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Matt Ryan’s Dreams

When he closes his eyes and his brain waves move through the stages of sleep, where does his REM take him?  Does he dream about forgetting his locker combination or how to solve for X if Y were 4?  Does game film flicker in his mind’s eye like a dancer in a music box? Twirling and twirling until the last twinkling note.

I’m just curious.

By the way, the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys tangled toys today.  The Falcons broke the Cowboys’ boot spurs.  39 to 28.  Final score.  Get game summary, play-by-play, and stats here.

NFL 2012: Falcons seaweed wrap the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football.  I didn’t tune in until the top of the fourth quarter when Falcons running back Michael Turner made it into the end zone to break the 6-6 tie.  The Falcons increased their lead halfway through the quarter with a thirty-six yard Matt Bryant field goal.  Atlanta 16 and Dallas 6.  The Cowboys reacted by throwing up a TD of their own, courtesy of wide receiver Kevin Ogletree.  Atlanta 16 and Dallas 13.  Would the Falcons be able to maintain their lead?

With fewer than twenty seconds left, Matt Bryant tossed another FG on the board.  Atlanta 19 and Dallas 13.  Final score.

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NFL Playoffs 2010: the Vikings Thor up the Cowboys

Tick tock, fish stock, cake icing and port, I smell a talent show worth a hundred crowns.   Translation: the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings took turns pinning the tail on the donkey for a seat at the NFC Championship game.  Broadcast on Fox, with commentary by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the first quarter started with the Cowboys on offense.  Five minutes into the quarter, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got sacked and Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams jumped on the ball.  Minnesota didn’t do much with the turnover, though.  The Cowboys elected to go with a forty-eight yard field goal, but the ball didn’t sail through the uprights.  I believe it went wide-left.  In the middle of the first quarter, neither team scored yet.  With four minutes left, though, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Sidney Rice.  Minnesota 7 and Dallas 0.

The second quarter brought the Cowboys offense down the field and into the red zone.  Romo made an excellent connection with tight end Martellus Bennett.  I’m talking two line segments traveling to a right angle, where the catch is the right angle.  Kicker Shaun Suisam didn’t miss the second FG.  Minnesota 7 and Dallas 3.  The middle of the quarter saw Brett Favre and Sidney Rice connecting again for a TD.  Minnesota 14 and Dallas 3.  A faked hand-off by Tony Romo failed as Vikings defensive end Jared Allen compelled the ball to get loose.  Linebacker Ben Leber scooped up the ball for Minnesota.  This turnover resulted in a field goal.  Minnesota 17 and Dallas 3.

The third quarter rocked down eight minutes and Shaun Suisam missed a field goal.  Jubilation filled the air as Brian Leber intercepted Tony Romo with sixty seconds left in the quarter.  A Vikings field goal commenced the fourth quarter.  Halfway through the quarter, Brett Favre and Sidney Rice got together a third time for a TD.  When there was just under two minutes left on the clock, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe made a TD catch in the end zone.  Minnesota 34 and Dallas 3.  Final score.  The Minnesota Vikings are going to play the New Orleans Saints next week in the NFC Championship game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck wore a grayish-green/brown suit, a white button-down shirt, and a peculiar tie–it looked like flayed flesh.  Troy Aikman wore a navy suit, a white button-down shirt, and a humdrum burgundy tie.  They’re like Sunday’s Best Ken and Corporate Meeting Ken.

2.  The Vikings wore purple jerseys, the Cowboys white.

3.  The momentum of Sidney Rice’s first quarter TD brought him close to colliding with the Minnesota mascot.  If it was not the official mascot, then it was some middle-aged white dude in Nordic cosplay.

4.  Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards’s right knee appeared to be causing him pain in the play preceding the Cowboys’ punting the ball away  just before four minutes left in the third quarter.  In a subsequent slow-motion replay, where the camera was focused on Tony Romo post-snap, one could see Ray Edwards in the fetus position, in the foreground screen-right, with a Cowboys player looking down and reaching and arm towards him.

6.  SMOOTHIE SUDDENLY SUSAN?!  Prince, looking as lithe as ever, up in a box on the Vikings side of things?!  The telecast had side-by-side windows of him with Bud Grant.

7.  Dallas linebacker Keith Brooking went over to the Minnesota sidelines and barked some unkind things after the Visanthe Shiancoe TD.  This footage captured him in longshot with his back facing the camera.

8.  Post-game interview of Brett Favre in close-up made his face look like a piece of honey-baked ham.  “I’m kind of worn out, but it is, emotional for me…” he remarked regarding the feeling of having won.

9.  Sleep in heavenly peace, Gaines Adams.

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Tiffany’s Umbrella Mon dieu, my good man.  Ce n’est pas foir.  Elle est tres sekshihan.   And I thought I liked Marie Digby’s cover of it.

NFL 2010: Donovan McNabb dazed and Michael Vick chews gum

A week ago the Dallas Cowboys clobbered the Philadelphia Eagles 34 to 0 in the last regular season game.  Tonight, the Cowboys rinsed and repeated the victory, only the Eagles managed to score two touchdowns (courtesy of wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson).  It was televised on NBC with commentary by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.  Michaels wore an off-white button-down shirt and a burgundy and rose striped tie.  Collinsworth had on a light bluish-gray button-down shirt and a dark navy and blue-striped tie.  I didn’t watch the game until the bottom of the third quarter, at which time the Eagles only had one TD.  DeSean Jackson’s catch happened in the top of the fourth quarter.  Philadelphia did put up some numbers in this wildcard game, nevertheless, Dallas beat them by twenty points.

Observations and Miscellania:

1. When Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb connected with Jeremy Maclin for twenty-five yards in the bottom of the third quarter, the telecast went with the camera on the Dallas side of the field.  Maclin ran, facing the camera, into their sidelines and stiff-armed safety Ken Hamlin.  When the fourth quarter began, upon returning from a commercial break, the telecast switched to the other side of the field as DeSean Jackson’s touchdown was recorded with him running from screen-right to screen-left.  In filmmaking, if you were to edit a sequence such that Character A is moving from screen-left to screen-right in one shot and then from screen-right to screen-left in the next shot, you’ll confuse the viewer (continuity error).  When something similar occurs in televised football, it just means that the team running with the play is still on offense.

2.  The Who is performing at Super Bowl XLIV!

3.  I love watching people that are in a state of jubilation.  I know it doesn’t apply to everyone, but seeing someone who is sad compels others to turn down the lights, so to speak, to dim the pep.  Even if you don’t get to or decide not to do anything to comfort that someone, your inclination to sympathize and be considerate ostensibly comes naturally.  The sight of other people being happy, though, can more often than not incite envy or disdain.  In contrast, looking at people (usually strangers) experiencing and expressing joy is such a delight for me.  For example, football players in the middle or bottom of the fourth quarter when they know that they’re going to win a wildcard, playoff, or championship game.  A few of the Cowboys were featured in such shots during the second half of tonight’s game.  Defensive linebacker Keith Brooking and wide receiver Miles Austin were filmed in medium close-up as they gazed up.  I later realized that they were probably looking up at the jumbotron suspended from the ceiling.

4.  Regarding the title of this post, there was a close-up of Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick on the sidelines.  Both were looking off-screen right.  McNabb appeared tired and dazed; Vick was chewing gum.  As my eyes moved from the former to the latter, I had barely formed the thought, “I bet Vick’s very grateful for where he is now,” when I suddenly started thinking, “How can Vick be playing football again, how can he have this second chance when something like this takes a person’s life away?”  Or something like this, or this, or this.  Although I use these examples in place of something a breath closer to heart, the comparison is still the same.  Where is the thematic justice?  But it’s not that simple, is it?  It really doesn’t work that way; the unfairness transcends overgeneralizations that bad people outlive good people and that good people are punished for their kindness and bad people aren’t always held accountable for their massively poor judgment.

Michael Vick did a bad thing, and he’s had to atone for behavior.  He still is atoning.  He has to wake up every day reminded of how fortunate he is to have the opportunity to right his wrong philosophically.  In the mean time, someone like the victims in those above links, who’s surely brightened many people’s daytime hours, whom I’ve seen without eye contact or friendly greeting, has to depart so that those who survive can reflect upon–even reassess–their own mortality.  I’ve only known four good people who’ve had their earthbound lives cut short due to unforeseen elements: car accident, airplane accident, and staph infection.  I knew them.  They had known my name and face.  I may only know of this someone here, yet I’m saddened and have thought about the situation longer than I think makes sense.


Apparently, only one commercial comes on TV in Japan during time-outs in NFL games.  Say hello to Japanese girls in bikinis intercut with NFL gear.

NFL 2009: Cowboys tie down the Falcons

Televised by Fox and narrated by Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman, 80,000 spectators watched the Atlanta Falcons knit a sweater in  Texas with the Dallas Cowboys.  Question: who would finish first?  The first quarter began with the Falcons on offense and a touchdown, courtesy of a great Jason Snelling run and a Matt RyanRoddy White connection.  Atlanta 7 and Dallas 0.  The first quarter ended with Cowbacks backup quarterback Jon Kitna going in for Tony Romo (who fell pretty hard against the turf and was experiencing neck/head discomfort).

Romo returned in the second quarter.  The Cowboys got a field goal.  Atlanta 7 and Dallas 3.  The ball volleyed between the teams for the next several minutes.  Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin TD run in the second half of the second quarter put his team on top.  The quarter ended with wide receiver Patrick Crayton catching a TD pass in the back of the end zone.  Dallas 17 and Atlanta 7.

The third quarter progressed halfway through before the Falcons demonstrated substantial momentum.  Jason Snelling ran the ball well, and Roddy White caught a pass that tight end Tony Gonzalez was supposed to catch.  Running back Michael Turner punctuated that rise in power with a touchdown.  Dallas 17 and Atlanta 14.  Miles Austin widened the score gap with his second TD in the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 24 and Atlanta 14.  The fourth quarter enlarged that space for the Cowboys with a forty-seven yard field goal by Nick Folk.  Dallas 27 and Atlanta 14.  What on Galileo’s good planetary beliefs would the Falcons do offensively? Would Matt Ryan sharpen the accuracy of his projectiles?  Well, nothing really.  Patrick Crayton returned a punt for seventy-three yards for a TD.  Dallas 34 and Atlanta 14 with essentially half a quarter left to play.

Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins ran into Falcons wide receiver Marty Booker, picked up the ball and headed straight for the end zone because no whistle blew.  Falcons head coach Mike Smith challenged the alleged fumbled ball.  He won the challenge.  Six minutes left in the game and Atlanta was down twenty points.  Would a one-point win be a lost cause? a pipe dream? Well, Matt Ryan connected with Falcons wide receiver Eric Weems for a TD.  When the fourth quarter was drawing near the two-minute warning, Nick Folk launched another field goal.  With what was surely the Falcons’ last possession, Matt Ryan was intercepted by Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick.  One of the cameras caught his reaction in a medium close-up.  He huffed and puffed and unbuckled his helmet as he walked to the sidelines (towards the position of that camera).  Dallas 37 and Atlanta 21. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  How strange was it for some of the Falcons offensive player to go against their former teammate, Keith Brooking?

2.  Matt Ryan’s shoes were hot pink.

3.  The mantra or hype over the Falcons ever since Mike Smith, Thomas Dimitroff, Matt Ryan, and Michael Turner joined the Falcons family is one of strike hard in the first and rock steady thereafter.  By mid-season last year, a pattern had emerged with respect to the Falcons’ scoring.  They’d put the numbers up on their first few possessions in the first half of a game and then work to maintain the lead in the second half.  With roster changes, both offensively and defensively, in the 2009 season, why must we all assume or expect that strike hard in the first and rock steady thereafter would necessarily still apply?  The Falcons have had to play with a stronger emphasis on adaptability this season.  Whatever gets you through this drive, whatever will get the ball back.  And then, sometimes you just need a reality check.  Yes, you were just intercepted; yes, you just fumbled that ball; yes, you just got that first down, now do something with it.

4.  Miles Austin has Hyori smiley eyes (the eyes disappear!)….and horrific teeth.  My gourd.  He’s got too many teeth.

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