So football yesterday sucked. The Chargers lost. Then the Packers lost. That would've been a FUN Super Bowl, y'know? Chargers vs. Packers?!? Le awesome. Now we're all reduced to rooting for the Giants to spoil the Patriots' perfect year.

The Packers had chances but didn't capitalize on them, and they didn't play as well as is usual. Defense, particularly against the pass, was uncharacteristically sluggish, and special teams were a bit off on returns (and punting, dear lord). Too many 3-and-outs. Maybe the defense was tired by all their time on the field (though if I had to play in -1 to -4 degree weather with -24 windchill, I'd prefer to be on the field, getting "warm" through exertion!). They were truly lucky that Tynes missed those field goals in regulation. I couldn't *believe* he missed that fairly short one at the end of the game. What a relief!! A short-lived one, of course, since he had to go and *redeem* himself in overtime (the nerve!).

It was a great run though--13-3 and through 2 of 3 weeks of playoffs.
So the Packers game yesterday was the ultimate football game. SNOW! Sun at the beginning, gradually moving to thick, fast snowfall, where people slid three yards after getting tackled. Goood times! 42-20.

And now we root HARD for the Giants so the Packers get to host them next week instead of going to Dallas. We don't want to go to Dallas again, nooo. Come on, Giants, you looked good the last couple weeks, you *can* do it...and maybe Jessica Simpson will be there again to jinx Tony Romo!

The Chargers just beat the Colts in an exciting game. I was kinda rooting for them (as my surrogate "home" team), but in the big picture, rooting for the Colts since they probably have a better chance of beating the Patriots. Oh man, can the Chargers beat the Patriots? :/ Bellicheck bugs the hell out of me. Don't want them in the Super Bowl. Zzzzap!

Week 15!

Dec. 16th, 2007 04:27 pm
Interesting in the first half, when the Rams were scoring ahead of each responding Packer score, slow in the second, when no one did anything most of the time, with the Packers scoring now and then just for fun. Final, 33-14.

Blackmon is a hard hitter. I'm continually amused by the way commentators sometimes call him "Black-man". Anyway, he did great on Special Teams today. They were working on both of Woodson's knees on the sideline at one point, but he played (excellently) the whole game, as did Nick Barnett--and they're just the standouts on defense. On offense, the achievements were spread around more than usual. It's the norm for several Packer receivers to get the ball in a game, but today it just seemed a truly (ego-free) team effort on the offense.

Favre got that last big record, for passing yards (60-something thousand, which they helpfully told us was nearly 35 miles), breaking Dan Marino's record, and they showed a couple fun Packer fan signs ("Sorry[,] Dan" and the other said something similar with a cute/sad frowny face at the end). At the end of the game, they spoke to Brett briefly (asking if he'd planned/wanted the record-breaking pass to go to Donald Driver; he'd wanted to give Driver a chance at it), and ol' Smooth Skin snuck up behind him and smacked/hit/pinched/SOMETHINGed him on the ass (twice)! Ahaha, good times.

Aaaaand we're at 12-2!

Week 14!

Dec. 10th, 2007 12:13 am
Perfect game for joyfully toasting the Packers as they easily beat the Raiders. Ah, December at Lambeau. Kickoff was 18 degrees and sunny; it warmed a degree and snowed lightly during the game. The players looked pretty cold at first but were happy. Packers special teams were fun fun fun to watch--Will Blackmon got two TDs. Lambeau Leaping abounded. Brett Favre punched a lineman in the butt (he turned around like, "*what*?!" then saw who'd done it and cracked up). There were a couple iffy penalties called against the Raiders, but they weren't pivotal and wouldn't have made a significant difference.

38-7, Packers, who are now 11-2(!!!).

Week 13.

Nov. 29th, 2007 11:43 pm
Well, the Cowboys won, but it was pretty close, considering the good players who were injured & didn't play at all (Woodson, who's a key defender, and KGB, who's pretty reliable) and the fact that Brett Favre was injured(!!) in the first half and didn't return to the game (his right arm was hit and they reported that his hand/fingers were numb afterwards, whatever that means...nerve-related?). Aaron Rogers did as well as he did in the preseason as backup QB, completing plenty of passes, running for a couple of first downs, and getting his first regular-season TD pass. He brought the Packers to within a field goal of the Cowboys, but it wasn't enough. There were at least three bad ref calls and a few iffy ones as well (the biggest being that pass interference call in the 4th quarter that could easily have been ruled that the players' feet tangled together. The ref who was standing right there called it merely "incomplete" but some other ref decided it was interference). Come on, refs, this is the *NFC*--you're supposed to prove you're not rooting for the home team! ;)

Good Packer things...

--rookie Ryan Grant *running* 20 or 30 yards for a TD. He ran right through the defensive linemen and (seemingly) no one was even IN the secondary to stop him!

--cool defensive action, such as tackling the receivers twice in a row behind the line of scrimmage, bringing up 3rd and 19, and then...

--a defender encouraging the crowd to get loud, causing Tony Romo to unsuccessfully try to quiet them again, unable to hear the play, and resulting in a delay of game (*snicker*). (*sigh*, followed by a long pass to TO for a 1st down)

--random act of referee kindness (wtf?/wow!): A ref helped Aaron Kampman up after he'd gotten thisclose to sacking Tony Romo.

--and, of course, this. my comment to stormi:
HOLY SHIT WTH HOW DID THAT *HAPPEN*?!?!?!?!

TO had a TD pass in his arms in the middle of the endzone and it somehow popped out of his arms for no reason at all and Al Harris caught it!!! He was tackled in the endzone so they'll get the ball at the 20. THE COWBOYS SHOULD'VE SCORED THERE BUT NO POINTS FOR THEM, omg. If the Packers can score in any way right now the game'll be tied or they'll be ahead for the first time. !!!!


The Packers didn't score that time, but the Cowboys did on their next possession, bringing their lead back to 10 points. The Packers then got a FG, but then so did the Cowboys, and with under 2 min left and no timeouts, the Packers couldn't score again, so that's where the game ended up, 37-27, Cowboys.

Well hey, I didn't *expect* the Packers to win, but of course I didn't expect them to lose either. ;) There's nothing wrong with 10-2 either. Here's hoping Favre's better by next Sunday. He's got three extra days, so that's good. He spent the rest of the first half with his helmet still on, as if he could return at any time, but it was clear after halftime he wasn't returning tonight. My hopes are high--if he can play right after dislocating his right thumb, he can play through almost anything.
I didn't get online yesterday to report on the game. The Packers won, as expected (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] stormi0611), in the oldest quarterback matchup in NFL history. Testaverde (44) + Favre (38) = 82.something. I'm glad most of the Panther action was confined to the 3rd or 4th quarter, 'cause I was tired and found it hard to concentrate on the game. That might've also been influenced by us having to stand the whole time, and having non-ideal views of tvs. And me trying to avoid the bitchy waitress of the next room, who used the bar behind us.

If I'd been feeling at my best at the sports bar I'd have fun things to say about all the interceptions caught by Packers, that 94-yd run for a touchdown, and that fumble that happened late-ish in the game when the Panthers had been scoring. Oh, and the Panthers had this good defensive guy. Ribbons or something (Peppers???). Some word name. He did a lot of good for them, like blocking a field goal and maybe an interception that didn't matter because of a penalty? But he couldn't win the game by himself.

It was raining lightly when we left the sports bar, and it slowly turned into snow on the drive, finally becoming giant clumps of melty flakes around the size of a flat golf ball. It didn't stick, but I think this was the first real (non-flurries) snow of the season.

The Packers have two tough games impending. Thanksgiving vs. the Lions and then the following Thursday vs. the Cowboys. Yikes! But hey, my Pack are at 9-1(!!!), so...woooo!
I'll try to come up with interesting things to say about this shutout game (other than, "HA-ha, Vikings!"). It was the first time the Packers shut out an opponent since 2002, and the first time the Vikings were shut out since 1991. The Lambeau refs even laid off the Packers today, only calling a handful of penalties on them, and no big or iffy ones. They even called the *Vikings* on pass interference! (the head ref's accent made him say "interfurrence") Favre got knocked on the back of the head and was woozy afterward, ack. But he seemed fine soon after.

My (good) uncle came over and watched with us. He's a typical Vikings fan (fair-weather) so he wasn't too bothered by them losing ("If [they] didn't have a good running back, what would be the point of even watching?").

Final score, 34-0.
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While Favre sometimes picks up 'Smooth Skin' (#80) after a TD, Driver decided to mix it up a bit this time and not only picked Brett up, but spun him around and around.

8-1. I can't believe it...!
So this game was pretty much about Brett Favre. I didn't know that that would happen, since people don't really pay as much attention to football records as, say, baseball ones. Anyway, he got his record-breaking touchdown pass near the beginning of the game, to Greg Jennings. Poor Smooth Skin--he wanted to catch that pass. Oh well, Jennings is nice too (literally). The Vikings played pretty rough, injuring (temporarily, luckily) at least four Packers. I'm so glad they managed to stay in the lead the entire game! The Vikings have this amazing rookie running back and it was scary seeing him twice run completely untouched for like 40 yards. It was tough, as the Metrodome always is, but it was *okay* this time.

Favre got another touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but the best part was him jumping around like it was 1996 after the record-breaking TD. That BALL was snatched up immediately and is going to the football hall of fame...and we're wondering, did they snatch up that second TD ball too? I mean, it broke the same record...are all Favre's TD-pass-balls going to be collected from now on? Haha!

Superstition update: Couldn't find my hoodie so I wore a laughable getup--my sleeveless Packers tank on top of a tight long-sleeve shirt. Like I said last week, I wasn't going to take a risk against the freakin' Vikings, so I had to wear a new thing, preferably a top, with a long sleeve shirt underneath (that sleeveless tank was my only non-missing Packers top I haven't worn yet this season). Heh. So the only new thing I learned is that I can look slightly ridiculous and it'll still work.

This game was the first of the season on tv here (woo-hoo, sleeping in!). Next week's game against the Bears is on tv too, everywhere. It's on NBC Sunday night.

and yes, "4-PLAY" was a real fan sign...a few seasons ago ;)

EDIT--on the local news, they're talking about a "sickness" sweeping Minnesota, called the "purple blues" (because of the Vikings' loss). Muahahaha.

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Favre taking Greg Jennings home like he did Smooth Skin last Sunday celebrating his 421st touchdown pass with the receiver who caught it...
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Tapes-n-Tapes was pretty good, I'd see them again. I got a ticket from a group of guys with an extra (so it was $10, oh NO! haha) and while in line (I got there maybe 10 min after 8, when doors opened, and the show was to start at 9) they sold out. It was raining and luckily I was actually warm enough in my two thin layers, two hoodies, and scarf. First Ave has a black exterior with silver stars all over it, with the names of bands/musicians who've played there on them. The only one I can remember seeing offhand was The Smashing Pumpkins, though I saw a lot more since I was sort of looking for U2's one while in line (it might've been on the 1st Ave side, I was on the 7th St side). It was my first time back there in at least four years, maybe as much as 5 1/2, and I vaguely remembered things like, seeing this low wall on the left, standing there at some show back in high school. First Ave was the place...um, well still is, where I've seen the most concerts, so it was a semi-nostalgic experience, and quite amusing seeing black 'X's on hands while I had a wristband and a stamp on mine instead (it was my first time there over 21), and I didn't remember that Target Center is right across the street either--that's where my first non-free concert was (Foo Fighters & Red Hot Chili Peppers), and next to where my first concert was (Smashing Pumpkins).

Note to self: either MN people are ruder than other concert-goers, or club crowds are ruder than large-venue crowds, or people about 4 years YOUNGER than I am are ruder. 'Cause there were lots of annoying people (mostly high schoolers who seemed to all know each other), even tall guys, who just insinuated themselves in front of me and the really short girl next to me and her two friends who were about my height. And a few of them were bopping back and forth, taking up 2-3 times the space of one person (or just hitting everyone around them, and no, there wasn't a mosh pit!).

The first two acts were not amusing. First guy was like going to some avant garde art exhibit. I like a guitar, but if you can't give me that, I need a melody of some sort. The drums became the highlight, and he rocked them, but only for about 5-10 seconds per "song", then it went back to random tones and stuff. No singing either--that would've been too close to a melody, I think. The most obnoxious dude in the crowd, who started out behind me but ended up either in front of or next to me, who did the 2-3 people-wide back-and-forth moving throughout the entire concert, was REALLY into this guy. The second band was called Halloween Alaska (I think) and just weren't that good. AND, the bassist only played half the time, the other half was spent playing "air bass" very unrealistically, and he'd also pretend to fiddle with real and imaginary things on the body of the bass. The female friend of the extremely short chick and I wondered why he didn't just leave the stage for those songs, or unplug the bass so he could play anything (but still TOUCH THE STRINGS) and we wouldn't hear it, and wondered what the hell he was thinking, since anyone who looked would be able to tell! Weird.

Tapes-n-Tapes got a great reception (they ARE local, after all), and from the first couple notes, I was excited/relieved since those few notes already showed they'd be more rockin' than the first two acts. The sound was such that I couldn't make out the lyrics, but the music (and yea, I could hear the bassist/he wasn't faking!) sounded good, the band was energetic, and they were even pretty decent-lookin'. ;) The drummer was especially into it--my first view of him, he was pounding away with this huge grin on his face. The keyboards guy multi-tasked, sometimes grabbing a drumstick and banging on one of the symbols or a tambourine, sometimes rocking some kind of tuba-looking-but-slightly-smaller horn. I considered merch but decided not to battle for it since the singer said that most of their shirts were stolen in Australia(! ...sad) so there weren't many of those but there were some limited edition tapes (ha, of course) from Japan, "but we still sing in English on them." Anyway, I got back to my car around 12:45, got slightly lost trying to go back the street way I came from before just taking the highways way, and got home to find everyone still up.

Early day tomorrow--it's the last sports bar day/last football game of the season, and, since the Giants won earlier tonight, unless the Cardinals, Dolphins, Vikings, Lions (I think?), and, of course, Packers win, it's the last Packers game this year. Then, of course, New Year's with Anderson. Heh. :P Lame? Sure, but I comfort myself by thinking that, if I were still in LA (and hadn't come back here for winter break), I'd have plans. If nothing else, *I'd* be hosting. I had more parties those 1 3/4 months of "new" apartment than ever before (unless you add up all my birthday parties), it was fun. ANYway, no one cares. G'night all and hope you have a nice New Year's! I'm sure I'll be hanging out with some of you in the Anderloads chat :)
Aaaaugh, the Packers lost and it was soclose and so nerve-wracking and EXCITING at the end, god. They could've tied it up/won so easily. Football is such drama...like every week is some new tale with action, tension, betrayal (bad calls & stuff), heroism, scandal, tragedy. There was this amazing touchdown--it looked like Favre was out of time and about to go down, surrounded by four or five Carolina defenders, then he wipped the ball right into Chatman's hands in the back of the endzone before anyone could blink, much less realize what had happened.

It all ended so suddenly. The Packers, down by three points, had the ball and needed a first down. It was fourth down with time ticking away, about 1:03 left. Everything was going quickly at this point, from the touchdown to keeping Carolina at bay to regaining control of the ball to this moment. Incomplete pass to Driver, and a non-flag for pass interference that should have given them an automatic first down. Carolina gets the ball and kneels to end the game. That last 1:03 of the game, over in a few seconds.

It was such a tease, such a cheat. So close, they were going to score, they'd found their offensive rhythym (finally), then......Gah. I still have pent-up adrenaline/anxiety from that cut-short ending.

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