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NFL 2010: Donovan McNabb dazed and Michael Vick chews gum

A week ago the Dallas Cowboys clobbered the Philadelphia Eagles 34 to 0 in the last regular season game.  Tonight, the Cowboys rinsed and repeated the victory, only the Eagles managed to score two touchdowns (courtesy of wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson).  It was televised on NBC with commentary by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth.  Michaels wore an off-white button-down shirt and a burgundy and rose striped tie.  Collinsworth had on a light bluish-gray button-down shirt and a dark navy and blue-striped tie.  I didn’t watch the game until the bottom of the third quarter, at which time the Eagles only had one TD.  DeSean Jackson’s catch happened in the top of the fourth quarter.  Philadelphia did put up some numbers in this wildcard game, nevertheless, Dallas beat them by twenty points.

Observations and Miscellania:

1. When Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb connected with Jeremy Maclin for twenty-five yards in the bottom of the third quarter, the telecast went with the camera on the Dallas side of the field.  Maclin ran, facing the camera, into their sidelines and stiff-armed safety Ken Hamlin.  When the fourth quarter began, upon returning from a commercial break, the telecast switched to the other side of the field as DeSean Jackson’s touchdown was recorded with him running from screen-right to screen-left.  In filmmaking, if you were to edit a sequence such that Character A is moving from screen-left to screen-right in one shot and then from screen-right to screen-left in the next shot, you’ll confuse the viewer (continuity error).  When something similar occurs in televised football, it just means that the team running with the play is still on offense.

2.  The Who is performing at Super Bowl XLIV!

3.  I love watching people that are in a state of jubilation.  I know it doesn’t apply to everyone, but seeing someone who is sad compels others to turn down the lights, so to speak, to dim the pep.  Even if you don’t get to or decide not to do anything to comfort that someone, your inclination to sympathize and be considerate ostensibly comes naturally.  The sight of other people being happy, though, can more often than not incite envy or disdain.  In contrast, looking at people (usually strangers) experiencing and expressing joy is such a delight for me.  For example, football players in the middle or bottom of the fourth quarter when they know that they’re going to win a wildcard, playoff, or championship game.  A few of the Cowboys were featured in such shots during the second half of tonight’s game.  Defensive linebacker Keith Brooking and wide receiver Miles Austin were filmed in medium close-up as they gazed up.  I later realized that they were probably looking up at the jumbotron suspended from the ceiling.

4.  Regarding the title of this post, there was a close-up of Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick on the sidelines.  Both were looking off-screen right.  McNabb appeared tired and dazed; Vick was chewing gum.  As my eyes moved from the former to the latter, I had barely formed the thought, “I bet Vick’s very grateful for where he is now,” when I suddenly started thinking, “How can Vick be playing football again, how can he have this second chance when something like this takes a person’s life away?”  Or something like this, or this, or this.  Although I use these examples in place of something a breath closer to heart, the comparison is still the same.  Where is the thematic justice?  But it’s not that simple, is it?  It really doesn’t work that way; the unfairness transcends overgeneralizations that bad people outlive good people and that good people are punished for their kindness and bad people aren’t always held accountable for their massively poor judgment.

Michael Vick did a bad thing, and he’s had to atone for behavior.  He still is atoning.  He has to wake up every day reminded of how fortunate he is to have the opportunity to right his wrong philosophically.  In the mean time, someone like the victims in those above links, who’s surely brightened many people’s daytime hours, whom I’ve seen without eye contact or friendly greeting, has to depart so that those who survive can reflect upon–even reassess–their own mortality.  I’ve only known four good people who’ve had their earthbound lives cut short due to unforeseen elements: car accident, airplane accident, and staph infection.  I knew them.  They had known my name and face.  I may only know of this someone here, yet I’m saddened and have thought about the situation longer than I think makes sense.


Apparently, only one commercial comes on TV in Japan during time-outs in NFL games.  Say hello to Japanese girls in bikinis intercut with NFL gear.

NFL 2009: Cowboys tie down the Falcons

Televised by Fox and narrated by Thom Brennaman and Troy Aikman, 80,000 spectators watched the Atlanta Falcons knit a sweater in  Texas with the Dallas Cowboys.  Question: who would finish first?  The first quarter began with the Falcons on offense and a touchdown, courtesy of a great Jason Snelling run and a Matt RyanRoddy White connection.  Atlanta 7 and Dallas 0.  The first quarter ended with Cowbacks backup quarterback Jon Kitna going in for Tony Romo (who fell pretty hard against the turf and was experiencing neck/head discomfort).

Romo returned in the second quarter.  The Cowboys got a field goal.  Atlanta 7 and Dallas 3.  The ball volleyed between the teams for the next several minutes.  Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin TD run in the second half of the second quarter put his team on top.  The quarter ended with wide receiver Patrick Crayton catching a TD pass in the back of the end zone.  Dallas 17 and Atlanta 7.

The third quarter progressed halfway through before the Falcons demonstrated substantial momentum.  Jason Snelling ran the ball well, and Roddy White caught a pass that tight end Tony Gonzalez was supposed to catch.  Running back Michael Turner punctuated that rise in power with a touchdown.  Dallas 17 and Atlanta 14.  Miles Austin widened the score gap with his second TD in the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 24 and Atlanta 14.  The fourth quarter enlarged that space for the Cowboys with a forty-seven yard field goal by Nick Folk.  Dallas 27 and Atlanta 14.  What on Galileo’s good planetary beliefs would the Falcons do offensively? Would Matt Ryan sharpen the accuracy of his projectiles?  Well, nothing really.  Patrick Crayton returned a punt for seventy-three yards for a TD.  Dallas 34 and Atlanta 14 with essentially half a quarter left to play.

Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins ran into Falcons wide receiver Marty Booker, picked up the ball and headed straight for the end zone because no whistle blew.  Falcons head coach Mike Smith challenged the alleged fumbled ball.  He won the challenge.  Six minutes left in the game and Atlanta was down twenty points.  Would a one-point win be a lost cause? a pipe dream? Well, Matt Ryan connected with Falcons wide receiver Eric Weems for a TD.  When the fourth quarter was drawing near the two-minute warning, Nick Folk launched another field goal.  With what was surely the Falcons’ last possession, Matt Ryan was intercepted by Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick.  One of the cameras caught his reaction in a medium close-up.  He huffed and puffed and unbuckled his helmet as he walked to the sidelines (towards the position of that camera).  Dallas 37 and Atlanta 21. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  How strange was it for some of the Falcons offensive player to go against their former teammate, Keith Brooking?

2.  Matt Ryan’s shoes were hot pink.

3.  The mantra or hype over the Falcons ever since Mike Smith, Thomas Dimitroff, Matt Ryan, and Michael Turner joined the Falcons family is one of strike hard in the first and rock steady thereafter.  By mid-season last year, a pattern had emerged with respect to the Falcons’ scoring.  They’d put the numbers up on their first few possessions in the first half of a game and then work to maintain the lead in the second half.  With roster changes, both offensively and defensively, in the 2009 season, why must we all assume or expect that strike hard in the first and rock steady thereafter would necessarily still apply?  The Falcons have had to play with a stronger emphasis on adaptability this season.  Whatever gets you through this drive, whatever will get the ball back.  And then, sometimes you just need a reality check.  Yes, you were just intercepted; yes, you just fumbled that ball; yes, you just got that first down, now do something with it.

4.  Miles Austin has Hyori smiley eyes (the eyes disappear!)….and horrific teeth.  My gourd.  He’s got too many teeth.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.   Click here for the Cowboys roster.

NFL News: Keith Brooking! Gah!

Edit: Looks like Keith Brooking is gonna be a Cowboy.

^!^ Up north, farther south, out west, somewhere mid-west.  Who knows where Keith Brooking will go but it won’t be to Flowery Branch or the GA Dome anymore. Mais pourquoi? Qu’est-ce qui ce passe? Click here to find out.

^!^ Find Falcons’ GM Thomas Dimitroff quoted in this article about the economy’s impact on free agency.

^!^ Good golly peas in a bacon omelette.  The Pro-Bowl in 2011 and 2012 would not be in Hawaii?

^!^ Los Angeles in the year 2020, or earlier, with an NFL stadium and team?  Vraiment? (I pulled 2020 out of the ether.  The article doesn’t indicate a year).

And now for something unrelated to the NFL.

Girls mature faster than boys, physiologically and intellectually.  Girls may not be able to finish the same hot wing eating challenge as a male counter-part, but when it comes to getting what she wants, there is no such thing as too young.

GS Rogers on Chris Redman

That’s Ginger ‘Soybean’ Rogers, the mascot for Sitting Pugs, on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Chris Redman.


A couple of weeks ago, the rookies graced us with their presence at Perimeter Mall. Today, five of the veterans did the same. Linebacker Keith Brooking was supposed to be in the house as well, but he was unable to be present (for some inexplicable reason).




Click here for another group picture.


From start to finish:










Click here for the color version.





In order that the ball was signed:





1. Safety Erik Coleman drew me a smiley face.

2. I asked Chris Redman to draw me a farm animal; he came up with a chicken head. It’s very appropriate because my Chinese zodiac is a Monkey-arse Cock-head.

3. Wide receiver Laurent Robinson’s favorite brand of car is Infiniti.

4. Cornerback Von Hutchins’s favorite color is red.

5. Fullback Corey McIntyre’s favorite dessert is strawberry cheesecake.


Click here, here, and here for close-ups of Chris Redman’s artistic abilities.

I wish the Falcons a prosperous season.


Thanksgiving 2007: Colts side-swipe the Falcons

Live from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA (broadcast by NFL Network and MyATLTV). The Indianapolis Colts met the Atlanta Falcons for an evening Thanksgiving game. So-close-and-yet-so-far has become the cloud over the Falcons.

The Falcons had two chances to make a touchdown in the first quarter but the throws were off just a tad. They did get a field goal. When the Colts were on offense for the first time of the evening, their quarterback Peyton Manning was sacked by Falcons linebackers Keith Brooking and Michael Boley (the slow-motion instant replay suggested that Boley made contact first). Then HOLY RUSTED METAL, BATMAN!! Falcons wide receiver Roddy White made a forty-eight yard touchdown.

The first play of the second quarter was a touchdown made by Colts tight end Dallas Clark, but a face mask penalty on Colts tight end Bryan Fletcher voided it. Two plays later, though, Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne put one on the board. The Falcons got three more points from a field goal, increasing their lead to 13 over 7. Unfortunately, that lead was snatched away when Dallas Clark made “another” touchdown (also in the second quarter). Colts tight end Ben Utecht widened the score gap even more with a TD.

Third quarter spelled the Colts successfully making first downs and then SWEET FANCYMOSES!! Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted a Manning pass! He leaped into the air almost straight up–what a marvelous sight. But one smile is met with a frown. Immediately after Michael Boley had to step out of the game about halfway through the third quarter (due to injury/pain), Colts running back Joseph Addai made a TD. Indianapolis 28. Atlanta 13. The third quarter ended with a Colts field goal.

As the fourth quarter progressed, and as I was reflecting upon the games the Falcons played this season thus far, I realized that a suitable metaphor for Atlanta’s path is that of a perpetually petering relationship. The initial encounters might lead to further interaction, but the other party never calls you back regarding a meal or a movie–even when they’re the ones that told you to call them in the first place–and basically, nothing comes of how things start. You think you’ve made a strong, opening impression; you think this one will be different, but they’re all the same. All your strength is spent on the hook that there is either no more line to reel in the target or the target pretended to bite.

The Falcons started many games well but couldn’t hold on, couldn’t keep it together.

The Colts beat the Falcons 31 to 13. I’m happy and sad.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Take a look at the following players that were unable to participate in today’s festivities:

2. Peyton Manning hasn’t played in Atlanta in nine years as Bryant Gumbel narrated moments before kick-off.

3. Bobby Valentino sang the national anthem, which was quite refreshing (to hear a male voice that is after the previous two games today were sung by females).

4. Colts safety Bob Sanders was wired for sound by NFL Network.

5. Tonight is the first time Falcons kicker Morten Andersen has played a Thanksgiving game–and he’s been in the NFL for a quarter of a century. It’s also the first time I’ve seen an NFL Network televised game. When he made the field goal around eleven minutes in the second quarter, broadcaster Cris Collinsworth noted that Andersen’s shoes were just like the ones that he wore when he was an NFL player. Andersen is one year younger than Collinsworth.

4. Why does the NFL Network score bar make me think of a hot dog and a Slim Jim? I can’t find a visual aid, but if you know what the score bar looks like, you’ll see the resemblance.

The down-and-yard graphic was a rounder version of the one that appears on Fox. NFL Network incorporated a screen graphic during a replay of Dallas Clark’s “second” touchdown that recalls a river’s tributaries. As the footage replayed, for each of the pertinent players, a yellow bar snaking out from underneath them. It may be a SportVision product. There was another graphic that illustrated the three Colts passes that led up to the Utecht TD in the second quarter. I can’t find a visual aid, but it reminded me of something that would be included in a presentation of sales numbers or profit margins–not quite bar graphs or pie charts or bell curves, but something in between.

6. After Roddy White made the TD in the first quarter, Falcons quarterback Joey Harrington ran into the end zone and body-high-fived his wide receiver. Is it a coincidence that Harrington was starting QB in the games that Atlanta has managed to win this season? Je ne pense pas.

7. When Atlanta got the ball in the top of the second quarter, running back Warrick Dunn achieved 10,000 rushing yards.

8. Joseph Addai had to step off to the sidelines near the bottom of the first quarter due to a neck injury. From then on, he was in and out.

9. After Falcons linebacker DeMorrio Williams got a holding penalty during a kick-off in the second quarter, the camera cut to special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg shouting, (or rather “mouthing” for the folks watching the game on TV) “That was so bad! That was so bad!”

10. Michael Boley sacked Peyton Manning in the final minute or so in the second quarter.

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

pic cred: official web site of the Falcons