I had two thoughts on the game that stuck with me throughout a shortened sleeping session:
1) Nnamdi still stinks. I know, Kurt Coleman bites on play-action like a Madden 2004 defender against a quarterback using playmaker controls. I get it. And, it’s hard to fault a guy (Nnamdi) too much for taking what I thought was a smart pass interference call and then drawing one a few plays later on the Giants final drive (the difference in the game). But he continuously gets beat off the line. And I don’t like it.
2) Victor Cruz salsa dance music played by NBC. Turns out, they’ve done this before: Last season, at Giants Stadium, they played the same music, and explained that decision to Deadspin thusly:
I got a hold of NBC's Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli (winner of ten Emmy Awards) who explained that yes, the music came from the broadcast truck, and that they'd planned to use it unless Cruz scored on a crucial play or if the Giants were being blown out. But what I found most interesting is that the truck kept game announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth in the dark about the plan, wanting them to be surprised. For what it's worth, neither Michaels nor Collinsworth reacted to the music (though they didn't talk over it, either).
So… as long as Cruz scoring a touchdown isn’t too offensive to fans of the opposing team, or the Giants themselves, it’s cool to do. Got it.
Let’s hit it.
But first, a word from our sponsors:
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– Get a Weapon X t-shirt from our friends at Philly Phaithful. They put together this amazing promotional video as well. Must-watch:
– Did Marcus Hayes write a ridiculous sonnet about the game? He did: [Philly.com]
Vick had promised to be less reckless.
He rid himself of the ball more quickly. He ran out of bounds.
Oh, he still got pounded.
Behind this offensive line, against this defensive front, he was going to get pounded.
Vick survived an early body slam by Justin Tuck, who beat a double-team.
Those sorts of hits dwindled as the game progressed. Everyone had a hand in that.
WHAT IN THE SAM FUCK? This is a story about a turtle. A turtle who had no friends. One day the turtle needed friends. The next day he called all the turtles he knew. They didn’t like him and wouldn’t play with him. So the turtle put his head in his shell. Then all the turtles felt bad for him and pooped on his shell to let him know they were friends now. The end.
– Some of the best Tweets of the weekend:
– Preston and Steve are searching for Philly’s hottest (or sluttiest and most attention-starved) girl. Do it, CB readers.
– Mike Trout, a Phillies fan. An Eagles fan:
– Last week, the folks at Zarwin Baum Law held a celebrity casino night to benefit Easter Seals. FOX Good Day’s Kacie McDonnell* was there, drawing the attention of this Tim Saunders look-alike:
I was supposed to go, but couldn’t attend. Anyway, our friend HughE Dillon has more pictures from the event, including ones of Darwin Walker, Mike Quick, Jon Dorenbos… and some other hot chicks. Nice work for a good cause.
*Easily the best part about Sheena Parveen coming to Philly (besides, you know, Sheena Parveen coming here) is the local news hot chick arms race she has spawned. Jillian Mele seems to have stepped her game up big-time since Parveen’s arrival, and now, FOX hires Kia girl and Villanova grad Kacie McDonnell? Shit's real. Action News seems above this sort of thing, but I don’t know how long even they can hold out before hiring a Temple cheerleader or something. One thing is for sure though: we’re bound to see a hooker on CW Philly before the end of the year.
– Not surprisingly, there was an incident at the Puerto Rican Day Parade. A cop punched a woman, and this will go national in 3… 2…
– CSN Philly celebrates its 15th anniversary today. This glorious picture of Neil Hartmann and Leslie Gudel from, I’m guessing, the first year, is one of just many CSN has in their gallery here.
Daily News Live
On Monday, October 1, Comcast SportsNet will celebrate the network’s anniversary beginning at 5 p.m. with “Daily News Live.” Host Michael Barkann and guests will reminisce about the past 15 years, with show bloopers and behind the scenes moments.
SportsNite at 10:30 p.m.
A very special edition of “SportsNite,” presented commercial free by Chevrolet, will air on Monday, October 1 at 10:30 p.m. and will feature a retrospective of the people and personalities that have impacted the Philadelphia sports landscape over the past 15 years. Viewers will hear from Jimmy Rollins (Phillies) the city’s longest tenured athlete, Villanova product and Eagles all-time RB great Brian Westbrook (Eagles), 76ers standout Thaddeus Young (Sixers), Keith Jones (Flyers) – the only athlete to play on Comcast SportsNet and retire to become a game and postgame analyst, and Phil Martelli long-time head coach at Saint Joseph’s University, narrate the stories of the teams they played on or coached. Fans can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #CSN15.
– Sadly, Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia.