Daily Archives: September 7, 2008

NFL 08: Bears blockade the Colts

The Chicago Bears march over to the Lucas Oil Stadium to match gazes with the Indianapolis Colts for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Brand new athletic stage for the Colts but the Colts don’t win.

The occasion was scoreless until Adam Vinatieri kicked a thirty-nine yard field goal for the Colts towards the latter portion of the first quarter. The Bears met that field goal with a fifty-yard touchdown run made by rookie running back Matt Forte. Chicago 7. Indianapolis 3. The second quarter closed the Bears lead with a Colts field goal. The gap was widened once more with a Robbie Gould field goal towards the end of quarter. Bears 10. Colts 6. Chicago then benefited from a safety when Colts running back Joseph Addai couldn’t get out of his own end zone. Colts head coach Tony Dungy unsuccessfully challenged the ruling. Chicago 12. Indianapolis 6. By the end of the first half, the Bears put up another field goal for 15 points total. Colts still 6.

Wide receiver Colts Reggie Wayne made a TD near the halfway point of the third quarter. Indianapolis only two points below Chicago. At the bottom of the third quarter, Bears cornerback Charles Tillman caused Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison to drop the ball. Bears linebacker Lance Briggs then swooped the ball up and ran twenty-one yards into the end zone. Tony Dungy once again unsuccessfully challenged the ruling of touchdown. Chicago 22. Indianapolis 13. The fourth quarter gave Chicago seven more points with a TD by fullback Jason McKie. Bears 29. Colts 13. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Faith Hill sings the theme song again, improved from last year’s I think. None of that blatant red carpet muck. Sprint product placement.

2. Al Michaels and John Madden provide commentary. The first shot is not an extreme close-up as it was with last season. John Madden’s hand still looks enormous; the microphone looks tiny in his hand.

3. There’s an NFL Sunday Night cookbook?

4. The Bears donned white shirts for this game; made me think of white cupcakes.

5. Lucas Oil Stadium’s retractable roof opens sideline to sideline, as Al Michaels pointed out a commercial break after Colts put the first points on the board. It takes ten minutes for the roof to open. The field has no drainage system.

6. Was Colts quarterback Peyton Manning playing through a mental fog? Was he distracted? Experiencing more physical discomfort in his knee than he was anticipating? When he’s calling plays at the line of scrimmage, he still reminds me of an auctioneer. Or fast-talking John Moschitta. When the Lions were playing the Falcons earlier today, and not playing very well, Detroit’s quarterback Jon Kitna was seething with irritation on the sidelines. Peyton Manning, as I’ve observed in the last three seasons, certainly lets his state of mind show through his body language and expressions…but, he’s more prone to appearing distressed or sad or simply frustrated as opposed to annoyed or irate.

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NFL 08: Cowboys lighten up the Browns

The Dallas Cowboys traveled to Cleveland to go up against and eventually took down the Browns.

Televised by Fox, the first quarter saw its first touchdown at about the seven or six minute mark on the clock. Cowboys running back Marion Barber put it in the end zone. The top of the second quarter put the Browns on the board with a TD by tight end Kellen Winslow. Teams tied. 7-7. Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens caught a thirty-five yard touchdown pass not long afterwards. At the very bottom of the second quarter, Owens almost made another TD but it was ruled down at the Cleveland one. Marion Barber got into the end zone on the next play. Going into halftime, Dallas 21. Cleveland 7.

The third quarter featured Cowboys rookie running back Felix Jones’s first touchdown (of the rushing persuasion) at 6:24 on the clock. Dallas 28. Cleveland 7. Browns defensive back Eric Wright intercepted Tony Romo’s TD pass intended for Terrell Owens with under a minute in the third. The fourth quarter allowed the Browns to add three more points via field goal for 10 total points. Final score: Cowboys 28 and Browns 10.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for Fox.

2. After returning from the commercial break with fifty-nine seconds left to play in the first quarter, one of the cameras honed in on a Browns fan who wore a headpiece consisting three dog-heads, much like Cerberus of Hades.

3. Terrell Owens garnered a penalty for excessive celebration after he made the TD in the second quarter. After putting the ball down on the ground, he did a mock track meet crouch, pretending the goal line was the starting line. He had a nice body line, though.

4. Jim Brown was in attendance at the game. He looks like a bulldog, animalistic, speaking without saying a word.

5. Skycam was in the house. When Cowboys Mat McBriar punted the ball away around 6:57 of the second quarter, the camera was behind him (long shot, slightly high angle). The skycam’s shadow could be seen just to McBriar’s right shoulder. It looked like an alien, something Monster’s Inc. meets Lilo & Stitch.

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Yay! Eagles beat the Rams. Steelers beat the Texans.

NFL 08: Falcons de-pride the Lions

Opening day of the 2008 NFL regular season on Fox. The Detroit Lions went southwards to size up the Atlanta Falcons. The Lions tried (not well at all in the first quarter) and put up a decent retort (in the second and third quarters), but in the end. Falcons soared above.

Sweet holy tuna sandwich! Just two minutes into the first quarter and Matt Ryan, Falcons starting quarterback, threw a sixty-two yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Jenkins. On the Falcons’ second possession (about halfway through the first quarter), running back Michael Turner made a sixty-six yard dash into the end zone; he then put another TD on the board towards the end of the first quarter. Falcons 21. Lions nope.

Jon Kitna quarterbacked for Detroit. After three (?) attempts to make it into the end zone, Lions running back Kevin Smith finally made it through near the bottom of the quarter. Falcons 21. Lions 7. And then, like a giddy spatula on icing, wide receiver Roy Williams caught a TD pass (in a far corner of the end zone) with fewer than twenty-five seconds left on the clock. Going into halftime, Atlanta 21 and Lions 14.

Third quarter. Falcons safety Lawyer Milloy intercepted a Kitna pass in the top of the quarter. It was an awesome blossom. That drive ended in a field goal. Atlanta 24. Detroit 14. A bit after the halfway point of the third quarter, wide receiver Roddy White caught a forty-six yard pass from Matt Ryan, which got the Falcons down to end zone country. Running back Jerious Norwood made the TD. Atlanta 31. Detroit 14. In the bottom of the third, after Falcons cornerback Chris Houston gets a penalty (pass interference/illegal contact, je pense), the Lions put a TD on the board, thanks to tight end Casey FitzSimmons and a play action fake. Falcons 31 and Lions 21.

The fourth quarter began with what might have been a lovely third Michael Turner touchdown. Alas, it was subtracted–holding penalty on Roddy White–and that drive yielded a field goal instead. Falcons 34 and Lions 21. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. It was still, and I suspect always will be, a pleasure to watch Calvin Johnson reach into the air for the ball–even when he doesn’t hold on to the ball.

2. JC Pearson and Matt Vasgersian provided commentary for Fox.

3. Bottom of the second quarter and Jon Kitna became quite expressive on the sidelines with his frustration. Understandably expressive.

4. I do believe UGA’s Redcoat marching band performed during halftime.

5. According to the commentators, Lawyer Milloy did a stint in the MLB before venturing into football. They also said he is a “soccer dad in the off-season.”

6. Visually, the first thing that came to mind when Jerious Norwood went into the end zone in the third quarter was “prance.” A stag leap, which happens to be a gymnastic maneuver.

7. After returning from the commercial break at around ten minutes, one of the cameras revealed 11Alive’s Fred Kalil at the game sitting next to Gerald Riggs, a former NFL player. Michael Turner broke Riggs’s rushing record.

8. Matt Ryan is the eighth rookie quarterback to dominate and win on opening day.

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Fabulous. GaTech and UGA beat their respective opponents yesterday, Boston College and Central Michigan. Click here and here for details.

Off Topic: Bangkok Cage with eyeliner?

I reviewed The Pang Brothers 21st century version of Bangkok Dangerous for FilmThreat. You can read it here. This entry will be short as I’m readying for a Sunday of NFL.

For anyone that has seen it, did you catch the similarity between the elephant painting and Thomas the Apostle as depicted in Leonardo DaVinci’s The Last Supper?

I spent much of the film’s ninety-nine minutes wondering if Nicolas Cage was wearing eye-liner and a wig.