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NFL 08: Cowboys stuff the bellpeppers out of the Giants

New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys sitting in a tree.  F-I-S-H-I-N-G .

First comes blood.  Then comes a barrage.  Next comes Manning through a sodden parish.

The first quarter started with some crinkling bits of near-agony as the Giants came within a whisper of losing possession of the ball on Eli Manning’s first handle on it.   Not to suggest that the first quarter wasn’t filled with gasp-inducing game-plays, but the clock waddled down to the zero without any scores.

The second quarter started with Cowboys Tony Romo quarterback connected with wide receiver Patrick Crayton for a touchdown.   The Giants challenged the touchdown call because they believed Romo’s body was completely beyond the line of scrimmage.  Giants head coach Tom Coughlin lost the challenge.   The Giants got themselves on the board with a field goal, courtesy of John Carney towards the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 7 and New York 3.

The third quarter barked off with Eli Manning throwing an interception (his third of 2008).  Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman snatched the ball from the intended target, Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon.   The quarter ended with no added points for either team.

The fourth quarter bolted forth with some very impressive Cowboys action, including some running and catching by former GaTech Yellow Jacket running back Tashard Choice and catching by tight end Jason Witten.   Fullback Deon Anderson made a roomy TD catch shortly thereafter.   I’m telling you, time seemed to slow down as the ball crossed the goal line and was traveling towards Anderson’s grasp.  Dallas 14 and New York 3.  Giants defensive ends Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka sacked Tony Romo and got on top of the ball in the end zone for a safety.   Dallas 14 and New York 5.  John Carney threw up a field goal not long afterwards.  Dallas 14 and New York 8.  HOLY BOOTCUT  JEANS MADE IN AMERICA.  Or as Al Michaels said, “It’s the good ship lollipop.”  Tashard Choice made a thirty-eight yard rushing TD for the Cowboys in the bottom of the quarter.  They went for a two-point conversion, but it didn’t happen.  Dallas 20 and New York 8.  Terence Newman intercepted Eli Manning in the moshpit bottom of the fourth quarter.  Dallas 20 and New York 8.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  I like the Cowboys’ uniforms with the white jerseys.  I’m not keen on their navy blue look.    The juxtaposition between the Cowboys and the Giants’ garb was striking to me.  It was like the light vs. the dark.

2.  Awesome Budweiser commercial.  I love those horses.

3.  Not an awesome commercial.  Actually, it’s disturbing.

4.  Halftime included a discussion on the controversial Steelers TD that gave them the win against the Ravens.

5.  Tonight’s Line of Scrimmage segment featured The Boys Ranch run by Carl Farley.  I’d embed a link but mozilla keeps stalling when I tried to load the page.

6.  According to Al Michaels, John Madden’s favorite food is the Stub Sandwich, consists of  “two eggs, bacon, sausage, cheddar and potatoes, smack in the middle of two pieces of toast” as this web page corroborates.

7.  After returning from commercial break near the middle of the fourth quarter, the camera went to a high angle medium shot of Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Terrell Owens gabbing on the sidelines.  Romo and Owens were smiling.  Witten’s back was facing the camera–who knows what expression his face wore.  The hair on the top of his head, however, appeared to be, dare I say it, thinning.

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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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Super Bowl XLII 2008: Giants Sautee the Patriots!

The New England Patriots and the the New York Giants ascended to the top of their respective AFC and NFC conferences at the close of the 2007 season. Today in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium, they touched helmets in a test of ultimate gridiron skill and talent.

Televised on Fox, the forty-second Super Bowl game started with the Giants receiving the kick-off. New York ended their first drive with a field goal. The first quarter ended with only two possessions (a Super Bowl record for fewest number), one per team. The second quarter started with a touchdown by Patriots running back Laurence Maroney. New England 7 and New York 3.

On the Giants’ next drive, their quarterback Eli Manning threw a brilliant thirty-eight-yard pass to wide receiver Amani Toomer at the nineteen yard line. A touchdown didn’t seem too out of reach (despite a five yard penalty for a delay of game). Unfortunately, Giants wide receiver Steve Smith couldn’t keep onto the ball and Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs snatched it. Going into halftime, Patriots still 7 and Giants still 3.

The third quarter included a sack of Tom Brady by Michael Strahan at about the seven-minute mark. There was no scoring. Sweet Fancy Moses!! The fourth quarter began with a touchdown by Giants wide receiver David Tyree. It was so pretty and culminated a drive that partly consisted of an awesome forty-five yard pass to tight end Kevin Boss. New York 10 and New England 7. Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss put another TD on the board in the bottom of the fourth quarter. Patriots 14 and Giants 10. And that’s how the game ended. Yes? NO!!!!

With just about forty-five seconds left in the fourth quarter, Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress made a touchdown. New York 17 and New England 14. And that would be the final score. The subterranean dog has won Super Bowl XLII.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin must be one of the happiest persons in the world tonight.

Tom Brady will not be the third quarterback to have gone to and won four Super Bowls. The other two are Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I didn’t watch the majority of the pre-game montage, vignettes, and Ryan Seacrested “red carpet” banter.

2. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary.

3. Tom Brady wasn’t wearing his helmet when he and his Patriots were walking out from the tunnel, but it was on his head by the time they ran on the field.

4. Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem. Holy Mary in a Manger. Jordin’s father was an NFL player, Phillippi Sparks. She did a pretty good job. She didn’t sound nervous and didn’t try to impress anyone with high notes or long-held notes, nor was her performance underwhelming. Is it my imagination or does the “Star Spangled Banner” seem shorter and shorter every time it’s sung?

5. Mike Carey was the referee today. He’s been officiating in the NFL for eighteen years but hasn’t been to the Super Bowl prior to this one.

6. Nearly halfway through the first quarter, after returning from a commercial break, the camera cut to a glimpse of Peyton Manning in one of the VIP boxes. He looked amazing, very polished, tres beau.

7. After returning from commercial break (featuring a Tide stain remover), the camera caught glimpses of Giselle Bundchen (wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, a greenish (?) scarf, and gold hoop earrings), Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, and Pamela Anderson in various VIP booths. Jenny and Jim were sitting next to each other.

8. Giants linebacker Kawika Mitchell and defensive end Michael Strahan brought down Tom Brady, which was followed by another collective hit by defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck just past the halfway point in the second quarter.

9. At the very bottom of the second quarter, the camera cut to Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of the Patriots, sitting in his box. Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson were sitting behind him.

10. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed during the halftime show. Hmm. It started off all dark except for a lit guitar-shapped arrow going into a lit heart (on which Tom Petty and his band were performing). They performed “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Falling,” and a third song that was mostly instrumental. I was satisfied with this year’s halftime show because I rather like Tom Petty’s music.

11. Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach, was wearing a red hoodie today instead of the usual grey.

12. At the top of the fourth quarter, the camera cut to a shot of LL Cool J at the stadium. Jeremy Shockey, Giants tight end, also received a medium close-up. He broke left leg during a game against the Washington Redskins near the end of the season.

13. Giants rookie defensive tackle Jay Alford sacked Tom Brady with fewer than twenty-five seconds left in the fourth quarter, helping to ensure that the Patriots wouldn’t score again.

14. No offense to any Patriots fans who might be reading this post, but I don’t think I’ve been as happy in months as I was when Plaxico Burress made that TD and Jay Alford sacked Tom Brady in the bottom of the fourth quarter. My mouth hurt from smiling so much.

Memorable commercials for me:

Audi R8 (reference to the first Godfather film)

Diet Pepsi Max (reference to the Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell SNL skit–you won’t get it unless you’ve seen the SNL skit)

Budweiser (featuring Clydesdale horses and a Dalmation dog and incorporating the sports inspirational narrative)

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Be sure to tune in to Fox next Sunday for the 2008 Pro-Bowl game.

NFC Divisional 2008: the Giants pretzel-twist the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants compare lunch boxes at the Texas Stadium in Irving, TX in hopes of advancing to the NFC Championship Game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter took off with a touchdown by Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer.  In the top of the second quarter, Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens tied the game with a TD.  New York challenged it but the call stood. The second quarter ticked down to about a minute and Cowboys running back Marion Barber was awarded with a TD, which was then reviewed and stood.  After “twenty plays, ninety yards, and ten minutes and twenty-eight seconds of game-play,” as Joe Buck remarked, the Cowboys took the lead 14 to 7 going into halftime.  RIght? Wrong Amani Toomer made a TD catch with fewer than thirty seconds on the game clock.  Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and Cowboys strong safety Roy Williams had a scuffle after that play.    Both teams went into halftime tied 14 to 14.

The third quarter began with a field goal by the Cowboys, tie broken. 17 to 14.  The fourth quarter started with a touchdown by Brandon Jacobs; Giants in the lead with 21 points.  Several attempts by the Cowboys were ultimately futile as cornerback R.W. McQuarters intercepted the last pass by Tony Romo in the fourth quarter.  Final score: New York 21 and Dallas 17.

I’m sad.  I suppose I’m going to lend my support to the Green Bay Packers next week in the NFC Championship game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for this game.  I do believe Buck looks better in moving pictures than in still ones.

2. It’s not my imagination.  The music transition to and from commercial on these Fox NFL telecasts is a clone of the “Sleigh Ride” holiday song.  Specifically, the part that goes “giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap/ let’s go,/let’s look at the show/we’re riding in a wonderland of snow/giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap/it’s grand, just holding your hand/we’re gliding along with the song/of a wintry fairy land.”

3. Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has endured a torn ligament for most of the season, if I remember the commentators correctly.

4. There were two slow-motion instant replays concerning the Jacobs-Williams row.  The row itself (Jacobs tackled Willams and they essentially got caught up in a quasi-wrestling-tumbling maneuver; tthey stood up and started shoving) and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin mouthing something mostly along the lines of “that was a fuhcking face mask!”

5. Giants quarterback Eli Manning is twenty-six days older than I am.

6. After Brandon Jacobs made the TD in the top of the fourth quarter, he slammed the ball into the play clock, creating a metallic thwack sound.

7. By the end of the game, Dallas received eleven penalties.  New York three.

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NFC Wildcard 2008: Giants humidify the Buccaneers

The New York Giants cruise south to Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a chance to go to the NFC divisional championship and then the Super Bowl.

Televised on Fox, this second NFC wildcard game concluded its first quarter with a touchdown by Buccaneers running back Ernest Graham.   Just past the top of the second quarter, Giants running back Brandon Jacobs tied the game with a touchdown (and then he pounded the ball against the wall behind the end zone).  He made another TD towards the bottom of the second quarter.   Giants 14 and Buccaneers 7.   Such was the score going into halftime.

The third quarter allowed the Giants to increase their lead with a field goal.  The fourth quarter gave the Giants a touchdown thanks to wide receiver Amani Toomer (as well as rarefied passing and catching precision between New York quarterback Eli Manning and running back Ahmad Bradshaw).   Giants 24 and Buccaneers 7.  Shortly thereafter, Tampa Bay tight end Alex Smith made a touchdown (during the slow-motion instant replay from behind the end zone, the camera zoomed in for a close-up of Smith’s face as he stared and near-scowled down the Giants who tried to tackle him).   Alas, Tampa Bay won’t be going to the NFC divisional game.  Final score: Giants 24.  Buccaneers 14.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. One of the sideline reporters remarked before the game that a few of the Buccaneers mentioned that since this game is the first time this season they will have played in front of nation-wide TV viewers, they’ll want to play well.  And that none of them are going to the Pro-Bowl.

2. I caught a glimpse of the Buccaneers mascot walking along behind the end zone around five minutes left in the first quarter.  His face looked like a Chinese man tou–like someone took cloves of garlic and punched it into the Pillsbury Doughboy.

3.  All the white and red colors of the Buccaneers fans at the stadium reminded me of the Korean futbol fans during the recent World Cup games.

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