Headbanger’s Ball: Week 9

Headbanger's Ball, Jonathan Smyth, Ramblings and Rants

Week 9’s “Headbanger Ball” is brought to you by Leonard Davis and his bass guitar.

Rebel Yell – Billy Idol

“With a rebel yell, she cried more, more, more”

The Dolphins got their first win of the season behind a three-TD performance from Matt Moore. A Dolphins QB hasn’t thrown three touchdowns in a game since Chad Pennington did it in 2008, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for Miami. Consider: swirling rumors of Tony Sparano’s termination, players who think their team stinks, and locker room fights. Despite the turmoil, the Dolphins played well. Moore completed 73.9 percent of his passes for 244 yards and finally gave Miami something to smile about. The Dolphins fans will be crying for more, more, more of this type performance the rest of the season.

High Enough – Damn Yankees

“Can you take me high enough, to fly me over yesterday
Can you take me high enough, it’s never over, yesterday’s just a memory”

Everyone loves a good monster ballad, no? Maybe not, but everyone loves a good Giants-Patriots game. The last time the Giants and Patriots met was in Super Bowl 42, a game that ended very similar to Sunday’s contest. Jake “Monster” Ballard skied high for a 28-yard catch on third down just like David Tyree did in 2008 to keep the drive alive. Ballard even wore the same jersey number as Tyree, 85. Eli Manning later completed the déjà-vu moment with a game-winning touchdown pass to Ballard. Yesterday may just be a memory, but the past two games against the Giants are memories the Patriots would like to forget.

On March the Saints – Down

After a disappointing loss last week against the Rams, the Saints continued to march on with a win over the rival Bucs. New Orleans needed a victory to keep hold of the NFC South lead and also to avenge a loss to Tampa Bay earlier in the season. The Saints ran all over the Bucs finishing the game with 195 rushing yards. Their yardage total (453) was exactly the same as they had in their Week 6 loss, just with a different outcome.

The Ecstasy of Gold – Metallica

In 1999, Metallica teamed up with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra for two legendary performances. As the four members walked on stage, the orchestra played this tune from the film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” a title that also could be used to describe the last ten years in San Francisco. After two-straight trips to the playoffs in 2001 and 2002, the Niners recorded losing records for seven of the next eight seasons. But now 49er fans have something to be ecstatic over; a 7-1 record and a team that looks better and better each week.

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