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NFL 08: Falcons de-pride the Lions

Opening day of the 2008 NFL regular season on Fox. The Detroit Lions went southwards to size up the Atlanta Falcons. The Lions tried (not well at all in the first quarter) and put up a decent retort (in the second and third quarters), but in the end. Falcons soared above.

Sweet holy tuna sandwich! Just two minutes into the first quarter and Matt Ryan, Falcons starting quarterback, threw a sixty-two yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Jenkins. On the Falcons’ second possession (about halfway through the first quarter), running back Michael Turner made a sixty-six yard dash into the end zone; he then put another TD on the board towards the end of the first quarter. Falcons 21. Lions nope.

Jon Kitna quarterbacked for Detroit. After three (?) attempts to make it into the end zone, Lions running back Kevin Smith finally made it through near the bottom of the quarter. Falcons 21. Lions 7. And then, like a giddy spatula on icing, wide receiver Roy Williams caught a TD pass (in a far corner of the end zone) with fewer than twenty-five seconds left on the clock. Going into halftime, Atlanta 21 and Lions 14.

Third quarter. Falcons safety Lawyer Milloy intercepted a Kitna pass in the top of the quarter. It was an awesome blossom. That drive ended in a field goal. Atlanta 24. Detroit 14. A bit after the halfway point of the third quarter, wide receiver Roddy White caught a forty-six yard pass from Matt Ryan, which got the Falcons down to end zone country. Running back Jerious Norwood made the TD. Atlanta 31. Detroit 14. In the bottom of the third, after Falcons cornerback Chris Houston gets a penalty (pass interference/illegal contact, je pense), the Lions put a TD on the board, thanks to tight end Casey FitzSimmons and a play action fake. Falcons 31 and Lions 21.

The fourth quarter began with what might have been a lovely third Michael Turner touchdown. Alas, it was subtracted–holding penalty on Roddy White–and that drive yielded a field goal instead. Falcons 34 and Lions 21. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. It was still, and I suspect always will be, a pleasure to watch Calvin Johnson reach into the air for the ball–even when he doesn’t hold on to the ball.

2. JC Pearson and Matt Vasgersian provided commentary for Fox.

3. Bottom of the second quarter and Jon Kitna became quite expressive on the sidelines with his frustration. Understandably expressive.

4. I do believe UGA’s Redcoat marching band performed during halftime.

5. According to the commentators, Lawyer Milloy did a stint in the MLB before venturing into football. They also said he is a “soccer dad in the off-season.”

6. Visually, the first thing that came to mind when Jerious Norwood went into the end zone in the third quarter was “prance.” A stag leap, which happens to be a gymnastic maneuver.

7. After returning from the commercial break at around ten minutes, one of the cameras revealed 11Alive’s Fred Kalil at the game sitting next to Gerald Riggs, a former NFL player. Michael Turner broke Riggs’s rushing record.

8. Matt Ryan is the eighth rookie quarterback to dominate and win on opening day.

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NFC Divisional 2008: the Giants pretzel-twist the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants compare lunch boxes at the Texas Stadium in Irving, TX in hopes of advancing to the NFC Championship Game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter took off with a touchdown by Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer.  In the top of the second quarter, Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens tied the game with a TD.  New York challenged it but the call stood. The second quarter ticked down to about a minute and Cowboys running back Marion Barber was awarded with a TD, which was then reviewed and stood.  After “twenty plays, ninety yards, and ten minutes and twenty-eight seconds of game-play,” as Joe Buck remarked, the Cowboys took the lead 14 to 7 going into halftime.  RIght? Wrong Amani Toomer made a TD catch with fewer than thirty seconds on the game clock.  Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and Cowboys strong safety Roy Williams had a scuffle after that play.    Both teams went into halftime tied 14 to 14.

The third quarter began with a field goal by the Cowboys, tie broken. 17 to 14.  The fourth quarter started with a touchdown by Brandon Jacobs; Giants in the lead with 21 points.  Several attempts by the Cowboys were ultimately futile as cornerback R.W. McQuarters intercepted the last pass by Tony Romo in the fourth quarter.  Final score: New York 21 and Dallas 17.

I’m sad.  I suppose I’m going to lend my support to the Green Bay Packers next week in the NFC Championship game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for this game.  I do believe Buck looks better in moving pictures than in still ones.

2. It’s not my imagination.  The music transition to and from commercial on these Fox NFL telecasts is a clone of the “Sleigh Ride” holiday song.  Specifically, the part that goes “giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap/ let’s go,/let’s look at the show/we’re riding in a wonderland of snow/giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap/it’s grand, just holding your hand/we’re gliding along with the song/of a wintry fairy land.”

3. Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has endured a torn ligament for most of the season, if I remember the commentators correctly.

4. There were two slow-motion instant replays concerning the Jacobs-Williams row.  The row itself (Jacobs tackled Willams and they essentially got caught up in a quasi-wrestling-tumbling maneuver; tthey stood up and started shoving) and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin mouthing something mostly along the lines of “that was a fuhcking face mask!”

5. Giants quarterback Eli Manning is twenty-six days older than I am.

6. After Brandon Jacobs made the TD in the top of the fourth quarter, he slammed the ball into the play clock, creating a metallic thwack sound.

7. By the end of the game, Dallas received eleven penalties.  New York three.

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‘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.

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