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NFL 2009: Steelers vampire the Titans’ diaries

But first: Georgia Tech buffy-slayed Clemson 30 to 27.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans blessed the opening of the 2009 NFL season Thursday night.  Broadcast on NBC, and narrated by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, the scoreboard remained empty for most of the first half.  The CW was also premiering its new undead-teen-fiction-turned-undead-teen-TV-show.  I watched it (Nina Dobrev, who plays the female lead, is lovely).  When the pilot was over, I flipped back to NBC and the score was still 0 – 0.

By the end of the first quarter, each team’s quarterback, the stealing Ben Roethlisberger and the tightening Kerry Collins, had thrown an interception.  The Steelers eventually beat the Titans 13 (a Santonio Holmes touchdown and two field goals), to 10 (a Justin Gage TD and a field goal) in overtime.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Goodness Graceland, Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels.  What were they wearing?  Collinsworth had on a white, long-sleeve button-down shirt, black pants, and a light blue tie with dark blue diagonally arranged squares on it.  Michaels wore a yellow long-sleeve button-down shirt, grey pants, and a gold and dark blue/black diagonally striped tie.   Tres moche.

2.  After returning to the game from a commercial break in the first quarter, one of the cameras cut to a medium shot of Faith Hill (sans makeup) sitting next to Tim McGraw (who had performed in pre-game festivities).   Faith looked great without the makeup, and she appeared to be eating a cookie.

3.  Pepsi is the official soft drink of the NFL?  Vraiment?  There was a then-and-now-in-the-NFL commercial.

4.  I saw two Old Spice Swagger ads (with karate and with arm wrestling) and one Old Spice different scents commercials.  Unsavory.  Disconcerting.

5.  What exactly did Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke do with his helmet in the third quarter?  He yanked it off and then plopped it back on?

6.  Steelers safety Troy Polamalu took a nasty left knee injury in the second quarter as a result of colliding with Titans tight end Alge Crumpler’s lower body.

7.  Steelers owner Daniel M. Rooney is now also the US Ambassador to Ireland.

8.  Why did Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch jump across the line of scrimmage in the  fourth quarter?  He was charged with encroachment.  It was quite a sight.  I was looking on the Steelers side of the field when suddenly, there Vanden Bosch was…surrounded by black and yellow.  I think time actually slowed down there for a bit.

9.  Hines Ward?! Hines Ward!  Don’t be mad.  Don’t be sad.  Don’t cry a puddle, not even a puddle.   What did he do or didn’t do?  He made a reception in the bottom of the fourth quarter but was bumped from behind by one of the Titans’ players and dropped the ball.  Ward was roughly twelve yards away from the end zone.

10.  A tender moment occurred in overtime.  Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace caught a pass and was cradled down to the field by Titans safety Vincent Fuller.  They remained in that “embrace” for some ten seconds longer than was probably necessary.

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Pro-Bowl 2009: the NFC crinkle fries the AFC

Last year the NFC outnumbered the AFC.  Toss a poker chip, a chocolate coin. 50-50.  Who would win this year (or season)? Broadcast on NBC, unfolding in Hawaii for the thirtieth straight year, the first quarter started with Cardinals’ Kurt Warner as quarterback for the NFC.  The Colts’ Peyton Manning QB’ed for the AFC.  Halfway through the quarter, Manning threw a touchdown catch to Tony Gonzalez (tight end for the Chiefs).  AFC 7 and NFC 0.  The Saints’ Drew Brees took to QB’ing next for the NFC.  Colts defensive end Robert Mathis got his grip around the ball three minutes later.  Manning was back out on the field as QB for the AFC…and was sacked by Panthers’ defensive end Julius Peppers three plays later.  Brees was on as QB for the NFC with under two minutes left in the quarter.

The second quarter began with the Giants kicker John Carney put a thirty-seven yard field goal through the yellow prongs.  AFC 7 and NFC 3.  Manning and Brees continued as QBs through the rest of the quarter (well, mostly; Kerry Collins of the Titans went in as QB for the AFC with fifty-two seconds left).  Texans tight end Owen Daniels made a TD catch with less than a minute left on the clock.  Before the quarter was out, though, Cardinals’ wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald got the NFC another TD.  AFC 14 and NFC 10.

The third quarter started with the AFC on offense and Kerry Collins as QB.  Eli Manning went in for quarterbacking duties for the NFC.  Towards the bottom of the quarter, Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield intercepted Collins.  When the NFC got on the field in offense, the first play was Eli Manning throwing the ball twenty-six yards to Falcons wide receiver Roddy White.  Two plays later, though, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis made a one-handed interception in the end zone.  He caught the ball with his right hand.  Oh, but what next? No sooner did the AFC go back in offense, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen recovered Collins’s fumbled ball.  When the NFC boys took to the field again, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson got the ball into the end zone.  NFC 17 and AFC 14.

The fourth quarter waddled seven minutes down and Colts fullback Le’Ron McClain scrambled into the end zone to give the AFC the lead again.  Jay Cutler of the Broncos was the QB.  AFC 21 and NFC 17.  With four minutes, thereabouts, left to play, Larry Fitzgerald made a leaping TD catch.  NFC 24 and AFC 21.  Going to two-and-a-half minutes, Julius Peppers intercepted Cutler in a move that compelled the commentators to reference his basketball skills.  John Carney spat out a forty-eight yard field goal to give the NFC three more points.  Carney went back on the field with thirty-five seconds left to seal the meal with a twenty-six yard field goal.  Final score NFC 30 and AFC 21.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels (wearing a grayish-green, short-sleeved, button-down shirt) and Cris Collinsworth (in light blue) provided commentary.

2.  David Archuleta sang the national anthem.  Not too shabby.  Je suppose.

3.  The NFC uniforms consisted of blue pants and blue tops–save for the sleeves and the back.  The AFC uniforms consisted of red socks, white pants, and red sleeves.  The players wore their respective team helmets.

4.  Before you Race to Witch Mountain, you should Escape to Witch Mountain and then Return from Witch Mountain.

5.  Enrique Iglesias and Ciara provided halftime entertainment.  What in the ward was Enrique wearing? Dark denims and yellow short-sleeved shirt (with two white stripes on the sleeves) with the words “make it happen” on it.  Oh, and a cap.  The field was littered with dancers in multi-colored costumes.  Bright colors: greens, magentas, corals, reds.

6.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth joked during the bottom of the third quarter that the players will do anything for money; they’ll play so much harder for a cash prize.

7.  Ronde Barber’s voice is lower than his brother Tiki’s.  His face is also longer than Tiki’s.

8.  Today was the tenth time that Tony Gonzalez and Peyton Manning have been to the Pro-Bowl.

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AFC Divisional 2009: Ravens inverse reciprocal the Titans

On a cloudy, rainy, and fifty-three degree afternoon, Baltimore Ravens put on the oven mitts in a gridiron show-down with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC Divisional title in the latter’s home state. Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter marched down to about four-and-half minutes before anyone got a number: Titans running back Chris Johnson slide-winded into the front, right corner of the end zone. Tennessee 7 and Baltimore 0. The Ravens snapped back with a forty-eight yard touchdown pass between quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Derrick Mason. Both teams 7.

The second quarter began with pin-your-hands-on-the-ballie as an awkward Titans snap let the ball shimmy all over the turf before quarterback Kerry Collins landed on the ball. After a stellar series of passes and runs by the Titans, Collins threw an interception. Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle grabbed the ball. The Titans breathed a sigh of relief because the Ravens were unable to take advantage of the turnover. In under a minute left to play, Titans running back Lendale White lost control of the ball and Ravens safety Jim Leonhard recovered. Going into halftime, the score was still 7 t0 7.

The third quarter nibbled for six minutes until Ravens head coach John Harbaugh challenged whether or not Titans tight end Bo Scaife had possession of the ball at the Baltimore twenty-eight yard line. He won the challenge. Titans kicker Rob Bironas then tried but didn’t make a fifty-one yard field goal. With fewer than two minutes to in the quarter, Joe Flacco connected spectacularly with Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton.

The fourth quarter opened with Ravens kicker Matt Stover gave his team the lead with a field goal. Baltimore 10 and Tennessee 7. The Titans responded with offensive energy but what might have been one or two plays shy of touchdown or field goal became a turnover as tight end Alge Crumpler was tackled and Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington landed on the fumbled ball. The Titans defense was relentless in keeping the Ravens from making any kind of progress. A Titans field goal tied the game 10 to 10 towards the bottom of the quarter. Would the Ravens keep the game from going into overtime? Would Matt Stover be able to nail the forty-three yard field goal attempt? Yes! Ravens 13 and Titans 10. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf provided commentary.

2. Ravens tackle Willie Anderson stepped out of the game in bottom of the second quarter. Sidelines footage revealed him wincing and furrowing his eyebrows. He came back in the second quarter.

3. Derrick Mason’s first quarter TD was the result of not just and incredible throw and catch, but also an incredible roll. One of the Titans got to Mason, and the two of them ended up rolling into/onto the front, right corner of the end zone.

4. On account of the rain and colliding with the Titans, many of the Ravens’ white jerseys were stained with splotches of light blue. The Titans’ jerseys in turn bore green patches from the turf.

5. In the top of the fourth quarter, Dan Dierdorf (I believe) remarked that the Titans’ offense had pretty much “slept through the third quarter.”

6. Chris Johnson didn’t return to the game in the second half, did he? Somewhere in the middle of the third quarter I noticed that he was on the sidelines with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders.

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Pre-S 08: Titans shimmy past the Raiders

Sometimes the fourth quarter in a football game progresses like a slow jam on the patio during a humid, southern twilight–it ends like a sleep-deprived, lonely heart.  Other times, the fourth quarter flutters, sputters, and snaps out of lethargy like a famished human hearing the words, “free beer and pizza.”

Fox televised the Oakland Raiders at Tennessee Titans game Friday night; and its fourth quarter was arguably an amalgamation of both kinds of dramatic manifestations.

The short of it is that the Titans beat the Raiders 17 to 16.  Tennessee’s points came from a touchdown in the second quarter (thanks to fullback Ahmard Hall), a TD in the third quarter (made by wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins), and a John Vaughn field goal in the mosh pit bottom of the fourth quarter.  Oakland’s numbers came from a TD at the top of the second quarter (courtesy of tight end Zach Miller) and three field goals in the second and fourth quarters (all delivered by Aaron Elling).

Vince Young, Kerry Collins, and Ingle Martin quarterbacked for the Titans.  JaMarcus Russell and Andrew Walter quarterbacked for the Raiders.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Voice-over narration was provided by Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston with on-field commentary by Tony Siragusa and Chris Myers.

2. Hoopla, hoopla.  Yes, now one of the defense players can wear a green-dot helmet which allows for one-way communication with the defensive coordinator.  Like a spoken telegram in real-time.

3. About halfway through the first quarter, Tennessee punted the ball to Oakland.  Wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins didn’t return it too far up the field.  The camera filmed the play in a high-angle long shot, the framing just off-center.  When the other players (from both teams) ran towards Higgins, it looked as if a burst of wind or a wave of water was rushing to meet him.

4. The entire game was a train-load of hits and misses.  Just when the “ooos” and “aaahhhs” came forth from the spectators, passes were incomplete or there was a yellow flag on the field. And then the fourth quarter happened.  The Raiders reclaimed their lead with the second field goal in the fourth.  With fewer than three minutes on the game clock, running back Adimchinobi Echemandu ran seventy-two yards towards the end zone but was brought down by Titans cornerback Marquice Cole around the ten yard line.  Echemandu tries two more times to get into the zone but to no avail.  By the end of the quarter, Tennessee got the ball back, moved back down the field, and got within field goal range (thanks to wide receiver Biren Ealy and wide receiver Chris Davis, #17).

5. There are two Chris Davises on the Titans team.  Number 17 and Number 16.

6. The Raiders and the Titans both have a Chris Johnson on their team.  Cornerback for Oakland and running back for Tennessee.

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