But first: Georgia Tech buffy-slayed Clemson 30 to 27.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans blessed the opening of the 2009 NFL season Thursday night. Broadcast on NBC, and narrated by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, the scoreboard remained empty for most of the first half. The CW was also premiering its new undead-teen-fiction-turned-undead-teen-TV-show. I watched it (Nina Dobrev, who plays the female lead, is lovely). When the pilot was over, I flipped back to NBC and the score was still 0 – 0.
By the end of the first quarter, each team’s quarterback, the stealing Ben Roethlisberger and the tightening Kerry Collins, had thrown an interception. The Steelers eventually beat the Titans 13 (a Santonio Holmes touchdown and two field goals), to 10 (a Justin Gage TD and a field goal) in overtime.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Goodness Graceland, Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels. What were they wearing? Collinsworth had on a white, long-sleeve button-down shirt, black pants, and a light blue tie with dark blue diagonally arranged squares on it. Michaels wore a yellow long-sleeve button-down shirt, grey pants, and a gold and dark blue/black diagonally striped tie. Tres moche.
2. After returning to the game from a commercial break in the first quarter, one of the cameras cut to a medium shot of Faith Hill (sans makeup) sitting next to Tim McGraw (who had performed in pre-game festivities). Faith looked great without the makeup, and she appeared to be eating a cookie.
5. What exactly did Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke do with his helmet in the third quarter? He yanked it off and then plopped it back on?
7. Steelers owner Daniel M. Rooney is now also the US Ambassador to Ireland.
8. Why did Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch jump across the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter? He was charged with encroachment. It was quite a sight. I was looking on the Steelers side of the field when suddenly, there Vanden Bosch was…surrounded by black and yellow. I think time actually slowed down there for a bit.
9. Hines Ward?! Hines Ward! Don’t be mad. Don’t be sad. Don’t cry a puddle, not even a puddle. What did he do or didn’t do? He made a reception in the bottom of the fourth quarter but was bumped from behind by one of the Titans’ players and dropped the ball. Ward was roughly twelve yards away from the end zone.
10. A tender moment occurred in overtime. Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace caught a pass and was cradled down to the field by Titans safety Vincent Fuller. They remained in that “embrace” for some ten seconds longer than was probably necessary.
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