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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Seahawks don't fly well in snow; Seahawks vs. Bears

As I said stated in the "This season's playoff underdog vs. last season's Superbowl underdog; Saints vs. Seahawks" the Seahawks were going to be crushed against the Bears. Of course I was right, :). My father said that the Seahawks weren't even going to score a point and I said they'd score only field goals, read on to see if either of us was right.

1st quarter. The Seahawks won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball. Leon Washington returned the ball for 14 yards to the Seahawks' 24 yard line, that was the longest play of the drive. Next play Washington rushed for 9 yards to the Seahawks' 31 yard line. Marshawn Lynch was tackled in the back field, Matt Hasselbeck threw for an incompletion to Brandon Stokley, and the Seahawks had to punt without gaining a 1st down. After a fair catch by Devin Hester, after 2 rush plays both positive plays for 8 yards total, Jay Cutler threw to Greg Olsen for a 58 yard touchdown (7-0 Bears). The next Seahawks drive seemed to have a little more spark to it. Washington returned the kick off for 21 yards to the Seahawks' 24th yard line (same starting spot as the first drive). First play of the new drive, Matt Hasselbeck to John Carlson for a 1st down and more, unfortunately Carlson was injured with a hard hit on the sidelines and would not return to the game. Golden Tate ran for another 1st down and more the next play. Hasselbeck threw incomplete to Cameron Morrah, Justin Forsett was taken down for negative 1 yards, and then Hasselbeck completed to Morrah for 10 yards but still made them 1 yard short. The Bears & Seahawks did nothing but eat up around 4 minutes of the clock in 8 plays during their next 2 combined drives. The Bears ate up 5 minutes en route to a 1 yard rushing touchdown by Chester Taylor (14-0 Bears) with a little over 1 minute left in the 1st quarter. Seahawks started their drive with a 7 yard gain. Seahawks drive continued on to the...

2nd quarter. Seahawks couldn't even get a first down on their continued drive from the 1st to the 2nd quarter. Though the Bears also scored a touchdown on their first drive of the 2nd drive, after 8 plays for 3 first downs to get the Bears in the red zone. Jay Cutler actually ran the ball in himself for the 6 yard touchdown (21-0 Bears). Nothing exciting really happens for the rest of this quarter, well unless you love defensive plays. Matt Hasselbeck threw 7 incompletions and Cutler 4 incompletions. The 2nd quarter and 1st half ended with a Cutler sack for minus 6 yards with a Bears lead of 21. Halftime.

3rd quarter. 1st drives for Bears and Seahawks are yawn...3 and outs. Bears discontinued their streak from the first half of scoring on the first play of each quarter but they did score on their 2nd drive after 13 plays, around 8 minutes, and covering 69 yards for another Cutler rushing touchdown from 9 yards out (28-0 Bears). The Seahawks finalllly get on the board during their drive. They had 2 1st downs and got to the Bears' 12 yard line but had to settle for a 30 yard field goal, which Olindo Mare hit for 3 points (28-3 Bears), at this point I was right about the Seahawks' only getting a field goal and my dad was wrong because they scored a point. Bears' drive continued on to the...

4th quarter. The 4th play of the 4th quarter Cutler threw a pass intended for Hester and was intercepted by Aaron Curry. Now this is when the winning teams defense lays down and the final score makes it look better than it was... 2 minutes into Seahawks 1st drive of the 4th quarter Hasselbeck threw an touchdown pass to Mike Williams (28-10 Bears). Bears' tried to pass their next drive instead of run off the clock and had to punt after only running down 3:46 minutes off the clock. Seahawks 1 1st down and then had to punt. Bears' offense got the ball at the Seahawks' 48 yard line. After 2 plays the Bears' were at the Seahawks' 39 yard line and the next play they were in their endzone for a 39 yard touchdown pass by Cutler to Kellen Davis (35-10 Bears). Seahawks' score on a 3 yard pass from Hasselbeck to Williams (35-17 Bears). Bears' couldn't get a 1st down to run down the clock until the 4th quarter is over. Hasselbeck threw a 46 yard completion to Ben Obomanu to set up the 9 yard touchdown pass to Stokley (35-24 Bears). The Seahawks' try an onsides kick but the Bears' Johnny Knox recovered, therefore Cutler was able to kneel 3 times to end the game.

The Bears will be playing the Packers in the NFC championship game.


Title accredited to my dad.
Links:
Boxscore- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/dEIR9m
Seattle Seahawks fire O-coordinator Jeremy Bates, add Tom Cable to staff- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/hIdDn9

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The dogs got their wish; Packers vs. Eagles

On Sunday night, every dog in the world were rooting for the Packers to beat the man that appears in their nightmares, Michael Vick. They felt him not making it to the Superbowl and starting in the Pro Bowl was the lesser of two evils.

The Philadelphia Eagles never had a lead in the game but in the end of the 4th quarter they did have a shot to win but Michael Vick blew it. There was no score until 8 seconds left in the 1st quarter, a 7 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Tom Crabtree to put them on the board before the 2nd quarter (7-0 Packers). There wasn't another score for about 10 minutes into the 2nd quarter again the Packers, a 9 yard pass from Rodgers to James Jones (14-0 Packers). The Eagles finally answered back in 4 minutes with a 29 yard field goal by David Akers (14-3 Packers), who had missed a 41 yard field goal wide right in the Eagles first drive of the game. After half time the Eagles looked alive. The Pack had the ball first but after 3 plays and a Packer time out Aaron Rodgers was sacked for negative 6 yards and Eagles' defensive end, Darryl Tapp forced Aaron to fumble and it was recovered by Eagles' Juqua Parker. On the second play of the Eagles' drive Michael Vick connected to Jason Avant for 24 yard touchdown (14-10 Packers). Packers next drive were only able to move the ball on plays of 10+ yards, such as a 29 yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Donald Driver and a 19 yard run by James Starks, the drive was capped off by a 16 yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodger to Brandon Jackson (21-10 Packers). In the 4th quarter on an Eagles' drive that was carried over from the 3rd quarter David Akers attempted a 34 yard field goal and missed it wide right. The Packers ran out about 4 minutes of the clock during their drive but no score to show for. Michael Vick threw 3 incomplete passes and was sacked for minus 1 yard, but was still able to go down field and punch in the 1 yard touchdown. The Eagles' went for 2 points on the PAT, first attempt to Brent Celek failed due to penalty (from going out of bounds then catching the ball, in bounds) and the 2nd attempt also failed to LeSean McCoy (21-16 Packers). Packers were able to gain 1 1st down with more than 3 minutes to go but wasn't able to convert a 3rd & 10 and punted back to the Eagles. Vick got the Eagles to the Packer 27 yard line in 4 plays in 1 minute and 12 seconds but he tried to throw a long ball into the end zone which was intercepted by Tramon Williams. The Packers offensive line only had to line up in victory formation once.

Supposedly, David Akers was suffering from an undisclosed personal issue during this game, but as a kicker, and professional athelete, you should be able to focus on your job at hand. He is a great kicker, most of the time and their was some hefty winds coming into Philadelphia. The Eagles' regular season top receiver DeSean Jackson was injured in the 1st half of the game with an knee injury and was questionable but he came back into the game and did virtually nothing. The Eagles' had more passing and total yards than the Packers: 352 total yards for the Eagles and 309 for the Packers, 271 Eagle passing yards and 171 Packers passing yards, and Eagles had 81 rushing yards compared to the Packers 138 rushing yards. The Packers also had 2 turnovers, 2 fumbles, while the Eagles only had 1 turnover, the interception by Vick. Vick was the leading passer with 292 yards, touchdown, and a interception in 20 completions of 36 attempts. Starks was the top rusher with 23 carries for 123 yards yet no touchdowns. Jason Avant was the top receiver with 7 catches for 93 yards and 1 touchdown. This is the 2nd consecutive year of losing in the wildcard round of the playoffs, last season in Dallas after losing to the Cowboys the week before as well.

Links:
Boxscore- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/ey779G

The Stars of the Greatest Team Ever

This is a research paper I wrote my Junior year of high school. I came across it the other day. I got a 99% on it so it must be decent, I only didn't get a 100% because of the heading.

In Miami, Florida on January 28th, 1960 at the Annual National Football League (NFL) Meeting the Dallas Cowboys franchise were granted to Clint Murchison, Jr. and Bedford Wynne as an expansion team.  The Dallas Cowboys have 12 Hall of Famers: Troy Aikman, Tony Dorsett, Bob Hayes, Michael Irvin, Tom Landry, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Tex Schramm, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Emmitt Smith and Rayfield Wright.  The Dallas Cowboys have a Ring of Honor, honoring their players, all 12 of the Hall of Famers are in the Ring and so are 5 Cowboys that aren’t in the Hall of Fame: Cliff Harris, Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordon, Don Meredith, and Don Perkins.  The Dallas Cowboys franchise, over the course of its 50 years, has 5 wins out of 8 appearances in the Super Bowl.  Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith have been classified to have been on the ‘Greatest Team Ever’ in the 1990s.  They won 3 Super Bowls and they still hold many NFL and Cowboy records.


Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt played for the Dallas Cowboys together from 1990 to 1999, which was when they became all-time greats.  In the 90s, their win-lose record was 101-59, they had 3 Super Bowl appearances and wins, and were National Football Conference (NFC) Champions 3 times.  During the 10 seasons, 5 NFL records were made: Most Career Passing Yards, Most Career Rushing    Yards, Most Career Receptions, All-Time Leading Scorer, and Longest Fumble Return.  Out of the 5 records, 4 are held by Troy, Michael, or Emmitt.


Michael Jerome Irvin, number 88, wide receiver, was the first of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith to play in the NFL.  Michael was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on March 5th, 1966.  He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  He stayed in state for college, and signed with the ‘U,’ University of Miami.  Michael set a record for catches, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions in only 3 seasons at the ‘U.’  Michael Irvin was drafted in the 1988 NFL Draft in the 1st around, as the 11th overall pick.  “As a rookie, Irvin offered a glimpse of what was to follow during his 12-season career with the Cowboys” (Pro Football Hall of Fame 2).  He led the league in receptions in 1991; he had 1,000 yard receiving seasons from 1991-1998, minus one season; he owns 1 NFL season record; tied for 1 NFL season record; 12 Dallas Cowboys team records; tied for 2 Dallas Cowboys team records; 4 records of Dallas Cowboys post-season records; and tied for 2 post-season Dallas Cowboys records.  Michael was selected to 5 consecutive Pro Bowls from 1992 to 1996.  Michael was All-Pro in 1991, All-Pro Second Team in 1992 and 1993, and All-NFC in 1991.  Michael Irvin was the only star Cowboy until Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith were drafted in the first round in the next two drafts.


Troy Kenneth Aikman, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 to 2000, is one of the greatest players of all-time.  “He (Troy) makes a very complex position seem uncomplicated, ‘That is one of his strengths,’ Cowboy’s backup quarterback Jason Garrett says” (Attner 26).  Troy was born in Covina, California on November 21st, 1966.  He attended Henryett High School in Oklahoma before he was a nationwide known name.   Troy began his college career at Oklahoma University (OU) then transferred to the University of California (UCLA).  Troy was a finalist for the 1988 Heisman Award, he was the 1988 College Quarterback of the year, and won the 1988 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award when he was a senior at UCLA.  He was drafted in the 1st round, as the 1st overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1989 NFL Draft.  Troy is the most winningest starting quarterback of any decade.  At the time of his retirement in 2000, Troy held many Super Bowl, post-season, and career records.  He owns the Highest Completion Percentage in the Super Bowl for his career.  Troy holds 29 records and 4 records; he is tied for first in team records.  He holds 12 team records for post-season play and tied for 1st for 2 other post-season records.  He has Cowboy Passing Titles for 1989 to 2000 and was the Passing Touchdown Leader from 1989 to 2000, as well.  In 1997 Troy Aikman received the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award and, in one of the three Super Bowls he played in and won, he received the Most Valuable Player for Super Bowl XXVII.  Troy is part of the Class of 2006 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Troy was All-Pro in 1993, All-NFC Second Team in 1994 and 1995, and he was selected into the Pro Bowl 6 consecutive years from 1992 to 1997.  Some say Troy Aikman couldn’t have achieved what he did without the Cowboy offensive line, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith; such as, 3 Super Bowl wins; Super Bowl MVP; and all the records he broke.


The most extraordinary running back to play for the Dallas Cowboys is number 22, Emmitt J. Smith, III.  Emmitt was born in Pensacola, Florida on May 15th, 1969.  He attended Escambia High School in Escambia, Florida, where he was an All-American running back and named prep Player of the Year by USA Today when he was a senior in High School.  Emmitt, also like Michael, stayed in the state of Florida for college, but unlike Michael, he signed with the University of Florida (UF).  He was an All-American, 3 times All-SEC, and owned 58 school records with UF.  The Cowboys drafted him first round, with the 17th overall pick, in the 1990 NFL Draft.  Emmitt led the NFL in rushing touchdowns 3 times; he had 11 straight 1,000 yard seasons; he is the all-time rushing leader; he owns 4 NFL rushing titles; and he was named Super Bowl XXVIII Most Valuable Player.  “Smith’s 168 yards rushing (January 2nd, 1994 vs. New York Giants) pushed him past Jerome Bettis for his third consecutive rushing title- only Jim Brown, Earl Campbell, and Steve Van Buren had ever won three in a row before Emmitt” (Angelo 87).  He was selected to 8 Pro Bowls.  Emmitt spent his last season with the Arizona Cardinals.  Emmitt Smith was elected to the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2010.  Emmitt Smith has not been inducted though to the Hall of Fame, like Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.


The Dallas Cowboys’ franchise started with an 0-11-1 season in 1960 to winning 3 Super Bowls in one decade in the 1990s.  The 1990s Cowboy team has been regarded as the ‘Greatest Team Ever’ with its star players, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith.  Michael Irvin was drafted in 1988, Troy Aikman drafted in 1989, and Emmitt Smith drafted in 1990, all to the Dallas Cowboys’ and in the first round.  Troy Aikman was born in California, went to high school in Oklahoma, and college in Oklahoma and California.  Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith were both born in Florida, played high school in Florida, and college in Florida.  Who would of thought 3 stellar college players would be drafted in the 1st round of the NFL draft, to the same team, and in 3 consecutive years to become NFL stars on the greatest NFL dynasty.  It takes more than one star player to make a dynasty, it takes un-selfish players to make a dynasty, and it takes talented players to make a dynasty.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

This season's playoff underdog vs. last season's Superbowl underdog; Saints vs. Seahawks

First off I don't see how the Saints were underdogs in the Superbowl last season. I mean they were the NFC's #1 seed and almost went undefeated if the Cowboys didn't beat them in the Superdome...

1st quarter. The Saints started out with all the momentum, their first drive Garrett Hartley, place kicker, hit a 26 yard field goal  to put the Saints ahead in 3:17 minutes (3-0 Saints). The Seahawks first possession was only 3 plays and the 3rd play was a pass by Matt Hasselbeck that was intercepted by Jabari Greer, of the Saints. The Saints, after 8 plays and a Drew Brees fumble recovered by Julius Jones, capitalized on the turnover with a 1 yard passing touchdown from Brees to Heath Evans (10-0 Saints). Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks answered back in 6 plays with an 11 yard passing touchdown to John Carlson (10-7 Saints).

2nd quarter (and 3:38 minutes of 1st quarter). Saints ate up 5 minutes on a 10 play touchdown drive, that was capped off with an 5 yard touchdown run by Julius Jones (17-7 Saints). In 2:38 minutes the Seahawks stroke back with an 7 yard touchdown pass to Carlson, again, (17-14 Saints). This is when the momentum shifted to the Seahawks and the 12th man [their fans nickname (most fans nickname, they just embrace it more)]. Seahawks defense, with the help of the 12th man, got the Saints offense off the field in a 3 play drive. Then the Seahawks had an only 3 play drive them self. Back to back 3 and outs. First play of the Saints next drive, Julius Jones fumbled on the Saints 21 yard line recovered by the Seahawks' defensive end, Raheem Brock. The Seahawks weren't able to get a touchdown or even a first down due to Jones' fumble but Olindo Mare, kicker, was able to nail a 29 yard field goal to make it a tied game (17-17). Another 3 and out for the Seahawks defense. Hasselbeck and Brandon Stockley connected for a 45 yard passing touchdown during a 9 play drive (24-17 Seahawks). First Seahawks lead of the game. Saints next possesion they had to settle for a 22 yard Hartley field goal to make it (24-20 Seahawks).
3rd quarter. Seahawks kept embracing their fans enthusiasm with a 38 yard passing touchdown to Mike Williams (31-20 Seahawks). About 7 minutes later, after an unimportant Saints possession, Seahawks hit a 39 yard field goal (34-20 Seahawks). 3 more possesions (2 Saints, 1 Seahawks) in 3rd quarter and a Saints possesion carried over to the...

4th quarter. On the continued Saints drive, 4 plays into the 4th quarter Julius Jones ran in for a touchdown for the 2nd time in the game from 4 yards out (34-27 Seahawks). Saints defense keep the Seahawks offense to 3 downs. Saints kick a 21 field goal after 8 plays and 3:27 minutes (34-30 Seahawks). Seahawks have to punt after and then so did the Saints. Now for the play that everyone will remember for a while and crowned Marshawn Lynch as 'beastmode' (video in links). A 67 yard rushing touchdown, breaking many, many tackles, almost going down by the line of scrimmage, and carried a few defenders for a few yards, by Lynch to make many band wagon fans switch wagons from whoever to the Seahawks (41-30 Seahawks) with only 3 minutes and 22 seconds left for the Saints. Drew Brees got his team down the field in around 2 minutes and finished the drive off with a touchdown pass to Devery Henderson but they failed on the 2 point conversion (41-36 Seahawks). Then Hartley did not help the cause and kicked the onside kick to hard which made for an easy, easy recovery for the Seahawks' Carlson, who had 2 touchdowns in the game. Therefore victory formation for Matt Hasselbeck and the Seahawks and they knocked out the #5 seed and reigning world champions.

Top Passer: Drew Brees with 39 completions of 60 attempts for 404 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Top Seahawk Passer: Matt Hasselbeck with 35 attempts for 22 completions, 272 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception.
Top Rusher: Marshawn Lynch had 19 carries for 131 yards and the 67 yard 'beast mode' touchdown.
Top Receiver: Devery Henderson had 7 catches for 77 yards and 1 touchdown.
Top Seahawk Receiver: Brandon Stokley with 19 catches for 73 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Seahawks were the first team, in NFL history, to win their division with a losing record (7-9). Many people were about 95% positive that the Saints would crush the Seahawks. The other 5% were probably members of the 12th man (made up %). From what I can tell, as I stated earlier, there are ton of new members on the Seahawks band wagon so I'm pretty sure by next weekend it will collapse in Chicago, it is a long trip from Seattle to Chicago on a wagon that is full of flip-flop fans. Without the 12th man the Seahawks are at 1% chance to win in Chicago where the Bears defense is always ready to rock a QB. I usually root for the underdog so I rooted for Seattle in this game but last season I never rooted for the Saints though they were considered 'underdogs'. Also I think I'm done rooting for Seattle I'm not fond of being considered a band wagoner, but of course everyone that doesn't have a team in the playoffs will be rooting for a team to win it all just for that playoff. I have to say it...It was Sleepless in Seattle saturday night.

Links:
Boxscore- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/f7vFhu
Lynch's 67 yard TD run video- YouTube.com: http://bit.ly/iaDwAT
Victory defining for Hasselbeck, Seahawks- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/gStGX9
Saints' magical ride comes to an end- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/hq5rws
One "Beast Mode" of a run- Seahawks.com: http://bit.ly/fZteVU
Hasselbeck: The week that was- Seahawks.com: http://bit.ly/ihvTSY
Seahawks' stunner- Seahawks.com: http://bit.ly/ifwvhy
Saints See Season End With 41-36 loss- NewOrleansSaints.com: http://bit.ly/ekNMaY
Saints-Seahawks Postgame Notes- NewOrleansSaints.com: http://bit.ly/hUVXy4
Saints-Seahawks Postgame Quotes- NewOrleansSaints.com: http://bit.ly/fhJOdR