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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:

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NFL Playoffs 2010: the Saints grind down the Cardinals

Who want’s to go to the NFC Championship?  The Arizona Cardinals and the New Orleans Saints do.  Broadcast on Fox, their face-to-face session started with a seventy-yard touchdown run by Cardinals running back Tim Hightower.  The Saints quickly tied the game with a TD by running back Lynell Hamilton.  Arizona 7 and New Orleans 7.  Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner threw to wide receiver Jerheme Urban, who lost the ball when Saints cornerback Randall Gay knocked it loose and safety Darren Sharper recovered it.  A few plays later, Saints quarterback Drew Brees connected with tight end Jeremy Schockey for a TD in the middle of the first quarter.   Saints running back Reggie Bush made escaped a handful of Cardinals defense players and took the ball into the end zone.  New Orleans 21 and Arizona 7.

Cardinals running back Beanie Wells sauntered into the end zone in the top of second quarter.  New Orleans 21 and Arizona 14.  The Saints went right on huffing and puffing with another TD, thanks to wide receiver Devery Henderson.  With just a few minutes before halftime, Kurt Warner threw an interception into the able-bodied Saints defensive end Will Smith.  Saints wide receiver Marques Colston caught a TD pass with a minute left in the first half.  New Orleans 35 and Arizona 14.  Matt Leinart went in as QB for Kurt Warner in the bottom of the quarter.

Kurt Warner returned in the third quarter.  The Saints sent up their first field goal not long after the second half began.  New Orleans 38 and Arizona 14.  When the Cardinals punted the ball away (for the second time in the third?), Reggie Bush ran the ball eighty-three yards back for a TD.  The longest punt-return in post-season NFL history.  Leinart reprised his QB role in the fourth quarter without any fruit for reaping.   New Orleans 45 and Arizona 14. Final score.  The Saints just marched their obsidian and gold little selves one step closer to the big game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston were the commentators.  They both wore purple ties.  Albert’s was a light, sold hue.  Johnston’s was patterned with red.

2.  Jeremy Shockey’s first quarter TD was followed by his rolling backward and doing a semi-handstand.

3.  Reggie Bush punctuated his first quarter TD with a little side-step-finger-snapping dance.  The camera then cut to Saints fans mimicking it. Seconds later, the camera cut to a medium shot of Kim Kadarshian.  Is she dating the Bush?

4.  “Like a pack of wolves, these guys are huttin’ now,” Tony Siragusa remarked of the New Orleans defense in the bottom of the first quarter.

5.  Kurt Warner was pinned to the ground after he was intercepted by Will Smith.  The camera cut to an extreme close-up of his supine body.  At one point, I could read him mouthing, “I’m okay now.”

6.  Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue was in attendance.

7.  Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made a beautiful jump-and-catch in the top of the third quarter.  The slow-motion replay gave it a majestic quality.

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~!~

For the love of gargamel.  Tim Tebow was meant to exist as a human being and no other creature; meant to be male and have a talent for the football.  Sa mere could’ve put herself in front of a hungry lion and he’d still have been born.  The issue isn’t whether or not abortion is evil or wrong or it shouldn’t be a choice.  Just like the postman, neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night can keep a life from its first breath.

I won’t legislate your faith if you won’t impose your faith on my choices.

NFL 2009: Saints take the Giants aback

The New York Giants hopped southwards to go at it against the New Orleans Saints.  Narrated by Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman, and televised by Fox, half of the first quarter elapsed before anyone scored.  Saints running back Mike Bell leaped over a goal-line pile into the end zone, punctuating a fifteen play drive.  New Orleans 7 and New York 0.  On their next possesion, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw to wide receiver Marques Colston, who caught the ball in the air, landed on one of the Giants defenders and then rolled into the end zone.  Slow-motion instant replay revealed, however, that Colston’s elbow had hit the turf after he came down.  So, no TD.  Tom Coughlin, the NY head coach, challenged the TD call and won.  Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey made a TD anyway shortly thereafter.  The first quarter ended with a Giants field goal.  New Orleans 14 and New York 3.

The second quarter opened with another Drew Brees TD pass, this time to wide receiver Robert Meachem.  New Orleans 20 and New York 3.  Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw closed the score gap ever so slightly with a touchdown.  Lance Moore, wide receiver for the Saints, widened that gap again with a TD catch in the second half of the second quarter (and then he did the most adorable celebratory dance–somewhat reminiscent of the Roger Rabbit dance).  Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham narrowed the difference once more with a TD.  New Orleans 27 and New York 17.  With fewer than seventy seconds left in the second quarter, the Giants defense prevented the Saints from making another TD (on 4th and goal).  The first half ended with a TD by Saints running back Reggie Bush.  New Orleans 34 and New York 17.

The third quarter started with Giants QB Eli Manning throwing an interception to Saints cornerback Jabari Greer.  Nine plays later, Marques Colston makes his second TD of the day.  New Orleans 41 and New York 17.  The fourth quarter could’ve started with a brilliant TD catch by Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon but a holding penalty meant that they went for a field goal instead of attempt a TD on 4th and goal.  New Orleans 41 and New York 20.  Halfway through the quarter, Saints fullback Heath Evans ran the ball into the end zone.  Mark Brunell went in as QB for Drew Brees in the bottom portion of the fourth quarter.  Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks made a smooth TD catch with about three minutes left to play.  New Orleans 48 and New York 27.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Has Eli Manning lost weight?  Did he get his eyebrows plucked? He looked different today.

2.  A camera cut to Saints linebacker Scott Fujita sitting on the sidelines as Pam Oliver provided voice-over in the top half of the second quarter.  He wouldn’t be coming back in the game on account of a leg issue (I think–I wasn’t paying as much attention to what she was saying compared to what the camera was doing.  It began in a high-angle, medium close-up of Fujita’s right side and zoomed out to a long shot when Fujita started making eye contact with the lens.  It was pretty amazing–he looked right into the camera in that initial medium close-up for two to three seconds before the camera zoomed out).

3.  Lance Moore’s TD dance was filmed by a camera stationed in front of him and most likely at the back corner of the end zone.  Moore was holding the ball in his right hand; his arms were bent about 90 degrees at the elbow.  His lft hand was open, plam facing the camera.  An official was standing behind him at the tame.

4.  New Orleans linebacker Scott Shanle has an interesting cranium.

5.  After Heath Evans made a TD for New Orleans in the middle of the fourth quarter, one of the cameras cut to a high- angle shot of the sidelines where one of the cheer team’s guys ran down (from screen right to left) holding a gigantic Saints flag.  I’m curious; when one auditions for that position, or for the chance to have that duty, is one judged on both technical skills and artistic merit?

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NFL 08: the Falcons chargrill chicken the Saints

The New Orleans Saints jogged over to the capital of the Peach State to oven-bake with the Falcons. Televised by Fox, the first quarter started with Saints quarterback Drew Brees throwing an interception. Falcons safety Erik Coleman snatched the ball that was meant for wide receiver Devery Henderson. Atlanta didn’t capitalize on the interception, but on their next possession, Matt Ryan threw to wide receiver Roddy White in the end zone for a touchdown. Falcons 7 and New Orleans 0. The Saints would’ve had a TD too on their next go, but Falcons cornerback Dominique Foxworth got the ball out of the hands of wide receiver Marques Colston. New Orleans settled for a field goal. Atlanta still on top with 7.

In the top of the second quarter, the Falcons increased their lead with a TD rammed in to the end zone by running back Michael Turner. A complete pass to wide receiver Michael Jenkins on the preceding play contributed to the Falcons getting within five yards of the goal line. Atlanta 14 and New Orleans 3. The Saints pulled out another field goal in response. Falcons 14 and Saints 6. Atlanta got to the red zone on their next possession but couldn’t get into the end zone. They got a field goal out of it. 17 to 6.

The third quarter drummed down to about two minutes and the Falcons got another field goal. The top of the fourth quarter said hello to a sixty-seven yard TD by Falcons running back Jerious Norwood. Atlanta 27 and New Orleans 6. The Saints finally got a TD when running back Deuce McAllister ran fifteen yards into the end zone. Atlanta 27 and New Orleans 13. The Saints were working on a considerably impressive drive down field ticking towards the bottom of the fourth quarter; Drew Brees rocked the ball but Falcons cornerback Chris Houston nabbed it in the end zone. With over a minute left in the game, Falcons cornerback Chevis Jackson intercepted a Brees pass and ran ninety-five yards to the end zone for a TD. Atlanta 34 and New Orleans 13. New Orleans wide receiver Lance Moore caught one last pass as the clock went to 00. Falcons 34 and Saints 20. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Ron Pitts and Tony Boselli were the commentators.

2. The Saints got three points from a field goal towards the bottom of the first quarter. After they kicked the ball to Falcons, with Jerious Norwood receiving, the camera was on the field behind Norwood. I’m not sure if the kick itself was filmed from the sidelines/press box, high-angle shot, but at least from the moment the kick was made, the televised imagery came from behind Norwood.

3. Ron Pitts remarked that Atlantans have started referring to Michael Turner as “MARTA.” Is that really the case? Pitts explained that Marta is Atlanta’s “mass transit system…that bus will take you everywhere.” Mmm. Je ne pense pas.

4. The play clock in view for the Saints was flanked by a Hooters ad and a Miller Lite ad. I believe it was Miller Lite.

5. Sweet apple pie and a handkerchief. One of the cameras went to the Saints sidelines in the bottom of the third quarter, specifically for a shot of Drew Brees barking at tight end Jeremy Shockey. Who should end up in the frame but former Falcons QB Joey Harrington.

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Super Bowl XLII 2008: Giants Sautee the Patriots!

The New England Patriots and the the New York Giants ascended to the top of their respective AFC and NFC conferences at the close of the 2007 season. Today in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium, they touched helmets in a test of ultimate gridiron skill and talent.

Televised on Fox, the forty-second Super Bowl game started with the Giants receiving the kick-off. New York ended their first drive with a field goal. The first quarter ended with only two possessions (a Super Bowl record for fewest number), one per team. The second quarter started with a touchdown by Patriots running back Laurence Maroney. New England 7 and New York 3.

On the Giants’ next drive, their quarterback Eli Manning threw a brilliant thirty-eight-yard pass to wide receiver Amani Toomer at the nineteen yard line. A touchdown didn’t seem too out of reach (despite a five yard penalty for a delay of game). Unfortunately, Giants wide receiver Steve Smith couldn’t keep onto the ball and Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs snatched it. Going into halftime, Patriots still 7 and Giants still 3.

The third quarter included a sack of Tom Brady by Michael Strahan at about the seven-minute mark. There was no scoring. Sweet Fancy Moses!! The fourth quarter began with a touchdown by Giants wide receiver David Tyree. It was so pretty and culminated a drive that partly consisted of an awesome forty-five yard pass to tight end Kevin Boss. New York 10 and New England 7. Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss put another TD on the board in the bottom of the fourth quarter. Patriots 14 and Giants 10. And that’s how the game ended. Yes? NO!!!!

With just about forty-five seconds left in the fourth quarter, Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress made a touchdown. New York 17 and New England 14. And that would be the final score. The subterranean dog has won Super Bowl XLII.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin must be one of the happiest persons in the world tonight.

Tom Brady will not be the third quarterback to have gone to and won four Super Bowls. The other two are Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I didn’t watch the majority of the pre-game montage, vignettes, and Ryan Seacrested “red carpet” banter.

2. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary.

3. Tom Brady wasn’t wearing his helmet when he and his Patriots were walking out from the tunnel, but it was on his head by the time they ran on the field.

4. Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem. Holy Mary in a Manger. Jordin’s father was an NFL player, Phillippi Sparks. She did a pretty good job. She didn’t sound nervous and didn’t try to impress anyone with high notes or long-held notes, nor was her performance underwhelming. Is it my imagination or does the “Star Spangled Banner” seem shorter and shorter every time it’s sung?

5. Mike Carey was the referee today. He’s been officiating in the NFL for eighteen years but hasn’t been to the Super Bowl prior to this one.

6. Nearly halfway through the first quarter, after returning from a commercial break, the camera cut to a glimpse of Peyton Manning in one of the VIP boxes. He looked amazing, very polished, tres beau.

7. After returning from commercial break (featuring a Tide stain remover), the camera caught glimpses of Giselle Bundchen (wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, a greenish (?) scarf, and gold hoop earrings), Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, and Pamela Anderson in various VIP booths. Jenny and Jim were sitting next to each other.

8. Giants linebacker Kawika Mitchell and defensive end Michael Strahan brought down Tom Brady, which was followed by another collective hit by defensive ends Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck just past the halfway point in the second quarter.

9. At the very bottom of the second quarter, the camera cut to Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of the Patriots, sitting in his box. Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson were sitting behind him.

10. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed during the halftime show. Hmm. It started off all dark except for a lit guitar-shapped arrow going into a lit heart (on which Tom Petty and his band were performing). They performed “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Falling,” and a third song that was mostly instrumental. I was satisfied with this year’s halftime show because I rather like Tom Petty’s music.

11. Bill Belichick, Patriots head coach, was wearing a red hoodie today instead of the usual grey.

12. At the top of the fourth quarter, the camera cut to a shot of LL Cool J at the stadium. Jeremy Shockey, Giants tight end, also received a medium close-up. He broke left leg during a game against the Washington Redskins near the end of the season.

13. Giants rookie defensive tackle Jay Alford sacked Tom Brady with fewer than twenty-five seconds left in the fourth quarter, helping to ensure that the Patriots wouldn’t score again.

14. No offense to any Patriots fans who might be reading this post, but I don’t think I’ve been as happy in months as I was when Plaxico Burress made that TD and Jay Alford sacked Tom Brady in the bottom of the fourth quarter. My mouth hurt from smiling so much.

Memorable commercials for me:

Audi R8 (reference to the first Godfather film)

Diet Pepsi Max (reference to the Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell SNL skit–you won’t get it unless you’ve seen the SNL skit)

Budweiser (featuring Clydesdale horses and a Dalmation dog and incorporating the sports inspirational narrative)

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Be sure to tune in to Fox next Sunday for the 2008 Pro-Bowl game.