SNF Live-Blog: Cowboys @ Redskins, First Half

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A minor miracle: finding a Romo photo, non-game action, without Jessica or Carrie Underwood in it. This is from T.O.'s birthday party last year, and you may feel free to start a caption contest because Michael Irvin is in it.

"For the Cowboys, this looks like a visit to the Last Chance Saloon." - Al

Ouch. Good notes for the Skins: Southeast Jerome is a go. I'm picking Washington.

General Motors is offering "Financing that Fits" to get you behind the wheel of one of their automobiles. Consider this while they are looking for a bailout.

The wind looks like it'll blow away Andrea Kremer. Shaun Suisham kicks off to Myles Austin, who brings it back to the 20 before being brought down. Romo's first pass is to Marion Barber III for a few yards. Hearing John Madden talk about full, strong grips is kind of unnerving. MB3 fumbles his first carry, but gains a couple and falls on the ball.

"And the first flag of the night, with referee Jeff Triplette..." - Al, as Triplette announces a time out by Dallas not even a couple minutes into the game. This is going to go well. MB3 takes the pitch and heads right, but gets stopped up big time. Punt up, Antwaan Randle El watches it go short. It's downed at the Skins' 35 or so, and thanks to a face mask on the Cowboys, they start at midfield.

Jason Campbell is incomplete with his first throw.

"I love Randle El. Every time he does that intro, I think he's auditioning to replace Pat Sajak on Wheel of Fortune." - Al, on the WR's player intro. Portis gets a few on 2nd down, and Campbell hits Santana Moss for a first down conversion. Portis gets another first down on two more carries. Jay Ratliff sacks Campbell at the Dallas 28, forcing a loss of eight yards. Portis gets back to the 25. 3rd and 14 is a throw in the flat to Mike Sellers, who is short of the first down by about a yard, and they're gonna go for it -- and Portis almost got a score on it. First and goal.

Campbell rolls out after the fake to Portis on 1st and goal, finds Sellers at the 1, who steps in for the touchdown! Kick is up and good, Skins 7-0.

They run like that all game, this is easy pickings.

Cowboys start at the 22, rolls out to T.O. short, who gets up-ended by Fred Smoot for two yards (insert Smoot double-dong jokes here.) Dallas loses that and a few more thanks to a false start penalty on Flozelle Adams (most penalized dude in the league.) Toss to MB3 on the next play, he gets back to the 26. 3rd down is an 18 yard throw from Romo to Myles Austin at the 44.

Barber takes a short pass for 2, Roy Williams reverses the hand off to T.O. for a no-gain. MB3 gets the next pass for eight yards and a first down. Williams gets the screen pass and gets another first inside the Washington 40. Barber rushes for 7 more. Romo throws incomplete to Austin on the next one, and is then picked on the next play by DeAngelo Hall. Skins' ball!

Campbell fakes to Ladell Betts and passes to Chris Cooley for 3. Betts gets nothing on the next carry, and Campbell's 3rd down pass is incomplete. Brian Plackenmeyer punts to Patrick Crayton at the Dallas 36 to end the first quarter.

Hall doing his best Randy Moss impersonation, by making big plays once out of Oakland. - 49ers16

"He says they're just a bunch of Joes ,and they just play hard. And they are a bunch of Joes, and they do play hard, but they also tackle well." - Madden (via Anon)

Romo throws short to T.O. for two yards, as Carlos Rogers bumps him out of bounds. Barber runs for a first, but it's offensive holding and is called back. Another short pass to Owens up to the 37 and 2nd and 17. We get a shot of back-up QB Brad Johnson with his O-lineman helmet. Romo to Owens is incomplete again on 3rd down. Punt goes to Randle El, who brings it back to his own 29.

It's "Ryan Plackemeier" not "Brian Plackenmeyer" S2N, who are you? Dick Stockton? - SSReporters.

He's a former Seahawk and a punter. He should be used to people screwing up his name. I don't understand the play-calling when 3rd and 8 is a screen pass -- and is offensive pass interference on Santana Moss. Here comes Plackenmeier, he punts to Crayton, who brings it out to the 38 of Dallas.

"As Bono would say, 'I can't live with or without you.' Let's take a look at how the Cowboys lived without Tony Romo...." - Al

MB3 gets 7 on the carry. Romo then goes to Roy Williams at the 31 for a first down. Tashard Choice gets his first carry -- he's probably playing because there is no Felix Jones, still, either. Next play, the pass is tipped, as T.O. is hit when the ball arrives, and it's another pick, this one by Rocky McIntosh. 4 drives for the Boys, two punts, two picks.

With the ball now at about their own 20, Campbell hits Cooley, who picks up eight or nine yards. Quick slant to Moss for a first down at the 33. Portis goes for 2.

3..2..1.. Mount TO is about to explode. - 49er16

That's not fair. *sniff*. That's his quarterback you're talking about! *sniffles*

Totally faked out the Dallas D on 3rd and 8 with a QB draw play, and Campbell took two tacklers with him into Cowboys' territory. Ball on the 41 after a 22 yard gain. Portis busts around the outside to the 37. Skins lose five yards, with the ref claiming they didn't call time out in time -- and they wind up having to call time out anyway! The best part was the aborted bump music of Stone Temple Pilots, but we got Iggy Pop on the way out.

"Devin Thomas, he was in, he was out, he was in, and Zorn says hold on." - Al Michaels with the double entendres (via SSReporters)

Oh, so that was a penalty for 12 men in the huddle. DeMarcus Ware envelops Campbell back at midfield. Plackenmeier punts, Rock Cartwright tries to down it at the one, but he rolls into the end zone and Dallas will start at its own 20.

Jim Zorn challenged it, and Triplette announced "Number 31 recovered the ball which hit him in the rear end." Screen pass to T.O., caught and hit at the line of scrimmage. Barber gets up to the 24 on 2nd down, Wade Phillips has a confused look on his face. Romo to Williams for a first down. Romo to Barber again for six yards past the 45, then hits Jason Witten for the first time at the Redskins 27 just before the two-minute warning.

Keanu Reeves as a robot? Talk about type-casting. - Mal

It's all about how little he can actually say in any given role. Romo hits Owens inside the 10, he's down at the 2 for a first and goal. MB3 fights off a tackle and gets in the end zone. The booth replay team will have a look at it via review. It stands, touchdown. Extra point is up and good, 7-7.

Rock Cartwright takes the kickoff and busts it through for 58 big ones to the Dallas 38. Campbell to Cooley to the 28 and a first. Campbell then hocks one out of bounds. Short pass, but can't get out of bounds. Suisham will be trying a 42 yard field goal. Attempt is through the uprights, Skins go into the locker room leading 10-7.

See you in the second half thread.

81 Comments:

Irvin: "So Tony, did you hide the drugs in the teddy bears?"

49er16 said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:13:00 PM  

Andrea looking at Tony's pinkie sounds dirty or disgusting either way you look at it.

49er16 said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:23:00 PM  

I posted this in the pre-game thread, but seeing as this is up and everyone is coming here now, I'll post it here as well.

"Blast on your lights for the ultimate show." - Faith Hill who apparently isn't greening her routine.

As far as the game goes and an Eagles fan who, despite deeming the Eagles toast after the Bengals game, has an eternal optimism that they can turn it around, I have no idea who I want to win this game.

If the Redskins win, it will be that much harder for the Eagles to climb back into it, but the Cowboys, my least favorite team in the NFL, may be dead in the dumpster. If the Cowboys win, they're back in the race and the Eagles are looking up at everyone.

A Cowboys win would probably be slightly better, but I really can't pull myself to root for them.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:24:00 PM  

"Lap dances are on me!"

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:24:00 PM  

Redskins will win, Cowboys suck.

Fucky McBlowjob said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:26:00 PM  

Right now Al and John are fawning over Romo's cast. Help me, this is going to be a long night.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:27:00 PM  

Did Al just say kick a timeout?

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:27:00 PM  

Jfein, as an Eagles fan we should root for a 0-0 tie.

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:27:00 PM  

And jfein, personally, Andy Reid should go to Detroit and coach the Lions. They belong together!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:29:00 PM  

Stay classy, mc 8:24 PM. Was that Jillian doing Yoko Romo on the Fox Pre-Game with Caliendo-as-Romie? Yes, I went there

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:31:00 PM  

Coach? Hell he could replace Matt Millen as their GM.

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:31:00 PM  

@ anon @ 8:27: Ironically, I didn't even consider a tie...

"I love Antwaan Randle El. Everytime he [introduces himself] it sounds like he is auditioning for the role of Pat Sajak."

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:31:00 PM  

@ jamescraven: I nearly hurled when I saw that. Caliendo just isn't funny.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:32:00 PM  

Oh, the Pat Sajak quote belongs to Al Michaels.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:33:00 PM  

I'd like to buy a vowel, Alfalfa...

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:35:00 PM  

Did Al just say "Sack Thomas" instead of "Zach Thomas"?

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:35:00 PM  

There goes that dream of a 0-0 tie...

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:36:00 PM  

Al: I talked to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who said,"his team needs to get of to a hot start...they haven't."

49er16 said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:37:00 PM  

Dear anon 8:31 PM: There will be a power struggle this December between Jeff Lurie and Joe Banner in one corner and Andy Reid in the other. Three guesse what will happen and the first two won't count. The asskissing era is over in Philadelphia.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:38:00 PM  

0-0 ties are actually only common in the MLS.

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:39:00 PM  

Fred Smoot just turned TO's world upside down and kicked the extra point.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:42:00 PM  

TO went head over heels for Smoot.

49er16 said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:42:00 PM  

Seeing T.O. flipped like that just made my day, and believe me, this has been a rough day. Not only did my Eagles lose, but the random AFC team that I like for random reasons, the San Diego Chargers, lost a heartbreaker.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:46:00 PM  

BTW, in the BCS, the top nine remained unchanged, while The Ohio State university moved to #10 flipflopping with Georgia. I had to look it up on the interwebs because they didn't show it on Fixed Sports becuase they were running way over with the Beagles-Bungles clusterfuck festival.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:49:00 PM  

And Pass the Douchie to the left hand side Fred Smoot!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:50:00 PM  

There's been a D'Angelo Hall sighting!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:51:00 PM  

Hall doing his best Randy Moss impersonation, by making big plays once out of Oakland.

49er16 said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:53:00 PM  

"He says they're just a bunch of Joes ,and they just play hard. And they are a bunch of Joes, and they do play hard, but they also tackle well." - Madden

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:53:00 PM  

Late word from Syracuse. Greg Robinson was sacked as coach today!

Ding dong, the witch is dead!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:54:00 PM  

That Eagles-Bangles game set football back 10 years.

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:54:00 PM  

@ jamescraven: How fitting was it that in a game that nobody played like they wanted to win, nobody won. Who are you rooting for in this one?

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:54:00 PM  

Is Pasquiloni coming back to Syracuse?

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:55:00 PM  

It's "Ryan Plackemeier" not "Brian Plackenmeyer" S2N, who are you? Dick Stockton?

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 8:59:00 PM  

"You wonder where the strength of [the Redskins] defense is and that's where it is, in the back end." - John Madden

Strength in the back end? First, John talked about the tight grips and now this. I'm getting worried...

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:00:00 PM  

@ SSR: You should have seen all of my messed up names on Monday Night as I was live-blogging in the comments section.

Jeremy Urbam became Jeremy Irvin
Steve Breaston took several different names, including Steve Breston.

And those were the ones I caught...

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:01:00 PM  

No jerk session for Gus Johnson?

Joe D said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:02:00 PM  

Oops, I meant to say Breaton became Preston.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:02:00 PM  

@Jfein, it's Jerheme Urban.....FAIL!

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:02:00 PM  

Has Shaun Alexander gotten a carry yet? Too busy watching English soccer to distract myself from the Seahawks.

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:04:00 PM  

@ joe d: As much as you ask about Gus Johnson "jerk sessions" makes me wonder if you do it yourself...

It's amazing how Nissan can make a 0% APR commercial so much less annoying...

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:07:00 PM  

@ SSR: Like I said, those were the mistakes I knew.

And Shaun Alexander has not gotten a carry yet. Portis has 6, Betts has 1. Nice to see someone who was once a star is now third on the 'Skins depth chart.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:09:00 PM  

Madden discussing grip and balls...oh my.

J said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:10:00 PM  

T.O was obviously caught napping there.

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:12:00 PM  

3..2..1.. Mount TO is about to explode.

49er16 said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:12:00 PM  

Tony Homo is picked off again. That makes me feel a little better.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:12:00 PM  

Is "audiblize" a word?

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:13:00 PM  

jfein, you guys love Gus Johnson so much that you gather in a group and circle jerk. He is just a yelling fool and he is so overrated.


But you're too busy cumming so I'll leave it at that.

Joe D said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:14:00 PM  

You see the joke I made was in reference to his sleeping pill overdose, and...

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:15:00 PM  

Interesting, Jim Zorn left and so did Seattle's passing game.

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:16:00 PM  

Now why don't QB draws work on Madden for me?

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:17:00 PM  

"Devin Thomas, he was in, he was out, he was in, and Zorn says hold on." - Al Michaels with the double entendres

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:19:00 PM  

Why are West joke offensive coaches so bad at clock / game management ?

jg said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:20:00 PM  

As far as your one non-trolling point goes, I'd actually argue that GuJo is underrated, at least by CBS, that's for damn sure.

And seeing as it seems like you don't like announcers who are passionate and get excited, I'm sure you spent the 3-hours of the Steelers-Chargers game jerking it to Jim Nantz's monotonous voice.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:21:00 PM  

SSR - try a "25 million reasons" joke next time and it will likely work better.

Signal to Noise said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:21:00 PM  

"I bet you that the Redskins player was in the end zone I bet." - John Madden repeating himself

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:23:00 PM  

I agree with Al and John, that looked like a touchback to me. The player who touched it was in the endzone.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:23:00 PM  

jfein I like passionate but not obnoxiousness and loudness like Circle Jerk Johnson there.


I dont jerk it to Nantz nor Brando because they suck, I jerk it to your mom......

Joe D said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:24:00 PM  

And Toto's "Hold the Line" as the music going to commercial on the downed punt. nice planning

jg said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:26:00 PM  

"Only Jeff Triplette could make that call." - John Madden after Triplette said the ball hit the Redskin player in the rear.

I have to disagree with myself. That looked like a good play.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:27:00 PM  

To quote Jamescraven: Stay classy, Joe D.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:28:00 PM  

Keanu Reaves as a robot? Talk about type-casting.

Mal said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:31:00 PM  

Invisible Redskins Secondary.

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:33:00 PM  

Are there coaches' challenges inside 2 minutes of a half?

Sincerely,

The Unoffical Yellow First Down Line.

Mal said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:35:00 PM  

ssr

That's the brilliance of the Cover 2 / Prevent plus crappy tackling.

jg said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:35:00 PM  

did that baby ejaculate on the woman in that movie promo?

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:36:00 PM  

anon: no, that's just exaggerated puking via Hollywood effects.

Signal to Noise said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:38:00 PM  

Between Al, John, Joe D and the revolving door of anon, are we going for a record of inneundo/outright sexual references tonight? I'm setting the o/u at 35.5

J said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:38:00 PM  

GO ROCK!!

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:39:00 PM  

Both of those replay reviews were very questionable, on the calls made.

jg said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:39:00 PM  

Wedge...wedge...wedge...wedge busting...wedge. - Madden

SamD said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:40:00 PM  

Two minute drill = FAIL

ssreporters said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:41:00 PM  

Once again, excellent clock management by the Redskins.

Mal said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:41:00 PM  

These refs have not been doing a good job this game.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:42:00 PM  

The refs are having a tough time w/ the white lines tonight...did they do too many before kickoff?

J said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:42:00 PM  

Zorn face better than Norv face ?

No, John you spike on 4th down !

jg said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:42:00 PM  

Jeff Triplette and his crew are the worst. He's the Penn Wagers of the NFL.

Signal to Noise said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:42:00 PM  

SAVED BY ZERO!

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:45:00 PM  

mal@9:35: No coaches' challenges inside the 2-minute warning.

Anonymous said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:49:00 PM  

"The Eagles and the Bengals want some of their lives back" - Keith Olbermann

Everyone who saw that game want their 4 hours of their lives back. A horribly played game (it wasn't a defensive struggle as the score suggests, it was bad, bad football) and I had to suffer through Tony Siragusa for 4 hours! 4 HOURS! It's a wonder I'm still alive.

JFein said...
Nov 16, 2008, 9:50:00 PM  

Hey its not MYLES Austin its Miles Austin

Big Anthony said...
Nov 16, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

Um, j, we had a record in the Pammy Chronicles open thread Saturday (11/15)

JamesCraven said...
Nov 16, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

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