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NFL 2010: Falcons boxing day the Packers

Given the weather systems that have swept through the central continental US over the past several days, the Green Bay Packers must be thrilled to ball-toss at the Georgia Dome today against the Atlanta Falcons.  Televised on Fox, the first quarter began with the Falcons on offense and a thirty-eight yard field goal.  Atlanta 3 and Green Bay 0.  Quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers, the Packers put on a solid offensive display that put them in the red zone.  The Falcons defense kept the Packers out of the end zone, so Green Bay had to field goal.  Both teams 3.

The second quarter demonstrated Packers umph on offense.  The Falcons defense responded as well as can be hoped (?), if you discount the personal fouls incurred as of five minutes into the quarter.  Just when it would appear that the Packers would certainly get into the end zone, Aaron Rodgers lost the ball and the Falcons pounced on it.  Hopefully that turnover would fuel the Falcons offense prowess.  Despite Matt Ryan getting sacked and an incomplete pass, a “connection” with tight end Tony Gonzalez gave the Falcons another set of much-needed downs.  With only eleven seconds left in the quarter, Matt Ryan threw a touchdown catch to Tony Gonzalez, who was standing near the back of the end zone.  After making the TD, he dunked the ball over the cross bar of the uprights.  Atlanta 10 and Green Bay 3.

The third quarter ticked halfway through with bursts-and-pauses for each time.  The Packers’ second possession, however, proved fruitful as they tied the game with a TD (the quarterback himself crossed the goal line).  Packers 10 and Atlanta 10.  When the third quarter was a sneeze from ending, the Falcons got all the way to the edge of the end zone.  The Packers defense successfully kept the birds from scoring twice.  Would third-and-goal pay off for the Falcons?  No.  Head coach Mike Smith decided to challenge the ruling on the field of whether or not Tony Gonzalez had control of the ball (his feet were in the end zone, he was facing the field and flanked by two Packers.  Did the ball break the plane).  He lost the challenge.

The fourth quarter started with a fourth down and goal attempt by the Falcons to make a TD and running back Michael Turner answered the call.  Atlanta 17 and Green Bay 10.  The Packers’ offense did not give in or give up, neither did the Falcons’ defense.  Packers wide receiver James Jones nearly had a TD but he landed out of bounds.  In jumping up to catch the pass, Jones had to leap up and back so that by the time he came down, his left foot was half-in-half-on the white.  The two minute warning came and went…and on fourth-and-goal for the Packers, after a false start penalty, wide receiver Jordy Nelson made a TD at the edge of the end zone.  Both teams 17.

Falcons wide receiver Eric Weems got face-masked as he was returning the kick with under a minute left.  That penalty on the Packers put the Falcons at the fifty yard line.  Kicker Matt Bryant had the victory on your shoulders.  Would he make the forty-seven yard FG? YES!!!!  SWEET DICED, CANNED PEACHES!!! Atlanta 20 and Green Bay 17. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Narration was provided by Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman.

2.  In college football news, Notre Dame ousted USC, Ohio State clobbered Michigan, Oklahoma just barely out-performed Oklahoma State, Florida State destroyed Florida, Auburn took it from Alabama, Virginia Tech jammed Virginia, and UGA beat GaTech.

3.  The Falcons wore red jerseys and white pants, the Packers wore white jerseys and yellow pants.  The two together made me think of succotash.

4.  A helmeted Aaron Rodgers reminded me of a young Billy Joel.

5.  The slow-motion instant replay of the Falcons defense piled on top of the Packers’ ball carrier in the bottom of the first quarter was beautiful.

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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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NFL 2009: Packers au gratin the Bears

Detour:

Paddy Chayefsky contributed to early American television and was an award-winning screen writer.  I clicked to his wikipedia page (from the wiki page of the film Altered States) and couldn’t help but linger on the first line of his entry.  He was born January 29, 1923 and died August 1, 1981.  Fifty-eight years before I felt oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon particles against my mucousy skin, he did.  About seven months after I was born, he died.

Retour:

Oh to be a ligting fixture or a steel beam at Lambeau Field as The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears ring in the 2009 NFL season.  Broadcast on NBC and narrated by Al Michaels (wearing a dark gray suit, a light gray-bluish-white button-down shirt, and a dark gray and silver diagonally striped tie) and Cris Collinsworth (wearing a dark navy suit, a white button-down shirt and a somewhat unsightly maroon tie with weird blockish patterned tie).

The first quarter included a missed field goal by Packers kicker Mason Crosby as well as Bears wide receiver Devin Hester returning a punt and doing what Al Michaels termed, “the spinorama” (Hester caught the ball and advanced five yards by twirling about his center of gravity).  Excitement bells rang out in the bottom of the first quarter when Packers safety Nick Collins intercepted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s pass meant for tight end Greg Olsen.  The Packers couldn’t do much with that turnover, though.

The second quarter rolled to around eight minutes when Cutler threw a sixty-eight yard complete pass to wide receiver Johnny Knox.  And then the Packers took the ball.  Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly intercepted Cutler.  Bears safety Daniel Manning got his team a safety (how appropriate) when he pulled Packers QB Aaron Rodgers into the end zone.  Sweet succotash.  Cutler’s pass was picked off again byPackers cornerback Tramon Williams.  Bears head coach Lovie Smith challenged the location of where the ball was downed.   The ruling was not overturned.  Packers running back Ryan Grant got himself into the end zone on the next play and did the “Lambeau Leap,” which involves a player running and jumping atop the barrier that separates the field and the first row of seats.  Green Bay 10 and Chicago 2.

Roughly five minutes of the third quarter elapsed when Devin Hester made a TD catch.   The Bears took the lead with a field goal near the bottom of this quarter.  Chicago 12 and Greeny Bay 10.  The fourth quarter started with an offensive play by the Bears where the ball was snapped to running back Garrett Wolfe,* who then ran five or so yards before he was tackled.  Lovie Smith threw down the challenge flag because he believed that Green Bay had too many men on the field.  When the red flag went out, Al Michaels pointed it out, and Cris Collinsworth joked that maybe “he’s challenging his own call.”  Michaels then said, “That’s the line of the evening.”  The referee determined that there were not too many Packers on the field.

Mason Crosby’s thirty-nine yard field goal attempt was good.  His cheeseheads took back the lead.  Green Bay 13 and Chicago 12.  Bears kicker Robbie Gould’s twenty-one yard FG “was true” (as Al Michaels put it, but he said used the present tense) in the bottom of the quarter.  Chicago 15 and Green Bay 13.  Seemed like the Bears would’ve won, right? And then there was the one-minute-remaining mark.  Aaron Rodgers connected with wide receiver Greg Jennings, who would also make the succesful two-point conversion catch.  Packers cornerback Al Harris intercepted Cutler’s final gasp at taking the lead.  Green Bay 21 and Chicago 15.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Those Packers’ uniforms made me think of mustard and relish on a hot dog.  Or corn and collard greens.

2.  Faith Hill sang the Sunday Night football song yet again.  Oh, but she looked so much better in the 2009 promo.  She wore a long-sleeved shirt dress and black knee-high boots.  Her hair and makeup improved greatly as well.  Sprint once again sponsored.  The visual design is reminiscent of “More Money More Problems” and Kpop girl group 2NE1’s “Fire” music video (the space version) with a dash of 4 Minute’s “Hot Issue” mv.

3.  Does Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher age? He’s been a Bear for a decade, hasn’t he?  He only played half of the game, I believe on account of a wrist injury.  He looks like the kind of person that could make you feel safe no matter where you were or what terrible things were about to or might possibly happen to you.  Although, he also looks like the kind of person that you’d want to stay far away from during times of emotional duress (that walk-off the field after Chicago lost.  He didn’t have fire in his eyes and murder on his mind, but there was an unmistakable hint of, “someone needs to be punished.”

4.  I miss John Madden’s ostensibly random comments about pop-culture and NFL history.

5.  I wonder who’ll end up with the greater viewership: NFL Sunday Packers vs. Bears or the VMAs 2009.

6.  One of the NBC cameras cut to a medium shot of Virginia McCaskey, the owner of the Bears, during the middle of the second quarter.  What happens when she is no longer able to own the Bears literally and legally?

7.  Cialis.  Why must a man wait to contact his doctor if he’s been saluting for more than four hours straight?  Why would anyone want to be pointing skywards for more than fourteen minutes?  It has a clinical term too: priapism.

8.  Bears head coach challenged the ruling after Cutler threw his second interception in the second quarter.  I believe someone yelled “I love Lovie.”

9.  Al Michaels remarked in the bottom of the first half that the Chicago and Green Bay matchup began in 1921?  1929?

10.  My, my, the sidelines of football games are populated not only by the teams’ players and personnel, but also by young males (of the Abercrombie catalogue aesthetic) likely between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five.  Interns? Volunteers?  Don’t see the young ladies as often–unless they’re part of the medical team or audio equipment crew (for the network televising the game).

11.  This game felt extremely long, which may tend to happen when both teams’ defensive capabilities out-shine their offensive skills.

12.  In the bottom of the third quarter, Al Michaels quoted John Madden: “When you have multiple injuries, you only feel one of them.”

13.  Cris Collinsworth spoke in the top of the fourth quarter on the Bears offense and mentioned something about the Patriots coming to Soldier Field in the near future, and that the Bears would just have to “get deep penetration into the backfield…but that’s probably the most obvious thing I’ve said tonight” (with a chuckled).  He then commented on Jay Cutler as “now he’s scrambling with a purpose.”

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*And yet I can’t find Wolfe’s name in the play-by-play, which says it was Matt Forte.  I might’ve hallucinated “Wolfe.”

NFL 08: Titans silver-lake the Packers

But first, do I sniff a reality-based movie coming out of this bit of news concerning the role of long snapper and the Pittsburgh Steelers?

The Tennessee Titans.  The Green Bay Packers.  Nashville, TN.   Can Aaron Rodgers and his cheese-mates change that undefeated Titan season?  Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with a Tennessee field goal.  Titans 3 and Packers 0.  The second quarter also started with a Titans field goal.  6 to 0.  The Packers made a field goal on their next possession.  Tennessee 6 and Green Bay 3.  Green flipped the cot and took the lead with a touchdown, thanks to wide receiver Donald Driver.  10 to 6.  The Titans snatched the lead right back with a TD by running back Chris Johnson.  Tennessee 13 and Green Bay 10.

The third quarter began with what could’ve been a touchdown for Green Bay, but Titans safety Chris Hope intercepted Rodgers’s pass in the end zone.  Titans increased their lead with a field goal.  16 to 10.  Green Bay narrowed the score gap with a field goal.  16 to 13.  The fourth quarter progressed more than halfway and Mascon Crosby tied the game with a field goal for Green Bay.  16 points each.   A forty-seven yards Packers field goal attempt in the very bottom of the fourth quarter is no good, so the game went into overtime.  The Titans keep their undefeated season by winning with a field goal.  19 to 16.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kerry Collins was quarterback for the Titans.

2. Shouldn’t it be a rule that sportscasters are not allowed to wear striped button-down shirts to the job if they are to be on camera?  Daryl Johnston and Tony Albert were commentators.  Johnston wore a striped button-down shirt and a brownish-gold tie.  The stripes were not eye-friendly once mediated through a TV camera lens.  Albert wore a white button-down shirt and a very unsightly dark red and yellow-spotted tie.  Not polka dots, it was something like this tie–without the stripes, red not blue, and more dots.

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NFL 08: Falcons unseal the Packers

The Green Bay Packers got their fromage on against the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured a shoulder last week but he did play today–he played the entire game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter started with a touchdown by the Falcons. Wide receiver Roddy White and running backs Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, contributed to the drive. Quarterback Matt Ryan connected with tight end Justin Peelle for a touchdown in the front right corner (from the field’s perspective) of the end zone. Atlanta’s next possession culminated in a field goal. Falcons 10. Packers 0.

The second quarter put the Packers on the board with a forty-four yard TD reception by wide receiver Donald Driver. Atlanta 10 and Green Bay 7. The Falcons increased their lead with a twenty-two yard Roddy White TD reception, 17 to 7. Green Bay was going to go into halftime with a field goal, but an offensive holding call forced kicker Michael Crosby to kick again. Second attempt at fifty-three (or was it fifty-two) yards didn’t make it through the uprights.

The third quarter narrowed the Falcons’ lead with a Green Bay field goal. 17 to 10. The fourth quarter began with what was supposed to be a Falcons TD catch by tight end Ben Hartsock, but it turned into an interception by Packers tight end Tramon Williams in the end zone. On Green Bay’s next possession, they tied the game with a TD by wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Falcons were able to regain the upper hand with a field goal, 20 to 17. Towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, Falcons linebacker Michael Boley intercepted Aaron Rodgers’s pass. After getting the ball back, Michael Turner increased the Falcons’ lead with a TD. 27 to 17. Green Bay shrank that lead with a TD of their own in the two-minute warning, courtesy of tight end Donald Lee. Final score. 27 to 24.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. On Green Bay’s second possession, the camera that shot Atlanta punter Michael Koenen kicking the ball to Green Bay cornerback Will Blackmon remained behind the Packers at a slight low angle. It was a rather nice change to the standard start from behind the kicking team, cut to a high angle long shot of field (sidelines on top and bottom of screen), and then cut pan to the receiver catching the ball.

2. The interception Aaron Rodgers threw in the bottom of the fourth quarter was preceded by an intentional grounding call (defensive end John Abraham made the tackle).

3. After Michael Turner made the TD in the fourth quarter, the sidelines footage included an Arthur Blank trailing behind Matt Ryan who walked across from screen left to screen right.

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