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NFL 2010: Saints flush out the Vikings

Oh the crispity, crunchity, rhubarb pie crusty goodness of the NFL 2010 season began tonight in New Orleans where the Saints bumped shoulders with the Minnesota Vikings.  Broadcast on NBC, kickoff was kicked off with Harry Connick Jr. atop a float serenading the Saints’ marching in to the arena.  The Saints were on offense first.  Fewer than two minutes into the first quarter and they quarterback Drew Brees and wide receiver Devery Henderson produced a touchdown reception.  New Orleans 7 and Minnesota 0.

The second quarter wound down to five minutes twenty-nine seconds before the Vikings put anything on the board–a forty-one-yard Ryan Longwell field goal.  New Orleans 7 and Minnesota 3.  Saints kicker Garrett Hartley missed a forty-six-yard FG in the bottom of the quarter.  The most exciting Vikings plays occurred with just under sixty seconds.  Brett Favre made a zippy pass to tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and then to him again for a TD.  The extra point was blocked.  Minnesota 9 and New Orleans 7.

The third quarter was relatively unexciting until nine minutes had passed.  Saints fullback Heath Evans leaped into the end zone.  Brett Favre was intercepted by Saints cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, who landed out of bounds after catching the ball.  The fourth quarter was also somewhat on the dull side until the nine minute mark when Saints wide receiver Robert Meachem caught an almost-TD pass.  Garrett Hartley then missed a thirty-two-yard FG.  New Orleans 14 and Minnesota 9.  Final score.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Brett Favre is going in his twentieth year as an NFL player?

2.  The pre-show countdown included a Taylor Swift performance.  Either her microphone was lame or she was suffering from a sinus/cold or throat woes ’cause she didn’t sound so wonderful.  When she performed “You Belong to Me,” I’m fairly certain that I saw an audience member wearing a Matthew Stafford Lions jersey.

3.  Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels were the commentators.  Al wore a dark navy suit, a light blue butt0n-down shirt, and a reddish tie.  Cris wore a light navy suit, a light blue button-down shirt, and a metallic silver and gray striped tie.

4.  Colbie Caillat sang the National Anthem.  She was accompanied by an acoustic guitarist.  It may not have been as epic or blues-y soft as other versions of it, but I liked it.  And then both teams walked onto the field, sans helmets, with their index fingers pointed towards the skies in solidarity.  Al Michaels noted, “We are one.”

5.  Though  I cannot fathom why, the CW decided to air the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries and the series premiere of Nikita tonight.  I don’t have DVR.  At least I was able to watch the first thirty minutes of TVD (loved it).  Has a certain network assumed that NFL and CW audiences wouldn’t overlap?  Mais, je comprends…un peu.  The CW wouldn’t be able to compete against season premieres of CBS or NBC dramas.  FYI.  Nikita uses a Dell laptop.  Maggie Q is…mon dieu.  Elle est tres belle.  Ses jambes et bras sont magnifiques.  The production values of Nikita remind me of Prison Break and CSI: MiamiAshton Holmes is in it!  The fight choreography and editing could be improved in terms of aesthetics and match-on-action.

6. I like the unobtrusive score bar of NBC.  It’s on the bottom of the screen and doesn’t take much space.

7.  The Vikings wore purple jerseys.  The Saints wore white jerseys.

8.  I was in the loo when Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma intercepted Brett Favre in the second quarter.

9.  Was Andrea Kremer wearing less eye make-up?

10.  Six minutes into the third quarter, Saints wide receiver Lance Moore’s helmet popped off after a particular play had ended.  He was on a knee and kept nodding his head.  A Vikings player tossed the helmet to Moore and then patted him on the buttocks.

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NFC Championship 2010: the Saints crawfish bead the Vikings

Well, the Indianapolis Colts out-shined the New York Jets in the AFC Championship game.  Which NFC team would be butting heads with the Colts at Super Bowl XLIV?  Would the Minnesota Vikings bring in the cold and mead or would the New Orleans Saints ferry over some rhythm and blues?  Televised by Fox, with commentary by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the Vikings went on offense first.  Running back Adrian Peterson made a touchdown at the end of this possession.  Saints running back Pierre Thomas tied the game with a TD run when his team got the ball.   Minnesota 7 and New Orleans 0.  Brett Favre connected with wide receiver Sidney Rice towards the bottom of the quarter, giving the Vikings seven more points.  Minnesota 14 and New Orleans 7.

The second quarter started with the Saints tying the game once again with a TD connection between Drew Brees and wide receiver Devery Henderson.  Minnesota 14 and New Orleans 14.  The second quarter drew to a close with the Vikings recovering a muffed punt to the ten-yard line and then Adrian Peterson losing control of the ball.

The Saints charged into the third quarter with a Pierre Thomas TD.  New Orleans 21 and Minnesota 14 (televised slow-motion replays revealed that Thomas’s left knee hit the ground before the ball crossed the goal line).  Adrian Peterson lost control of the ball on the Vikings next possession, but his teammate fullback Naufahu Tahi jumped on the ball.  With the legs and grip of tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who moved the ball down the field, Adrian Peterson was able to put another TD on board.  New Orleans 21 and Minnesota 21.  Peterson recovered his own fumbled ball nearing the bottom of the third quarter.  Three times a lady fumble!  Minutes later, Brett Favre was intercepted by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.   Favre was brought down to the ground hard and had to hop off the field with a teammate on either side of him.

The top of the fourth quarter indicated ostensibly that the Vikings were getting sloppy Joey with their game-play.  There was another loose ball.  Saints defensive tackle Remi Ayodele got a hold of the ball after it rolled away from players on both teams.  Saints running back Reggie Bush managed to break the bottom right corner of the end zone for a TD.  New Orleans 28 and Minnesota 21.  Just when it seemed like Minnesota was closing the offensive gap, the ball gets away from them and Vilma nabbed it.  Luckily for the Vikings, the Saints didn’t score.  When Minnesota returned to offense, Adrian Peterson ended up breaking the plane.  New Orleans 28 and Minnesota 28.  The Vikings were playing the fourth-down-and-goal yo-yo and instead of getting his kicker to a decent yard-line, he threw an interception.  Cornerback Tracy Porter cradled that prolate spheroid like it was a free puppy.

Can we spell O-V-E-R-T-I-M-E?  The Saints won the coin toss.  Kicker Garrett Hartley’s forty-yard field goal attempt was good.  New Orleans 31 and Minnesota 28.  The New Orleans Saints are the NFC Champions and will send some rhythm and blues to Super Bowl XLIV.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck wore a light gray suit, a light blue button-down shirt, and a caramel-bronze tie.  Troy Aikman wore a dark navy suit, a white button-down shirt, and a metallic gray tie.  The juxtaposition was a bit odd.

2.  Kris Allen sang the National Anthem.  I would say that Jordin Sparks did a much better job singing in the AFC Championship game.  She sang like she meant it; he belted like he didn’t want to mess up.

3.  The Vikings wore white jerseys and the Saints wore black.

4.  The Saints have a life-sized pound-puppy of a mascot.

5.  Sidney Rice did a little shoulder shake in the end zone after he made the TD catch in the first quarter.

6.  If you watched this game or have been following the Vikings in the news, then you know that Brett Favre and many of the offensive players wore ear plugs.

7.  Drew Brees launched the ball into the back right corner of the end zone in the second quarter; Devery Henderson flew to it like a bird of prey snatching up a field mouse.

8.  Vikings safety Madieu Williams’s first name is perverted French for “my god.”  “Dieu” is masculine, so “my god” should be “mon dieu.”

9.  George Bush Sr. and his wife Barbara were in attendance.  I believe the former President was wearing a dark navy suit, a white button-down shirt and a red shirt.

10. Who’s going to have the most sleepless night: Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Brad Childress, or Zygi Wilf?

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NFL Playoffs 2010: the Vikings Thor up the Cowboys

Tick tock, fish stock, cake icing and port, I smell a talent show worth a hundred crowns.   Translation: the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings took turns pinning the tail on the donkey for a seat at the NFC Championship game.  Broadcast on Fox, with commentary by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the first quarter started with the Cowboys on offense.  Five minutes into the quarter, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got sacked and Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams jumped on the ball.  Minnesota didn’t do much with the turnover, though.  The Cowboys elected to go with a forty-eight yard field goal, but the ball didn’t sail through the uprights.  I believe it went wide-left.  In the middle of the first quarter, neither team scored yet.  With four minutes left, though, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Sidney Rice.  Minnesota 7 and Dallas 0.

The second quarter brought the Cowboys offense down the field and into the red zone.  Romo made an excellent connection with tight end Martellus Bennett.  I’m talking two line segments traveling to a right angle, where the catch is the right angle.  Kicker Shaun Suisam didn’t miss the second FG.  Minnesota 7 and Dallas 3.  The middle of the quarter saw Brett Favre and Sidney Rice connecting again for a TD.  Minnesota 14 and Dallas 3.  A faked hand-off by Tony Romo failed as Vikings defensive end Jared Allen compelled the ball to get loose.  Linebacker Ben Leber scooped up the ball for Minnesota.  This turnover resulted in a field goal.  Minnesota 17 and Dallas 3.

The third quarter rocked down eight minutes and Shaun Suisam missed a field goal.  Jubilation filled the air as Brian Leber intercepted Tony Romo with sixty seconds left in the quarter.  A Vikings field goal commenced the fourth quarter.  Halfway through the quarter, Brett Favre and Sidney Rice got together a third time for a TD.  When there was just under two minutes left on the clock, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe made a TD catch in the end zone.  Minnesota 34 and Dallas 3.  Final score.  The Minnesota Vikings are going to play the New Orleans Saints next week in the NFC Championship game.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck wore a grayish-green/brown suit, a white button-down shirt, and a peculiar tie–it looked like flayed flesh.  Troy Aikman wore a navy suit, a white button-down shirt, and a humdrum burgundy tie.  They’re like Sunday’s Best Ken and Corporate Meeting Ken.

2.  The Vikings wore purple jerseys, the Cowboys white.

3.  The momentum of Sidney Rice’s first quarter TD brought him close to colliding with the Minnesota mascot.  If it was not the official mascot, then it was some middle-aged white dude in Nordic cosplay.

4.  Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards’s right knee appeared to be causing him pain in the play preceding the Cowboys’ punting the ball away  just before four minutes left in the third quarter.  In a subsequent slow-motion replay, where the camera was focused on Tony Romo post-snap, one could see Ray Edwards in the fetus position, in the foreground screen-right, with a Cowboys player looking down and reaching and arm towards him.

6.  SMOOTHIE SUDDENLY SUSAN?!  Prince, looking as lithe as ever, up in a box on the Vikings side of things?!  The telecast had side-by-side windows of him with Bud Grant.

7.  Dallas linebacker Keith Brooking went over to the Minnesota sidelines and barked some unkind things after the Visanthe Shiancoe TD.  This footage captured him in longshot with his back facing the camera.

8.  Post-game interview of Brett Favre in close-up made his face look like a piece of honey-baked ham.  “I’m kind of worn out, but it is, emotional for me…” he remarked regarding the feeling of having won.

9.  Sleep in heavenly peace, Gaines Adams.

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Tiffany’s Umbrella Mon dieu, my good man.  Ce n’est pas foir.  Elle est tres sekshihan.   And I thought I liked Marie Digby’s cover of it.

NFL Films: J’aime beaucoup le Skycam

I recently got my hands on two wonderful boxsets from NFL Films:

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5 of the Minnesota Vikings’ greatest games

and 10 of the Philadelphia Eagles’ greatest games.

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Each disc contained in these boxsets is an entire broadcast game, spanning at least two decades.  I watched about an hour’s worth of the Eagles’ games.  Specifically:

NFC Championship Eagles vs. Cowboys January 11, 1981 (18 days before my last non-breath in utero).

Eagles vs. Redskins November 12, 1990 (a  Monday Night Football game and originally televised on ABC).

NFC Championship Eagles vs. Falcons January 23, 2005 (6 days before my twenty-fourth birthday).

I shall return with more in-depth thoughts after I’ve watched some of the Vikings games as well, but I’d like to mention now that the NFC Championship of the 2004-2005 season occurred one year before I started watching televised football.  In just comparing and contrasting the aesthetics (screen graphics) from the early 80s to the early 90s and to the 21st century, what a difference the Skycam makes.   Score graphics from yesteryear (before and after the Cold War ended) certainly betray the datedness of the broadcasts, but the introduction of the Skycam added a dynamic visual dimension that I had taken for granted in the few years since I first started watching football on the television (playoffs of 2006).

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NFC Wildcard 2009: Eagles flatline the Vikings

Justin Four. The second 2009 AFC wildcard game was towed in by the Baltimore Ravens. They beat the Miami Dolphins 27 to 9 (on CBS) and will go up against the Tennessee Titans next week for the divisional crown (unless I hallucinated this bit of info when I was watching the Fox pre-game show). Click here for details. As for the NFC? The Philadelphia Eagles slugged over to the frontal cortex of the Minnesota Vikings. Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter began with the Eagles on offense. Three minutes later, the Vikings took to offense then gave the ball back to the Eagles. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson returned the punt for sixty-two yards. A few plays later, kicker David Akers flung up a forty-three yard field goal. Rinsed and repeated (for fifty-one yards) at the bottom of the quarter. Philadelphia 6 and Minnesota 0.

The second quarter burst out with a forty-yard touchdown by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Minnesota 7 and Philadelphia 6. The Eagles’ third field goal put them back on top, 9 to 7. A powdery dust of the white stuff later, Vikings quarterback Tavaris Jackson threw an interception. Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel made the snatch for a TD. Philadelphia 16 and Minnesota 7. Woohoo! Attendez! Were the Nordic ones going to back down? Jamais. Adrian Peterson got his two femurs into the end zone in the pit of the quarter. A sneeze afterwards, Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin stole the pass Donovan McNabb targeted at wide receiver Kevin Curtis. Going into halftime, Philadelphia 16 and Minnesota 14.

The third quarter started off with Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser making a couple strides down into the Eagles’ nest. I wonder how long it took for Kleinsasser to learn how to spell his last name. Man, man, man. Vikings defensive end Jared Allen knocked the ball out of McNabb’s grip with about a minute left in the quarter. Defensive tackle Fred Evans lunged after the ball.

The fourth quarter ticktocked down to 6.5 minutes when Eagles running back Brian Westbrook made a seventy-one yard mad dash into the end zone. Philadelphia 23 and Minnesota 14. Fanks the gourd. The Vikings still had time to do some rhythmic gymnmathematics, but then Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker recovered a poorly snapped ball with under three minutes on the clock. Anything you’d have done, I’m gonna do betta. Boiling down to around two minutes, the Eagles nudged up their numbers with a field goal. Enfin, beating Minnesota 26 to 14, the Eagles are off to shoot bottle caps with the New York Giants for the NFC divisional game next week.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators. The more of Joe Buck that I see, the more I think he looks like a sixth grade science teacher. The words “igneous,” “proton” and “asthenosphere” could come rolling out of his mouth…and convincingly.

2. Kevin Curtis was sporting a moustache. I’m not a fan of facial hair but he still looks marvelous.

3. The first half undoubtedly demonstrated that both teams were full of intensity and “know-how,” but all of their effort paid off in table spoons rather than buckets. Yes, DeSean Jackson plucked Tavaris Jackson’s ball out of its trajectory and Adrian Peterson got to the end zone twice, and yet….

4. Taylor Hicks apparently sang the national anthem before the game started tonight. I missed it or it wasn’t televised.

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