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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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NFL 08: Titans silver-lake the Packers

But first, do I sniff a reality-based movie coming out of this bit of news concerning the role of long snapper and the Pittsburgh Steelers?

The Tennessee Titans.  The Green Bay Packers.  Nashville, TN.   Can Aaron Rodgers and his cheese-mates change that undefeated Titan season?  Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with a Tennessee field goal.  Titans 3 and Packers 0.  The second quarter also started with a Titans field goal.  6 to 0.  The Packers made a field goal on their next possession.  Tennessee 6 and Green Bay 3.  Green flipped the cot and took the lead with a touchdown, thanks to wide receiver Donald Driver.  10 to 6.  The Titans snatched the lead right back with a TD by running back Chris Johnson.  Tennessee 13 and Green Bay 10.

The third quarter began with what could’ve been a touchdown for Green Bay, but Titans safety Chris Hope intercepted Rodgers’s pass in the end zone.  Titans increased their lead with a field goal.  16 to 10.  Green Bay narrowed the score gap with a field goal.  16 to 13.  The fourth quarter progressed more than halfway and Mascon Crosby tied the game with a field goal for Green Bay.  16 points each.   A forty-seven yards Packers field goal attempt in the very bottom of the fourth quarter is no good, so the game went into overtime.  The Titans keep their undefeated season by winning with a field goal.  19 to 16.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kerry Collins was quarterback for the Titans.

2. Shouldn’t it be a rule that sportscasters are not allowed to wear striped button-down shirts to the job if they are to be on camera?  Daryl Johnston and Tony Albert were commentators.  Johnston wore a striped button-down shirt and a brownish-gold tie.  The stripes were not eye-friendly once mediated through a TV camera lens.  Albert wore a white button-down shirt and a very unsightly dark red and yellow-spotted tie.  Not polka dots, it was something like this tie–without the stripes, red not blue, and more dots.

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NFL 08: Falcons unseal the Packers

The Green Bay Packers got their fromage on against the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured a shoulder last week but he did play today–he played the entire game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter started with a touchdown by the Falcons. Wide receiver Roddy White and running backs Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, contributed to the drive. Quarterback Matt Ryan connected with tight end Justin Peelle for a touchdown in the front right corner (from the field’s perspective) of the end zone. Atlanta’s next possession culminated in a field goal. Falcons 10. Packers 0.

The second quarter put the Packers on the board with a forty-four yard TD reception by wide receiver Donald Driver. Atlanta 10 and Green Bay 7. The Falcons increased their lead with a twenty-two yard Roddy White TD reception, 17 to 7. Green Bay was going to go into halftime with a field goal, but an offensive holding call forced kicker Michael Crosby to kick again. Second attempt at fifty-three (or was it fifty-two) yards didn’t make it through the uprights.

The third quarter narrowed the Falcons’ lead with a Green Bay field goal. 17 to 10. The fourth quarter began with what was supposed to be a Falcons TD catch by tight end Ben Hartsock, but it turned into an interception by Packers tight end Tramon Williams in the end zone. On Green Bay’s next possession, they tied the game with a TD by wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Falcons were able to regain the upper hand with a field goal, 20 to 17. Towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, Falcons linebacker Michael Boley intercepted Aaron Rodgers’s pass. After getting the ball back, Michael Turner increased the Falcons’ lead with a TD. 27 to 17. Green Bay shrank that lead with a TD of their own in the two-minute warning, courtesy of tight end Donald Lee. Final score. 27 to 24.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. On Green Bay’s second possession, the camera that shot Atlanta punter Michael Koenen kicking the ball to Green Bay cornerback Will Blackmon remained behind the Packers at a slight low angle. It was a rather nice change to the standard start from behind the kicking team, cut to a high angle long shot of field (sidelines on top and bottom of screen), and then cut pan to the receiver catching the ball.

2. The interception Aaron Rodgers threw in the bottom of the fourth quarter was preceded by an intentional grounding call (defensive end John Abraham made the tackle).

3. After Michael Turner made the TD in the fourth quarter, the sidelines footage included an Arthur Blank trailing behind Matt Ryan who walked across from screen left to screen right.

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NFL 08: Cowboys fish and chips the Packers

Dallas Cowboys. Green Bay Packers. Lambeau Field.

The first quarter started with a Cowboys field goal. It progressed with a Packers field goal. It continued with Dallas quarterback  Tony Romo throwing a pass intended for tight end Jason Witten but that was intercepted in the end zone by Green Bay safety Nick Collins, who then ran to the forty-three yard line on the Cowboys side. Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens raced after and then brought him down.

The second quarter began with a Green Bay field goal. 6 to 3. It then unfolded a stupendous play where Tony Romo avoided a sack by sending the ball to running back Marion Barber, who then tossed the ball to wide receiver Isaiah Stanback. The Cowboys elevated their efficacy with a sixty-yard TD dash by running back Felix Jones (a “scissors play” according to John Madden). The Cowboys end the quarter with a field goal. Dallas 13 and Green Bay 6.

The third quarter marched on with an eye-popping fifty-eight yard run by Packers wide receiver Donald Driver towards the end zone–he abruptly leaped towards his left out of the path of a Cowboy. That drive ended in a field goal. The Cowboys then climbed higher with a Marion Barber TD in the bottom of the quarter. Dallas 20 and Green Bay 9.

The fourth quarter commenced with a touchdown by Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (fifty-two yard pass from Tony Romo). Dallas 27. Green Bay 9. Nearing the bottom of the quarter, Packers own quarterback Aaron Rodgers made a short scoot into the end zone for a TD. Cowboys 27. Packers 16. Final score.

The Cowboys have played at Lambeau Field five times in the past and always lost to the home team. But not tonight.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. A minor improvement. The telecast after the opening theme song did not begin with an extreme close-up of Al Michaels’s face. He and John Madden were both wearing dark gray suits and gray ties. Al’s tie was diagonally striped, I believe. Gray background with white-on-black stripes, spaced an inch or so, apart down.

2. Green Bay Packers uniforms = mustard and relish. I prefer the Cowboys’ white jersey uniform to their dark blue jersey uniform.

3. It was alumni weekend in Green Bay. Clad in khakis (most likely) and an off-white, v-necked sweater, Bart Starr was enjoying the view of the game from the sidelines.

4. At the top of the fourth quarter, Al Michaels informed John Madden that Don Rickles finally won an Emmy tonight.

5. Halfway through the fourth quarter, John Madden complimented Jason Witten, “he’s a very, very special guy/player.” Witten is versatile.

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NFC Championship 2008: Giants lope past the Packers

The Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants swarmed the zero degrees Fahrenheit environs of Lambeau Fields for not only the NFC 2008 title but also for the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. Fox televised the game–the third coldest in NFL history.

The first quarter was scoreless until about five minutes were left on the clock–the Giants got three points from a field goal. The second quarter granted the Giants three more points from a field goal. New York 6 and Green Bay 0. The Packers quickly answered those points with a ninety-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Donald Driver. In the bottom of the second quarter, Green Bay earned a slightly higher lead with a field goal. Going into halftime, Packers 10 and Giants 6.

The third quarter gave the Giants the upper bunk with a TD by running back Brandon Jacobs. Packers tight end Donald Lee switched orientations, putting his team on top with a TD. Green Bay 17 and New York 13. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw snatched the bunk right back with a TD in the bottom of the third quarter.

Oh man. The top of the fourth quarter was pure excitement as Packers quarterback Brett Favre threw a pass that was intercepted by Giants cornerback R.W. McQuarters, who then fumbled the ball, which was then recovered by Packers tackle Mark Tauscher. That drive ended with a field goal for the Packers. Both teams tied with 20 points. The tie lasted through the bottom of the fourth quarter. Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a forty-three yard field goal earlier in the quarter was no good. His attempt at a thirty-six yard field goal in the remaining seconds of the fourth was unsuccessful too.

Onward to overtime. Green Bay won the coin toss for first possession, but Brett Favre was intercepted by Giants cornerback Corey Webster. So Tynes missed couldn’t stick the landing on those two field goals in the fourth quarter, but three times a lady, oui? He nailed it in overtime (forty-seven yards).

Final score New York 23 and Green Bay 20. The Giants are going to the Super Bowl. The Patriots must be doing cartwheels of joy.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Jimmy Johnson was so adorable during the pre-game segment. He was bundled up in his winter gear and made me think of a honeycomb (not because he looked like one). He took a bottle of room temperature water, poured some into a glass, and announced that by the end of the game, the water should be frozen. He didn’t say it quite in that way, but the implication was there. As it turned out, it only took thirty minutes for the water to freeze.

2. The Green Bay Packers were born in 1919 and are the oldest NFL franchise still playing in its birth city.

3. The wind chill in the bottom of the first quarter was -24 degrees. The temperature -2.

4. New England must have been cheering for the Giants.

5. After returning from commercial break (after Donald Lee made the TD in the third quarter), the camera caught a glimpse of three women clad in neon yellow bikinis–Packers fans. Joe Buck–I believe–remarked, “you’ve got to be kidding me. Makes me feel like a sissy…”

6. One of the shots included in the replay of Lawrence Tynes’s second missed field goal was of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin slumped forward and down, as if he were trying to touch his toes but knew he couldn’t so he just hung there.

7. When I was watching the local news, there was a clip of the post-game press talk where Tynes talked about being really happy he made the field goal.  He licked his lips–that gesture was ridiculously hot.

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