Monday Night Football Week One Live-Blog: Eagles-Cowboys Second Half

Monday, September 15, 2008


You just knew that picture was coming didn't you? It works on so many levels. First Romo is wearing the never good look of a kangol/newsboy cap and then his trainwreck of a girlfriend is just adding to the awkwardness. Good times. It's 30-24 Eagles at the half and let's hope this one isn't going to slow down in the second half.

"Was it an interception?" - Chris Berman on the Cutler fumble.

That's one thing that it definitley wasn't. (Via JFein)

As an Eagles fan I'm extremely nervous. The end of this game could be tight... (Via Mark)

10:38- I think that's a safe bet. Here comes the second half. Dallas gets the ball. Felix Jones with yet another nice run back and he makes it out to the 35. Dallas tries to slow it down with a run, but Barber breaks it for about 20 yards and into Eagles territory. Romo scrambles and throws it away on second down. Penalty on the Cowboys as well moves it back 10.

1st and 20 and Romo awkwardly throws the ball away after feeling the pressure again. Barber is wrapped up on second down and that's followed by a toss up in the air to Bennett. Dawkins nails him though and breaks it up. Cowboys punt into the endzone so it'll be Eagles ball at their 20....make that the 10 after a block in the back.

A re-kick for some reason and the ball is basically in the same spot as it would have been. Anyway, Westbrook goes nowhere on first and Jackson follows it up with a drop. 3rd and long....Westbrook on the screen but it's short. Two back to back punts! How about that.

10:45- Romo to Witten for seven on first down and Barber adds two more on second. 3rd and short....Felix Jones picks up the rest.

"It's just so easy if you're Jerry Jones to give clothing to Felix Jones and you don't have to take out the labels because they're made exclusively for Mr. Jones.- Tony Kornheiser
"Glad you got that in."- Ron Jaworski
"I've been wating the whole game on that one."- Tony Kornheiser

He can't think that that is funny. Dumb penalty by the Eagles on a false start and the Cowboys pick up another first down.

"It's Football Tony! This isn't a Tennis match."- Ron Jaworski

Barber with a couple of carries and the Cowboys have it at the Philly 15. 3rd and 4....

Touchdown Dallas! Romo to Barber and the Cowboys take the lead again 31-30.

Another crowd shot and another 400lb Cowboys fan. Thanks ESPN! (Via Lammy742)

Does Kornheiser come up with jokes in advance? That Felix Jones joke was bad. (Via Anon)

That had to have been planned out.

Tirico the Play By Play Man: B
El Tirico en Espanol: F
(Via Jim Williams)

10:55- Eagles ball at their own 26. Good move by McNabb in the pocket and a dump to Buckhalter gets seven. Westbrook picks up the rest. McNabb escapes again and finds Baskett for a few....

"What does he do? He puts the biscuit in the Baskett."- Tony Kornheiser

I swear he's just trying to piss everyone off at this point. First down on a Westbrook run and dive at the 50. McNabb down the middle and Zach Thomas bats the ball away with a no-look swat. Jackson with the catch and he has another Iggle first. Westbrook fumbles! Gets it back though somehow.

Tirico correctly calls it a McNabb fumble after a bad exchange. He's like an eagle that guy. McNabb with another sick move in the pocket and then underhands it to Westbrook. Just a great play....and a 15-yard facemask to boot. Eagles are inside the 20.

End of a rather quick third and the score is 31-30 'Boys.

Now we're comparing McNabb to Brett Favre. (Via JFein)

It never ends! McNabb to Lewis....down to the one....

Second effort and Westbrook is in! 37-31 Eagles.

Kornheiser really has the gall to act irritated when Jaworski brings up the Arena League one time, while he'd mention Favre on every snap if possible? Unbelievable. (Via CB)

11:12- Jones has his worst return of the night but still gets it to the 30. First down Dallas. Incomplete on first down but Barber follows it up with a screen and takes it all the way down into Eagles territory.

"Do you know how."- Tony Kornheiser
"Yes."- Mike Tirico
"We haven't even mentioned Jessica Simpson."- Tony Kornheiser

More Tony guffawing in regards to Jerry Jones after actually bringing up Simpson. Romo misses Witten down the middle by an inch and it's 2nd and 10. Felix Jones gets a few and then goes backwards. Third and long....Witten catches it but he's well short. FG attempt for Folk....

Good! 3 point game now....37-34 Eagles.

Tony- please stop spewing your love for the cowboys. As bad as the announcing is for this game, we could have mike mike and mike. **shudders at the mere thought** (Via Anon)

Good point.

You think its bad this week.. just think of next week.. Madden has the Packers without Favre.... Kornheiser has the Jets with Favre... be prepared.. (Via Anon)

Life just isn't fair.

11:23- Demps runs back the kickoff all the way into Dallas territory and both Special Teams coaches should be fired on Tuesday. McNabb to Jackson on first down and DeSean is over 100 yards again. Donovan to Greg Lewis and that's a first.

FUMBLE! Westbrook gives it up and Ratliff picks it up for Dallas. That's going to come back to haunt them.

"Donovan does a double move on him. He puts it in then pulls it out then tries to put it back in again."- Ron Jaworski (Via Mal)

Romo hits Crayton out at midfield for a first and there's 8 minutes left. Barber for one yard and then Romo to Austin to make it 3rd and 3. Austin again....first down. Romo to Witten! 33 yards and it'll be first and goal at the five.

Romo to T.O. and he's manhandled by Samuel. Ahh the ball was tipped. No foul. 2nd and Goal. No one was even near that ball....no way was that tipped. The refs get it right now. 1st and goal at the one. Barber....No!

Barber....Yes! 41-37 Dallas with 4:35 left.

Can somebody do a Tonya Harding on Kornheiser so we don't have to listen to him on MNF? (Via Anon)

If Kornheiser's alleged stalker is reading this: I'll buy the lead pipe, you do the rest. (Via CB)

Hahaha. Good combo there.

11:39- "I said something before which I shouldn't have said, I apologize for it. Not my first mistake, undoubtedly won't be my last, but a 100% apology."- Tony Kornheiser

Huh? The only thing I could think of was the laundry comment but I took that as just a bad joke, not anything offensive. Interesting.

McNabb incomplete on first down and then a screen to Westbrook goes nowhere. Add an illegal block to that and it'll be 2nd and 18. Emmitt watching on the sideline....McNabb hits LJ Smith and it'll be 3rd and 8......

Incomplete to Westbrook. Here comes a punt. Dallas' D stepped up for that one. Pacman on the return and there's a block in the back. Dallas ball at their own 21. Barber blasts for a few yards and Philly calls timeout. Barber gets a few more and it'll be 3rd and 3.....

Wide open is Barber! Romo misses him!!! Philly has a chance and the clock stops with the incomplete pass. Jackson on the return but a hold on Demps will bring it back.

Here we go. 2:36 left and McNabb with the ball. Greg Lewis juggles it and it's incomplete at the marker. McNabb on the scramble and that should take us to the two minute warning...

NO! Westbrook on the draw before the warning and he picks it up as well as a 15-yard facemask. Philly's ball with a first down at midfield.

We're back from the break. McNabb back to pass....SACKED! Loss of four.....1:30 to go. McNabb had space to run, but it's incomplete. He had at least a first down if he pulled it down and ran. 3rd and 14....McNabb scrambles and he goes down! Demarcus Ware gets him!!! Great play....just didn't give up.

Here it is. 4th and 17....A hook and ladder play?!?!?! That was a horrible call and that'll do it. Cowboys win.

Final: Dallas 41 - Philadelphia 37

That was one hell of a game and a fun one to live-blog. Hope you all had fun as well and thanks for commenting. See you tomorrow with commentary and videos.

"Can I say it? How 'bout dem Cowboys?!- Tony Kornheiser

Ugh. I just can't handle him anymore at this point.


Video: Tony Kornheiser's Awkward On-Air Apology

103 Comments:

"To watch the NFC East powerhouse teams banging on each other like this.." - Tony Kornheiser

I never you enjoyed that Tony...

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

Drinking game: Take a shot every time Kornheiser mentions T.O and McNabb in the same sentence.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  

Dawkins still has it.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

love weapon x

Mark said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

Miller Lite commercials = Lame

Bud Light commercials = Funny

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

I'd like to see Dawkins lay out TO and have Kournheiser go off about how the two used to be on the same team.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

The league violation commercials are incredibly lame.

Mark said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

Eagles MUST keep the pressure up on Romo. He stinks.

Lammy742 said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:40:00 PM  

Suzy Kolber: "Andy Reid used one word, 'Protection'".

Nice to know Suzy can get that out of "Big Red".

Jim Williams said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

Game has calmed down some

Mark said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

Tony Kournheiser said "hello Newman". That's only dated 10 years.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

Anyone else smelling a 3rd quarter without any scoring?

Jim Williams said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:47:00 PM  

Another crowd shot and another 400lb Cowboys fan. Thanks ESPN!

Lammy742 said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

Does Kournheiser come up with jokes in advance? That Felix Jones joke was bad.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

I think I now know why they call this place big D.

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:49:00 PM  

Good point Jaws. What do you do? Just stop?

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:49:00 PM  

*Hopes that Kornheiser doesn't make a "Gaither Homecoming" reference in this game*

Jim Williams said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:51:00 PM  

Looks like the Eagles D is getting tired...

Lammy742 said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

This Spanish heritage stuff is really annoying the shit out of me. I'm not some racist who's anti-Hispanic; it's just that it couldn't have less to do with football, and it's a typical bullshit NFL/ESPN gimmick.

CB said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

Tirico the Play By Play Man: B
El Tirico en Espanol: F

Jim Williams said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

POINTS!

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

Even when Farve DOESN'T play they mention him 20 times a half!

Lammy742 said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

Perpetual media hard on for Favre.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

Favre you Tony Favreheiser, go Favre yourself while you're Favreing the heck out of the rest of us. I'm tired of Favreing with this Favre.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

Can somebody just cut Kornheiser's mike? pleeeease?

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

http://kissnation.961kiss.com/freakshow/go/video/view?vid_id=499048&video_pg=1&video_num=5&com_num=10&com_pg=1

DeSean Jackson's Ultimate Fail

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

"What does he do? He puts the biscuit in the basket?" - Tony Kornheiser with Ron Jaworski

That joke only got old 2 years ago.

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

Line 1...yeah, Tony, it's Bill Raftery. He doesn't approve of your use of biscuit in the basket. He sends massive ONIONS!

Jim Williams said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

You must be kidding.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

I hate you, Tony Kornheiser.

cb said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

Now we're comparing McNabb to Brett Favre.

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

Favreheiser once again mentions Favre.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

AA, I think it's time you write a big article on why Kornheiser is beyond terrible and send it to ESPN, so that they can see the dozens of commenters that think he is terrible at his job and is ruining MNF as we know it.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

Tony: "I don't want to say who that pass looked like because you told me not to say it...but who did it look like?"

Mike: "Brett Favre?"

Tony: "Brett Favre!"

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

Westbrook is money!

Jim Williams said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:09:00 PM  

Kornheiser really has the gall to act irritated when Jaworski brings up the Arena League one time, while he'd mention Favre on every snap if possible? Unbelievable.

cb said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

"Whoever gets the ball with 4 minutes left is going to march down the field and win the game" - Tony Kornheiser

Tony has the magical ability to see into the future.

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

Upon seeing that whole "My Best Friend's Girl" commercial, I have to say the plot is all wrong for a movie starring Dane Cook. Shouldn't he be crashing weddings in say San Fransisco?

Jim Williams said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

I will say that Kornheiser was absolutely right about the Zach Thomas deflection and Jaws was dead wrong about there being no luck involved. Give me a break

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:12:00 PM  

Is it just me or does the Commish of the More Taste League conduct himself with more authority than Roger Goodell?

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

Tirico the Play By Play Man: B
El Tirico en Espanol: F

thats awful generous on both accounts.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

Kornheiser sucks cock.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

SS- They read.

Anon- I think it was a combination of both in regards to Thomas. He clearly put his hands up when LJ Smith reached out but there was no direction behind them. He just got lucky in the end.

Sep 15, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

That last comment by the anon may be the most accurate comment of the night.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

OH MY!! JESSICA SIMPSON!! THIS IS STUNNING!!

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

Tony: "Do you know how good this game is? We haven't even mentioned Jessica Simpson"

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

"Jason Witten is hot."-Jaws. So very out of context.

"We haven't even mentioned Jessica Simpson, which is absolutely impossible."-Giant douche

cb said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

AA, they obviously do the opposite to piss the bloggers off then.


Kornheiser is unbearable.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

"Do you know how good this game is? We haven't even mentioned Jessica Simpson" - Tony Kornheiser

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

"They're bigger is bigger than your bigger, our better is better than you're better" - Tony Kornheiser

NOOOOOO!!!!!

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:19:00 PM  

Tony- please stop spewing your love for the cowboys.
as bad as the announcing is for this game, we could have mike mike and mike. **shudders at the mere thought**

i really wish they would put the down and distance on the bottom bar as soon as the play ends. i hate waiting till the freaking play and having to look at the field to find it.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:19:00 PM  

You think its bad this week.. just think of next week.. Madden has the Packers without Favre.... Kornheiser has the Jets with Favre... be prepared..

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

Totally agree about the down thing. I want to know before the players line up.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Can somebody do a Tonya Harding on Kornheiser so we don't have to listen to him on MNF?

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Anon, I'll say it now, the Three Mikes are better for this particular night. It is beyond awful.


I just hope AA doesn't hang himself after listening to Favre talk all the time next week.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Holy Shit Good News Alert. BoSox stomp the rays, gonna take the AL east pennent bitches..yes this is simmons, yes i am blowing tom brady!!!

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Can somebody do a Tonya Harding on Kornheiser so we don't have to listen to him on MNF?

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:22:00 PM  

Do we have a record for most kick return yards in a game?

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

If Kornheiser's alleged stalker is reading this: I'll buy the lead pipe, you do the rest.

cb said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

cb with the comment of the night... hilarious

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

Westbrook is a fumbling machine!

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

Nope... two for Mcnabb

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

"Westbrook does a double move, he pulls in and pulls out." - Jaws


Ew.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

Jaws: "Donovan does a double move on him. He puts it in then pulls it out then tries to put it back in again."

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

What Mal said.....I goofed.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:29:00 PM  

McNabb better break that TD record so I can see Jaws cry.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

That ball is over the line, but no sense challenging.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

Hochuli wishes he had that "do-over machine" that they just used on that PI penalty.

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

Say what you want about the other announcers, but Tirico has been fantastic tonight calling this game. He has picked up on things live that other announcers miss even on replay.

Sep 15, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

Tony Kornheiser apologized. Sadly, it was only for his one comment, and not for being an analyst on Monday Night Football.

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:37:00 PM  

i missed it.. what is favreheiser 100% sorry about? his love for favre?

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

What did Tony say that was worth an apology??

Mark Graban said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

What did Kornheiser say?? Damn, I missed it.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

Tirico is outstanding. Very professional and accomplished at what he does and seems to work very hard at it. I like Jaws better in Match-up. Tony's career on MNF is about 18 months past its expiration date

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  
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Pete said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

Tony must have apologized for his dry-cleaner comment.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:40:00 PM  

I must have missed it - what did Kornheiser say that he felt the need to apologize for?

Was it something he could get fired for?

I'm grasping at straws here, but this is unbearable.

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:40:00 PM  

That just lost the game for Philly......

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:41:00 PM  

The dry-cleaner would be my guess. I thought I saw it on the blog somwhere but now I can't locate it.

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:43:00 PM  

please, make it something he could get fired for!
Note to stalker: quite stalking, attack.....!

jebworks said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:44:00 PM  

Tirico: "Reverse action behind"

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:45:00 PM  

Remember when I said the Eagles lost? Well Romo just choked again.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:46:00 PM  

Jaws: "That jersey went from an XL to a triple XL on that hold"

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:47:00 PM  

How many dropped passes is that for the Eagles receivers (including Westbrook)?

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:47:00 PM  

Should they just play without helmets? A lot of face mask calls.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:49:00 PM  

As bad as Tony Kornheiser has been, Mike Tirico has been spot on today.

jfein said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:49:00 PM  

It's 41-37 AA, not 41-35.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:50:00 PM  

Loved Tirico ignoring Kornheiser's irrelevant blurb about Jackie Robinson and saying "Okay, Ron..."

Kornheiser can't keep his mind on football during a 41-37 game!

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:51:00 PM  

It's a 4 man rush, how is Philly blowing this?

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:51:00 PM  

McNabb lost the game again....he lost it again, run the ball or throw it away.

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:53:00 PM  

The down and distance was on the scoreboard bar at the bottom of the screen before that play. When it went to the shot of both teams at the line and you could see the graphic on the field, the down and distance on the bar went away.

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

Did Romeo Crennel just make the play call for the Eagles?

Sep 15, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

That's the game......McNabb lost it.....he lost it.....he lost it.....he lost it......he lost it.....

ssreporters said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

Abysmal play-calling on fourth-and-17. Incompetent end to a classic battle.

cb said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

Jaws: It was a hook and latteral.
Tony: They needed more rungs.
Tirico: (thinking to himself): Bald dumb ass.

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:55:00 PM  

it's lateral, dickhead. not ladder.

Scott said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:55:00 PM  

Horrible play call... Tony please try and contain your love for the Cowboys

Anonymous said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:56:00 PM  

Is TK feeding Suzy questions?

Scott said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:58:00 PM  

Great game. I am waiting for the second meeting already.

Brett said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:58:00 PM  

Kolber to Romo: "2nd quarter and you fumble in the end zone what are you thinking then?"
Romo: "Darn it....that sucks."

Mal said...
Sep 15, 2008, 11:58:00 PM  

aa, you should rename the Pammy's to the Tony's for all of kornheiser's stupid ramblings.

Anonymous said...
Sep 16, 2008, 12:05:00 AM  

It can be both Hook and Lateral and Hook and Ladder. Tony wasn't wrong.

Anonymous said...
Sep 16, 2008, 12:06:00 AM  

I had no idea that Kornheiser could be so awful, and I'm not talking about his so-called bias for the Cowboys. Overall his commentary was sickeningly forced and cute. I felt sorry for Tirico, and for us fans, of course. Jaws got caught up in the "Romo is standing up straight" thing for awhile. It would have been interesting to see video of his old style to get a better appreciation of the improvement.

dadlak said...
Sep 16, 2008, 6:51:00 AM  

My bad, I thought a "hook-and-ladder" was a firetruck. I still think I'm right about the "dickhead" part.

Scott said...
Sep 16, 2008, 8:05:00 AM  

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