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.