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NFL 2010: Falcons smoke the Bengals brisket

The Cincinnati Bengals sprinted south to the Georgia Dome to compare notes with the Atlanta Falcons.  Broadcast on CBS, the Falcons went on offense first.  Quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White made two superb plays three minutes into the game.  Three plays later, Matt Ryan threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Brian Finneran, who caught the ball while leaping horizontally in the back of the end zone).  Atlanta 7 and Cincinnati o.  Carson Palmer quarterbacked for the Bengals.  Despite a few solid passing plays, Cincinnati had to punt the ball away.  The Bengals defense in turn forced the Falcons to punt the ball away.  Cincinnati’s offense shaped up enough to move down the field.  A defensive pass interference call put the ball all the way down in the red zone.  Would the Falcons be able to keep the Bengals from scoring?  A touchdown was prevented but the Bengals were able to get a twenty-yard field goal courtesy of kicker Mike Nugent.  Atlanta 7 and Cincinnati 3.

The second quarter started with suck sparks as Roddy White made a one-handed catch down the sidelines.  The Falcons increased their score with a field goal.  When Cincinnati went back on offense Bengals running back Cedric Benson appeared to have lost control of the ball, which Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes appeared to have recovered for a TD.  The Bengals challenged whether or not Benson caught the ball and maintained possession, they won it.  Atlanta 10 and Cincinnati 3.  When the Falcons returned to offense in the top of the second quarter, Roddy White proved his mettle once again with an enormous nineteen-yard catch.  FANCY FRESH STIR-FRY TOFU!!!  Matt Ryan’s next pass and White’s next catch were even more stupendous as they connected forty-three yards for a TD.  That was a beauty.  Ryan ran down to the end zone to congratulate White.  Atlanta 17 and Cincinnati 3.  In the seven minutes before halftime, Falcons running back Michael Turner demonstrated his athletic abilities by staying upright and “jogging” while half a dozen Bengals tried to bring him to the ground.  With a minute left in the quarter, Turner ran the ball into the end zone.  Atlanta 24 and Cincinnati 3.  Mike Nugent went on the field for a fifty-three yard FG attempt with two seconds left in the first half.  It was no good.

Six minutes of the third quarter elapsed when Mike Nugent made a thirty-three yard FG.  Atlanta 24 and Cincinnati 6.  Six minutes later, non-Cowboy Terrell Owens ran the ball in for a TD.  Atlanta 24 and Cincinnati 13.  Matt Ryan threw an interception in the bottom of the third quarter.  Bengals cornerback Leon Hall got his hands on the ball meant for wide receiver Michael Jenkins.  Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley ran sixty-some-odd yards for a TD a couple plays later.  They decided to go for a two-point conversion, but it didn’t work.  Atlanta 24 and Cincinnati 19.  Clearly, the Bengals would not fold so early.  WHAT THE GOYA?!!  When the Falcons got the ball back, Roddy White lost the ball and Bengals cornerback Adam Jones took that ball all the way back for a TD.  Mike Smith challenged whether the ball was still live or not when it came out of White’s hands.  From the televised replays, it would appear that Smith would lose the challenge.  Cincinnati 25 and Atlanta 24.  Another two-point conversion attempt was no good.

The Falcons had better do something–remember Bruce Lee’s words: Never take your eyes off your opponent even when you bow.  The fourth quarter began with a glimmer of redemption for the Falcons as tight end Tony Gonzalez made a crucial catch in the red zone and then Roddy White made a TD.  The Falcons decided to go for a two-point conversion…and SCRUMPTIOUS MACADEMIA NUTS!!!  It was good! Roddy White made the conversion catch!!!  Atlanta 32 and Cincinnati 25.  Did Terrell Owens make a TD upon the Bengals’ next possession? No, he did not.  His left foot went out of bounds when he was still five yards away from the goal line.  Bengals running back Cedric Benson lost the ball a play later and the Falcons recovered the fumble.  Matt Ryan got hit hard in the bottom of the quarter.  He decided to head to the sidelines; Chris Redman went in on QB for one play so that Ryan could catch his breath.  He handed the ball to Michael Turner, who was able to slice through the front right corner of the end zone.  Atlanta 39 and Cincinnati 25.  Bengals Chad Ochocinco made a TD catch with ninety seconds left in the game.  Atlanta 39 and Cincinnati 32.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker provided narration.  Their attire was not memorable.

2. When returning from the commercial break that followed Mike Nugent’s first quarter FG, a camera went to a medium shot of Cedric Benson sitting on the sidelines.  Offensive tackle Dennis Roland was standing between Benson and the camera.  In profile shot, Roland bore a striking resemblance to actor Owain Yeoman.

3.  CBS has a new replay graphic called “double vision,” which is like picture-in-picture and the split screen effect, where one view of a play is in one window and another view of the play is in the other.  In the case of the Ryan-White forty-three yard TD catch, quarterback was in the window on the right (profile view) and receiver was in the window on the left.

4.  Falcons owner Arthur Blank was pacing the sidelines in the bottom of the fourth quarter.

Click here for the Falcons’ roster, here for the Bengals.

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NFL 08: the Cowboys California roll the Redskins

A brief detour:

The Tennessee Titans hold on to their winning streak. They gnarled the Jacksonville Jaguars 24 to 14.

The Indianapolis Colts outdid the Houston Texans 33 to 27.

The Pittsburgh Steelers rose above the San Diego Chargers by a dollop of 11 to 10.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals tied 13 to 13. Click here for the Yahoo Sports article about it–I especially enjoyed this sentence: It was the first tied game in the NFL since Nov. 10, 2002, when the Falcons and Steelers finished 34-34 with Michael Vick and Tommy Maddox matching each other pass for pass. In this one, the teams matched each other gaffe for gaffe.


Around this time last year, the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins partied like it was 1999–and the Cowboys won the dance-off. Tonight, both teams got their techno-remix grooves back on in Redskins country for the ninety-sixth time in regular season. The first quarter rolled down halfway before anybody scored–Washington fullback Mike Sellers with a touchdown catch. Redskins 7 and Cowboys 0. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, once of the Falcons and most recently of the Raiders, intercepted Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at the bottom of the quarter.

The second quarter marched to about eight minutes with Romo throwing another interception–Washington linebacker Rocky McIntosh grabbed the loose ball after Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens was hit. With fewer than a minute-and-a-half on the game clock, Cowboys running back Marion Barber got to the goal line and broke the plane. Washington and Dallas tied seven a piece. The touchdown ruling received an upstairs review–it stood. The Redskins then managed to break that tie with a field goal. Going into halftime, Washington 10 and Dallas 7.

The third quarter commenced with Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman intercepted Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.  The ball had already reached its intended target, wide receiver Santana Moss, but Newman somehow got his hands between the Redskin and the ball.  A Washington field goal towards the bottom of the third quarter was tried but it wasn’t true.

The top of the fourth quarter sparkled with a series of receptions by Marion Barber.  There was also a “push-pass,” as John Madden dubbed it, that Tony Romo executed to wide receiver Miles Austin, which set up a TD made by tight end Martellus Bennett.  Dallas 14 and Washington 10.  Marion Barber lathered, rinsed, and repeated his running and dodging cherry-on-top magic in the bottom stretch of the fourth quarter.  In this quarter alone, Barber had his hand on the ball sixteen times (I believe).  The Cowboys have “saved their season,” as Al Michaels remarked.  14 to 10 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels wore a black tie with gray/silver diagonal stripes–back slash direction. John Madden’s tie was gray/silver. It never ceases to amaze me how big are Madden’s hands.

2. I’m two years older than DeAngelo Hall. During one of the slow-motion replays of his interception, his body line was foregrounded. He’s not a big feller at 5’10 and 195. Proportionately, though, I’m sure his legs are much shapelier than mine. His. Mine.

3. Al Michaels uttered the word “flummoxed” concerning a timeout or two that the Redskins had to take nearing the bottom of the second quarter.

4. Tonight’s Line of Scrimmage segment featured EE Smith High School in Fayetteville, NC, which is the school most of the children of Fort Bragg’s service men and women attend.

5. Bruce Springsteen’s song “Working On a Dream” also premiered during halftime (roughly sixty seconds of the studio version). Je ne l’adore pas. Je pense que c’est trop simple; cette chanson est come des autres pop et roche. Melodically speaking. It would, however, be ideal for a truck commercial. Big shocker. The NFL and trucks go together than left-and-right.  Springsteen apparently performed it during a Barack Obama event just before election day.

6.  Tony Romo’s “push-pass” essentially consisted of a maneuver that reminded Al Michaels of a basketball move.  The ball was more or less “flung” towards a receiver.

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NFL 08: Steelers microphone-check those Bengals

I started watching the Steelers at Bengals game (on CBS) in the third quarter. At halftime, the score was 10 to 7 in Pittsburgh’s favor. At the start of the third quarter, the Steelers increased their lead with a touchdown by running back Mewelde Moore. 17 to 7. The Bengals answered that one with a field goal towards the bottom of the quarter. 17 to 10. The fourth quarter said hello to a fifty-yard TD catch by Steelers wide receiver Nate Washington. Pittsburgh 24 and Cincinnati 10. Ticking to five minutes, Mewelde Moore made his third TD of the game. 31 to 10 Steelers. Byron Leftwich went in for Pittsburgh quarterbacking duties towards the bottom of the fourth quarter. Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward made it into the end zone in the bottom as well. 38 to 10.

Today’s victory marked the eighth time in a row that Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati at Cincinnati.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. After the commercial break proceeding Bengals kicker Dave Rayner put the ball through the uprights in the bottom of the third quarter, the camera went to a low angle medium shot of Cincinnati cheerleader Lindsey (specifically of her left shoulder up). She winked at the camera.

I know why the cameras tend towards the low-angle shot, but a high-angle never hurt anyone…except for those that are already vertically underwhelming.

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NFL News: Mike Zimmer goes WKRP; Mike Smith circling

Mike Zimmer, who was the defensive coordinator for the Falcons for the 2007 season, has packed his postage stamps and gone in a northwestern direction to join the coaching staff of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Click here for the Atlanta Falcons blurb.

Click here for the Bengals piece on the matter.

According to AJC.com, Jacksonville’s defense coordinator, Mike Smith, may or may not get his own postage stamps in order and shoot northwards:

Mike Smith has been offered the Falcons’ head coach job and the team is currently in contract negotiations with the Jacksonville defensive coordinator, according to team officials familiar with the process.

Speaking to the AJC at the Senior Bowl in Mobile on Tuesday, new general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the field of candidates for the vacant position was down to four — Smith, Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Click here for the full article.

PS. the “WKRP” in the subject of this entry is a popcultural reference.

‘Tis the Season: Steelers do or don’t the Bengals

I’m not watching the Pittsburgh Steelers play against the Cincinnati Bengals because I’m not feeling very well.

To get the final score, game summary, stats, and play by play, click here.

I didn’t watch the Fox special on BCS Championship line-up either. So, here are a few links for you to find all the pertinent information regarding which colleges will duke it out for bowl victories:

ESPN piece by Gene Wojciechowski

ESPN’s BCS Standings

BCS on Fox news piece

BCS on Fox schedule (scroll down a bit)

The consensus: What the Pho? And, LSU is not going to the Sugar Bowl–they’re going to the BCS Championship Game to play against Ohio State.  Hawaii and UGA will be going to the Sugar Bowl.