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AFC Divisional 2010: Steelers boil down the Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers faced each other this afternoon to get one step closer to the Super Bowl.  Televised on CBS, the first quarter started with the Ravens on offense.  Neither team did much on the scoreboard until nine minutes into the quarter when the Steelers were in the Ravens’ red zone.  On second-and-goal, Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall broke the plane.  Pittsburgh 7 and Baltimore 0.  With fewer than 90 seconds left in the quarter, Ravens running back Ray Rice made a rushing touchdown.  Pittsburgh 7 and Baltimore 7.  Would you believe that the Ravens would be getting another TD before the next forty seconds ended?  Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had cocked his arm back and was in throwing motion when a Ravens linebacker knocked the ball loose.  It hit the ground, no whistle sounded, and Ravens defensive tackle Cory Redding was the only player to realize the ball was still live.  He picked up that leather baby and scooted into the end zone.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged the fumble ruling and lost.  Baltimore 14 and Pittsburgh 7.

The second quarter scrunched and munched to just past the halfway mark when Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco connected with tight end Todd Heap.  Baltimore 21 and Pittsburgh 7.  Steelers kicker Shaun Suisam attempted a forty-three yard field goal attempt with less than thirty seconds left in the second quarter.  It was no good.

The third quarter spelled out flabbergasting fumblery as Ray Rice lost control of the ball and Pittsburgh recovered.  Two plays later, Ben Roethlisberger threw a TD pass to tight end Heath Miller.  Baltimore 21 and Pittsburgh 14.  Whatever the Steelers had to hear in their locker rooms during halftime obviously worked.  Their energy was revved up; Joe Flacco threw an interception in the bottom of the quarter.  I’m not sure which Ravens he was aiming for but Steelers Ryan Clark ended up with the ball.  A few plays later, Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward made a TD catch and dive.  Baltimore 21 and Pittsburgh 21.

Three minutes into the fourth quarter, the Steelers had increased their lead by a FG.  Pittsburgh 21 and Baltimore 21.  The Ravens FG’d too towards the bottom of the quarter,  tying the score 24 to 24.  Mendenhall crept into the TD with 1.5 minutes left on the clock.  Pittsburgh 31 and Baltimore 24.  Final score.  The Steelers are one step closer to the big game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf provided commentary.

2.  I’m guessing the winter weather is the reason why the turf on Heinz Field looks like pea green soup?

3.  Bottom of the first quarter: one Steelers player had wrapped the Ravens QB around the waist and was bringing him down to the grond; another Steelers player was getting into the face of a Ravens linesmen.  It never ceases to amaze me the aestheticizing powers of slow-motion.

4.  Mike Tomlin’s eyeballs were as big as silver dollars whenever he got a close-up in the second quarter.

5.  I watched the third quarter with the game sounds muted and with my discman on — yes, I (still) have a discman.  I ordered a couple of CDs (One Moment More and Long Island Shores) on Tuesday by Mindy Smith and they arrived in the mail today (from NJ to the ATL even with the snow storm that affected both areas).  Kudos to the participating postal services.  Why on Odin’s fuscous plains would I be doing not listening while watching a televised playoff game?  I wanted to know if I would pay attention to anything different on the visual side.  If so, to what extent.  For instance, Slow-motion seems much slower without the sound.  The Hines Ward TD in the bottom of the third went on and on and on.

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NFL Playoffs 2010: the Colts dance all over the Ravens

Televised by CBS, the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts tangled cheek-to-cheek tonight in full-house Lucas Oil Stadium.  Which team would prove athletic superiority and advance to the AFC Championship game?  The Colts started the first quarter on offense.  Matt Stover threw up a field goal at the end of his team’s first possession.  Indianapolis 3 and Baltimore 0.  An illegal block in the back on the Ravens nixed what would’ve been a sixty-four yard return for running back Jalen Parmele.  Attempts to get into the end zone were no good.  The Ravens tossed up a field goal as well.  Indianapolis 3 and Baltimore 3.

The second quarter indicated how much stronger each team’s defense was compared to offense.  Near interceptions, sacks, and punts galore.  The offensive players certainly demonstrated skill, particularly with Peyton Manning’s complete passes, but with the score still 3 to 3 in the bottom of the quarter?  And, of course, moments later, Colts wide receiver Austin Collie made a touchdown catch in the left side of the end zone.  Indianapolis 10 and Baltimore 3.  The Colts insisted on trying to get into the end zone in the final seconds of the first half.  Peyton Manning threw, wide receiver Reggie Wayne caught and broke the plane ever so slightly for a TD.  Indianapolis 17 and Baltimore 3.

The third quarter was mostly dull until around six minutes when safety Ed Reed intercepted Peyton Manning but lost control of the ball halfway down the field.  Tight end Dallas Clark recovered it for the Colts.  A penalty on Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy nullified a second Ed Reed interception.  The fourth quarter started off the Colts getting another field goal.  Indianapolis 20 and Baltimore 3.  The Ravens showed some Ravens umph…until running back Ray Rice refused to be brought down and the ball got away from the crook of his left arm.  The Colts recovered it.  Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was intercepted in the bottom of the quarter.  Colts defensive back Antoine Bethea took the ball right out of its trajectory.  Another turnover took the final minute with Colts defensive back Jerraud Powers picking off Joe Flacco.  Indianapolis 20 and Baltimore 3.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf narrated the event.

2.  Damned weather interfering with the digital signal.  The broadcast was very stop-and-go in terms of audio and video for me.

3.  LaDanian Tomlinson in a white suit letting the rhythm get to him.

4.  I like this Budweiser commercial more than this one.

5.  Upon returning from the commercial break that followed Ray Rice’s ball loss, there was footage of what happened after the play.  Rice went straight to the bosom of his quarterback, who tapped him on the head as if to say, “It’s okay.”

6.  How in tarnations do the Ravens beat the Patriots a week ago and then not be able to have at least tied the Colts into the fourth quarter?

7.  Ravens head coach John Harbaugh would look so dashing in Elliot Ness garb.

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Pro-Bowl 2008: NFC whips AFC to a slushy

The best of the AFC and the NFC congregated at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii today for one final test-on-the-turf for several months (until next season).

Televised on Fox, the AFC–clad in white jerseys and red pants–was on offense first and quarterbacked by Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning, they made the first touchdown (thanks to San Diego Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal) in the top of the first quarter. The NFC–wearing blue tops and white bottoms–responded to that score by a touchdown in the middle of the first quarter (courtesy of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald). The AFC made another TD on their next possession (end zone catch made by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh). The AFC would increase their lead to 17-7 with a field goal in the bottom of the quarter.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took over for the AFC in the second quarter. TJ Houshmandzadeh made another TD for the AFC. 24 to 7. Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, who led the NFC offense in the first quarter, was still in the game in the second. Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens put a TD on the NFC board in the second quarter. The AFC made another field goal nearing the bottom of the quarter. AFC 27 and NFC 14. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck stepped in after Romo during the bottom of the second quarter. Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley made a TD for the NFC with less than a minute left. AFC 27 and NFC 21 going into halftime.

The third quarter started with an NFC touchdown by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson went into the game for the AFC. They took back their lead with a field goal. 30 to 28. The NFC then sent in Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jeff Garcia as quarterback.

The fourth quarter spelled a touchdown for the NFC, thanks to Terrell Owens, giving them the top bunk with 35 points. An Adrian Peterson TD in the bottom of the fourth quarter increased the NFC points to 42 to win the Pro-Bowl. NFC 42 and AFC 30.

The MVP Award was given to Adrian Peterson.

As sad as I am to see football season end (again, I don’t have cable so there’s no ESPN or NFL Network option), it’ll be nice to have a full weekend’s worth of time to run errands, go to the cinema, and veg out amongst bound volumes.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston (who’s been to two pro-bowls himself and had to borrow a helmet from Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre in one of those appearances) provided commentary.

2. Kelly Rowland, dressed in white pants, a black and white striped long-sleeve top and sporting longish, curly locks, sang the National Anthem–not a very haunting rendition she delivered.

3. Forty-one of the eighty-six players made their first Pro-Bowl appearance today.

4. Peyton Manning has been to seven Pro-Bowls prior to today.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor brought thirty-eight guests with him to Hawaii.

6. The three Washington Redskins in today’s game, tight end Chris Cooley, tackle Chris Samuels, and long snapper Ethan Albright had their late teammate Sean Taylor’s number 21 on their jerseys.

7. The quarterbacks wore microphones so that their play-calling could be heard.

8. Bill Carollo was the referee today. Kenny Albert mentioned that none of the officials today had presided over a Pro-Bowl game before.

9. Each participating team’s mascot was also present.

10. Daryl Johnston remarked near the two-minute warning in the second quarter, “If you ever get a chance to meet Adrian Peterson, be prepared for a firm handshake.”

11. Lifehouse performed during halftime. They performed “Hanging By a Moment” and “First Time.” Dear gawd, there’s accompanying choreographed dancing–c’est absurd.

12. The coaching staff for both teams wore khaki shorts, white socks, white sneakers, and off-white/beige, minimal foliage Hawaiian shirts.

13. “It’s your growing problem; it’s our job to shrink it.” — the tagline for Avodart.

14. Heineken’s got a newly advertised offering: draught keg (I don’t recall seeing this commercial before today).

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What’s In Your Name: Crumpler, Procter, Hood, Body

To commemorate just over 5,000 hits on Sitting Pugs, I thought I would bring you something somewhat completely random concerning the last names of NFL players. Could there be any more men whose last name is Jones or Williams playing professional football?

Steelers linebacker Larry Foote (left) and wide receiver Santonio Holmes (right).


PE teachers have a habit of referring to students by their last name. Let’s take a look at the 2007 season and pretend we’re in gym class, listening to these names during roll call. I singled out these names not because I think they’re “funny” in and of themselves. I included them because they are real words (or nearly real words, give or take a letter), or I can only begin to imagine what sorts of mean jokes they might’ve inspired when puberty hit. Ball. Breaston. Gross.

I’ll start with the teams I like and then proceed with teams in the NFC and then the AFC.

Atlanta Falcons: Crocker, Crumpler, Forney, Horn, Irons, Leftwich, Schneck, Stone, Weiner; Weems (practice squad)

Dallas Cowboys: Barber, Canty, Carpenter, Colombo, Folk, Free, Hatcher, Ladouceur (La = the; douce = sweet ‘feminine’); Oglesby, Procter, Stanback; Ball, Butler, Long (all practice squad)

Pittsburgh Steelers: Batch, Colon, Foote, Gay, Woodley; Baker, McBean (both practice squad)

NFC Teams

Arizona Cardinals: Berry, Blackstock, Branch, Breaston, Hood, Pace, Pope, Rackers, Rector, Shipp, Urban; Baker (practice squad)

Carolina Panthers: Baker, Bridges, Curry, Diggs, Gamble, Gross, Hangartner, Hoover, Peppers, Teal; Delhomme (“homme” is French for “man,” practice squad)

Chicago Bears: Beekman, Grossman, Hass, Polite; LeVoir (“voir” means “to see” in French), Mines, Pope (practice squad)

Detroit Lions: Backus, Bell, Cannon, Duckett, Fisher, Hicks, Woody; Bullocks (injured reserve); Body (practice squad)

Green Bay Packers: Bigby (first name Atari), Rouse, Hawk, Poppinga, Bishop, Hunter, Spitz, Colledge, Moll, Pickett, Driver, Franks, Jolly; Holiday (injured reserve)

Minnesota Vikings: Cook, Farwell, Hicks, Longwell, Mills, Rice, Sharper, Wade,

New Orleans Saints: Boykin, Bullocks, Bushrod, Copper, Craft, Houser, Lake, Stinchcomb, Strief; Duckworth, Savage (practice squad)

New York Giants: Boothe, Butler, Feagles, Hedgecock, Koets, McQuarters, Snee, Toomer, Tuck, Whimper; Bake (injured reserve); London, Mix, Pope (practice squad)

Philadelphia Eagles: Avant (means “before/in front of” in French), Baskett, Buckhalter, Hunt, Justice, Reed, Sheppard, Spikes,

San Francisco 49ers: Battle, Fields, Gore, Hicks, Lelie, Nedney, Roman, Smiley; Bing and Duckett (both practice squad); Brewer (injured reserve)

Seattle Seahawks: Ashworth, Green (Howard and Mike), Herring, Plackemeier, Stutz, Tapp, Weaver, Wrotto; Moats (injured reserve)

St. Louis Rams: Bulger, Draft, Glover, Hill, Incognito, Little, Looker, Minor; Fry (practice squad)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Barber, Bidwell, Hovan, June, Sears, Trotter, Trueblood; Cash, Petitgout (“small taste” in French) (injured reserve)

Washington Redskins: Blades, Fox, Frost, Moss, Sellers, Smoot, Spring, Thrash

AFC Teams

Baltimore Ravens: Figurs, Grubbs, Heap, Ivy, Koch, Mason, Prude, Sapp, Stills, Stover, Winborne

Buffalo Bills: Butler (Brad and Jerametrius), Chambers, Dockery, Lynch, McCargo, Moorman, Parrish, Royal, Tripplett, Wire, Youboty; Fox, Mace, Watts (practice squad); Price (injured reserve)

Cincinnati Bengals: Busing, Coats, Geathers, Green, Kelly; Cook, Livings (practice squad)

Cleveland Browns: Cribbs, Holly, Jurevicius, Peek, Pool, Steinbach; Steptoe (practice squad)

Denver Broncos: Bell, Crowder, Cutler, Gold, Green, Holland, Leach, Lynch, Mustard, Pears, Rice, Sapp, Winborn; Hackney (practice squad)

Houston Texans: Butler, Cook, Green, Leach, Pitts, Turk, Weary, Weaver; Abbate, Barber, Earl, Killings (injured reserve)

Indianapolis Colts: Brackett, Bulitt, Charleston, Diem, Freeney, Hagler, Klecko, Pitcock, Rushing, Saturday, Session, Snow; Betts, Toudouze (“douze” is twelve in French, practice squad)

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cousin, Fudge, Knight, Meester, Pashos, Spicer, Toefield; Curry and Mincey (practice squad)

Kansas City Chiefs: Bell, Fox, Hail, Law, Page, Parker, Sapp, Thigpen, Waters, Webb; Stallings (practice squad); Price (injured reserve)

Miami Dolphins: Feely, Fields, Lemon, Booker (Lorenzo and Marty), Hill, Cobbs, Crowder, Porter, Pope, Hadnot, Moses, Peelie, Holliday; Bell, Dukes, Green, Page (reserves); Love (practice squad)

New England Patriots: Baker, Gay, Green, Light, Mankins, Meriweather, Mixon, Rivers, Woods

New York Jets: Baker, Bender, Brown, Dearth, Graham, Hicks, Mangold, Poteat,

Oakland Raiders: Condo, Culpepper, Curry, Gallery, Green, Grove, Huff, Sapp

San Diego Chargers: Chambers, Florence, Gates, Jammer, Rivers, Waters; Battle, Roach (practice squad); Gross, Polk, Race (injured reserve)

Tennessee Titans: Bell, Brown (Chris and Tony), Cain, Cramer, Fisher, Fuller, Gardner, Hall, Hill, Hope, King, Laboy, Moulds, Odom, Roos, Troupe, White, Young; Allred (practice squad)

Does every NFL team have a player whose last name is “Davis”? Half, I think.

Atlanta: defensive end Chauncey Davis

Dallas: safety Keith Davis

Pittsburgh: fullback Carey Davis

NFC Teams

Arizona: Billy Davis, linebackers coach

Carolina: linebacker Thomas Davis, practice squad corner back Tanard Davis; reserve non-football injury wide receiver Josh Davis

Chicago: wide receiver Rashied Davis

Denver: none

Detroit: injured reserve guard Frank Davis; linebacker Buster Davis (practice squad)

Green Bay: long snapper Rob Davis

Minnesota: none

New Orleans: none

New York G: defensive tackle Russell Davis

Philadelphia: fullback Jason Davis (practice squad)

San Francisco: tight end Vernon Davis

Seattle: none

St. Louis: none

Tampa Bay: corner back Sammy Davis, offensive tackle Anthony Davis

Washington: none

AFC Teams

Baltimore: none

Buffalo: none

Cincinnati: none

Cleveland: linebacker Andra Davis; defensive end A.J. Davis (practice squad)

Houston: wide receiver Andre Davis

Indianapolis: none

Jacksonville: none

Kansas City: none

Miami: assistant offensive coach Tim Davis

New England: assistant strength and conditioning Don Davis

New York J: wide receiver Chris Davis

Oakland: none

San Diego: wide receiver Craig Davis

Tennessee: wide receiver Chris Davis




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