth quarter put the Patriots back in the lead halfway through the quarter when running back Laurence Maroney made a touchdown. New England 31. Philadelphia 28. The Eagles had a shot to put on more numbers, but Asante Samuel made another interception in the bottom of the fourth quarter. The game ended with the Patriots winning 31 to 28. Although the Eagles weren’t able to achieve what would have been one of the most momentous feats in recent NFL history, they have demythologized and humanized the New England players. I would even argue that the Eagles played “better” against the Patriots tonight than the Colts did a few weeks ago (Indianapolis lost by four points 20 to New England’s 24). Perhaps not technically, but dramatically, yes.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Did all Sunday Night Football telecasts on NBC this season begin with an extreme close-up of Al Michaels?

2. Al Michaels remarked that “Tom Brady‘s numbers are otherworldly.” Not long after Michaels made this comment, Brady had to run the ball and then took a slide. New England sure has a dainty runner in their quarterback.

3. When the first quarter ended, Al Michaels said “…will take us into the second stanza.” It’s only a matter of time before he adds “trimester,” “chapter,” “prong,” “lap,” “verse,” and “act.”

4. Baseball players chew all sorts of things during games because they’re probably really bored (all that sitting around until it’s your turn to bat or take the outfield). Why do football players chew gum? Suited players too. So many shots of the side lines, so many jaws a chewin’ (if it’s not gum, then it’s Starburst, fruit roll-up, or gummy bears). How large a stash of gum do these players have that they can chew while they wait to go back onto the field? Excepting instances where they’re not going back in, of course.

4. Al Michaels likened the referee’s faulty microphone to an emulation of Marcel Marceau, the legendary mime. He’s just full of intertextual comments tonight, isn’t he?

5. John Madden believed that the Jabar Gaffney TD could’ve been reviewed. While Gaffney caught the ball and had possession of it, when he came down onto the field, neither knee was still in the end zone.

6. Patriots kicker Stephen Kostowski missed a thirty-two yard field goal nearing the bottom of the third quarter. Returning from the commercial break, there was a slow-motion instant replay of the field goal, accompanied by an unnecessary graphic that involved solid sheets of color covering the area outside of the uprights and a cyan colored line that traced the path of the ball. I think it took the cake in terms of ugly graphics that occasionally come along with instant replays.

For game summary, stats, and play by play, click here.

And now for something quasi-unrelated. Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis is ludicrously aesthetically pleasing (with and without helmet). I decided to look him up on wikipedia. One of the trivia factoids about him is that he “scored a 48 out of a possible 50 points on the Wonderlic intelligence test administered to all prospective rookies at the NFL Combine. The highest among active players.” I followed a few of the links concerning the Wonderlic test and found this thought-provoking piece on intelligence and quarterbacks.

pic cred: official Eagles web site