Daily Archives: December 6, 2008

Big 12 Championship 2008: Oklahoma Sooners milkshaked and whipped creamed the Missouri Tigers

USC skewered UCLA 28 to 7 to nab the Pac-10 magic wand.

Florida took a mouthful out of Alabama 24 to 20 for the SEC snazzy sneakers.

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The University of Missouri Tigers and the University of Oklahoma Sooners dropped in on Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri to try for the Pac-10 Championship title. The first quarter spelled a twenty-yard field goal for the Sooners, made by kicker Jimmy Stevens, which was followed by the Sooners Schooner taking to the field (and then cut to a commercial). Tigers kicker Jeff Wolfert tried for a forty-eight yard field goal but he didn’t deliver the goods. Oklahoma 3 and Missouri 0. The Sooners launched their first touchdown in the bottom of the first quarter, courtesy of running back Chris Brown. Oklahoma 10 and Missouri 0.

The second quarter began with Tigers wide receiver Jeremy Maclin making a touchdown. Oklahoma 10 and Missouri 7. The Sooners increased their lead with a TD catch by wide receiver Juaquin Iglesias. He did it again shortly thereafter. Oklahoma 24 and Missouri 7. The Sooners made their fourth TD with a run by running back Mossis Madu in the bottom of the quarter. Despite some mistakes, Sooners quarterback Sam Bradford got his team in the lead with 31 points to Oklahoma’s 7. The Tigers quarterback Chase Daniel threw an interception in the bottom of the quarter. Sooners defensive back Brian Jackson got ahold of the ball. Chris Brown made his way into the end zone a couple of plays later. Oklahoma 38 and Missouri 7.

The third quarter chirped off with a Sooners field goal. Oklahoma 41 and Missouri 7. Just past the halfway point of the third quarter, one of the Sooners defensive players rammed into Tigers Jeremy Maclin. In a slow-motion instant replay, Maclin’s head could be seen bobbling like one of those dashboard accessories. The Tigers pulled themselves up from single digit numbers with a touchdown by wide receiver Tommy Saunders. Oklahoma 41 and Missouri 14.

The fourth quarter started with a TD by Mossis Madu. Oklahoma 48 and Missouri 14. Jeremy Maclin made an end zone catch but when he came down onto the turf, he lost “control” of the ball. He fell backwards onto the ground and likely experienced a grand jolt. The ball got away from his right hand as he hit the turf. It wasn’t ruled a touchdown. His tight end teammate Chase Coffman made a TD catch a few plays later. The Sooners raised their upper rung ever so much farther from the Tigers’ reach as Chris Brown made another TD. Oklahoma 55 and Missouri 21. Sooners defensive back Lendy Holmes picked off a deflected Chase Daniel’s pass towards the bottom of the fourth quarter. Mossis Madu got into the end zone a third time, making the Sooners the first team ever with five straight games with 60+ points. Oklahoma 62 and Missouri 21. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger were commentators.

2. Jimmy Stevens’s field goal in the first quarter almost wasn’t one. The ball skimmed the top of the crossbar of the uprights.

3. Herbstreit and Musburger noted that Big 12 Championship games have never enjoyed the grandeur of a kickoff-returned touchdown.

4. Chris Brown’s TD in the first quarter resulted from a series of fast footwork, and as if time slowed down just a dollop, Brown sprinted into the end zone when the Tigers’ defense inadvertently parted.

5. Halftime featured another Dr. Pepper scholarship football throwing contest. Kevin McShane and David Boger were the lucky two. Ten balls in a giant Dr. Pepper can. Awww, they both look so polite. ESPN did the split-screen from behind the two fellows. CBS filmed from a slight high-angle, extreme long shot (also behind the coeds). They both got six in so another five were attempted. Kevin McShane got the next five inside. He won $100,000.

6. Whenever Kirk Herbstreit said, “Chase Daniel,” I’d think he said, “Shea Stadium” or “Chase Stadium.” A helmeted Chase Daniel reminds me of a young John Travolta.

7. In a hush-hush kind of voice, Brent Musburger pointed out that singer Toby Keith was at the game supporting the Sooners.

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SEC Championship 2008: Florida Gators poprocks Alabama Crimson Tide

Navy beat Army 34 to 0.

Virginia Tech ground Boston College to the sandstones 30 to 12 for the ACC Championship crown.

This afternoon, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the University of Florida Gators and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide overlapped shadows to determine who would have the honor of being SEC Champions in 2008. Televised by CBS, the first quarter began with an amazing touchdown pass from the hands of Gators quarterback Tim Tebow’s hands to those of wide receiver Carl Moore. Tebow threw the ball at a downward angle into Moore’s grasp (Moore was flat on the ground and had just rolled onto his back when the ball came to his bosom). Florida 7 and Alabama 0. The Crimson Tide quickly spat back with a TD as well, courtesy of running back Glen Coffee (he broke the goal line and made sure to keep his knees in the air as he tripped on his own treads and dove towards the end zone). Both teams tied with 7 a piece by the middle of the first quarter. The Crimson Tide took the lead with a field goal with about three minutes on the clock. Alabama 10 and Florida 7. The second quarter commenced with the Gators tying the game with a field goal. Both teams 10 points a piece. By the bottom of the quarter, Gators wide receiver David Nelson made a TD catch. Florida 17 and Alabama 10.

The third quarter ticked to about eight-and-a-half minutes on the clock and the Crimson Tide could’ve gotten another touchdown but quarterback John Parker Wilson’s pass went over the head of wide receiver Julio Jones. Running back Mark Ingram was able to get into the end zone a few plays later, tying Alabama with Florida, 17 points a piece. Alabama was able to maintain the tie when Gators kicker Jonathan Phillips missed a forty-two yard field goal attempt in the bottomish of the third quarter. The Crimson Tide’s kicker Leigh Tiffin made a twenty-seven yard field goal at the close of the quarter. Alabama 20 and Florida 17.

The fourth quarter sparked off with a mad dash and hurdle-leap into th end zone by Gators running back Jeffrey Demps. Florida back on top with 24 and Alabama 20. Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez jumped up swiftly and caught a high throw from Tim Tebow as the clock was approaching the four minute mark. And then, Florida coaches got too far onto the field and incurred a sidelines interference penalty, setting the Gator’s offense back five yards (according to the commentators, last year, the coaches would’ve gotten a warning. This year, however, they just get a penalty). Two plays later, Tim Tebow connected with his wide receiver Riley Cooper for a touchdown. Florida 31 and Alabama 20. Under two minutes left on the game clock, Gators defensive back Joe Haden intercepted John Parker Wilson’s pass. Did Florida basically have the game in the bag? Yes indeedy. Florida 31 and Alabama 20 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I wasn’t going to watch the SEC Championship game today…I was planning on going to see The Punisher: War Zone, but when I found out that my city was hosting the game,* well, how could I not watch it? I have no doubt that I’ve spent my afternoon in a much more fulfilling manner. On the topic of The Punisher, check out FilmThreat’s Scott Mendelson and his thoughts on all three existing films on the comic franchise.

2. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson were narrating today.

3. Gators running back/wide receiver Percy Harvin would not be playing today (he was injured last week against Florida State); head coach Urban Meyer wouldn’t let him get on the field.

4. The Gators were blue from neck to knee. The Crimson Tide was white from neck to knee.

5. The Crimson Tide defense was stupendously “on” after their offense made their first touchdown. If defense wins championships, it is also a significant generative mechanism for wonderful spectacle and drama.

6. Upon returning from the first commercial break in the top of the second quarter, Verne Lundquist informed Gary Danielson that Urban Meyer’s daughter, Nicki, will be going to Georgia Tech on scholarship and will be playing volleyball. Click here to read more about it.

7. Halftime featured a Dr. Pepper $100,000 scholarship football toss. Tina Hamshar and Erica Davis were the contestants. They probably had eight balls each in total. Neither of them got the first two balls into this giant Dr. Pepper can/barrel contraption. But Tina ended up throwing five in and Erica got six.

8. Tim Tebow’s touchdown pass to Riley Cooper in the bottom of the fourth quarter was quite amazing. Like his throw to Carl Moore in the first quarter, Tebow sent the ball through the air in a downward trajectory. He had surveyed his receiving options and Cooper was the only one who was in a position to be able to catch it. Cooper was quite low to the ground when he caught the ball and then took a couple of steps into the end zone.

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*A bit of typing and clicking revealed that my city has hosted the SEC Championship game since 1994, and, maybe, as a football fan, I should know this information. But I’m not quite that kind of fan. I haven’t memorized players’ or teams’ stats, I don’t know franchises’ histories like I know the back of my knees. As I explained to a friend a few weeks ago, I started watching televised football about three years ago but didn’t consider myself a fan until two years ago. Reducing it to the nitty gritty, I like football because it involves grown men in spandex and coveting a ball. The players display affection in ways that is seldom seen amongst straight males off-field, outside of a sports context. There is also a very nice mixture of athletic prowess (or strength), precision, and elegance of movement. Furthermore, cameras routinely pick up on these very tender moments between snaps–a running back might put the shoulder pad back under the jersey of the quarterback.

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Here’s a well-written, touching article about Falcons head coach Mike Smith.

College Football the 08: Navy Midshipmen ring around Army Black Knights’ rosies

Just over a year ago, Navy and Army came together at the  M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland, and then they left…with the Midshipmen smiling just a pinch bigger. In fact, for the five years preceding the 2007 Army-Navy game, the Midshipmen had consistently taken the wins. This year, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Black Knights hope to do something about their numbers. Navy wishes to maintain their own.

Broadcast on CBS, the 109th meeting between the two services academies began with President George W. Bush walking onto the field, doing some half-spirited kick of the ball (the kind where he decided spontaneously to kick it and thus wasn’t able to send that pigksin really sailing), and participating in the coin toss. In one of the close-ups of the President’s face, I couldn’t help but notice that he appeared saddened.

The first quarter began with a sixty-five yard rushing touchdown by Navy running back Shun White. Midshipmen 7 and Black Knights 0. Kyle Delahooke, punter for Navy, encountered a wonky snap about halfway through the first quarter. He was, however, able to scramble to the end zone, retrieve the ball and punt it away anyway. Navy increased their score with a field goal when they got the ball back. Shun White made another TD for Navy in the bottom of the second quarter. Midshipmen 17 and Black Knights 0. Black Knight running back Patrick Mealy returned the ball for sixty-three yards and got to the Navy 27 yard line. It was a pretty great run. Mealy was able to wiggle away the path of three (?) clusters of Midshipmen.

The third quarter rippled to just past the half when Navy fullback Eric Kettani got into the end zone. Midshipmen 24 and Black Knights 0. The fourth quarter began with a Navy field goal. Midshipmen 27 and Black Knights 0. With Fewer than one minute on the game clock, Navy linebacker Ram Vela intercepted Army quarterback Chip Bowden’s pass and then ran sixty-seven yards into the end zone.

Five out of five dentists agree. Navy did it again. The Midshipmen beat the Black Knights 34 to 0. Qu’est-ce qui ce passe avec Les Chevaliers Noirs? 1978 was the last time that Army didn’t put any numbers on the board.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Ian Eagle and Boomer Esiason were commentators.

2. A pre-game montage that introduced two players (both fullbacks I believe), one from each team, that reiterated the American-ness of not just the game of football but also the individuals playing it here.

3. Both teams donned new uniforms. The Black Knights wore black jerseys and socks, and camouflage pants and helmets. The words “Duty, Honor, Country” were on the backs of their jerseys, just above the numbers (also camouflage). The Midshipmen wore something more akin to the San Francisco Chargers in terms of color combination/juxtaposition.

4. 1890 was the first year of the Army-Navy game. Navy won that lollipop sucker 24 to 0.

5. Corey Johnson, outside linebacker for Navy, spent three years playing a point guard in basketball and then switched to football.

6. As per tradition, both teams gathered together on the field and listened to the each school’s bands play their own school song. The Army first and the Navy second. What a sight to see.

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