Daily Archives: December 14, 2008

NFL 08: Cowboys stuff the bellpeppers out of the Giants

New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys sitting in a tree.  F-I-S-H-I-N-G .

First comes blood.  Then comes a barrage.  Next comes Manning through a sodden parish.

The first quarter started with some crinkling bits of near-agony as the Giants came within a whisper of losing possession of the ball on Eli Manning’s first handle on it.   Not to suggest that the first quarter wasn’t filled with gasp-inducing game-plays, but the clock waddled down to the zero without any scores.

The second quarter started with Cowboys Tony Romo quarterback connected with wide receiver Patrick Crayton for a touchdown.   The Giants challenged the touchdown call because they believed Romo’s body was completely beyond the line of scrimmage.  Giants head coach Tom Coughlin lost the challenge.   The Giants got themselves on the board with a field goal, courtesy of John Carney towards the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 7 and New York 3.

The third quarter barked off with Eli Manning throwing an interception (his third of 2008).  Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman snatched the ball from the intended target, Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon.   The quarter ended with no added points for either team.

The fourth quarter bolted forth with some very impressive Cowboys action, including some running and catching by former GaTech Yellow Jacket running back Tashard Choice and catching by tight end Jason Witten.   Fullback Deon Anderson made a roomy TD catch shortly thereafter.   I’m telling you, time seemed to slow down as the ball crossed the goal line and was traveling towards Anderson’s grasp.  Dallas 14 and New York 3.  Giants defensive ends Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka sacked Tony Romo and got on top of the ball in the end zone for a safety.   Dallas 14 and New York 5.  John Carney threw up a field goal not long afterwards.  Dallas 14 and New York 8.  HOLY BOOTCUT  JEANS MADE IN AMERICA.  Or as Al Michaels said, “It’s the good ship lollipop.”  Tashard Choice made a thirty-eight yard rushing TD for the Cowboys in the bottom of the quarter.  They went for a two-point conversion, but it didn’t happen.  Dallas 20 and New York 8.  Terence Newman intercepted Eli Manning in the moshpit bottom of the fourth quarter.  Dallas 20 and New York 8.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  I like the Cowboys’ uniforms with the white jerseys.  I’m not keen on their navy blue look.    The juxtaposition between the Cowboys and the Giants’ garb was striking to me.  It was like the light vs. the dark.

2.  Awesome Budweiser commercial.  I love those horses.

3.  Not an awesome commercial.  Actually, it’s disturbing.

4.  Halftime included a discussion on the controversial Steelers TD that gave them the win against the Ravens.

5.  Tonight’s Line of Scrimmage segment featured The Boys Ranch run by Carl Farley.  I’d embed a link but mozilla keeps stalling when I tried to load the page.

6.  According to Al Michaels, John Madden’s favorite food is the Stub Sandwich, consists of  “two eggs, bacon, sausage, cheddar and potatoes, smack in the middle of two pieces of toast” as this web page corroborates.

7.  After returning from commercial break near the middle of the fourth quarter, the camera went to a high angle medium shot of Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Terrell Owens gabbing on the sidelines.  Romo and Owens were smiling.  Witten’s back was facing the camera–who knows what expression his face wore.  The hair on the top of his head, however, appeared to be, dare I say it, thinning.

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NFL 08: Falcons walnut-cream the Buccaneers by a stolen glance

NFC South. NFC South. Green eggs and dry mouth.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed the Atlanta Falcons into their parlor in September of this year and certainly proved who owned the lot. Twenty-four to nine, the Bucs won. Today, the roles were reversed. Would the Falcons be able to demonstrate some Southern hospitality to their peninsular brothers?

Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia was unable to put on his ritz due to an injury. Brian Griese was the substitute teacher for the day. Televised by Fox, the first quarter started off rather creakily, with a pocketful of penalties (most of them on the Buccaneers) and a Falcons field goal (second time with the ball). Falcons wide receiver Roddy White made a spectacular catch towards the bottom of the quarter (body elongated to perfection) but he didn’t spring back up after being brought down to the turf (at least not before commercial break). Falcons running back Michael Turner put the first touchdown on the board for his team with under two minutes on the clock (his TD was preceded by a pretty happenin’ Jerious Norwood run). Atlanta 10 and Tampa Bay 0.

The second quarter started with Tampa Bay rookie cornerback Aqib Talib getting in between Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s throw and Roddy White’s hands. It was an interception. Another interception occurred with under a minute in the quarter when Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber got his hands on another ball meant for Roddy White. Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant’s thirty-yard catch under thirty seconds was ruled incomplete (his left foot came down out-of-bounds). A couple plays later, Antonio Bryant put the ball into the end zone. Going into halftime, Atlanta 10 and Tampa Bay 7.

The third quarter sprang forth with Falcons tight end Jason Rader breaking the plane for a touchdown, but did the ball come out of his hands before or as he was crossing the goal line? Bucs head coach Jon Gruden challenged the TD call– and he won it. Tampa Bay was awarded possession as cornerback Phillip Buchanon had scooped up the ball after Rader fumbled it in the end zone. Was the offensive tide turning in favor of the Buccaneers? Not completely. Falcons cornerback Domonique Foxworth got his hands around Brian Griese’s pass two or so plays later. Would Atlanta be able to capitalize on that interception? That would be a negative. Niet. Nyet. Nein. Non. Pas du tout. Falcons running back Jason Snelling did, however, grind the Buccaneers’ field position to the nine yard line after Michael Koenen punted the ball away.

The fourth quarter whittled down to under four minutes without any points for either team. Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant tried to tie the score with a fifty-three yard field goal but the ball swerved to the left of the uprights (from his POV). Falcons still in the lead 10 to 7. Tampa Bay wasn’t going to let their ship sink in the Georgia Dome. A blocked punt in the bottom of the fourth quarter put the Bucs in a position to swipe the victory. Matt Bryant went for a thirty-eightish yard field goal attempt with under a minute left on the clock. And it was good. Both teams tied with 10 points.

Tampa Bay won the coin toss in overtime. Their first possession yielded no score. When the Falcons got their hands on the ball, Matt Ryan slid, then connected with Roddy White, then lost the ball as he was sliding but Falcons recovered the ball. Michael Turner was able to move the ball down the field seventeen yards, but a ten-yard penalty on guard Justin Blalock undid some of that gain. Falcons kicker Jason Elam was sent onto the field to go for a thirty-four yard field goal. SWEET MARY OF MARINARA SAUCE!!!! He did it. FALCONS GAGNENT!!! Atlanta won. 13 to 10. Tampa Bay now has two back-to-back losses.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Dick Stockton and Brian Baldinger provided commentary.

2. I was experiencing major unease, nervousness upon Tampa Bay’s first possession in the first quarter. It lasted the entire game. I watched most of this game standing up. A first I believe.

3. Roddy White did go back into the game a play after he was able to get up. The slow-motion instant replays (from behind and in front of him) indicated that perhaps in his reaching for the ball, he stretched his back a might too far.

4. I wonder how many NFL players do yoga for muscle conditioning. Mind-clearing. I did a search and here are the results.

5. In the bottom of the first quarter, before Michael Turner ran into the end zone, Brian Baldinger gave props to Falcons quarterback coach Bill Musgrave. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey has been praised numerous times throughout the season by other commentators. Dick Stockton then remarked that a head coach’s staff doesn’t receive nearly the amount of credit that they should.

6. How rattled would Jeff Garcia feel if Brian Griese led his Bucs to a win? Would he be happy for his backup QB?

7. Brian Baldinger praised Michael Koenen’s punting skills in the bottom of the third quarter.

8. MVPs for the Falcons? I’m thinking Domonique Foxworth, Michael Turner, John Abraham, and Jason Elam.

9. The camera got a glimpse of a red-jacketed Arthur Blank at the two-minute warning. He looked understandably concerned.

10. My heart was beating so fast in OT, which lasted much longer than I’ve seen other OT’s last.

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And the HMan goes to….

Not this H-Man. The other one.

And Sam Bradford of the Oklahoma Sooners can add one more man to his trophy collection.

Because surely he has other trophies somewhere in his or his parents’ residence.

Oh and have some processed meat.   Brought to you by HappySlip.

I once heard on the radio (years ago) something about

Five roast beef sandwiches.

Four calling cards.

Three french kisses.

Two turtle necks

and a Beer.