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AFC Divisional 2009: Steelers storm out the Chargers

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers put all they’ve got on the table for the chance to go to the AFC Championship.  Broadcast on CBS and set in swirly snowflakes of Heinz Field, the first quarter bolted out–no pun intended–with a Chargers touchdown by wide receiver Vincent Jackson.  San Diego 7 and Pittsburgh 0.  Minutes later, Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes returned a punt for sixty-eight yards, flew into the end zone, and toppled a photographer on the sidelines.   It was such a beauty.  The snow, his running–like a bumble bee or yellow jacket into the night.  Another Fortune Cookie moment.  Both teams tied 7.

One of the cameras cut to an extreme close-up of Chargers punter Brett Scifres (pronounced “sigh-fruh-ss”) after that TD.  He wore the look of shock and irritation.

The second quarter continued beyond seven minutes and then Vincent Jackson made a job-dropping leap of a forty-three yard catch.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged the complete pass call.  He won the challenge.  Jackson caught the ball in mid-air, but upon hitting the turf, the ball bounced out of his hands.  The Chargers had to punt the ball away.  Nate Kaeding attempted a forty-two yard field goal with two minutes on the clock.  He did it.  San Diego 10 and Pittsburgh 7.  Steelers running back Willie Parker was able to zip across the front, left corner of the end zone with fewer than seventy seconds left in the quarter.  Thus, going into halftime Pittsburgh 14 and San Diego 10.

The third quarter started with Steelers on offense.  That drive, consisting of thirteen plays, ticked all the way to seven minutes for a touchdown by tight end Heath Miller.  Pittsburgh 21 and San Diego 10.  The Chargers shoved back with a sixty-three yard kick-return by running back Darren Sproles.  One play later, Steelers linebacker Larry Foote recovered a loose Chargers ball (technically, his teammate James Harrison got to the ball first but Foote came up with it).  Chargers head coach Norv Turner challenged the interception ruling.  He lost the challenge.  Towards the bottom of the quarter, Steelers punter Mitch Berger kicked the ball down the field, which bounced off Chargers strong safety Eric Weddle’s helmet.   The Steelers got the ball back.

The fourth quarter lashed out without a TD or a field goal by the Steelers…as the previous plays had suggested would surely happen.  But they got that missed score soon enough.  Running back Gary Russell broke the plane sufficiently for a TD.  Pittsburgh 28 and San Diego 10.  Steelers defensive end Brett Kiesel sacked Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers a couple plays later.  After he got up, Kiesel took three to four steps while doing a downward figure-eight, row-row-row-your-boat movement with his arms.   The Chargers got a TD on the board courtesy of wide receiver Legedu Naanee (the first of his career) with about nine minutes on the clock.  Willie Parker got his galloping legs into the end zone some five minutes later.  Pittsburgh 35 and San Diego 17.  Byron Leftwich stepped in as Steelers quarterback for Ben Roethlisberger in the bottom of the quarter.  With under two minutes to play, Darren Sproles ran sixty-two yards into the end zone for a TD.  Pittsburgh 35 and San Diego 24.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators.  They both wore dark suits, light blue button-down shirts, and v-neck sweaters.  Nantz wore a silverish/blue tie and a bluish-gray sweater, Simms a silver and bluish-gray, fat, diagonally striped tie and a dark blue/or black sweater.

2.  What’s this?  While Nate Kaeding was putting up the extra point in the top of the first quarter, the commentators mentioned something about Vincent Jackson’s DUI from the past week.

3.  The Steelers wore yellow pants–black stripe down the outer leg–and black jerseys with yellow sleeves.  The Chargers wore blue pants with–white/bolt stripe down the outer leg–and white jerseys.  The uniforms made me think of yellow jackets and blueberry muffins.

4.  Read more about The Fortune Cookie here.

5.  Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has a great speaking voice.  Watch him on Craig Ferguson’s show from last year.   Gates’s voice reminds me of Tone Loc ‘s. You know. “Funky Cold Medina.”

6.  Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips got elbowed in the adam’s apple/throat area in the bottom of the second quarter.  He walked off the field a couple minutes later.  To his left? An Asian man.  A Dr. Calvin Wong, methinks.  The Chargers’ opthamologist is Dr. Mihir (Max) Parikh.

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What’s In Your Name: Crumpler, Procter, Hood, Body

To commemorate just over 5,000 hits on Sitting Pugs, I thought I would bring you something somewhat completely random concerning the last names of NFL players. Could there be any more men whose last name is Jones or Williams playing professional football?

Steelers linebacker Larry Foote (left) and wide receiver Santonio Holmes (right).


PE teachers have a habit of referring to students by their last name. Let’s take a look at the 2007 season and pretend we’re in gym class, listening to these names during roll call. I singled out these names not because I think they’re “funny” in and of themselves. I included them because they are real words (or nearly real words, give or take a letter), or I can only begin to imagine what sorts of mean jokes they might’ve inspired when puberty hit. Ball. Breaston. Gross.

I’ll start with the teams I like and then proceed with teams in the NFC and then the AFC.

Atlanta Falcons: Crocker, Crumpler, Forney, Horn, Irons, Leftwich, Schneck, Stone, Weiner; Weems (practice squad)

Dallas Cowboys: Barber, Canty, Carpenter, Colombo, Folk, Free, Hatcher, Ladouceur (La = the; douce = sweet ‘feminine’); Oglesby, Procter, Stanback; Ball, Butler, Long (all practice squad)

Pittsburgh Steelers: Batch, Colon, Foote, Gay, Woodley; Baker, McBean (both practice squad)

NFC Teams

Arizona Cardinals: Berry, Blackstock, Branch, Breaston, Hood, Pace, Pope, Rackers, Rector, Shipp, Urban; Baker (practice squad)

Carolina Panthers: Baker, Bridges, Curry, Diggs, Gamble, Gross, Hangartner, Hoover, Peppers, Teal; Delhomme (“homme” is French for “man,” practice squad)

Chicago Bears: Beekman, Grossman, Hass, Polite; LeVoir (“voir” means “to see” in French), Mines, Pope (practice squad)

Detroit Lions: Backus, Bell, Cannon, Duckett, Fisher, Hicks, Woody; Bullocks (injured reserve); Body (practice squad)

Green Bay Packers: Bigby (first name Atari), Rouse, Hawk, Poppinga, Bishop, Hunter, Spitz, Colledge, Moll, Pickett, Driver, Franks, Jolly; Holiday (injured reserve)

Minnesota Vikings: Cook, Farwell, Hicks, Longwell, Mills, Rice, Sharper, Wade,

New Orleans Saints: Boykin, Bullocks, Bushrod, Copper, Craft, Houser, Lake, Stinchcomb, Strief; Duckworth, Savage (practice squad)

New York Giants: Boothe, Butler, Feagles, Hedgecock, Koets, McQuarters, Snee, Toomer, Tuck, Whimper; Bake (injured reserve); London, Mix, Pope (practice squad)

Philadelphia Eagles: Avant (means “before/in front of” in French), Baskett, Buckhalter, Hunt, Justice, Reed, Sheppard, Spikes,

San Francisco 49ers: Battle, Fields, Gore, Hicks, Lelie, Nedney, Roman, Smiley; Bing and Duckett (both practice squad); Brewer (injured reserve)

Seattle Seahawks: Ashworth, Green (Howard and Mike), Herring, Plackemeier, Stutz, Tapp, Weaver, Wrotto; Moats (injured reserve)

St. Louis Rams: Bulger, Draft, Glover, Hill, Incognito, Little, Looker, Minor; Fry (practice squad)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Barber, Bidwell, Hovan, June, Sears, Trotter, Trueblood; Cash, Petitgout (“small taste” in French) (injured reserve)

Washington Redskins: Blades, Fox, Frost, Moss, Sellers, Smoot, Spring, Thrash

AFC Teams

Baltimore Ravens: Figurs, Grubbs, Heap, Ivy, Koch, Mason, Prude, Sapp, Stills, Stover, Winborne

Buffalo Bills: Butler (Brad and Jerametrius), Chambers, Dockery, Lynch, McCargo, Moorman, Parrish, Royal, Tripplett, Wire, Youboty; Fox, Mace, Watts (practice squad); Price (injured reserve)

Cincinnati Bengals: Busing, Coats, Geathers, Green, Kelly; Cook, Livings (practice squad)

Cleveland Browns: Cribbs, Holly, Jurevicius, Peek, Pool, Steinbach; Steptoe (practice squad)

Denver Broncos: Bell, Crowder, Cutler, Gold, Green, Holland, Leach, Lynch, Mustard, Pears, Rice, Sapp, Winborn; Hackney (practice squad)

Houston Texans: Butler, Cook, Green, Leach, Pitts, Turk, Weary, Weaver; Abbate, Barber, Earl, Killings (injured reserve)

Indianapolis Colts: Brackett, Bulitt, Charleston, Diem, Freeney, Hagler, Klecko, Pitcock, Rushing, Saturday, Session, Snow; Betts, Toudouze (“douze” is twelve in French, practice squad)

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cousin, Fudge, Knight, Meester, Pashos, Spicer, Toefield; Curry and Mincey (practice squad)

Kansas City Chiefs: Bell, Fox, Hail, Law, Page, Parker, Sapp, Thigpen, Waters, Webb; Stallings (practice squad); Price (injured reserve)

Miami Dolphins: Feely, Fields, Lemon, Booker (Lorenzo and Marty), Hill, Cobbs, Crowder, Porter, Pope, Hadnot, Moses, Peelie, Holliday; Bell, Dukes, Green, Page (reserves); Love (practice squad)

New England Patriots: Baker, Gay, Green, Light, Mankins, Meriweather, Mixon, Rivers, Woods

New York Jets: Baker, Bender, Brown, Dearth, Graham, Hicks, Mangold, Poteat,

Oakland Raiders: Condo, Culpepper, Curry, Gallery, Green, Grove, Huff, Sapp

San Diego Chargers: Chambers, Florence, Gates, Jammer, Rivers, Waters; Battle, Roach (practice squad); Gross, Polk, Race (injured reserve)

Tennessee Titans: Bell, Brown (Chris and Tony), Cain, Cramer, Fisher, Fuller, Gardner, Hall, Hill, Hope, King, Laboy, Moulds, Odom, Roos, Troupe, White, Young; Allred (practice squad)

Does every NFL team have a player whose last name is “Davis”? Half, I think.

Atlanta: defensive end Chauncey Davis

Dallas: safety Keith Davis

Pittsburgh: fullback Carey Davis

NFC Teams

Arizona: Billy Davis, linebackers coach

Carolina: linebacker Thomas Davis, practice squad corner back Tanard Davis; reserve non-football injury wide receiver Josh Davis

Chicago: wide receiver Rashied Davis

Denver: none

Detroit: injured reserve guard Frank Davis; linebacker Buster Davis (practice squad)

Green Bay: long snapper Rob Davis

Minnesota: none

New Orleans: none

New York G: defensive tackle Russell Davis

Philadelphia: fullback Jason Davis (practice squad)

San Francisco: tight end Vernon Davis

Seattle: none

St. Louis: none

Tampa Bay: corner back Sammy Davis, offensive tackle Anthony Davis

Washington: none

AFC Teams

Baltimore: none

Buffalo: none

Cincinnati: none

Cleveland: linebacker Andra Davis; defensive end A.J. Davis (practice squad)

Houston: wide receiver Andre Davis

Indianapolis: none

Jacksonville: none

Kansas City: none

Miami: assistant offensive coach Tim Davis

New England: assistant strength and conditioning Don Davis

New York J: wide receiver Chris Davis

Oakland: none

San Diego: wide receiver Craig Davis

Tennessee: wide receiver Chris Davis




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