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The NFL Returns

Football is back!!!

And life is... full of joys and pain, ups and downs.

My beloved Jets played the despised Cowboys in the season's first Sunday night game, and played... ah... not nearly as well as I would have hoped. Though there were high points. Revis, of course. Plaxico Burress looked pretty good for a guy who has been in prison the past two years. Dustin Keller was great, as always, and LaDamian Tomlinson had a few good moments. Even so, the Cowboys came to play, their Rob Ryan D was much tougher than I had expected, and Dallas looked to have the game wrapped up early in the fourth quarter.

Fortunately, their QB is still Tony Romo. Who played really well for most of the game, as he often does, only to commit some truly horrendous mistakes at the worst possible times, as he often does. Thereby losing the game. Which is what happened tonight, giving the Jets a great if improbable victory. I really do need to buy a cardiac defibrillator in Jets green; I swear, this team is going to kill me one of these nights.

Revis deserves a lot of credit for the Jets win. So does Mike Westoff, Joe McKnight, and the Trufant kid who ran in the blocked punt for a TD. Oh, and Jim Leonhard, who ran down what would have been the Cowboys' game-clinching TD and knocked the runner out of bounds inside the five, setting up the crucial Romo fumble that started the tide to turning.

But mostly of the credit goes to Romo.

As for the Giants... sigh... the less said, the better. They got embarrassed by the Redskins and Rex Grossman, f'r chrissakes. How humiliatin'. It could be a long season for Big Blue.

But hey... football is back!!



Sep. 12th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
Who cares about NFL, Andy Whitfield from Spartacus just died... I know you were a fan of the show George, let's both wish him peace...
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
I love reading your take on the games. You should post about more than just your teams from time to time. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for doing what you do.
Sep. 12th, 2011 06:08 am (UTC)
Oh, I knew there was a reason I didn't watch the game. You are so right about Romo. It's been a difficult time for a lifelong Cowboys fan lately, and I'm afraid it won't change as long as Jerry Jones keeps his fat little fingers firmly ensconced in the pie. *sigh*

Glad you enjoyed it. :-)
Sep. 12th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
I always wondered what happened in your household when the Redskins beat the Giants :-> Go, ex-UF Gator Rex!
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
sexy rexy does it again!
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
we were usually very civilized
there were a couple of games during the playoffs (remember when the 'skins would get into the playoffs? ah, good times for old DC) that we watched in separate rooms, for the sake of our relationship. But when the Giants weren't playing the 'Skins I'd be cheering for the Giants, and not just because they were George's team.

My reasons for renouncing my support of the 'Skins were multiple - from Dan Snyder rapidly becoming one of the worst meddling and arrogant owners in the NFL to his refusal to consider a name change for the team that wouldn't be quite so offensive, which I know many 'Skins fans did support, to when he hired that showboater Deion Sanders, to the gouging of long-time season ticket holders whose loyalty to the team stretched back decades before the lobbyists and corporations realized that having luxury boxes to entertain the big wigs was a good thing.

I'll always love and honor Sonny, Sammy Baugh, Riggo, and other players and coaches who played for the 'Skins when I was younger, but since Snyder bought the team, I found myself caring less and less about the team, until I realized that I had lost all interest in the 'Skins and their fate on Sundays.

That being said, how about that great comeback of the Jets last night? Beating the Cowboys on opening night, now that was sweet.
Sep. 12th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
football woes
I'm feeling your pain George. As a fan of both Gang Green and Big Blue, things were looking pretty dire out there tonight. It's nice that the Jets were able to pull this one out of their...hats, but we'll be seeing those Cowboys and plenty other great teams soon and hoping for a late game miracle probably won't cut it down the line.

All in all, it's only the first game of season so (hopefully) Eli and Mark's guys will improve as their teams get into the groove of things. As you said, at least football is back.
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
I fondly remember cheering for Jimmy Leonhard as an undergrad at UW. It's nice to see him succeed, and especially against Romo, Witten and the rest of the Cowgirls.
Danny Colon
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
I think the Philadelphia Eagles might have already clinched the NFC East already.

The Giants looked terrible; no one will ever confuse Eli with Peyton ...

The Cowboys defense is much improved, but it won't matter if Romo can't win the Big Games and stop committing turnovers and the worst possible times ...

And the Redskins have a washed up Grossman at QB plus other issues ...

It's still early in the season, so we'll see.
Will Gardner
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Give credit
The Jets really tried to lose, but Romo just wanted to tank the game more.

The snap with seconds left on the clock? Brilliant classic Romo.
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Give credit
Rewind that Tivo and look again. How is it Romo's fault that his center has an itchy trigger finger?
Will Gardner
Sep. 13th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Give credit
I looked again, it appeared that his Romo-ness flubbed his count, and called the snap. But I could be prejudice, as I really don't like Romo, and in subconsciously want him to fail.
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
I would have thought my silly Cowboys would have booted Romo by now...
Sep. 14th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
For whom? If there were better they'd play. The team during his tenure has not been wholly good. Parts were very good, but most of it has not been. Romo may not be great as some would have had the Cowboy fan and the rest of the NFL believe, but he definitely is good a good QB.
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
I hate the Cowboys, so that Jets game was a wonderful treat to me. Unfortunately, I'm also a fan of Rob Ryan (back from his days with the Raiders), and my heart goes out to him having to watch Fumbly Joe Romo throw games away he and his D have fought tooth and nail to win.

As much of a fluke as that was, though, Sanchez didn't look bad when the game was on the line! They should just tell him at the beginning of the game that they ran three quarters off the clock and the Jets are down by 14.

The Giants have lovely helmets.
Sep. 12th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
The Jets-Cowboys game was awesome to watch,
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
Go Yankees!
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
The Giants were woeful. I was torn during the game, wanting the Giants to finally pull their heads out, but also secretly thrilling that Rex Grossman, of all people, would be the one leading a successful charge against them.

The Jets were not very convincing, either. When you have to bank on Romo being Romo in order to win a game, you've got problems.

At least the Niners managed to beat a team they should have beaten. (and now I have jinxed them to a season of 2-point losses. Sorry, Coach Harbaugh...)
Sep. 12th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I agree about the Jets. I thought every talking head was picking the Jets big in that game. I'm not one for moral victories but either the Cowboys are better than most think or the Jets aren't as good as most think. Probably a bit of both.
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
Ser Sanchez and Ser Brady
Howdy George,

Thank the gods the NFL and the players straitened out how to divide 9 billion dollars and we have football.

I hope you are enjoying Ser Sanches and Ser Brady bashing it out on the 40 yard line that I gave you at the Burlington signing. Though if Rex gets his way he would have someone else take on Ser Brady. I am sure both you and Rex will be rooting for the Fins tonight.

Congrats to the Jets for the win last night. I personally love close games so long as the good guys come out on top. The ups and downs of a hard fought game make football the best spectator sport going. Blowouts are boring no matter who wins.

I am a life long Pats fan (insert boos and hisses and cheater remarks here). With the Colts out of the division for a decade now, (has it really been a decade...) Gang Green can try to knock us of the top of the AFC East hill.

Rivalry makes a great game better still.

Good luck to your Jets next week.

Sep. 12th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
After too many years of embarrassing themselves, the Redskins actually looked like a professional football team. In fairness, it also looked like whatever talent-sucking disease that has afflicted the Failskins for the last 15 years seems to have been caught by the Giants. Then again, maybe it was an off week for one or both teams involved... I understand the preseason was not kind to the Giants in terms of injuries.
Sep. 12th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
whatever talent-sucking disease that has afflicted the Failskins for the last 15 years
Maybe the gods answered us all and crushed Dan Snyder with a meteorite? It looks like he dropped that ridiculous lawsuit against the Washington City Paper, too. Have we entered bizarro-universe?
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
The end of the Jets game was amazing George.
I hear you on the pain, The Ravens took My Steelers behind the woodshed yesterday.
Sep. 12th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
There's one team that is almost guaranteed to beat the Cowboys and, sadly for the Cowboys, that team plays in every one of their games.
Sep. 12th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
Don't give Revis too much credit
They went after him early and often and were effective. Yes, Revis got the INT, but that wasn't your standard Revis Island, more Revis Isthmus
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I got the only fun I'll have this season most likely: a Bills win. Next week is forecasted to be destruction at the hands of the Patriots.
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
I love you George, but...
...I love my Redskins more. ;)

It was a win-win day for 'skins. First we beat our division rivals (your Giants (sorry)) after losing to them the last seven times we matched-up. Then your Jets beat the Cowboys. That was beautiful. Anything that makes Romo lose confidence is good for us.

It's good to see the Redskins at the top of the division. But who knows how long that will last.

Sep. 12th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: I love you George, but...
If last year was any indication, I recall the Failskins were at the top of the division for like the first 4-6 weeks.
Sep. 12th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: I love you George, but...
Unfortunately, with the exception of three dismal playoff appearances, the 'skins haven't had a good season for almost 20 years. We have had a number of stellar starts that enviably ended with us in last place.

I'm just reaching for whatever joy I can wherever I can get it.

Sep. 12th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
The Jet's game was interesting...yeah Romo managed to lose the game for the Cowboys. Now with how the Bills played last night...For once the Patriots could be in last place in the AFCE.
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Nice to see some NFL posts
I had grown so accustomed to your posts that last season felt like something was missing. Hopefully you will continue to have the time to kick back and knock back a few this season.

The Giants... looks like they won't be a good team until maybe, hopefully three or four games into the season. If they stay like this for the entire season we will be saying goodbye to Tom, Kevin and dare I hope Eli. Eli's improvement just isn't there. His passes are too consistently poor to expect his receivers to be consistently good. There-in lies one of the major differences between big bro and little bro.

The defense is still lacking in overall speed. With the quality of receivers in the NFC East the Giants could end up with 5 or 6 losses in their own conference alone.

There is a very bright spot. J. P. P. Hopefully we'll have a healthy Tuck.

The J, E, T, S, were extremely entertaining. What an amazing fouth quarter for them. Fortunately for them Bryant hadn't learn how to hydrate, limber up and warm up properly. That could have gotten ugly in a hurry. Revis Island reemerges from the depths. And Plax... when Sanchez figures it out, the Burress-Holmes tandem will be spectacular. Even though Plax has an axe to grind with the Giants he even managed to help them. That block on Jenkins was brutal. That kind of hit lingers in the mind if not the body for a long time.

For a first game especially given the off-season issues both teams played a very high quality of football. I imagine the day had something to do with the commitment to focus by both the coaches and players. While the Jets comeback wasn't quite Mike Piazza-esque, it was thrilling.
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
In the good news - Panthers might actually have a half-way decent quarterback. Maybe.
Sep. 12th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank all the gods we have football this year! Who knew figuring out how to split umpteen-gagillion dollars would be so hard?

As a fellow fan of the Big Blue, I hear your pain. That game was damn near unwatchable. I'm looking forward to my Patriots playing tonight to ease the pain.

As for the Jets, if I were a fan (which I'm obviously not, see above), I would not be happy with what I saw last night. Yes, they pulled one out of Romo's backside, and it was an exciting game to watch. And as a dedicated Dallas hater, I enjoyed watching them blow a game they had won. But the Jets did not deserve to win. Dallas lost the game much more than the Jets won it. Did Dallas show us how to deal with Revis Island and the vaunted Jets D last night? We'll see as the season goes on.

Bill Staar
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)

An idea for Tyrion's next pal: a loud, tall, obese, funny guy with a foot fetish named "Rex." Let's do this.
Cody Burt
Sep. 14th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex
House Ryan

Sigil: 11 men tackling 1 on a green field.

Words: Let's go get a goddamn snack!
Sep. 14th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex
Words: We're not here to kiss your rings.
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin,

I have to start by saying, I'm a huge Patriots Fan from your home state. The Jets are our biggest rivals but I expected better from them. Sanchez himself, made errors that were just as baffling as Romo's. Luckily for the Jets, they're still facing the same old Cowboys. The Cowboys secondary on defense barely kept up and the fact that Romo kept passing the ball when they were up by 14 points was atrocious! The Jets need to go back to their running game here or there is going to be some serious problems when they face us (New England). As for the Giants, well...its the Giants. Can't wait for Season 2 of Game of Thrones by the way!
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
I blame Romo for that ridiculous fumble where he looked like Eli Manning, but that is all.

The interception was equal parts great heads-up play by Revis and terrible route running by Bryant. That third-down play was clearly a timing pattern where Bryant was supposed to run an out at the sticks, and the ball was exactly where it was supposed to be...but Dizzy Dez ran about five yards past his mark. Revis, knowing the down and distance and having help over the top, just sat on the first down marker and made the play. Not one of the "professional" commentators on ESPN or the NFL network even mentioned this, they just keep piling on Romo like they have beef.

I give Romo a lot of credit for accepting responsibility for his receiver's bone-headed mistake that cost them the game. Say what you want about the guy in pressure situations (I admit, he does choke in the playoffs), he is a leader and the other players respect that, even if the talking heads cannot.

The Jets looked pretty good, I thought. Dallas has a very good defense (Not as good as the Jets' D, but close) and Sanchez and Co. did enough to get the W.
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
That was painful. I fully expected a loss. Dallas is rebuilding the offensive line and are learning Rob Ryan's defense on the fly. Before the game, had you told me they would have loss 27-24 I would have been content that they stuck with the Jets. But to dominate and then fall apart? sigh.

People are dog-piling on Tony Romo and rightfully so. That pick was horrid. But the calls for them to get rid of him are ridiculous. Unless they can make a trade for Brady, Brees, Peyton, Rivers, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, or Vick they can't do better than Romo.
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Ugh
Yeah Romo has his faults but the fact of the matter is that there are only a handfull of teams that would take the quarterback they have over him. He just needs to get that Favre-idis out of his system in a big way.
Joonas Tammjrv
Sep. 12th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
i am sure nfl is great, but i wont never understand why its called football.
Sep. 13th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Because the ball is a foot long.
Sep. 12th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
The fact that you are a Jets fan makes me....*head explodes*

Why are you so awesome?
Sep. 14th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'm a Ravens fan, purple power!!! Totally slaughtered the Steelers last Sunday! Hopefully same thing with the Titans this coming Sunday. :-)


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