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NFL 2015: Falcons Nose-Pick the Titans

It has been ages since I’ve talked about football in the context of a real game.  It has been full moons since I’ve mentioned real athletes or that the Atlanta Falcons‘ head coach is now Dan Quinn.

我完全知道這一點.

On August 14, the Tennessee Titans slid south to go up against the Atlanta Falcons in the first 2015 pre-season game.  The Falcons would beat the Titans 31 to 24.  Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.  If you’re an Atlanta fan, see quotes and visual aids here.

The reason I set up this blog was to continue writing about televised and cinematic football (and other sports as interest compelled).  Non-sports creative writing soon joined the lunch table and eventually overtook the menu.  I could’ve rebranded myself, I could still rebrand myself, but this blog is not my person.  It’s not my hair or my psyche, I don’t need to re-define it just because I have not written about sports or sports films in a very long time.

I’m keeping this identity because it’s something I developed genuine interest for during grad school.  And, it’s not such an integral part of my sense of self that in some ways it’s a sanctuary.  To think about the human body as kinesthetic, organic machines dissipates the relentless inner monologues that cry out the same lines I could spit blindly and still touch one of them.

Et puis, people who like sports and movies do like and think about things other than scoreboards, spandex, being hurt vs. being injured, and personal rituals correlated with the victory or defeat of one’s favorite team(s).

NFL 2009: Steelers vampire the Titans’ diaries

But first: Georgia Tech buffy-slayed Clemson 30 to 27.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans blessed the opening of the 2009 NFL season Thursday night.  Broadcast on NBC, and narrated by Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, the scoreboard remained empty for most of the first half.  The CW was also premiering its new undead-teen-fiction-turned-undead-teen-TV-show.  I watched it (Nina Dobrev, who plays the female lead, is lovely).  When the pilot was over, I flipped back to NBC and the score was still 0 – 0.

By the end of the first quarter, each team’s quarterback, the stealing Ben Roethlisberger and the tightening Kerry Collins, had thrown an interception.  The Steelers eventually beat the Titans 13 (a Santonio Holmes touchdown and two field goals), to 10 (a Justin Gage TD and a field goal) in overtime.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Goodness Graceland, Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels.  What were they wearing?  Collinsworth had on a white, long-sleeve button-down shirt, black pants, and a light blue tie with dark blue diagonally arranged squares on it.  Michaels wore a yellow long-sleeve button-down shirt, grey pants, and a gold and dark blue/black diagonally striped tie.   Tres moche.

2.  After returning to the game from a commercial break in the first quarter, one of the cameras cut to a medium shot of Faith Hill (sans makeup) sitting next to Tim McGraw (who had performed in pre-game festivities).   Faith looked great without the makeup, and she appeared to be eating a cookie.

3.  Pepsi is the official soft drink of the NFL?  Vraiment?  There was a then-and-now-in-the-NFL commercial.

4.  I saw two Old Spice Swagger ads (with karate and with arm wrestling) and one Old Spice different scents commercials.  Unsavory.  Disconcerting.

5.  What exactly did Steelers nose tackle Chris Hoke do with his helmet in the third quarter?  He yanked it off and then plopped it back on?

6.  Steelers safety Troy Polamalu took a nasty left knee injury in the second quarter as a result of colliding with Titans tight end Alge Crumpler’s lower body.

7.  Steelers owner Daniel M. Rooney is now also the US Ambassador to Ireland.

8.  Why did Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch jump across the line of scrimmage in the  fourth quarter?  He was charged with encroachment.  It was quite a sight.  I was looking on the Steelers side of the field when suddenly, there Vanden Bosch was…surrounded by black and yellow.  I think time actually slowed down there for a bit.

9.  Hines Ward?! Hines Ward!  Don’t be mad.  Don’t be sad.  Don’t cry a puddle, not even a puddle.   What did he do or didn’t do?  He made a reception in the bottom of the fourth quarter but was bumped from behind by one of the Titans’ players and dropped the ball.  Ward was roughly twelve yards away from the end zone.

10.  A tender moment occurred in overtime.  Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace caught a pass and was cradled down to the field by Titans safety Vincent Fuller.  They remained in that “embrace” for some ten seconds longer than was probably necessary.

Get summary, stats, and play-by-play here.   Have you noticed NFL.com’s new Game Center interface?  You like it? I’m undecided at present.

AFC Divisional 2009: Ravens inverse reciprocal the Titans

On a cloudy, rainy, and fifty-three degree afternoon, Baltimore Ravens put on the oven mitts in a gridiron show-down with the Tennessee Titans for the AFC Divisional title in the latter’s home state. Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter marched down to about four-and-half minutes before anyone got a number: Titans running back Chris Johnson slide-winded into the front, right corner of the end zone. Tennessee 7 and Baltimore 0. The Ravens snapped back with a forty-eight yard touchdown pass between quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Derrick Mason. Both teams 7.

The second quarter began with pin-your-hands-on-the-ballie as an awkward Titans snap let the ball shimmy all over the turf before quarterback Kerry Collins landed on the ball. After a stellar series of passes and runs by the Titans, Collins threw an interception. Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle grabbed the ball. The Titans breathed a sigh of relief because the Ravens were unable to take advantage of the turnover. In under a minute left to play, Titans running back Lendale White lost control of the ball and Ravens safety Jim Leonhard recovered. Going into halftime, the score was still 7 t0 7.

The third quarter nibbled for six minutes until Ravens head coach John Harbaugh challenged whether or not Titans tight end Bo Scaife had possession of the ball at the Baltimore twenty-eight yard line. He won the challenge. Titans kicker Rob Bironas then tried but didn’t make a fifty-one yard field goal. With fewer than two minutes to in the quarter, Joe Flacco connected spectacularly with Ravens wide receiver Mark Clayton.

The fourth quarter opened with Ravens kicker Matt Stover gave his team the lead with a field goal. Baltimore 10 and Tennessee 7. The Titans responded with offensive energy but what might have been one or two plays shy of touchdown or field goal became a turnover as tight end Alge Crumpler was tackled and Ravens cornerback Fabian Washington landed on the fumbled ball. The Titans defense was relentless in keeping the Ravens from making any kind of progress. A Titans field goal tied the game 10 to 10 towards the bottom of the quarter. Would the Ravens keep the game from going into overtime? Would Matt Stover be able to nail the forty-three yard field goal attempt? Yes! Ravens 13 and Titans 10. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf provided commentary.

2. Ravens tackle Willie Anderson stepped out of the game in bottom of the second quarter. Sidelines footage revealed him wincing and furrowing his eyebrows. He came back in the second quarter.

3. Derrick Mason’s first quarter TD was the result of not just and incredible throw and catch, but also an incredible roll. One of the Titans got to Mason, and the two of them ended up rolling into/onto the front, right corner of the end zone.

4. On account of the rain and colliding with the Titans, many of the Ravens’ white jerseys were stained with splotches of light blue. The Titans’ jerseys in turn bore green patches from the turf.

5. In the top of the fourth quarter, Dan Dierdorf (I believe) remarked that the Titans’ offense had pretty much “slept through the third quarter.”

6. Chris Johnson didn’t return to the game in the second half, did he? Somewhere in the middle of the third quarter I noticed that he was on the sidelines with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders.

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

NFL Thanksgiving 08: Titans leave the Lions in the muck

Or as some like to call it, Pilgrims Trespass on Native Lands DayCandied Yams Day.  Sweet Potato Pie Day.

Donc.  The Tennessee Titans, who were given a good talking to last week by the New York Jets, galavant north to play horseshoes with the Detroit Lions.  Broadcast on CBS, the first quarter began with Detroit fumbling the ball and Tennessee recovering it.  Titans running back Chris Johnson then made a touchdown.  The Lions’ next possession ended in a field goal.  Chris Johnson TD’d again on the next drive.  Tennessee 14 and Detroit 3.  Titans defensive end Dave Ball intercepted Lions quarterback Daunte Culpepper and ran seventeen yards into the end zone–or rather, he ran to the one or half yard line and jump-spun into the end zone, as though he were an ice skater doing a single axel or a dancer doing an inside pirouette.  Tennessee 21 and Detroit 3.

The second quarter brought a fourth increase in Titans score with a TD by running back Lendale White.  He did it again in the bottom of the quarter.  Tennessee 35 and Detroit 3.  Defensive end Cliff Avril of the Lions made an incredible ball-snatch with a minute left on the clock.  Tight end Michael Gaines made a TD catch two plays later.  Going into halftime, Titans 35 and Lions 10.

The third quarter started with a forty-nine yard field goal for the Titans.  The bottom of the quarter increased Tennessee’s score by three more points.  41 to 10.  Kicker Rob Bironas sent out a field goal at the top of the fourth quarter for the Titans.  44 to 10.  Dayam green breans.  Another field goal for the Titans in the bottom of the quarter.  47 to 10.  Final score.   The worst Thanksgiving loss for Detroit.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Michelle Williams sang the national anthem.  She was sporting uber short hair.  She only got the words, “by the dawn’s early light” out of her mouth and the telecast cut to commercial for a few seconds.  Good performance.

2.  Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators.

3.  Chris Johnson is quick.

4.  Jesse McCartney sang during halftime.   He reminded me of Frankie Muniz (probably on account of the short hair).  Good fjord, those backup dancers had smiles plastered on their faces.  He sang two songs: “How Do You Sleep” and “Leavin.”

5.  By the bottom of the fourth quarter, shots of the Lions sitting on the sidelines conveyed a daze from some and detachment from others.  They still had a game to play.

6.  Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson has such a stunning body line.  His legs are gorgeously crafted.

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

NFL 08: the Falcons kung pao spaghetti the Panthers

A brief detour:

The Dallas Cowboys put on their ritz against the San Francisco 49ers earlier today 35 to 22. Click here for details. In the top half of the fourth quarter, SF quarterback Shaun Hill threw to wide receiver Dominique Zeigler for thirty yards and the camera filmed that play from behind the 49ers offense. Their backs were facing the camera–it was pretty cool. Slow-motion instant replays included views from the high-angle, press-box POV (with Zeigler screen-right) as well as from in front of Shaun Hill and behind Ziegler.

Cowboys kicker Nick Folk made four field goals at a distance of greater than forty yards.

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The Baltimore Ravens wisecracked the Philadelphia Eagles 36 to 7. Click here for details.

The New York Jets broke the Tennessee Titans spotless winning streak today. Click here for how and why.

Retour:

The Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome. Who would walk away from this game cradling the golden orb of victory? Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter commenced with a Falcons field goal. Upon their next possession, Atlanta scored a touchdown, courtesy of Harry Douglas, who flattened his body horizontally (parallel to the end zone’s sidelines boundaries, or perpendicular to the goal line) and essentially bourreed into the end zone. Falcons 10 and Panthers 0.

The second quarter took off with another Falcons touchdown, thanks to running back Michael Turner. Atlanta 17 and Carolina 0. The Falcons were on a hot cross bun in the second quarter. Quarterback Matt Ryan threw to wide receiver Roddy White, who was then tackled by Panthers cornerback Chris Gamble. Safety Charles Godfrey recovered the fumbled ball for Carolina. This turnover resulted in a field goal. Falcons 17 and Panthers 3 going into halftime.

The third quarter spat out a touchdown for the Panthers, nailed in by running back DeAngelo Williams. Carolina increased their score with a field goal not long after. Falcons 17 and Panthers 13. The third quarter concluded with a horse-collar personal foul on Carolina cornerback Richard Marshall. The fourth quarter sparked with a touchdown by Michael Turner. Falcons 24 and Panthers 13. The Panthers were not going to be disheartened. Carolina’s own quarterback Jake Delhomme ran the ball into the end zone. A two-point conversion was successful. Falcons 24 and Panthers 21.

Atlanta regained some of their first quarter momentum with a Ryan-Douglas connection. The Falcons got to the red zone and then the end zone on the fourth try, thanks to Michael Turner, in the middle of the fourth quarter. Atlanta 31 and Carolina 21. The Falcons widened the score gap when Harry Douglas returned a fifty-seven yard punt for a TD. He then received a taunting penalty because he extended his left arm while running towards the end zone (probably within fifteen yards of it) in a kind of “ha ha” expression. Atlanta 38 and Carolina 21. The Panthers wouldn’t be so visibly demoralized, though. Delhomme threw to wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad in the bottom of the fourth quarter. Atlanta 38 and Carolina 28. With under a minute left to play, the Falcons demonstrated one more dose of athleticism with yet another Michael Turner TD. Atlanta 45 and Carolina 28. Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Thom Brennaman and Brian Billick provided commentary. After the Falcons put 10 poins on the scoreboard, either Thom or Brian remarked that Matt Ryan has received a lot of praise for his contributions to the franchise even though the defense deserves some recognition too. I don’t think Falcons fans have taken the defense for granted. I don’t think the Falcons have taken their defense for granted.

2. In the seconds before the halftime commercial, the camera cut to a couple of hardcore Falcons fans. The first was a woman who donned this faerie-esque get-up )complete with glitter around the eyes). The second was a man who wore a full-body costume, including a cape, a left-handed claw hook contraption, and a plastic headpiece in the shape of a falcon head.

3. Camera coverage after Harry Douglas’s fourth quarter punt-returned TD included the back of Arthur Blank on the sidelines, making a “yes!” downward swoop with his right arm. As Brennaman and Billick discussed the taunting penalty on Douglas, the cameras cut to veteran Falcons telling Douglas something along the lines of “we know you’re excited, but you gotta refrain from doing that kind of stuff.”

4. Thom Brennaman noted that the “NFC South is (very) mystifying.” For the last five years, it seems, the team that came in last in the division one season would rise to the top the next season. Examples: Panthers, Falcons, Saints, and Bucs. See here.

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