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You Spy your gridiron hero

Edit:  I watched most of the pre-season game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles tonight.  It was aired on Fox; Daryl Johnston and Kenny Albert provided commentary.  Colts 23 and Eagles 15.  Final score.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Before I get back to the regularly scheduled blog entry, I just have to say that Kevin Curtis amazes me still…and not just because I happen to think il est tres beau.  He’s beautiful.  His spirit is substantial.  It’d probably leave behind footprints if one looked hard enough.  Handprints.   Another player that caught my intrigue: Eagles safety Quintin Mikell is very articulate.  Curt Menefee interviewed him on the sidelines.

I also want to mention one of the crowd shots.  In the first half of the fourth quarter, I believe, the camera juxtaposed two couples–one pair Colts fans and the other Eagles fans.  The female in both couples was using a hand-held mobile device.  Speaking of which, according to the commentators, Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, banned players using cell phones, Blackberries, and iPhones ninety minutes prior to a game and through the end of the game.  It was implemented a couple years ago.  Ninety minutes? Really?  What if there’s a family emergency?  Is there a designated “receptionist” that will pass along such messages?

Okay, now back to the regularly scheduled post.

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What would you do if you were in public somewhere and came across an athlete that you respect and admire very much?   Would you just bask in the (sur)reality of their presence?  Would you say hello in as friendly and deferential manner as you could demonstrate? Would your decision to acknowledge him/her be dependent upon whether or not you and s/he were alone?

Would you go for a photo op if it seemed appropriate?

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NoteThe above picture is a work of creative fiction.

NFC Divisional 2009: Eagles chocolate sauce the Giants with glee

The Philadelphia Eagles parked their flock of feathers on the trellis of the New York Giants’ garden.  They both want to go to the NFC Championship.  Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter began with the Giants and a field goal.  New York 3 and Philadelphia 0.  Halfway through the first quarter,  Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel intercepted Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s pass and ran the ball into the red zone.  Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb broke the goal line eventually for a touchdown.  Philadelphia 7 and New York 3.

The second quarter started with the Giants getting a safety.  Philadelphia 7 and New York 5.  Five or so minutes later, Giants kicker John Carney missed a forty-six yard field goal.  Towards the bottom of the quarter, Donovan McNabb’s throw (3rd and 9 on the NY 41) landed in the bosom of Giants cornerback Kevin Dockery.   John Carney made the field goal in the bottom of the quarter.  New York 8 and Philadelphia 7.  Going into halftime, Eagles kicker David Akers and a twenty-five yard field goal was good.  Philadelphia 10 and New York 8.

The third quarter started off with a forty-six yard kickoff-return by Eagles safety Quintin Demps.  And then, d’oh! Turnover. Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins spirited the ball away on the next play;  Eagles wide receiver Kevin Curtis had to bring him down.  A field goal later, the Giants took the lead by one point.  11 to 10.  The Eagles flung up a field goal of their own for the lead again.  13 to 11.  John Carney missed a forty-seven yard field goal with about four minutes of play left.

The Eagles extended their lead with a tight end Brent Celek TD catch in the top of the quarter.  Philadelphia 20 and New York 11.  Another Eagles field goal towards the bottom of the quarter put the score to Philadelphia 23 and New York 11.  Eli Manning threw a second interception shortly thereafter.  Eagles safety Quintin Mikell got his hands on the ball.  Another turnover with under a minute to play.  Philadelphia 23 and New York 11. Final score.  Numerically a first?  The Eagles are going to the NFC Championship.   Wahoo!

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators.

2.  The temperature at the Meadowlands today was thirty degrees.  The Giants sat on the sunny side of the field.  The Eagles sat in the shadow.

3.  By the middle of the second quarter, Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora was on the sidelines supporting his teammates.  He was wearing a dark  gray/light black suit, v-neck sweater (vest), and chewing ice blue gum.  He had to sit most of the season out due to a knee injury in late August.

4.  Bottom of the third quarter.  Donovan McNabb attempted to connect with Kevin Curtis.  The sideline judge threw down the yellow flag for pass interference on Giants cornerback Corey Webster.  The foul was retracted after the officials had a discussion.  On the next play, McNabb linked up with tight end LJ Smith.  Giantslinebacker Antonio Pierce was cited for a face mask penalty.  Specifically, I believe the the referee said “major face mask.”

5.  Before cutting to commercial in the bottom of the fourth quarter (after the two-minute warning), the camera cut to an extreme close-up of a male Giants fan, probably in his thirties…asleep.  He wore a blue ski-cap, had half his face painted, and he was asleep.  His friends aren’t going to let him live it down.

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

‘Tis the Season: Eagles swat the Cowboys

I’m being attacked by a dull-pulse headache, so there won’t be an entry on the New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins game tonight.

The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t play pattycake in their game today (on Fox).

The first quarter was scoreless. The second quarter was supposed to give the Cowboys a touchdown at the top of the quarter but Eagles safety Quintin Mikell intercepted the ball at the back of the end zone–it was quite stunning–but I like the Cowboys so I wasn’t cheering or anything–but because he fumbled the ball, Dallas retained possession (running back Marion Barber jumped on it). Soon afterwards, the Cowboys put the first set of numbers on the board with a field goal. Seconds before the second quarter ended, Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown made a TD.

The Cowboys made another field goal in the top of the third quarter. The Eagles widened their lead over Dallas with a field goal in the top of the fourth quarter. Philadelphia 10. Dallas 6. Final score.

Am I upset that Dallas lost? I like them as a team, but I like Kevin Curtis, wide receiver for the Eagles. Il est tres mignon. My head hurts too much to be upset. Maybe surprised is more accurate–but then not that surprised. Many of the Cowboys were playing not 100 or even 90% healthy.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Cowboys safety Roy Williams was flagged for horse-collering Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb towards the bottom of the first quarter. McNabb may or may not still be on the Philadelphia team next season.

2. At the top of the second quarter, after a commercial break, the camera cut to Jessica Simpson wearing a Tony Romo jersey (a pink number 9).

3. After no opportunities to make TDs or catches last week, Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens  was able to do his thing (minus the TD) tonight in the top of the fourth quarter–after the Eagles made the field goal.

4. The Cowboys scored no touchdowns today. Three of Tony Romo’s throws were intercepted, including one in the bottom of the fourth quarter by Eagles safety Brian Dawkins.

5. In order for his team to keep possession of the ball and run the clock out, Eagles running back Brian Westbrook sacrificed a touchdown and downed himself at the one yard line.

For game summary, stats, and play by play, click here.