Monthly Archives: November 2009

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.”

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

You can Thank my blind side later

You can take the left side, right side; start from the inside and spill through the outside.

Mark the first at the scrimmage line, learn about the blind side,

then go back in time to the blur

of separation from the hands that said

Close your eyes and when you open them, what’s passed is in the past and the world is all right again.

Then bite the minor chord to the present, the future,

sitting in a glass tower answering questions

about motive and intent; what kind of precedent you’d like to set

And maybe

find an excuse to get to a window, a bathroom

let movie-time fill 100+ minutes

to show how your journey went

the one that sent you from would-have-been statistic to a Baltimore Raven.

–yiqi 20 nov 09 9:48 pm

Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Jae Head, and Lily Collins filming a scene at a Borders in my city?  I kid you not.   The Brookwood Place Borders to be exact.  How can I be certain? The staircase and the location of the cafe in relation to the staircase.

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The above poem was inspired by post-viewing thoughts of the film The Blind Side (John Lee Hancock, 2009).  Based on Michael Lewis’s book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, this sporty-encouraging picture features my favorite Sandra Bullock performance to date since her days of Speed, Demolition Man, Two If By Sea, and Murder By Numbers.  I’m too sleepy to delve into this film narratively and thematically as I normally would and do.  I will, however, leave you with

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Demographic breakdown of the audience at the 4:20 pm screening at the Regal by Northpoint Mall: average age: 55; ethnic minorities: three individuals (including yours truly); nearly filled to capacity.

2.  You don’t have to like sports films to enjoy this film.  There are fewer than half a dozen game sequences (as a game or a practice session), and they’re filmed and edited for narrative purposes rather than athletic aesthetics.  No stylized slow-motion or suspense-toying maneuvers.  You may have to be neutral towards or biased in favor of Sandra Bullock–she’s in a lot of the film and assuredly has the most dialogue.

3.  The film was shot on location in Atlanta, GA.  Agnes Scott College provided exteriors.

4.  Robert Pralgo, who plays Mayor Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries, has one line and a medium close-up in a montage of college recruiting interest.

5.  The poem up there points to how well or how differently the final cut would be if the story were presented in varying degrees of chronological order.  As it is now, the film kicks off (no pun intended) with Sandra Bullock’s voice-over set to images of NFL players and teams and how Lawrence Taylor is so important to football.  It then cuts to the “present, future,” where Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is being questioned by a woman that the viewer learns, much, much later, is from the NCAA.  Cut to shortly before “Big Mike” would meet the woman (Bullock) that would change his life forever.

6.  In addition to the Branding of a slew of NFL teams and colleges (LSU, Alabama, Auburn, University of South Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee, UGA, and Florida), the most conspicuous examples of Product Placement are Pepsi, Taco Bell, KFC, Gucci sunglasses (on Sandra Bullock), Normal Rockwell and the Four Freedoms, The Story of Ferdinand, and Where the Wild Things Are.

7.  In one of the parts in the trailer (another trailer), Quinton Aaron and Jae Head are grooving in a car–the music turned out to be “Bust a Move” by Young MC.  It’s absolutely priceless that bit.  Cause little Jae is rapping/reciting with such conviction.

8. Alfred Tennyson’sCharge of the Light Brigade” was recited and analyzed by Tim McGraw’s character.

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns’ he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.


Click here for more photos from The Blind Side.  Read more about the film here.

With these hands I can do

It depends on the task.  I can write with both hands (I can write Korean better with my left hand than Chinese; FYI: I’m not Korean, but I  can read it, write it, understand a wee bit, and sing-along-in it).  I can use knives, spoons, and forks with both hands.  I can use chopsticks with my left, but I seldom do.  It’d take forever to pick up the drunken chicken and sliced pig ears that I so love to eat.

I can rub my head and pat my tummy.  Or rather, pat my head and rub my tummy.  Observe:

I’m predominantly right-handed; I tend to mouse and right-click-save-as with my right hand.  At work, however, I’ve had to alternate between hands or else my right elbow starts to feel funny.  Today, as I was resizing photographs and copying and pasting text, I noticed that I can mouse with the left hand and snap my right hand’s fingers in time with moderately upbeat music, but I have considerably more trouble mousing with the right hand and snapping with my left hand’s fingers.  Neuro-muscularly, I’m not sure what accounts for the ease of the former and the awkwardness of the latter.  There is the matter of Right-Left Brain dominance, I suppose.  There are a couple of things that my left hand can do by itself that my right hand cannot.  For instance, when I blow my nose, either I’m using both hands or my left hand.  My right hand doesn’t know what to do with the tissue to my nose…it refuses to position itself and hold the tissue the way my left hand does.

My left hand has inexplicable accuracy with throwing wadded up paper into trash cans, whereas, my right hand record is all over the place.  When I drive one-handed, my left hand tends to be on the wheel…at nine or ten o’clock.  I wonder about ambidexterity and athletes.  So, I did what any curious person in the 21st centry would do.  I turned to google.

The phrase “ambidextrous athletes” turned up caboodles of finds.  My favorites:

Tennis NE1?  (could I refer to this site as having a “retro” look?)

Sweet tea bags and NCAA and Motion TheoryLourdes, how cool!

Beisboll bats and what not.

Found on Fisher Price.

ESPN from June 2008.

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When I searched the phrase, “I’m ambidextrous except,” the more relevant finds included:

Found on GameSpot Forums.

David Finkle thinking deep thoughts about the President’s handedness.

Jenny Doh holds a pen with each hand (check out that keyboard).

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And here is what happened with I searched, “ambidextrous NFL” :

Sports Illustrated from 1980–holy smoked salmon; check out that cover.

You can see the rest here.