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Super Bowl XLIV: the Saints gallop over the Colts

Prologue:

I care not to weep for lost armadillos,
their snouts infected with green
green for envy
green for myth
green for suffocation
of a backyard abscess

How coolly they stare,
whiskered blinks and underbellies,
affixed to boulders swept by the sap
of white registries,
carnation and teardrop themes

I dare not weep for the costs of adversaries
their proud pamphlets injected with heat
heat for blood
heat for scythes
heat for premeditation
of a fractured printing press

How duly they prepare,
checkered chiefs and sponsorships,
addressed to soldiers kept by the map,
of night hatcheries,
extermination and blasting screams

–yiqi Super Bowl Sunday 2010 12:54 PM

The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints have been eyeing the same gal for several days.  Forty-four years old and in Miami for one night, she has a history with the Indy but none with Nawlins.

Televised by CBS, the Saints were only down by one touchdown by the top of the second quarter.  Indianapolis 10 and New Orleans 3.  The bottom of the second quarter could’ve resulted in the Saints tying the score (or getting another field goal), but head coach Sean Payton decided to go for the end zone.  Unsuccessful this attempt was as Colts linebacker Gary Brackett ground that try to the turf.  The first half ended with Saints kicker Garrett Hartley making a  forty-four yard field goal.  Indianapolis 10 and New Orleans 6.

The third quarter sprang off to the chaos of onside kick and question of ball possession.  The referee’s official word was that the Saints recovered the loosened ball.  The end of that possession produced a touchdown by Saints running back Pierre Thomas.  New Orleans 13 and Indianapolis 10.  The Colts got back on top after their next go at the ball thanks to a touchdown by running back Joseph Addai.  Garrrett Hartley’s appendages helped his team bring their score deficit to just one with a forty-seven yard FG at the bottom of the quarter.  Indianapolis 17 and New Orleans 16.

The fourth quarter started with a failed fifty-one yard field goal by Colts kicker Matt Stover.  The Saints hopped on top with a Jeremy Shockey TD with six minutes left in the game.  A two-point conversion was nearly successful.  Wide receiver Lance Moore could not hold on to the ball as he rolled across the goal line (backwards going out of the end zone).  The Saints challenged the incomplete pass ruling–and the Saints won the challenge.  New Orleans 24 and the Indianapolis 17.  With about three minutes left to play, Colts quarterback threw an interception straight into the bosom of Saints corner back Tracy Porter, who then ran the ball seventy-four yards for a TD.  New Orleans 31 and Indianapolis 17.   Final score.  The Saints have won Super Bowl XLIV.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  I missed the first quarter and the first couple minutes of the second quarter.  I got distracted by William Fichtner as a Sheriff invaded by alien parts.  我 真的 以為 球賽 8點鐘 才 開始.  Ce n’est pas grave.  C’est bizarre… mais, 誰贏誰敗 我不在乎.  Je prefere les Colts, mais vraiment…我 真的 不管.

2.  Thus, I had no idea who sang the National Anthem nor if the performance was any good.

3.  Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators.  They both wore dark suit jackets.  Nantz had on a very light colored button-down shirt and a bright orange tie (possibly patterned).  Simms wore a lavender button-down shirt and a purple striped tie.

4.  The Who performed during the halftime show.  They performed portions from “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley” (which some of you may know as the theme of CSI: New York), “Who Are You,” “Save Me, Feel Me, Touch Me,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (theme of CSI: Miami).  Impressive vocals and lighting display.

5.  A couple of plays after the Saints’ offensive go at the top of the third quarter, the camera went to Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney sitting on the bench and having a foot wrapped (or socked).  The telecast then cut to a medium shot of Peyton Manning look very discontent on the sidelines.

6.  It wasn’t until the top of the fourth quarter that I got really into the game and watched with eyes wide.

7.  My favorite commercial of the night: Budweiser’s story of a horse and an ox.

Watch me watching the last few seconds of the second quarter:

Get game summary, stats, and play-by play here.

AFC Championship 2010: the Colts gargoyle the Jets

Winter mint vs. spear mint, which flavor shall represent the AFC in the Super Bowl?  Televised by CBS, with narration by Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, the Colts started on offense and had to punt the ball away three minutes into the game.  The Jets were able to get a field goal opportunity but kicker Jay Feely missed it.  When Colts quarterback Peyton Manning took his offensive players back on the field, he was sacked faster than one can say, “Thank you, sir, may I have another.”

The second quarter started with a Matt Stover field goal.  Indianapolis 3 and New York 0.   Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards put his team on the board with a touchdown moments later (quarterback Mark Sanchez threw to him and eighty yards later, there was end zone).  The Colts were unable to get the ball to stay in the end zone.   Stover kicked another field goal.  The Jets upped the score with another TD, courtesy of tight end Dustin Keller.  New York 14 and Indianapolis 6.  Can the Jets defense be better than the Colts’ offense?  Can the Jets offense be better than the Colts offense?  The Jets got their hands on the ball after Peyton Manning gave the ball to running back Joseph Addai.  Jay Feely made his second FG attempt in the bottom of the second.  New York 17 and Indianapolis 6.  The Colts got their act together enough to make a TD before the end of the quarter, thanks to wide receiver Austin Collie.  New York 17 and Indianapolis 13.

The third quarter went off with a failed Jets FG attempt.  The Colts’ offense returned to the level of athleticism to which most of us are accustomed with a Pierre Garcon TD near the middle of the quarter.  Indianapolis 20 and New York 17.  The Colts increased their lead with a Peyton Manning TD throw to tight end Dallas Clark in the middle of the fourth quarter.  Indianapolis 27 and New York 17.  Matt Stover took the field for a twenty-one yard field goal with under three minutes left in the game.  Colts defensive back Kelvin Hayden intercepted Mark Sanchez with about two minutes left on the clock.  Indianapolis 30 and New York 17.  Final score.  The Indianapolis Colts go to the Super Bowl! Winter mint wins!

Watch me watching the first half of the game:

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  The Jets wore white jerseys and white pants.  Why did number 17 have his top bunched up to reveal hot cross bun abs?   The Colts wore blue jerseys and white pants.

2.  Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem while US army soldiers held an unfurled flag across the field.  A bald eagle was released towards the end of the song.

3.  Due to heavy precipitation, the telecast was pixellated and stop-n-go.

4.  This game was also broadcast in Spanish (SAP button!)

5.  The bottom of the screen included a map of northern GA that was under a tornado watch.  There’s a Butts County in Georgia.  Something about that graphic made me want some pink lemonade really badly.

6.  After the Jets’ first TD of the day, a camera went to Peyton Manning sitting on the bench looking mauve-faced and very discontent.

7.  Tony Dungy was watching the game.

8.  Do you remember Exposé from the 80s?  As long as the stars shine down from the heavens.  As long as the rivers run to the sea.  I’ll never get over you getting over meSeasons changeLet me be the one to take you to the point of no returnWhat you don’t know is that the guys have to be blond and wear tight jeans too.

9.  Atlanta would like to host a World Cup even in 2018 or 2022?  Assuming the planet and humankind still remain.

10.  What was up with that red zone graphic at 8:50 in the fourth quarter?

11.  Matt Stover was born in 1968!  Holy hot bananas.  As Jim Nantz remarked in the bottom of the fourth quarter, Stover would be the oldest player ever to go to the Super Bowl.

12.  Jim Irsay, owner and CEO of the Colts, was shown in close-up on the Indianapolis sidelines.  One of his middle fingers had a bandaid over the tip.  I wonder what happened.  Did he cut himself chopping veggies?

Get game summary, stats, play-by-play here.

NFL Playoffs 2010: the Colts dance all over the Ravens

Televised by CBS, the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts tangled cheek-to-cheek tonight in full-house Lucas Oil Stadium.  Which team would prove athletic superiority and advance to the AFC Championship game?  The Colts started the first quarter on offense.  Matt Stover threw up a field goal at the end of his team’s first possession.  Indianapolis 3 and Baltimore 0.  An illegal block in the back on the Ravens nixed what would’ve been a sixty-four yard return for running back Jalen Parmele.  Attempts to get into the end zone were no good.  The Ravens tossed up a field goal as well.  Indianapolis 3 and Baltimore 3.

The second quarter indicated how much stronger each team’s defense was compared to offense.  Near interceptions, sacks, and punts galore.  The offensive players certainly demonstrated skill, particularly with Peyton Manning’s complete passes, but with the score still 3 to 3 in the bottom of the quarter?  And, of course, moments later, Colts wide receiver Austin Collie made a touchdown catch in the left side of the end zone.  Indianapolis 10 and Baltimore 3.  The Colts insisted on trying to get into the end zone in the final seconds of the first half.  Peyton Manning threw, wide receiver Reggie Wayne caught and broke the plane ever so slightly for a TD.  Indianapolis 17 and Baltimore 3.

The third quarter was mostly dull until around six minutes when safety Ed Reed intercepted Peyton Manning but lost control of the ball halfway down the field.  Tight end Dallas Clark recovered it for the Colts.  A penalty on Ravens cornerback Corey Ivy nullified a second Ed Reed interception.  The fourth quarter started off the Colts getting another field goal.  Indianapolis 20 and Baltimore 3.  The Ravens showed some Ravens umph…until running back Ray Rice refused to be brought down and the ball got away from the crook of his left arm.  The Colts recovered it.  Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was intercepted in the bottom of the quarter.  Colts defensive back Antoine Bethea took the ball right out of its trajectory.  Another turnover took the final minute with Colts defensive back Jerraud Powers picking off Joe Flacco.  Indianapolis 20 and Baltimore 3.  Final score.


Observations & Miscellania:

1. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf narrated the event.

2.  Damned weather interfering with the digital signal.  The broadcast was very stop-and-go in terms of audio and video for me.

3.  LaDanian Tomlinson in a white suit letting the rhythm get to him.

4.  I like this Budweiser commercial more than this one.

5.  Upon returning from the commercial break that followed Ray Rice’s ball loss, there was footage of what happened after the play.  Rice went straight to the bosom of his quarterback, who tapped him on the head as if to say, “It’s okay.”

6.  How in tarnations do the Ravens beat the Patriots a week ago and then not be able to have at least tied the Colts into the fourth quarter?

7.  Ravens head coach John Harbaugh would look so dashing in Elliot Ness garb.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

NFL 2009: Colts lock and stock the Patriots

The Indianapolis Colts remixed with the New England Patriots tonight on NBC.  The first quarter started with the Patriots on offense…and not much to say about it.  When the Colts took to the ball, quarterback Peyton Manning made a few awesome connections with tight end Dallas Clark and wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Reggie Wayne.  Patriots head coach Bill Belichick challenged the catch but lost the challenge.  Eight plays +  ninety yards + running back Joseph Addai = touchdown.  Indianapolis 7 and New England 0.  The Patriots answered that taunt with a spectacular Tom Brady fifty-five yard pass to wide receiver Randy Moss, and two steps later, running back Laurence Mulroney squeezed threw amassing players to get into the end zone.

The second quarter began with Colts defensive end Robert Mathis sacking Tom Brady.  The Patriots took a thirty-one yard Stephen Gostkowski field goal at the end of their possession.  One possession later, Randy Moss made his second TD of the day.  Halfway through the second quarter, Tom Brady threw directly into the hands of wide receiver Julian Edelman for a TD.  New England 24 and Indianapolis 7.  Consistent with how they played two seasons ago, once the Patriots find or make their first offensive impact, there is no going back.  It’s zippadeedodah scoring parade for them.  The Colts bounced back with a Reggie Wayne TD.  New England 24 and Indianapolis 14.

SUPER SEXY GIRL! Colts defensive back Antoine Bathea intercepted Tom Brady’s pass meant for Randy Moss in the Colts end zone at the top of the third quarter.  Oh. Lourdes.  Peyton Manning was intercepted by cornerback Leigh Bodden a few passes later.  The quarter was scoreless but ended in Patriots wide receiver Wesley Welker returning a punt to first-and-goal.   A kick-ball-change later, Randy Moss made his, what, third TD of the day?  New England 31 and Indianapolis 14 in the top of the fourth quarter.

The Colts offered a retort of a Pierre Garcon TD catch and run into the end zone.  New England 31 and Indianapolis 21.  Would today’s game be the Colts’ first loss of the season?  Probably.  When they got the ball, Peyton Manning threw an interception to Patriots cornerback Jonathan Wilhite.  The Patriots increased their lead with a field goal in the second half of the fourth quarter…briefly.  Joseph Addai made a TD with just under three minutes left to play.  New England 34 and Indianapolis 28.  I must ask again, would today’s game be the Colts’ first loss of the season?  Probably not, as of one minute left in the fourth quarter.  SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG! Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne connected for a TD with under twenty seconds left to on the clock.  Indianapolis 35 and New England 34.  Final score.

I’m not even a Colts fan per se and I’m thrilled.  I do like Peyton Manning.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Tiki Barber was at the Dallas loss to Packers game; he had on a lovely, lilac/violet tie.

2.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth both wore gray ties of varying hue and accent.  Andrea Kramer had on a bright purple leather jacket with zippers.

3.  Why was there fire on the field after Joseph Addai made a TD in the first quarter?

4.  Tom Brady still looks really good in a helmet.

5.  Pat Chung, strong safety for the Patriots, is a quarter Chinese.  His father is Jamaican-Chinese.  I googled the phrase “Pat Chung is half Asian” and found this page about Asian NFL players.

6.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the entire league watched this game and took notes.  “You see that? You see what Peyton Manning did there? Yeah, we need some of that.”

7.  “They’re not used to playing these balls in the air like that…they’re burned on either side,” either Al Michaels or Cris Collinsworth remarked during the middle of the second quarter.

8.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?  Why are there so many adverts for The Blind Side?  Because, this John Lee Hancock film is going up against a certain Twilight part deux on opening day Friday.  This Friday.  I shall be watching The Blind Side–not to be confused with Blindside from 1986.

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You Spy your gridiron hero

Edit:  I watched most of the pre-season game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles tonight.  It was aired on Fox; Daryl Johnston and Kenny Albert provided commentary.  Colts 23 and Eagles 15.  Final score.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Before I get back to the regularly scheduled blog entry, I just have to say that Kevin Curtis amazes me still…and not just because I happen to think il est tres beau.  He’s beautiful.  His spirit is substantial.  It’d probably leave behind footprints if one looked hard enough.  Handprints.   Another player that caught my intrigue: Eagles safety Quintin Mikell is very articulate.  Curt Menefee interviewed him on the sidelines.

I also want to mention one of the crowd shots.  In the first half of the fourth quarter, I believe, the camera juxtaposed two couples–one pair Colts fans and the other Eagles fans.  The female in both couples was using a hand-held mobile device.  Speaking of which, according to the commentators, Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, banned players using cell phones, Blackberries, and iPhones ninety minutes prior to a game and through the end of the game.  It was implemented a couple years ago.  Ninety minutes? Really?  What if there’s a family emergency?  Is there a designated “receptionist” that will pass along such messages?

Okay, now back to the regularly scheduled post.

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What would you do if you were in public somewhere and came across an athlete that you respect and admire very much?   Would you just bask in the (sur)reality of their presence?  Would you say hello in as friendly and deferential manner as you could demonstrate? Would your decision to acknowledge him/her be dependent upon whether or not you and s/he were alone?

Would you go for a photo op if it seemed appropriate?

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NoteThe above picture is a work of creative fiction.