Daily Archives: November 22, 2009

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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NFL 2009: Giants tremble over the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons scampered northwards to play the New York Giants.  Televised by Fox, and narrated by Daryl Johnston and Kenny Albert, the two teams talked business in sunny, fifty-three degree weather.  Back at home?  Definitely not sunny.  A bit rainy.  Once again, another visually splotchy telecast.  The Giants went on offense first.  Quarterback Eli Manning threw quite well…until the Falcons defense brought on the pressure and he threw a poor one (recovered by a fellow Giant).  Two plays later (methinks), he was intercepted by Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes.  What would the Falcons do with the turnover?  Would they show might? Pas beaucoup.  Nearing the bottom of the first quarter, the Giants punched out three points with a thirty-nine yard field goal.  New York 3 and Atlanta 0.

The second quarter bounced off to an offensive start for the Falcons–AND A RUSHING TOUCHDOWN BY RUNNING BACK JASON SNELLING!!!!  Atlanta 7 and New York 3.  The Giants returned the favor with a field goal that was no good.  No matter, Giants tight end Kevin Boss would run the ball in for a TD soon enough.  The Falcons had an opportunity to score again before halftime; a TD didn’t happen and neither did a FG.  With under two minutes left in the first half, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan went down to the turf, the ball came out of his hands, and the Giants recovered.  Kevin Boss pulled up his team’s numbers just before halftime with a TD catch.  New York 17 and Atlanta 7.

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The third quarter gave the Falcons something to smile about as Jason Snelling made his second TD of the day.  The Giants scored right back with a TD of their own, thanks to running back Brandon Jacobs.   The Falcons struggled to  get a TD on their next possession but took a field goal instead.  The scoring see-saw saw the Giants increase their lead with a TD catch by fullback Madison Hedgecock in the top of the fourth quarter.  New York 31 and Atlanta 17.  The Falcons proved in the second half of the fourth quarter that they’re still in the game with an Eric Weems TD.   New York 31 and Atlanta 24.  Two minutes left in the game…who would pass Go and Collect 200?  Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez got his team closer collecting 200 by making a TD in the end of the end zone.  Both teams tied with 31 points.  On to overtime with the Giants receiving the ball and a thirty-six yard field goal attempt.  Kicker Lawrence Tynes won the game for his team.  New York 34 and Atlanta 31.  Final score.

So close and yet so far for the Falcons, but at least Matt Ryan didn’t throw any interceptions.  Without Michael Turner, they still tied the Giants.

Say hello to my Falcons Gnome.


Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Daryl Johnston remarked towards the middle of the second quarter that “the Falcons don’t play to the whistle; they play just past the whistle.”

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