Monday Night Football Live-Blog: Arizona vs. San Fran 4th Quarter

Tuesday, September 11, 2007


You just knew I was breaking out this picture didn't you? Yeah I know.....I'm pretty predictable. Hey everyone, let's try not to be such negative nellies as we close this debacle out okay? No??? Fine....have it your way.

"I just now noticed that Greeny has been calling Edge James 'The Edge' the entire game. "- Anon

Didn't he get suspended from the WWE for steroid use?

12:53- Leinart has another drive fizzle out on him after he misses a wide open Fitzgerald on a flea flicker....and hey....

Another Punt!

"The announcers were Nessler and Vermeil (last year). Everybody was happy with those guys. But they don't have a radio show to sell, so they lost their job. We've already discussed this."- Anon #1
"Everybody was happy with those guys." Um, no.- Anon #2

Oh no! An Anon fight. But yes Anon #2....the majority of people were happy with them last year. Go back and check the archives.

"... Did Ditka just throw out a "click-click"?"- Under Bruin

Umm....I think he did. I may just be hearing things like you at this point UB. Click Click.

"Does the espn gamecast count as part of the broadcast? because the picture of 'alex d. smith' the entire game has been a rather african american gentleman"- Mike Georger

Hahahahaha. I need to know these things when they happen Mike! That's hilarious.

1:03- Leinart waits for a lifetime again, but he's bailed out by a facemask

"We're talking about two of the best receivers in Football. There's Charles Boldin....there's no one open."- Mike Ditka

I give up.

"The greatest 2 yard run you've ever seen" Ditka via Anon

Or maybe not....this is just laughable.

Leinart with a hell of a run, and Ditka brings back the Popsicle line from the 1st half. An unsportsmanlike penalty on the 9ers, and Leinart makes them pay with a TD to Charles Boldin!!!!!

17-13 Cardinals. Is there really 6 minutes left? I don't know if I can take anymore.

1:15-
Great drive by the Cards on that last possession by the way. Frank Gore gets nothing on first down, and the 9ers need to come up with something quick.

Great protection on that pass but Alex Smith overthrows D-Jack on the play, and all three commentators have different reasons for the miscue. Another SF punt, and this drive could ice it.

Nothing for "The" Edge on first down

"We're talking about two of the best receivers in Football. There's Charles Boldin....there's no one open."- Mike Ditka

I'm pretty sure he said "Fitzgerald, Boldin... there's no one open"... which would be a legitimate comment. Gotta stand up for him on that one- Joe K

I watched it about 4 times to make sure but I could be wrong.....it is 1am.

More talk about Mike Nolan's suit choice, and Mike Ditka is a dentist. Compelling television there. James loses his helmet on a run and it's a third and ten for the Cardinals....

Mike Ditka was going to be a dentist. "Good Thing They Chose Football." Sorry, I couldn't resist.- Anon

Hahahaha.....Winnah! I don't care who you are....

"That analysis by Mike sounded like something a dentist would say."- Mike Ditka

BURN!

1:23- Williams fair catches the ball and the 9ers have 3 minutes to win this thing.

A check down to Battle gets a quick first down. Smith follows up with a 5 yarder to Jackson and the clock stops as he heads out of bounds. 2:15 left.

Smith has a ton of time and hits Jackson again on a beautiful throw. 2 minute warning.....

"I'm kinda saddened this is coming to an end."- Anon

Me too....Me too.

Wow Smith pulls it down and sneaks through the line for a run....he picks up a HUGE block from Battle and gets all the way down to 20!!!! Great play.

They throw underneath to the Fullback, and that didn't work at all. And a false start call on the 9ers....10 second runoff! Wow.

Here we go.....

Smith stumbles but catches himself and throws the ball away. Good call by the youngster.

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!! Battle makes a great catch but fumbles into the endzone! The ball can't advance so they get the ball at the one.

WOW. Eric Green is pissed that he didn't come up with that one.

TOUCHDOWN 9ERS AND THE CREW CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHO SCORED IT!!!

"Watch Gore on this...WATCH GORE!"- Ditka
"They go wide Arnez Battle with score!!!"- Greenberg
"Watch Frank Gore on this gang....I thought they were gonna hand it to him. No it wasn't Gore. It was..."- Mike Ditka
"Michael Robinson."- Mike Golic
"Robinson it was."- Mike Ditka

Yeah that about sums it up doesn't it? It was Battle on the score and the 49ers most likely pulled this thing out.

Leinart is intercepted and we're moving as far away from this mess as we possibly can.

A REVIEW?!?!?! Please god no. Just end it.

"I think it might have hit the ground but I think he caught it."- Ditka (Via Anon)

And that's how we'll end it tonight folks. Thanks to The Big Show With Steve Mason & John Ireland for having me on 710 in Los Angeles early and thanks to all of you for stopping by and commenting....I overwhelmed by the participation tonight, and I love every last one of you. Yes, even you Mrs. Greenberg. I'll see you tomorrow for a review and some videos, and we'll be back here next week for the Skins and Eagles.

Cheers,
BP- Awful Announcing

79 Comments:

I just now noticed that Greeny has been calling Edge James 'The Edge' the entire game.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:47:00 AM  

Even Golic sounds exasperated by this point.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:48:00 AM  

You wanna know why these guys suck, anon? Because Sports Announcing 101 tells you that the color guy isn't supposed to mutter "nice play, nice play" in the middle of the play-by-play.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:49:00 AM  

Ditka and Golic need to realize the stream of consciousness style doesn't work in the NFL

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:49:00 AM  

Golic is so frustrated with Leinart for not throwing that deep ball... and rightfully so

The slight momentum the Cards had just fizzled and died

Joe K said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:50:00 AM  

On another note, can somebody please ask Ditka not to go 'yeah, yeah' in the middle of everybody else's statements (including the play-by-play)?

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:50:00 AM  

Hah, Anon at 12:49 beat me to it.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:50:00 AM  

Golic and Ditka sound like 2 guys sitting at a bar running their mouths like armchair quarterbacks rather than professional analysts

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:50:00 AM  

is Ditka's Vernon Davis's agent??

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:53:00 AM  

... Did Ditka just throw out a "click-click"?

(And isn't it supposed to be 'click-clack')

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:54:00 AM  
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Mike Georger said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:56:00 AM  

I can't wait to watch this instant classic on NFL Network later this week.

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:56:00 AM  

"This is like a 2 to 1 baseball game."

Maybe. If the two teams were the Devil Rays and the Royals

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:57:00 AM  

"Click, Click"

Listening to Ditka is like listening to my Dad try to announce a football game. He's old and he's trying to say things so fast so that they are funny and relevant, and he just ends up messing up what he's saying and stuttering and just speaking nonsense in general.

Sep 11, 2007, 12:57:00 AM  

most overused word of the night.....FORTE!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:58:00 AM  

Are "the Mikes" going to be a regular announcing team this season? I must admit that I am amused by how bad it is. The "yeah" "oh man" "mmmhmmm" and other random mumblings are ridiculous. Plus Ditka loves to try to predict things such as run/pass or who had the false start then commend himself on being right.

Joe K said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:58:00 AM  

"That [the QB sneak] is Leinart's forte as a quarterback."

That's a true compliment if I've ever heard one.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 12:59:00 AM  

"the greates 2 yard run you've ever seen" are you serious!!?!?!?!?!

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:00:00 AM  

Greenie: "If you're just joining us..."

Don't.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:01:00 AM  

Ummmm, Ditka, I think Elway's helicopter 2 yard run in the Superbowl was just a little better than that...

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:01:00 AM  

okay Golic and Ditka are out of control....the noises they are making

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:02:00 AM  

Matt Leinart = Randall Cunningham

Sep 11, 2007, 1:02:00 AM  

umm"that's a popsicle wrapper on the field"

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:03:00 AM  

Ditka: "In football or life for that."

Life lessons from the Mikes. How could I have ever thought this broadcast team was weak?

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:03:00 AM  

If Greenie had a pair, he'd tell Ditka "SHUT THE 'F' UP UNTIL I'M FINISHED TALKING!"

Leinart looked good on that drive

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:04:00 AM  

I finally figured out what that banging noise has been through the game....ESPN brass banging their foreheads on the conference room table for putting this train wreck of an announcing crew together on MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:05:00 AM  

Wait, what the heck were those going into the commercial break?! Moans? Laughs? Is Ditka getting a b...

I'm just gonna stop there.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:07:00 AM  

To be fair, I think they were banging their heads when the schedule came out...they all have flat faces by now.

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:08:00 AM  

Close the mics before you go to the break. It just sounded like Golie was laughing, having a heart attack, or receiving some "assistance" from Greeny

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:08:00 AM  

You got me on that one, Underbruin

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:09:00 AM  

"We're talking about two of the best receivers in Football. There's Charles Boldin....there's no one open."- Mike Ditka

I'm pretty sure he said "Fitzgerald, Boldin... there's no one open"... which would be a legitimate comment

Gotta stand up for him on that one

Joe K said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:09:00 AM  

Arnaz Battle looked like a "sure handed receiver" on that one (admitted, it was underthrown)

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:10:00 AM  

Dear MNF crew,
I am officially rolling around down here.
F*** Off,
Howard Cosell

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:10:00 AM  

Has anyone told Alex Smith what they say about guys with small hands?

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:10:00 AM  

Anon 1:09 - great minds, I suppose.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:12:00 AM  

I feel like the guy in the old MNF game in the Astrodome who was so bored that he just gave the finger to the cameras.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:12:00 AM  

If the Buzzsaw can run the football and run some clock, this game could be over by 1:30. Please.

Sep 11, 2007, 1:12:00 AM  

Golic was so happy to say "muff", he had to say it twice.

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:12:00 AM  

Just F.Y.I., Alex Smith still needs 13 yards to pass Vince Young's 78.

Of course, the Titans ran for like 300 yards.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:14:00 AM  

No, no, let's just leave that game clock at 12 seconds, please.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:15:00 AM  

Mike Ditka was going to be a dentist.

"Good Thing They Chose Football." Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:15:00 AM  

Apparently if Ditka had become a dentist physics would be involved in him working on your teeth. And chemistry. I think we all need to thank God a little that He didn't let that happen.

Sep 11, 2007, 1:16:00 AM  

""Good Thing They Chose Football." Sorry, I couldn't resist."

+1

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:16:00 AM  

"A pass, a screen, a draw"

Way to narrow it down, Golic

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:18:00 AM  

"what if they go to the superbowl in their own city?"....HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:18:00 AM  

Did Ditka really just say to Greeny "That analysis sounds like something a dentist would say"? Amazing.

matt said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:21:00 AM  

A dentist?

"DITKA DOESN'T WANT TO MAKE TOYS!"

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:22:00 AM  

I'm kinda saddened this is coming to an end.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:23:00 AM  

Don't worry. You can hear their delightful banter every morning on ESPN Radio, and simulcast on ESPN2!

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:24:00 AM  

Touche.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:25:00 AM  

If you've never staggered home drunk at like 6 AM and plopped down to munch on some chips, turning on Mike and Mike in the morning - it's an experience. A fascinating, horrifying experience.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:26:00 AM  

Does Jackson think this is the Superbowl?

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:26:00 AM  

Good call on the "prevent defense," and how defenses change their defenses in the last three minutes of the game. Give 'em props for that. You see it every year, and every year it doesn't work.

Damn, Darrell Jackson had the TD. Maybe they should have thrown it to "sure handed" Arnaz Battle.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:27:00 AM  

Yes, Ditka - it doesn't matter what the refs call, you were right, it was against Arizona.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:29:00 AM  

LMFAO

I wish another exciting thing would happen. Hearing all three Mikes scream at the top of their lungs was hysterically disconcerting.

Bstone said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:30:00 AM  

10 less seconds! Finally something to cheer for.

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:30:00 AM  

Did you guys know Arnez Battle went to Notre Dame?

makeitstick said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:31:00 AM  

knock it out of the endzone you stupid a-hole.

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:32:00 AM  

... Wow. Would a game this odd finish any other way?

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:32:00 AM  

Sure handed Arnaz Battle

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:32:00 AM  

Golic actually did a really good job of explaining the rule about the fumble, we usually don't get that.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:33:00 AM  

The sure-handed arnaz battle.... heh

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:33:00 AM  

'dummy' is right - just kick it out of the back of the end zone, no reason to try and grab it. No surprise none of the Mikes mention the fact.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:34:00 AM  

Darrell Jackson finally did something right.

And where did Ditka think the Cardinals DB was trying to run with the football?

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:34:00 AM  

Ditka, after the TD on the end-around - "watch Frank Gore on this one... Oh, no, it was Robinson, I thought it was Gore."

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:35:00 AM  

Only the Cardinals could lose a game like this...oh, and the Ravens.

dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:35:00 AM  

Brand new season...
Same ol' Buzzsaw.

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:37:00 AM  

The Cardinals just did what the New Orleans Saints did against the championship 49ers team every single time they played in the late 80s/early 90s (at least it seems)

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:37:00 AM  

Sorry, ESPN. Maybe Matt Leinart isn't the Future of the NFL after all.

Oh well. There's still Brady Quinn

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:39:00 AM  

WTF? Review?

LET THIS HORRIFIC MOCKERY OF AN ACTUAL FOOTBALL GAME END YOU MONSTERS!

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:39:00 AM  

It's shame this game didn't end in a tie...nobody deserved to win this snooze-fest. Thank god for AA's live blogging to keep it somewhat watchable.

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:39:00 AM  

Ditka - "I think it might have hit the ground but I think he caught it." Umm, what?

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:40:00 AM  

Dummy out.

Dummy said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:40:00 AM  

This just in. Ditka just saw the TD replay. He says that Roger Craig scored the touchdown.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:41:00 AM  

Over/under on the number of gray hairs this causes to Leitch?

Underbruin said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:42:00 AM  

Is it just me or has no one mentioned that wind in this freaking place might be a factor?

Greeny's whiffed on like eight "penalty flag" candy bar wrappers but no one's talked about how the wind (14 MPH from the west) might be affecting passing accuracy. Am I so wrong on this?

Bstone said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:43:00 AM  

I can piss farther than they can throw.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:45:00 AM  

We really need 2 Monday nighters every week.

It's been fun.

Anonymous said...
Sep 11, 2007, 1:45:00 AM  

More talk about Mike Nolan's suit choice, and Mike Ditka is a dentist. Compelling television there. James loses his helmet on a run and it's a third and ten for the Cardinals....

Kim said...
Nov 22, 2007, 5:33:00 AM  

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