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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.

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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.

NFC Championship 2009: Cardinals over, sideways, and under the Eagles

Flock of seagulls? No.  A wheel-barrow of pigeons? Nope.  What we had today were the Philadelphia Eagles in the Arizona Cardinals territory playing the rodeo, horse-shoe toss with all the strength and energy they could muster to win the NFC Championship and then go to Super Bowl XLIII.

Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with the Cardinals on offense and a twirling touchdown by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  Arizona 7 and Philadelphia 0.  The Eagles entered in a forty-five yard field goal with the leg power of kicker David AkersSWEET PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY!! In the bottom of the quarter, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb threw an interception–Cardinals safety Aaron Franciso had wound his grasp around the projectile.   After running back ten or so yards, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson knocked the ball out and teammate tackle Jon Runyan recovered possession.

The second quarter began with an unsuccessful forty-seven yard field goal for the Eagles.  How did the Cardinals react? quarterback Kurt Warner threw a sixty-two yard TD pass to Larry Fitzgerald.   Would David Akers be able to replicate a forty-three yard field goal somewhat later?  Absolutely.  Oh, but hold the Crayola Crayons for a minute.  In the bottom of the second quarter, when the Cardinals got to the red zone again, Larry Fitzgerald put the baby in the end zone.  Arizona 21 and Philadelphia 6.  Wake up and inhale the reality of the situation, Eagles? Mhm.  I suppose so.  Eagles defensive end Trent Cole dragged Kurt Warner to the turf with forty-eight seconds on the clock.  The Cardinals did not spit up seven more points–just three more with a forty-nine yard field goal by Neil Rackers.  Going into halftime, Arizona 24 and Philadelphia 6.

The third quarter started with the Eagles on  half a dozen offensive plays when Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson sacked Donovan McNabb, the ball was up for grabs, and defensive end Bertrand Berry maximized on the opportunity.  Double-time down to six minutes or so on the clock and Donovan McNabb and wide receiver Kevin Curtis made a crucial fifty-yard connection.  A couple plays later, Eagles tight-end Brent Celek made a TD catch.   Double-time again down to under a minute and Brent Celek got into the end zone again.  David Akers’s extra point was no good.  Arizona 24 and Philadelphia 19.

The fourth quarter burst out with a SUPER SOY PORCELAIN TULIP VASE!!!!! Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson caught then juggled a sixty-two yard pass then got his body into the end zone.  They tried for two points but didn’t make it.  Philadelphia 25 and Arizona 24.  The Cardinals were not deterred.  They were unsettled but dove right back into the offensive game and got into the red zone.  Would they reclaim the lead with a TD or a field goal?  It was a TD, courtesy of running back Tim Hightower.  They went for a two-point conversion and succeeded.  Kurt Warner threw directly into the embrace of tight-end Ben Patrick.  Arizona 32 and Philadelphia 25.  Final score.  The Cardinals are going to Super Bowl XLIII.

And then the red and white paper rectangles swirled into the sky and made everything pink.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators.

2.  Jordin Sparks performed the national anthem.  She sang amazingly well and looked like she was enjoying herself too.

3.  From the high-angle, long shot POV, the Eagles and Cardinals made me think of a green and red bell pepper omelette.

4.  Joe Buck remarked that seats were added to accommodate 70,000 + spectators.  It took six minutes to sell out the game.

5.  Collective Soul performed during halftime (not televised).

6.  Did Joe Buck say about ten minutes in the fourth quarter that Donovan McNabb threw “three touchdowns and no interceptions” ?

7.  After the Cardinals made the two-point conversion in the bottom of the fourth quarter, instant replay footage revealed a Larry Fitzgerald skipping up hte field with a child-like exuberance only matched by the party children in The Nutcracker.

8.  On fourth-and-one in the bottom of the fourth quarter, when the Eagles had pretty much their last chance to score, Kevin Curtis couldn’t catch Donovan McNabb’s throw (due to possible pass interference by Cardinals cornerback Roderick Hood).   One of the cameras then cut to a high-angle, medium close-up of Larry Fitzgerald.  His helmet was off, he was kneeled down (one shin parallel and on the ground, the other knee propping up an elbow); I think I saw some tear sparkles in his eyes.

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NFC Wildcard 2009: Eagles flatline the Vikings

Justin Four. The second 2009 AFC wildcard game was towed in by the Baltimore Ravens. They beat the Miami Dolphins 27 to 9 (on CBS) and will go up against the Tennessee Titans next week for the divisional crown (unless I hallucinated this bit of info when I was watching the Fox pre-game show). Click here for details. As for the NFC? The Philadelphia Eagles slugged over to the frontal cortex of the Minnesota Vikings. Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter began with the Eagles on offense. Three minutes later, the Vikings took to offense then gave the ball back to the Eagles. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned the punt for sixty-two yards. A few plays later, kicker David Akers flung up a forty-three yard field goal. Rinsed and repeated (for fifty-one yards) at the bottom of the quarter. Philadelphia 6 and Minnesota 0.

The second quarter burst out with a forty-yard touchdown by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Minnesota 7 and Philadelphia 6. The Eagles’ third field goal put them back on top, 9 to 7. A powdery dust of the white stuff later, Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson threw an interception. Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel made the snatch for a TD. Philadelphia 16 and Minnesota 7. Woohoo! Attendez! Were the Nordic ones going to back down? Jamais. Adrian Peterson got his two femurs into the end zone in the pit of the quarter. A sneeze afterwards, Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin stole the pass Donovan McNabb targeted at wide receiver Kevin Curtis. Going into halftime, Philadelphia 16 and Minnesota 14.

The third quarter started off with Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser making a couple strides down into the Eagles’ nest. I wonder how long it took for Kleinsasser to learn how to spell his last name. Man, man, man. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen knocked the ball out of McNabb’s grip with about a minute left in the quarter. Defensive tackle Fred Evans lunged after the ball.

The fourth quarter ticktocked down to 6.5 minutes when Eagles running back Brian Westbrook made a seventy-one yard mad dash into the end zone. Philadelphia 23 and Minnesota 14. Fanks the gourd. The Vikings still had time to do some rhythmic gymnmathematics, but then Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker recovered a poorly snapped ball with under three minutes on the clock. Anything you’d have done, I’m gonna do betta. Boiling down to around two minutes, the Eagles nudged up their numbers with a field goal. Enfin, beating Minnesota 26 to 14, the Eagles are off to shoot bottle caps with the New York Giants for the NFC divisional game next week.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators. The more of Joe Buck that I see, the more I think he looks like a sixth grade science teacher. The words “igneous,” “proton” and “asthenosphere” could come rolling out of his mouth…and convincingly.

2. Kevin Curtis was sporting a moustache. I’m not a fan of facial hair but he still looks marvelous.

3. The first half undoubtedly demonstrated that both teams were full of intensity and “know-how,” but all of their effort paid off in table spoons rather than buckets. Yes, DeSean Jackson plucked Tavaris Jackson’s ball out of its trajectory and Adrian Peterson got to the end zone twice, and yet….

4. Taylor Hicks apparently sang the national anthem before the game started tonight. I missed it or it wasn’t televised.

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NFL 08: the Giants gobstop the Eagles

The New York Giants stomped and stammered with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football.  The first quarter started with Giants quarterback Eli Manning throwing the ball towards wide receiver Steve Smith only for Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson to make an interception , which soon thereafter resulted in a touchdown by wide receiver DeSean Jackson.  Philadelphia 7 and New York 0.  The Giants answered it with a TD as well, courtesy of wide receiver Plaxico Burress.  Not long after that move, the Giants increased their score with a field goal (Eagles erred on receiving the ball from the Giants).  New York 10 and Philadelphia 7.

The second quarter lit up the score board with a touchdown catch by Giants tight end Kevin Boss.  New York 17 and Philadelphia 7.  The Eagles picked up their numerical pace when wide receiver Jason Avant broke the plane for a TD.  New York 17 and Philadelphia 14.  Donovan McNabb, Eagles quarterback, threw an interception in the bottom of the second quarter.  Giants cornerback Sam Madison leaped into the air and enveloped the ball.  His team put a field goal on the board before halftime.  The Eagles did too.  Giants 20 and Eagles 17.

The third quarter began with an Eagles touchdown, thanks to wide receiver Hank Baskett.  Philadelphia took the lead, 24 to 20.  Giants running back Brandon Jacobs broke the plane and put his team back in the lead.  New York 27 and Philadelphia 24.  The fourth quarter gave the Giants a field goal.  30 to 24.  Jacobs did it again a few minutes later.  Or did he? Eagles challenged it but lost (after losing another challenge).  The Giants were not successful in a two-point conversion.  New York 36 and Philadelphia 24.  After a helluva Philadelphia drive, wide receiver Kevin Curtis made a remarkable TD catch.  Giants 36 and Eagles 31.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Rebel xsi by Cannon. Pretty neat commercial.

2. After Eli Manning had to throw the ball into the turf near the bottom of the second quarter, the camera went to a medium shot of VP-elect Joe Biden, who was at the game.  He was smiling and wearing a storm blue heather sweater.

3. Al Michaels informed John Madden after Brandon Jacobs of the Giants broke the plane in the third quarter that New York head coach Tom Coughlin has the best record with successfully challenging calls.

4. Fred Robbins, defensive tackle for the Giants, played with broken hands.

5. John Madden remarked that he believes the Giants are currently the best team in the NFC south and in the NFL overall.  Al Michaels commented that the Titans and Carolina would or might “argue with that.”  John Madden replied, “Well, I’ll argue with them.”

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