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Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Well, all good things must come to an end.

The Jets mounted a great playoff run this year, but it ended today in Indy the way all the Jets playoff runs have ended since Superbowl III... with a painful loss, and elimination. They played a great first half, and for a while I thought they might pull it off, but that TD drive that Eli's Big Brother led just before halftime was an ominous sign, and in the second half it all fell in... just as it did in Denver the last time Gang Green played in an AFC Championship. That time it was Elway and Jets mistakes. This time it was just Peyton. He really is that good. Best QB of this era, and one of the best of all time. The Jets did a good job of containing his main weapons, Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne, but Peyton just found other weapons in Garcon and Collie, and shredded us with them. Matters weren't helped when a couple of players in the Jets secondary went down... and then when we lost Shonn Green at the start of the second half, I could hear the bell tolling. Thomas Jones is a good RB, but Green was the more explosive back, and the one with fresh legs. With him out, our offense lost its punch.

Also, we missed two field goals. And I know why. Last week in the Chargers game, you may recall, San Diego's kicker Nate Kaeding missed three field goals. After the game, when the players were shaking hands on the field, Jets kicker Jay Feely went up to console Kaeding, and put his arm around his shoulder while commiserating with him. This was a kindly and humane gesture, but ill considered. By touching Kaeding, Feely obviously contracted kicker cooties. They are highly contagious.

Still... I'm sad, but I can't be too devastated. The Jets flew a lot further than anyone ever expected (including me), and gave us some great playoff victories to cherish. And there's hope for the future. We have a great coach in Rex Ryan, the best defense in the NFL, Shonn Green is only a rookie... and Mark Sanchez played very well today. I think this kid is a keeper. With more experience, there's no limit on how good he can be.

So. One last time, for a great season:

Despite being in mourning, I watched the Vikings/ Saints game as well, though with no particular rooting interest. I like both these teams and both these cities. It was an exciting game, lots of big plays and back-and-forth... but once again it made my teeth grind to hear some commentators calling it a "great game." It was close and tense, good entertainment, but the play was sloppy at best. Fumbles, interceptions, untimely penalties. For a long while it seemed as though neither team wanted to go to the Superbowl. Sorry, I will never concede that Adrian Peterson is a great running back until he learns to hold on to the ball. And Brett... I like Favre, and I wish him well, but damn, that last interception was a dagger through his team's heart. And sad to say, he keeps doing that. Witness the INTS that ended the overtime between the Packers and Giants two years ago, or the one that ended the playoff contest between Green Bay and Philadelphia a few years before that.

Anyway, congratulations to the Colts and the Saints. I will look forward to the Superbowl, where I will likely be rooting for New Orleans... though I think the Colts will win.



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Jan. 25th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Heh. I ws wondering how long until this post showed up. I didn't catch the Jets game, but I did see the Vikings shoot themselves in the foot over and over again. like I said in my LJ, the Saints didn't win that game. The Vikings lost it.
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
Jets put up a good fight; they'll be contenders for years for sure, take heart!

I'm meanwhile rolling around in a jellybean pile of bliss at the thought of my darling Saints headed towards the Super Bowl! Please do root for us!
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
Haha kicker cooties.

Vikings were SO careless with the ball. 6 fumbles and there easily coulda been more like 8 the way they held that ball out there. No chance to recover playing that recklessly. Go Collie - watched him play college ball!
Jan. 25th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
My condolences, George.

I was really rooting for you.
Jan. 25th, 2010 09:23 am (UTC)
Peyton Manning is just that good. At least your Jets will be good and in contention for the next few years. Things look bright for them.
Jan. 25th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Sorry that your team lost... which is entirely separate from my general wishes towards the AFC East Jets :->

I agree that the Saints/Vikings game wasn't a great game in terms of execution but it certainly was exciting.

I will look forward to the Superbowl, where I will likely be rooting for New Orleans.

I think everyone in the US except the Colts' families and residents of Indianapolis will be rooting for New Orleans! However, I agree that the Colts are likely to win. At this point, I think just being in the Super Bowl will be a huge boost to the long-suffering Saints fans, though.
Jan. 26th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
i am having a hard time picking on this one myself. I mean there is simply no one on either team I can look at and root against. Neither team is a nemesis for one of my teams (Giants/Jets) despite the fact that the Colts just took down the Jets. I have always like Peyton and I think he needs this win to put down all that talk about Brady being better than he is so I will likely rout for them.

Overall, I will just rout for a good game and likely be fairly neutral overall. But the big brother will probably get that 51% of my routing interests.
Re: Colts - smofbabe - Jan. 26th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 25th, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
My heartfelt sympathies.

And yeah -- the Vikings turned the ball over six times and it still took an OT field goal for NO to win it? Peyton is going to own their butts in Miami.
Jan. 26th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
Lets not forget that they absolutely manhandled Brett Favre and caused quite a few of those turn overs. The Saints were MUCH more physical than the Vikings and it showed all evening.
(no subject) - nycfalcon - Jan. 26th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 25th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
Congratulations from this New England Fan to you in Jets nation. You have a lot to look forward to in the seasons to come. Ryan is a great coach, and Sanchez is scary good. AFC east is not going to be a rollover like it used to.
Jan. 25th, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
Both teams were at their worst, and it's likely that New Orleans' defense is not nearly as inadequate as it seemed yesterday.

But as you said, Peyton Manning really is that good, and I'm sure the point spread will reflect it.
Jan. 25th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
I was really hoping fora Jets/Saints superbowl.
Jan. 25th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I noticed no one rooting for Indy, so being from Indiana, i have to say i am hoping they win the Superbowl. It sure looks like its going to have a lot of offense either way.
Jan. 25th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
I was not upset to see Brett Fav-ruh be responsible for the loss by throwing that horribly-advised interception. I guess he should have saved that late touchdown from last week - karma is a fickle bitch. ;) Looks like Favre ended his career in GB, NY and MIN with interceptions (assuming he doesn't come back - ?).

What is up with kickers this year? I'm not in agreement on your cooties theory, but there did seem to be an inordinate amount of missed FGs this season.
Jan. 25th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I am so ashamed of the way the vikes played. It was like they didn't want to win. AP should use both damn hands when he is holding the ball, and the Farve had to try to be the hero when all he had to do was run atleast 5 yards so we could go for a field goal...that will go down as one of his dumbest plays.
Jan. 25th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
I agree on the sloppy game-play. I'm so tired of seeing overpaid running backs holding that ball out there for anybody to strip away. Should take these hotshots and force them to watch classic games vs the old school Denver Orange Crush defense over and over again. That might convince them to use two hands at least part of the time.

Better luck next year, George, unless you go up against my Broncos in the AFC Championship again, then all bets are off.
Jan. 25th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Sorry the Jets lost, but really:

WHO DAT! Whooooooooooooooo!
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
I think you summed up my thoughts on the Jets game perfectly. We do have a terrific, but young team, and to come up only one win short is not great dishonor. I expect good things from them.

Did you see Rex on the sidelines? At one point, Manning threw the ball away, and it bounced out, right at Ryan's head. Ryan just swiped it away, and kept walking downfield. That man has a great eye for football detail.

I wasn't rooting for anyone in particular in the NO/MN game, until it hit me that Favre was QB for MN. If he couldn't take the Jets to the Bowl, I didn't want him taking MN, so I started rooting for NO. I guess I'd like to see the Saints take the Superbowl, but I agree they'll have a tough go of it against Manning.
Jan. 25th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Go Colts!!
It wasn't quite the Baratheon-style "Ours is the Fury" beatdown that I was hoping for, but it'll do. Sorry George, you're my favorite author but I REALLY wanted the Colts "playoff revenge" to be much more satisfying after the drubbing your Pennington-led Jets gave my team a few years back. Oh well, we're still going to the Super Bowl. BTW, thanks for the compliments towards Eli's big brother a.k.a Peyton Manning. Much to your chagrin, little bro will always be in his shadow. I remember when you were in Indy a few years ago, you kept joking with me about "trading Mannings"....as good as Eli has become, I'm betting that you would still make that trade.
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
What a great first half they gave us.

Once Green went down it was over.

Does this mean DWD might take front and center after another football season?
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
I couldn't watch the AFC game. Partly because I was doing demolition in my office, and partly because I wanted both teams to lose, and I knew that couldn't happen.

I would say that I am sorry the Jets lost...but well, that would be a lie. Sorry, I gotta be honest. :)

I also want to echo smofbabe's sentiments - everyone will be rooting against the Colts.
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:40 pm (UTC)
New Orleans played awful. They took the ball away five times and Minnesota was still in the game until Favre's INT. If they play that poorly in two weeks, the Saints have very little chance of beating the juggernaut that is the Colts. If they play the way they've shown they can, this will be another great Super Bowl.

As a Colts fan, I'm hoping for a boring beatdown of Nawlins ;)
Jan. 25th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
I like the Jets, but I don't like Rex Ryan. The disrespect he showed to Charles Woodson when he won DPOY was inexcusable. Still, he is a good coach.. I just hope he develops a little class.

Jan. 25th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Rex is talky. But, so what? In that particular case, he was right. Revis was by any sane standard the defensive player of the year.

Why do you think the smartest QB in the game chose not to challenge him? Revis was as much a shut down corner as has ever played the game including Neon.
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Judging by the calls in the last few minutes of the Saints-Vikings game, the NFL really wanted the Saints to play the Colts.

That said, I am a Colts man through and through and they can beat either team. It just didnt seem very fair is all...
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
In the words of my 81 year old grandmother...

"I can't believe da saints is going to da superbowl before I die"

She is a great cajun lady.

The only thing better would be if a Manning were quaterback. It would be poetic justice if the Saints were in the SuperBowl with one of Archie's boys at the helm.
Jan. 26th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Saints
At least then Archie wouldn't be put in the awkward spot of having to admit that he's supporting the Colts all the way because of Peyton, despite Archie being the player most identified with the Saints up until the past couple of years! http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4856216
Re: Saints - nycfalcon - Jan. 26th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Be proud of the Jets - they had a great season
The Jets deserve a lot of praise for their playoff run and they acquitted themselves in defeat much better than my 'Boys did.
Jan. 25th, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
The peeps say it will be the Saints!

They certainly have the best music at their backs. :)

Love, C.
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