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Playoffs, Round Two

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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!
liamtheruiner
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!!
grrm
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Bush
It was 8 long years, actually. Very long.
flugel_horn
Jan. 15th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Bush
No, no. Clearly this guy knows what he is talking about and his opinion matters. It was 4 years, right?

I copy all of my opinions from informed voters.
winterfellow
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: Bush
Wow. I must be off my game today. That's what I get for slacking off at work.

***correction 8 years***

I guess it's just hard for me to believe that he got elected to a second term. Selective amnesia perhaps?
Ben [yarbroughs.org]
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Bush
Well, have we figured out who the Great and Powerful Oz... er, Obama wants us all to root for?

I guess I can't hate you guys for hating the Cowboys because Bush is a fan... obnoxious fans are the reason I dislike the Eagles and the Pats. But still, if one guy is enough...
nycfalcon
Jan. 16th, 2010 05:53 am (UTC)
Re: Bush
What might have been...
targaryenesque
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Bush
Don't get the Bush hatred. He was President during a very bad time, but that doesn't make him a very bad President. Obviously he wasn't great enough to rise above the challenge, but then that doesn't make him the worst ever, just mediocre. Why not just let him scuffle off into retirement? He's not hurting anyone.
prodigal
Jan. 16th, 2010 05:14 am (UTC)
Re: Bush
Ah, obviously a case of on e foreign invader showing courtesy to another.
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.
grrm
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
What if Manning blew out his knee in practice? Better not risk that either. Just put him in an enormous cotton ball until the playoffs starts, why don't ypou?
Ben [yarbroughs.org]
Jan. 16th, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
Well, in practice you can pretty much guarantee the opposing D isn't out to kill you.
spidey202
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:41 am (UTC)
If he wins 12 games in a row securing the top seed in the conference, bring on the Cotton baby! Just keep him away from Jessica Simpson :P

In all seriousness though, IMHO this is no different from teams that don't play their starting line fully through the preseason, or players that play less then 100% in the pro bowl. They are games that don't mean anything and have the potential of ending careers permanently, including the coach.

In a perfect world, we would have epic football battles every game, only NY football teams would have one sided games, Dance would have been done years ago, and W Bush would be working the fry oven at Rotten Ronnies where he belongs.
joeromel
Jan. 16th, 2010 10:15 am (UTC)
It's not the same thing. Practice is necessary. Winning in week 16 when you've already locked up home-field advantage in the playoffs isn't. And even then, I'm sure they have a strict "Don't Touch The Manning" rule in practice, don't you think?

I just don't see how winning a meaningless game is worth risking your starters to injury. If winning that game on that day was all that mattered, why not just leave all the starters in during the preseason?
smofbabe
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I ordinarily am all in favor of resting your starters in meaningless games to avoid injury. However, in this case, the results of those games affected the playoff picture: handing the game to the Jets essentially handed them a spot in the playoffs while other teams were still in contention. I don't think the Colts should have taken it upon themselves to decide that.
joeromel
Jan. 17th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
That makes no sense at all. You're saying that it's not right for them to rest starters, thus giving the Jets an easier road into the playoffs, but it's perfectly OK to keep their starters in and, by doing so, make it easier for the Steelers and Texans to get in?

Whichever decision the Colts made would have had a potentially-negative impact on several teams. That's life.
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).
zanderharris
Jan. 16th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC)
Go Vikes!
Have been a Vikings fan in the middle of Packer Country forever... Im nervous that the Cowboy have been playing so well lately but the Dome is always the great equalizer..
I gotta mention one thing too.. I really Hope that Lane Kiffin falls on his face... This guy proably went and spoiled a TON of plans for HS players and their parents..
sonsofspartacus
Jan. 16th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
Dallas=Super Bowl Bound
doug_in_dfw
Jan. 16th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
I made my arguments and went down in flames. History will prove me right." -- Texas Rangers owner George W. Bush after voting against realignment and a new wild-card system during a Major League Baseball owners meeting in September 1993. Bush was the lone dissenter in a 27-1 vote.
targaryenesque
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Agreed - LT = Lawrence Taylor the greatest linebacker ever.
I still remember how he would single-handedly crush my Cowboys running rough shod over Danny White, the best Cowboy quarterback to never win a Superbowl (until now?).
rev_lucifer
Jan. 16th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
I could not have said it better, myself.
myrish_swamp
Jan. 16th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
How bout dem Cowboys
share your dislike of Jerry and Dubya, but love me some Cowboys.
smofbabe
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I find it ironic that Indianapolis is playing Baltimore, of all cities, in the first round. As an SEC fan, I have always supported Peyton Manning and I'll probably continue to do that, even if they did throw the playoffs to the Jets.

Edited at 2010-01-17 05:07 am (UTC)
decker66
Jan. 21st, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Baltimore/Indy Forgotten History
The real issue that has been forgotten is the exact reason why the Colts snuck out at midnight...

The Maryland state legislature had passed a bill declaring Eminent Domain over the Colts so they could take the team away from the owner for a pittance of the value and make it state property.

Irsay ran because they were going to strip him of his property by declaring a sports team as public property. They were going to lay the claim at the start of the business day, so he hightailed it out before then.

The city of Baltimore and the Colts had actually worked out an agreement...but the state forced the issue.

I'm no fan of Irsay, but I can fully understand WHY he did it.
grrm
Jan. 22nd, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Baltimore/Indy Forgotten History
I wish more states and cities would do that.

Professional sports would be better off if more teams were publicly owned, like Green Bay, so asshole owners could no longer play the "build me a huge new stadium with tax dollars, or I'm moving the team to someplace that will."

A sports franchise is not comparable to a donut shop or a dry cleaners. It may be a private business, but it is also a public trust, and often embodies the heart and soul of a community. Take away that heart, and the city is never the same.

Brooklyn, of course, is the classic example. That's why we turned Walter O'Malley into a pile of sludge in WILD CARDS, and kept the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, where they belonged.
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