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Playoffs, Round Two

Four more playoff games this weekend.

Of course, the Jets game is the one that concerns me most. Gang Green goes up against the Chargers this week, a very tough assignment. It should be a classic confrontation of offense against defense. San Diego will be heavily favored... but hey, the Jets have prevailed as a heavy underdog before... most recently, the last time they went to San Diego for a playoff game. Here's hoping Rex and boys can do it again, and knock off the mighty Bolts, Philip Rivers, and that running back who stole LT's nickname.

In the other AFC game, Colts versus Ravens would normally be a tough call for me. Once upon a time, I used to love the Baltimore Colts and their great QB, Johnny Unitas, still the best ever to play the game. Deserting Baltimore for Indy was a crime, however, and killed whatever lingering affection I had for the organization. Still dislike the Irsays, I must admit, but in recent years I've come round again. It's hard not to cheer for Eli's Big Brother, and I admired Tony Dungy too; a much classier coach than his archrival, Evil Little Bill. (Of course, Dungy is gone this year). Against all that, we have the Ravens. Great D, and I like great D. But I don't like Ray Lewis, for reasons I've stated in earlier posts. I also like ravens (see my books) and Edgar Allen Poe. All of which would have left me on the fence for this one. The deciding factor? The way the Colts laid down those last two games. Yes, it helped my Jets, but I still think it stinks. You play to win the game... or should. So I'm hoping that the football gods will punish the Horseshoe Heads for that, and let the Ravens smack them down.

And if the Jets and Ravens should both win... hey, the AFC championship would be played in Giants Stadium. One last hurrah for the old gal. That would be swell too.

Over in the NFC, I'm rooting for the Saints over the Cardinals. I mean, no brainer, how can you root against the Saints? New Orleans is a great city, and deserves something great after the last few years. I love New Orleans. Arizona, not so much. Besides, the Pottsville Maroons still must be avenged.

And of course I'll be pulling for the Vikings over the Cowboys. The Vikes have played in four SuperBowls and lost all of them, so they're overdue (though not as due as the Saints or the Jets). And I like Brett, who was once a Jet, however briefly. Besides, the other team is the Cowboys. Jerry Jones, George W. Bush, arrogance and evil. Down they go! Die, Cowboys, die!

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dizzy34
Jan. 15th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
It's amazing
I'm like the exact opposite of George in rooting intrests.
moonchsr
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: It's amazing
Yeah, go Chargers!!!
kishi
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Aw, no love for Arizona.
nycfalcon
Jan. 16th, 2010 05:49 am (UTC)
I'm picking them as my dark horse.
coscaram
Jan. 15th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Tall order for the Jets, but Revis has been nothing short of amazing. The Jets have been a lot of fun to watch, this year. As a follower of the team of "Evil Bill"*, I am rooting for the Ravens. (Besides, I get a tremendous kick out of Ray Lewis)




*I know that you hate the Pats, but if it helps, I pay full hardcover price, for your books!
glazomaniac
Jan. 15th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
yeah, friend: WHO DAT?!

and to make matters even more awesome, sean payton re-signed deuce mcalister to serve as an honorary captain and lead the team onto the field.

the noise in the dome will deafen me all the way in my uptown apartment.
olde_scratch
Jan. 16th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
I am so amped up right now.
lt111
Jan. 15th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Johnny Unitas?!
George, you're right, JU is one of the best. But imho, the honor of "best ever" goes to Joe "Cool" Montana.

4 Super Bowl rings. 3 Superbowl MVPs. And most incredible, ZERO Superbowl interceptions.

prodigal
Jan. 15th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
Since when has Bush been a part of the Cowboys operation?
winterfellow
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Bush
He has been seen in the box with Jerry Jones as of late. As to when this evil union began I cannot say, but I don't believe he is actually involved with the Cowboys. If he was I'm sure they wouldn't have won a single game all season. Heck, look what he did to our country in only 4 short years. Go Vikes!!
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benka29
Jan. 15th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
JETS!!!!
Sanchez had a nice record in California!
joeromel
Jan. 15th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
I wonder...
As a Bills fan, I hate the Jets to the core...yet I can't help feel like if the Jets lose, your subsequent depression will cause you to kill a favorite character in the novel...
smckeown
Jan. 16th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC)
Re: I wonder...
The Jets had better win, then, because it's the lesser of two evils if Arya's on the chopping block.
frumpleswift
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Hate the Cardinals all you want, and feel free to hate Phoenix with a passion...but leave the rest of Arizona out of it. Tucson and Flagstaff are great cities, and Bisbee has great 19th century charm.
zeonchar
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CHARGERS!

Sorry, gotta root for my hometown. =P
moonchsr
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:30 am (UTC)
Agreed. I'm right there with ya :)
spidey202
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
Go Colts!

I don't quite understand why everyone is getting on the colts case for their last two games. I think they were still trying to win, just with their second string guys. If one or more of their all-stars were to be injured in a game that means nothing to them just weeks before games that mean everything, that would just plain suck. Furthermore, I think it is a great opportunity to start building the on-field chemistry of the 2nd string guys, just in case something were to happen early in a playoff game where one might need to come in. It gives the whole team a bit more of an edge in my opinion. That being said, the last few years when the colts laid low before the playoffs, had a week off etc. it hasn't played out well for them as you could argue they are a bit cold.

I would love to see the Jets topple the chargers. Sure it is great that Rivers is passionate, but his war of words with the crowds is enough to think he is a mutton head.

Other then that, it is driving me crazy that the Cowboys get what seems like a bit of a walk to the championship. The vikings have been struggling with who calls the plays, coach or favre and I don't think they have the gremlins out. Boo Cowboys

Here is to a great weekend of football!
joeromel
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
I agree with you. You play to win the game, sure, but not when there's nothing to gain and everything to lose. That game with the Jets was essentially an exhibition. All of this stuff with people getting all pious now is ridiculous. What if Manning blew out his knee in the fourth quarter? What then? Would winning a meaningless game in week 16 have been worth that? No, of course not.
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crichton08
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Completely agree with you about the colts. If there is any justice Baltimore will stomp them this weekend. Every game should be played to win. Think of what would happen if a team blatantly layed down to secure a higher draft choice...
danbuter1
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I hope the Jets win. It would be great to see them actually win the Super Bowl, as they've been bad for so many years, they could use one.
I'm also rooting for the Colts, as I root for anyone playing against the Ravens (I'm a Steelers fan).
I like New Orleans for the same reasons as you.
And I will always, and I mean always, root against Dallas. Blah.
nparisi
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)
We can certainly agree that it is nauseating to see GWB . . . well, it's nauseating to see him anywhere at any time, unless he were in handcuffs.

I am getting very worried about my Cowboys given the fact that EVERYone has picked them Sunday. Wish I could be quite so confident. I am more confident that your Jets are going to get demolished.
infinite_hiatus
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
So hard to make myself care once my team is out. And I can't watch a game if I don't care who wins. I'll cheer for the Jets for you and the Saints for Anne Rice, and against the Cowboys because they're one of my hated teams (along with the Yankees and Lakers).
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