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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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NFL 08: the Buccaneers frizz up the Seahawks

O Champs-Elysees, O Peyton Manning, O Packers jumped the Colts 34 to 14.

The Raiders confiscated the Jets in overtime 16 to 13.

The Rams shoe-horned the Cowboys (sans Tony Romo) 34 to 14.

Now on to Sunday Night Football starring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks. Seneca Wallace stepped in as Seattle quarterback because Matt Hasselbeck was out with an injury. Jeff Garcia was performing the equivalent role for Tampa Bay (Brian Griese wasn’t playing due to an injury). The first quarter started with a touchdown by Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Bryant. The second quarter progressed into eight minutes or so and Buccaneers running back Ernest Graham made a TD. Tampa Bay 14 and Seattle 0. The second quarter drew down to three minutes with more Buccaneers numbers in the form of a field goal. 17 to 0. The third quarter gave the Seahawks a field goal at ten minutes. Tampa Bay 17 and Seattle 3. The fourth quarter sailed down towards the bottom with a Buccaneers field goal. 20 to 3. Final score? Not yet. With two minutes left in the game, Seahawks tight end John Carlson caught the ball in the end zone. Tampa Bay 20 and Seattle 10. That would be the final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth provided commentary tonight. John Madden was at home resting.

2. Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren will not return to the helm at the end of the season.

3. Bud Light and Drinkability. I like the Pool Party one but not the Tailgaters one. A beer isn’t filling because a beer is empty calories. Unless a Bud Light isn’t filling because it won’t go down into the digestive system and sit there with carbonation building until one must belch or else.

4. Does Brian Griese have an underbite?

5. Fullback Mike Alstott’s number 40 was retired by Tampa Bay during halftime.

6. Seattle kicker Olindo Mare’s field goal attempt in the third quarter was no good–it was filmed from behind him. There may have been skycam action. Very odd, visually.

7. With some three minutes left in the third quarter, I do believe Al Michaels said, “pulling a George Clooney and getting the first down” in reference to Buccaneers wide receiver Michael Clayton catching Garcia’s pass. Ah and indeed–“Michael Clayton” is also a film starring George Clooney.

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Pro-Bowl 2008: NFC whips AFC to a slushy

The best of the AFC and the NFC congregated at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii today for one final test-on-the-turf for several months (until next season).

Televised on Fox, the AFC–clad in white jerseys and red pants–was on offense first and quarterbacked by Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning, they made the first touchdown (thanks to San Diego Chargers fullback Lorenzo Neal) in the top of the first quarter. The NFC–wearing blue tops and white bottoms–responded to that score by a touchdown in the middle of the first quarter (courtesy of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald). The AFC made another TD on their next possession (end zone catch made by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh). The AFC would increase their lead to 17-7 with a field goal in the bottom of the quarter.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took over for the AFC in the second quarter. TJ Houshmandzadeh made another TD for the AFC. 24 to 7. Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo, who led the NFC offense in the first quarter, was still in the game in the second. Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens put a TD on the NFC board in the second quarter. The AFC made another field goal nearing the bottom of the quarter. AFC 27 and NFC 14. Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck stepped in after Romo during the bottom of the second quarter. Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley made a TD for the NFC with less than a minute left. AFC 27 and NFC 21 going into halftime.

The third quarter started with an NFC touchdown by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Cleveland Browns QB Derek Anderson went into the game for the AFC. They took back their lead with a field goal. 30 to 28. The NFC then sent in Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jeff Garcia as quarterback.

The fourth quarter spelled a touchdown for the NFC, thanks to Terrell Owens, giving them the top bunk with 35 points. An Adrian Peterson TD in the bottom of the fourth quarter increased the NFC points to 42 to win the Pro-Bowl. NFC 42 and AFC 30.

The MVP Award was given to Adrian Peterson.

As sad as I am to see football season end (again, I don’t have cable so there’s no ESPN or NFL Network option), it’ll be nice to have a full weekend’s worth of time to run errands, go to the cinema, and veg out amongst bound volumes.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl “Moose” Johnston (who’s been to two pro-bowls himself and had to borrow a helmet from Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre in one of those appearances) provided commentary.

2. Kelly Rowland, dressed in white pants, a black and white striped long-sleeve top and sporting longish, curly locks, sang the National Anthem–not a very haunting rendition she delivered.

3. Forty-one of the eighty-six players made their first Pro-Bowl appearance today.

4. Peyton Manning has been to seven Pro-Bowls prior to today.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor brought thirty-eight guests with him to Hawaii.

6. The three Washington Redskins in today’s game, tight end Chris Cooley, tackle Chris Samuels, and long snapper Ethan Albright had their late teammate Sean Taylor’s number 21 on their jerseys.

7. The quarterbacks wore microphones so that their play-calling could be heard.

8. Bill Carollo was the referee today. Kenny Albert mentioned that none of the officials today had presided over a Pro-Bowl game before.

9. Each participating team’s mascot was also present.

10. Daryl Johnston remarked near the two-minute warning in the second quarter, “If you ever get a chance to meet Adrian Peterson, be prepared for a firm handshake.”

11. Lifehouse performed during halftime. They performed “Hanging By a Moment” and “First Time.” Dear gawd, there’s accompanying choreographed dancing–c’est absurd.

12. The coaching staff for both teams wore khaki shorts, white socks, white sneakers, and off-white/beige, minimal foliage Hawaiian shirts.

13. “It’s your growing problem; it’s our job to shrink it.” — the tagline for Avodart.

14. Heineken’s got a newly advertised offering: draught keg (I don’t recall seeing this commercial before today).

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NFC Divisional 2008: Packers seal up the Seahawks

Lambeau Field. Thirty-six degrees Fahrenheit. Snow.

The Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks strut their stuff before each other to be another step closer to the Super Bowl. Televised on Fox, the first quarter was nothing short of adrenaline-escalating beauty. Two fumbles by Packers running back Ryan Grant led to two touchdowns by Seattle (thanks to running back Shaun Alexander and wide receiver Bobby Engram). As the frozen precipitation continued to fall and the turf became whiter and whiter, Green Bay got themselves back on track and by the end of the first quarter, the Packers tied the game 14 to 14 (courtesy of wide receiver Greg Jennings and Grant).

Green Bay took over the reigns in the second quarter, putting fourteen more points on the board with touchdowns by Jennings and Grant. Going into halftime, the Seahawks had 17 points (a field goal provided three points in the second quarter) to the Packers’ 28.

The third quarter began with a touchdown by Packers running back Brandon Jackson. As the quarter was nearing its end, Seattle got another field goal for 20 total points (how did kicker Josh Brown see through all that falling snow?). The fourth quarter started with a third TD by Ryan Grant. Packers 42 and Seahawks 20. And that would be the final score. Green Bay is going to the NFC Championship game next Sunday at 6:30pm on Fox.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. When the camera took the high angle, long shot point-of-view, the snow didn’t appear as plentiful as it did when the camera switched to an on-field POV. The snow-powdered field reminded me of a green tea pastry. By the middle of the third quarter, though, the snowfall increased significantly and even from a high angle, long shot POV, it was quite visible. In fact, the snow actually resembled plummeting clumps of brownies than snow. Cutting to an on-field POV, the snow nearly reached curtain consistency/texture. The yard lines had to be brushed (and later shoveled) from time to time. By the bottom of the third quarter, the turf had basically turned into a white powdered sugar pastry–a beignet. The view from the DLP Skycam was much clearer than that of other cameras. The snow lost a bit of momentum in the top of the fourth quarter. Visibility was better (from a televised aesthetic standpoint). A small tractor took to clearing the snow around the end zones. Lambeau Field turf was back to looking like a green tea pastry (only less green more gray) towards the bottom of the fourth quarter.

2. After Greg Jennings made his first touchdown of the evening, he leaped into the stands behind the end zone for a hug by Green Bay fans. Brandon Jackson would do something similar after making a TD in the top of the third quarter.

3. Ryan Grant’s second touchdown in the second quarter followed an incredibly executed, improvised play. Avoiding a sack, Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre managed to stay on his feet (while stumbling forward) and tossed the ball to tight end Donald Lee, who ran eleven yards before being tackled by Seahawks strong safety Brian Russell.

4. Commentator Kenny Albert said “running backs should always follow fullbacks” in the bottom of the first quarter.

5. Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins “helped” in the sacking of Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck in the bottom of the fourth quarter. The camera went to an on-field, medium close-up of the scene, immediately post-sack. Jenkins, who was facing the camera, did a little dance that received a slow-motion instant replay. I don’t know what Jenkins’s legs were doing, but there was side-to-side movement and his hands ran from his helmet to his waist, mimicking the falling of tears or rain. I say Jenkins “helped” because I’m not sure if his hands made contact with Hasselbeck’s body. His dance could’ve been performed out of general happiness, but I remember seeing more than one Packer swarm the Seahawk QB.

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NFC Wildcard 2008: The Seahawks send the Redskins to the corner

The Washington Redskins went Pacific westward to Qwest Field in Seattle to flare nostrils before the Seahawks for a shot at the Super Bowl (game on NBC).

Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver made the first touchdown of the game in the top of the first quarter. The second quarter increased Seattle’s lead by three points with a fifty yard field goal by kicker Josh Brown. Seahawks 10. Redskins 0. Such was the score going into halftime.

The third quarter produced a Seahawks field goal. Seattle 13 and Washington 0. At the top of the fourth quarter, Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El scored his team’s first touchdown in the game. Washington wide receiver wide receiver Santana Moss put his team on top with a touchdown in the top of the fourth as well. Redskins 14. Seahawks 13. Just past the halfway point in the fourth quarter, Seahawks wide receiver DJ Hackett made a TD. Washington opted to go for a two-point conversion (ball caught by tight end Marcus Pollard). Seahawks 21. Redskins 14. On Washington’s next possession, Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted a pass meant for Santana Moss and made a seventy-eight yard touchdown. Seattle 28 and Washington 14. With less than a minute less to play in the fourth quarter, Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux intercepted a Redskins pass and made a fifty-seven yard touchdown. Seattle 35 and Washington 14, final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. One of the game’s sponsors is KFC’s new hot wings sans sauce. I’d understand why a person would feed a bunch of TV viewers these things, but who would want to eat them? How can a hot wing still be a hot wing without any sauce? It’s just a piece of spicy fried chicken.

2. Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer was in the top of the stadium (end zone side with the flags) inciting the crowd to cheer. He was wearing Seahawks fan gear.

3. Matt Hasselbeck, quarterback for the Seahawks, threw an incomplete pass within two minutes into the game and during the replay of his reaction, his body language and facial expressions shouted: “Merde! Stupid. Gawd. Man.” I like a quarterback that displays emotion, but perhaps not to such a decipherable degree…so early in the game to boot.

4. Walt Coleman was the referee.

5. According to one of the commentators, not Cris Collingworth, the four Seahawks defensive players going to the Pro-Bowl are paying for the rest of the defensive team to go too (and their families, a little end-of-season vacation).

5. During halftime, there was a Line of Scrimmage video presented by Toyota on the Naples High School football team and its Pen Pal program where the players exchange letters with the youth football league. There was also a vignette about Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard and his struggle with Crohn’s disease.

6. After returning from a commercial break (just before the midway point in the third quarter), the camera cut to a medium shot of Tom Cruise in a VIP room at the game. Accompanying voice-over noted that Cruise is a buddy of Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

7. Redskins quarterback for this game was thirty-six year-old Todd Collins.

8. Redskins safety LaRon Landry intercepted a pass intended for Seahawks wide receiver Ben Obamanu. as Landry stumbled out of bounds, a cameraman had to leap over him and then landed chest-down on the sidelines ground (and he still had his camera on his right shoulder).

9. Qwest Field holds the record for hosting the most number of false starts, as one of the commentators remarked (I don’t recall which one). One of the commentators mentioned that the stadium is designed to funnel crowd noise onto the field–no wonder the title in false starts. During the October 14th game between Saints and the Seahawks, Al Michaels and John Madden noted that Qwest Field “been the stage for fifty-four opponent false starts in eighteen games since 2005.”

10. Jordan Babineaux’s younger brother Jonathan Babineaux is a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons.

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