The Atlanta Falcons rollerblade south to stare down the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Televised by Fox, the first quarter was kinder to Tampa Bay with a touchdown by tight-end John Gilmore (pass thrown by Brian Griese). Around the top of the second quarter, running back Warrick Dunn got the ball into the end zone. Tampa Bay 14 and Atlanta 0. By the time Atlanta got the ball again, the Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw a second interception (the first one was in the first quarter). Tampa Bay added three more smackers with a field goal. 17-0. Just before halftime, Atlanta had an opportunity to put a TD up on the board, but Tampa Bay’s defense wasn’t going to have it. Jason Elam gave the Falcons a much-needed ego boost, though, with a field goal. Tampa Bay 17. Falcons 3.
The third quarter ended with what could’ve been a touchdown by Atlanta (thanks to catches by wide receivers Laurent Robinson and Harry Douglas and fullback Ovie Mughelli), but that became a field goal. Buccaneers 17. Falcons 6. Another trip down the field for Atlanta yielded not a TD but a field goal. Falcons now up to 9. Buccaneers running back Ernest Graham then ran sixty-eight yards into the end zone. Final score. 24 to 9.
No cupcakes today.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Tiger Woods was watching this game from the sidelines.
2. I’m not invested in the numbers of football game-play, but Matt Ryan’s numbers were unsightly through much of the first half of the game. Whenever the camera would spot him in medium close-up just prior to the snap, his face radiated a mixture of disbelief, mild panic, anticipation, and guilt.
3. When I was watching the Colts eventually beat the Vikings, CBS aired several promo spots for their new fall show The Mentalist. The idea behind the show seems interesting, but after one of the ads where Simon Baker notices various visual attributes of a few people and then comments on what he makes of them. The two that stick out to me the most were the suit-and-tie grasping a newspaper and the middle-aged blonde wearing jeans, a pink shirt, and sunglasses. Baker calls the suit-and-tie a gambling addict because of how he’s holding the newspaper; the woman is a victim of domestic abuse because she has a bruise on the side of her left eye. Hmmmm.
Why couldn’t the suit-and-tie is nervous about something else? Why couldn’t the woman’s bruise be from boxing? Or a catfight with a PTA mom? or really rough sex? Is this mentalist character simply reiterating assumptions that shouldn’t be made? A man who got a pedicure might just be vain (rather than gay, as one of the promos suggests).
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