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Dec 9, 2012 9:01pm
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One of the most boring games of football I saw in many a year was in Week 2, at
the Monday night game between Denver and Atlanta. Jeff Saturday Jersey . Yes, the ineffective
referee calls and action had a lot to do with it, but still, it was not a good
game. One of the most exciting, interesting and well played games I saw in many
a year was New Englands 31-21 win over Denver this past Sunday. Both teams ran a
lot of the no-huddle offence and ran it well – especially the Patriots. I dont
think I have ever seen a team run as many plays at the pace they did over and
over and over again. From just a pure viewership point of view the game kept
your attention with ease, and as a football fan I wish every game had a similar
pace to it. Perhaps, because it is my job, I watch a lot of football. I take
notes; I listen to comments and commentators with interest and intensity. I try
to isolate myself and watch the games alone when I can, not because I am weird,
more due to the fact that it helps me concentrate. And by doing so and through
natural repetition I know when each commercial is coming and when each
commercial is going to be done. I have it down to such an exact science that
when hungry, I have developed a mastery of time and food and what I can and cant
have within the commercial time available. My point being that I wish all
offences would be run the way the Patriots and Broncos ran theirs. Great pace,
excellent sequence of play and a skill level that was easily respected. Because
it is not easy. Trying to run a fast-paced offence in the NFL is a balance
between keeping it simple so your players can understand what the expectations
are, and keeping it complex so the opposition does not understand what the
expectations are. But when mastered the way the Patriots did last Sunday, it is
a joy to watch. There was a time that the only time a “no-huddle” offence was
used was when there was two minutes left in the half, or to win a game when time
is the issue. Now it is used as a change of pace or to increase the pace and
wear down a defence. Sometimes statistics tell an accurate story. Against the
Bronco defence, the Patriots had 34 first downs to 21 for Mannings offence. New
England ran the ball for 251 yards to Denvers 70, and won time of possession
35:49 to 24:11. With a very good Seattle team this week, can they do it again? I
tend to think so as it is the second week in a row that the Patriots have
dominated play calling, having had almost identical success on the road
previously in Buffalo. It is true that success in football often is about
finding out what works from a good opponent and then doing it yourself. The only
unknown being if you have the personnel to duplicate what others have mastered.
I look forward to the day that every NFL team tries to run an offence the way
New England did in their 31-21 win over Denver. That was fun to watch. Charles Woodson Authentic Jersey . —Marcel
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. I had never seen him play outside of highlight packages of singular plays, but
on Sunday afternoon I tuned into the Redskins/Giants game from Metlife Stadium,
and you cant help but take notice. Clay Matthews Black Jersey . —NFL
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are entitled to if theyre arrested. Brett Favre Packers Jersey . Per team policy,
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2006-07.LONDON—The queen and James Bond gave the London Olympics a royal
entrance like no other Friday in an opening ceremony that rolled to the rock of
the Beatles, the Stones and The Who. And the creative genius of Danny Boyle
spliced it all together. Stunning. Cheeky, too. The highlight of the
Oscar-winning directors $42 million show was pure movie magic, using trickery to
make it seem that Britains beloved 86-year-old Queen Elizabeth II had parachuted
into the stadium with the nations most famous spy. A short film showed 007
driving up to Buckingham Palace in a black London cab and, pursued by her
majestys royal dogs—Monty, Willow and Holly, playing themselves—meeting
the queen, who played herself. “Good evening, Mr. Bond,” she said. They were
shown flying in a helicopter over London landmarks and a waving statue of
Winston Churchill—the queen in a salmon-colored gown, Bond dashing as ever in
a black tuxedo—to the stadium and then leaping out into the inky night. At
the same moment, real skydivers appeared in the skies over the stadium throbbing
to the James Bond soundtrack. And moments after that, the monarch appeared in
person, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip. Organizers said it was thought
to be the first time the monarch has acted on film. “The queen made herself more
accessible than ever before,” Boyle said. In the stadium, Elizabeth stood
solemnly while a childrens choir serenaded her with “God Save the Queen,” and
members of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force raised the Union Jack. Much
of the opening ceremony was an encyclopedic review of British music history,
from a 1918 Broadway standard adopted by the West Ham football team to the
Rolling Stones “(I Cant Get No) Satisfaction” to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by still
another Queen. The athletes marched in after the show. The Canadian team got a
nice pop from the spectators at Olympic Stadium when it was introduced.
Flag-bearer Simon Whitfield was beaming as he led the Canadian contingent into
the stadium as thumping dance music blared throughout the venue. The veteran
triathlete proudly waved a large Maple Leaf as the sold-out crowd roared its
approval. “What a rush. It was so amazing and was such an honour to be here
tonight leading all of the athletes that I respect,” Whitfield said. Decked out
in red and white jackets, khakis and white sneakers, dozens of Canadian athletes
waved to the crowd and took pictures as they followed Whitfield along the
infield. A total of 277 athletes will compete for Canada at the Games but just
under half that number were able to participate in the ceremony. Many athletes
had to skip it to prepare for their events. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has
extended his best wishes to the team. Governor General David Johnston was in
attendance Friday night along with other Canadian dignitaries. The Canadian
Olympic Committee has set an ambitious goal of a top-12 finish in the overall
medal standings. Canada tied for 14th with 18 medals at the 2008 Games in
Beijing. The evening started with fighter jets streaming red, white and blue
smoke and roaring over the stadium, packed with a buzzing crowd of 60,000
people, at 8:12 p.m. —or 20:12 in the 24-hour time observed by Britons. An
explosion of fireworks against the London skyline and Paul McCartney leading a
singalong were to wrap up the three-hour opening ceremony masterminded by one of
Britains most successful filmmakers. Boyle, the director of “Slumdog
Millionaire” and “Trainspotting,” had a ball with his favoured medium, mixing
filmed passages with live action in the stadium to hypnotic effect, with 15,000
volunteers taking part in the show. Actor Rowan Atkinson as “Mr. Bean” provided
laughs, shown dreaming that he was appearing in “Chariots of Fire,” the
inspiring story of a Scotsman and an Englishman at the 1924 Paris Games. There
was a high-speed flyover of the Thames, the river that winds like a vein through
London and was the gateway for the citys rise over the centuries as a great
global hub of trade and industry. Headlong rushes of movie images took
spectators on wondrous, heart-racing voyages through everything British: a
cricket match, the London Tube and the roaring, abundant seas that buffet and
protect this island nation. Boyle turned the stadium into a throbbing juke box,
with a nonstop rock and pop homage to cool Britannia that ensured the show never
caught its breath. The throbbing soundtrack included the Sex Pistols “Pretty
Vacant” and a snippet of its version of “God Save the Queen”—an
anti-establishment punk anthem once banned by the BBC. There were The Whos “My
Generation” and other tracks too numerous to mention, but not to dance to.
Opening the ceremony, children popped balloons with each number from 10 to 1,
leading a countdown that climaxed with Bradley Wiggins, the newly crowned Tour
de France champion. Wearing his race-winners yellow jersey, Wiggins rang a
23-ton Olympic Bell from the same Londdon foundry that made Big Ben and
Philadelphias Liberty Bell. Jordy Nelson Black Jersey. Its thunderous
chime was a nod to the British tradition of pealing bells to celebrate the end
of war and the crowning of kings and queens, and now for the opening of a 17-day
festival of sports. The show then shifted to a portrayal of idyllic rural
Britain—a place of meadows, farms, sport on village greens, picnics and
Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milnes bear who has delighted generations of British
children tucked warmly in bed. But the British ideal—to quote poet William
Blake, of “Englands green and pleasant land”—then took a darker, grittier
turn. The set was literally torn asunder, the hedgerows and farm fences carried
away, as Boyle shifted to the industrial transformation that revolutionized
Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, the foundation for an empire that
reshaped world history. Belching chimneys rose where only moments earlier sheep
had trod. The Industrial Revolution also produced terrifying weapons, and Boyle
built a moment of hush into his show to honour those killed in war. “This is not
specific to a country. This is across all countries, and the fallen from all
countries are celebrated and remembered,” he explained to reporters ahead of the
ceremony. “Because, obviously, one of the penalties of this incredible force of
change that happened in a hundred years was the industrialization of war, and
the fallen,” he said. “You know, millions fell.” Olympic organizers separately
rejected calls for a moment of silence for 11 Israeli athletes and coaches slain
by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Two of the Israelis widows
appealed to audience members to stand in silence when International Olympic
Committee chief Jacques Rogge rose to speak later at Fridays ceremony. The
Israeli culture and sport minister planned to do just that. The parade of
nations featured most of the roughly 10,500 athletes—some planned to stay
away to save their strength for competition—marching behind the flags of the
204 nations taking part. Greece had the lead, as the spiritual home of the
games, and Team Great Britain was last, as host. Prince William and his wife,
Kate, joined in the thunderous applause that greeted the British team, which
marched to the David Bowie track “Heroes.” Both Bahrain and Brunei featured
female flagbearers in what has been called the Olympics Year of the Woman. For
the first time at the games, each national delegation includes women, and a
record 45 per cent of the athletes are women. Three Saudi women marching behind
the men in their delegation flashed victory signs with their fingers. It fell to
the queen to declare the games open. Last month, the nation put on a festive
Diamond Jubilee—a small test run for the games—to mark her 60 years on the
throne, a reign that began shortly after Londons last Olympics, in 1948. The
Olympic cauldron was to be lit with a flame that was kindled May 10, at the
birthplace of the ancient Olympics in Greece, from a reflection of the suns rays
off a mirror. Since then, 8,000 torchbearers, mostly unheralded Britons, have
carried the flame on a 70-day, 8,000-mile journey from toe to tip of the British
Isles, whipping up enthusiasm for a $14 billion Olympics taking place during a
severe recession. The identity of the last torchbearer, the one to light the
cauldron, was kept secret—remarkable given the intense scrutiny at what have
been called the first social media Olympics. Speculation focused on Roger
Bannister, the first man to run a four-minute mile, in 1954, and on rower Steve
Redgrave, among others. The shows lighter moments included puppets drawn from
British childrens literature—Captain Hook from “Peter Pan,” Cruella de Vil
from “101 Dalmations” and Lord Voldemort from J.K. Rowlings “Harry Potter”
series, as well as Mary Poppins. Their appearance had a serious message, too—
the importance of literacy. “If you can read and write, youre free, or you can
fight for your freedom,” Boyle said. Boyles challenge was daunting: To be as
memorable as Beijings incredible, money-no-object opening ceremony of 2008, the
costliest in Olympic history. “Beijing is something that, in a way, was great to
follow,” Boyle said. “You cant get bigger than Beijing, you know? So that, in a
way, kind of liberated us. We thought, Great, OK, good, well try and do
something different.” For the last time as president of the IOC, Rogge was to
watch the Olympic flag being raised. He will step down in 2013 after completing
the maximum two terms. Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate for president,
planned to attend the ceremony with his wife, Ann. Romney caused a stir in
Britain by suggesting earlier this week that the country had “disconcerting”
problems preparing for the games. Other political leaders from around the world,
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, and a sprinkling of European
and celebrity royalty were also attending. ’ ’ ’ 

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