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NFL 2009: Giants leave the Redskins behind

The Washington Redskins and the New York Giants gathering by the knees.   Fox televised the game; Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were the commentators.  The first score of the game was a field goal for the Giants.  New York 3 and Washington 0.  The second quarter started with a tussle between Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss and cornerback Giants Corey Webster.  Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham ran Eli Manning’s pass into the end zone for a touchdown a few minutes into the quarter.  New York 10 and Washington 0.  In the bottom of the quarter, defensive end Osi Umenyiora got his hands around a fumbled Redskins ball and ran it in for a TD.  New York 17 and Washington 0.  With fewer than thirty seconds left in the first half, Redskins pretended to try a field goal and punter Hunter Smith was able to make a TD.  New York 17 and Washington 7.

The third quarter wormed down to under three minutes when Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall intercepted Eli Manning.  Would Redskins QB Jason Campbell be able to take advantage?  Not entirely.  They’d have to make do with a field goal.  New York 17 and Washington 10.   The Giants picked up a field goal in the top and bottom of the fourth quarter.  The Redskins didn’t stop trying, though.  Tight end Chris Cooley made a TD reception in the final 1.5 minutes of the game.  New York 23 and Washington 17.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Liquid nitrogen and a pool.  Pretty.

2.  The skycam swirled up and around the Giants huddle at the four minute mark in the second quarter.  Those Giants looked like action figures with that vertical spatial compression.

3.  When the commercial break ended after Oi Umenyiora made that TD, one of the cameras cut to him sitting on the bench.  He looked upwards and made some hand gestures towards the sky.  Was he thanking unseen forces?

4.  I’ve noticed for quite a long time now that persons in army fatigues have stood behind the end zones in many games.  I decided to google the phrase, “armed forces love NFL” to see what kinds of results are returned. Here’s something on Hines Ward.  Watching the NFL in Okinawa, Japan.  Searching “army NFL end zone” yields footballers in Kuwait.

5.  After Hunter Smith made the TD in the bottom of the second quarter (which was captured with the skycam as it happend), there was some slow-motion footage of Redksins head coach Jim Zorn chewing gum.  I’m going to take this moment to implore all networks never to include slow-motion of anyone chewing gum.

6.  Four minutes into the third quarter, the camera cut to a medium close-up of the Giants sidelines.  I’m not sure who was in the middle of the frame, but one of the non-suited Giants was screen-right in the background.  He had a water bottle that was half-filled with faintly pink liquid and was holding a silver packet close to his mouth as his head was tilted.  Kool Aid drink mixCrystal Light packet?

7.  Troy Aikman’s hands are quite large.  I am amused by the way Joe Buck looks at his colleague during cuts to the press box.  He appears to be listening intently, but on the other hand, he could also not be paying attention.  Is it what he does with his mouth?  And all those instances of swallowing? You can see hints of it here too.

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NFL 08: the Cowboys California roll the Redskins

A brief detour:

The Tennessee Titans hold on to their winning streak. They gnarled the Jacksonville Jaguars 24 to 14.

The Indianapolis Colts outdid the Houston Texans 33 to 27.

The Pittsburgh Steelers rose above the San Diego Chargers by a dollop of 11 to 10.

The Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals tied 13 to 13. Click here for the Yahoo Sports article about it–I especially enjoyed this sentence: It was the first tied game in the NFL since Nov. 10, 2002, when the Falcons and Steelers finished 34-34 with Michael Vick and Tommy Maddox matching each other pass for pass. In this one, the teams matched each other gaffe for gaffe.

Retour:

Around this time last year, the Dallas Cowboys and the Washington Redskins partied like it was 1999–and the Cowboys won the dance-off. Tonight, both teams got their techno-remix grooves back on in Redskins country for the ninety-sixth time in regular season. The first quarter rolled down halfway before anybody scored–Washington fullback Mike Sellers with a touchdown catch. Redskins 7 and Cowboys 0. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, once of the Falcons and most recently of the Raiders, intercepted Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo at the bottom of the quarter.

The second quarter marched to about eight minutes with Romo throwing another interception–Washington linebacker Rocky McIntosh grabbed the loose ball after Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens was hit. With fewer than a minute-and-a-half on the game clock, Cowboys running back Marion Barber got to the goal line and broke the plane. Washington and Dallas tied seven a piece. The touchdown ruling received an upstairs review–it stood. The Redskins then managed to break that tie with a field goal. Going into halftime, Washington 10 and Dallas 7.

The third quarter commenced with Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman intercepted Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell.  The ball had already reached its intended target, wide receiver Santana Moss, but Newman somehow got his hands between the Redskin and the ball.  A Washington field goal towards the bottom of the third quarter was tried but it wasn’t true.

The top of the fourth quarter sparkled with a series of receptions by Marion Barber.  There was also a “push-pass,” as John Madden dubbed it, that Tony Romo executed to wide receiver Miles Austin, which set up a TD made by tight end Martellus Bennett.  Dallas 14 and Washington 10.  Marion Barber lathered, rinsed, and repeated his running and dodging cherry-on-top magic in the bottom stretch of the fourth quarter.  In this quarter alone, Barber had his hand on the ball sixteen times (I believe).  The Cowboys have “saved their season,” as Al Michaels remarked.  14 to 10 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Al Michaels wore a black tie with gray/silver diagonal stripes–back slash direction. John Madden’s tie was gray/silver. It never ceases to amaze me how big are Madden’s hands.

2. I’m two years older than DeAngelo Hall. During one of the slow-motion replays of his interception, his body line was foregrounded. He’s not a big feller at 5’10 and 195. Proportionately, though, I’m sure his legs are much shapelier than mine. His. Mine.

3. Al Michaels uttered the word “flummoxed” concerning a timeout or two that the Redskins had to take nearing the bottom of the second quarter.

4. Tonight’s Line of Scrimmage segment featured EE Smith High School in Fayetteville, NC, which is the school most of the children of Fort Bragg’s service men and women attend.

5. Bruce Springsteen’s song “Working On a Dream” also premiered during halftime (roughly sixty seconds of the studio version). Je ne l’adore pas. Je pense que c’est trop simple; cette chanson est come des autres pop et roche. Melodically speaking. It would, however, be ideal for a truck commercial. Big shocker. The NFL and trucks go together than left-and-right.  Springsteen apparently performed it during a Barack Obama event just before election day.

6.  Tony Romo’s “push-pass” essentially consisted of a maneuver that reminded Al Michaels of a basketball move.  The ball was more or less “flung” towards a receiver.

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NFC Wildcard 2008: The Seahawks send the Redskins to the corner

The Washington Redskins went Pacific westward to Qwest Field in Seattle to flare nostrils before the Seahawks for a shot at the Super Bowl (game on NBC).

Seahawks fullback Leonard Weaver made the first touchdown of the game in the top of the first quarter. The second quarter increased Seattle’s lead by three points with a fifty yard field goal by kicker Josh Brown. Seahawks 10. Redskins 0. Such was the score going into halftime.

The third quarter produced a Seahawks field goal. Seattle 13 and Washington 0. At the top of the fourth quarter, Redskins wide receiver Antwaan Randle El scored his team’s first touchdown in the game. Washington wide receiver wide receiver Santana Moss put his team on top with a touchdown in the top of the fourth as well. Redskins 14. Seahawks 13. Just past the halfway point in the fourth quarter, Seahawks wide receiver DJ Hackett made a TD. Washington opted to go for a two-point conversion (ball caught by tight end Marcus Pollard). Seahawks 21. Redskins 14. On Washington’s next possession, Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted a pass meant for Santana Moss and made a seventy-eight yard touchdown. Seattle 28 and Washington 14. With less than a minute less to play in the fourth quarter, Seahawks defensive back Jordan Babineaux intercepted a Redskins pass and made a fifty-seven yard touchdown. Seattle 35 and Washington 14, final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. One of the game’s sponsors is KFC’s new hot wings sans sauce. I’d understand why a person would feed a bunch of TV viewers these things, but who would want to eat them? How can a hot wing still be a hot wing without any sauce? It’s just a piece of spicy fried chicken.

2. Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer was in the top of the stadium (end zone side with the flags) inciting the crowd to cheer. He was wearing Seahawks fan gear.

3. Matt Hasselbeck, quarterback for the Seahawks, threw an incomplete pass within two minutes into the game and during the replay of his reaction, his body language and facial expressions shouted: “Merde! Stupid. Gawd. Man.” I like a quarterback that displays emotion, but perhaps not to such a decipherable degree…so early in the game to boot.

4. Walt Coleman was the referee.

5. According to one of the commentators, not Cris Collingworth, the four Seahawks defensive players going to the Pro-Bowl are paying for the rest of the defensive team to go too (and their families, a little end-of-season vacation).

5. During halftime, there was a Line of Scrimmage video presented by Toyota on the Naples High School football team and its Pen Pal program where the players exchange letters with the youth football league. There was also a vignette about Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard and his struggle with Crohn’s disease.

6. After returning from a commercial break (just before the midway point in the third quarter), the camera cut to a medium shot of Tom Cruise in a VIP room at the game. Accompanying voice-over noted that Cruise is a buddy of Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

7. Redskins quarterback for this game was thirty-six year-old Todd Collins.

8. Redskins safety LaRon Landry intercepted a pass intended for Seahawks wide receiver Ben Obamanu. as Landry stumbled out of bounds, a cameraman had to leap over him and then landed chest-down on the sidelines ground (and he still had his camera on his right shoulder).

9. Qwest Field holds the record for hosting the most number of false starts, as one of the commentators remarked (I don’t recall which one). One of the commentators mentioned that the stadium is designed to funnel crowd noise onto the field–no wonder the title in false starts. During the October 14th game between Saints and the Seahawks, Al Michaels and John Madden noted that Qwest Field “been the stage for fifty-four opponent false starts in eighteen games since 2005.”

10. Jordan Babineaux’s younger brother Jonathan Babineaux is a defensive tackle for the Atlanta Falcons.

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‘Tis the Season: Redskins sprinkle-dust the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys against the Washington Redskins (game on Fox).  It was raining at Fedex Field.  Redskins running back Clinton Portis made the first touchdown of the game just after the halfway point of the first quarter.   At the top of the second quarter, the Redskins put a field goal on the board.  Dallas still no points…until near the bottom of the second quarter.  They made a field goal.  Before going to halftime, Washington made a field goal.

The third quarter progressed to the halfway point and Clinton Portis made a touchdown.  Washington 20 and Dallas 3.  The fourth quarter opened with a touchdown by Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss.   It continued with a Dallas field goal as attempts to get into the end zone and stay there for a completed pass were unsuccessful.   Final score Washington 27. Dallas 6.

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