Monthly Archives: November 2009

NFL 2009: Falcons depreciate the Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons ground the axe the day after UGA out-played GaTech by one touchdown.  Televised by Fox, with commentary by Dick Stockton and Charles Davis, the first quarter commenced with the Falcons on offense.  First pass from quarterback Matt Ryan?  a would-be interception.  Running back Michael Turner was back in the game after resting last week.  No Falcons pointage resulted from the first go.  When the Falcons went on offense again, Chris Redman stepped in as quarterback on account of a foot injury on Ryan.  His second throw was complete to tight end Tony Gonzalez (wow, that play elapsed very slowly even in real-time).  The Falcons had to punt the ball away but due to an off-sides penalty on the Buccaneers, the Falcons got the ball back.  The  first quarter ended with no score for either team.

Chris Redman continued as quarterback in the second quarter.  Three minutes into the quarter, Matt Ryan went into the locker rooms.  Kicker Jason Elam broke the 0-0 of the scoreboard with a field goal.  About halfway through the second quarter, Falcons running back Jerious Norwood proved, with an eighteen-yard run, just how much his five-game absence impacted his team.  A few plays later, Redman’s shovel pass to Norwood led to a touchdown.  Atlanta 10 and Tampa Bay 0.  When the Buccaneers went on offense, quarterback Josh Freeman threw a forty-two yard TD pass to wide receiver Antonio Bryant.  The Buccaneers tied the score with a field goal with half a minute left in the second quarter.  Atlanta 10 and Tampa Bay 10.

The third quarter did not march off too well for the Falcons.  A punt was blocked, the Buccaneers got amazing field position and churned out a TD (via running back Carnell Williams).  Tampa Bay 17 and Atlanta 10.  Michael Turner made a pretty good run but had to step off the field shortly thereafter due to a right leg misfortune.  Jason Elam narrowed the score deficit by three halfway through the third quarter.  Tampa Bay 17 and Atlanta 13.  The Falcons were going strong in the bottom of the quarter when running back Jason Snelling lost control of the ball.

And then there was a fourth quarter…my eyes remained averted from the screen, afeared to see what wouldn’t feel so bad just to hear.  Can I even smile that that Tony Gonzalez caught Redman’s pass in the second half of the fourth quarter (with Buccaneer safety Tanard Jackson covering him)?  A forty+ yard FG was tried and failed.  Fortunately for the Falcons, the Buccaneers missed a field goal attempt in the bottom of the fourth quarter.  How would the Falcons perform with likely their last dance with the ball?  Thirty seconds left in the game.  One more chance.  Chris Redman to wide receiver Roddy White complete! It’s a touchdown! Atlanta 20 and Tampa Bay 17.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The Falcons wore black jerseys and red helmets.

2.  Halfway through the fourth quarter, footage of Matt Ryan standing on the sidelines (out of uniform) was aired.  In a medium close-up, Ryan wore an expression of bewilderment and disbelief.  When he was shown walking around the sidelines in the bottom of the fourth quarter, shock had turned to discontentment.  His frown was turned upside down after Redman and White connected for a TD.  Arthur Blank was all smiles and thumbs up too.

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College Football 2009: UGA munches on GaTech

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets outscored the UGA Bulldogs by three points nearly a year ago in Athens.  Tonight, the Dawgs rode over to the capital city to try to save some face.  Broadcast on ABC, and narrated by Matt Millen and Sean McDonough, the first quarter began with the Bulldogs on offense.  Half a dozen plays into the game, Bulldogs running back Washaun Ealey got into the red zone with a thirty-four yard run.  His teammate Caleb King made a touchdown on the following play.  UGA 7 and GaTech 0.  The Yellow Jackets did decently when they took their turn with the ball, despite running back Roddy Jones’s near fumble-non-recovery.  Yellow Jackets’ first go at scoring was a failed field goal.  The next Bulldogs possession yielded a fumble that was recovered by the Yellow Jackets.  Quarterback Josh Nesbitt had to step out of the game after he was brought down to the ground.

The second quarter started with Scott Blair making a forty-two yard field goal to get his Yellow Jackets a few numbers.  UGA 7 and GaTech 3.  Would it be a broken record for the Yellow Jackets’ defense?  Every other tackle one of them has trouble getting up?  The Bulldogs increased their lead with a field goal in the middle of the quarter.  UGA 10 and GaTech 3.  Jaybo Shaw threw an interception–into the bosom of Reshad Jones–when stepping back onto the field for Nesbitt.  The Bulldogs separated themselves ever more with a Michael Moore TD catch in the end zone.  UGA 17 and GaTech 3.  Josh Nesbitt went back onto the field in the bottom of the quarter.

The Yellow Jackets got a much-needed adrenaline and confidence booster in the top of the third quarter with a seventy-six yard rushing TD by wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.  UGA 17 and GaTech 10.  The Bulldogs spat right back with a seventy-five yard rushing TD by Caleb King.  UGA 24 and GaTech 10.  Yellow Jacket running back Jonathan Dwyer jumped over the goal line and into the end zone in the middle of the third quarter.  UGA 24 and GaTech 17.  For every figurative step forward that the Yellow Jackets made, the Bulldogs hop-scotch over two steps…if not in actual score then certainly in morale.  Two words: Washaun Ealey.  Or in the bottom of the third quarter, Blair Walsh.  He kicked out a field goal.  UGA 27 and GaTech 17.  Josh Nesbitt fumbled the ball in the stomach pit bottom of the quarter.

The Yellow Jackets kept the Bulldogs to a field goal as the fourth quarter started.  UGA 30 and GaTech 17.  Inching halfway through the quarter, Josh Nesbitt arguably got his upper body across the goal line.  Would the booth review concur?  Replay officials decided the ball was short of the end zone.  On the second go, Nesbitt definitely got over the line.   A fifty-five yard field goal attempt by Blair Walsh was no good in the bottom of the fourth quarter.  With under two minutes left to play, both Bulldogs and Yellow Jackets fans perched at the edge of their seats, what could GaTech do to execute the marvelous?  Three long but incomplete passes; Demaryius Thomas unable to hold onto the ball.  UGA 30 and GaTech 24.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  During the commercial break before kick-off, sideline footage included an extreme close-up of Russ, stand-in for the late Loran’s Best.

2.  UGA wore red jerseys, GaTech wore white; they looked like ketchup and honey-dijon mustard.

3.  One of the cameras caught former UGA quarterback Matthew Stafford standing on the sidelines of his alma mater.

4.  An elderly gentleman, who was watching the game from the UGA sidelines, was knocked down inadvertently when linebacker Darryl Gamble made a late hit on Demaryius Thomas.  One of the Bulldogs players could be seen in the background asking the man if he was all right.

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Thanksgiving 2009: Packers de-claw the Lions

Happy Pilgrims Ate a Whole Bunch of Food Hundreds of Years Ago Day!  The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions mixed collard greens today in the first of three Thanksgiving NFL games.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for this Fox telecast.   The Packers began on offense–for one play as kickoff-returner wide receiver Jordy Nelson fumbled the ball as he was tackled and the Lions recovered it.  After three attempts to score, wide receiver Calvin Johnson made a touchdown catch in the end zone.  Detroit 7 and Green Bay 0.  In the bottom of the first quarter Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted by Packers safety Nick Collins.  The final play of the quarter was a beautiful sixty-eight yard pass from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Donald Driver.

Packers tight end Donald Lee leaped into the end zone for a TD at the start of the second quarter.  Detroit 7 and Green Bay 7.  The Packers took the lead with a field goal halfway through the quarter.  Green Bay 10 and Detroit 7.  Two or three plays into the Lions’ go on offense, Matthew Stafford threw another interception, this time to Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.  The Packers increased their lead with another field goal in the remaining minute of the second quarter.  Green Bay 13 and Detroit 7.

The third quarter opened with Matthew Stafford throwing an interception to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson.  The Lions challenged the call but didn’t win.  Luckily for them, Aaron Rodgers lost the ball a few plays later and the Lions got back the ball.  How would they capitalize?  Would they capitalize?  Nope.  Donald Driver made a TD catch for his team in the second half of the third quarter.  Green Bay 20 and Detroit 7.  The Lions had a chance to shrink their score deficit but a field goal was no good in the bottom of the third.  Wide receiver James Jones’s catch and crossing of the goal line increased the Packers’ lead.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 7.

The Lions regained some of their opening offense momentum in the fourth quarter…except they couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.  Whoa, what just happened on the second play after the Packers took to offense?  One of the Lions knocked a Packer down.  Either the Lions got a safety or they got a TD.  The Packers coach challenged the TD call and won.  It was a safety.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 9.  Another trip to the red zone yielded no TDs; a field goal was good.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 12.  Charles Woodson intercepted Stafford again with four minutes left in the game and ran it into the end zone.  Green Bay 34 and Detroit 12.  Final score.

The CBS signal only emits through the TV in the living room; I prefer to watch TV in the dining room.  Thus, I shan’t be watching the Cowboys-Raiders game.  The Giants-Broncos game is on NFL Network tonight.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was sung by Melanie Fiona.  Qui?  Wow.  It’s Jennifer Lopez and Pocahontas in one!  She wore a red wine colored knee-length dress and a huge diamond bracelet on her left wrist.  Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson both got medium shots during the performance.  Wow, Matt Stafford’s jaw is so big.

2.  United Way and E2k sports sponsored a halftime performance paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Motown.  The first song, sung byVita Chambers, was “Heat Wave.”   Mon dieu, her singing was not very impressive.  The second song, sung by Kem, was “Higher Ground.”  The third song was “I’ll Be There,” performed by Melanie Fiona.  Yes, dancers surrounded each act.  The fourth song was Hal Linton doing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”  Shontelle and Hal Linton sang the fifth song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”   Forever the Sickest Kids did the sixth song, “Dancing In the Street.”  Who are these people?!

3.  The Fox camera operators (all men) got their five to seven seconds on broadcast in the top of the fourth quarter.

4.  In the fourth quarter, Troy Aikman remarked that Calvin Johnson is incredibly talented and is reminiscent of a young Randy Moss.

5.  $583,000 was approximately the amount that a Canadian developer paid to purchase the Pontiac Silverdome.

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Off Topic: Today’s Verse 31

I suppose one could read sports into it…

No glory for my shine

You said a mouthful without moving your teeth

Already separated by a chain of command,
he stands listlessly,
billowing in the furnace
drapes of the emptied,
skins of hollowed bodies

You search for percussion instruments

Deerskin headaches insert themselves at night,
he blends into the dirt effortlessly,
falling out to the strokes of your time machine
flung far, flung light
scarred into ancestry

Save a piece for me,
say you will
.

–yiqi 24 nov 09 11:08 AM

~!~

How might I read sports into this poem?   Who might say a mouthful without moving his teeth?  The head coach.  The first stanza could point to someone who is unable to make authoritative decisions.   The second stanza could be a player who has nightmares about bad plays or a messed up game clock; he feels awful when comparing himself to his uncles and cousins before him who were terrific athletes.

NFL 2009: Eagles bean-bag toss the Bears

Let’s spend Sunday Night with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears! Yaya.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth provided commentary–every game is a must win game!  The Eagles started out on offense; it’s odd to see Michael Vick holding a football and running down the field again.  I only ever saw his work in NFL Films highlights.  His team scored first with a field goal.  Philadelphia 3 and Chicago 0.  The Eagles got another score on the board in the first quarter with wide receiver Jason Avant’s touchdown.  Philadelphia 10 and Chicago 0.

Top of the second quarter gave Chicago a place on the score board with a field goal.  Philadelphia 10 and Chicago 3.  The Bears put on a display of offensive power with a seventy-two yard run by running back Kahlil Bell (his first carry in the NFL).  The Bears got another field goal at the end of that possession.  Philadelphia 10 and Chicago 6.  Bears cornerback Zackary Bowman intercepted Eagles QB Donovan McNabb when Philly got on offense again.  My eyes were turned away briefly but when I looked back, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was running down the field (from right to left, at the top of the screen).  Not long after, the Bears were on offense again.  By the end of the second quarter, they caught up to just one under the Eagles with a field goal.  Philadelphia 10 and Chicago 9.

The top of the third quarter gave the Bears the lead with a forty-nine yard field goal.  Chicago 12 and Philadelphia 10.  Just when it would seem that the Eagles weren’t going to get their boogie back on, DeSean Jackson made a pretty lovely TD–and then he dunk the ball over the uprights’ cross bar.  Less basketball and more frisbee.  Philadelphia 17 and Chicago 12.  The Bears bounced back with a TD as well (thanks to tight end Kellen Davis); they went for a two-point conversion, which worked.  Running back Matt Forte caught the ball.  Chicago 20 and Philadelphia 17 in the bottom of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter spelled a turnover and the Bears were at bat again.  Kicker Robbie Gould tried a forty-eight yard field goal but his kick was blocked.  Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made a TD with half a fourth quarter left to play amd then took a couple of bows at the back corner of the end zone (the back left corner from his POV).  Philadelphia 24 and Chicago 20.  The Bears took to the field with two minutes left on the clock.  After a series of plays (including one in which an Eagle was tackling and incidentally pulled down the pants of a bear; a replay revealed an arse-bottom in all it’s two-parts).  Eagles linebacker Tracy White broke up QB Jay Cutler’s pass and then safety Sean Jones grabbed the ball and that was it.  Philadelphia 24 and Chicago 20.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. After Bears tight end Greg Olsen failed to catch Jay Cutler’s pass in the top of the second quarter, upon airing replay footage, did Cris Collinsworth say something about “That is a foot-and-a-half in the PGA tour” ?

2.  Al Michael’s remark on the Bears QB: “Unlike Faith Hill, Jay Cutler has not been all day for Sunday night or Monday night or Thursday night or any night.”  In the bottom of the second quarter, he noted that Jay Cutler had to “spin away” and “pirouette.”  Sorry, boss, but Jay Cutler’s 360 twirl does not a pirouette make.

3.  DeSean Jackson is 5’10 and 175 lbs.  ParfaitMais, il est cinque ans plus jeunes que moi.

4.  Who spends more time taking a shower after a game (pretending that no press conferences happened immediately post-game): futbolers, footballers, basketballers, tennis players, or boxers?  I’m going with a futboler or a footballer–more contact with the earth.

5.  I kid you not–I saw a mocha arse-bottom in the fourth quarter; too bad I have no idea which Bear had some cheeks in view.

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