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Wild Card Weekend

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Wild Card Weekend is almost upon us. No, I'm not talking about SUICIDE KINGS this time -- although this weekend would be a great opportunity to go out and buy it -- but about the NFL.

The Giants are out, but the Jets are still in it (it's good to have two teams), travelling to Cincinnati for a rematch with the Bengals. Needless to say, I'll be pulling hard for this game to turn out the same way as the last one. Cincy will be playing all their starters this time, so I expect the game will be closer, but I do think the Jets have an excellent chance of winning again and advancing to the next round. Let's Go Jets!

That's the game that matters most to me, of course... but it's no fun watching a football game unless you care about the outcome, so I'll be rooting for certain teams and against others in the other three wild card games as well.

I hate Evil Little Bill, so of course I will be cheering for the Ravens to upset the Patriots and eliminate them from this year's tournament. I have mixed feelings about the Ravens themselves. I don't much like Ray Lewis, but I've always been fond of Bawlmer, and of course I am an Edgar Allen Poe fan. But I'd cheer for almost anyone against the Vile BB.

I also hate the Philadelphia Eagles, but not as much as I hate the Dallas Cowboys, so I guess I have to cheer on Donovan McNabb and company. If the Cowboys get eliminated, extending their long drought of playoff victories, Jerry Jones will probably fire Wade Phillips and the Cowboys will start all over with a new coach, which always causes a certain amount of chaos.

So here's hoping the Eagles win. (Then next week I can cheer for someone else to beat them).

In the Arizona - Green Bay game, my feelings are mixed. I think Green Bay treated Brett Favre shabbily; but then, I'm more a "loyalty" guy than one of those "it's a business" guys. On the other hand, I love the Green Bay fans, the history and tradition, and the fact that the team is publically owned, rather than being the personal plaything of some asswipe billionaire like Jerry Jones. (More teams should be publically owned). On the Cardinals side, I like Kurt Warner, who was a class act when he was with the Giants, as a mentor to Eli. But I don't like the Bidwells, or the fact that the Cardinals still refuse to give up the championship they stole from the Pottsville Maroons. Tough call... but Pottsville takes it. May the curse endure. Go Packers!

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fasthands26
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Go Packers? But they have already won their share of Super Bowls, and their fans are not as great as you might think. Take it from a guy who has been a fan of their rival team, the Vikings, for many years. They offer no mercy when it comes to this totally pointless rivalry.

If you want to feel good about cheering for someone, then cheer for the Vikings. We have never won a Super Bowl, and my poor Dad has been cheering for them for darn near 50 years now without seeing them win one. And if you want to see Brett Favre redeemed from his shabby treatment by the Packers, then you know what to do!
grrm
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
The Vikings aren't playing this weekend, so it would be hard to cheer for them.
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prusti
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
I have to disagree with your Brett Favre assessment (I'm from WI so I heard all about it for months). The media constantly portrays Favre as the wronged party, but that is definitely not the case, and I am sick of hearing it. For years he waffled about whether he would retire, very publicly, every spring. Then he did retire, and the Packers understandably moved on to Aaron Rodgers. When Favre kind of thought he would come out of retirement in May, the Packers reluctantly said OK. But, then he decided to stay retired after all. By the time he had unretired at last, Rodgers was in charge of the team, and they had drafted 2 quarterbacks.

I don't have anything against Favre for wanting to play again, and I can understand why he would have second thoughts about retiring. That being said, what other job can you retire and come back 4 months later and demand they reassign the person who has replaced you? You say the Packers should have had some loyalty to Favre, but what about its responsibility to Aaron Rodgers, who had been handed the starting quarterback job when Favre retired? Benching him because Favre, on third thought (yes, not second thought, but third thought), wanted to play after all would have been reprehensible.
pyrrhus_crowned
Jan. 8th, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
As a fellow Wisconsinite, I absolutely agree with your assessment. Favre hemmed and hawed and hesitated until it was too late. The Packers had to have somebody be quarterback! Fortunately, Aaron Rodgers ended up being an excellent choice.
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babyraven
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I don't even like football, but reading you cheer for our team warms this little Philadelphian's heart. :)
bbeitel
Jan. 9th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
I think there was blame to go around on the Favre saga. I think the thing that really chapped Bret was when they told him he'd have to come back as the back-up QB to Rodgers. Bret's problem is that he doesn't want to go out with an ounce of gas left in the tank and there's no chance he's going to play second fiddle to anyone. Rodgers has turned out to be a great QB after some awful growing pains last year. I think both sides were half right. The way it was handled on all sides was terrible.
mdixon26
Jan. 8th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
Go Cowboys!
hotclaws
Jan. 8th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Eagles/Cowboys? Dear lawdy,which to support.I dislike them both but the Eagles get the edge from me for Vick.
GB all the way,I agree about fan loyalty and hey,the Vikes got Brett!
Jets/Bengals will be a great game,I'm rooting for the Jets for you but what a good season the Bungles are having!
The Pats are too smug by half but I have never forgiven Modell for moving the Browns,a tough choice.
theantitexan
Jan. 8th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I lived in Dallas for several years.

I don't know what to call a place where you hear Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban talking every night on the news, except "Hell."

Hell can't win things.
lowapproach
Jan. 8th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Why so much hatred for Belichick?

Yes, he bent league bylaws past the point of breaking with the taping scandal (although you can watch practices, so I'm not sure how much of a difference it makes to have tape versus an expert observer writing down what he sees). Yes, he runs up the score on beaten teams. But he's always run a tight ship, his players don't hate him, and he's been a consistent winner.
zunar_j5
Jan. 8th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
GRRM hates Bill because GRRM hates seeing the Jets lose and Bill is a Jet slayer.

What team (besides the ridiculous Colts) doesn't try to score on every drive? Sure, when the game is well in hand and there is no time for the other team to come back most teams, INCLUDING the Pats, take out the starters. A team who gives up 35-45 minutes into a game deserves to be beaten into the turf.

Above I read a comment about the Pats being too smug. Please... the Patriots are less boastful than most teams including those whose records in the last decade pale in comparison.

Jets suck. Go Pats!

PS love ya GRRM :)
dazzedelf
Jan. 8th, 2010 06:00 am (UTC)
Speaking of Wild Cards, do you know when Suicide Kings will be released to the Kindle?
jnadiger
Jan. 8th, 2010 06:53 am (UTC)
OFF TOPIC: Brienne fan art
Apologies in advance for non-football related news:

Vancouver animator and cartoonist Rebecca Dart has been inspired to draw her interpretation of Brienne, which can be seen at her artblog livejournal here:

http://r-dart.livejournal.com/11157.html

Rebecca is INSANELY talented and INSANELY shy about promoting her own work, so I thought I'd share it with you all. Shower her with love, please. She's a sweetheart.

blicko
Jan. 8th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Funny you mentioned the Pottsville Maroons - that's still a touchy subject in my area (I live 15 minutes from Pottsville), and that was years ago!
dizzy34
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Bad Karma
Keep it coming Cowboys haters. You can spit on the Star and write on the locker room walls all you want. We'll take the game.
bungeebot
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
Aww man, that hurts, I'm from Philly.. :(

It's cool if you hate the Eagles though, actually; if they were to succeed, my neighborhood would turn to ruin at the hands of drunken fans.
flugel_horn
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Pot... kettle?
"and the fact that the team is publically owned, rather than being the personal plaything of some asswipe billionaire like Jerry Jones."

So you root for Green Bay against every team? You must because they are the ONLY publicly owned team and every other team out there is owned by an asswipe Billionaire. Yes, as I am sure you are already well aware, even the Jets are owned by an Asswipe Billionaire, heir to the Johnson and Johnson fortune. The difference between Jerry and Mr. Johnson? Jerry made his money. He was neither a Billionaire nor a millionaire when he popped out of the womb. After Jerry bought the Cowboys, he parlayed that into becoming a Billionaire. He is by far the best Businessman/Owner in the NFL and is one of the reasons the Cowboys Frachise is the most popular Footbal Franchise on the planet. This is a pretty good accomplishment considering the local Metro size of Dallas vs. New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, etc. Add the fact that Dallas has not won a play-off game in 14 years and it is pretty amazing. Every year Dallas beats teams like Giants in Merchandise sales. Some years doubling the next closest rival. Hmmm... Interesting stuff, don't you agree?
grrm
Jan. 8th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Pot... kettle?
Lots of teams are owned by billionaires, but only a few are asswipes.

Jerry leads the parade in that department. He established his asswipe credentials immediately on buying the team by firing Tom Landry, the man who made the Cowboys. And confirmed it when he fired Jimmy Jones, his own guy, for no better reason thatnjealousy,

It was Landry and Tex Schramm who made Dallas so popular.

Jerry Jones is also leading the effort to destroy revenue sharing within the NFL... an effort that, if successful, will turn football into baseball, with a handful of big-market franchises enjoying a huge financial advantage over small-market teams. He wants to be George Steinbrenner.

Edited at 2010-01-08 05:24 pm (UTC)
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tmollerus
Jan. 8th, 2010 02:40 pm (UTC)
Root for the Vikings by rooting for the Packers!
Like the first commenter, I'm a Vikings fan. So, I'm rooting for the Packers over the Cards this weekend since I feel like the Vikes have a better shot that way. They were manhandled by the Cardinals but beat the Pack twice this season.

And I've got to weigh in on Farve... I don't think that either he or the Green Bay management treated each other well. Through his indecision, Farve kept Green Bay from developing new quarterback talent for years longer than they should have. But I feel for Brett as well, because when GB finally came out and said that they didn't want him anymore they wouldn't let him play for any NFC teams like he wanted! It's as if they said, "You're past your prime and we don't want you playing for us... but, you're too good for us to let you keep playing in the division." I think they kinda screwed him over, too.
wmslawhorn
Jan. 8th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
1925 Season
That whole situation was messed up. You have the Maroons beating Notre Dame to give the NFL credibility but then fine and remove them from the championship. ON top of that is the Milwaukee Badger high school scandal game versus the Cards. Amazing how the $1,500 fine was recinded from the Cards and they got to keep the win.

Maybe it is time for some special games where the defunct teams get to put together a team and play some games against each other.
the12judge
Jan. 8th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
I don't understand how anyone, aside from Eagles and Redskins fans, can dislike the Cowboys more than Philadelphia. But maybe that's just because I hate Philadelphia that much. Plus, the Cowboys are America's team, so let's sing... this team is your team, this team is my team...

Anyway, I gave up on Dallas pretty early this year, so any win since around game 4 or 5 has had a certain wow factor for me. To be playing in January is pretty shocking for me. To have beaten the Eagles both times this year is great, though now there's the hurdle of being able to beat a team 3 times in one year statistic. Not good.

But yeah, a Cowboys loss tomorrow may be potentially fatal to Wade's career (whether pro football or just with Cowboys is another question). I still don't like Romo though, and I think he should be on the chopping block as well as Wade since he's probably even more responsible for Dallas' woes. The Cowboys have suffered most of this season thanks to his poor, under-achieving, performances for a $65 million contract. Maybe getting canned will finally wipe that smile off his face after playing worse than a rookie most of the season. So yeah, lose and Wade needs to be replaced, but so does Romo! I can't stand him. Bring in Colt.
moonsinger
Jan. 8th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
Romo had his best year yardage wise (4,483) and lowest interceptions for a season with 9. He had his fewest number of fumbles with 6 for the season (4 were lost). He had 26 touchdowns tied for second, and a 97.6 passer rating. The only statistic this year that was bad for him was sacks with 34. So he had a total of 13 turnovers.

Breaking down game wise, he had one really terrible game with 3 interceptions against the Giants the first time they played. Another terrible game of under 200 yards against Washington that they won. He had six interceptions spread out throughout the season (only one a game) other than that game.

He had eight 300 yard games. Six other games of 250 yards or more.

Looking at stats, he's had two crappy games this year, one of which the Cowboys won.

In the five games they lost, the Cowboys worse margin of defeat was 10 points.

Some of that can be attributed to outstanding defense (Wade is running that by the way), but you have to give credit to Romo for not making many mistakes this year.

Now all of that is moot if Romo crashes and burns on Saturday. Then, everyone will compare him to Danny White (who lost 3 NFC championships but had a .500 playoff record).

I might remind you that Peyton Manning played I believe eight seasons before he won a Super Bowl and yet everyone is putting him in the Hall of Fame and his career isn't over yet.

Needless to say, I will not be rooting for Philly on Saturday, I've been a fan of Dallas since the 70's.

If I could get rid of anyone, it would be Jerry as the general manager (Firing Tom Laundry in a humiliating manner, not sucking up to Jimmy to keep him around and possibly get 4 Super Bowls, hiring Barry, drafting Quincy Carter (see we could have the dope smoking marginal quarter back instead of Romo), and the list goes on and on.

As for Wade, I really think his job does hinge on this game. If he can fight through adversity after two disappointing seasons and take the Pokes to the Super Bowl, then he deserves to keep the job. If he wins two games, I'd say he keeps the job, but if he loses tomorrow or after only winning one. Yeah, send him packing and beg Cowher to be the coach.

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olde_scratch
Jan. 8th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
I will be rooting for the Eagles so that I can watch them next week against the Saints. And because I honestly want the Cowboys 14 year playoff victory drought to extend a few more years.

I really like the Jets. Their fans were all class when they came down to New Orleans earlier in the year.

I like the Ravens over the Pats because of my own dislike of bellicheat. Although the thought of Jets going to Foxboro and knocking off the Patriots in the AFC championship game kind of gives me giggles, but I just don't think they are there yet since they would still have to go through Indy first.

Packers and Cardinals....I really just don't care. I like them both. I won't be upset at either outcome. I like seeing Rodgers succeed and get out of Farve's shadow and I like the cardinals because of Warner.
trebla1972
Jan. 8th, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Rooting for the Eagles? Fie!
You are going to make me turn into an Eddings fan with this heresy!!! ;)

Oh I know you hate the Cowboys more than any other team. It's a given if you root for the Eagles, Giants, or Skins you always hate the Cowboys more. There are countless reasons why.

But given this past week's events, I'm obligated to defend Jerry Jones on one account. An employee of the Eagles videotaped himself spittint twice on the star in Cowboys stadium and posted it online. Not only will he not be reprimanded but he will be back at the stadium. Nice job there owner Jeff Lurie. Lurie fired another team employee for posting his regret for Brian Dawkins leaving the team.

Jerry would have fired an employee that did that to another team. I have no doubt of that.

P.S. Be careful what you wish for. If Jerry does fire Wade, it could be Bill Cowher coming to Dallas.
grrm
Jan. 8th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Rooting for the Eagles? Fie!
If Jerry was a class act, he'd fire Frozell Adams, dirtiest player in the NFL. Who cares about some no-name grunt spitting on a symbol when you're paying millions to a man who deliberately tries to hurt other players?
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steveoh77
Jan. 8th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Good Luck but not so much!!
George, this Ohio boy will be wearing his Bengals' gear and sitting on a bar stool next to his buddy wearing Jets gear and hoping for a great game.

Good Luck, but not so much!!

(Please don't pull a Pittsburgh and put Carson out of the game!!)
peacesiege
Jan. 8th, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
Public Ownership
If memory (with a quick wikipedia factcheck) serves, then the Packers are the only team in American professional sports, much less football, to be publically owned. In fact, after Green Bay went public, the NFL banned further such incorporation. Sad, because I agree, local ownership would really be a boon (far fewer billionaire asswipes).
bonzoid
Jan. 8th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Favre treted shabbily?
I'm curious, what would you have done in Green Bay if you were in charge? Favre retired, made it very clear he wasn't coming back, he got the pomp and ceremony, he got the gold watch, he got the street named after him, everybody cried, etc.

The Packers know they have a pretty good and potentially great quarterback with Rodgers, that he did his apprenticeship under Favre and was ready to go and now Favre changes his mind. Favre won't be Rodgers backup, he has to come back and start but for how long - a year, two years? Rodgers is ready do you just tell him "tough"? As I saw it, the Packers had no graceful way out, they had to decide to either piss off Favre or piss off Rodgers and they made the right call.

If I were running the Packers I would have been more frank (and public) about it with Favre and told him he'd be carrying the clipboard if he came back barring a trade - and I certainly would have not traded him to anyone in the NFC. I can't fault the decision the Packers made in the end just the PR failure of how they handled it.
mshea
Jan. 8th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Even though you hate Bill and the Patriots, can you imagine how much fun a Jets-Pats AFC championship would be? Not that either team is likely to get that far.
vorsayo
Jan. 8th, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Personally i need to the Jets lose to the Bengals. I live in Cincinnati and i really don't want to see the Bengals out in the first round again like they were in 05'(those damn cheating Steeler's deliberately hurting Carson Palmer.) that was embarrassing. So no offenses GRRM but i hope for you teams down fall. Then the Bengals will go to the super bowl and win on their 3rd attempt yay.
alpha_complex
Jan. 9th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Bawlmer is fond of you too.

In the Jets-Cincy game, I will be cheering for the team coached by the former Raven's defensive coordinator.
lordbronco
Jan. 9th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
College Ball was not good to Pac-10
Thankfully, the college championships are over.

No offense, George, but I do not want to hear about football ever again after the trouncing the Big-10 and Big-12 did to my very beloved Pac-10.

Sir, it was not just one game, but an entire series of them. Several regions of these great United States Of America picking on our idyllic shores in the promised land that is Northern California.

BCS championships? There are none in this game: no champions, no winners...just a lot of sad young men wrestling about in the mud.
estein09
Jan. 9th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
Re: College Ball was not good to Pac-10
Even though i go to a big 10 school, i wanted OSU and Iowa to loose. But w/e it made us look good. With 4 teams in the big 10 in the top 16.
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