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NFL 2009: Giants leave the Redskins behind

The Washington Redskins and the New York Giants gathering by the knees.   Fox televised the game; Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators.  The first score of the game was a field goal for the Giants.  New York 3 and Washington 0.  The second quarter started with a tussle between Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss and cornerback Giants Corey Webster.  Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham ran Eli Manning’s pass into the end zone for a touchdown a few minutes into the quarter.  New York 10 and Washington 0.  In the bottom of the quarter, defensive end Osi Umenyiora got his hands around a fumbled Redskins ball and ran it in for a TD.  New York 17 and Washington 0.  With fewer than thirty seconds left in the first half, Redskins pretended to try a field goal and punter Hunter Smith was able to make a TD.  New York 17 and Washington 7.

The third quarter wormed down to under three minutes when Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted Eli Manning.  Would Redskins QB Jason Campbell be able to take advantage?  Not entirely.  They’d have to make do with a field goal.  New York 17 and Washington 10.   The Giants picked up a field goal in the top and bottom of the fourth quarter.  The Redskins didn’t stop trying, though.  Tight end Chris Cooley made a TD reception in the final 1.5 minutes of the game.  New York 23 and Washington 17.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Liquid nitrogen and a pool.  Pretty.

2.  The skycam swirled up and around the Giants huddle at the four minute mark in the second quarter.  Those Giants looked like action figures with that vertical spatial compression.

3.  When the commercial break ended after Oi Umenyiora made that TD, one of the cameras cut to him sitting on the bench.  He looked upwards and made some hand gestures towards the sky.  Was he thanking unseen forces?

4.  I’ve noticed for quite a long time now that persons in army fatigues have stood behind the end zones in many games.  I decided to google the phrase, “armed forces love NFL” to see what kinds of results are returned. Here’s something on Hines Ward.  Watching the NFL in Okinawa, Japan.  Searching “army NFL end zone” yields footballers in Kuwait.

5.  After Hunter Smith made the TD in the bottom of the second quarter (which was captured with the skycam as it happend), there was some slow-motion footage of Redksins head coach Jim Zorn chewing gum.  I’m going to take this moment to implore all networks never to include slow-motion of anyone chewing gum.

6.  Four minutes into the third quarter, the camera cut to a medium close-up of the Giants sidelines.  I’m not sure who was in the middle of the frame, but one of the non-suited Giants was screen-right in the background.  He had a water bottle that was half-filled with faintly pink liquid and was holding a silver packet close to his mouth as his head was tilted.  Kool Aid drink mixCrystal Light packet?

7.  Troy Aikman’s hands are quite large.  I am amused by the way Joe Buck looks at his colleague during cuts to the press box.  He appears to be listening intently, but on the other hand, he could also not be paying attention.  Is it what he does with his mouth?  And all those instances of swallowing? You can see hints of it here too.

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NFL Thanksgiving 08: Cowboys crush-with-eyeliner the Seahawks

The Dallas Cowboys.  The Seattle Seahawks.   The Lone Star State.  Candied Yams Day 2008 part deux.   Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with a touchdown catch by Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett.   On their next possession, running back Marion Barber got into the end zone.  The Seahawks got on the board with a field goal in the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 14 and Seattle 3.  The second quarter started with a TD catch by tight end Jason Witten, who was playing with a broken rib.  Dallas 21 and Seattle 3.  The Cowboys increased their lead with a field goal as the clock headed towards the half of the second quarter.  Dallas 24 and Seattle 3.  The Seahawks field goaled again in the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 24 and Seattle 6.

The third quarter started with a Seattle field goal.  Cowboys 24 and Seahawks 9.   Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted an end zone pass from Dallas quarterback Tony Romo that was meant for wide receiver Terrell Owens.  That turnover yielded nothing.  After making an impeccable left-handed twirling catch, Owens made a TD catch in the bottom of the third quarter.  Dallas 31 and Seahawks 9.  The fourth quarter progressed about halfway and the Cowboys landed another field goal.  34 to 9.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were commentators.

2.  Demi Lovato sang the national anthem.   I was eleven years old when she was born.   Kurt Cobain was still alive when she was born.  The camera caught a shot of a helmet-less Tony Romo and Terrell Owens among others.   Demi’s voice is nice and throaty but she sounded a pinch nervous.

3.  Troy Buck and Joe Aikman talked about the Jonas Brothers in the minute or so in the bottom of the second quarter.  Apparently the trio is popular with first-grade girls and middle-aged women.  Two of the brothers look alike enough to be assumed to be related (maybe it’s the eyebrows); the other one does not.  They performed three songs: “Tonight,” “Love Bug,” and “Burnin Up.”  They were quite out of breath by the end of the second song.

4.  Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was sacked seven times today.

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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.

NFC Championship 2008: Giants lope past the Packers

The Green Bay Packers and the New York Giants swarmed the zero degrees Fahrenheit environs of Lambeau Fields for not only the NFC 2008 title but also for the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. Fox televised the game–the third coldest in NFL history.

The first quarter was scoreless until about five minutes were left on the clock–the Giants got three points from a field goal. The second quarter granted the Giants three more points from a field goal. New York 6 and Green Bay 0. The Packers quickly answered those points with a ninety-yard touchdown run by wide receiver Donald Driver. In the bottom of the second quarter, Green Bay earned a slightly higher lead with a field goal. Going into halftime, Packers 10 and Giants 6.

The third quarter gave the Giants the upper bunk with a TD by running back Brandon Jacobs. Packers tight end Donald Lee switched orientations, putting his team on top with a TD. Green Bay 17 and New York 13. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw snatched the bunk right back with a TD in the bottom of the third quarter.

Oh man. The top of the fourth quarter was pure excitement as Packers quarterback Brett Favre threw a pass that was intercepted by Giants cornerback R.W. McQuarters, who then fumbled the ball, which was then recovered by Packers tackle Mark Tauscher. That drive ended with a field goal for the Packers. Both teams tied with 20 points. The tie lasted through the bottom of the fourth quarter. Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a forty-three yard field goal earlier in the quarter was no good. His attempt at a thirty-six yard field goal in the remaining seconds of the fourth was unsuccessful too.

Onward to overtime. Green Bay won the coin toss for first possession, but Brett Favre was intercepted by Giants cornerback Corey Webster. So Tynes missed couldn’t stick the landing on those two field goals in the fourth quarter, but three times a lady, oui? He nailed it in overtime (forty-seven yards).

Final score New York 23 and Green Bay 20. The Giants are going to the Super Bowl. The Patriots must be doing cartwheels of joy.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Jimmy Johnson was so adorable during the pre-game segment. He was bundled up in his winter gear and made me think of a honeycomb (not because he looked like one). He took a bottle of room temperature water, poured some into a glass, and announced that by the end of the game, the water should be frozen. He didn’t say it quite in that way, but the implication was there. As it turned out, it only took thirty minutes for the water to freeze.

2. The Green Bay Packers were born in 1919 and are the oldest NFL franchise still playing in its birth city.

3. The wind chill in the bottom of the first quarter was -24 degrees. The temperature -2.

4. New England must have been cheering for the Giants.

5. After returning from commercial break (after Donald Lee made the TD in the third quarter), the camera caught a glimpse of three women clad in neon yellow bikinis–Packers fans. Joe Buck–I believe–remarked, “you’ve got to be kidding me. Makes me feel like a sissy…”

6. One of the shots included in the replay of Lawrence Tynes’s second missed field goal was of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin slumped forward and down, as if he were trying to touch his toes but knew he couldn’t so he just hung there.

7. When I was watching the local news, there was a clip of the post-game press talk where Tynes talked about being really happy he made the field goal.  He licked his lips–that gesture was ridiculously hot.

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NFC Divisional 2008: the Giants pretzel-twist the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants compare lunch boxes at the Texas Stadium in Irving, TX in hopes of advancing to the NFC Championship Game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter took off with a touchdown by Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer.  In the top of the second quarter, Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens tied the game with a TD.  New York challenged it but the call stood. The second quarter ticked down to about a minute and Cowboys running back Marion Barber was awarded with a TD, which was then reviewed and stood.  After “twenty plays, ninety yards, and ten minutes and twenty-eight seconds of game-play,” as Joe Buck remarked, the Cowboys took the lead 14 to 7 going into halftime.  RIght? Wrong Amani Toomer made a TD catch with fewer than thirty seconds on the game clock.  Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and Cowboys strong safety Roy Williams had a scuffle after that play.    Both teams went into halftime tied 14 to 14.

The third quarter began with a field goal by the Cowboys, tie broken. 17 to 14.  The fourth quarter started with a touchdown by Brandon Jacobs; Giants in the lead with 21 points.  Several attempts by the Cowboys were ultimately futile as cornerback R.W. McQuarters intercepted the last pass by Tony Romo in the fourth quarter.  Final score: New York 21 and Dallas 17.

I’m sad.  I suppose I’m going to lend my support to the Green Bay Packers next week in the NFC Championship game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for this game.  I do believe Buck looks better in moving pictures than in still ones.

2. It’s not my imagination.  The music transition to and from commercial on these Fox NFL telecasts is a clone of the “Sleigh Ride” holiday song.  Specifically, the part that goes “giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap/ let’s go,/let’s look at the show/we’re riding in a wonderland of snow/giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap/it’s grand, just holding your hand/we’re gliding along with the song/of a wintry fairy land.”

3. Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has endured a torn ligament for most of the season, if I remember the commentators correctly.

4. There were two slow-motion instant replays concerning the Jacobs-Williams row.  The row itself (Jacobs tackled Willams and they essentially got caught up in a quasi-wrestling-tumbling maneuver; tthey stood up and started shoving) and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin mouthing something mostly along the lines of “that was a fuhcking face mask!”

5. Giants quarterback Eli Manning is twenty-six days older than I am.

6. After Brandon Jacobs made the TD in the top of the fourth quarter, he slammed the ball into the play clock, creating a metallic thwack sound.

7. By the end of the game, Dallas received eleven penalties.  New York three.

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