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Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens square root the 49ers

Another season of NFL football is coming to a close.  The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers rang a round the New Orleans rosy tonight for the honor of declaring themselves champions.  Phil Simms and Jim Nantz provided commentary for the game, televised on CBS.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1. I watched sporadically during the first and second quarters.  Beyonce performed during halftime.  Methinks she sang live.  There was a really cool performance section with a screen, backup dancers, and the following part where former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowand and Michelle Williams sprang up from below the stage.

2.  Hmmm, if the Falcons were playing instead of the 49ers, what would the score be at the top of the third quarter?  Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones made a 109 yd kick-off return for a touchdown, so at the top of the second half, Baltimore had 28 to San Francisco’s 6.  If it were Atlanta in the Super Bowl, I wouldn’t be surprised if Baltimore were in the lead, but perhaps not by 22 points.  It would be Ravens 14 and Falcons 10 or Raven 17 and Falcons 14.

3.  The power went out in half of the Superdome!  Hahah!  Did Beyonce’s performance use too much juice?  The outage lasted for about thirty-five minutes.

4.  Being in semi-darkness for half an hour proved beneficial for the 49ers.  They were able to shrink the score deficit to one possession by the bottom of the third quarter.  The top of the fourth quarter was stunning–49ers QB propelled his body into the end zone.  A two-point conversion was attempted but failed.

5.  The bottom of the fourth quarter was quite thrilling as each time scored until the two-minute warning when the 49ers were poised to claim victory pending a TD, which did not happen.  They did get a safety, though, when the Ravens punter couldn’t get out of the end zone.

6.  Going back to what if the Atlanta Falcons were in this game.  Who would be in the lead with fewer than eighty seconds to play?  I’d like to think the Falcons.

7.  Did Ravens QB Joe Flacco say, “That was fucking awesome!” to one of his teammates just minutes after his team won?  The media was swarmed around him.

Baltimore 34 and San Francisco 31.  Final score.  The Baltimore Ravens have won the Super Bowl!!

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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.
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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 2010: Falcons swat the Ravens

Oh yeah.  Thursday night football on the NFL Network, featuring the Baltimore Ravens at the Atlanta Falcons, was also broadcast on myATLtv for us Atlantans!   Blessed union of soles.


Although the Ravens’ first half wasn’t nearly as impressive offensively as the Falcons, the third and fourth quarters were quite fantastic for Baltimore.  Quarterback Joe Flacco got his turf legs and connected with three players (wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Derek Mason, and tight end Todd Heap) for touchdowns.  By the time the Ravens scored their first TD in the bottom of the third quarter, the Falcons were in the lead with 13 (courtesy of a Jason Snelling TD and two Matt Bryant field goals).  Despite a few dropped balls and a couple of turnovers that didn’t produce TDs for the southern predatory birds, the Falcons pulled through with a Roddy White touchdown in the bottom of the fourth quarter.  Atlanta 26 and Baltimore 21.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Theismann, Bob Papa, and Matt Millen were the commentators.

2.  Rich Eisen was Guest Programmer on TCM earlier this year.

3.  The Falcons wore black jerseys and red helmets; the Ravens wore white jerseys.

4.  Jeffrey Simmons of the Georgia National Guard sang the National Anthem before the game commenced.  He gave a somewhat twangy and melodic rendition.

5.  Was it my imagination or did the commentators keep having to correct themselves on the names of the players that just made or didn’t make a play?  Narrators for Fox and CBS only have to “take that back” if they got the player wrong because the jersey number was obscured.

6.  When Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan over or under-throws a ball and he knows it’s his fault, he taps his sternum while facing the sidelines.

7.  Was Randy Waters from 11alive standing on the sidelines next to former Falcon Jamal Anderson?

8.  Did one of the commentators just say the Georgia Aquarium was built in 1995?!

8.  The game-winning drive for the Falcons lasted 80 yards, 40 seconds, and 7 plays.  Atlanta went for a 2 point conversion but was not successful.  Still, they won.  After Matt Ryan knew for certain that Roddy White had caught the ball, he hugged his center, Todd McClure.

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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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NFL 2010 wildcard: Ravens swarm the Patriots

If  the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens had a million dollars (right this second), would they buy you a house or a K-car?  Probably not.  Instead, they would meet on a patch of grass, squat down, crouch in stealth, chase each other, and pull one another to the ground in order to go to the playoffs.  Broadcast on CBS, the Ravens went on offense first and running back Ray Rice bolted eighty-three yards down the field for a  touchdown on the first play–seventeen seconds into the game.  Two plays into the Patriots’ possession, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs initiated a turnover.  The end of that drive produced a touchdown by linebacker Jameel McClain.  Baltimore 14 and New England 0.  Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception into the hands of Ravens cornerback Chris Carr in the middle of the first quarter.  Rice soon made his second TD of the day.  SWEET AND SPICY JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS!!!! Brady threw yet another interception when the Patriots got back on offense.  Ravens safety Ed Reed made the turnover catch and tossed the ball to safety Dawan Landry before getting tackled at New England’s thirty-four yard line.  The Ravens went with a field goal at the end of that excitement.  Baltimore 24 and New England 0.

The second quarter started with the Patriots punting the ball away but none of the Ravens caught the ball.  New England cornerback Kyle Arrington recovered the ball in Baltimore’s red zone.  The commentators thought the Ravens should’ve challenged the call but also pointed out that Baltimore’s coaches were not close enough to see anything to warrant throwing a red flag.  A few plays later, wide receiver Julian Edelman caught a pass for a TD.  Baltimore 24 and New England 7.  Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was picked off six minutes into the quarter.

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The third quarter appeared to demonstrate more New England solidness, that is until Dawan Landry intercepted Brady six minutes into the quarter.  The Ravens increased their score with a field goal  Baltimore 27 and New England 7.  Several minutes later, Julian Edelman made a second TD.  Baltimore 27 and New England 14.  The fourth quarter began with the Ravens winning a challenge to get a first-and-goal and a couple plays later, running back Willis McGahee got himself into the end zone.  A two-point conversion attempt did not work.  Baltimore challenged the unsuccessful try but lost.  Halfway through the quarter, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostowski’s kick was no good.  Baltimore 33 and New England 14.  Final score.  The last time the Patriots lost at home was to the Jets in 2006.  The Ravens are going to play the Indianapolis Colts next week.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators.  Both men wore dark suits, but Nantz had a purple tie, a lavender shirt, and a dark gray sweater vest.  Simms was decked in blue of varying shades for vest, tie, and shirt.

2.  Phil Simms noted during the Ravens’ kickoff to the Patriots upon returning from the commercial break that followed Ray Rice’s game-opening TD run that in an interview from the previous night, Rice said that, “I run deceptively quick with speed.”  I had no idea what that meant until an extreme high-angle (essentially an overhead view) of the field where the Patriots end zone was at the bottom of the screen.  The replay began at the line of scrimmage and as Rice broke through the New England defense and was headed down the field, the “deceptively quick with speed” became apparent in comparing the running of two Patriots that were trying to catch up to Rice.  These Patriots’ feet move more rapidly, whereas Rice’s strides were bigger.

3.  Jameel McClain did a little step-dance after he stood up in the end zone.

4.  Did I just see Peyton Manning and Justin Timberlake speaking really, really bad Mandarin in a Sony TV commercial?  Yes, I did.  Manning sounded like he was speaking a bizarre smoothie of bad Cantonese and Mandarin.  Timberlake sounded like he was only speaking bad Mandarin.  It was pretty funny, though.  They have inflections in their voices.  I think I could teach both of them how to pronounce Mandarin properly.

5.  Ravens tight end Todd Heap sustained some kind of injury in the bottom of the fourth quarter.  He’s one year and two months older than I.

6.  New England head coach Bill Belichick was wearing a beanie.  The red and white yarn ball atop of it reminded me of a peppermint candy.  Tom Brady also needs to cut his hair.

7.  After the game, Ravens head coach Jim Harbaugh ran around the field high-fiving Baltimore fans.

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