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AFC Wildcard 2009: Chargers techno remix the Colts

The Indianapolis Colts on the front porch of the San Diego Chargers. Hmmm. Peyton Manning or Philip Rivers. Which quarterback would guide his team to a victory? Broadcast on NBC, the first quarter rumbled off a touchdown for the Colts, courtesy of running back Joseph Addai. Indianapolis 7 and San Diego 0.

The second quarter demonstrated that Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson’s groin discomfort would not deter him from making a touchdown. Both teams 7. The Colts broke the tie halfway through the quarter when Adam Vinatieri kicked a forty-three yard field goal. And then there was a touchdown by Chargers running back Darren Sproles in the very bottom of the second quarter. Going into halftime, San Diego 14 and Indianapolis 10.

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne ran sixty-two yards for a touchdown near the halfway point of the third quarter. Indianapolis 17 and San Diego 14. Sugoi! The Chargers weren’t going to have a Colts gallop, were they? Well. Between successful passing and rushing, the Chargers got down the field. Darren Sproles was aiming for the end zone, was brought down a couple yards before the goal line, and the ball came rolling out: a fumble recovered by defensive tackle Raheem Brock in the end zone for a touchback.

The fourth quarter skipped beyond the halfway mark’s lou and the two-minute warning before any more scoring would be done. Would the Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding have a chance to tie the game? A twenty-six yard field goal attempt hit the spot. Both teams 17. Would the Colts be able to sprinkle out some offense magic without going into over-time? Non. The Chargers’ offense took to the stage first in over-time; seven to eight minutes later, Darren Sproles got himself into the end zone for a TD. San Diego 23 and Indianapolis 17. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels and John Madden served up game remarks. They mentioned in the second quarter that Peyton Manning hadn’t cut his hair in nine weeks.

2. I like the light blue Chargers uniform.

3. The Colts had to punt the ball away with three minutes left in the second quarter. Al Michaels noted that the ball landed on the “Colt 45.” I laughed.

4. Al Michaels mentioned in the third quarter that Darren Sproles is 5’6 and 180 pounds. I’m 5’3 and 104 pounds. If he and I ever stood in a single file line, I could probably hide behind him.

5. I had noted in my entry on the 2009 Orange Bowl that the yardage numbers on the field were outlined in orange. The numbers on the Qualcomm turf are outlined in light blue.

6. When did San Diego’s head coach Norv Turner put on glasses? Was he wearing glasses the entire time? I noticed them in the fourth quarter.

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NFL 08: Colts spring roll the Chargers

The Indianapolis Colts expand westward to trot around the San Diego Chargers’ stomping grounds.  The first quarter progressed all the way to the bottom with neither team scoring until the Colts hurtled up a field goal.  The second quarter popped off with a Chargers field goal, tying both teams 3 to 3.   Chargers cornerback Quentin Jammer intercepted Colts quarterback Peyton Manning shortly thereafter.  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson got into the end zone towards the bottom of the second quarter.  San Diego 10 and Indianapolis 3.  Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez made a TD by the end of the second quarter.  Going into halftime, both teams tied at 10 a piece.

The third quarter started with what was most likely going to be a Chargers TD or field goal but turned into a Philip Rivers fumble and Colts recovery (sack and recovery made by defensive end Robert Mathis).  Past the midpoint of the third quarter, 54 of the Chargers, linebacker Stephen Cooper,  lost his helmet during the Colts’ third-and-goal attempt at the end zone.  On the fourth try, Manning threw to running back Dominic Rhodes, who finally got into the end zone.   Indianapolis 17 and Chargers 10.

The fourth quarter began with a Colts field goal.  Indianapolis 20 and San Diego 10.  Ambling towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, Philip Rivers’s pass bonded with the hands of running back Jacob Hester for a TD.   Colts 20 and Chargers 17.  The bottom of the fourth quarter ticked to a tie when the Chargers got a field goal.  20 to 20.  With twenty-seven seconds left to play, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison caught Manning’s launchpad.  Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri made a fifty-one yard field goal attempt.  It worked.  Indianapolis 23 and San Diego 20.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  After the Sunday Night Football opening number, the camera went in for a medium close-up of Al Michaels.  His button-down shirt was light blue and his tie looked something like this.  John Madden wore a tan suit, a silver-blue shirt and a striped tie of black (?) and silver.  Wide-esque stripes like a backslash.  //

2.  The camera cut to Peyton Manning sitting on the bench after he was intercepted in the second quarter.  He certainly huffed & puffed a “man!”

3.  What the freg?! Leading into the commercial break after the Colts field goal at the top of the fourth quarter was a snippet from HIM’s song “Killing Loneliness.”

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NFL 08: Colts tuna melt the Steelers

The Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers. A thumb-war set or two.

Going into halftime, the Steelers were in the lead with 17 points to the Colts’ 14. I started watching from the top of the third quarter. The Colts had a near-touchdown halfway in the third quarter but wide receiver Marvin Harrison couldn’t keep ahold of the ball. Kicker Adam Vinatieri then tied the game with a field goal. The tie would continue through the top of the fourth quarter. And then the Steelers hurled out a field goal. Pittsburgh 20 and Indianapolis 17. Colts defensive back Tim Jennings intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass in the bottom of the fourth quarter. The result of that turnover was a TD by Dominic Rhodes. Colts 24 and Steelers 20. After a sweetly exciting last minute of the game, Indianapolis took the cake, the icing, and the knife. 24 to 20 final score.

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I also watched the final fortyish seconds of the Kansas City and San Diego game. The Chargers won by one point. Read all about it here.

NFL 08: the Colts midnight-oil the Patriots

What a difference a year makes. The Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots were both undefeated at this time last year.

The Patriots went to Indianapolis to mix mints with the Colts on Sunday Night Football. The first quarter progressed without much drama for either team until the game clock had fewer than three minutes left. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw to Anthony Gonzalez for a touchdown. Indianapolis 7 and New England 0. The second quarter spelled out a field goal for New England. Colts 7 and Patriots 3. New England increased their score with another field goal in the bottom of the quarter. Going into halftime, Colts 7 and Patriots 6.

The third quarter trotted on halfway when Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis made it into the end zone. A two-point conversion was not successful. New England 12 and Indianapolis 7. The Colts answered that TD with one of their own, thanks to Anthony Gonzalez. They went for an made a successful two-point conversion, courtesy of wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Indianapolis 15 and New England 12. The fourth quarter brought a tie after the Patriots made a field goal (at the cost of their last time-out). Halfway through the fourth quarter, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri made a fifty-two yard field goal. Indianapolis took the lead again. 18 to 15. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Perhaps the stop-and-go pacing of the first half of tonight’s game was the result of a Peyton Manning performing at 90% plus a non-Tom Brady Matt Cassel.

2. Al Michaels remarked that there were no penalties in the first half (excepting one in the last seconds of the second quarter when Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison couldn’t get out of bounds).

3. The camera went to an extreme close-up of Peyton Manning’s face after returning from the commercial break that followed BenJarvus Green-Ellis’s TD–Manning looked so discouraged. His eyes were twinkling like he was on the verge of a Kleenex moment.

4. Colts defensive back Bob Sanders made an awesome interception–Matt Cassel threw the ball in the general direction of tight end Benjamin Watson–in the bottom of the fourth quarter when the Patriots went ahead on a fourth down and sixteen.

4. Al Michaels and John Madden shared a laugh concerning candy corn.

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NFL 08 with Righteous Burn: Colts drizzle on the Vikings

I don’t remember who said it, but back in the mid-90s, I heard that the bank robbery scene in Michael Mann’s incredibly executed crime-drama Heat (1995) was the best bank-robbing sequence ever–and so I watched it and I agreed. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro delivered engrossing performances as characters on either side of the law.

When I first saw previews for Righteous Kill (Jon Avnet, 200eight) about a month ago, I knew I had to watch it. Pacino and De Niro together again? Of course!

I also reviewed it for Film Threat. You can read it here.

The product placement and branding consisted of: 50 cent, Budweiser, flat screen TV (plasma or LCDJohn Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg are at a crime scene debating whether or not the TV on the wall is plasma or LCD), iMAC (50 cent uses one), Dell (the cops all use them), New York Mets (verbal mention), 406 Ted Williams (verbal mention), Heinz ketchup, Aquafina, Bee Movie (atop a taxicab), Bud Light, O’Douls, Verizon (logo atop a building), Gibson guitars, Pepsi.

According to IMDB, the filmmakers rented Nextel cellphones from Rockbottom Rentals.

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I also watched the Coen Brothers’ new film Burn After Reading (200eight). I loved it. My favorite Brad Pitt performance to date. The product placement and branding included: Dell, Claire Danes (on the poster of a fake movie), Jamba Juice (the store, the cup, verbal mention), Ford, Chevy, Lexus, Tropicana orange juice, Windows XP, Mac or PC (verbal mention by the Russian cultural attache), and gray Motorazr.

The Indianapolis Colts canoed over to the Metrodome to thumb-war with the Minnesota Vikings. Broadcast on CBS, the first half spelled discouragement for the Colts. The Minnesota kept Indianapolis scoreless 9 to 0. The second half didn’t bring much sunshine to the Colts. The Vikings earned two more field goals by the end of the third quarter.

Holy seltzer water! Colts quarterback Peyton Manning threw to wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, who ran fifty-eight yards and then tossed the ball to wide receiver Reggie Wayne for a touchdown? Minnesota challenged if Gonzalez threw the ball to Wayne in time and if Wayne reached the end zone. From the televised replays, Wayne didn’t break the plane before his knee touched the turf. The referee ruled the ball down at first and goal. Manning tried twice to get the ball into the end zone but to no avail. On the third attempt, running back Joseph Addai went for it but Minnesota threw down another red flag–did Addai really get the ball to the desired location? The referee did not overturn the call. So, Vikings 15 and Colts 7.

The fourth quarter nearly deepened the Colts’ frowns even more. Defensive end Dwight Freeney and defensive tackle Keyunta Dawson snipped the ball from the Vikings only to lead to a missed field goal by Adam Vinatieri from thirty yards. Fortunately for Indianapolis, Minnesota’s next field goal attempt by Ryan Longwell didn’t hit the spot. A Reggie Wayne TD and a two-point conversion catch by running back Dominic Rhodes tied the game 15 to 15. Vinatieri wouldn’t make that miss again. Bottom of the fourth quarter, field goal good. Colts win it 18 to 15.

Interceptions, balls punted away, and tight-end Dallas Clark and center Jeff Saturday unable to play. I flipped on CBS at the bottom of the first quarter (one minute or so on the clock). Minnesota’s offense was on the field. The camera was honed in on Peyton Manning sitting on the sidelines in close-up. He looked dazed, confused, and very morose. Here’s hoping Manning can go to sleep tonight much relieved.

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