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NFL 08: the Buccaneers frizz up the Seahawks

O Champs-Elysees, O Peyton Manning, O Packers jumped the Colts 34 to 14.

The Raiders confiscated the Jets in overtime 16 to 13.

The Rams shoe-horned the Cowboys (sans Tony Romo) 34 to 14.

Now on to Sunday Night Football starring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks. Seneca Wallace stepped in as Seattle quarterback because Matt Hasselbeck was out with an injury. Jeff Garcia was performing the equivalent role for Tampa Bay (Brian Griese wasn’t playing due to an injury). The first quarter started with a touchdown by Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Bryant. The second quarter progressed into eight minutes or so and Buccaneers running back Ernest Graham made a TD. Tampa Bay 14 and Seattle 0. The second quarter drew down to three minutes with more Buccaneers numbers in the form of a field goal. 17 to 0. The third quarter gave the Seahawks a field goal at ten minutes. Tampa Bay 17 and Seattle 3. The fourth quarter sailed down towards the bottom with a Buccaneers field goal. 20 to 3. Final score? Not yet. With two minutes left in the game, Seahawks tight end John Carlson caught the ball in the end zone. Tampa Bay 20 and Seattle 10. That would be the final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth provided commentary tonight. John Madden was at home resting.

2. Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren will not return to the helm at the end of the season.

3. Bud Light and Drinkability. I like the Pool Party one but not the Tailgaters one. A beer isn’t filling because a beer is empty calories. Unless a Bud Light isn’t filling because it won’t go down into the digestive system and sit there with carbonation building until one must belch or else.

4. Does Brian Griese have an underbite?

5. Fullback Mike Alstott’s number 40 was retired by Tampa Bay during halftime.

6. Seattle kicker Olindo Mare’s field goal attempt in the third quarter was no good–it was filmed from behind him. There may have been skycam action. Very odd, visually.

7. With some three minutes left in the third quarter, I do believe Al Michaels said, “pulling a George Clooney and getting the first down” in reference to Buccaneers wide receiver Michael Clayton catching Garcia’s pass. Ah and indeed–“Michael Clayton” is also a film starring George Clooney.

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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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‘Tis the Season: Buccaneers line the Falcons down the plank

The Atlanta Falcons up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (game televised on Fox). While Floridians were watching this game under the sun, much of the rest of the country was dealing with wind and snow.

I hope I’m not the only one who wished the teams would’ve just played five rounds of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Best of four from the quarterbacks, centers, kickers, returners, tight ends, wide receivers, running backs, and cornerbacks.

Emotionally and psychologically, the Falcons now have nothing left to lose.

One minute into the first quarter, Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber intercepted Falcons quarterback Chris Redman’s pass for a touchdown. Even though Atlanta put up three points with a field goal, Tampa Bay wide receiver Michael Spurlock made a history-making kick-off return touchdown–ninety yards!–(the Buccaneers had never gotten one before this one). The second quarter gave the Buccaneers two field goals and a touchdown by Ernest Graham (not in that order). Halftime and Tampa Bay had 27 points. Atlanta 3.

The third quarter brought one score: a field goal for the Buccaneers. The fourth quarter spelled another touchdown for the Buccaneers (thanks to Ernest Graham pretending to go for the end zone and tight end Anthony Becht actually going into the end zone). Tampa Bay 37. Atlanta 3.

The Buccaneers have won the NFC South.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Substitute head coach Emmitt Thomas (Falcons defensive backs coach) was a part of the first four Super Bowl games.

2. One of the commentators today remarked, “DeAngelo Hall is indignant today.” There was a pile-up before Ernest Graham made a TD for Tampa Bay in the second quarter and Hall got a penalty for unnecessary roughness after the end of the play.

3. Tim Tebow was watching the game from one of the VIP boxes. The announcer guy at the stadium decided to call everyone’s attention to it near the bottom of the second quarter.

4. Johnny Knoxville was supporting the Buccaneers.

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‘Tis the Season: Buccaneers disable the Redskins; Jaguars scoot aside the Bills

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins collided with each other (televised on Fox). Buccaneers running back Ernest Graham made the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter. Tampa Bay got three more points from a field goal just past the halfway mark of the first quarter. The second quarter started and progressed with two Tampa Bay field goals. Buccaneers 16. Redskins 0. Washington got a field goal about four minutes later. At the very bottom of the second quarter, Tampa Bay got three more points from a field goal, going into halftime with 19 to Washington’s three.

The third quarter started off better for the Redskins as tight end Chris Cooley made a touchdown, narrowing the score gap between them and Tampa Bay a bit. Washington made a field goal at the top of the fourth quarter, giving them 13 points to Tampa Bay’s 19. After Tampa Bay cornerback Brian Kelly intercepted a Redskins pass with fewer than 20 seconds left on the clock. Buccaneers won this one.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars met the Buffalo Bills (game on CBS) In the first quarter, Jaguars running back Fred Taylor put a TD on the board. At the bottom of the quarter, Jacksonville made a field goal. The top of the second quarter also brought them a field goal. Jacksonville 13. Buffalo 0. Just past the halfway point of the second quarter, Bills running back Anthony Thomas made a TD. Right before the second quarter was over, Jacksonville increased their lead to 16 over Buffalo’s 7. It started to rain.

The third quarter gave the Jaguars another field goal. But then at the bottom of the quarter, Bills wide receiver Roscoe Parrish put a TD on the board, and only five points behind the Jaguars. The top of the fourth quarter gave Jacksonville yet another field goal. Jaguars 22. Bills 14. Jacksonville wide receiver Reggie Williams and running back Maurice Jones-Drew made a TDs towards the bottom of the fourth quarter. Jacksonville 36. Bills 14. Game over.
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