September 2009

Peyton Manning put on another Hall Of Fame performance Monday night as the Indianapolis Colts visited the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium. Despite having the ball for only 14:53 (14:53!), Manning and the Colts came away with a 27-23 victory. The Dolphins had an excellent game plan and executed it nearly to perfection. They ran the ball repeatedly on long time-consuming drives to keep the Colts’ offense off the field. They used the Wildcat very effectively as Ronnie Brown rushed for 136 yards. However, at some point, they had to let Manning have the ball. He completed 14 of 23 for 303 yards and 2 touchdowns and led a pair of touchdown drives with less than 10 minutes to go to bring the Colts back and give them the lead.

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Jacory Harris has sparked a Miami Hurricane resurgence, leading the Canes to wins over ranked opponents Florida State in Tallahassee and the hard running Georgia Tech Yellowjackets at Land Shark Stadium. The Canes were embarassed by the Jackets last year as Georgia Tech rolled up 472 yards rushing. This years was different as the Hurricane defense asserted itself and held the triple option to 95 yards on the ground.

Running new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple’s offense to perfection, Harris completed 20 of 25 for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Canes dominated 33-17. Jacory looked cool in the pocket and used his legs to create plays when necessary. The schedule doe not get any easier with a trip to Blacksburg to play Virginia Tech and a visit from the mighty Oklahoma Sooners next up. Hopefully the Hurricanes can keep it going and make some noise in the National Championship picture.

Pencils on Strathmore 300 Bristol:

Inks on Strathmore 300 Bristol with some Photoshop fixups:

Colors in PS.

With the Pittsburgh Steelers running game sputtering and facing a tough defense in the Tennessee Titans, the Steelers rallied behind their leader, Ben Roethlisberger, to tie and then beat the Titans in overtime, 13-10 on the opening night of the 2009 NFL season.

The Superbowl champion Steelers had difficulty mounting scoring drives against the Titans, who played tough defense. The Steelers play some pretty tough ‘D’ themselves, as evidenced by Troy Polamalu’s kamikaze drop of Chris Johnson and his one-handed interception of Kerry Collins. Ben threw a 34 yard TD pass to Superbowl hero Santonio Holmes and then drove the Steelers into field goal range in overtime, where Jeff Reed won the game.

Ben was 33 of 43 for 363 yards with 1 TD and 2 interceptions. The Steelers managed only a paltry 36 yards on the ground, so Ben’s accuracy and effectiveness was particularly needed this night.

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