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Saturday, August 19, 2006
Live blogging: Titans vs Broncos pre-season
8:00 p.m. - It's the Titans vs Broncos in a pre-season tilt. I will provide my own thoughts on the game as it progresses. Warning, I am very biased toward the team I like in the just keep them in mind if you like Denver.

8:35 p.m. -
Less than two minutes left in the first quarter and the Titans look awful. Our defense played brilliantly last week against the pathetic Saints. But this week against a good team, they look like freakin' Vanderbilt out there. And our offense can barely move the ball at all. I know it's only the pre-season but this is starting to feel like a long year. Oh and we've already had an injury to our already thin defense that involved bringing out the cart. Can we please stop this stupid pre-season where players get injured while the owners line their pockets?

8:41 p.m. - End of the first quarter and we're behind 14-0. Oh look, Chris Brown had one good play, a bunch of less than stellar ones and is out of the game. Cut him and give us Travis Henry who looks a lot better and whose battery doesn't run down after one good play.

8:46 p.m. - Well, we had a decent drive there and Volek is looking better. It's stalled our now and we're fourth and three. We're kicking a field goal...and it's good. So, we're down 14-3. So, will Denver rest Jack Plummer and put in Cutler now?

8:49 p.m. - The injury was to Antwon Odom and was his knee. He won't be back tonight. Ugh... Our defense needs a three and out.

8:50 p.m. - Woo hoo...a clipping penalty on Denver. Maybe this will help us out! Dammit....illegal contact penalty on us on second and long gives them a first down!

8:58 p.m - Things we can't defend against tonight-the run and a bootleg. I swear, this is like a lot of UT/Florida games in the early to mid 90s when the Vols would look lost as Florida just went up and down the field on us. We just had a good defensive stand at the one-yard line until that bastard Shanahan went for it on fourth down again. Gee, thinks jerk for humilating our team more. Geez, show some class. Anyway, we're down now 21-3.

8:59 p.m. - Vandy commerical for season tickets..."Come see the best in college football." Bwhahahahahahahahhaha! Yeah, when the Big Orange come to town maybe. "It's good to be gold." Oh that's funny....

9:01 p.m. - OK, I'm really only sticking around to see LenDale White and Vince Young play....and that won't be for a while. I'll be back in a few....

9: 30 p.m. - Half-time score 28-3. Broncos missed a field goal to end the first half.

Well, that was quite an ass-kicking we took in the first half. Only good news--it's only the pre-season.

We got to see two first-round selected quarterbacks in the game in the last few minutes Jay Culter vs Vince Young. And we're seeing the differences between where the two players are. Cutler has a great system in place around him and has a lot of tools to key his success and it shows. Also, he played in a superior conference in college (if even for the doormat of the league). That said, Young seems to have a lot of up-side but he's not got as many weapons around him right now as Cutler does. And it's shown in the results on the field. Cutler looked like the second-coming of John Elway out there, leading his team to a TD and then to two-minute drill when the Titans three-ed and out. But Young has guys dropping balls and no threat of a running game. It will be interesting to compare them in a few years when (hopefully) Young has the same caliber of supporting cast around him that Culter has now.

That said, I fully expect at least one idiot caller to a sports call in show this week on why didn't the Titans take Cutler since he looked "so much better" than Young...

9:46 p.m. - Broncos get the ball to start the second half. Maybe we can stop them since they had the ball five times in the first half and scored on four of them. They went for a field goal as the half ended and missed it.

I'm having a thought here because a)I'm a huge football fan and b)I have no life and remember these things. Every time the Titans go west, it seems as if they lay a huge egg. Remember last year the pre-season in San Francisco and then a trip to Arizona and San Diego in previous years. In both cases, it's like there was some huge jet lag or like they left the real team in central time...maybe that's the issue. No more games out west and we can (maybe) win a game.

9:53 p.m. - Touchdown Broncos. This game is starting to remind me of certain games I've created in the various Madden games for my PC. Basically what I'd do is go in, edit up the Redskins to be the greatest team ever and Dallas to be...well, basically a pee-wee football team. And then I'd play out the game wherein the Redskins would just kick the stuffing out of the Cowboys and running up some impressive stats like 250 yards rushing and trying to break 100 on the scoreboard.

9:56 p.m. - A possible glimpse of the future. LynDale White is on the field for the first time. Young and White in the backfield...could it be the next Eddie and Steve connection? First hand-off Vince to LynDale.....I hope this is the beginning of a something special in Music City.

9:59 p.m. - Three and out for the offense thanks to a penalty that made it third and long. Vince threw a pretty pass to Robe and there should have been a pass interference call on Denver. But looks like the Broncos are getting some home-cooking on the officiating. The only good news I can find out of the game--Craig Hendrich is getting a lot of practice in punting and he looks good....

10:28 p.m. - Hallelujah, a t last! The defense made a stand and the offense sustained a drive. And then Vince runs for his first NFL TD. Good balance of pass and strong running by White. Maybe it's late and I'm punchy, but I am hopeful this is a preview of things to come for this team...maybe not this year, then in the years to come.

10:30 p.m. - That said, the game is in that time when it's going to get kind of sloppy. And I think I should go out on a positive note. So, thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my crazy, extremely biased view of the game. Maybe next time I should live-blog a game.

posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/19/2006 10:30:00 PM | |
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