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College Football 2010: Alabama catfishes Florida

I caught half of the second quarter and the second half of the Alabama-Florida game tonight on CBS.  When I turned on the television, the Crimson Tide had 24 points (three touchdowns and a field goal?) and the Gators had 0.  I was shocked.  I don’t follow SEC football the way an avid fan would, but I’ve seen enough of the two teams play in the past few years to know that it wasn’t the norm for Florida to be down by so much in the second quarter.  I watched the rest of the game and was thoroughly entertained.  The Gators’ first drive after halftime was so promising…until they got to the end zone and couldn’t put the ball in past the goal line.  I’d expect to see repeated attempts and failures in the NFL, but not in college ball.  Alabama ended up cleaning house, beating Florida 31 to 6.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Detour: Could it be that espresso products taste better in mugs than paper cups?  The one I had at my favorite non-Starbux establishment after the movie was tres delicieux.


Retour: The title of this entry is inspired by a film I saw this afternoon called Catfish (2010).  Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and “starring” Yaniv Schulman, this self-aware and concisely constructed film celebrates and questions the consequences of embracing tools of communications and convenience.  Ariel and Henry videotape the nine-month incubation of a friendship between Yaniv and a family on Bookface.  Without specifying much more, I’ll remark that an ostensibly inconsequential observation Yaniv makes prompts him, Ariel, and Henry to wonder how much of his interactions with the members of this family is genuine.


What impresses me the most about Catfish is its incorporation of various online and portable communication devices as equipment/props as well as visual design.  Gchat, google maps street view, the iPhone, and Bookface itself Show-Not-Tells a story.  The marketing behind the film may put a sinister spin to what happens towards the end, but it’s certainly not nightmare-inducing.  It has the potential to be unnerving in the style of truth-is-stranger-than-fiction, but nobody’s internal organs get snatched in the middle of the night and wrapped in a flannel shirt.  Aside from tossing around the issues of facts vs. fabrications, Catfish makes the astute point that a person who wants to discover the truth will go as far as another person would in keeping a secret.  Joost and Schulman’s film is my fourth favorite theatrical experience of this year so far.*

As to naming this entry, “Alabama catfishes Florida,” for anyone who’s seen the film, some people are meant to keep everyone else alert.  The Crimson Tide certainly kept the Gators from becoming complacent (with the rest of their season at least…I’d imagine).

PS. If you know my habit of looking up film spoilers (who dies? who’s the devil? is it really just a dream?), then you probably thought I’d have gone fishing for Catfish spoilers from the get-go (after watching previews at AMC theatres in my city).  And you’d be right…if I didn’t know one of the filmmakers.  He was in my film theory class in college.  I didn’t know him too well but he remembers me.

* My favorite scene takes place three-fourths of the way through the film.  Yaniv reads the texts that he and one of the family members send to each other.  As the content of the texts grow increasingly “adult situation,” he starts to laugh and buries his head underneath a blanket.

Watch an interview with Joost and the Schulman brothers here.  See more pix here and here.

Sugar Bowl 2010: Florida caramelize Cincinnati

I only watched the fourth quarter of the Florida Gators tossing horseshoes with the Cinncinati Bearcats for the 2010 Sugar Bowl crown.  Televised by Fox, the Gators were astronomically on top of the Bearcats at the top of the fourth with a score of 44 to 10.  Actually, I did see Bearcats linebacker Marcus Waugh make a touchdown in the third quarter.  I did not see which Gators player made a TD to bring up his team’s point total to 44 as of the fourth quarter.  Linebacker Brandon Spikes nearly intercepted Bearcats quarterback Tony Pike with ten minutes left to play.  Replay footage consisted of Spikes looking down and gesturing in a way that suggested he was very disappointed he didn’t make the interception.  “Man, gawd. Man.”  Yes, it is the Sugar Bowl and he’s probably having one of many times of his life, but his fellow Gators could not lose the game.  Don’t be so hard on yourself, Spikes.

Shortly thereafter, Bearcats wide receiver Armon Binns made a TD.  The Gators increased their score with another TD in the middle of the quarter, thanks to running back Chris Rainey.  With just under four minutes left on the clock, Bearcats tight end Kazeem Alli made a TD catch.  Florida 51 and Cincinnati 24.   Final score.  The Florida Gators claimed the 2010 Sugar Bowl sweets.

For pride, to save face, or to lighten the load of shame and pain, should there be an unwritten, tacitly enforced measure where a team down by a ludicrous number of points could cede victory to the other team at any point between such and such time frames of a game?  Every medium to close-up shot of a Bearcat from the middle of the fourth on evoked nothing but demoralization, anger, and fatigue.

But who wants to quit, right?  What team would even consider tactfully stepping out of competition because its arse-bottom was being kicked offensively and defensively and there was no way to tie the game let alone win it by the smallest of margins?  No team.

Play until the whistle blows.  It’s not over until the fat lady sings.  Even if you know you’re still going to lose, at least lose by a smaller amount.

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Well, isn’t Riley Cooper a handsome pebble.

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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Off Topic: Because I said sew

She was born Gabrielle,
Coco Chanel,
left at a convent with her sister Adrienne

Then years go by, both sing as an aside
to daytime tailoring

Gabrielle, le Coco,
it echoed at the tip
of a revolution yet to begin

Pare down,
choose breath over féminin every time

Don’t fall in love,
make it

Don’t follow the whims,
the excitement of special attention
given by hypothetical lives

Cut, cut, trim,
No. 5

Chanel never married
and neither will I

–yiqi Halloween 2009 7:23 PM

Audrey Tautou was amazing in Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine, 2009).   Read more about Chanel here and here.

And, just so you know, Florida took a major stomping to UGA, winning 41 to 17.

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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