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SEC Championship 2009: the Crimson Tide flushes out the Gators

Undefeated Florida Gators and undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide popped tarts at the Georgia Dome in front of a sold-out crowd this afternoon for the 2009 SEC Championship title.   Televised by CBS, narrated by Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson, and a tush in every seat, the first quarter began with the Crimson Tide on offense.  The Crimson Tide’s first drive yielded a forty-eight yard Leigh Tiffin field goal.  Alabama 3 and Florida 0.  When the Gators got the ball, quarterback Tim Tebow threw an incomplete pass and his team had to punt the ball away after a few plays.  When the Crimson Tide had the ball again, halfway through the first quarter, running back Mark Ingram might have made a touchdown (did his right knee hit the ground before his right hand breached the goal line).  After a review, the TD was deemed still a TD.  The extra point was no good, though.  The ball bounced off the right upright.  Alabama 9 and Florida 0.  Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis attempted a forty-eight field goal and nailed it.  Alabama 9 and Florida 3.

Is it my imagination or did the Gators defense improve by the middle of the second quarter?  Somewhat.  Leigh Tiffin and a thirty-four yard field goal increased his team’s lead.  Alabama 12 and Florida 3.  Nearing the bottom of the second quarter, Tim Tebow demonstrated a burst of energy with some running and a throw to wide receiver David Nelson for a TD.  Alabama 12 and Florida 10.  The Crimson Tide reacted with a sixty-nine yard run by Mark Ingram.  A play later, Ingram ran the all in for a TD.  Alabama 19 and Florida 10.  The Gators’ next go at the end zone could become known as the Drop-Swat-Drop because tight end Aaron Hernandez dropped the pass from Tebow, Crimson Tide defensive back Kareem Jackson batted the ball away, and Gators wide receiver Deonte Thompson tried but couldn’t catch the ball.  The Gators then made another field goal.  Alabama 19 and Florida 13.

The Gators started on offense in the third quarter but didn’t score.  When the Crimson Tide went on offense, quarterback Greg McElroy threw a TD pass to tight end Colin Peek.  Alabama 26 and Florida 13.  The fourth quarter sprang out with McElroy twirling eight yards to the the two-yard line.   Mark Ingram crossed the goal line again.  The TD was reviewed and was confirmed.  The Crimson Tide’s two-point conversion attempt was not good.  Alabama 32 and Florida 13.  Last year Florida won this contest. They certainly had time to get on top with twelve more minutes left in the fourth quarter.  Oh, but HUFFIN’ PUFFIN’ PENGUINS!!!  Crimson Tide defensive back Javier Arenas intercepted Tebow’s pass in the end zone.  Ouch!  The Gators didn’t give up, they kept playing and trying to get the ball down the field, but alas, poor Yorrick, the unthinkable did not happen.  Alabama 32 and Florida 13. Final score.


Watch me watching the middle of the third quarter:

Film philosopher and teacher David Thomson ponders the demise of method acting.  This observation might be about acting but it articulates perfectly why I am so drawn to some human beings and not so much to others:

Part of the power of acting is that we like being with certain people. It’s voice as much as look, and it’s the confidence that distinguishes a great teacher, an elected president or a movie star—we believe them, even if they’re uttering hogwash.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The National Anthem was performed by the Florida marching band.  Representatives from the Navy color guard were there to present the flag.

2.  The Crimson Tide cheerleaders/drill team were decked out in sparkling outfits.

3.  Today’s game was the first that featured undefeated teams.

4.  The Crimson Tide wore red jerseys and the Gators white.

5.  Oddly, the TV in the dining room receives CBS signals again–I realized it a few days ago when I pressed channel “19” instead of “46.”

6.  Gary Danielson remarked immediately after Caleb Sturgis made his first FG in the first quarter that a field goal is a victory as well.  I then wondered if televised football is for people who like to watch TV rather than people who simply like  football?  People who love and know the sport don’t need to explanations about the importance of a field goal.  They may not agree with sending on the field goal vs. going for it on fourth-and-goal, but obviously, getting three points is better than throwing an interception of getting no points (depending on what quarter it is perhaps).  It’s possible that these ostensibly no-brainer comments are actually for the indifferent viewers.  Can’t be bothered to find out the difference between an extra point kick and a field goal but will happily watch the fourth quarter of a game if it’s “suspenseful” enough.

I like football and televised football.

7.  Verne Lundquist, that was no “Baryshnikov” that Greg McElroy did in the second quarter when he got out of bounds.  Hopping on one foot is just hopping on one foot.

8.  Aigo.  I told my sister the other day that Tim Tebow is an awesome quarterback and Florida would win.  Haha. Hmm.

9.  Each of these teams had a player up for Heisman consideration; Mark Ingram will probably take it to the bank.

10.  As Alabama’s offense took a knee twice in the bottom of the fourth quarter, a camera went to a medium close-up of Tim Tebow (sans helmet) on the sidelines.  He was facing screen right.  His face was contorted with disappointment and sadness.  The tears were welling and one of his teammates was sitting next to him (on his left) stroking/petting Tebow’s head.  That is why I love football…these affectionate and tender moments between heterosexual, adult males that would almost never happen in any other situation.  One would only see something similar when other kinds of uniforms are involved.

Don’t forget to watch the Army-Navy game next Saturday, Dec. 12 on CBS.  The game begins at 2:30 pm east coast time.

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BCS Championship 2009: Florida clamps down on Oklahoma

All right. Floridian reptiles of the SEC and Midwestern man-shaped creatures of the Big 12 dove into Dolphin Stadium in Miami for four rounds of last-spandexed-prolate-spheroid-clutching-collegiate standing in front of a full house. Televised on Fox, the first quarter churned to the nine minute mark when Gators quarterback Tim Tebow threw the ball and Sooners defensive back Nic Harris snatched it from flight. No score.

SWEET PEAS in a platter of eggplant. The second quarter darted off Tim Tebow struggling to find a receiver. When he finally found a target, he let loose, and the ball got into the hands of wide receiver Louis Murphy, who then stumbled and staggered a bit amidst a few Sooners towards the end zone. His body broke the plane, he hit the turf, the ball popped out of his hands and back onto the field. It was ruled a touchdown. Florida 7 and Oklahoma 0. How did the Sooners react? Quarterback Sam Bradford shuttled the ball to tight end Jermaine Gresham for a TD. Both teams 7. Halfway through the quarter, Tebow threw another interception…into the welcoming bosom of Sooners defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Although the Midwesterners were able to get down to ten yards within the end zone, Florida’s defense got in the way. With about three minutes left to play, Tebow threw the ball to running back Chris Rainey for yards (his right knee/calf got mangled by one of the Sooners). The moshpit bottom of the first half had the Sooners back in the red zone for what could’ve been a touchdown. But, wide receiver Manuel Johnson was unable to keep his hold on the ball. Gators safety Ahmad Black and linebacker Ryan Stamper kept the ball alive, and then safety Major Wright caught the ball.

The third quarter saw its first substantial breath of dramatic air with roughly five minutes left on the clock when Tebow connected with running back Jeffrey Demps, who made it a couple yards from the goal line. A couple plays later, running wide back receiver Percy Harvin got the ball into the end zone. Florida 14 and Oklahoma 7. Sooners kicker Jimmy Stevens attempted a forty-nine yard field goal…or attempted to attempt. The Gators put a stop to the projectile seconds after release.

The top of the fourth quarter said hello to the Sooners tying the score, thanks to Jermaine Gresham’s stride into the end zone. 14 a piece. The Gators retaliated shortly thereafter with Percy Harvin running fifty-two yards. Gators kicker Jonathan Phillips made a twenty-seven yard field goal, giving his team the top bunk again. Florida 17 and Oklahoma 14. When the Sooners got the ball back, Ahmad Black intercepted Bradford on the fourth play. And then there were four minutes left in the game. The Gators were in the red zone; Tim Tebow let the ball go almost as if he were dunking a basketball, and wide receiver David Nelson made a TD catch. Florida 24 and Oklahoma 14. Final score…but not after the referee was taken down during the third-to-last snap of the game. And then the camera cut straight to an extreme close-up of Sooners head coach Bob Stoops looking screen-left.

The Gators have won the 2009 BCS Championship.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Both bands had a turn on the field before kickoff.

2. Tom Brennaman and Charles Davis were the commentators.

3. Yolanda Adams sang the national anthem. C’etait pas mal.

4. The Gators wore white jerseys and white pants. J’adore.

5. Oklahoma won the coin toss and took the field first on offense.

6. Although both teams are familiar with the BCS stomping grounds, tonight was the first time they had played each other. Vraiment?

7. There was so much orange and blue in the crowds–made me think of Gulf. Does anyone remember Gulf gas stations?

8. Fox Sports debuted a hexangle camera set-up for the online broadcast in which viewers could play producer/director and choose the angles s/he would like to watch the game online. I tried to check it out but it took quite a bit of time to load. I saw that there was a cable cam, an Oklahoma Band, a Florida Band, and a quarterback cam.

9. Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick were at the game.

10. I cannot emphasize it enough: I love it when football players chew on their mouth guards.

11. Chris Leak was on the Gators sidelines.

12. Percy Harvin has a great figure.

13. The fourth quarter field goal that gave Florida the 17 to 14 lead could’ve been a touchdown. Tim Tebow thought he heard a whistle blow on the play prior to the snap (3rd and 6 on OK 10), and thus drifted backwards and tossed the ball away. Are noise-makers and whistles going to be prohibited from henceforth?

14. David Nelson’s fourth quarter TD catch was preceded five plays earlier by an amazing twenty-nine yard catch.

15. After Chris Myers talked to Percy Harvin, the camera cut to an extreme close-up of a female Sooners fan, probably a student. On her right cheek was the OU logo; on her left cheek…a trail of a tear.

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SEC Championship 2008: Florida Gators poprocks Alabama Crimson Tide

Navy beat Army 34 to 0.

Virginia Tech ground Boston College to the sandstones 30 to 12 for the ACC Championship crown.

This afternoon, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, the University of Florida Gators and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide overlapped shadows to determine who would have the honor of being SEC Champions in 2008. Televised by CBS, the first quarter began with an amazing touchdown pass from the hands of Gators quarterback Tim Tebow’s hands to those of wide receiver Carl Moore. Tebow threw the ball at a downward angle into Moore’s grasp (Moore was flat on the ground and had just rolled onto his back when the ball came to his bosom). Florida 7 and Alabama 0. The Crimson Tide quickly spat back with a TD as well, courtesy of running back Glen Coffee (he broke the goal line and made sure to keep his knees in the air as he tripped on his own treads and dove towards the end zone). Both teams tied with 7 a piece by the middle of the first quarter. The Crimson Tide took the lead with a field goal with about three minutes on the clock. Alabama 10 and Florida 7. The second quarter commenced with the Gators tying the game with a field goal. Both teams 10 points a piece. By the bottom of the quarter, Gators wide receiver David Nelson made a TD catch. Florida 17 and Alabama 10.

The third quarter ticked to about eight-and-a-half minutes on the clock and the Crimson Tide could’ve gotten another touchdown but quarterback John Parker Wilson’s pass went over the head of wide receiver Julio Jones. Running back Mark Ingram was able to get into the end zone a few plays later, tying Alabama with Florida, 17 points a piece. Alabama was able to maintain the tie when Gators kicker Jonathan Phillips missed a forty-two yard field goal attempt in the bottomish of the third quarter. The Crimson Tide’s kicker Leigh Tiffin made a twenty-seven yard field goal at the close of the quarter. Alabama 20 and Florida 17.

The fourth quarter sparked off with a mad dash and hurdle-leap into th end zone by Gators running back Jeffrey Demps. Florida back on top with 24 and Alabama 20. Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez jumped up swiftly and caught a high throw from Tim Tebow as the clock was approaching the four minute mark. And then, Florida coaches got too far onto the field and incurred a sidelines interference penalty, setting the Gator’s offense back five yards (according to the commentators, last year, the coaches would’ve gotten a warning. This year, however, they just get a penalty). Two plays later, Tim Tebow connected with his wide receiver Riley Cooper for a touchdown. Florida 31 and Alabama 20. Under two minutes left on the game clock, Gators defensive back Joe Haden intercepted John Parker Wilson’s pass. Did Florida basically have the game in the bag? Yes indeedy. Florida 31 and Alabama 20 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I wasn’t going to watch the SEC Championship game today…I was planning on going to see The Punisher: War Zone, but when I found out that my city was hosting the game,* well, how could I not watch it? I have no doubt that I’ve spent my afternoon in a much more fulfilling manner. On the topic of The Punisher, check out FilmThreat’s Scott Mendelson and his thoughts on all three existing films on the comic franchise.

2. Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson were narrating today.

3. Gators running back/wide receiver Percy Harvin would not be playing today (he was injured last week against Florida State); head coach Urban Meyer wouldn’t let him get on the field.

4. The Gators were blue from neck to knee. The Crimson Tide was white from neck to knee.

5. The Crimson Tide defense was stupendously “on” after their offense made their first touchdown. If defense wins championships, it is also a significant generative mechanism for wonderful spectacle and drama.

6. Upon returning from the first commercial break in the top of the second quarter, Verne Lundquist informed Gary Danielson that Urban Meyer’s daughter, Nicki, will be going to Georgia Tech on scholarship and will be playing volleyball. Click here to read more about it.

7. Halftime featured a Dr. Pepper $100,000 scholarship football toss. Tina Hamshar and Erica Davis were the contestants. They probably had eight balls each in total. Neither of them got the first two balls into this giant Dr. Pepper can/barrel contraption. But Tina ended up throwing five in and Erica got six.

8. Tim Tebow’s touchdown pass to Riley Cooper in the bottom of the fourth quarter was quite amazing. Like his throw to Carl Moore in the first quarter, Tebow sent the ball through the air in a downward trajectory. He had surveyed his receiving options and Cooper was the only one who was in a position to be able to catch it. Cooper was quite low to the ground when he caught the ball and then took a couple of steps into the end zone.

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*A bit of typing and clicking revealed that my city has hosted the SEC Championship game since 1994, and, maybe, as a football fan, I should know this information. But I’m not quite that kind of fan. I haven’t memorized players’ or teams’ stats, I don’t know franchises’ histories like I know the back of my knees. As I explained to a friend a few weeks ago, I started watching televised football about three years ago but didn’t consider myself a fan until two years ago. Reducing it to the nitty gritty, I like football because it involves grown men in spandex and coveting a ball. The players display affection in ways that is seldom seen amongst straight males off-field, outside of a sports context. There is also a very nice mixture of athletic prowess (or strength), precision, and elegance of movement. Furthermore, cameras routinely pick up on these very tender moments between snaps–a running back might put the shoulder pad back under the jersey of the quarterback.


Here’s a well-written, touching article about Falcons head coach Mike Smith.