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Hate Dem Cowboys

Well, the 2012 NFL season got off to a start with a resounding thud tonight, as my beloved New York Football Giants lost their opening game to the hated Dallas Cowboys.

The key factor seemed to be the depleted New York secondary, which wasn't able to cope with Dallas's third-string wide receiver... especially after our fourth-string cornerback went down and had to be replaced by our fifth-string cornerback.

How the hell our secondary can be down to its fifth string in the first bloody game of the season passes all understanding. I know that injuries are a big part of football, but the Giants always seem to suffer a rash of losses before the season even begins. sigh

Victor Cruz dropping all those passes did not help either. I love you, Victor... but maybe less salsa dancing and more practice in the off-season would have been wise.

Big Blue's running game looked just as anemic as it did last season. Our vaunted first round draft choice, Virginia Tech RB David Wilson, fumbled the first time he touched the damn ball. Coughlin did not seem eager for him to touch it again thereafter.

Perhaps the Jets will redeem things on Sunday, when Rex finally unveils the explosive O he has been hiding all preseason. (Hah)



Sep. 6th, 2012 05:17 am (UTC)
There's a reason I use this LJ icon for football posts... :-)

In any case, I'm just hoping the Jets defense decides to show up - for your sake as well as mine. Nothing much, just an interception return for a TD, or maybe a kick or punt return for the same. That's not asking too much, is it?
Sep. 6th, 2012 05:42 am (UTC)
Things are right in the world...
Your literature does a fabulous job of blurring the lines between good vs. evil in relationship to our humanity, but sometimes in life, the Good Guys win...

Go Cowboys !!!!

P.S... Please don't be so upset about this game that you kill another Stark... Pretty please???
Sep. 6th, 2012 05:53 am (UTC)
Y'know.. during the no training camp summer last year Victor and Eli practiced on their own at Hoboken HS. Something tells me that those reps really helped.
Awet M
Sep. 6th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
Tough loss, but...
The Giants seemed closer to their 7-7 version, not the super bowl winning clutch version.

The Cowboys might've turned the corner, when Romo stops beating himself, but it's only week 1.
Joe Romel
Sep. 6th, 2012 07:00 am (UTC)
Got another thud coming this Sunday, bub. Go Bills!
Sep. 6th, 2012 07:18 am (UTC)
they have started showing the monday night nfl game here in the uk on the bbc. now i just have to pick a team and learn the rules it sure aint rugby. Any team suggestions?
Sep. 6th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Re: bbc
The basics of football are easy to learn. The tactics seem to change by generation though. Most teams would wear down the opponent's defense by running the ball consistenly and going to the air to complement their offensive.

Now it is a QB'S league everything revolves around the air. A good QB can last 4-6 strong seasons in the NFL, as opposed to a stud RB who have shorter careers from the constant injuries.

I personally enjoy defense in all sports. If you are similar here are some of the franchises that have always had a defensive philosophy:

Pittsburgh Steelers
Chicago Bears
N.Y. Giants
Philadelphia Eagles
Baltimore Ravens
New England Patriots (not as well known through history for consistent defensive teams, but defense/Brady won their 3 championships)

Edited at 2012-09-06 11:06 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: bbc
It sounds weird, but the way I finally started really understanding football was to play a football video game (Madden for example).


Also as a side note, I'm Canadian, and we actually have our own football league with slightly different rules. Our players aren't near as good, but I can actually afford tickets!
Sep. 6th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Atleast you were in a commercial!
If you noticed amazon had a new ad showing off their new kindle. Twenty seconds in, the user is looking up, "A Game of Thrones" on amazon. I thought it was cool, and I'm pretty sure the Giants were losing at that point. So if you caught it you probably felt a little better.

As for the game, there were too many missed opportunities by the Giants offense. Like you mentioned the costly fumble on their second drive, dropped balls by Giant receivers, and only one TD from three red zone appearances.

But the game changing play of the night was that horse collar penalty during the interception return. Dallas preventing that pick-six was a heads up penalty.

Edited at 2012-09-06 07:26 am (UTC)
Sep. 6th, 2012 07:37 am (UTC)
america's team
Cowboys are going to the superbowl this year! It is known.
Sep. 6th, 2012 12:07 pm (UTC)
You are right. That was painful and it isn't like they didn't have chances to even up the the score. But if they can't defend, then this is a season with little hope.

But on the brightside, there was football on last night.
Sep. 6th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
Hey George,

Sorry to hear about your Giants, but as a life-long Texan, I have to be proud of the fact that Dallas is finally fielding what looks to be a playoff worthy team. Things can change during the season, but right now I don't see how Dallas can lose their division. (although I'm sure they will find a way late in the season...)
Sep. 6th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if you were watching the game. Giants did not look inspiring.
Sep. 6th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
I feel for you... but not too much...
Really wish I could sympathize, but hee... hee... hee... (can't stand the Giants).

I will sympathize with you on the Jets because I don't mind them at all and they are going to lose really bad...

Maybe you can take all this anger and channel it into Cersei's final chapter (preferably the prologue of Book 6)
Sep. 6th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
About time they beat the Giants. Go Cowboys!
Sep. 6th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
jets will be terrible this year, if they win 6 games I'll be surprised.

Giants won't be much better at 9-7 and won't make it to the post season.

Patriots will make it all the way baby!
Scott Gower
Sep. 6th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Sorry ...
... bout your Giants. Glad the Boys could come into their house and steal a win this year.

It's still early and anything can happen. Worry about those pesky Beagles, they've been awfully quiet this preseason.
Aaron Galbraith
Sep. 6th, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
Sorry, George. I can't stand the Giants. I think it stems from my extreme dislike of Eli Manning, though. He was such a punk surrounding his draft that I just cannot seem to like him (unlike his brother, who is awesome).

I finally have something to root for from the Detroit area...Go Lions! (and Niners...my childhood favorite)
Sep. 6th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Sourbilly is right, that horse collar saved a TD - but the Giants also got jobbed on that third-down pass interference that didn't get called shortly thereafter. That series was a big momentum shift, IMO.
Sep. 6th, 2012 08:34 pm (UTC)
Life is wonderful and...
Did I say Dallas would win 31-27? I MEANT 24-17. :p That was one sloppy game with 5th stringers having to play and centers playing after being picked up last week. G-Men should have gotten that holding call on the 3rd and goal and Dallas should have gotten the calls for the two picks by Giants' receivers. But those are calls that might've been missed by the regular refs.
Sep. 6th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm not worried, we always start out slow and peak at the right times, besides, we should lull the Cowgirls into a false sense of security ;)
Darren Hightower
Sep. 7th, 2012 02:03 am (UTC)
Love you George, but the one thing we will never see eye to eye on is the Dallas Cowboys and your NY teams. Nice to see my home team play a solid 60 minutes and ruin a season opener for a NFC East rival instead of the other way around. See you in Dallas!
Sep. 7th, 2012 02:46 am (UTC)
OMG. I'm not big into sports, but this had me laughing. I just came home from hearing my co-worker's COMPLETE SILENCE. She was talking the big talk yesterday, since she's from NY, which I think pretty much jinxed the chances of the team winning. Go Giants!
Adam Williams
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:39 am (UTC)
Hey George,

49er fan here. Have no sympathy for you. :p

Sep. 8th, 2012 11:43 am (UTC)
Re: niner
Here here!!
Sep. 7th, 2012 01:20 pm (UTC)
I was worried for your Giants the moment I realized two of your CBs were washouts from my beloved Colts. Coe and Tryon are not the defenders you want attempting to stop a strong passing attack.
Sep. 7th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
coughlin and injuries
I don't know whether coughlin is cursed or its how he coaches, but the Giants have had more injury issues during his tenure than any other team in the league. I would like to see a study on injuries going back years. I really don't think any team compares to what the giants have gone through.

With all the ACL injuries it makes me wonder if its in large part the managements fault. Terrell Thomas clearly should not have come back so soon. Looks like Clint Sintim's career is over due to back to back ACLs. Domenik Hixon probably came back to soon(I am worried he is back too soon again).

The giants seem to get injuries at the same position. The tackle position is clearly a problem. With all the injuries there is little rotation. Even if Marvin Austin can come back this week, I don't know what he can do. He has not played in 2 years due to college suspension and injuries and has very little practice time.

Corner is a bigger problem... I have no idea if Amukamara can even play let alone stay healthy.

At this point, I think the giants need to be a throw first offense and do alot of short passing to avoid the rush. They have reievers who can run after the catch, but not really enough time to get down field. I also think they can do damage with dump offs out of the back field and to tight ends. They gotta stop trying to establish the run when the offensive line is terrible. Use the pass to set up the run.

I think this was from 2006. In the first round of the playoffs the giants were down 6 linebackers (all 3 starting linebackers were guys no one else wanted), their best corner and his back, 2 offensive lineman, and Ahmani Toomer. This is just one example.

2010 they were down 4 wide receivers (including both starters) 2 offensive lineman and a bunch of other guys.

Mid-season 2007 they were down 6 defensive starters for 3-4 games in a row.
Sep. 7th, 2012 05:29 pm (UTC)
That one had to be a heartbreaker for Giants fans. I had my money on another 4th quarter collapse by Romo, but it just wasn't in the cards this time out.
Evan Gleason
Sep. 8th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
being a huge NE fan (for which I will not apologize) my co-workers and I spent Thursday discussing why in hell Eli Manning has been the source of so much of our pain. I'm sorry but Eli is an average QB during the regular season. He wasn't even the bad part on Wednesday, it was his receivers that greased up their hands. I have to admit that Eli does turn it up during the post season but he is no Tom Brady (which adds to the anger of losing 2 Super Bowls to the chump). Big ups to Romo though - he played a lot better than many thought he would.
David Anderson
Sep. 9th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Victor Cruz
For all your (rightful) complaining about people telling you how to spend your time and to write more, I was surprised to see you write this:

Victor Cruz dropping all those passes did not help either. I love you, Victor... but maybe less salsa dancing and more practice in the off-season would have been wise.

Seems like exactly the thing that you hate people doing to you
Spyro Giannikas
Sep. 10th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
Don't worry Mr. Martin, we all know what Giants do to men wearing stars! For Wun Wun and NY/NJ !
Rose Marie Holt
Sep. 11th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
Giants Fan
I thought it very portentious that the season started with this particular matchup for us ASOIAF fans. I feel kind of bad for being a Lions fan, actually, though they have 2 Boise State grads on the team.

Remember the year the Giants won the SUper Bowl with the miracle of Eli not going down before throwing a pass to 4th receiver Tyree who made a miraculous catch? They were predicted to finish 10-6, or 8-8 or something stupid like that. Although, losing to the Cowboys is pretty sad.


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