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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 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.


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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AFC Divsional 2008: Chargers shoe out the Colts

RCA Dome. Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts square dance with the San Diego Chargers for a spot at the AFC Championship (game on CBS).

After a shaky first drive by the Colts, in which quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked by Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman, tight end Dallas Clark put Indianapolis on the score board with a touchdown. Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson tied the game with a touchdown near the midpoint of the second quarter. Indianapolis then gained a small lead with a field goal. Going into halftime, Colts 10 and Chargers 7.

The third quarter started with a touchdown by Chargers wide receiver Chris Chambers (quarterback Philip Rivers threw a thirty-yard pass that sailed right into the welcoming bosom of Chambers). San Diego 14 and Indianapolis 10. In the bottom of the third quarter, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne brought his team back on top with a TD (it wasn’t ruled a TD until head coach Tony Dungy challenged the out-of-bounds call). A burst of energy by Chargers running back Darren Sproles in the final seconds of the third quarter gave them the lead with 21 to 17 points.

Billy Volek stepped in for Philip Rivers on quarterbacking duties in the fourth quarter. Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez ran for fifty-five yards for a touchdown in the top of the quarter. Norv Turner threw down the red flag, believing that Gonzalez stepped out of bounds, but the TD call stood after a booth review. Many slow-motion instant replays revealed that Gonzalez’s left foot was very much in bounds. Indianapolis reclaimed the lead, 24 to 21. The Chargers grabbed the top bunk again with a TD by Volek with fewer than five minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Final score: Chargers 28 and Colts 24.

San Diego is going to the AFC Championship game. I’m not a self-identified Colts fan, so why do I feel so sad and slightly ill?

Observations & Miscellania:

1. One of the commercials aired during the top of the first quarter was a new marketing campaign by Oreo cookie. DSRL–starring Peyton Manning and his little bro Eli. Double-stuffed Racing League. Qu’est-ce que c’est? The commercial made me think of that game CrossFire. Do you guys remember CrossFire? I do. I loved it.

2. One of the commentators from last night’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New England Patriots said that the first quarter went by very quickly. The first quarter from this Colts-Chargers game went by pretty fast too. Greg Gumbel pointed it out and Dan Dierdorf responded with, “that’s what happens when the ball doesn’t touch the ground.” And of course, after this remark was uttered, as the first quarter was reaching its last minute on the game clock, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison lost hold on the ball when Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie slammed into his lower body. The ball rolled out and Chargers safety Marion McCree recovered it.

5. Bob Sanders and Dallas Clark of the Colts and kicker Nate Kaeding of the Chargers were teammates at Iowa Kaeding missed the field goal at the bottom of the second quarter and Sanders skipped over to him and patted him on the shoulders and back of the helmet. Sanders was charged with a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (for taunting). I never noticed it before, but Sanders is a cutie. He’s also approximately a month younger than I am.

6. Antonio Cromartie intercepted a Manning pass in the final minute or so of the second quarter. He ran eighty-nine yards for a touchdown, which was discounted due to a holding penalty on Chargers strong safety Eric Weddle. Norv Turner, San Diego head coach, was fuming.

7. Bob Sanders went down on the turf (on the play after Manning was intercepted a second time near the half of the third quarter; this time by Eric Weddle). Chargers running back Michael Turner went right into Sanders’ torso and then upper right shoulder. The slow-motion instant replays suggested an injury to the right arm/shoulder area.

8. Shots of the spectators revealed an ocean of Colts fans wearing not just blue and white but also Colts jerseys.

9. With fewer than twenty seconds on the clock in the third quarter, the camera cut to a close-up of Tony Dungy. There was a really skinny teenaged kid standing on the sideline wearing a Braves cap.

10. Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson didn’t play most of the game due to a bruised knee he sustained in early in the second quarter.

11. When San Diego punted to Indianapolis in the fourth quarter, rather than film from the high angle, long shot press box perspective–the default–the camera ended up following the Colts end-zone-to-end-zone. The camera settled behind the Colts zone and waited for the players to run towards it.

12. Under four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Colts possession. I think it was Dan Dierdorf who remarked, “Norv Turner looking to his defense. I think he’s looking for some Maalox.” That comment made me smile.

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Bob Sanders pic cred: Colts.com

‘Tis the Season: Colts featherdust the Ravens

The Indianapolis Colts on field with the Baltimore Ravens. Wow, what a heart-wringing night for Baltimore.

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne made the first touchdown of the evening in the first quarter. During Indianapolis’s next possession (via fumble recovery), running back Joseph Addai made a TD. Addai made another one by the end of the first quarter (resulting from a turnover from an interception). Colts 21. Ravens 0. The Colts got a safety at the end of the first quarter, giving them two points. Addai gave his team another TD in the top of the second quarter. Ravens return specialist/wide receiver Yamon Figurs made a 94-yard kick-off return TD in the top of the second quarter. Colts 30. Ravens 7. Indianapolis wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez made a 57-yard TD. And then it was halftime.

The third quarter more or less started with a touchdown from Colts Anthony Gonzalez. Indianapolis 44. Baltimore 7. In the top of the fourth quarter, Ravens wide receiver Devard Darling made a TD. The two-point conversion was not successful. Under two minutes left of play in the fourth quarter, Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith (who went into the game for Kyle Boller in the bottom of the fourth quarter) ran into the end zone for a touchdown. Colts 44. Ravens 20. And then the game was over.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Tonight’s telecast of Sunday Night Football did not begin with an extreme close-up of Al Michaels. I’m so happy. After the Faith Hill credit sequence, the first image on screen was of the Ravens running out from the underbelly of the stadium, which then cut to a zoom-out shot of a little kid in Ravens fan attire, which then cut to a slight low angle close-up of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, which then cut to a medium close-up of Al Michaels.

2. I love the way John Madden holds a microphone. His hand is so big in comparison. It looks like a child holding a lollipop.

3. What is wrong with Pioneer? A third eye in the sternum? A mouth with teeth for an iris? Ears as fingertips? What are we, trying to be Salvador Dali? The tag line reads: Seeing and hearing like never before. If the idea is to suggest that with a Pioneer Kuro TV, the viewer can experience aural and visual stimuli in a whole new way, emphasizing the blurring of lines between the world transmitted through the monitor and the world outside of the monitor would efficiently convey the message. How does the making strange of body parts effectively sell a flatscreen television? Going solely for bizarre-memorable?

4. After Joseph Addai made his second touchdown in the first quarter, John Madden pointed out how discouraged Ravens head coach Brian Billick must be feeling and then added, “And now it’s raining.” Adorable. John Madden is adorable.

5. Towards the end of the first quarter, when the camera cut to John Madden and Al Michaels standing in their booth, Michaels remarked something along the lines of “when people ask ‘what’s wrong with the Ravens,’ it’s never one thing.”

6. There was a brief segment of archival footage consisting of news reports about the Colts relocating themselves to Indiana in 1984. Apparently, ever since they left, whenever the Colts play in Baltimore, their name on the scoreboard reads “Indy” instead of “Colts.”

7. With six minutes left in the second quarter, the camera got a shot of the Ravens band in the stands. Al Michaels said that the Ravens band would perform during halftime and that “Baltimore hates Indianapolis. Cleveland hates Baltimore,” somebody else hates/loves somebody…”and we love Paris in the spring time.” John Madden added a comment about the rivalry and then asked Al, “what was that in the spring time again?” Al replied, “Paris.”

8. The play that ended with the Anthony Gonzalez TD in the third quarter began with a dual split-screen. The top half of the screen consisted of two squares, Peyton Manning in close-up on the left (facing the camera), and Joseph Addai’s back on the right (facing away from the camera). The bottom of the screen was the standard high angle extreme long shot of the field.

9. Colts linebacker Gary Brackett intercepted two Ravens passes tonight (the second prevented Baltimore from scoring a TD).

10. When Jim Sorgi went into the game in the middle of the third quarter for Peyton Manning, Al Michaels mentioned that Sorgi has a higher passing record than the starting quarterback.

11. In the remaining seconds of the third quarter, Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason caught a pass from Kyle Boller. He ran four yards to the Indianapolis 9 yard line before being tackled by Colts defensive back Tim Jennings. His left shoe flew off in the process. During the slow-motion instant replays, Al Michaels pointed out the projectile shoe and the camera went to an extreme close-up of it. A very beautiful black and blue Nike too (I can’t find a visual aid).

12. John Madden confessed at the top of the fourth quarter that he isn’t keen on crab cakes or shellfish (“crab, shrimp, mussels, and stuff like that”). This shellfish remark occurred about ten “real time” minutes after the initial crab mention. At one point, the camera went to a medium close-up of a Colts fan eating a sub sandwich of some kind–looked like a sloppy joe or a meatball sandwich to me.
13. Madden also pointed out that the Colts appearance the playoffs this year would be head coach Tony Dungy’s ninth consecutive trip to post-season games.

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