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NFL 2013: Cardinals crazy, sexy, and cool the Falcons

Yes, indeed…or indeed not.  Another game I did not watch.  The Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals got into each others’ goal lines in AZ, except that the southern birds didn’t take to much flight against the desert feathers.  Arizona 27 and Atlanta 13.  Final score.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

And now for something a smidgen more appetizing.

When VH1’s Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story (Charles Stone III, 2013) premiered last Monday, did the suits-and-ties know how many people would watch it (4.5 million) ?  Did the crew at Pop Films know that they’ve worked on the most tweeted program of the night (beating out Monday Night Football)?  Not to mention Kate Lanier, who wrote the screenplay.  Did she have any idea that it would reach such a large audience?

Click here for a photo gallery with side-by-side comparisons of the real singers and the actresses portraying them.  Click here for more information on the biopic.

I have a question for the producers: How did you get your hands on Toyota Rav4s from the mid 1990s?

NFL 2012: Falcons bait-and-switch the Cardinals

A week ago the Atlanta Falcons fell to the New Orleans Saints by a very small score difference.  No longer undefeated, how would the Falcons perform against the Arizona Cardinals?  Televised on Fox, the Falcons began on offense but after just one pass by quarterback Matt Ryan, possession went to the Cardinals thanks to Falcons wide receiver Roddy White losing the ball.  Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson plucked it from the air.  Moments later, the Cardinals took the lead with a touchdown by running back LaRod Stephens-Howling.  A forty-eight yard Cardinals field goal courtesy of kicker Jay Feely couldn’t have been encouraging for anyone on Team Falcons.  Arizona 10 and Atlanta 0.  Just when the Falcons were finally improving their offensive momentum, Cardinals cornerback William Gay intercepted Matt Ryan.  With less than three minutes in the first quarter, Matt Ryan was intercepted again (Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes got his hands on the ball).

Was Matt Ryan getting all of his mistakes out of his system in the first quarter?  The Cardinals put another FG on the board as a result of this turnover.  Arizona 13 and Atlanta 0.

The Falcons started playing catchup with a fifty-one yard Matt Bryant field goal in the second quarter.  Cardinals put in rookie QB Ryan Lindley four minutes into the quarter, probably to give Cardinals starting QB John Skelton a rest.  The Falcons defense proved its mettle when defensive end John Abraham and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux contributed to a recovered fumble for a TD.  Arizona 13 and Atlanta 10.  The Falcons tied the game by the close of the first half.  Jay Feely came on the field for a thirty-eight FG attempt with thirty-seven seconds left in the quarter.  Atlanta responded with a forty-eight yard FG attempt.  Arizona 16 and Atlanta 16.


The third quarter did not progress well for the Falcons as they turned the ball over again.  Coach Mike Smith also made a faux pas with throwing down the challenge flag when he was not in the position to do so without incurring frowns from the officials.  Matt Ryan was intercepted YET AGAIN in the bottom of the third quarter.  Clearly his first quarter mistakes had carried over into the second half of the game.  Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington caught the pass meant for Roddy White.


The fourth quarter began with a Feely FG, which broke the tie that had persisted since the end of the second quarter.  Arizona 19 and Atlanta 16.  Was the plan to keep the score difference as small as possible until the two-minute warning, get into the end zone, and then keep the Cardinals from scoring?  Possibly.  After an agonizing third quarter, the Falcons showed their fans some love with a TD by running back Michael Turner.  Atlanta 23 and Arizona 19.  Just as things were looking better for the home team, Matt Ryan was intercepted AGAIN. NANDESUKA?!


The Falcons returned to offense with three minutes left to play.  The Cardinals didn’t have any more time outs.  Atlanta 24 and Arizona 19.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston provided narration.

2.  The Falcons wore red jerseys and white bottoms; the Cardinals wore white jerseys (with red sleeps) and white bottoms.  When the players from both teams were piled up, they looked like a clob of peppermint candies.

3.  Did someone not complete their pre-game good luck ritual?  The first three quarters of today’s game was reminiscent of the Falcons from two seasons ago.

4.  The Falcons played a very passive-aggressive game today.  Despite the many turnovers that favored the Cardinals, they didn’t reap the expected benefits.  Not every interception resulted in a score.  Should we call this effort the Bait-and-Switch?

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

NFL 2010: Falcons grate the cheese out of the Cardinals

The Atlanta Falcons’ 2010 season debut at the Pittsburgh Steelers did not turn out as victoriously as they or their fans had hoped.  Would their home opener against the Arizona Cardinals today be a repeat or a reversal?  Televised by Fox, and narrated by Brian Billick and Thom Brennaman, the first quarter started with the Falcons on offense.  Whatever quarterback Matt Ryan might have done differently before he went to sleep last night and after he woke up this morning paid off as the Falcons gave a solid first drive, featuring Michael Turner and Jason Snelling rushing yards, that resulted in a touchdown (courtesy of wide receiver Roddy White).  Atlanta 7 and Arizona 0.

Cardinals running back LaRod Stephens-Howling received the kick for his team’s first possession.  He ran the ball back all the way into the end zone, but it was nullified because of a holding penalty on one of his teammates.  Derek Anderson quarterbacked for Arizona.  The Cardinals suffered from penalty upon penalty and didn’t get much done offensively.  The bottom of the second quarter saw Falcons Christopher Owens intercepted Derek Anderson, whose team incurred an illegal formation penalty that gave the Falcons a first down.

The Cardinals got another defensive penalty in the top of the second quarter as someone (either Joey Porter or Robinson) who tugged on Matt Ryan’s face mask.  After the referee announced the penalty, a camera cut to a medium close-up of the Cardinals sidelines.  One of the coaches, probably the defensive coordinator Bill Davis, was looking in the direction of head coach Ken Whisenhunt .  He mouthed “damnit” or something that expressed disappointment.  His body language then went very huff-and-puff-and-grrrr.   Matt Bryant put a thirty-four-yard field goal through the uprights.  Not long after the Cardinals went on offense again, wide receiver Tim Hightower made an eighty-yard TD run.  Atlanta 10 and Arizona 7.  Moments after the commentators praised running back Jason Snelling’s abilities and playing time last season, he caught Matt Ryan impending-blitz pass and ran the ball into the end zone.  Although the Falcons had compiled a couple penalties of their own by the bottom of the second quarter, a slew of Cardinals defensive flags facilitated the Falcons performance on offense.  Jason Snelling got a second TD before halftime.  Atlanta 24 and Arizona 7.  Cardinals Jay Feely attempted a fifty-four-yard FG in the final minute of the first half.  It was no good.  Matt Ryan was going to run the ball into field goal range when the Falcons were on offense before the half, and during the ball popped out of his hand as he was being tackled.  The Cardinals recovered the fumbled ball.

The Cardinals took to the field first in the third quarter.  The second play (I believe) led to Falcons safety William Moore intercepting Derek Anderson (the ball had bounced off a player’s hands and Moore caught it).  Two plays later, with the Falcons on offense, wide receiver Brian Finneran made a TD catch in the end zone.  Atlanta 31 and Arizona 7.  Matt Bryant increased his team’s lead with a thirty-five-yard FG in the bottom of the third.  Atlanta 34 and Arizona 7.

The fourth quarter was ripe with both teams receiving penalties for various reasons.  And then Jason Snelling crossed the bottom left corner of the end zone.  Atlanta 41 and Arizona 7.  Matt Ryan was still quarterbacking through the fourth quarter, but Derek Anderson trotted off to the sidelines with three minutes left on the clock.  Max Hall stepped on as QB…and threw an interception shortly thereafter.  Falcons cornerback Dominique Franks got his hands on the ball.  He ran the ball back but was pushed out of bounds a dozen or so yards before reaching the goal line.  Atlanta 41 and Arizona 7.  Final score.

Yay Jason Snelling!

By the way, GaTech beat UNC yesterday 30 to 24UGA didn’t fare as well against ArkansasArmy, TCU, Ohio State, and Alabama pulverized their respective opponents.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Brian Billick’s shoulders slope down.

2.  The stadium was aglow with rouge…from both Falcons and Cardinals fans.

3.  Whatever Michael Turner did differently this week compared to last week in preparation for the game also appeared to be successful as his performance elicited more confidence and conviction.  I know what I am doing.

4.  Jason Snelling’s second TD in the first half was via jumping over/into a bunch of bodies and breaking the plane with extended hands around the ball.

5.  I wrote about basketball a year ago and how I began watching basketball game-play so that it wouldn’t bore me to near-tears.  Specifically, “If, however, I focus on the players without the ball, then it’s about when/if they’ll get the ball and how they are reacting, which is much more interesting to me.”  I’ve been watching a few plays of football in such a manner and it creates a more disorienting viewer experience.  I’m not even sure the suspense is greater.

6.  Um, Ken Whisenhunt and Derek Anderson, did you know that with under thirty seconds left on the clock and the game was effectively over…one of the cameras cut to a close-up of both of you touching your nose?  And Derek, you were full on face to camera–did you stick a finger up in a nostril?  Coach Whisenhunt, the camera may have gotten your left side, and slightly from the back, but still…I saw that nose-pinching, downward stroking.  Qu’est-ce vous faitesQue’est-ce que vous pensiez?

Click here for the Falcons roster and here for the Cardinals roster.

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

NFL Playoffs 2010: the Saints grind down the Cardinals

Who want’s to go to the NFC Championship?  The Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints do.  Broadcast on Fox, their face-to-face session started with a seventy-yard touchdown run by Cardinals running back Tim Hightower.  The Saints quickly tied the game with a TD by running back Lynell Hamilton.  Arizona 7 and New Orleans 7.  Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner threw to wide receiver Jerheme Urban, who lost the ball when Saints cornerback Randall Gay knocked it loose and safety Darren Sharper recovered it.  A few plays later, Saints quarterback Drew Brees connected with tight end Jeremy Schockey for a TD in the middle of the first quarter.   Saints running back Reggie Bush made escaped a handful of Cardinals defense players and took the ball into the end zone.  New Orleans 21 and Arizona 7.

Cardinals running back Beanie Wells sauntered into the end zone in the top of second quarter.  New Orleans 21 and Arizona 14.  The Saints went right on huffing and puffing with another TD, thanks to wide receiver Devery Henderson.  With just a few minutes before halftime, Kurt Warner threw an interception into the able-bodied Saints defensive end Will Smith.  Saints wide receiver Marques Colston caught a TD pass with a minute left in the first half.  New Orleans 35 and Arizona 14.  Matt Leinart went in as QB for Kurt Warner in the bottom of the quarter.

Kurt Warner returned in the third quarter.  The Saints sent up their first field goal not long after the second half began.  New Orleans 38 and Arizona 14.  When the Cardinals punted the ball away (for the second time in the third?), Reggie Bush ran the ball eighty-three yards back for a TD.  The longest punt-return in post-season NFL history.  Leinart reprised his QB role in the fourth quarter without any fruit for reaping.   New Orleans 45 and Arizona 14. Final score.  The Saints just marched their obsidian and gold little selves one step closer to the big game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston were the commentators.  They both wore purple ties.  Albert’s was a light, sold hue.  Johnston’s was patterned with red.

2.  Jeremy Shockey’s first quarter TD was followed by his rolling backward and doing a semi-handstand.

3.  Reggie Bush punctuated his first quarter TD with a little side-step-finger-snapping dance.  The camera then cut to Saints fans mimicking it. Seconds later, the camera cut to a medium shot of Kim Kadarshian.  Is she dating the Bush?

4.  “Like a pack of wolves, these guys are huttin’ now,” Tony Siragusa remarked of the New Orleans defense in the bottom of the first quarter.

5.  Kurt Warner was pinned to the ground after he was intercepted by Will Smith.  The camera cut to an extreme close-up of his supine body.  At one point, I could read him mouthing, “I’m okay now.”

6.  Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was in attendance.

7.  Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made a beautiful jump-and-catch in the top of the third quarter.  The slow-motion replay gave it a majestic quality.

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

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For the love of gargamel.  Tim Tebow was meant to exist as a human being and no other creature; meant to be male and have a talent for the football.  Sa mere could’ve put herself in front of a hungry lion and he’d still have been born.  The issue isn’t whether or not abortion is evil or wrong or it shouldn’t be a choice.  Just like the postman, neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night can keep a life from its first breath.

I won’t legislate your faith if you won’t impose your faith on my choices.

Sweet Ambrosia, the men in helmets are Coming

That’s right.

Savory nector of the the gods, the pre-season of NFL 2009 is just around the river bend.   The Atlanta Falcons’ first pre-season is in Detroit against the Lions on August 15th at 4pm.  Atlantans can watch the game on NBC (WXIA).  Click here for the rest of the pre and regular season schedule.

What’s the best way to unwind after a long day’s worth of copying-and-pasting text and adjusting image size and brightness/contrast?  Watching NFL Films’ Run for the Championship: 2008 Season in Review!!!

The opening montage includes Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s first official throw as an NFL player (against the Lions)–he produced a sixty-two yard TD pass.   There’s also a shot of a lone player (from the back) walking down the tunnel onto the field.  There are close-ups of players and coaches with their grrr-argh faces as well as Falcons head coach Mike Smith’s yippy! jump down the sidelines.  Right after Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis asks his teammates, “Who came to play football today?,” there is a quasi-slow-motion long stho of three Ravens (safety Ed Reed, cornerback Rolle Samari, and Lewis) running screen-left to screen-right, from the twenty-yard line to the end zone.  Two players from the Miami Dolphins (wide receiver Brandon Landon and guard Ndukwe Ikechuku) are chasing them.   During those few seconds, the three Ravens ….. it was like watching mustangs run into the sunset.  Awesome.

As for the rest of the DVD, more or less in order of appearance:

— Tom Brady out after the first game of the season (oh, but look, he’s returned).

— The Lions 0-16.

— The Dolphins and their Wildcat Formation.

Chad Pennington, the Dolphins’ franchise QB.

— The Panthers, running backs DeAngelo Williams and  Jonathan Stewart, and wide recevier Steve Smith.

— The Cardinals, quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

— The Chargers, who apparently lost seven games last season, and of those seven, four could’ve been won if the other team didn’t score in the final thirty seconds of the game.

Ed Hochuli’s bad call in the bottom of the game between the San Diego and Denver.

— The Broncos.

John Harbaugh, head coach of the Ravens.   The aforementioned play (with Reed, Samari, and Lewis) was from the AFC Wildcard playoff game against the Dolphins.  Ed Reed intercepted Pennington’s pass at the forty-yard line.  Wow.

–Mike Smith and the Falcons.   Matt Ryan and running back Michael Turner.   Falcons @ Cardinals NFC Wildcard.

Peyton Manning.

— The Giants.  Plaxico Burress weapons possession charge.

— The Cowboys and chaos.

— The Eagles.  Quarterback Donovan McNabb was benched in one game, but his team managed to make it all the way to NFC Divisional and won against the Giants.

— The Titans’ quarterback Vince Young hurt his left leg during the season.  Kerry Collins stepped in the role.

— The Steelers.

— The NFC (Cardinals vs. Eagles) and AFC (Steelers vs. Ravens) Championship games–so intense.

Super Bowl XVIII.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1. There’s not too much cutting to the crowd.  There isn’t any “interview” footage.  The 2008 Season in Review is comprised of highlights and sounds from the sidelines.   During the Falcons’ moment, there’s about thirty or so seconds of Eagles linebacker Omar Gaither saying to Matt Ryan (probably during commercial break), “Hey, number 2, throw me one.  I got $100 for you.  Throw me one.  You hear me?  $200.” Hilarious.

2.  Approximately seventeen minutes into the DVD, the narrator, Robb Webb, remarks the following: “Football can break your heart.  And the more you love it, the harder you fall.”

3.  As I had observed when I was watching telecasts in grad school, the same running play filmed from the end zone (in high-angle or on-field long shot) compresses the speed at which the player is traveling.  An on-field sideline shot, however, brings out that speed.

4.  The game-winning pass and catch in Super Bowl XLIII — oh my gondola.  That was amazing.

5.  Slow-motion of players colliding is watching a pride of lions hunting.

6.  If you watch a lot of NFL Network or ESPN, then perhaps this DVD wouldn’t seem that mind-blowing.  Alas, NFL Films does it again, for me, at least.  One of the interludes in Chuck Klosterman’s book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs is about whether or not you would rather watch a critically acclaimed documentary about your life or a loosely adapted piece of narrative fiction that the public loves.  If I ever get a biopic, I’d want NFL Films to make it.