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Another Year Another Moniker

To whomever is reading this post right now, I hope 2017 is what it needs to be for you, what you desire it to be for your loved ones.

Here’s Beauchamp on the left and Huey Lewis on the right.  Yes, they’re foxes.

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I was driving through midtown today and saw upwards of fifty people walking up a few blocks from West Peachtree towards Peachtree.  I was surprised to see so many people walking around …and then I realized, “Oh wait, the Peach Bowl is happening today.”

By the way, Alabama Crimson Tide walloped the Washington Huskies 24 to 7 to win the Peach Bowl.

 

SEC Championship 2012: Crimson Tide wets the Bulldogs

Oh, snap peas.  Alabama Crimson Tide just turned UGA’s Bulldogs’ dream into a fantasy, claiming the SEC Championship title with a 32 to 28 victory.  I didn’t watch the game, but I checked the score several times in the fourth quarter on SI.com.

For game summary, stats, and play-by-play, click here.
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UPDATE: Sigh, Florida State Seminoles cool-whipped the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets for the ACC Championship title.  21 to 15 final score.  Again, I checked scores several times in the fourth quarter.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

College Football 2010: Alabama catfishes Florida

I caught half of the second quarter and the second half of the Alabama-Florida game tonight on CBS.  When I turned on the television, the Crimson Tide had 24 points (three touchdowns and a field goal?) and the Gators had 0.  I was shocked.  I don’t follow SEC football the way an avid fan would, but I’ve seen enough of the two teams play in the past few years to know that it wasn’t the norm for Florida to be down by so much in the second quarter.  I watched the rest of the game and was thoroughly entertained.  The Gators’ first drive after halftime was so promising…until they got to the end zone and couldn’t put the ball in past the goal line.  I’d expect to see repeated attempts and failures in the NFL, but not in college ball.  Alabama ended up cleaning house, beating Florida 31 to 6.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Detour: Could it be that espresso products taste better in mugs than paper cups?  The one I had at my favorite non-Starbux establishment after the movie was tres delicieux.

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Retour: The title of this entry is inspired by a film I saw this afternoon called Catfish (2010).  Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and “starring” Yaniv Schulman, this self-aware and concisely constructed film celebrates and questions the consequences of embracing tools of communications and convenience.  Ariel and Henry videotape the nine-month incubation of a friendship between Yaniv and a family on Bookface.  Without specifying much more, I’ll remark that an ostensibly inconsequential observation Yaniv makes prompts him, Ariel, and Henry to wonder how much of his interactions with the members of this family is genuine.

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What impresses me the most about Catfish is its incorporation of various online and portable communication devices as equipment/props as well as visual design.  Gchat, google maps street view, the iPhone, and Bookface itself Show-Not-Tells a story.  The marketing behind the film may put a sinister spin to what happens towards the end, but it’s certainly not nightmare-inducing.  It has the potential to be unnerving in the style of truth-is-stranger-than-fiction, but nobody’s internal organs get snatched in the middle of the night and wrapped in a flannel shirt.  Aside from tossing around the issues of facts vs. fabrications, Catfish makes the astute point that a person who wants to discover the truth will go as far as another person would in keeping a secret.  Joost and Schulman’s film is my fourth favorite theatrical experience of this year so far.*

As to naming this entry, “Alabama catfishes Florida,” for anyone who’s seen the film, some people are meant to keep everyone else alert.  The Crimson Tide certainly kept the Gators from becoming complacent (with the rest of their season at least…I’d imagine).

PS. If you know my habit of looking up film spoilers (who dies? who’s the devil? is it really just a dream?), then you probably thought I’d have gone fishing for Catfish spoilers from the get-go (after watching previews at AMC theatres in my city).  And you’d be right…if I didn’t know one of the filmmakers.  He was in my film theory class in college.  I didn’t know him too well but he remembers me.

* My favorite scene takes place three-fourths of the way through the film.  Yaniv reads the texts that he and one of the family members send to each other.  As the content of the texts grow increasingly “adult situation,” he starts to laugh and buries his head underneath a blanket.

Watch an interview with Joost and the Schulman brothers here.  See more pix here and here.

BCS Championship 2010: Alabama capsizes Texas

Twenty-eight days before my first birthday, the Alabama Crimson Tide lost to the Texas Longhorns at the 1982 Cotton Bowl.  Tonight, in front of a sell-out crowd at the Rose Bowl, these two schools skirted, stalked, and skated all over each other for buttered biscuit bragging rights over the BCS Championship trophy.  Televised by ABC, and narrated by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musberger, the first quarter began with Longhorns safety Blake Gideon interception Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroyGarrett Gilbert filled in for Colt McCoy on quarterbacking duties as the starting QB was on the sidelines account of some right shoulder discomfort.  The Longhorns made three attempts to get into the end zone from the red zone but the Crimson Tide defense thwarted each one.  Longhorns kicker Hunter Lawrence went on for a field goal, which was good.  The Crimson Tide’s second turn at offense never went anywhere as the Longhorns recovered a wobbling kickoff-return ball.  There was another successful field goal.  Texas 6 and Alabama 0.   Mon dieu, go Lone Star state.

The Crimson Tide slowly but surely got their act more together by the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter sprang out a touchdown, courtesy of running back Mark Ingram.    They scored another TD in the middle of the quarter, thanks to running back Trent Richardson.  Alabama 14 and Texas 6.  When the Longhorns went on offense next, Garrett Gilbert was picked off by Crimson Tide running back Javier Arenas.  The first half ended with a Crimson Tide field goal and then a turnover as defensive linebacker Marcell Dareus got his hands on the ball and ran into the end zone.  Alabama 24 and Texas 6.  Double mon dieu and go Cotton State.

Colt McCoy would not be returning to the game, but he did eventually come back to the sidelines.  Dear readers, if you watched the game, you have witnessed a real, non-fiction sports inspirational, especially if the Longhorns win.  The third quarter marched three minutes in and Brent Musberger said, as the telecast cut to an extreme, extreme, high angle shot of the stadium, “So, security has been called to remove some idiot there.”  What happened? I missed it!  Game-play was considerably humdrum until Greg McElroy got sacked towards the bottom of the quarter.  Musberger said it was the fifth time the Crimson Tide QB went down.  A couple minutes later, Gilbert made a TD pass to wide receiver Jordan Shipley.  Alabama 24 and Texas 13.  With about ninety seconds left in the quarter, the Longhorns made another turnover (unfortunately, they weren’t able to score).

The Crimson Tide missed a field goal in the top of the fourth quarter.  HOLY EDIBLE FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS!! Not only did Longhorns wide receiver Dan Buckner make a TD catch in the middle of the quarter and made the two-point conversion.  Alabama 24 and Texas 21.  Oohhh no.  Garrett Gilbert was tackled, lost control of the ball, fell to the ground, and the ball went into the hands of Crimson Tide linebacker Courtney Upshaw at the three yard line.  Two plays later, Mark Ingram got himself past the goal line with two minutes left in the game.  Trent Richardson ran the ball in for a TD in the final minute; the extra point was no good.  Alabama 37 and Texas 21.  Final score.  The Alabama Crimson Tide can gorge on buttered biscuit bragging rights.  And now for a costume change:

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The pre-game segment (as broadcast in Georgia) included a segment on an Alabama alumnus and former Crimson Tide cheerleader, Susan Harris Palmer.  She was attended summer session at Alabama when Vivian Malone was the first black female student there.  JFK attended one of the games at which she cheered.  Her last appearance on the sidelines was in 1965’s Alabama vs. Texas Orange Bowl game.   The Longhorns won then.

2.  John Parker Wilson and Justin Blalock, currently Atlanta Falcons, were at the Rose Bowl tonight supporting their respective alma maters.  Wilson was a Crimson Tider and Blalock was a Longhorn.

3.  The National Anthem was not performed by Audra McDonald from the TV show Private Practice.  Are the Bowl Games trying to tap into formerly unmarketed talents? She sang “America the Beautiful” instead.  Not one of the better performances, I don’t think.  Not nerves…just not very moving.  I was moved watching the Longhorns and the Crimson Tide run out of the tunnel.

4.  According to commentators, Nick Saban apparently told his team before the game that the US Men’s hockey team beat the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics to qualify to play in the gold medal game against Finland and that Alabama would be Texas’s Finland.  I surmise that Saban meant that Texas still has to beat Alabama.  Just getting to the BCS Championship game isn’t enough.

5.  The Longhorns wore white jerseys and white pants; the Crimson Tide wore red jerseys.

6.  What the cracker jack?!  Josh Groban sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and Flea accompanied him on bass.  WHAT?! The patriotic fireworks was neat and pertty but honestly, could the pre-game activities just go away and the let the boys play?!  I’m twenty-two days older than Josh Groban.

7.  Roger Clemens and Vince Young were at the game.

8.  Was it the crowd noise or are the Crimson Tide and the Longhorns borne of a different kind of energy because tonight’s game began with much more umph and than the other bowl games.

9.  Yes, it snowed in Atlanta.  When I got home from work around 3:30PM:

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Tonight around 9:30 PM:

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10.  Dave Matthews Band performed during halftime.

11.  Brent Musberger noted after the Longhorns’ two-point conversion that Greg McElroy has won every football game in which he was a starting QB since he was in eighth grade.

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

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Why do I get teary-eyed when I read stories like this one and this one?

SEC Championship 2009: the Crimson Tide flushes out the Gators

Undefeated Florida Gators and undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide popped tarts at the Georgia Dome in front of a sold-out crowd this afternoon for the 2009 SEC Championship title.   Televised by CBS, narrated by Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson, and a tush in every seat, the first quarter began with the Crimson Tide on offense.  The Crimson Tide’s first drive yielded a forty-eight yard Leigh Tiffin field goal.  Alabama 3 and Florida 0.  When the Gators got the ball, quarterback Tim Tebow threw an incomplete pass and his team had to punt the ball away after a few plays.  When the Crimson Tide had the ball again, halfway through the first quarter, running back Mark Ingram might have made a touchdown (did his right knee hit the ground before his right hand breached the goal line).  After a review, the TD was deemed still a TD.  The extra point was no good, though.  The ball bounced off the right upright.  Alabama 9 and Florida 0.  Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis attempted a forty-eight field goal and nailed it.  Alabama 9 and Florida 3.

Is it my imagination or did the Gators defense improve by the middle of the second quarter?  Somewhat.  Leigh Tiffin and a thirty-four yard field goal increased his team’s lead.  Alabama 12 and Florida 3.  Nearing the bottom of the second quarter, Tim Tebow demonstrated a burst of energy with some running and a throw to wide receiver David Nelson for a TD.  Alabama 12 and Florida 10.  The Crimson Tide reacted with a sixty-nine yard run by Mark Ingram.  A play later, Ingram ran the all in for a TD.  Alabama 19 and Florida 10.  The Gators’ next go at the end zone could become known as the Drop-Swat-Drop because tight end Aaron Hernandez dropped the pass from Tebow, Crimson Tide defensive back Kareem Jackson batted the ball away, and Gators wide receiver Deonte Thompson tried but couldn’t catch the ball.  The Gators then made another field goal.  Alabama 19 and Florida 13.

The Gators started on offense in the third quarter but didn’t score.  When the Crimson Tide went on offense, quarterback Greg McElroy threw a TD pass to tight end Colin Peek.  Alabama 26 and Florida 13.  The fourth quarter sprang out with McElroy twirling eight yards to the the two-yard line.   Mark Ingram crossed the goal line again.  The TD was reviewed and was confirmed.  The Crimson Tide’s two-point conversion attempt was not good.  Alabama 32 and Florida 13.  Last year Florida won this contest. They certainly had time to get on top with twelve more minutes left in the fourth quarter.  Oh, but HUFFIN’ PUFFIN’ PENGUINS!!!  Crimson Tide defensive back Javier Arenas intercepted Tebow’s pass in the end zone.  Ouch!  The Gators didn’t give up, they kept playing and trying to get the ball down the field, but alas, poor Yorrick, the unthinkable did not happen.  Alabama 32 and Florida 13. Final score.

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Watch me watching the middle of the third quarter:

Film philosopher and teacher David Thomson ponders the demise of method acting.  This observation might be about acting but it articulates perfectly why I am so drawn to some human beings and not so much to others:

Part of the power of acting is that we like being with certain people. It’s voice as much as look, and it’s the confidence that distinguishes a great teacher, an elected president or a movie star—we believe them, even if they’re uttering hogwash.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was performed by the Florida marching band.  Representatives from the Navy color guard were there to present the flag.

2.  The Crimson Tide cheerleaders/drill team were decked out in sparkling outfits.

3.  Today’s game was the first that featured undefeated teams.

4.  The Crimson Tide wore red jerseys and the Gators white.

5.  Oddly, the TV in the dining room receives CBS signals again–I realized it a few days ago when I pressed channel “19” instead of “46.”

6.  Gary Danielson remarked immediately after Caleb Sturgis made his first FG in the first quarter that a field goal is a victory as well.  I then wondered if televised football is for people who like to watch TV rather than people who simply like  football?  People who love and know the sport don’t need to explanations about the importance of a field goal.  They may not agree with sending on the field goal vs. going for it on fourth-and-goal, but obviously, getting three points is better than throwing an interception of getting no points (depending on what quarter it is perhaps).  It’s possible that these ostensibly no-brainer comments are actually for the indifferent viewers.  Can’t be bothered to find out the difference between an extra point kick and a field goal but will happily watch the fourth quarter of a game if it’s “suspenseful” enough.

I like football and televised football.

7.  Verne Lundquist, that was no “Baryshnikov” that Greg McElroy did in the second quarter when he got out of bounds.  Hopping on one foot is just hopping on one foot.

8.  Aigo.  I told my sister the other day that Tim Tebow is an awesome quarterback and Florida would win.  Haha. Hmm.

9.  Each of these teams had a player up for Heisman consideration; Mark Ingram will probably take it to the bank.

10.  As Alabama’s offense took a knee twice in the bottom of the fourth quarter, a camera went to a medium close-up of Tim Tebow (sans helmet) on the sidelines.  He was facing screen right.  His face was contorted with disappointment and sadness.  The tears were welling and one of his teammates was sitting next to him (on his left) stroking/petting Tebow’s head.  That is why I love football…these affectionate and tender moments between heterosexual, adult males that would almost never happen in any other situation.  One would only see something similar when other kinds of uniforms are involved.

Don’t forget to watch the Army-Navy game next Saturday, Dec. 12 on CBS.  The game begins at 2:30 pm east coast time.

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