12 January 2009

2008 Divisional Weekend Recap


Eagles at Giants, Sunday, January 11, 2008

In attendance: the regular crew (Shoegal, Ex-Navy Cheesehead, Chef Spouse), plus a good friend of mine who's now in a joint MA/JD program in Boston, Darth Snark (I'd totally rule the universe with her), and boyfriend, Morimoto Hutz, Esq.

Menu: Margaritas, guacamole, margaritas, fajitas, margaritas, macaroons, margaritas, tequila shots, and margaritas. Lots of margaritas. Oy. This morning. Also, I'm still hoarse.

Stud of the Week: Who but Big 5 can return from the dead, avoid a sack on 3rd-and-20, complete the pass to Jason Avant (who else?), pick up the first down, and come up with an awesome sideline dance? It's time. It's all 5.

(Akers was pretty studly, too, setting the record for consecutive post-season field goals and then breaking his own record on a day when the home kicker struggled. Wind? F the wind! McNabb's in on that, too, and Lil' Eli clearly doesn't have Big 5's big cannon of an arm.)

What a game, what a game, what a game. The playoff beards are working, yo! Chef Spouse even has one. And he's not the beard-growing type, aka, it's pretty patchy. But he's wearing his patchy with pride!

15 yard penalty for goofin'? Whatevs! I'm happy to see my boy happy, whatever it takes. And after the year he's had....

Guess what? The QB sneak works when your QB is a beast like Big 5.

LJ? You're gone, homes. Brett Celek is an up and coming stud.

Who stops Brandon Jacobs on 4th and INCHES? Yes, Brandon, there's room on the bandwagon for you, too.

Akers with the tackle on the opening kick off return. Our kicker does not punk out and fake-attempt-but-just-barely-miss the tackle. Multiple black belt, mo-fos!

And how big was that offensive lineman Kevin Curtis tackled? He had his own area code. And yet our wideout takes him down.

Spagnuolo, you are not yet the master. Yes, that lesson yesterday was free. EXCEPT FOR THE COST TO YOUR PRIDE. Championship caliber D in Philly these days? I think so!

Or you can read what the team is saying over at Bleeding Green Nation.

How can you not love Dawkins, who was too emotional to even talk to Sal Pal after the game and then APOLOGIZED for it in his press conference?

Huge props to Westy, too. No, he did not have a big game. He drew ALL the coverage so everyone else could have big games.

Yeah, the Cards are hot for sure, and I'm not too enthusiastic about facing Larry Fitz next week, but this is starting to feel a little like destiny.

Around the rest of the NFL...

Ravens over Titans: Kerry Collins looked like, well, Kerry Collins. And so many Titans went down that I think at one point they were playing a tight end at cornerback. It's probably a good thing they lost, because they are now totally out of players. There was some sketchy officiating, but that's been the case throughout the season. And the Ravens were owed after their second game against the Steelers in the regular season. But how awesome would it be to face the Ravens in the Super Bowl and get some payback?

Cardinals over Panthers: Raise your hand if you saw THAT coming.

[crickets]

...

I don't think I've ever seen anyone lose it as badly as Jake Delhomme after his 9 millionth pick. I seriously thought he was going to punch a ref or start eating the grass. And where was Steve Smith? Did he forget his cleats or something? And how was Larry Fitz open on EVERY SINGLE PLAY? Was he magically invisible to the Panthers' defenders?

Apparently, the bye week, not so helpful. Unless of course, you're the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Steelers over Chargers: "We prepare to play in all weather." Yeah, sure, but if you're from San Diego, there's no way you're prepared for 70K screaming maniacs waving Terrible Towels in the snow. But I'm in agreement with every other football blogger in the universe: the Ravens and Steelers are going to beat the crap out of each other Sunday, to our ultimate benefit.

And, to Tony Dungy, only good things, man. Class act all the way.


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2 comments:

shoegal said...

oy is right. But in the end, drinking several vats of margaritas seems to have worked! Perhaps because they're vaguely green? Which reminds me - should I bring the absinthe this week? But I draw the line at Midori. Not going there, no way, no how.

Elizabeth Weaver Engel, CAE said...

Yes please on the absinthe! We have some, too, so we can taste test during the second game!