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NFL 08: Falcons walnut-cream the Buccaneers by a stolen glance

NFC South. NFC South. Green eggs and dry mouth.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers welcomed the Atlanta Falcons into their parlor in September of this year and certainly proved who owned the lot. Twenty-four to nine, the Bucs won. Today, the roles were reversed. Would the Falcons be able to demonstrate some Southern hospitality to their peninsular brothers?

Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia was unable to put on his ritz due to an injury. Brian Griese was the substitute teacher for the day. Televised by Fox, the first quarter started off rather creakily, with a pocketful of penalties (most of them on the Buccaneers) and a Falcons field goal (second time with the ball). Falcons wide receiver Roddy White made a spectacular catch towards the bottom of the quarter (body elongated to perfection) but he didn’t spring back up after being brought down to the turf (at least not before commercial break). Falcons running back Michael Turner put the first touchdown on the board for his team with under two minutes on the clock (his TD was preceded by a pretty happenin’ Jerious Norwood run). Atlanta 10 and Tampa Bay 0.

The second quarter started with Tampa Bay rookie cornerback Aqib Talib getting in between Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan’s throw and Roddy White’s hands. It was an interception. Another interception occurred with under a minute in the quarter when Buccaneers cornerback Ronde Barber got his hands on another ball meant for Roddy White. Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant’s thirty-yard catch under thirty seconds was ruled incomplete (his left foot came down out-of-bounds). A couple plays later, Antonio Bryant put the ball into the end zone. Going into halftime, Atlanta 10 and Tampa Bay 7.

The third quarter sprang forth with Falcons tight end Jason Rader breaking the plane for a touchdown, but did the ball come out of his hands before or as he was crossing the goal line? Bucs head coach Jon Gruden challenged the TD call– and he won it. Tampa Bay was awarded possession as cornerback Phillip Buchanon had scooped up the ball after Rader fumbled it in the end zone. Was the offensive tide turning in favor of the Buccaneers? Not completely. Falcons cornerback Domonique Foxworth got his hands around Brian Griese’s pass two or so plays later. Would Atlanta be able to capitalize on that interception? That would be a negative. Niet. Nyet. Nein. Non. Pas du tout. Falcons running back Jason Snelling did, however, grind the Buccaneers’ field position to the nine yard line after Michael Koenen punted the ball away.

The fourth quarter whittled down to under four minutes without any points for either team. Buccaneers kicker Matt Bryant tried to tie the score with a fifty-three yard field goal but the ball swerved to the left of the uprights (from his POV). Falcons still in the lead 10 to 7. Tampa Bay wasn’t going to let their ship sink in the Georgia Dome. A blocked punt in the bottom of the fourth quarter put the Bucs in a position to swipe the victory. Matt Bryant went for a thirty-eightish yard field goal attempt with under a minute left on the clock. And it was good. Both teams tied with 10 points.

Tampa Bay won the coin toss in overtime. Their first possession yielded no score. When the Falcons got their hands on the ball, Matt Ryan slid, then connected with Roddy White, then lost the ball as he was sliding but Falcons recovered the ball. Michael Turner was able to move the ball down the field seventeen yards, but a ten-yard penalty on guard Justin Blalock undid some of that gain. Falcons kicker Jason Elam was sent onto the field to go for a thirty-four yard field goal. SWEET MARY OF MARINARA SAUCE!!!! He did it. FALCONS GAGNENT!!! Atlanta won. 13 to 10. Tampa Bay now has two back-to-back losses.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Dick Stockton and Brian Baldinger provided commentary.

2. I was experiencing major unease, nervousness upon Tampa Bay’s first possession in the first quarter. It lasted the entire game. I watched most of this game standing up. A first I believe.

3. Roddy White did go back into the game a play after he was able to get up. The slow-motion instant replays (from behind and in front of him) indicated that perhaps in his reaching for the ball, he stretched his back a might too far.

4. I wonder how many NFL players do yoga for muscle conditioning. Mind-clearing. I did a search and here are the results.

5. In the bottom of the first quarter, before Michael Turner ran into the end zone, Brian Baldinger gave props to Falcons quarterback coach Bill Musgrave. Offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey has been praised numerous times throughout the season by other commentators. Dick Stockton then remarked that a head coach’s staff doesn’t receive nearly the amount of credit that they should.

6. How rattled would Jeff Garcia feel if Brian Griese led his Bucs to a win? Would he be happy for his backup QB?

7. Brian Baldinger praised Michael Koenen’s punting skills in the bottom of the third quarter.

8. MVPs for the Falcons? I’m thinking Domonique Foxworth, Michael Turner, John Abraham, and Jason Elam.

9. The camera got a glimpse of a red-jacketed Arthur Blank at the two-minute warning. He looked understandably concerned.

10. My heart was beating so fast in OT, which lasted much longer than I’ve seen other OT’s last.

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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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Pro-Bowl 2008: NFC whips AFC to a slushy

The best of the AFC and the NFC congregated at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii today for one final test-on-the-turf for several months (until next season).

Televised on Fox, the AFC–clad in white jerseys and red pants–was on offense first and quarterbacked by Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning, they made the first touchdown (thanks to San Diego Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal) in the top of the first quarter. The NFC–wearing blue tops and white bottoms–responded to that score by a touchdown in the middle of the first quarter (courtesy of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald). The AFC made another TD on their next possession (end zone catch made by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh). The AFC would increase their lead to 17-7 with a field goal in the bottom of the quarter.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took over for the AFC in the second quarter. TJ Houshmandzadeh made another TD for the AFC. 24 to 7. Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, who led the NFC offense in the first quarter, was still in the game in the second. Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens put a TD on the NFC board in the second quarter. The AFC made another field goal nearing the bottom of the quarter. AFC 27 and NFC 14. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck stepped in after Romo during the bottom of the second quarter. Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley made a TD for the NFC with less than a minute left. AFC 27 and NFC 21 going into halftime.

The third quarter started with an NFC touchdown by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson went into the game for the AFC. They took back their lead with a field goal. 30 to 28. The NFC then sent in Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jeff Garcia as quarterback.

The fourth quarter spelled a touchdown for the NFC, thanks to Terrell Owens, giving them the top bunk with 35 points. An Adrian Peterson TD in the bottom of the fourth quarter increased the NFC points to 42 to win the Pro-Bowl. NFC 42 and AFC 30.

The MVP Award was given to Adrian Peterson.

As sad as I am to see football season end (again, I don’t have cable so there’s no ESPN or NFL Network option), it’ll be nice to have a full weekend’s worth of time to run errands, go to the cinema, and veg out amongst bound volumes.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston (who’s been to two pro-bowls himself and had to borrow a helmet from Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre in one of those appearances) provided commentary.

2. Kelly Rowland, dressed in white pants, a black and white striped long-sleeve top and sporting longish, curly locks, sang the National Anthem–not a very haunting rendition she delivered.

3. Forty-one of the eighty-six players made their first Pro-Bowl appearance today.

4. Peyton Manning has been to seven Pro-Bowls prior to today.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor brought thirty-eight guests with him to Hawaii.

6. The three Washington Redskins in today’s game, tight end Chris Cooley, tackle Chris Samuels, and long snapper Ethan Albright had their late teammate Sean Taylor’s number 21 on their jerseys.

7. The quarterbacks wore microphones so that their play-calling could be heard.

8. Bill Carollo was the referee today. Kenny Albert mentioned that none of the officials today had presided over a Pro-Bowl game before.

9. Each participating team’s mascot was also present.

10. Daryl Johnston remarked near the two-minute warning in the second quarter, “If you ever get a chance to meet Adrian Peterson, be prepared for a firm handshake.”

11. Lifehouse performed during halftime. They performed “Hanging By a Moment” and “First Time.” Dear gawd, there’s accompanying choreographed dancing–c’est absurd.

12. The coaching staff for both teams wore khaki shorts, white socks, white sneakers, and off-white/beige, minimal foliage Hawaiian shirts.

13. “It’s your growing problem; it’s our job to shrink it.” — the tagline for Avodart.

14. Heineken’s got a newly advertised offering: draught keg (I don’t recall seeing this commercial before today).

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