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NFL Playoffs 2010: the Vikings Thor up the Cowboys

Tick tock, fish stock, cake icing and port, I smell a talent show worth a hundred crowns.   Translation: the Dallas Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings took turns pinning the tail on the donkey for a seat at the NFC Championship game.  Broadcast on Fox, with commentary by Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, the first quarter started with the Cowboys on offense.  Five minutes into the quarter, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo got sacked and Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams jumped on the ball.  Minnesota didn’t do much with the turnover, though.  The Cowboys elected to go with a forty-eight yard field goal, but the ball didn’t sail through the uprights.  I believe it went wide-left.  In the middle of the first quarter, neither team scored yet.  With four minutes left, though, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Sidney Rice.  Minnesota 7 and Dallas 0.

The second quarter brought the Cowboys offense down the field and into the red zone.  Romo made an excellent connection with tight end Martellus Bennett.  I’m talking two line segments traveling to a right angle, where the catch is the right angle.  Kicker Shaun Suisam didn’t miss the second FG.  Minnesota 7 and Dallas 3.  The middle of the quarter saw Brett Favre and Sidney Rice connecting again for a TD.  Minnesota 14 and Dallas 3.  A faked hand-off by Tony Romo failed as Vikings defensive end Jared Allen compelled the ball to get loose.  Linebacker Ben Leber scooped up the ball for Minnesota.  This turnover resulted in a field goal.  Minnesota 17 and Dallas 3.

The third quarter rocked down eight minutes and Shaun Suisam missed a field goal.  Jubilation filled the air as Brian Leber intercepted Tony Romo with sixty seconds left in the quarter.  A Vikings field goal commenced the fourth quarter.  Halfway through the quarter, Brett Favre and Sidney Rice got together a third time for a TD.  When there was just under two minutes left on the clock, Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe made a TD catch in the end zone.  Minnesota 34 and Dallas 3.  Final score.  The Minnesota Vikings are going to play the New Orleans Saints next week in the NFC Championship game.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck wore a grayish-green/brown suit, a white button-down shirt, and a peculiar tie–it looked like flayed flesh.  Troy Aikman wore a navy suit, a white button-down shirt, and a humdrum burgundy tie.  They’re like Sunday’s Best Ken and Corporate Meeting Ken.

2.  The Vikings wore purple jerseys, the Cowboys white.

3.  The momentum of Sidney Rice’s first quarter TD brought him close to colliding with the Minnesota mascot.  If it was not the official mascot, then it was some middle-aged white dude in Nordic cosplay.

4.  Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards’s right knee appeared to be causing him pain in the play preceding the Cowboys’ punting the ball away  just before four minutes left in the third quarter.  In a subsequent slow-motion replay, where the camera was focused on Tony Romo post-snap, one could see Ray Edwards in the fetus position, in the foreground screen-right, with a Cowboys player looking down and reaching and arm towards him.

6.  SMOOTHIE SUDDENLY SUSAN?!  Prince, looking as lithe as ever, up in a box on the Vikings side of things?!  The telecast had side-by-side windows of him with Bud Grant.

7.  Dallas linebacker Keith Brooking went over to the Minnesota sidelines and barked some unkind things after the Visanthe Shiancoe TD.  This footage captured him in longshot with his back facing the camera.

8.  Post-game interview of Brett Favre in close-up made his face look like a piece of honey-baked ham.  “I’m kind of worn out, but it is, emotional for me…” he remarked regarding the feeling of having won.

9.  Sleep in heavenly peace, Gaines Adams.

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Tiffany’s Umbrella Mon dieu, my good man.  Ce n’est pas foir.  Elle est tres sekshihan.   And I thought I liked Marie Digby’s cover of it.

NFL 2009: Giants scrunch and munch the Cowboys

The New York Giants got a first person look at the towering girth of the TV screen at Cowboys Stadium tonight.  Approximately 111,000 warm bodies filled the place to watch the game?

Televised on NBC, the first score of the game came in the form of a Giants field goal in the first quarter.  When the Cowboys went on offense, running back Marion Barber ran into the end zone for a touchdown.  Dallas 7 and New York 3.  The bottom of the quarter greeted Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo throwing an interception; Giants cornerback Bruce Johnson grabbed the ball in the air and flew into the end zone.  New York 10 and Dallas 7.  Cowboys running back Felix Jones went to return a kick-off but then dropped the ball at the twenty-eight yard line.  The Giants jumped on the loose prolate spheroid.  They would get another field goal soon after, giving them 13 points to the Cowboys’ 10.

The Cowboys responded with a TD catch by tight end Jason Witten in the second quarter.  Dallas 14 and New York 13.  With fewer than sixty seconds left to play in the first half, Giants QB Eli Manning threw a TD pass to wide receiver Mario Manningham, who juggled the ball in the air as he was sliding across the end zone, but he did maintain possession of the ball.  New York 20 and Dallas 14.  This TD would not have been possible had Tony Romo’s previous pass not hit Jason Witten’s left foot, causing the ball to richochet up into the hands of Giants safety Kenny Philips.  The Cowboys were able to get a field goal and narrow the score gap.  Going into halftime, New York 20 and Dallas 17.

The third quarter started with a missed twenty-nine field goal for the Giants.  It tick-tocked down to around three minutes when Tony Romo got into the end zone.  Dallas 24 and New York 20.  With fewer than thirty seconds left on the clock, Tony Romo  threw another interception right into the bosom of Kenny Philips.

The fourth quarter started with a medium shot of LeBron James, in a black t-shirt and sunglasses, in one of the VIP boxes.  Eli Manning connected with Giants wide receiver Steve Smith for a TD to take the lead again.  A field goal halfway through the quarter maintained that lead.  New York 30 and Dallas 24.  The Cowboys weren’t going to let the Giants keep that top bunk.  Felix Jones got himself into the end zone.  Dallas 31 and New York 30.  Thirteen seconds left!  What would happen?!  Giants Lawrence Tynes attempted a thirty-seven yard field goal, made it, but Dallas called a time-out at the very, very last milli-second.  Take two was good too, though.  New York 33 and Dallas 31.  Wow.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Bob Costas spoke with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones before the game started.  Jones emphasized that he wanted the fans to get “an experience they don’t/wouldn’t get watching the game at home/on the TV.”

2.  John Madden was in attendance at the game.  When the camera cut to him (in a medium shot), he was checking his phone.

3.  Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth provided commentary.  “Gimme a noun, gimme a preposition…be it ever so humble, Jerry Jones has given a new meaning to the word ‘home’,” Michaels said of the stadium.

4.  Jordin Sparks sang the National Anthem.  Was Rudy Giuliani included in the montage of faces?

5.  The former President and First Lady were there at the coin toss.

6.  Cowboys Stadium’s field looked like regurgitated spinach.

7.  A camera caught George W. Bush sitting next to John Madden during the middle of the first quarter.

8.  Al Michaels noted halfway through the second quarter that Eli Manning and his offensive line, David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O’Hara, Chris Snee, and Kareem McKenzie, have started thirty-four games straight.

9.  A camera caught a glimpse of Jerry Jones’s daughter, Charlotte, and wife, Jean, flanking Laura Bush.  They appeared to be having an interesting conversation.  The former First Lady nodded and smiled and Mrs. Jones used hand gestures to explain something.

10.  Marion Barber’s mouth guard is blue.

11.  The scoreboard at Cowboys Stadium is seven stories high.

12.  Halftime included more interview footage with John Madden and Bob Costas.  My goodness, Costas does age!  Madden said that he only decided to retire two months after the Steelers beat the Cardinals in last year’s Super Bowl.

13.  Wow…there are now Dallas Cowboys Cage Dancers?  The Cheerleaders are a separate piece.

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NFL 08: Cowboys stuff the bellpeppers out of the Giants

New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys sitting in a tree.  F-I-S-H-I-N-G .

First comes blood.  Then comes a barrage.  Next comes Manning through a sodden parish.

The first quarter started with some crinkling bits of near-agony as the Giants came within a whisper of losing possession of the ball on Eli Manning’s first handle on it.   Not to suggest that the first quarter wasn’t filled with gasp-inducing game-plays, but the clock waddled down to the zero without any scores.

The second quarter started with Cowboys Tony Romo quarterback connected with wide receiver Patrick Crayton for a touchdown.   The Giants challenged the touchdown call because they believed Romo’s body was completely beyond the line of scrimmage.  Giants head coach Tom Coughlin lost the challenge.   The Giants got themselves on the board with a field goal, courtesy of John Carney towards the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 7 and New York 3.

The third quarter barked off with Eli Manning throwing an interception (his third of 2008).  Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman snatched the ball from the intended target, Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon.   The quarter ended with no added points for either team.

The fourth quarter bolted forth with some very impressive Cowboys action, including some running and catching by former GaTech Yellow Jacket running back Tashard Choice and catching by tight end Jason Witten.   Fullback Deon Anderson made a roomy TD catch shortly thereafter.   I’m telling you, time seemed to slow down as the ball crossed the goal line and was traveling towards Anderson’s grasp.  Dallas 14 and New York 3.  Giants defensive ends Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka sacked Tony Romo and got on top of the ball in the end zone for a safety.   Dallas 14 and New York 5.  John Carney threw up a field goal not long afterwards.  Dallas 14 and New York 8.  HOLY BOOTCUT  JEANS MADE IN AMERICA.  Or as Al Michaels said, “It’s the good ship lollipop.”  Tashard Choice made a thirty-eight yard rushing TD for the Cowboys in the bottom of the quarter.  They went for a two-point conversion, but it didn’t happen.  Dallas 20 and New York 8.  Terence Newman intercepted Eli Manning in the moshpit bottom of the fourth quarter.  Dallas 20 and New York 8.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  I like the Cowboys’ uniforms with the white jerseys.  I’m not keen on their navy blue look.    The juxtaposition between the Cowboys and the Giants’ garb was striking to me.  It was like the light vs. the dark.

2.  Awesome Budweiser commercial.  I love those horses.

3.  Not an awesome commercial.  Actually, it’s disturbing.

4.  Halftime included a discussion on the controversial Steelers TD that gave them the win against the Ravens.

5.  Tonight’s Line of Scrimmage segment featured The Boys Ranch run by Carl Farley.  I’d embed a link but mozilla keeps stalling when I tried to load the page.

6.  According to Al Michaels, John Madden’s favorite food is the Stub Sandwich, consists of  “two eggs, bacon, sausage, cheddar and potatoes, smack in the middle of two pieces of toast” as this web page corroborates.

7.  After returning from commercial break near the middle of the fourth quarter, the camera went to a high angle medium shot of Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Terrell Owens gabbing on the sidelines.  Romo and Owens were smiling.  Witten’s back was facing the camera–who knows what expression his face wore.  The hair on the top of his head, however, appeared to be, dare I say it, thinning.

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NFL Thanksgiving 08: Cowboys crush-with-eyeliner the Seahawks

The Dallas Cowboys.  The Seattle Seahawks.   The Lone Star State.  Candied Yams Day 2008 part deux.   Televised by Fox, the first quarter began with a touchdown catch by Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett.   On their next possession, running back Marion Barber got into the end zone.  The Seahawks got on the board with a field goal in the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 14 and Seattle 3.  The second quarter started with a TD catch by tight end Jason Witten, who was playing with a broken rib.  Dallas 21 and Seattle 3.  The Cowboys increased their lead with a field goal as the clock headed towards the half of the second quarter.  Dallas 24 and Seattle 3.  The Seahawks field goaled again in the bottom of the quarter.  Dallas 24 and Seattle 6.

The third quarter started with a Seattle field goal.  Cowboys 24 and Seahawks 9.   Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant intercepted an end zone pass from Dallas quarterback Tony Romo that was meant for wide receiver Terrell Owens.  That turnover yielded nothing.  After making an impeccable left-handed twirling catch, Owens made a TD catch in the bottom of the third quarter.  Dallas 31 and Seahawks 9.  The fourth quarter progressed about halfway and the Cowboys landed another field goal.  34 to 9.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were commentators.

2.  Demi Lovato sang the national anthem.   I was eleven years old when she was born.   Kurt Cobain was still alive when she was born.  The camera caught a shot of a helmet-less Tony Romo and Terrell Owens among others.   Demi’s voice is nice and throaty but she sounded a pinch nervous.

3.  Troy Buck and Joe Aikman talked about the Jonas Brothers in the minute or so in the bottom of the second quarter.  Apparently the trio is popular with first-grade girls and middle-aged women.  Two of the brothers look alike enough to be assumed to be related (maybe it’s the eyebrows); the other one does not.  They performed three songs: “Tonight,” “Love Bug,” and “Burnin Up.”  They were quite out of breath by the end of the second song.

4.  Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was sacked seven times today.

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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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