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NFL 2016: Chargers buzzed the Falcons

I started watching the game between the San Diego Chargers and the Atlanta Falcons somewhere in the second quarter.  I saw the Falcons do some encouraging and awesome offensive and defensive maneuvers.  While the Falcons were in the lead, I contemplated the following:

Psychological studies on the fervor of sports spectatorship, particularly American football, argue that vicariously experiencing the wins and losses is emotionally palpable on account of psychological attachment. In watching the San Diego Chargers both keep the Atlanta Falcons on their toes and boost their egos, I wonder if the cumulative excitement, disappointment or anxiety over a game’s outcome isn’t an indication that we (secretly) believe in community and need it as a catharsis. Even for us unapologetic lone wolves, iconoclasts, and other variations on a theme of isolationism.

And then the Chargers went and won the game by three points in overtime.  33 to 30.  Get game summary, stats, and play by play here.


NFL 2012: Falcons monster mash the Chargers

The Atlanta Falcons hopped time zones to the west and went up against the San Diego Chargers.  The first quarter was mostly uneventful until Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and running back Jacquizz Rodgers put together a touchdown. There was no extra point, though, due to wonky ball trajectory.  I didn’t watch the second quarter or part of the third quarter, but when I did tune back in, I was amazed that the Falcons were in the lead with 20 points to the Chargers’ 3.  And then the top of the fourth quarter happened.  Although the Falcons defense was sharp and nimble, the Chargers’ defense brought out their own glow sticks when cornerback Antoine Cason intercepted Matt Ryan.

The Falcons weren’t about to be disheartened, though.  By the end of their next possession, running back Michael Turner made a trip to the end zone.  Atlanta 27 and San Diego 3.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Michael Turner’s fourth quarter TD was followed by brief end zone celebrating in the form of him giving wide receiver Roddy White a piggy-back-ride for a couple of steps.

2.  The Falcons second quarter TDs were made by tight end Tony Gonzalez and wide receiver Julio Jones.

3.  Upon returning from commercial break at the two minute warning, the Fox broadcast included some footage of Matt Ryan and Falcons owner Arthur Blank talking and intertwining forearms.

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NFL 2009: Steelers shrug off the Chargers

I didn’t watch any NFL during the day because I had a previous engagement; the Atlanta Falcons didn’t play today either.  I certainly wasn’t going to miss the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers on Sunday Night Football.   Al Michaels (wearing a dark navy suit, light blue button-down shirt, and a gold and navy diagonally striped tie) and Cris Collinsworth (dressed in a black suit, a thinly striped button-down shirt, and a metallic pink tie) narrated the event.

The first quarter started with six plays, seventy-nine yards, and a Steelers touchdown courtesy of running back Rashard Mendenhall.  More than halfway through the quarter, running back Mewelde Moore made a TD.  Pittsburgh 14 and San Diego 0.  The second quarter trotted all the way down without a score for the Chargers, but the Mendenhall forged his way into the end zone for another Steelers TD.  Going into halftime, Pittsburgh 21 and San Diego 0.

The third quarter began with another Steelers TD (thanks to tight end Heath Miller).  Pittsburgh 28 and San Diego 0.  I like the Steelers, but goodness graceland, come on Chargers!  Where’s the noise?  Where’s the power?  Where’s the suspense?  I guess I got what I wanted because Chargers tight end Antonio Gates made a TD catch (in the replay, Cris Collinsworth said that Gates used to play basketball “and he’s playing basketball here” or something along those lines).  Pittsburgh 28 and San Diego 7.

Chargers fullback Devin Hester somehow got the ball out of a heap of bodies in the top of the fourth quarter and ran it in for a TD.  No whistle blew between the materialization of that heap and Hester’s running toward the end zone.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged whether or not the ball should’ve been called dead before Hester got his hands on it.  He lost the challenge.   The Steelers shoved back with a TD with Mewelde Moore throwing a TD pass to Heath Miller halfway through the quarter.  Antonio Gates got himself into the end zone a couple minutes later.  The Chargers then recovered a fumbled Steelers ball and wide receiver Chris Chambers sliced through the front corner of the end zone .   Pittsburgh 35 and San Diego 28.  How would the Steelers respond?  A forty-six yard field goal attempt.  Kicker Jeff Reed got it done.   Pittsburgh 38 and San Diego 28.   Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was wearing a cap with a hot pink bill (on top).  Ah…breast cancer awareness month. I want those pink gloves the players are wearing.

2.  The Steelers’ bright yellowish-orange helmets makes me think of orange Fanta and American cheese.

3.  A minute and a half before halftime, Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels stressed the importance for women to get mammograms.

4.  New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees spoke with Bob Costas via satellite during halftime.  Brees should just shave his head.  His bangs aren’t very bangin’.

5.  Andrea Kramer wore a light blue leather jacket.  Very Jetsons.

6.  Cris Collinsworth has no shoulders.  Just like BoA the Korean pop singer who’s been more active in the Jpop music scene and attempted to break into the American music industry.

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Pre-S 09: the Falcons moon-dust the Chargers

The boys of the Pacific, the San Diego Chargers, drifted eastward to Atlanta to shake the chandelier with the Falcons.  Broadcast on CBS, commentary was provided by Greg Gumbel and Dan Fouts.

The first score of the game occurred in the first half of the first quarter.  Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers chucked the ball to running back Darren Sproles.   San Diego 7 and Atlanta 0.   The Falcons answered that TD with one of their own.  With Matt Ryan quarterbacking, wide receiver Brian Finneran made a twelve-yard catch in the end zone (or rather a catch and a few steps into the end zone).   An amazing Roddy White reception preceded this TD by a couple of plays.  Atlanta 7 and San Diego 7.

The second quarter ticked halfway through and Chargers running back Michael Bennett jetted off forty-eight yards for a TD.   San Diego 14 and Atlanta 7.   Jason Elam put up a forty yard field goal for the Falcons in the bottom of the second.  San Diego 14 and Atlanta 10.  Billy Volek then stepped in as QB for the Chargers.  With under a minute left in the quarter, Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd broke the plane with his right hand (and as soon as the ball hit the turf, the ball came out of his grip).  San Diego 21 and Atlanta 10.  Jason Elam stepped onto the field with seconds left on the clock.  He sent the ball thirty-nine yards through the uprights.  San Diego 21 and Atlanta 13.

The third quarter featured Charlie Whitehurst as quarterback for the Chargers.  Chris Redman then went in as QB for the Falcons.  The fourth quarter said hello to a Falcons TD, which Redman ran in himself (twenty-two yards).  San Diego 21 and Atlanta 20.  The Chargers increased the gap with a Nate Kaeding field goal in the bottom of the quarter.  San Diego 24 and Atlanta 20.  With fewer than twenty seconds to play, Chris Redman connects with wide receiver Eric Weems for a TD.  Atlanta 27 and San Diego 24.

Observations  & Miscellania:

1.  Did Dan Fouts say of Matt Ryan, “he is smart, he is tall” in the expository broadcast pre-kickoff chat?

2.  Compared to last year, Matt Ryan has definitely grown up in the way he carries himself.  At the same time, though, a few extreme close-ups (before snaps) in the first quarter revealed such a youthful exuberance and eagerness.

3.  After returning from commercial break (that followed Michael Bennett’s TD in the second quarter), the camera was focused on the Falcons bench.  Mike Smith, filmed in high angle medium long shot, was speaking and gesturing passionately about what his players could no longer permit the other guy to do on the field.

4.  How sweet.  In the middle of the third quarter, Chargers fullback Jacob Hester was walking towards the huddle and trying to put his left shoulder pad back under his uniform.  He was having trouble doing it and his teammate wide receiver Legedu Naanee gave him a hand.  Love it.  I love moments like this one.

5.  Greg Gumbel noted in the third quarter that Charlie Whitehurst went to Chattahoochee High School.

6.  Matt Ryan spoke to the commentators via headset in the fourth quarter.  His irises were so dark and filled up so much of his eyes.  Oooo! he licked his lips right before he took off the headset!

7.  Great job Chris Redman!

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AFC Divisional 2009: Steelers storm out the Chargers

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers put all they’ve got on the table for the chance to go to the AFC Championship.  Broadcast on CBS and set in swirly snowflakes of Heinz Field, the first quarter bolted out–no pun intended–with a Chargers touchdown by wide receiver Vincent Jackson.  San Diego 7 and Pittsburgh 0.  Minutes later, Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes returned a punt for sixty-eight yards, flew into the end zone, and toppled a photographer on the sidelines.   It was such a beauty.  The snow, his running–like a bumble bee or yellow jacket into the night.  Another Fortune Cookie moment.  Both teams tied 7.

One of the cameras cut to an extreme close-up of Chargers punter Brett Scifres (pronounced “sigh-fruh-ss”) after that TD.  He wore the look of shock and irritation.

The second quarter continued beyond seven minutes and then Vincent Jackson made a job-dropping leap of a forty-three yard catch.  Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin challenged the complete pass call.  He won the challenge.  Jackson caught the ball in mid-air, but upon hitting the turf, the ball bounced out of his hands.  The Chargers had to punt the ball away.  Nate Kaeding attempted a forty-two yard field goal with two minutes on the clock.  He did it.  San Diego 10 and Pittsburgh 7.  Steelers running back Willie Parker was able to zip across the front, left corner of the end zone with fewer than seventy seconds left in the quarter.  Thus, going into halftime Pittsburgh 14 and San Diego 10.

The third quarter started with Steelers on offense.  That drive, consisting of thirteen plays, ticked all the way to seven minutes for a touchdown by tight end Heath Miller.  Pittsburgh 21 and San Diego 10.  The Chargers shoved back with a sixty-three yard kick-return by running back Darren Sproles.  One play later, Steelers linebacker Larry Foote recovered a loose Chargers ball (technically, his teammate James Harrison got to the ball first but Foote came up with it).  Chargers head coach Norv Turner challenged the interception ruling.  He lost the challenge.  Towards the bottom of the quarter, Steelers punter Mitch Berger kicked the ball down the field, which bounced off Chargers strong safety Eric Weddle’s helmet.   The Steelers got the ball back.

The fourth quarter lashed out without a TD or a field goal by the Steelers…as the previous plays had suggested would surely happen.  But they got that missed score soon enough.  Running back Gary Russell broke the plane sufficiently for a TD.  Pittsburgh 28 and San Diego 10.  Steelers defensive end Brett Kiesel sacked Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers a couple plays later.  After he got up, Kiesel took three to four steps while doing a downward figure-eight, row-row-row-your-boat movement with his arms.   The Chargers got a TD on the board courtesy of wide receiver Legedu Naanee (the first of his career) with about nine minutes on the clock.  Willie Parker got his galloping legs into the end zone some five minutes later.  Pittsburgh 35 and San Diego 17.  Byron Leftwich stepped in as Steelers quarterback for Ben Roethlisberger in the bottom of the quarter.  With under two minutes to play, Darren Sproles ran sixty-two yards into the end zone for a TD.  Pittsburgh 35 and San Diego 24.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators.  They both wore dark suits, light blue button-down shirts, and v-neck sweaters.  Nantz wore a silverish/blue tie and a bluish-gray sweater, Simms a silver and bluish-gray, fat, diagonally striped tie and a dark blue/or black sweater.

2.  What’s this?  While Nate Kaeding was putting up the extra point in the top of the first quarter, the commentators mentioned something about Vincent Jackson’s DUI from the past week.

3.  The Steelers wore yellow pants–black stripe down the outer leg–and black jerseys with yellow sleeves.  The Chargers wore blue pants with–white/bolt stripe down the outer leg–and white jerseys.  The uniforms made me think of yellow jackets and blueberry muffins.

4.  Read more about The Fortune Cookie here.

5.  Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has a great speaking voice.  Watch him on Craig Ferguson’s show from last year.   Gates’s voice reminds me of Tone Loc ‘s. You know. “Funky Cold Medina.”

6.  Chargers linebacker Shaun Phillips got elbowed in the adam’s apple/throat area in the bottom of the second quarter.  He walked off the field a couple minutes later.  To his left? An Asian man.  A Dr. Calvin Wong, methinks.  The Chargers’ opthamologist is Dr. Mihir (Max) Parikh.

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