Monday Night Football Live-Blog Week Five: Vikings-Saints 2nd Half

Monday, October 06, 2008


Ed [Hochuli] sounds like my 5 year old daughter in a spelling contest...shaky voice and wet pants...wow... (Via Anon)

An absolute cluster**** of a 1st half in terms of decisions by the refs and teams....and yet, I'm entertained. (Via SS)

I agree wholeheartedly.

Score: Vikings 20 - Saints 10
Total Net Yards: Vikings 120 - Saints 251

10:35- Vikings ball to start and they'll get it at the 20. Jaws continues the praise of the Saints and we're underway with half two. Peterson for five and Berrian follows with 12 and a first down.

Frerotte runs for a solid gain of five, but a screen to Berrian goes for just one. 3rd and four....incomplete. And the Vikings will punt to Reggie Bush....who runs backwards to his own five. Dumb idea there.

After some of the comments by the crew in the first half, I think the Madden cruiser dropped some Johnny Walker off on the way to SD. (Via JG)

Bush for a few on first down, another play to him on second for nowhere and it's 3rd and 7....Brees hits Moore....first down. McAllister for two.....Brees deep to Henderson! Terrible pass into double coverage. Vikings blitz on third down....incomplete. Saints punt and we're slowing down now.

saints should go shotgun, 5 wide and just throw the damn...put bush in the slot..fuck... (Via Anon)

Did anyone else catch Chris Berman say the Red Sox were up 22-0? (Via SS)

No...dammit.

10:49- Taylor picks up a chunk and Wade gets the first. That's five catches for Wade. Peterson for three, incomplete on second and incomplete on third. Vikings punt.....Bush back again....close but he's knocked out.

Tex on first, Masterson coming in (Via Anon)

Let's switch over then, shall we? Vlad up, 2-0 Boston, runner on first, Top of the eighth. 0-2 quickly and the Sox fans are into it....1-2 on a slider outside....2-2 Fastball up....3-2 high again with the fastball....Walk. Tying runs are on base....Torii Hunter up.

Strike one, strike two on a foul ball.....WILD PITCH! Masterson crossed up Tek and that's not good. Runners move up and both are in scoring position.

(Saints driving in Vikings territory)

Fouled off. 1-2 still...2 outs....2 in scoring position. 2-2...high. SINGLE!!!!!! One in.....Vlad in! We're tied.

"Listen to the deafening silence in Boston."- Chip Caray


Okay enough of that nonsense. Back to Football....Saints are punting and we have a timeout. 3:25 left in the third and we're back to Baseball....

1-2 to Napoli....pop up and that's the inning. Onto the bottom of the eighth...2-2

And we're back. Vikes ball at their own 22. Peterson loses about five and he isn't doing anything tonight. Frerotte incomplete and it'll be 3rd and 14....Gus hits Wade but he's well short. Vikings to punt to Reggie Bush once again....

GONE! Bush to the house and there was an f'ing ridiculous block to spring him down the right side!!!!!

20-17 Vikings. WOW! Dunbar just destroyed Henderson. That'll be up shortly.


SEE!.. YOU!.. LATER!... was Tirico stealing Bob Carpenter's homerun call? (Via Anon)

Hahahaha good catch. I was too busy yelling to hear it.

11:09- Hicks out to the 30 and the Vikings will takeover from there. Play action....incomplete. FUMBLE! Vikes get it back. 3rd and 8.....Frerotte sacked! Wait, no play....false start. It's loud as hell in the Superdome. 3rd and 13....timeout Vikings.

"They not making no moves offensively."- Tony Kornheiser on the Vikings

Frerotte to Taylor and he's well short! P.I. on the offense is declined and Minnesota is punting....Bush back there again....

NO! Not again!!! Okay....wow. Bush trips at the 50, but still another great return.

Reggie Bush to the critics: Eat this BEE-YOTCH! (Via SS)

Okay....one punt return TD doesn't make up for still being down 3 to the Vikings, 29 yards on 9 carries and 2 fumbles (1 lost). But yes....very entertaining.

"It's only been 30 years since a crowd chanted Reggie...Reggie. You know Mr. October."- Mike Tirico

Oh and the third quarter ended somewhere in there as well. Brees to Henderson for a first, but Bush loses a yard on the next first. Allen bats down the pass on second down and it'll be third and long....

Almost picked off! Incomplete and the Saints will be attempting a 53 yarder with Gramatica?!?!?! Ummm....

WOW! He killed that one....that would have been good from 60....

20-20 Tie.


Angels try a squeeze and Varitek tags Willits, but loses the ball. He's called out and the Angels are arguing. Good call though....the ground caused the fumble on that one. Going to the bottom of the ninth tied at two.

11:23- Vikings ball from their own 28. Gus and A.P. get mixed up but the back still picks up seven. False start. And another one....2nd and 13 now. Incomplete after being pressured and it's 3rd and 13....

Dropped by Berrian over the middle and here comes Reggie Bush again....

SERIOUSLY?!?!?! Gone again! 27-20 Saints....why are they even kicking to him?!?!?!?

SOX WIN! Lowry singles in Jason Bay and you're ALCS is Boston and Tampa!!!!

11:31- Wow...that was a crazy ten minutes of Sports there wasn't it? Okay...let's settle back into this game. Screen to Peterson for nine, he gets none on second and it's 3rd and one....

"I know you're critical of Sports Radio but that's the topic tomorrow. Why would you kick to Bush a third time."- Tony Kornheiser
"I would ask the same question."- Ron Jaworski
"I'll give you the call-in number."- Tony Kornheiser

Frerotte deep to Berrian and he has it in Saints' territory! Gus is hurt and he looks to be in a ton of pain.

They have speed guns on the ball carrier? Weird. (Via Esse)

Yeah there was no way that Reggie Bush was running 20mph+ while jogging into the endzone. Jackson is in at QB and the Vikings run it of course....for nothing. He loses some yardage actually. 2nd and 13 from the 30. Jackson over the middle for a few and it's 3rd and 7. Make that Frerotte...he's back in...

First down Allison, but there's a flag on the play....OFFENSIVE P.I.! On Allison again. That was pretty blatant there. 3rd and 17 now....

Frerotte hit again but somehow he hits Berrian in the endzone for six!!! He even ran into Allison on the catch. Insane....

27-27 with 7:10 left.


Tonight is just weird. Reggie Bush is going to return a punt in overtime to win it. Calling it now. (Via Anon)

11:42- Seriously. The Saints should really just put Reggie Bush back for the kick. They don't and Pierre Thomas is SMACKED at the fifteen. Bush loses two on first down and a false start puts it at 2nd and 17. Brees hits Meachem for ten and it'll be third and seven....

Brees to Miller for a huge gain.....OHHHHHHHH! Ced Griffin destroys him downfield and I have no idea how Miller hung onto that ball.

"There are millions of moms out there saying you're not playing Football."- Tony Kornheiser

Whoooo man that was huge. Deuce for six on first down in Vikings territory and Bush picks up another two.....4 minutes left. 3rd and 1 here, the crowd is yelling for Deuce and he's in....he looks to have fallen forward past the mark....and he'll have it.

Deuce up the middle and he picks up one....under three minutes now. Second and nine....timeout Saints. After the stoppage, Brees throws incomplete and it'll be third and eight....

Blitz! Henderson doesn't come back and that's incomplete. Gramatica back out for a 46 yarder....

NO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And that's the two minute warning!

Vikings ball at their own 37....Peterson for two and the clock is running. Wade gets a few and it's 3rd and 3. Frerotte deep to Berrian!!!! Pass interference on the Saints and that one takes it all the way down to the Saints' 14! Amazing. Going bold....

Peterson up the middle for two and the Saints call timeout. One left for New Orleans with 1:05 left. Peterson loses a yard and the Saints call their last timeout with 1 minute even to go. Peterson up the middle to the 12 again and it looks like there will be about 15 seconds left on the clock after a Longwell FG attempt.....

Make that 16 seconds and the attempt will be a 30-yarder....BANG! Right down the middle....13 seconds left....30-27 Vikings. Reggie Bush goes back and there's no way that they're kicking this to him. Stecker downs it at the 24 yard line and that should do it.

Brees deep, picked....and that will do it. What an unbelievable and ridiculous game. I think I hit record about 40 times tonight, so I'm going to go through all of those and try to get a video up for those who were watching Baseball. Thanks for hanging around tonight.

Final: Vikings 30 - Saints 27


"We got to get Jaws to a cold tub because he's completely exhausted" - Tony Kornheiser (Via JFein)

Me too.

112 Comments:

Tirico just mentioned Kolber. Where has Suzy been all night?

Mal said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:35:00 PM  

Kissing me?

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

How many times has Jaws said "It's all about...". He should coin that phrase.

Oct 6, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

"I haven't seen him run like that in 13 years."-Tomy on Gus

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

After some of the comments by the crew in the first half, I think the Madden cruiser dropped some Johnny Walker off on the way to SD

jg said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

Maybe it's just me, but I swear I saw a facemask on that punt return by Bush.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:40:00 PM  

"Bush couldn't lite the spark in the dome."-Mike

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:40:00 PM  

Suzy Kolber got the hit put on her by Willis McGahee after she said he got hurt because he missed OTAs.

Oct 6, 2008, 10:42:00 PM  

suzy is hot

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:42:00 PM  

Did anyone else catch Chris Berman say the Red Sox were up 22-0?

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

saints should go shotgun, 5 wide and just throw the damn...put bush in the slot..fuck...

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

SSR

I muted the halftime show, it is the best way to deal with Berman

jg said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

I didn't know this, but Suzy Kolber was babysat by Ron Jaworski.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

Sorry SSreporters, I didn't catch it. I was actually watching that game during halftime. Still 2-0 Sox.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

Eddie looks like he could use some Johnnie Walker right now.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

5 outs left for angels, Okie pitching...anderson and tex coming up for angels...

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:47:00 PM  

4 outs to go

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

"Because I always look at glasses as half empty" Tony Kornheiser.

Oct 6, 2008, 10:49:00 PM  

tex on first, masterson coming in

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:50:00 PM  

Does Bush realize that he is not at USC anymore? Run straight with the damn ball.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

"It wasn't the magic pill putting Frerotte in" Tony Kornheiser

Oct 6, 2008, 10:53:00 PM  

vlad, masterson its your ALDS on TBS...2 strikes

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:53:00 PM  

Ed Hochuli should just punch every Saints player who has committed a penalty.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

You see that wild pitch almost hit the ump.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

Denny Green is pissed ed Eddie Jacks' long-winded bloviate explanations.

hollywood wags said...
Oct 6, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

I have never seen a ref look more like a deer in the headlights.

Oct 6, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

The Angels have tied it!!! And I think Chip Caray has money on the Angels.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

The Viks have just kicked a field goal, and now back to baseball.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

Saints are punting the ball.

"They were about to go 14-0 10 seconds into the game" - Tony Kornheiser

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:02:00 PM  

That Vikings player got knocked the fuck out.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

That block on the Bush return... BOOM

Oct 6, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

REGGIE!!!

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

HOLY SHIT!!! Punt return touchdown by Reggie Bush, but damn, what a block!!!

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

Henderson now believes that the SuperDome is the SoupDome, after being on the receiving end of that block.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

SEE!.. YOU!.. LATER!... was Tirico stealing Bob Carpenter's homerun call?

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:09:00 PM  

Can Tony please stop his man crush with Reggie Bush?

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

Where is the 619 on Reggie's eye black?

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

"They see the Saints have loaded up the box." - Jaws

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

Baseball game is heading to the 9th inning, I believe.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

"They appear on the edge of unraveling" Tony Kornheiser on the Vikings recovering from the Saints' score.

Tony.... The Vikings did nothing on offense in the first half. Why should they do something now?

Oct 6, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

whoa, when did lil john leave Hotlanta???

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  
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ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

"It's only been 30 years since a crowd chanted Regie...Regie. You know Mr. October."-Mike

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

Bush almost broke another one...holy cow.

"He was too fast for himself" - Tony Kornheiser

Okayyy...

Angels lead off with a double in the top of the 9th.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

Hochuli looked relieved the call was offensive interference.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

lead off double...masterson still in....

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

Nice return by Reggie Bush. I was beginning to think he was suffering from Celebrity Girlfriend Syndrome.

Although as a Skins fan, I wish Tony and Jessica a long and happy relationship.

jg said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

Angels are now 90 feet away from the lead as the BoSox make a pitching change.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

Hey, not one Favre reference!

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

Tony... just shut up and watch the game.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:19:00 PM  

What can Gimli do this time?

Oct 6, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

Tie game in the SuperDome. Tie game in Fenway. Damn, this is one heck of a Monday.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

Gramatica knows he can't celebrate or else it will be a penalty.....he learns from his brother.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

Did I say Gimli... I meant Frodo...

Well... Frodo nailed it.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Squeeze play fails as aybar takes a strike, runner tagged out by tek tek may have dropped the ball

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Penalty... how about an injury. His brother did that too.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

The Angel at 3rd got out on a rundown. A ground ball and that ends the top of the 9th.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

A BIG BREAKING NEWS: Dick Stockton and Troy Aikman will call Cowboys/Cardinals, not Kenny Albert. And Chris Rose/JC Pearson will call Packers/Seahawks.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

Actually AA, the maps are now up, so that's probably something you can post first thing tomorrow.


I think you know where the site is so go for it.

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

Tony seems surprised every time their is a lead change. He seems to think that once you have the lead you should never relent it.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

They said that yesterday during the game, SS.....you all are slacking over there. j/k.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

1 down in the bottom of the 9th.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

And D.L. Drew goes down.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

I guess Bush really is the star of stars.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

Ground rule double, runner in scoring position for the Sox.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

HOLY CRAP Reggie Bush is back in the Pac-10!!!

Jay said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

Willits is having a bad nineth inning.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

I think Major Dad Brad Childress should start updating his resume on the plane ride back to Minneapolis.

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

WOW!!TEX amazing catch...would've been the game winner

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

Reggie Bush is better than you.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.....GOING TO TAMPA BAY

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:29:00 PM  

Base hit over the middle and the Red Sox are going to the ALCS!!!

Damn, I can't believe I missed the Reggie Bush punt return.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

you're/your

Jay said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:31:00 PM  

reggie ain't doing no 20 mph on the damn football field...bullshit...

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:31:00 PM  

I think Peterson is gonna be lobbying for returning kicks soon.

So the Vikes go for it on 4th down the rest of the game ?

jg said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:31:00 PM  

They have speed guns on the ball carrier? Wierd..

Oct 6, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

Do they dare kick to Bush again?

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

Jaws must be a Jim Rome fan.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

I love it how they don't show a replay of the hit on Frerotte before the break. Typical. I heard the dome fans go "Ooohhh" so it must have been ugly.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

Stu's lazy eye is starring at me.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:36:00 PM  

"So you want to play quarterback in the national football league, well this is what you've got to deal with" - Jaws as they show a replay of Frerotte getting drilled.

And appearently this game has had some random collection of events that has never occured before. Wow, what a night. Nice cheap shot too by Tirico at the Sox and those (like me) who tuned this game out for awhile.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

Holy Shit! What a catch and what a touchdown!

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

Great catch.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

this game is exciting...can't say the same about my sex life...

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

Can Bush return a kickoff now? But are they stupid enough to kick to him?
REG-GIE! REG-GIE! REG-GIE!

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:40:00 PM  

Tonight is just weird. Reggie Bush is going to return a punt in overtime to win it. Calling it now.

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:40:00 PM  

Sorry, anon. That's why god made Porn.

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:41:00 PM  

Who would keep stats like that ? - TK

It's called the Elias Sports Bureau, Tony

jg said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:41:00 PM  

Hulk Hogan doesn't close line people like that Vikings player.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:43:00 PM  

"We ripped Berrion for not making the money. Then he makes two big plays on the touchdown drive". Tony Kornheiser

I like how he says "We". He is the only one who ripped Berrion.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:43:00 PM  

What a shame, anon.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:43:00 PM  

Welcome to the finebook, Cedric Griffin.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:45:00 PM  

"The hit was 41" - Mike Tirico

He later corrected himself.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:45:00 PM  

I see a fine coming for Ced.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:45:00 PM  

Way to make a joke on the subject of a potentially dangerous hit, Kornheiser.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:46:00 PM  

Gramatica misses another game winning field goal. It's the Vikings game to lose.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:53:00 PM  

The same way the Vikings haven't learned not to punt to Reggie Bush, the Saints haven't learned to not trust Martin Gramatica to potentially win a game.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:53:00 PM  

Martin does his Sammy Sosa impression and misses the field goal. Should have put some cork in his foot.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

Saints have been so narrowed in on stopping the run can they stop the pass? I say Frerotte throws a pick.

Oct 6, 2008, 11:55:00 PM  

Martin is about a day away from the unemployment line.

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:55:00 PM  

Memo @ New Orleans: That is what happens when you rely on old kickers like Mare and Gramatica.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:56:00 PM  

Martin is rocking a nice mullet.

49er16 said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:56:00 PM  

Game over, Vikings win.

ssreporters said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:57:00 PM  

was he wearing his ring?

Anonymous said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:57:00 PM  

"It's a dance move" - Tony Kornheiser describing the pass interference call.

JFein said...
Oct 6, 2008, 11:58:00 PM  

"He went to Gus Frerotte, who is 87 years old" - Tony Kornheiser.

Hyperbole. Lovely hyperbole.

JFein said...
Oct 7, 2008, 12:01:00 AM  

Field Goal is good, and they have to get a shot of Martin.

49er16 said...
Oct 7, 2008, 12:02:00 AM  

Tony just goes on and on and on.

Shut up!

Oct 7, 2008, 12:02:00 AM  

Does the Saints go Boise St. right now.

49er16 said...
Oct 7, 2008, 12:03:00 AM  

"We got to get Jaws to a cold tub because he's completely exhausted" - Tony Kornheiser.

JFein said...
Oct 7, 2008, 12:07:00 AM  

Ditka with the ONLY correct pick!
Way to go Ditka!!

Anonymous said...
Oct 7, 2008, 12:22:00 AM  

Who would make a better kicker: Martin Gramatica, or a dead marmoset missing its legs and having spent the last 23 years preserved in cheap bourbon?

I say the marmoset.

We're one more shanked field goal away from the Saints pulling people out of the stands a la "Eddie", only to kick.

Pass the Aints Paper Bag Please said...
Oct 7, 2008, 12:29:00 AM  

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