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NFL 2016: Falcons scoot the Raiders over the dock

I watched most of the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Oakland Raiders.  Televised on CBS from sunny California, both teams were neck-and-neck throughout the game.  Were it not for the Falcons’ field goals in the second quarter and the Raiders’ missed FG (in the first half of the game if memory serves), the Raiders could’ve won by two points.  But they didn’t.  The Falcons had this one….won.  (pun intended!)

Final score 35 to 28.  Get game summary, stats, and more here.

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And now for some YouTube finds.  I’ve recently come across this Scottish YouTuber named Erin.  She vlogs about being Scottish, paranormal activity, and other aspects of her life.


I don’t remember how it is I found JoeGo101‘s channel.  It must’ve been a recommended video on the sidebar, and it was this video:



Off the Wall with cuts and blue roses

So we will go no more a reading about fictional science;

go stand, please, not even in the corner, just go out the door;

But don’t you take anything with you, don’t betray my trust;

because in the end, it is you who will be lost.

Oh, and as for the blue roses.



Like bands through the power molasses, so does DeAngelo Hall go to the Redskins.

NFL 08: the Falcons goldeneye the Raiders

The Atlanta Falcons cruised to the west coast to black jack with the Oakland Raiders. Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with a touchdown for the Falcons; quarterback Matt Ryan threw to wide receiver Michael Jenkins. The Falcons put another TD on the board on their next possession, courtesy of running back Jerious Norwood, who leaped over one of the Raiders into the end zone. Atlanta 14 and Oakland 0. The second quarter started with another Falcons TD–twenty-seven yards between Matt Ryan’s hands and Michael Jenkins in the end zone. Falcons 21 and Raiders 0. Atlanta increased their lead with a field goal just passed the halfway mark in the second quarter. 24 to 0.

The third quarter was scoreless. The fourth quarter began with Raiders defensive end Kalimba Edwards sacking Matt Ryan. A Falcons field goal attempt was no good. About halfway through the fourth quarter, the Raiders got to the red zone. Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell threw into the end zone–into the hands of Falcons safety Erik Coleman. The fourth quarter was scoreless too. Atlanta 24 and Oakland 0. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. JC Pearson and Matt Vasgersian were commentators. They wore much more eye-friendly ties. Pearson wore a light blue button-down shirt and a tie much like this one. Vasgersian wore a white button-down shirt and a tie like this one (with a set of green/gray in the stripes rather than black).

2. Raiders running back Darren McFadden was unable to play today on account of an injury.

3. So the commentators talked about Falcons running back Michael Turner’s numbers and that they haven’t been consistent in the past Sundays. Shall we just call this one, “things tend toward the mean” ?

4. The Raiders’ defense was on the field for forty-plus minutes by the time of the fourth quarter, as the commentators noted. They also mentioned that the last time the Falcons beat the Raiders was in late 80s when the Raiders were still a Los Angeles team.

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

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.

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

Off Topic: First day of the octagon

August, September, and October confuse me when I’m writing them numerically as dates.

August = 8

September = 9

October = 10

December = 12

Sept (from the Latin septua) also means 7. The number 7 is “sept” in French. Oct is the numerical prefix for the number 8. There’s also December, the twelfth month. “Dec,” however, is the prefix for the number 10– decade, decagon, decimal. When I think of the month of August, I’m able to write “8” as an abbreviation without trouble.

September, October, and December, though, come less automatically. I sometimes end up writing 7, 8, and 10 respectively.

Pick up a few NFL items on your way out.

Nick Bakay (two syllables, sounds like “buh-kay”) on the Steelers retro-forms. He calls them a “brown paper bag.” I’m thinking of UPS and chili soup.
Vic Carucci on work, process, methodology as sanctuary.

— The Raiders shoo Lane Kiffin to the corner. Click here for the details.

— Oh but can the Falcons hold their own against the Packers on Sunday? Click here for more.