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I second the Mars

Snow in the northeast? Typical.  Snow in the southeast? Not unheard of but not as common–especially in March.  Then again, the last two times Atlanta experienced standard winter weather, it was about March.

I wondered this morning about what else happened in the past on March the second.  Some of the notables:

1836 – Texas Revolution: Declaration of independence of the Republic of Texas from Mexico.

1855 – Alexander II becomes Tsar of Russia.

1861 – Nevada Territory and Dakota Territory are organized as political divisions of the United States

1877 – U.S. presidential election, 1876: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.

1933 – The film King Kong opens at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

1941 – World War II: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact.

1943 – World War II: Battle of the Bismarck Sea – United States and Australian forces sink Japanese convoy ships.

1946 – Ho Chi Minh is elected the President of North Vietnam.

1949 – The first automatic street light was installed in New Milford, CT.

1953 – The Academy Awards are first broadcast on television by NBC.

1956 – Morocco declares its independence from France.

1962 – Wilt Chamberlain sets the single-game scoring record in the National Basketball Association by tallying 100 points.

1989 – Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century.

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In NFL worries: Where are Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith?

Update: One man found Update 2The authorities have stopped looking for Cooper and Smith.

Not so much a worry, more of an opportunity.  Michael Boley is shuttling northwards to be a Giant.

NFL 08: Falcons unseal the Packers

The Green Bay Packers got their fromage on against the Atlanta Falcons. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers injured a shoulder last week but he did play today–he played the entire game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter started with a touchdown by the Falcons. Wide receiver Roddy White and running backs Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood, contributed to the drive. Quarterback Matt Ryan connected with tight end Justin Peelle for a touchdown in the front right corner (from the field’s perspective) of the end zone. Atlanta’s next possession culminated in a field goal. Falcons 10. Packers 0.

The second quarter put the Packers on the board with a forty-four yard TD reception by wide receiver Donald Driver. Atlanta 10 and Green Bay 7. The Falcons increased their lead with a twenty-two yard Roddy White TD reception, 17 to 7. Green Bay was going to go into halftime with a field goal, but an offensive holding call forced kicker Michael Crosby to kick again. Second attempt at fifty-three (or was it fifty-two) yards didn’t make it through the uprights.

The third quarter narrowed the Falcons’ lead with a Green Bay field goal. 17 to 10. The fourth quarter began with what was supposed to be a Falcons TD catch by tight end Ben Hartsock, but it turned into an interception by Packers tight end Tramon Williams in the end zone. On Green Bay’s next possession, they tied the game with a TD by wide receiver Greg Jennings. The Falcons were able to regain the upper hand with a field goal, 20 to 17. Towards the bottom of the fourth quarter, Falcons linebacker Michael Boley intercepted Aaron Rodgers’s pass. After getting the ball back, Michael Turner increased the Falcons’ lead with a TD. 27 to 17. Green Bay shrank that lead with a TD of their own in the two-minute warning, courtesy of tight end Donald Lee. Final score. 27 to 24.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. On Green Bay’s second possession, the camera that shot Atlanta punter Michael Koenen kicking the ball to Green Bay cornerback Will Blackmon remained behind the Packers at a slight low angle. It was a rather nice change to the standard start from behind the kicking team, cut to a high angle long shot of field (sidelines on top and bottom of screen), and then cut pan to the receiver catching the ball.

2. The interception Aaron Rodgers threw in the bottom of the fourth quarter was preceded by an intentional grounding call (defensive end John Abraham made the tackle).

3. After Michael Turner made the TD in the fourth quarter, the sidelines footage included an Arthur Blank trailing behind Matt Ryan who walked across from screen left to screen right.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Tour de Derby, Battery ball, and a lab coat

After perusing the web site of my local NBC station, 11alive, I’ve pulled some sample sizes for you to try–and no caloric restriction required to slip into it!

Three French Kisses:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The trainer of euthanized filly Eight Belles adamantly defended the way jockey Gabriel Saez handled the Kentucky Derby runner-up.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Larry Jones said Saez applied the whip only to prevent Eight Belles from crashing into the rail.

“This filly in every race has tried to drift toward the rail,” Jones said. “It’s her comfort zone, and Gabriel knows this. This kid made every move the right move, and I hate it that they’re wanting to jump down his throat. He did not try to abuse that horse to make her run faster. He knew he was second best, that she wasn’t going to catch Big Brown.”

Read more here.

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Two Turtle Necks:

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons linebacker Michael Boley is free on bond after being arrested on a charge of battery on his wife early Saturday morning, Gwinnett County police officials said Monday.

Officers were called to Boley’s home in Duluth about 1:30 a.m. Saturday to investigate a domestic violence call. According to a police report, Boley and his wife had a verbal argument that escalated when Boley became physical with her.

Read more here and slightly more here.

While we’re on the subject of the Falcons, if you want to watch them sweating to the non-oldies, head on over to Flowery Branch May 10-12–notice the Hooters.

David Caldwell will be spying with his not-so-little-eye collegiate talent for the ornithological compadres.

Thomas Dimitroff can take an exhale. No complaints from him.

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And a Beer:

ATLANTA (AP) — An investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office says the Georgia Tech baseball player found dead in his apartment on April 11 died accidentally of morphine toxicity.

She said she could not provide the toxocology report, only the cause and manner of death. She would only identify herself as Investigator Galloway, medical examiner No. 25.

Read more here and even more here.

Speaking of medical examiners, I came across the following WordPress entry entitled “CSI: WhiteCoat #2” over at White Coat Rants. Check it out if you want to learn about gunshot wounds. Intriguing stuff!

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