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NFL 2016: Falcons peck the Saints and some Hidden Figures for ya

The first film I watched at the theatre this year was Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2017).  It is in my list of favorite films of 2016 (it opened in select theatres on Christmas Day and nationwide on January 6).*  The sports inspirational can be a sub-genre of the biopic, can the science inspirational be one too?  I don’t remember the last time I watched a movie where the audience clapped when the ending credits began.

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It’s obvious that the film wants to inspire and bring to light a part of history that many of us may otherwise not have known about, but Hidden Figures also reminds the viewers about the social norms of the times without being too cynical or overly tense.  Archival footage and newsreels serve to ground the film in its historical context while the wardrobe, the set design and the acting highlight the vibrancy and tenacity of smart women who weren’t timid.

A more sobering message, though, is that talent and genius still requires advocates and guides to flourish.  In a Subject-Other/Dominant-Subordinate dynamic, without the support of those with the authority or clout, all the hard work and good manners of the Other wouldn’t get a chance to prove its value.  Even when you’re confident without being arrogant and absolutely deserving of an opportunity (or reward), when was the last time you succeeded in your goal or reached the next outpost without assistance?

Theodore Melfi’s film is based on Margot Lee Shetterly‘s book of the same name.  Read more about it in this NPR article.

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In other news, the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons had a roll around the gridiron at the Georgia Dome today (the 199th and final regular season game here).  I started watching the game a minute into the fourth quarter — the Falcons were way up with points to the Saints’ 13.  By the bottom of the quarter with less than a minute left in the game, the Saints had decreased that score difference substantially.  Falcons 38 and Saints 32.  Final score.  Get game summary, stats and play-by-play here.

 

*The others are The Magnificent Seven, Moonlight,  Kubo and the Two Strings, Moana, Certain Women, Hell or High Water, Things to Come, and Lion.

NFL 2013: Saints Fredric March the Falcons in

But first.  Michael MacCambridge drew me a farm animal.

And now back to your regularly scheduled blog post:

The Atlanta Falcons side-stepped westward to face the New Orleans Saints in the first regular season game of 2013 (broadcast on Fox).  Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston provided commentary.  The Falcons were playing to the Saints’ fans’ liking until about six minutes into the game when quarterback Matt Ryan threw a fifty-two yard pass to wide receiver Harry Douglas, bringing the predatory birds within twenty yards of the end zone.  The Falcons soon hurled seven points on the scoreboard, courtesy of wide receiver Tony Gonzalez.  Their next go at the end zone resulted in a field goal. Atlanta 10 and New Orleans 0.

The Saints responded with a field goal five minutes into the second quarter.  Shortly thereafter, the Saints recovered a fumbled Julio Jones ball and tied the game with a touchdown.  Atlanta 10 and New Orleans 10.  Going into halftime, the Saints took the lead with another field goal.  New Orleans 13 and Atlanta 10.   Three minutes into the third quarter Falcons running back Steven Jackson barreled down the field fifty yards; a few plays later, Matt Ryan connected with Julio Jones for a TD.  Redemption.  Atlanta 17 and New Orleans 13.  The Saints were not intimidated as tight end Jimmy Graham outstretched his hands across the goal line for a TD.  New Orleans 20 and Atlanta 17.


The fourth quarter gave the Saints a bigger lead with another FG with three minutes left to play.  The Falcons got themselves to the seven yard line…and then the three yard line…and no luck for the birds.  New Orleans 23 and Atlanta 17.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:
1.  The graphics that appeared on screen beneath Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston when they introduced themselves included their Twitter handles.  I don’t recall this information included on the same graphic last season.

2.  Tony Siragusa‘s button-down shirt looked like pajama top: blue, white plaid.

3.  Tony Gonzalez dunked the ball over the cross beam after his first quarter TD.  The uprights looked mighty neon today.

4.  Overheard viewer: Every time I look up, Matt Ryan is getting up off his ass.

5.  The last time these two teams played each other, the Falcons won.  November 29, 2012.  Prior to that game, the last time the Falcons beat the Saints was September 26, 2010, November 9, 2008.

6.  Fredric March

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

NFL 2012: Falcons cookie crumble the Saints

NFL on Thursday night.  The New Orleans Saints in the Peach State.  Earlier in the month, the Atlanta Falcons fell to the Saints in LA.  Tonight’s rematch produced similar pangs of anxiety, anticipation and awe.  I started watching the game in the third quarter.   Just when it seemed that the Saints would have possession of the ball and run out as much of the clock as possible, Falcons safety William Moore intercepted Saints quarterback Drew Brees.  Atlanta 23 and New Orleans 13.  Final score.

CRUNCHY FRIED OKRA! THE FALCONS ARE 11-1!

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