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All This Speculation Why Calvin Johnson

Wide receiver extraordinaire, yellow jackets hover in the air
watching, anticipating a complete pass
into the hands of Calvin Johnson’s grasp.
Possession unquestioned, headlong down the field,
one step, two steps, three pivot to cross the goal line
bearing witness a coliseum of feline pride.
The end zone opens up like a cake with a surprise,
it’s smart to know when to stay, but wiser to know
when to walk away.

— yiqi 8 march 2016 9:25pm

VGLJiconE

Yes, indeed, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson is retiring.  Read Bleacher Report’s article here.

We are spectators of his corporeality, his heart, his spirit and everything he’s put onto the field of play.  Why would Calvin Johnson retire?  Does it really matter?  C’est sa vie a vivre.  Sa sante est plus important que l’argent, que la renommee.

連他以後改變主意, 也不關我們的事. 你的球迷會永遠支持你.

 

NFL 2012: Falcons doorstop the Lions

The Atlanta Falcons, the Detroit Lions, and Monday Night Football on Saturday on ESPN.  The Lions started on offense but didn’t do much with the ball, neither did the Falcons when they got the ball.  On their next possession, though, more than halfway into the first quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White connected for a touchdown.  Atlanta 7 and Detroit 0.  The Lions put a field goal on the table.  Roddy White made another trip to the end zone during the Falcons’ next possession in the second quarter.  Just shy of halftime, Matt Ryan and Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones connected for a beauty of a TD; the Lions inched up with a FG.  Atlanta 21 and Detroit 6.

The third quarter was rather uneventful until Lions running back Mikel Leshoure got his body into the end zone.  Atlanta 21 and Detroit 13.  His teammate tackle Gosder Cherilus then bear-hugged him (from behind) and lifted him off his feet.  Another potential Lions TD was downgraded to a FG in the top of the fourth quarter.  Atlanta 21 and Detroit 16.  Eight minutes into the fourth, the Falcons increased their lead with a third TD, courtesy of tight-end Michael Palmer.   Atlanta 28 and Detroit 16.   SUGARY DONUTS WITH VANILLA CREAM!!  A pass Matt Stafford had meant for Calvin Johnson to catch was intercepted by Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel.  Calvin is 6’5″; Asante is 5’10”.  This turnover resulted in a Falcons FG.  The Lions got two points after Falcons running back Michael Turner was tackled in the end zone.  Atlanta 31 and Detroit 18.  Final score.  The Falcons have secured the number seed in the NFC.

Observations & Miscellanea:

1.  Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden were the commentators.

2.  Roddy White and Julio Jones make incredible catches; Calvin Johnson makes beautiful catches.  He broke Jerry Rice’s record of receiving yards in a single season.

3.  One of the cameras got a glimpse of a Detroit fan who had painted a lion on his face…with snarling teeth-in-mouth to boot.

4.  After Michael Palmer made the TD in the middle of the fourth quarter, he body-bumped fellow tight-end Tony Gonzalez.

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Thanksgiving 2009: Packers de-claw the Lions

Happy Pilgrims Ate a Whole Bunch of Food Hundreds of Years Ago Day!  The Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions mixed collard greens today in the first of three Thanksgiving NFL games.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for this Fox telecast.   The Packers began on offense–for one play as kickoff-returner wide receiver Jordy Nelson fumbled the ball as he was tackled and the Lions recovered it.  After three attempts to score, wide receiver Calvin Johnson made a touchdown catch in the end zone.  Detroit 7 and Green Bay 0.  In the bottom of the first quarter Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford was intercepted by Packers safety Nick Collins.  The final play of the quarter was a beautiful sixty-eight yard pass from Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to wide receiver Donald Driver.

Packers tight end Donald Lee leaped into the end zone for a TD at the start of the second quarter.  Detroit 7 and Green Bay 7.  The Packers took the lead with a field goal halfway through the quarter.  Green Bay 10 and Detroit 7.  Two or three plays into the Lions’ go on offense, Matthew Stafford threw another interception, this time to Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.  The Packers increased their lead with another field goal in the remaining minute of the second quarter.  Green Bay 13 and Detroit 7.

The third quarter opened with Matthew Stafford throwing an interception to Packers cornerback Charles Woodson.  The Lions challenged the call but didn’t win.  Luckily for them, Aaron Rodgers lost the ball a few plays later and the Lions got back the ball.  How would they capitalize?  Would they capitalize?  Nope.  Donald Driver made a TD catch for his team in the second half of the third quarter.  Green Bay 20 and Detroit 7.  The Lions had a chance to shrink their score deficit but a field goal was no good in the bottom of the third.  Wide receiver James Jones’s catch and crossing of the goal line increased the Packers’ lead.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 7.

The Lions regained some of their opening offense momentum in the fourth quarter…except they couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.  Whoa, what just happened on the second play after the Packers took to offense?  One of the Lions knocked a Packer down.  Either the Lions got a safety or they got a TD.  The Packers coach challenged the TD call and won.  It was a safety.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 9.  Another trip to the red zone yielded no TDs; a field goal was good.  Green Bay 27 and Detroit 12.  Charles Woodson intercepted Stafford again with four minutes left in the game and ran it into the end zone.  Green Bay 34 and Detroit 12.  Final score.

The CBS signal only emits through the TV in the living room; I prefer to watch TV in the dining room.  Thus, I shan’t be watching the Cowboys-Raiders game.  The Giants-Broncos game is on NFL Network tonight.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was sung by Melanie Fiona.  Qui?  Wow.  It’s Jennifer Lopez and Pocahontas in one!  She wore a red wine colored knee-length dress and a huge diamond bracelet on her left wrist.  Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson both got medium shots during the performance.  Wow, Matt Stafford’s jaw is so big.

2.  United Way and E2k sports sponsored a halftime performance paying tribute to the 50th Anniversary of Motown.  The first song, sung byVita Chambers, was “Heat Wave.”   Mon dieu, her singing was not very impressive.  The second song, sung by Kem, was “Higher Ground.”  The third song was “I’ll Be There,” performed by Melanie Fiona.  Yes, dancers surrounded each act.  The fourth song was Hal Linton doing “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”  Shontelle and Hal Linton sang the fifth song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”   Forever the Sickest Kids did the sixth song, “Dancing In the Street.”  Who are these people?!

3.  The Fox camera operators (all men) got their five to seven seconds on broadcast in the top of the fourth quarter.

4.  In the fourth quarter, Troy Aikman remarked that Calvin Johnson is incredibly talented and is reminiscent of a young Randy Moss.

5.  $583,000 was approximately the amount that a Canadian developer paid to purchase the Pontiac Silverdome.

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Pre-S 09: the Lions squint over the Falcons

Ah… it’s time to relax.  You know what that means.   A glass of wine, your favorite easy chair, and of course this televised pre-season 2009 NFL game playing on your home television.  So go on and indulge yourself.   That’s right.  Kick off your shoes.  Put your feet up.  Just lean back and enjoy the instant replays.  After all, pigskin soothes even the crabbiest of beasts.

The Atlanta Falcons marked their first pre-season 2009 display in the north lands of the Detroit Lions.   Broadcast on NBC, Randy Waters (of 11alive, my local NBC station) and Brian Baldinger provided commentary for the competitive sports affair.  The first quarter chugged off to a sluggish start.  It wasn’t until the Lions got their hands on the ball for the first time, and were ten yards away from the end zone, that there was any likelihood for a score.  Quarterback Daunte Culpepper was integral to the series of plays that moved his team down the field.  He passed to receivers but also ran the ball.  Detroit put the first number on the board with a field goal.

On the Falcons’ second possession in the first quarter, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan connected with wide receiver Brian Finneran, which was followed by a forty-yard touchdown courtesy of running back Michael Turner (and the protection skills of tackle Tyson Claybo and fullback Ovie Mughelli).   Atlanta 7 and Detroit 3.

Chris Redman took over quarterbacking duties in the second quarter for the Falcons.  Kicker Jason Elam nailed a forty-six yard field goal halfway through the quarter.  Atlanta 10 and Detroit 3.  Matthew Stafford made his appearance as QB for the Lions in the second half of the second quarter.

The third quarter bounced out with Falcons linebacker Tony Gilbert intercepting Matthew Stafford’s forty-two yard pass for a TD.   The extra point did not happen.  Atlanta 16 and Detroit 3.  Stafford redeemed himself a few minutes later with a TD throw to wide receiver Derrick Williams.  Atlanta 16 and Detroit 10.   DJ Shockley took over as quarterback in the middle of the quarter.   Falcons running back Jason Snelling pushed his way through the Lions defenders to break the plane and toss up another TD.   Atlanta 23 and Detroit 10.

Falcons linebacker Jamie Winborn intercepted Stafford in the second half of the third quarter…oh, but it wouldn’t count due to penalties on both teams.  A few plays later, Drew Stanton went in as quarterback and Lions running back Aaron Brown galloped thirty-some-odd yards into the end zone with few Falcons on his trail.  Atlanta 23 and Detroit 17.

John Parker Wilson quarterbacked for the Falcons in the middle of the fourth quarter.  In the bottom of the quarter, Jason Elam made a forty-one yard field goal, giving the Falcons a lead of 26 to Detroit’s 17.  A minute later,  Aaron Brown ran the ball fortyish yards into end zone for a TD.  He did a cartwheel and a backflip and was flagged for unsportsman-like conduct.  Atlanta 26 and Detroit 24.  Lions kicker Jason Hanson made a forty-seven yard field goal to give his team a one point win over the Falcons.  Detroit 27 and Atlanta 26.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Matt Stafford looks pretty good in a Lions uniform.  Oh la la, that blue suits him tres bien.

2.  Oh wow.  Did the Falcons’ spandex pants get even more shimmery?  Mon dieu, I’d love to caress a Falcon kneecap.

3.  Randy Waters noted in the first quarter that Calvin Johnson, a wide receiver for the Lions, would not be in today’s game because of a slight mishap in training camp.  There weren’t any more details but I surmise it’s the kind of injury that would compel Johnson to heal and rest through the pre-season.  Wait, I typed too soon.  Brian Baldinger remarked a few minutes later that Calvin Johnson sprained his thumb in practice.

4.  Tight-end Tony Gonzalez is so handsome.  There was some interview footage (horizontal split-screen/boxed window) after a commericial break.  可是 他的眼睛 好像有畫眼線.  也許是影子.  He was wearing a cap.  He looks awesome in Falcons colors.

5.  Falcons linebacker Mike Peterson likes to “run and hit” as he told Fred Kalil in sidelines interview.

6.  Fred Kalil interviewed Matt Ryan before the third quarter.   The QB definitely has a more confident and calmer air about him.  Less eager-scrappy-puppy and more alert-comfortable-soul.

7.  Falcons owner, Arthur Blank, sat in the press box with Randy Waters and Brian Baldinger in the third quarter.  When the camera cut to the three of them (in a medium, low-angle shot), Baldinger was nodding earnestly like a disciple soaking up words of wisdom from a guru.  Among the questions that Waters asked Blank were whether or not there was a moment in last season where Blank knew the Falcons were doing things right.  Blank mentioned a game against Green Bay and how confidently the Falcons had played — Roddy White had a great day.  Waters also asked about Blank visiting Michael Vick.  And then Stafford threw a TD.  When Blank answered the question, he had summarized the meeting as one of how Vick’s life had changed since his personal and professional lowpoint.   Blank and Waters then gave a shoutout to Harry Douglas.  Blank also wished Vick well.

8.  Stafford’s “second” intercepted pass was a surreal one.  To me, a beautiful or awesome interception is the sort where a defensive player plucks the ball from mid-air.  In-the-blink-of-an-eye sort.  A surreal interception occurs when a quarterback misses his intended target so substantially that he might as well have just thrown the ball straight to whomever intercepted the pass.

9.  The game-winning Lions field goal was filmed in a long shot and very, very far behind the Lions on the field.  I couldn’t tell if Jason Hanson had succeeded for failed based on where the ball went.  I saw Lions fans behind the end zone stand up with their arms extended to the stars, and I knew the field goal was good.

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NFL 08: Falcons de-pride the Lions

Opening day of the 2008 NFL regular season on Fox. The Detroit Lions went southwards to size up the Atlanta Falcons. The Lions tried (not well at all in the first quarter) and put up a decent retort (in the second and third quarters), but in the end. Falcons soared above.

Sweet holy tuna sandwich! Just two minutes into the first quarter and Matt Ryan, Falcons starting quarterback, threw a sixty-two yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Jenkins. On the Falcons’ second possession (about halfway through the first quarter), running back Michael Turner made a sixty-six yard dash into the end zone; he then put another TD on the board towards the end of the first quarter. Falcons 21. Lions nope.

Jon Kitna quarterbacked for Detroit. After three (?) attempts to make it into the end zone, Lions running back Kevin Smith finally made it through near the bottom of the quarter. Falcons 21. Lions 7. And then, like a giddy spatula on icing, wide receiver Roy Williams caught a TD pass (in a far corner of the end zone) with fewer than twenty-five seconds left on the clock. Going into halftime, Atlanta 21 and Lions 14.

Third quarter. Falcons safety Lawyer Milloy intercepted a Kitna pass in the top of the quarter. It was an awesome blossom. That drive ended in a field goal. Atlanta 24. Detroit 14. A bit after the halfway point of the third quarter, wide receiver Roddy White caught a forty-six yard pass from Matt Ryan, which got the Falcons down to end zone country. Running back Jerious Norwood made the TD. Atlanta 31. Detroit 14. In the bottom of the third, after Falcons cornerback Chris Houston gets a penalty (pass interference/illegal contact, je pense), the Lions put a TD on the board, thanks to tight end Casey FitzSimmons and a play action fake. Falcons 31 and Lions 21.

The fourth quarter began with what might have been a lovely third Michael Turner touchdown. Alas, it was subtracted–holding penalty on Roddy White–and that drive yielded a field goal instead. Falcons 34 and Lions 21. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. It was still, and I suspect always will be, a pleasure to watch Calvin Johnson reach into the air for the ball–even when he doesn’t hold on to the ball.

2. JC Pearson and Matt Vasgersian provided commentary for Fox.

3. Bottom of the second quarter and Jon Kitna became quite expressive on the sidelines with his frustration. Understandably expressive.

4. I do believe UGA’s Redcoat marching band performed during halftime.

5. According to the commentators, Lawyer Milloy did a stint in the MLB before venturing into football. They also said he is a “soccer dad in the off-season.”

6. Visually, the first thing that came to mind when Jerious Norwood went into the end zone in the third quarter was “prance.” A stag leap, which happens to be a gymnastic maneuver.

7. After returning from the commercial break at around ten minutes, one of the cameras revealed 11Alive’s Fred Kalil at the game sitting next to Gerald Riggs, a former NFL player. Michael Turner broke Riggs’s rushing record.

8. Matt Ryan is the eighth rookie quarterback to dominate and win on opening day.

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