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Pre-S 10: Jaguars ensnare the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons went south to the Sunshine State to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the last 2010 pre-season game.  Televised on NBC, Chris Redman went in as quarterback for the Falcons, who went on offense first.  Luke McCown quarterbacked for the Jaguars.  The first quarter came and went with little excitement until Falcons running back Jerious Norwood ran forty-some-odd yards down the sidelines to the end zone…but it wouldn’t count due to a holding penalty on one of the Falcons.  The first quarter ended with no scores but the Falcons kicker Matt Bryant put up a thirty-one yard field goal in the top of the second.  Falcons  running back Antone Smith was running with the ball, it fell out of his grip and was recovered by the Jaguars.  The end of that turnover resulted in a touchdown by Jaguars fullback Brock Bolen.  Their next possession produced a forty yard Josh Scobee FG.  Matt Bryant closed the numerical gap with a twenty-seven yard FG before halftime.  Jacksonville 10 and Atlanta 6.

The Jaguars went on offense first in the third quarter.  Trevor Harris was QB for Jacksonville.  John Parker Wilson took QB reins for the Falcons.  Scobee nailed a forty-nine yard FG with four more minutes left in the third.  Jacksonville 13 and Atlanta 6.  The fourth quarter began with a twenty-five-yard Matt Bryant FG.  Jacksonville 13 and Atlanta 9.  Final score.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Randy Waters and Brian Baldinger were the commentators.

2.  Tonight was also the first ever Georgia State Panthers football game.  They played Shorter College at the Georgia Dome.  Click here to get scores and details.

3.  Were the Jaguars’ jerseys always that shade of blue?  Why does it look more aquamarine in my mind’s eye?  Ah, I spoke too soon.  It’s all in the lighting.  Actually, the Jaguars jerseys do look more spartan in design.  Just a swath of bluish-green.  According to this news article from last year, I must be remembering Jacksonville’s uniforms from 2008.

4.  Are you bothered by the future severing of the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry?

5.  Offensive pass interference seems like an oxymoron.  How can you be getting in the way of a ball you’re trying to catch?  I get the part about having to provide enough space so that the defender could intercept the QB’s pass, but if you incidentally knock over a player from the defense while you’re going after the ball, you should be flagged for over-zealous pursuit, not pass interference.

6.  The Jaguars got their act together in the second quarter to get ten points.  What was in the Falcons’ bread basket? Sure, they expedited offensive gains with just two minutes left in the first half, and Chris Redman started to bear a resemblance to Dennis Quaid, but am I really to believe that grace under fire yields diamonds under pressure?

7.  The Falcons have an Asian water boy!

8.  Halftime consisted of an 11alive featurette on what Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff when he hasn’t got football on the brain: mountain biking!  He went to the broadcast booth in the third quarter to chat with Randy and Brian.  Dimitroff wore a grayish-blue suit, a light blue button-down shirt, and a burgundy-grayish-blue-cream striped tie.

9.  The veteran players that didn’t play today all wore dark colored baggy shorts and a big, gray Falcons shirt.  Some more caps.

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

Click here for the Falcons roster, here for the Jaguars.

NFL 08: the Cowboys California roll the Redskins

A brief detour:

The Tennessee Titans hold on to their winning streak. They gnarled the Jacksonville Jaguars 24 to 14.

The Indianapolis Colts outdid the Houston Texans 33 to 27.

The Pittsburgh Steelers rose above the San Diego Chargers by a dollop of 11 to 10.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals tied 13 to 13. Click here for the Yahoo Sports article about it–I especially enjoyed this sentence: It was the first tied game in the NFL since Nov. 10, 2002, when the Falcons and Steelers finished 34-34 with Michael Vick and Tommy Maddox matching each other pass for pass. In this one, the teams matched each other gaffe for gaffe.

Retour:

Around this time last year, the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins partied like it was 1999–and the Cowboys won the dance-off. Tonight, both teams got their techno-remix grooves back on in Redskins country for the ninety-sixth time in regular season. The first quarter rolled down halfway before anybody scored–Washington fullback Mike Sellers with a touchdown catch. Redskins 7 and Cowboys 0. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, once of the Falcons and most recently of the Raiders, intercepted Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at the bottom of the quarter.

The second quarter marched to about eight minutes with Romo throwing another interception–Washington linebacker Rocky McIntosh grabbed the loose ball after Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens was hit. With fewer than a minute-and-a-half on the game clock, Cowboys running back Marion Barber got to the goal line and broke the plane. Washington and Dallas tied seven a piece. The touchdown ruling received an upstairs review–it stood. The Redskins then managed to break that tie with a field goal. Going into halftime, Washington 10 and Dallas 7.

The third quarter commenced with Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman intercepted Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.  The ball had already reached its intended target, wide receiver Santana Moss, but Newman somehow got his hands between the Redskin and the ball.  A Washington field goal towards the bottom of the third quarter was tried but it wasn’t true.

The top of the fourth quarter sparkled with a series of receptions by Marion Barber.  There was also a “push-pass,” as John Madden dubbed it, that Tony Romo executed to wide receiver Miles Austin, which set up a TD made by tight end Martellus Bennett.  Dallas 14 and Washington 10.  Marion Barber lathered, rinsed, and repeated his running and dodging cherry-on-top magic in the bottom stretch of the fourth quarter.  In this quarter alone, Barber had his hand on the ball sixteen times (I believe).  The Cowboys have “saved their season,” as Al Michaels remarked.  14 to 10 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels wore a black tie with gray/silver diagonal stripes–back slash direction. John Madden’s tie was gray/silver. It never ceases to amaze me how big are Madden’s hands.

2. I’m two years older than DeAngelo Hall. During one of the slow-motion replays of his interception, his body line was foregrounded. He’s not a big feller at 5’10 and 195. Proportionately, though, I’m sure his legs are much shapelier than mine. His. Mine.

3. Al Michaels uttered the word “flummoxed” concerning a timeout or two that the Redskins had to take nearing the bottom of the second quarter.

4. Tonight’s Line of Scrimmage segment featured EE Smith High School in Fayetteville, NC, which is the school most of the children of Fort Bragg’s service men and women attend.

5. Bruce Springsteen’s song “Working On a Dream” also premiered during halftime (roughly sixty seconds of the studio version). Je ne l’adore pas. Je pense que c’est trop simple; cette chanson est come des autres pop et roche. Melodically speaking. It would, however, be ideal for a truck commercial. Big shocker. The NFL and trucks go together than left-and-right.  Springsteen apparently performed it during a Barack Obama event just before election day.

6.  Tony Romo’s “push-pass” essentially consisted of a maneuver that reminded Al Michaels of a basketball move.  The ball was more or less “flung” towards a receiver.

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

Pre-S 08: Falcons sweep the Ravens by a whisper

But what a whisper.

The Atlanta Falcons went north to Baltimore to play the Ravens. Despite a vehicular mishap involving quarterbacks Matt Ryan and D.J. Shockley and wide receiver Brian Finneran a couple of days ago, they all played in today’s game and helped win it for Atlanta.

Televised by myATLtv, both teams got a flavorful mouthful of each other’s defense resolve. There were no points in the first quarter. The Ravens eventually put a 9 on the score board (from three field goals made by Matt Stover). The Falcons’ 10 came from a touchdown (thrown by Shockley and caught by Finneran in the second quarter) and a field goal (by Jason Elam in the third quarter). Baltimore’s third quarter field goal (bringing Atlanta’s lead from 10-6 to 10-9) and two interceptions by Ravens safety Jim Leonhard (one of which was thankfully nullified on account of an offsides penalty) caused me much talking-to-the-TV. The monologue consisted primarily of “come on, Joey Harrington” (who had stepped in as quarterback for the Falcons in the middle of the third quarter) and “come on, defense; don’t let the Ravens get another field goal because then you’ll have to get a touchdown!”

Observations & Miscellania:

1. An excellent example of the longest perceived elapsing of five seconds must be those seconds between snap and the moment when a quarterback throws the ball or is sacked.

2. The Shockley-Finneran TD was made possible by a complete pass Shockley made to wide receiver Eric Weems.

3. Matt Ryan remembers seeing Brian Finneran trying to make it as a rookie for the Philadelphia Eagles…when Ryan was in eighth grade!!! And now they’re teammates. How puppy-eyes is that.

4. During one of many high angle long shots of the sidelines, Matt Ryan had finished his Gatorade cup and rather than setting it down on a table or chucking it to the grass, he went over to the trash receptacle and threw away the cup. I was very impressed. His face lit up after Finneran made that second quarter TD. Well-spoken and polite, he may very well be the sort of guy one would bring home to the family, but Matt Ryan transcends such heteronormativity. I would entrust him with my pets or plants for a couple of days or a couple of weeks.

5. I flipped to NBC during the commercials and saw a few plays from the Jaguars vs. Redskins game. The first time I clicked over, the score was 17 to 3 in the Jaguars’ favor. When I checked back in the third and fourth quarters, the Redskins were still at 3. Read more about this game here.

Click here for game summary, stats, and play-by-play.

Sister Pants Hood Traveling; Jaguars edge over the Falcons

Numero Un:

I reviewed The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (Sanaa Hamri, 200eight) for Film Threat. I liked the second Sister Pants much more than the first one. I might write more about the film at a later date but for now, here’s the concluding paragraph:

I’d also like to acknowledge the work of Jim Denault, Dona Granata, George DeTitta Jr., Andrew Max Cahn, and Gae S. Buckley for giving the film a rich and high quality look in terms of cinematography, costume design, set decoration, art direction, and production design. Appearances aren’t everything, but when there are teenaged girls and matters of the heart and soul involved, then the way a movie looks is as significant as the story it tells. For Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bridget, their sisterhood shines even brighter the second time around.

You can read the full review here.

Product Placement & Branding: FedEx (the most visually blatant and narratively functional), Dominoes Pizza, Little Debbie cakes (I don’t think they were Hostess cakes), Cyndi Lauper (specifically, the song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun“), Etnies, old Folgers coffee can, iPod, Magnetic Poetry, The Reaping film poster (also distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures), white T-mobile cell phone (belonging to Tibby), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (2003), Hannah Montana/Cheetah Girls’ BYou exercise video, P.S. I Love You film cover (I don’t think it was Dear Frankie because PS was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures and Dear Frankie was not), New York University, Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale, and the London School of Economics (in conversation).

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Numero Deux:

The 2008 pre-season of NFL football commenced one day after the start of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. How serendipitous. The refreshed, re-blooded Atlanta Falcons went to Jacksonville to go up against the Jaguars at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. Each of Atlanta’s quarterbacks had some field-time to demonstrate their skills. Chris Redman went first, followed by rookie Matt Ryan, Luke Wilson-look-alike Joey Harrington, and veteran D.J. Shockley (who spent last season rehabilitating a knee). The Jaguars’ quarterback line-up was David Garrard, Cleo Lemon, and Todd Bouman. With two touchdowns (courtesy of Garrard himself and Lemon to running back Chauncey Washington) and two field goals (by Josh Scobee), the Jaguars would beat the Falcons 20 to 17.

It still felt great to watch Atlanta play. Their seventeen points came from two touchdowns (thanks to Ryan to wide receiver Roddy White and Harrington himself) and one field goal (by Jason Elam).

For complete game summary, stats, and play-by-play, click here.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. myATLtv televised the game.

2. Towards the latter half of the game, Matt Ryan and Chris Redman were on the sidelines smiling. Both wore white visors and looked like twins.

3. Most if not all of the rookies that signed my towel in June got some field time on Saturday.

4. Brian Baldinger and Randy Waters provided commentary for the game. In the second quarter, after the Jaguars put up three points with a field goal, Baldinger mentioned that Matt Ryan’s chinstrap was “buckled from the sidelines to the huddle,” but when he becomes a veteran player, “that thing will be dangling until the very last minute.” Made me chuckle.

5. Russell Athletic provided the score bar atop the screen. There was no 1st and Ten line on the field nor was there a blue line of scrimmage.

It sure feels great to watch football again–even with periodically shoddy televised camerawork.

Tune in to Fox Thursday night (August 14) for the Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles game and Friday night (August 15) for the Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans.

NFL News: Mike Zimmer goes WKRP; Mike Smith circling

Mike Zimmer, who was the defensive coordinator for the Falcons for the 2007 season, has packed his postage stamps and gone in a northwestern direction to join the coaching staff of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Click here for the Atlanta Falcons blurb.

Click here for the Bengals piece on the matter.

According to AJC.com, Jacksonville’s defense coordinator, Mike Smith, may or may not get his own postage stamps in order and shoot northwards:

Mike Smith has been offered the Falcons’ head coach job and the team is currently in contract negotiations with the Jacksonville defensive coordinator, according to team officials familiar with the process.

Speaking to the AJC at the Senior Bowl in Mobile on Tuesday, new general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the field of candidates for the vacant position was down to four — Smith, Baltimore defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Click here for the full article.

PS. the “WKRP” in the subject of this entry is a popcultural reference.