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Happy Birthday To Me

Today is my birthday. Yes. Today I am eleventy-one years old.

(Well, no, not actually, though some days it feels like that).

I got some wonderful gifts to mark the day... from the New York Jets, the New York Giants, and Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys.

In the morning game, the Jets defeated the New England Patriots, long the bullies of the AFC East, who had been pushing Gang Green around on their own field for more games than I care to remember. But not today. A win is always swell, but a win over Evil Little Bill and his minions is especially sweet, since they have been so scarce this past decade. The game did not begin well for the Jets, who came out, looked terrible, and shot themselves in both feet in the first couple of series. But after that they settled down, and before long they were actually dominating.

The defense was amazing. Blitz, blitz, blitz. The last time I have seen so much pressure on a QB was when the Giants beat the Patriots in the SuperBowl, but these were the Jets. Tom Brady will usually eat you alive if you blitz too often, but not today. He looked dazed and lost by the final series. And Darryl Revis just OWNED Randy Moss. (Though once again Vernon Gholston's name was never mentioned. Did he even play? I'm not certain).

My brother in law was at the game. He's been a Jets season ticket holder for years, and he tells me he has never heard a Meadowlands crowd make so much noise. Rex Ryan gets credit for that as well. All hail Rex!

The defense won this game, but the offense also performed well, especially Mark Sanchez. I know, I know, he's only played two games, but right now trading up to grab him in the draft is looking like the best move the Jets have made since drafting Joe Namath.

As for the evening game... what can I say? Aside from the fact that I sufferered several heart attacks during the closing minutes. It was not, by any measure, an especially well-played game, but it sure was an exciting one... and how sweet it is to be able to open the Jerry Jones Palace of Excess by handing the hated Cowboys a loss!

It had to be one of the weirdest games I have ever watched, though. There were times I thought these must be teams from the Bizarro world. For most of the game the Cowboys stifled the vaunted two-headed Giants running attack by stuffing Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw again and again. That's not supposed to happen. On the other side of the ball, they gashed the Giants D with their own ground game. Felix Jones and Marion Barber kept breaking free for long runs. That's not supposed to happen either. The huge, slow, ponderous Cowboys offensive line kept the Giant pass-rushers at bay through the whole game. We failed to record a single sack, and Tony Romo always seemed to have plenty of time. That's DEFINITELY not supposed to happen. The Giants red zone offense sucked too, just as it did last week. We had first and goal on three or four occasions, and came away with field goals every time. We had one interception TD taken away by the ref's whistle, and our field goal kicker missed a gimme kick at one point, so a good drive ended with nothing.

With all these calamities, you would have to figure the game was a Dallas blowout. And, hey, maybe it should have been. But thankfully, we had Eli Manning and they had Tony Romo. Tony must have known that it was my birthday, since he kept giving the Giants gifts. Three interceptions, I think. (There was a fumble too, so there were four Cowboy turnovers). Two of the picks were just awful throws. The third was a freakish thing where the ball bounced off the back of Jason Witten's ankle right into the hands of Kenny Phillips, who ran it back for the TD that the refs took away.

And that wasn't even the most freakish play in the game. That had to be Eli's long TD pass to Mario Manningham, which MM dropped, juggled, and somehow managed to catch again while sliding on his butt through the endzone. Not exactly classic form, but hey, it counted for six points just the same. Manningham had nine other catches, for ten total, and The Other Steve Smith had ten as well, the first time in the long and storied history of the Giants that they have ever had two receivers both catch ten balls in a game. Plaxico who? I think the Giants have found their starting tandem... and when Hakeem Nicks comes back from his injury and Ramses Barden gets a bit more seasoning, we could have one of the most dangerous receiving corps in the league.

The other great thing in the game was Eli Manning. With the running game shut down, it all fell on his shoulders, and he came through magnificently, especially in the fourth quarter.

In the end, though, it all came down to a field goal try with four seconds left. The Scottish Kicker (theater folk always refer to Macbeth as the Scottish Play, since it is thought to be bad luck to mention the actual name, and I have decided the same rule should apply to the Giants kicker) had missed a field goal earlier, so it was no sure thing. And sure enough, his kick only cleared the goal post by inches, stopping my heart for a second before the refs raised their arms to signal it was good... and then he had to do it all over again, since Wade Phillips had called a timeout a split second before the kick, a bush league move that has become popular with some coaches these last couple of years. Wade deserved to lose for that alone. And thankfully he did: the Scottish Kicker's second attempt was dead straight down the middle. Giants win, 33-31!

Life IS magical and full of joy. At least today.



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Sep. 21st, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:30 am (UTC)
Many happy returns, George!!!
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:54 am (UTC)
I was really happy to see the Jets win. I'm not a big fan of the Patriots.

And any time the Cowboys lose is a great day!
Sep. 21st, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Ser Martin
May it be a wonderful one.
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
ugh. happy birthday.

tony romo and luck were on the giants side last night.

go cowboys.
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! :-)
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:04 pm (UTC)
Нappy birthday. Thanks for "Ice and the Flame"
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:12 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! How did I not know that two of my favourite people share a birthday? I believe it is Leonard Cohen's birthday today, too.
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday :) Time for a journey!
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:27 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
What a crap game...stinkin jets. Your reference to the giants rushing the qb wasnt all that accurate. The giants at least sacked Brady, the jets did no such thing. That D was the same scheme that gave the pats so much trouble when they faced the ravens in 07...no big surprise we saw it sunday.

Galloway may have lost that game for the pats. What a bum. He looked like a robot out there, programmed with specific patterns and completely unable to compensate for the defence on the fly...horrible. No Welker really hurt. Our decimated and pre-season like defense hurt even more though.

Oh, and Moss did have a few catches...I wouldnt say he was owned, a little harsh, though Revis is an excellent football player. If only our d had some talent like that. Our backfield has been hurting for a few seasons now.

I suppose we had it coming. The only saving grace that it came now was that at least it wasnt Mangini. You say Evil Bill...I say Mangini is the devil himself.

Anyway, gratz on the wins! Im sure it made your B-Day even more special, which is wonderful. Just dont get your hopes up on Nov 22nd! Any kinks we have right now Im sure will be well behind us.
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday :) Many happy returns, I hope! I know you've had many well wishes, and I hope you had a really good day.
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
Belated wishes and NFL thoughts
Belated happy birthday, GRRM.

As for the Jets/NE game, as a NE fan I can say that the Jets D is one of the few that have the personnel that can pull off what they did -- if Revis doesn't manage to shut down Moss, then Brady puts an end to the blitzes with a few strikes to him. While I wonder how things would have played out if Welker had been there, in the end the Jets did what they needed to to win, and the Pats didn't.
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Habby Birthday
Over joyed you like your team's gifts.
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:32 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday:)
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:41 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, fellow virgo :)

And many more to come!
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Happy Belated Birthday! I couldn't believe the score when I saw it! I think the Jets made a good choice when they scooped up Mark Sanchez. I, however, am a Steelers fan and it was a sad day for me:( Oh well, can't win em all I guess.
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Boo Cowboys. Yay Giants
I just wanted to offer a friendly correction - the new Cowboys Stadium is officially called The Jerry Jones Palace of Excess and Self-Indulgent Waste.

As a non-Michigan Big 10 fan, I was never too fond of Mario Manningham. But it sure is sweet to watching him play for my team! He has a winner's instincts, I think (ask Penn State).

Go Giants!
Sep. 21st, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday. The Patriots are looking venerable this season. Everyone had them pegged as the easy winners of the AFC East. They are now 1-1. They should be 0-2 given that the Bills lost the first game due to the McKelvin fumble.
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Martin! My present will be trying to steer my ignorant friends to the joys of reading ASOIAF :3
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
Fie! Sigh. The Cowboys didn't deserve to win that game. The Fates looked kindly on the G-Men with the way that ball bounced. But you go -4 on turnovers and you dont deserve to win.

I'm alarmed with the Cowboys defense not getting any sacks again, They had 0 against Tampa. They led the league in sacks last season. Eli absolutely picked them apart.

The only bright spot was the running game for Dallas. They now have their own version of Earth, Wind and Fire with Smash (Barber), Dash (Felix), and Tash (Tashard Choice).

Now if they can only fix the D and Romo's head. :(

Happy B-Day!
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
That explains the flags...
I was wondering why so many flags were being thrown in the Pats/Jets game -- the refs must have been throwing a flag for each year you've been alive. I didn't realize how old you are! Haha, all jokes aside, happy birthday GRRM! As much as it sucked seeing the Pats lose to the Jets, I'm glad it made your birthday that much more enjoyable.
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:22 pm (UTC)
The only things I remember about the Giants/Cowboys game are the following:

- The disgusting amount of penis stroking re: the size of the new stadium


- The shot of GWB and John Madden sitting together. I've never been so full of speechless horror before.
Sep. 21st, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Go Birthdays and Big Blue
Happy Birthday Mr. Martin, and what a stunning upset in the shiny new Cowboy Stadium... can't help but smile that this first lost, in the Cowboys new home was the very first game there and is was to the Giants.
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