Daily Archives: December 10, 2007

Monday Night Football: Saints promenade across the Falcons

Atlanta, GA.  The Georgia Dome.  Falcons on the green with the New Orleans Saints for tonight’s Monday Night Football game (televised locally by CBS).

Another smile turned upside-down in the ATL.


Saints wide receiver David Patten made the first touchdown of the evening near the bottom of the first quarter.   When Atlanta got the ball next, wide receiver Roddy White caught a thirty-three touchdown pass from Chris Redman, who took on quarterbacking duties for the Falcons.  The second quarter consisted of a Saints field goal and a TD in the bottom of the second quarter by wide receiver Marques Colston.  New Orleans 17. Atlanta 7.

The third quarter brought two touchdowns for the Saints (courtesy of Colston and safety Roman Harper), giving them 31 points thus far.  The fourth quarter gave the Falcons a touchdown (thanks to wide receiver Michael Jenkins)–it’s unfortunate that the stadium was likely half-empty when it happened.  New Orleans increased their considerable lead to 34 points with a field goal in the bottom of the fourth quarter.   Atlanta 14.  The End.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Falcons linebacker Michael Boley introduced the defensive players–he looked like he was about to laugh after he uttered two or three names.

2. Falcons owner Arthur Blank joined the ESPN commentators for a bit at the top of the second quarter to express his thoughts on Michael Vick’s twenty-three month prison sentence.  Blank offered words indicative of a hopeful redemption narrative.  No overt criticisms, just realistic conditions.

3. True, Atlanta spent the majority of the game with one touchdown, while New Orleans managed to get four TD’s and a field goal by the end of the third quarter.  Nonetheless, does a lackluster performance by the Falcons mean that the ESPN commentators have to keep talking about Michael Vick?  Yes, he made the headlines today, but couldn’t the emphasis shift away from what kind of player he was and what his absence did for his team?  It’s nothing short of sad.

L’annee prochaine, oui?  

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

NFL News: Michael Vick gets Just under two

For his connection to/participation in the unsavory treatment of pitbulls, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick will be in prison for twenty-three months.  Question? Not all those who are imprisoned actually serve the entire length of their sentence.

From Yahoo Sports:

Suspended NFL star Michael Vick sentenced to 23 months in prison

By LARRY O’DELL, Associated Press Writer
December 10, 2007

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy that involved gambling and killing pit bulls.

The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback could have been sentenced up to five years by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson. Vick, who turned himself in Nov. 19 in anticipation of his sentence, was wearing a black-and-white striped prison suit.

After Vick apologized to the court and his family, Hudson told him: “You need to apologize to the millions of young people who looked up to you.”

“Yes, sir,” Vick answered.

Vick acknowledged he used “poor judgment” and added, “I’m willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions.”

Federal rules governing time off for good behavior could reduce Vick’s prison stay by about three months, resulting in a summer 2009 release.

Read the rest of the news piece here.