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NFL 2009: Eagles bean-bag toss the Bears

Let’s spend Sunday Night with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears! Yaya.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth provided commentary–every game is a must win game!  The Eagles started out on offense; it’s odd to see Michael Vick holding a football and running down the field again.  I only ever saw his work in NFL Films highlights.  His team scored first with a field goal.  Philadelphia 3 and Chicago 0.  The Eagles got another score on the board in the first quarter with wide receiver Jason Avant’s touchdown.  Philadelphia 10 and Chicago 0.

Top of the second quarter gave Chicago a place on the score board with a field goal.  Philadelphia 10 and Chicago 3.  The Bears put on a display of offensive power with a seventy-two yard run by running back Kahlil Bell (his first carry in the NFL).  The Bears got another field goal at the end of that possession.  Philadelphia 10 and Chicago 6.  Bears cornerback Zackary Bowman intercepted Eagles QB Donovan McNabb when Philly got on offense again.  My eyes were turned away briefly but when I looked back, Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson was running down the field (from right to left, at the top of the screen).  Not long after, the Bears were on offense again.  By the end of the second quarter, they caught up to just one under the Eagles with a field goal.  Philadelphia 10 and Chicago 9.

The top of the third quarter gave the Bears the lead with a forty-nine yard field goal.  Chicago 12 and Philadelphia 10.  Just when it would seem that the Eagles weren’t going to get their boogie back on, DeSean Jackson made a pretty lovely TD–and then he dunk the ball over the uprights’ cross bar.  Less basketball and more frisbee.  Philadelphia 17 and Chicago 12.  The Bears bounced back with a TD as well (thanks to tight end Kellen Davis); they went for a two-point conversion, which worked.  Running back Matt Forte caught the ball.  Chicago 20 and Philadelphia 17 in the bottom of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter spelled a turnover and the Bears were at bat again.  Kicker Robbie Gould tried a forty-eight yard field goal but his kick was blocked.  Eagles running back LeSean McCoy made a TD with half a fourth quarter left to play amd then took a couple of bows at the back corner of the end zone (the back left corner from his POV).  Philadelphia 24 and Chicago 20.  The Bears took to the field with two minutes left on the clock.  After a series of plays (including one in which an Eagle was tackling and incidentally pulled down the pants of a bear; a replay revealed an arse-bottom in all it’s two-parts).  Eagles linebacker Tracy White broke up QB Jay Cutler’s pass and then safety Sean Jones grabbed the ball and that was it.  Philadelphia 24 and Chicago 20.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. After Bears tight end Greg Olsen failed to catch Jay Cutler’s pass in the top of the second quarter, upon airing replay footage, did Cris Collinsworth say something about “That is a foot-and-a-half in the PGA tour” ?

2.  Al Michael’s remark on the Bears QB: “Unlike Faith Hill, Jay Cutler has not been all day for Sunday night or Monday night or Thursday night or any night.”  In the bottom of the second quarter, he noted that Jay Cutler had to “spin away” and “pirouette.”  Sorry, boss, but Jay Cutler’s 360 twirl does not a pirouette make.

3.  DeSean Jackson is 5’10 and 175 lbs.  ParfaitMais, il est cinque ans plus jeunes que moi.

4.  Who spends more time taking a shower after a game (pretending that no press conferences happened immediately post-game): futbolers, footballers, basketballers, tennis players, or boxers?  I’m going with a futboler or a footballer–more contact with the earth.

5.  I kid you not–I saw a mocha arse-bottom in the fourth quarter; too bad I have no idea which Bear had some cheeks in view.

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NFL 2009: Falcons thwart the Bears

In a weekend that brought much love to local collegiate football (GaTech and UGA beat their respective opponents), the Chicago Bears fished their way to the Georgia Dome in Sunday Night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were the commentators.   The Falcons started on offense but were unable to score.  When the Bears got the ball, they made it down to the red zone and quarterback Jay Cutler might’ve thrown a touchdown pass…were it not for Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud intercepting the pass.  The first quarter came and went and no one put any numbers on the board.

The second quarter sprang out with a Bears TD made by wide receiver Johnny Knox.   On the Bears’ next possession, Jay Cutler threw another interception…to Thomas DeCoud.  What would the Falcons do with this turnover?  Well, running backs Jerious Norwood and Michael Turner ran the ball, and wide receiver Roddy White a touchdown.  Chicago 7 and Atlanta 7.  It took some time, but Matt Ryan found his sea-talons.  The second quarter ended with Matt Ryan connecting with tight end Tony Gonzalez for a TD (he caught the ball in the back of the end zone and then dunked the ball across the cross bar–towards the field).  Atlanta 14 and Chicago 7.

The third quarter started with Matt Ryan throwing an interception.  Bears cornerback Zackary Bowman got his paws on the ball.  Fortunately, his teammates didn’t capitalize on it.  In the bottom of the quarter, the Bears offense got down to TD vicinity but weren’t able to execute.  On a third attempt, Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux caused knocked the ball loose and linebacker Coy Wire recovered it.

The fourth quarter spelled out a second intercepted Matt Ryan pass (Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins couldn’t catch the ball).  Falcons cornerback Brian Williams was able to keep the Bears from scoring a TD in the middle of the fourth but landed on his right knee when he came down to the field of the end zone.  Bears tight end Greg Olsen was able to get a TD after all (on the next play).   Atlanta 14 and Chicago 14.  How would the Falcons retaliate?  Michael Turner ran into the end zone for a TD with fewer than four minutes left on the clock.  Atlanta 21 and Chicago 14.  And then there were seventy-five seconds left in the game.   Forty-seconds and Jay Cutler threw to wide receiver Earl Bennett to put the Bears offense closer to the end zone (after a series of penalties that put them back to the twenty-nine yard line).  A false start penalty, however, took away any opportunities for the Bears to score.  Atlanta 21 and Chicago 14.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  In the pre-game interview with Bob Costas, Matt Ryan explained that he wore number 2 in high school, 12 at Boston College, and after joining the Falcons, decided to go back to wearing the 2.  He recently hung out with Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow at Hartsfield–more people recognized Tebow.

2.  70,000 Falcons and Bears fans gathered at the Dome tonight.

3.  The Bears and Falcons wore hot pink gloves and shoes.

4.  Jerious Norwood got hit pretty heavily in the bottom of the second quarter.  He limped off the field towards the tunnel.

5.  After the Falcons got their second TD in the first half, Cris Collinsworth remarked, “Matt Ryan has absolutely fallen in love with Tony Gonzalez especially in the red zone…all those veteran moves,” which was soon followed by “Matt Ryan and Roddy White, Matt Ryan and Michael Turner, Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez; that’s more like the Quadruplets.”

6.  After returning from a commercial break in the top of the third quarter, Al Michaels mentioned that Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly went to Marist.

7.  Matt Ryan in a Gillette Fusion razors commercial.

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NFL 2009: Packers au gratin the Bears


Paddy Chayefsky contributed to early American television and was an award-winning screen writer.  I clicked to his wikipedia page (from the wiki page of the film Altered States) and couldn’t help but linger on the first line of his entry.  He was born January 29, 1923 and died August 1, 1981.  Fifty-eight years before I felt oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon particles against my mucousy skin, he did.  About seven months after I was born, he died.


Oh to be a ligting fixture or a steel beam at Lambeau Field as The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears ring in the 2009 NFL season.  Broadcast on NBC and narrated by Al Michaels (wearing a dark gray suit, a light gray-bluish-white button-down shirt, and a dark gray and silver diagonally striped tie) and Cris Collinsworth (wearing a dark navy suit, a white button-down shirt and a somewhat unsightly maroon tie with weird blockish patterned tie).

The first quarter included a missed field goal by Packers kicker Mason Crosby as well as Bears wide receiver Devin Hester returning a punt and doing what Al Michaels termed, “the spinorama” (Hester caught the ball and advanced five yards by twirling about his center of gravity).  Excitement bells rang out in the bottom of the first quarter when Packers safety Nick Collins intercepted Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s pass meant for tight end Greg Olsen.  The Packers couldn’t do much with that turnover, though.

The second quarter rolled to around eight minutes when Cutler threw a sixty-eight yard complete pass to wide receiver Johnny Knox.  And then the Packers took the ball.  Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly intercepted Cutler.  Bears safety Daniel Manning got his team a safety (how appropriate) when he pulled Packers QB Aaron Rodgers into the end zone.  Sweet succotash.  Cutler’s pass was picked off again byPackers cornerback Tramon Williams.  Bears head coach Lovie Smith challenged the location of where the ball was downed.   The ruling was not overturned.  Packers running back Ryan Grant got himself into the end zone on the next play and did the “Lambeau Leap,” which involves a player running and jumping atop the barrier that separates the field and the first row of seats.  Green Bay 10 and Chicago 2.

Roughly five minutes of the third quarter elapsed when Devin Hester made a TD catch.   The Bears took the lead with a field goal near the bottom of this quarter.  Chicago 12 and Greeny Bay 10.  The fourth quarter started with an offensive play by the Bears where the ball was snapped to running back Garrett Wolfe,* who then ran five or so yards before he was tackled.  Lovie Smith threw down the challenge flag because he believed that Green Bay had too many men on the field.  When the red flag went out, Al Michaels pointed it out, and Cris Collinsworth joked that maybe “he’s challenging his own call.”  Michaels then said, “That’s the line of the evening.”  The referee determined that there were not too many Packers on the field.

Mason Crosby’s thirty-nine yard field goal attempt was good.  His cheeseheads took back the lead.  Green Bay 13 and Chicago 12.  Bears kicker Robbie Gould’s twenty-one yard FG “was true” (as Al Michaels put it, but he said used the present tense) in the bottom of the quarter.  Chicago 15 and Green Bay 13.  Seemed like the Bears would’ve won, right? And then there was the one-minute-remaining mark.  Aaron Rodgers connected with wide receiver Greg Jennings, who would also make the succesful two-point conversion catch.  Packers cornerback Al Harris intercepted Cutler’s final gasp at taking the lead.  Green Bay 21 and Chicago 15.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Those Packers’ uniforms made me think of mustard and relish on a hot dog.  Or corn and collard greens.

2.  Faith Hill sang the Sunday Night football song yet again.  Oh, but she looked so much better in the 2009 promo.  She wore a long-sleeved shirt dress and black knee-high boots.  Her hair and makeup improved greatly as well.  Sprint once again sponsored.  The visual design is reminiscent of “More Money More Problems” and Kpop girl group 2NE1’s “Fire” music video (the space version) with a dash of 4 Minute’s “Hot Issue” mv.

3.  Does Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher age? He’s been a Bear for a decade, hasn’t he?  He only played half of the game, I believe on account of a wrist injury.  He looks like the kind of person that could make you feel safe no matter where you were or what terrible things were about to or might possibly happen to you.  Although, he also looks like the kind of person that you’d want to stay far away from during times of emotional duress (that walk-off the field after Chicago lost.  He didn’t have fire in his eyes and murder on his mind, but there was an unmistakable hint of, “someone needs to be punished.”

4.  I miss John Madden’s ostensibly random comments about pop-culture and NFL history.

5.  I wonder who’ll end up with the greater viewership: NFL Sunday Packers vs. Bears or the VMAs 2009.

6.  One of the NBC cameras cut to a medium shot of Virginia McCaskey, the owner of the Bears, during the middle of the second quarter.  What happens when she is no longer able to own the Bears literally and legally?

7.  Cialis.  Why must a man wait to contact his doctor if he’s been saluting for more than four hours straight?  Why would anyone want to be pointing skywards for more than fourteen minutes?  It has a clinical term too: priapism.

8.  Bears head coach challenged the ruling after Cutler threw his second interception in the second quarter.  I believe someone yelled “I love Lovie.”

9.  Al Michaels remarked in the bottom of the first half that the Chicago and Green Bay matchup began in 1921?  1929?

10.  My, my, the sidelines of football games are populated not only by the teams’ players and personnel, but also by young males (of the Abercrombie catalogue aesthetic) likely between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five.  Interns? Volunteers?  Don’t see the young ladies as often–unless they’re part of the medical team or audio equipment crew (for the network televising the game).

11.  This game felt extremely long, which may tend to happen when both teams’ defensive capabilities out-shine their offensive skills.

12.  In the bottom of the third quarter, Al Michaels quoted John Madden: “When you have multiple injuries, you only feel one of them.”

13.  Cris Collinsworth spoke in the top of the fourth quarter on the Bears offense and mentioned something about the Patriots coming to Soldier Field in the near future, and that the Bears would just have to “get deep penetration into the backfield…but that’s probably the most obvious thing I’ve said tonight” (with a chuckled).  He then commented on Jay Cutler as “now he’s scrambling with a purpose.”

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*And yet I can’t find Wolfe’s name in the play-by-play, which says it was Matt Forte.  I might’ve hallucinated “Wolfe.”

NFL 08: Broncos rip-tide the Falcons

The ornithological perseverance of Atlanta awaited the equestrian bounty of Denver today at a full house in the Georgia Dome.  Televised by CBS, the first quarter started with two incomplete passes on the Falcons’ part.

Upon an initial glance, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler gave Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan a hefty jaunt for the moolah.  Not yet halfway through the first quarter and Broncos rookie fullback Peyton Hillis rammed his body through Falcons defense into the end zone for a touchdown.  Ticking to the bottom of the first quarter, the Falcons kicker Jason Elam sent a forty-six yard field goal retort.  Denver 7 and Atlanta 3.  The quarter concluded with a thirty-five yard complete pass between Matt Ryan and wide receiver Roddy White.

The second quarter inched the Falcons points up with another field goal.  Merde that equestrian bounty.  Broncos rookie wide receiver Eddie Royal returned the kickoff for fifty-eight yards to the Atlanta thirty-eight yard line.  A few subsequent mistakes on Denver’s part, however, left them with a forty-nine yard field goal attempt, which kicker Matt Prater sailed wide left.  The next Falcons’ possession culminated in a marvelous Ryan-White connection (thirty-five yards), which proceeded with a touchdown courtesy of running back Michael Turner.  Atlanta 13 and Denver 7.   The score remained unchanged going into halftime.

The third quarter hauled in a Broncos touchdown by tackle Ryan Harris.  Denver back on top with 14 points.   That equestrian bounty did some more trampling when cornerback Dre Bly intercepted Matt Ryan’s pass meant for Roddy White in the bottomish portion of the third quarter.   That maneuver ended in a field goal.  Broncos 17 and Falcons 13.

The fourth quarter began with a fantabulous second touchdown by Michael Turner.  The Falcons reclaimed their perch 20 to 17.   But not for long.  Broncos tight end Daniel Graham caught a TD pass in the middle of the quarter.   He then dunked the ball across the  goal posts’ crossbar.   Denver 24 and Atlanta 20.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon provided commentary today.

2. Between snaps during the Falcons’ first possession in the first quarter, the camera cut to Matt Ryan’s face.  Despite the non-results of those snaps, and the noticeable look of mild panic and frustration, Ryan’s eyes emitted spirit and possibility.  Endless possibilities.  The top of the second quarter evoked “determination” and “ferocity.”

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