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Back at home with the NFL. But weekends like this wear me out.

The Jets game was a horror. Bad enough that they lost to a mediocre Miami team they should have dominated. It was how they lost. Sanchez seems to have reverted to his rookie ways, throwing INTs every time he had the ball. Santonio dropped a sure TD. I think the Patriots game has robbbed Gang Green of their mojo, which does not bode well for the remainder of the season, with the Steelers and the Bears coming up. I am starting to have flashbacks to the great collapse of '86. Rex, Rex, work your magic, I can't take that again.

As for Big Blue, well, the Giants thumped a lifeless Vikings team playing without Brett Favre. The defense and the running game looked good. Eli, not so much. Two terrible INTs right out of the box. And now we have to play the Eagles on a short week. We haven't beaten the Eagles in what seems like decades. Time to end that streak. But if Eli keeps throwing the ball to guys in the wrong color jersey, it won't be easy.



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Dec. 15th, 2010 02:37 am (UTC)
As a Jets fan, what was your take on the tripping incident with the strength and conditioning coach?
Dec. 15th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Disgraceful. Guy must be an idiot.

It reminded me of the incident when Woody Hayes stepped on the field and punched a member of the opposing team.
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Then again, why was the Miami player running up the field that far out of bounds? The coach was dumb, but so was the player.
Dec. 15th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
As is the case on many punts like that, he wasn't trying to run that far out of bounds but when you're running down field to keep outside contain, it doesn't take much of a push to send a guy of course and if you watch the video the gunner was shoved out of bounds where the "wall" of Jets coaches was standing
Dec. 15th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)

Were they told to do that? Forming the wall is debatably OK. Tripping is not. Glad he got fined and suspended.
Dec. 16th, 2010 05:39 am (UTC)
I think that the people who are the most shocked by the incident are Jets fans. It was more disrespectful to the Jets and their fans than to Miami (in my opinion). What do I know though? I am a Cowboys fan... which I hope doesn't defeat the legitimacy of my statement.
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:26 am (UTC)
As I mentioned in my own post about the Jets game, neither team really played well enough to deserve the win. Both offenses were a disgrace.
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
Admittedly, I think the rain had somewhat to do with it.
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Also, Here we go Steelers! Here we go!
Dec. 15th, 2010 04:38 am (UTC)
It may help (or not!) to remember that the jets barely won a number of games in the last minute of the game against teams that are not all that great. Before they played the pats two weeks ago they had only one win against a team with a winning record, that being the pats in week two. Broncos, browns, lions and Texans all are bad teams, and the jets all won those games by the skin of their teeth. I think that masqueraded some fundamental flaws in their game, that being Sanchez is a 2nd year QB who is not quite there yet. Also, I think Rex does more harm than good with some of his talk, building expectations a bit too high.

But what do i know, I'm an evil Patriots fan. :)

Dec. 16th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
I beg to differ on the Lions being a bad team. A team that hasn't really learned how to finish, yes. But not a bad team.

I feel you on the nervousness GRRM. The Colts season is riding on the divisional match up against Jacksonville this Sunday. Peyton needs to be Peyton, and they need to get a lead early so as to minimize the impact of MoJo Drew.
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
love the jets, most fun team to watch this year... but im a tried and true steelers fan ... i was hoping the ravens would lose , so i could sort of root for the jets this coming week (and when they SOMEHOW actually went into overtime i thought i was in luck) , alas alas...
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
If the Eagles win we take the division. After this game we got two easy home games against the Vikes and Cowgirls while your Gmen are on the road against GB that could be tough depending on Rogers while they should beat Washington. I have a feeling the Giants are about to collapse though and my Eagles are going to win out. Just a hunch.
Dec. 16th, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
Winning Out
Eh, less sanguine about our chances to win out even if we beat the Giants. Our defense has been mediocre at best the past couple of weeks- partly injuries, partly general lack of talent (Excepting the phenomenal Trent Cole, of course). That better change in a hurry if we're gonna make noise in the playoffs.

But as for the regular season, the Vikes game is ours to lose, but the Cowboys played us real tough the first meeting, and they've got something to prove.
Dec. 15th, 2010 08:06 am (UTC)
I legitimately spit out the soda I was drinking when I read 'feetsball.' Well done, good sir.
Dec. 15th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
On the topic of Jets football..
This might be a sore time to bring this up but I wanted to thank your Jets for a gift they gave my own Arizona State Sun Devils: Noel Mazzone. I heard through the grapevine that he was the WR coach for the Jets before he served as our offensive coordinator. He really revitalized our frankly pathetic offense and gave us a new bounce to our step. Many kudos to the Jets!

The Jets game itself was hard to watch. Not really having a pro team means the luxury of rooting for whoever I feel like, and I've grown rather fond of Rex Ryan and his swagger. Here's to hoping Sanchez will get over the sophomore jitters soon!
Dec. 15th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to watching the Eagles beat the Giants up a bit. Going to be a good wrap up with the season for the Big Green Machine, with the Giants and Cowboys again in the next couple of weeks.
Dec. 15th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
The Giants have been impressive. You got a very talented Defensive Coordinator in Perry Fewell. The Bills had decent defenses with very little talent. He came to NY to run a defense with a whole lot of talent especially on the defensive line and the linebacker core.

Worse mistake the Bills have made in a long time ditching him and moving away from the 4-3.
Dec. 18th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
Fewell is very talented, but so are Jason Pierre-Paul and Justin Tuck. Subtract either one and the defense is less than stellar.
Ben Hodson
Dec. 15th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
Jets & Giants
Ok time to give up on the Jets for this year. Pats have broken the team for this year. Focus on the Giants. :) I am looking forward to a Pats Giants rematch for the Super Bowl. I just want a different outcome then you. ;) I want vindication for the last one.
Dec. 15th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
Jets and Steelers this week... My Steelers are having problems on offense (namely the Duct Tape offensive line), so this is really anybody's game. Holmes coming back to Pittsburgh may be the story of the game if he can pick himself up. Or it could Polamalu feasting on Sanchez all day. Hoping for the latter....
Dec. 18th, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
Offensive line? The Jets may have them beat for being the worse of the two. Ugh. Poor Sanchez. No Polamalu so maybe there's serious concern for the Steeler D. I still think that the Steeler O will outscore the Jets.
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to the Eagles game on Sunday, personally. Should be a good contest, though in all honesty I don't think the Giants have any way to stop Vick.
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about Eli's ints, it's just the curse of Ford Field.
Dec. 15th, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Glass Houses
I'm glad the Jets are taking action. The organization as a whole should not be held responsible for an individual's actions, but the same can be said for other teams (that have been pointed out on this blog)as well.

What was that guy thinking, it's not 1960 someone is always filming somewhere!

p.s. Dear Santa guess what I want? ;)
Dec. 15th, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I was hoping the jets would make it to the bowl this year. I'm tired of seeing the pats and the Beiber haired Adonis dominating.
Dec. 15th, 2010 06:25 pm (UTC)
Salt on the wound
And to throw some salt onto that wound the Patriots are quickly becoming the current favorite and perceived unstoppable force. Still a lot can happen between now and the Super Bowl though its fun to think that there are at least ten teams that still have a legitimate shot at winning it all if things go their way:
1.Patriots, look to be the frontrunner
2.Would anyone be surprised to see the Steelers make a tough run
3.The Falcons and Matt Ryan have that team of destiny feel
4.The 2010 Saints are beginning to look like the 2009 Super Bowl Saints
5.With Michael Vick and Desean Jackson, the Eagles offense is potentially tougher to stop than New England
6.The Giants look to be getting their strong running game offense/strong pass rushing defense primed and ready for the postseason
7.With the Chargers getting healthier I wouldn't want to play Phillip Rivers throwing to a healthy Gates/Jackson and Floyd
8.The Ravens are still loaded with defensive playmakers even if their overall defense isn't what it was, the big plays can change a playoff game and with Boldin and Rice on offense, tough to beat
9.If the Colts get in, Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning
10. The Jets are still floundering along, but they did this at the end of last season and still made it to the AFC Championship, it just happens Manning willed the Colts to the Super Bowl before finally running out of steam
Dec. 15th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Playoffs are starting in my fantasy league, and I have Aaron Rodgers, who appears to be out, and Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and LT who appear to be on a team trying to play themselves out of the playoffs. And now the Jets are playing the Steelers?! You kidding me?!
Buck Henry
Dec. 15th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
I am bored
Dear George R.R. Martin,

Should I drop out of law school and pursue a career as a novelist? I am convinced there's a demographic of readers chomping at the bit for legal-leaden fantasy stories - why let loose an arrow against an enemy when throwing the book at them will suffice?

Yours truly,

Dec. 15th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: I am bored
I would keep your day job.

On the other hand... John Grisham's legal thrillers do very well, medieval fantasy does well, maybe medieval legal fantasies are just what the world is waiting for.
Dec. 18th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
Re: I am bored
Keep your day job. Use it as inspiration and a wellspring of resources. If your writing is good and the story line hits a chord and you get lucky with the timing and the appetite of the audience then you too can be a financially successful fantasy novelist.

Let your writing be your mistress until she proves to be more reliable than your wife (job). You will still need to invest resources into her needs(Clarion courses, etc.). Otherwise she will leave you in time.

That's my take, but I don't have the passion of a true artist. Or the intellect of someone who can graduate with a law degree.
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Dec. 16th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex has a big mouth
Rex is fun. He shoots off his mouth, sure, but there's always with a grin and a twinkle in his eye.

Evil Little Bill is a sour-faced dickwad.
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
Re: Rex has a big mouth
George, if you're mad at him for the spygate thing (which even as a Pats fan, I was livid about) thats understandable, but I don't understand why everyone is so touchy feely about running up the score. If you have a defense out there (which is one of the best in the league) and you can't stop the offense, then doesnt that defense deserve to loose by a large margin? This isn't high school or even college, this is the NFL. These guys are professionals, if you want to stop them, then stop them. And it's not always the best thing to keep your MVP quarterback on the field when your up by so much. If the Jets wanted to make them pay they could hammer Brady (but that would require a pass rush). And you can't tell me that the Jets wouldn't have done the exact same thing. Braylon Edwards even admitted it. Spygate, understandable. Running up the score???
BTW: the HBO series looks tight, can't wait
Dec. 17th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex has a big mouth
Sorry, don't buy the "everyone does it" defense.

Everyone doesn't do it. Look at the recent game between Giants and Seattle. The G-Men hardly threw a pass in the entire third quarter. They just gave the ball to their RBs, down after down, and ran the clock. A mercy killing.

Taking out your starters and putting in back-ups is also good.

It's called "sportsmanship." You've beaten the opponent. No need to kick them when they're down.
Dec. 18th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Re: Rex has a big mouth
To be fair, the Seahawks were playing with a non-QB and they had other injuries to key players. That guy has no right earning an NFL paycheck as QB.

Coughlin knew that he had absolutely nothing to worry about.

Also note that the Pats were running their basic packages on offense. The Jets were simply that bad.
Dec. 16th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
My poor Vikings. Can nothing go right for them this year? Now there's talk of selling them. As I believe you would say Mr. Martin, life is meaningless and full of pain.
Dec. 17th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
This weekend!
Sorry George but the Jet's are going down this weekend at 4:15 EST!

Dec. 24th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Honestly, as a Miami fan I used to hate the Patriots more because the way they have dominated the division lately. Since Rex has taken over the Jets they have been such a loud and obnoxious team that everytime we beat the Jets (3-1 in the Ryan era) it's like our own superbowl. I hate the Jets more than any other team.

Despite that they are a better team than they have played recently. They'll probably make it into the playoffs I think.
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