ESPN Isn't Exactly Expecting Big Numbers On MNF Tonight

Monday, November 10, 2008


Why in the world ESPN would ever schedule a 49ers-Cardinals Monday Night Game is beyond me but that's exactly what we're getting tonight. You can expect some pretty low numbers as far as ratings go tonight, but ESPN knows that, and they don't really seem to be concerned....

Despite the NFL's immense popularity among TV viewing audiences in America, ESPN executives told Arizona State University students Friday that it is still a challenge to get the nation to care about the game.

Visiting with students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Phoenix, ESPN Monday Night Football producer Jay Rothman and director Chip Dean spoke of the weekly task of creating content and story lines that appeal beyond a local level.

"It's more of a national kind of scope we put on the game and games like Arizona and San Francisco are more challenging," Rothman said, referring to this week's Monday night game between the Cardinals and the 49ers, two teams that lack the national profile of the Dallas Cowboys or the New England Patriots.
For reasons that have nothing to do with the crapiness level of this game, I won't be doing a live-blog tonight, but after reading that....I'm almost glad I'm not. If you're watching, expect a lot of talk about teams other than the ones on the field and maybe some presidential anecdotes from Tony throughout the night. Feel free to use this spot as your open thread, and I'll see you tomorrow with video and comments, and try to enjoy the game if you're taking it in.

ESPN executives say MNF a tough sell (AZ Republic)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 5:36 PM

270 Comments:

Always the NFL schedules a couple of crappy games for ESPN MNF.

ESPN have no control of that.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 5:53:00 PM  

I was planning on watching Lightning / Capitals on VS anyway.

jg said...
Nov 10, 2008, 6:04:00 PM  

I am only watching the game, because I am a hopelss 49ers fan hoping SF sneaks out of there with a win like last year.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 6:09:00 PM  

The only reason to watch would be the potential of Singletary dropping his pants again. Seriously, that never gets old.

Paul said...
Nov 10, 2008, 6:21:00 PM  

Even I, someone who is pretty much head over heals obsessed with football, even I'm not sure I will be able to stomach this game.

"For reasons that have nothing to do with the crapiness level of this game, I won't be doing a live-blog tonight".
Coincidence, no doubt.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 6:52:00 PM  

What is Stu Scott wearing tonight? He should use his good eye when he walks into his closet to pick out a suit and tie.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 7:26:00 PM  

I am 2 points behind this week in my fantasy football league and the only player left is Bouldin, who I have. As soon as he makes one completion, I'm tuning out!

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 7:53:00 PM  

When you look at some of the games that are on Monday night, I wonder if for 2 reasons they do this, like what a previous poster putting bad games is that still some people do not get ESPN and like to be fair. My 2nd reason is that I wonder if the NFL hates the way ESPN does Monday Night Football, like in previous years always guest they would have come in, they don't have top notch announcing crew, Kornheiser bad, and Tirico on his radio show, was shocked when more people watched Colts vs Titans than the World Series game, I think you would be happy. Future games to look forward to, Bills vs Browns next week and Texans vs Jaguars.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 7:55:00 PM  

Pretty sad how far the 49ers have fallen. A few years back they certainly had the national profile of NE or Dallas. Sucking does that to a team.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:01:00 PM  

Stu's eye looks totally fucked up tonight...

It looks like it's sliding off his face, it's all red and not-moving.

Did he get hit in his eye again?

Hollywood Wags said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:14:00 PM  

I think each team is required to have at least one nationally televised game, either a Sunday night, Monday night, Thursday, or Saturday. For the teams they don't really like, they'll throw them to the Lions on Thanksgiving (if that's the right network) or hide them on a Monday night when most people have better things to do.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:17:00 PM  

Kornheiser sux.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:18:00 PM  

Picks:

Steve: Cardinals
Emmitt: Cardinals
Stuart: Cardinals
Coach Ditka: Cardinals
Sheshawn: Cardinals
Cris: Cardinals
TJ: Cardinals
Boomer: Cardinals (and he gives us a scord of 31-16)

And the map of who people in each state thinks is going to win looks exactly like the map of election day...

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:31:00 PM  

Eh, I'm bored, I'll probably pseudo live-blog this in the comments section....if I massacre it, no one will care.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:34:00 PM  

"In a world of girls gone wild, Mike Singletary gave us pants gone down." - Tony Kornheiser

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:36:00 PM  

Anon 8:17 - KC, MIA, DET, ATL and STL don't get any night/non-Sunday games, flex scheduling notwithstanding.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:38:00 PM  

"It's nice that the retractable roof was open so that the helmets could come through." - Mike Tirico

Sigh....what torture am I going to be putting myself through tonight....

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:41:00 PM  

Allen Rossum takes the opening kickoff all the way to the house. TOUCHDOWN 49ERS AND WE'RE ONLY 12 SECONDS INTO THIS THING

Maybe this won't be as bad as once thought...

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:42:00 PM  

jfein fucks animals.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:43:00 PM  

As for you, anon 7:55 PM, Patrick/Theismann/McGuire > Tirico/Jaworski/Kornheiser...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:44:00 PM  

What a start!

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:44:00 PM  

Aw, jeez anon 8:43, STAY CLASSY!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:44:00 PM  

"Singletary could have taken off his shirt just in celebration." - Dr. Kornheiser

Let's be thankful the Doc was joking.

The Cards take the kickoff to the 25 and here comes Warner.

1st and 10 and Warner fires it to Preston (?...I don't follow the Cards) for 22. 1st and 10 and Fitzgerald with a short completion. Hightower takes the carry and 3rd and 3 is coming up.

3rd and 4 and Warner from the gun fires it to Irvin who catches it over the middle and the Cards are at the 30.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:46:00 PM  

@jfein:

http://www.bloggingolbermann.com.

And with how sucky this matchup becomes, I'll watch WWE Monday Night RAW tonight.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:47:00 PM  

stay classy, stay classy, stay classy, kiss my assy.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:47:00 PM  

I TOOK A SHIT AND WIPED MY ASS WITH MY HANDS AND LEFT THE BATHROOM WITHOUT FLUSHING OR WASHING MY HANDS AND I WORK AT JACK IN THE BOX!!!!

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:50:00 PM  

Well anon 8:47 PM, you just might be the reason we will no longer allow anonymous posts anymore, you jerkazoid.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:50:00 PM  

Hightower takes it to the outside for a dozen and the Cards are in the red zone. 1st and 10 and Warner hits Irvin for 8. Hightower takes the 2nd down carry back to the line of scrimmange and it's 3rd down again.

Warner rolls to the right and overthrows a wide-open Larry Fitzgerald in the endzone.

Here's Rackers from 28....Right down the middle 7-3 49ers

"The 49ers have to feel good about where they are in this game, they're about to receive a kickoff." - Dr. Kornheiser

This is actually sort of fun. I can see why AA does this...

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:50:00 PM  

You too, anon 8:50 PM.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:51:00 PM  

7-3 49ers after a Rackers chippy and this is a good start to the game.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:51:00 PM  

Hey now, I don't mind watching these two teams compete, as I don't usually get to see them in action, Arizona is actually not bad this year, and you have the compelling "What will Singletary do?" storyline. Then again I'm always in the minority and "different" on a lot of things.

If nothing else, you can count the Saved By Zero ads or any other ones that are atrocious.

Why are they playing Eminence Front now?

Nov 10, 2008, 8:52:00 PM  

Hold on a sec, anon 8:38 PM. Atlanta andf Miami, based on the divisions they play in, could get at least one flex game due to their current records and divisions they play in, so they could be playing on Sunday Night in December...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:53:00 PM  

@ James Craven: Damn, I forgot all about KO on the view today. I'll have to see that.

This kickoff is not taken for a TD. A 15-yard personal foul will back the Niners up deep in their own territory.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:53:00 PM  

SAVED BY ZERO MUST DIE!

Dogfucker said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:53:00 PM  

Though I disagree on the name I agree that SAVED BY ZERO MUST DIE!!!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:56:00 PM  

JT O'Sullivan has been great for the other team's defense.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:58:00 PM  

JT O'Sullivan playing more like Gilbert O'Sullivan...Alone again, naturally!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 8:59:00 PM  

Shaun Hill is starting only his 3rd game. 1st down goes for 8. 2nd down is a handoff that goes nowhere.

Wildcat formation on 3rd down and Robinson picks up a 1st.

Stupid phonecall...missed a couple plays. Anyway, it's now 3rd and 7 and Hill goes underneath for a couple and the 49ers will have to punt.

Preston with an impressive return to the 30 yard line and now maybe this game will revert to the form it's supposed to revert to.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:00:00 PM  

Jamescraven channels his inner Kornheiser.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:02:00 PM  

We are reminded that this game is also available on ESPN Deportes, which according to Dr. Kornheiser, means his laundry is done. I apologize.

1st down gets 5 and on 2nd down Boldin takes a direct snap from the wild cat for a couple.

"Do you know who named the wild cat? Obviously, the guy wasn't named wild cat" - Dr. Kornheiser

3rd down is incomplete and the 49ers force a 3 and out. Impressive.

The punt is shanked and the Niners will be taken over at their own 49.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:04:00 PM  

I was channeling my inner Dan Patrick with that comment about Gilbert O'Sullivan...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:06:00 PM  

I wish Singletary could just take off his pants and shit on Kornheiser.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:08:00 PM  

Had he been channeling his inner Keith Olberman, it would have required an ample supply of Charmin and two flushes.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:10:00 PM  

Yay, the Singletary rant again. What exactly are we calling that?

Oops, that was meant to be 39, not 49. 1st down gets a couple. 2nd down and Hill throws at the feet of a Cardinal facing enormous pressure. 3rd and 8....

Hill passes underneath for the first down to Jason Hill

Handoff to Robinson on first down gets a couple. 2nd and 8 and Hill's pass is knocked away by ex-Eagle Roderick Hood. 3rd and long...

"He's 20 years younger than Isaac Bruce" - Dr. Kornheiser

3rd down pass to Hill is ruled incomplete though will most likely be challenged. And they are challenging. It looks like the call on the field will correct.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:11:00 PM  

I flipped over and heard Kornheiser talking about Singletary dropping his pants. Back to hockey

jg said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:13:00 PM  

@ anon @ 9:08: We all wish that. However, I don't think any of us wants to actually see that...

We are back and the ref is still under the hood. He comes out and announces what our boys in the booth had already said. He got both feet in but he dropped it upon hitting the ground. Everyone missed it on the sideline.

Lee punts it in the endzone for the touchback and here comes Warner.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:13:00 PM  

From the 20, 1st and 10 and Warner will hand it to Edgerrin James for a couple.

"He was benched last week and didn't get any action at all" - Dr. Kornheiser on Edgerrin James.

2nd down and the pass is deflected and nearly picked off! Man that would have been huge. 3rd and 7. Scratch that, 3rd and 12. Someone for the Cards got a bit excited and jumped the gun. Warner's pass is incomplete and it's 3 and out again for the Cards. Damn, what's happening to this offense against the Niners? The NINERS!

A reverse on the punt return will set the Niners up with good field position. Now if only San Fran's offense can channel the intensity the special teams and defense is playing with.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:18:00 PM  

Meow.

kitty said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:18:00 PM  

ESPN really loves airing Blazers games..

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:19:00 PM  

@ jg: Yeah, apparently he was wearing shorts when he did that. Don't know what we would have done if we didn't know that.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:19:00 PM  

1st down and Frank Gore takes it to the outside for a gain of 25!


And that will do it for a surprising 1st quarter. Who saw this coming?

7-3 Niners

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:20:00 PM  

TD MORGAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not looking good for Arizona.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:24:00 PM  

@ James Craven: Wow, just went to the MSNBC website and found out KO did a special comment on Prop 8.

Back to things you sports folks care about. 1st down goes for 4 and on 2nd down Hill goes deep to Josh Morgan! TOUCHDOWN 49ERS! Extra point is good and the Niners are shocking everyone, 14-3 over the Cards.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:24:00 PM  

San Fran is going to beat the cards what are you guys talking about....You are all stupid...it is a great monday night game...

john said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:25:00 PM  

Mal no doubt channeling his inner Michael Weiner-Savage. And to tell the truth, ESPN should suspend Kornheiser for a game with the laundry comment. They should fired Lou Holtz for the Hitler comments IMHO.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:26:00 PM  

Fucking Breaston!

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:28:00 PM  

William Regal won the Intercontinential title over Santino Marella, thus cancelling the Honk-a-Meter!

We now return to your Awful Announcing Monday Night Live Blog already in progress.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:29:00 PM  

San fran is going to beat the cards..... you guys are dumb...this is a nasty monday night fottball game...

john said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:29:00 PM  

Poor tackle attempt and the Cards get a touchdown! 14-10 with the Boldin score.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:30:00 PM  

Shit! Warner always beats the Niners.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:30:00 PM  

The only reason this is a night game is to avoid having San Francisco and Oakland playing at the same time.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:31:00 PM  

Shit, stupid conflicting edits.

In summation, Steve Breston made two fantastic catches that took them inside the red zone where Warner hit Bolden for the TD! 14-10 Niners.

From now on I'm copying and pasting...

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:33:00 PM  

i heard monday night football doubleheaders next season

mike said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:33:00 PM  

if u think the cards are going to win you are dumb....u idots hahahaha.

john said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:35:00 PM  

Hill gets it away on 3rd and 9 for a completion, but not a first down. And the Cards force a 3 and out, now.

That "conflicting edits" message messed that drive up as well.

And after the TD, Tirico gave us the random quote of "I'll see your 3-play drive and raise you with a 4-play drive"

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:36:00 PM  

mike, only one MNF doubleheader next season. September 14, 2009...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:36:00 PM  

Go away John.....

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:37:00 PM  

jfein, what about the words "all in"?

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:37:00 PM  

Yes John, just do us all a favor and go away.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:39:00 PM  

And jfein, for the second time, Billo The Clown swept Keith's Worst Person in the World!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:41:00 PM  

I put my dick all in my girlfriend if you know what I mean if only my dick was not 2 inches long.

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:41:00 PM  

Aw jeez, troll anon 9:41 PM.

Stay classy.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:43:00 PM  

Why does Thursday Night Football, well, have to be on Thursday Nights. Not a great night.

Breaston on the punt reture nad he took a shot at around the 20.

1st and 10 Cards. Warner rolls to his right and fires it to Breaston who makes the catch along the sideline for 11. Boldin from the wildcat takes it up the middle for another 11 and another first down.

Oh yay, more doctor talk from, well, Dr. Kornheiser.

Warner with a swing to Hightower and it gets a couple. 2nd down.

Has Jaws mentionned anything about penetration yet. Wow...

Warner completes it to Breaston who gets 3 or 4. 3rd and 3 as Dr. K reminds us that we were wrong in thinking that Warner's career was done.

"The last image of Warner in St. Louis was him on all fours like Mike Tyson against Buster Douglas" - Dr. K

Another Warner completion. Another AZ first down. Hightower on the carry LOSES THE BALL AND....

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:44:00 PM  

Challenge that Arizona! Not a fumble at all.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:45:00 PM  

IT'S 49ERS BALL!

However, this should definitely be challenged. And this will no longer be 49er ball.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:45:00 PM  

Upon further review...

Arizona ball.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:47:00 PM  

"Everyweek you say you're 100% but you forget the ones you missed." - Dr. Kornheiser to Jaws who proceeds to bash him more but I couldn't get a quote.

Down by contact! Cards keep it.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:47:00 PM  

"It's kind of like Deal or NO Deal, the way these challenges work." - Dr. Kornheiser.

What? That was clear as day not a fumble. Anyway...

2nd down and Warner throws an incompletion setting up 3rd and long.

Warner to Boldin who ESCAPES A TACKLE AND TAKES IT ALL THE WAY TO THE SF 22!

1st and 10. Timeout Cards.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:49:00 PM  

Kornheiser: "It's getting to be like Deal or No Deal."

No, more like The Price is Right. Help control stupid comments by having them spayed or neutered...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:50:00 PM  

TK makes a big deal out of 3 guys getting 1,000 rec. yds in such a long time. Then goes on to say it was Manning to Harrison, Wayne and some other guy.

Tony - that could not have been that long ago.

Idiot.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:52:00 PM  

is it just me or is it the fact that Singletary still is as intense as a coach like his days with...Da Bears!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:53:00 PM  

We have a conversation about how the Boldin injury nearly caused Warner to retire.

1st down is an incompletion. HIghtower picks up "3 and a half" according to Tirico and it's 3rd down 6.5.

Warner hands it off to Boldin who gains a couple and the fans have everyright to wonder why Ken Whisenhunt was channeling Andy Ried.

Rackers comes in for a 33 yard field goal. It's up...It's good! 14-13 Niners

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:54:00 PM  

He had his fifth heart attack this week, Swiggy...

Good times with Da Superfans, good times i tell you.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:55:00 PM  

FUCK TONY KORNHEISER IN HIS SHIT FILLED ASS!!!

kornhole said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:56:00 PM  

The Niners are going to lose this game.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:56:00 PM  

kornhole, are you looking for a fight, 'cause i ain't gonna tollerate it...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:57:00 PM  

SHAUN HILL WITH NO REGARD FOR HUMAN LIFE!!

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:57:00 PM  

TK: "It's like the philosophy in Hoosiers. You know one for all and all for one".

Ummm. That's the Three Musketeers, TK.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:58:00 PM  

@ Mal: Correct me if I'm wrong, but were they looking for Brandon Stokley?

Niners ball. 1st down from the 23 and it's nearly intercepted! 2nd down and Hill hands it to Gore who gets 4. And Tony Kornheiser is re-telling what Emmitt Smith said, in slightly better English.

3rd down and the 49ers got a wee, bit eager. Move 'em back 5, ref. 3rd and 11...

Shaun Hill on the QB draw to his left takes it to the outside, LOSES HIS HELMET! And he gets the first! What a run!

First and 10 and we have more hankies. Delay of game on the Niners and it will be 1st and 15 from the SF 29.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:58:00 PM  

Quit channeling your inner Kevin Harlan unless it was with those great calls with the Chiefs when he was their radio announcer...

"Oooooooooooooooh, baybeeeeee, I LOVE THIS GAME!"

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:59:00 PM  

Gore on the handoff gets minimal yardage.

"He put something on the highlight reel forever with that one." - Mike Tirico

2-minute warning.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 9:59:00 PM  

This game has been much better than I thought. I've been pleasently surprised for a game where neither team intersts me that much and I have no outside rooting interest as an Eagles fan. Not bad.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:01:00 PM  

Now might be a good time to go take that bathroom break wile the rest of us goes out for an adult beverage...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:02:00 PM  

Who says the NFC West can't play football?





Everyone.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:03:00 PM  

Steve Senstrom and Chris Weinke started for the 49'ers the past few years? Wow, I have zero recollection of that. I have a feeling the 49'ers fans would rather have zero recollection of that also.

Nov 10, 2008, 10:04:00 PM  

Chris "Tinky" Weinke...wasn't he with the Panthers?

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:05:00 PM  

@jfein, you guys riot in Philly, in SF we worry about the worst case scenario.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:05:00 PM  

2nd and 12 and HIll drops back fires to Johnson who will pick up 11 on the reception. 3rd and 1...

"This clock is running they better hussle up." - Jaws as the clock is at a steady 1:54.

"Been a good game thus far, better than many people were expecting" - Mike Tirico

Robinson gets the caryy...and he picks up the 1st. Hill's pass on 1st down dropped by Al, er, Frank Gore

"His helmet came off. Everyone's helmet is coming off tonight" - Dr. Kornheiser

2nd and 10. Hill throws it deep and it's CAUGHT! by the "unrelated Jason HIll" at the 31! HIll fires to the ENDZONE...Incomplete. Shoulda been a flag.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:05:00 PM  

@jfein - Yes Harrison, Wayne and Stokely all the way back to 2004.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:06:00 PM  

Yes, we rather forget about a lot of the past 7 years.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:06:00 PM  

Hey 49er16, when we win, we riot. When we lose, we riot.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:07:00 PM  

Hill hands it off to Gore with 1:15 left and no timeouts. He gets 9. 3rd and 1 Hill to Johnson picks up the first and he gets out of bounds!

And Dr. Kornheiser is going gaga over the Niners.

1st and 10 from the 18 with 46 seconds left. Hill fires it to the turf monster. Cards and fans want a grounding penalty but won't get it. Outside the tackle box.

2nd and 10. Hill...under pressure...fires it out of bounds. There was a man there that time.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:08:00 PM  

Frank Gore will never win the Nobel Peace Prize, and put it in a lock box.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:08:00 PM  

Typical Davis, makes a great play, then gets flaged for unsportmans like penalty.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:09:00 PM  

Yeah, Weinke was drafted by the Panthers in a rather dumb move considering his advanced age. Yet, he apparently started the last game for San Fran... last year. Yes, he played in 2007. There's no word on where he is now, except that it's probably at some loading dock.

Wow, what a great f'ing catch. Not a great f'ing TD celebration, though. I think Singletary just told Davis, "If you ever hug me again, Vernon, I'll Goddamn murder you!"

Nov 10, 2008, 10:09:00 PM  

THE TERRAPIN CONNECTION!

Bazooka Jones said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:10:00 PM  

3rd and 10. Hill fires to Davis in the ENDZONE.....TOUCHDOWN 49ERS!!! The extra point is good and it's 21-13 49ers. WOW!

Unsportamanlike conduct on Davis for taking his helmet off in the kickoff and we see Davis and Singletary on the sidelines....hugging??? How cute, Singletary forgives him. Let's see if he comes out for the 2nd half...

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:10:00 PM  

Irvin tries to field the kick, and it goes off his hands and out of bounds. Cards ball at the 12 and their lining up forom the gun? There's 26 seconds left.

Short gain to Fitzgerald and that'll do it for the first half as the boo birds rain down at University of Phoenix Stadium.

21-13 49ers at the half.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:13:00 PM  

You think Weinke could be the Eagles' next QB?

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:13:00 PM  

Not if the Lions sign him first.

Nov 10, 2008, 10:14:00 PM  

@jamescraven, If you want Andy Reid fired?

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:15:00 PM  

Lessons learned by Andy Reid tonight:

1. Some coaches actually know how to challenge plays and WIN the challenge. The key is choosing to challenge plays that have a remote chance of being overturned.

2. A head coach taking off his pants in front of his team in the locker room will promote inspirational play by his team during their next game. Not a pretty image.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:15:00 PM  

@ James Craven: I'll be watching Countdown online after this game.

And sorry for all the typos, I'm not really editing.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:18:00 PM  

The NBA on ESPN promo with Shaq is awesome. Bring on Kazaam II.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:19:00 PM  

@ James Craven: The Eagles have the talent, I believe, to be a Super Bowl team, but Andy Ried's a killer. I'm someone who used to see it the other way, we needed the talent, but now I'm on the "fire Andy Ried" bandwagon. His timeout management, clock management, and play-calling was something that would have been unacceptable at the high school level.

Okay, no more Eagles rants, back to the surprisingly entertaining Niners-Cards game.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:21:00 PM  

Shaun "Telegraph" Hill - Chris Berman



That was a bad joke stop.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:23:00 PM  

Arizona is NOT 5-2, Tony.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:27:00 PM  

When asked by Andrea Kramer at halftime about the 49ers, Ken Whissenhut said: "If you want to crown 'em, then crown their ass".

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:29:00 PM  

Vernon Davis is back on the field. Singletary's a hypocrite! Not really, but you get the joke, I hope....

Nedney kicks it off and here's Breason channeling Rossum until he's shoved out of bounds by Rossum at the 39.

Warner to Fitzgerald who makes the catch and then takes a huge hit! Gain of 9. 2nd and 1. Warner throws to Breaston over the middle to the 33-yd line! 1st down Cards and they're lookin' good to start the 2nd half.

1st and 10 Warner to Fitzgerald for 5 and we have a flag and Singletary's not happy. And Nate Clements just channeled Davis

"That should win an academy award. Beautiful acting." - Jaws on the drawing of the penalty.

Warner to Fitzgerald to the 10. 2nd and 6. Warner to Irvin and he'll be a yard shy of the 1st. 3rd and 1....

Handoff to Hightower and he's close after a gain of 1. Let's see, they mark it a bit short.

Jaws says kick a field goal, I say you only live once, might as well go for it. Yeah, I just channeled Russian Roulette from GSN. Good times....good times.

Cards look like they're going to listen to me...

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:31:00 PM  

All right here we go! 4th and 1. Let's hope they don't spike it.

Warner to Fitzgerald in the ENDZONE....CAUGHT! TOUCHDOWN CARDINALS!! Rackers comes in for the extra point and he drills it. 21-20 Niners and we've got a barnburner.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:35:00 PM  

That play call took some stones. Can someone send a tape to Philly?

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:35:00 PM  

In the Sony commercial with JB, Jr and Peyton - is Eli in the chicken outfit?

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

Suzy Kolber is unfuckable. She to me is not attractive. Knows her sports...

Anonymous said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

The niners are going to blow this game. Just like the Philly and New England game.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

Anon 10:37 is certainly not Joe Namath.

Nov 10, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

Wow Davis that's inexcusable.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

Is Mad Mike going to send Martz to the showers early for trying to go for it on 4th and 1?

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

Rackers with a pop-up kick that's fielded by the tight end who takes it to the 43.

And Suzy was shy to ask if Singletary dropped trou again.

1st down and HILL IS NEARLY INTERCEPTED! The turf monster saved the day there. 2nd and 10 and Josh Morgan makes a catch for 6. 3rd down coming up. Hill from the gun hands it off to Gore and they have a fresh set of downs.

1st and 10 and Morgan makes a catch for 7. 2nd & 2. Gore hurdles tacklers and picks up another first for the 49ers.

And we find out that Hill played 5 years with the Vikes and took 2 snaps. Both kneeldowns.

Hill...GOING FOR IT ALL ON 1ST DOWN....Incomplete. 2nd and 10. Hill hands it to Gore up the middle and he gets 9. 3rd and 1 and it will all depend on forward progress. They say he's short, and not in height, that is.

And they're going for it...wait, no, field goal. Here comes Nedney from 41. It's up, hooking slightly, but Good! 24-20 San Fran

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

Jaws would probably kick a field goal if the team was down by 7 with 24 seconds to go and it was 4th down and 1 at the opponent's 15 yard line.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

I've been on the Fire Reid bandwagon for the last three years (or, ever since he released T.O.)

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

Oh boy, the Brady Quinn broadcast......next week.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

Browns and Bills next week on MNF. We all know what happened last year when they met. Bills + Browns + snow + Gus Johnson = WIN!

Kickoff taken to the 22 and the Cards will set up shop down by 4.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

"Whomever finds this note...GET ME OUTTA HERE!"

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

Browns + Bills + snow + Tony Kornhole = "When is Buffalo moving to Toronto? It's COLD! I miss Arizona!"

Nov 10, 2008, 10:49:00 PM  

The Eagles problem isn't the lack of TO. He's a problem child everywhere he goes. IMHO, Philly's problems are:

1. Overrated QB - their best season in the past 3 years was when Garcia came on to lead them to the playoffs.

2. They have no idea how to use Westbrook. He gets put in too many situations to take a beating and then end up hurt.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

1st down and Warner connects with Boldin for a gain of 16. 1st and 10 again for the Cards. Warner's on fire this half. Hightower on the carry doesn't get a whole lot.

"Do you notice Mike, how excited Jaws gets when he likes the quarterback when they're doing well?" - Dr. Kornheiser in a creepy voice.

Warner to Hightower for 5. 3rd down for the Cards.

"Do you think it's in thier contract that they have to have equality?" - Dr. Kornheiser on the fact that all of the AZ receivers at that point had 7 receptions.

Warner to Hightower for the first down. Irvin catches it from Warner for a gain of 9 but there's a flag on the play. Roughing the passer. That's an extra 15 and the Cards are at the SF 27.

Ex-Eagle Takeo Spikes takes out Hightower in the backfield for a loss of 3. 2nd and the unlucky number. Warner gets dropped! Penalty down...face mask?

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

10 yard penalties shouldn't offset 5 yard penalties....do it like the CFL and Arizona would've lost 5 yards.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:53:00 PM  

Look like the networks bought high on the Browns this year, huh?

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:53:00 PM  

They actually have a lack of a big-name reciever. The next head coach should make Westbrook a wideout to allow for some old fashioned smash mouth 240-pound bowling ball to ram the ball down their throats in true NFC East fashion.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

My goodness these refs suck, did they have the over on penalties?

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

That last Kornheiser line made me laugh.


That was in Rackers' range, kick it!

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

@ssreporters - you seriously want us to follow the lead of Canada? Next thing you'll tell me we should adopt socialized medicine and significant sections of our country should speak French!

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

ssreporters actually channeling his inner Al Michaels!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

No, offsetting penalties and we'll replay 2nd and That Unlucky Number. Warner to Boldin for a first down but there's another hanky. Gain of 20, but that's negated by an offensive pass interference. Wishy-washy call.

2nd and 23. Warner throws and it's dropped by Breason. 3rd and a mile...

Warner hands it off to Hightower for 3 yards and the fans are livid and I don't blame them. Trust me.

"It's 3rd and like 37 and they're booing the call." - Jaws

Cards punt and the punt is fair caught at the 10

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

Warner throws and it's dropped by Breason

A drop? See? I told you he sucks!

/Kirk Herbstreit

Nov 10, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

Thank You Adrian Wilson

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

Oh My! (apologies to Dick Enberg). What a play!

Oh My! What a horrible penalty call.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

Oh man that was so close. What a game we have. Took away a pick 6.

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

Fuck

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

Wilson was damn close to being off again.

Bazooka Jones said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

Forgot to mention that Ex-Eagle Dirk Johonson is now a Cardinal. Not a bad punt on his part.

1st and 10 and HILL IS PICKED OFF BY ROLLE! ROLLE TAKES IT TO THE ENDZONE FOR THE TOUCHDOWN BUT IT'S CALLED BACK FOR AN OFFSIDES! WOW!

1st down AND THE BALLS OUT! RECOVERED BY THE CARDINALS! They've got it anyway! Wow!

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

Chris Jericho "Couthry" just won a Last Man Standing match over Shawn Michaels to end tonight's Monday Night RAW in Manchester, England.

Now back to your Monday Night Football game already in progress.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

Cards get the ball back anyway. The ref must have Warner in his fantasy league and need another TD pass.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

Who wants to not win this game more?

ssreporters said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

This is really one of the better MNF games of the year.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

Hightower gets little on first down.

That's the end of the 3rd quarter. 24-20 49ers.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

Alright, Kornheiser and Jaws are just awful. What would be wrong with broadcasting games with just crowd/player/stadium noise like the NBA TV channel tried a few years ago? Or, at the MOST, just a play-by-play guy? Do we need to fill every second with random useless opinions and contrived conversation between smug, bitter old guys I don't care about?

I hate sports. --presses mute button frantically--

Clayton B. Coyne III said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

These officials can't find their asses with both hands and a road map.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

@ Mal: Shocking to say I agree...looks like I picked a good one to pseudo live-blog in the comments section. Hope I haven't been too bad.

2nd and goal from the 8 and we have an encroachment that will move it up to the 4, but a false start on the Cards will move it back 5.

Warner to Hightower on the handoff and he takes it to the 5 and another penalty. Yeah, the refs definitley put the over.

"A lot of zebra meetings tonight. Those are the refs, Tony." - Jaws to Dr. Kornheiser who apparently is yet to pick up that zebras = refs.

It's a face mask penalty that was announced and now picked up. If you can follow this you're a better man than I.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

This game is going to give me a heart attack.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:09:00 PM  

3rd and goal and Warner under pressure has to throw it away. And ANOTHER PENALTY! And that flag is picked up as it was "reported that the pass was thrown to Hightower", who was 6 yards away.

And after all that, Rackers splits the uprights on the field goal to put the Cardinals back within 1! 24-23 49ers.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:09:00 PM  

@jfein, you are doing a great job.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

Seriously, while there are a few too many errors by the teams (false starts and such) these officials are getting in the way of a decent football effort. Who would have thought that possible given the teams participating.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

@jfein - all you are lacking are tireless rants against ESPN and all things Pam Ward.

Kidding, AA.

Good work, jfein.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

Really bad officiating tonight.

Anyone wanna start a Awful Officiating website?

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:12:00 PM  

Actually Tiric, there is eight super bowls apice. 49ers 5 super bowls, Raiders 3 super bowls

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

"Oy Bay?"

Nov 10, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

@jamescraven - that site already exists.

http://www.awfulofficiating.blogspot.com/

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

Jed York is the worst. We want Eddie D. back.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

The Cards kick it deep this time and here's Rossum who takes it to the 20.

Shaun Hill comes back out after that clusterfuck of a last drive.

"These are giant franchises and they're both awful right now." - Dr. Kornheiser

When were the Cardinals ever a ginat franchise in the NFL? They've been a dormant team for, well, forever.

1st down and Gore picks up 1. 2nd and 9 and HIll Scrambles.....still scrambling...and he throws it away. 3rd and long coming up.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

I say we give jfein some admin privlidges!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

49er16, did the Raiders win Super Bowl XVIII while in Los Angeles?

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

Hill with a "big time throw" to Bruce for the 1st down! From the 33, HIll to Delaney Walker who gets 4. 2nd and 6. Gore on the carry who does a great job of making a guy miss only to gain a yard. That could have been a lot worse for the Niners.

3rd and 5...and we Shaun Hill takes a timeout. And let me tell you what, I am into this game! Aside from the 1,245 penalties we've had, this has been a good, fun game!

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

@ jamescraven, yes, but they have always been a bay area team.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

Okay, 49ers 5, Raiders 3*

*-Two in Oakland, one in LaLaLand.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

Remember, you can't spell "Gore" without...GEAH!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

There were reports when the niners fired Nolan that Jed York cried. The Yorks when everything is all said and done, will go down with the David Glass's, Donald Sterling's, and Bill Bidwell's as the worst owners in sports.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

I have always hated the Niners, but, aside from the de-pantsing of himself, I am really liking Singletary. It's tough to not root for him.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

You left out the Harold Bastards, er, Harold Ballards and the current Al Davises, 49er16...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Worst case nightmare: Matt millen gets hired by the Yorks to run the 49ers...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

Don't Jinx us.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

@ James Craven:

http://www.awfulofficiating.blogspot.com/

It's already taken.

3rd down, it's tipped and dropped and we have 4th down. Breaston makes the fair catch at the 9 yard line and the Cards have yet another chance to take the lead.

1st down and Warner goes underneath to Hightower for 3.

"Arizona's gotta win this game to have credibility in this league." - Dr. Kornheiser

Really? One game is that big?

1st and 10 and Boldin makes the catch for a 1st down at the 34 yard line. Here's Hightower who runs into a 49er wall consisting of Ex-Eagle Takeo Spikes. No gain.

2nd and 10 and Warner drops back fires and caught by Boldin for 16 into Niner territory. And the Niners are on the ropes, folks! My apologies for that channeling of Brent Musberger.

Warner again throws and Boldin nearly made the catch of the century! 2nd down. Oh shoot, I just realized I was calling Urban, Irvin. Again, I don't follow the Cards or the Niners that much. My bad. Hope the Cardinals fans weren't offended. All 39 of them (I'm kidding).

We have 3rd and 10 and Warner airs it out and it's dropped by Fitzgerald. 4th down and the Cardinals squander a huge chance.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

I'm, not jinxin' ya, 49er16. I said it was a "worst case nightmare!"

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

Alright, the niners need a long drive and a score right now.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

Worst case is the NFL moves the Niners to Oklahoma City and calls them the Thunder. Now that would be dumb.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

Even worse, the NFL moves them to Los Angeles.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

Mal, I believe the "Thunder" name was taken by The Franchise Formerly Known As the Seattle SuperSonics.

Man, it's gonna be a long winter in Seattle.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

Cards can't get out of their own way.

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

That doesn't count as a pick-6 taken off the board, Tony.

Clearly Shaun Hill knew it was a free play and just threw it before he got hit.

Bazooka Jones said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

Cardinals are going nowhere in the playoffs with all the penalties they make.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

The Niners will have the ball at their own 14 after that punt by ex-Eagle Dirk Johnson.

And here we go. Are the Cards for real? We shall find out. Gore takes it for 3 on first down. 2nd and 7. Gore again picks up 3. 3rd and 4...

HILL IS PICKED OFF BUT WE HAVE A FLAG AND THE PLAY NEVER HAPPENED! Offsides on the Cardinals and for the 2nd time tonight a Cardinals pick 6 is erased by an offsides.

Hill launches a bomb to Bruce that's incomplete and it's 2nd down.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

Even worser, they move the 49ers to Tiajuana, mexico.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:31:00 PM  

Truly worse, the Niners & Lions exchange franchises.

Nov 10, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

And Shawn Hill lives up to his new Bermanized nickname "Telegraph".

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

I would go see the niners in Tiajuana.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

At least this pick counts.

Nov 10, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

Whoa!!!!!!!!!

OPI!!!!!!!!!!

Doesn't he know that he's never supposed to call that!

Mal said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

That was a bullshit call.

49er16 said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

Hey RJBO, where'd ya think I got the idea from?

JamesCraven said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

Gore on the carry and he picks up 3. 3rd and 7. Hill to throw is PICKED OFF BY GANSBY AND HE'LL TAKE IT ALL THE WAY TO THE 5 AND WE HAVE ANOTHER PENALTY!!

OFFENSIVE PASS INTERFERENCE!!!

1st and goal and J.J. Arrington gets 1.

JFein said...
Nov 10, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

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