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Big Blue Returns

My beloved New York Giants cut their annual November swoon a bit short this year, aided and abetted by their bye. After [only] a two-game losing street, Eli and Big Blue emerged from the doldrums last night in the Meadowlands, thoroughly dominating the formidable Green Bay Packers and sacking Aaron Rodgers five times on the way to a convincing 38-10 win.

The most reassuring sight for Giants fans was Eli Manning, playing once again as he did at the start of the season. Eli had been badly off for at last three games, maybe four. It was great to see him looking sharp again. Hakeem Nicks also played very well, though he's still a long way from one hundred per cent. Victor Cruz had his moments too, though he also had a couple of bad drops, which does concern me. Cruz is capable of making huge plays after the catch, but he seems to have developed an unfortunate tendency to look downfield before he actually secures the ball, which results in these drops.

The Giants defense also looked great. Five sacks, and they created plenty of havoc, with a couple of INTs and a fumble. Early in the game, coverage broke down on one play, resulting in the only Packer TD of the night, but after that Big Blue shut down the Green Bay passing game completely.

It was sad to see Kenny Phillips go down again. Last night was his first game back after injury, you don't like to see the guy get hurt again.

Aside from that, however, a strong performance, a good night.

Life is magical and filled with joy.

(Kickass episode of BOARDWALK EMPIRE last night as well. Next week's finale should be something).



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Nov. 26th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Lol, you're not even going to mention the jets this week huh
Nov. 26th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Loved that moment when Eli Manning stepped into space, carried the ball forward, and instead of sliding, bumped hard into the defender.

(Insert standard rant here about how the time difference means these games carried live don't finish until somewhere around 4am in the UK.)
Nov. 26th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
The Dolphins managed to avoid OT with a last-second field goal, so I'm pretty happy, too.

That Boardwalk episode was pretty good, keeping the tension and twists going pretty handily. In a way, it was sort of that show's "Blackwater", as almost everything narrowed down to one particular thread of the show's storyline rather than bringing us glimpses of half a dozen story threads in the hour. (The only real exception to this is the Luciano plotline, and I have no real idea what it's doing in there.)

It made for a nice change of pace.
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
The Jokes
How come no mention of the Jets debacle? & I've not seen any mention on here at all of The Walking Dead. Was wondering about your opinion of this series.
Nov. 26th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Determined to try and find out more about the NFL, so that your football posts make more sense than metaphysical poetry - altho' I love the delightfully unexpected 'stabbed in the eye' metaphors etc - I watched this match, Giants v Packers (what quaint colonial names - is that short for fur-packers? - no seriously) live last night on Channel 4 (UK). No small feat as it started at 1 am and finished 4.30 am. I woke up at 4 a.m. to see the 38 - 10 score & thought I still know nothing but at least I knew Ser Martin, in a land far, far away will be happy & Lady Martin can relax.. at least 'til the next melee..

Edited at 2012-11-26 06:54 pm (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Actually it is short for meat-packers- yes, seriously
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
How prosaic...
really, MEATpackers... as in 'chumps'?....
Nov. 28th, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: How prosaic...
It was named for the workers in the meat packing industry that which made up the majority of Wisconsin's economy in the early twentieth century when the team was formed. Other similar example would be the Pittsburgh Steelers(Steel Workers) and the former Houston Oilers(for men who manned the oil wells of Texas) though the Oilers have since moved to Tennessee and been renamed the Titans.
Paul Rous
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
The City of Chicago thanks you for that win, George!

Also, how about that episode-closing line from Steve Graham? Just perfect.
Nov. 26th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
Go Pats!!!
Nov. 26th, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the Mountain played for the Giants, what position he would be playing on. :)
Llysa Margot Spencer
Nov. 26th, 2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
I am from Milwaukee... a place where beer Brewers, meat Packers and "Braves" rotate the fields... GBP is such a special team... only non-profit, community-owned major league professional football team... wish they all could all be from Milwaukee... excited to see you are here in Santa Fe... great place to explore both sides of the veil...
llysa Spencer
Nov. 26th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
Boardwalk was action packed...
Although the true history has seemed to take a backseat for awhile now. I don't mind, they're having fun and telling good stories with legendary mobster's.

I'm curious to know the other show's you enjoy. I mostly watch everything on AMC and HBO.

Also, make sure you tune in ten minutes before Boardwalk's finale, they're supposed to show a behind the scenes feature of GOT.
Nov. 26th, 2012 08:43 pm (UTC)
Didn't watch the Packers/Giants game...was watching the CFL 100th Grey Cup, where my beloved Stampeders lost and an old Canadian rocker butchered our national anthem.
Jeff Leahul
Nov. 26th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
You said it...
I turned to my wife during the anthem and asked "Is this a joke?"
Nov. 26th, 2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
It looked like the week off did them good, and after that any talk about Eli's weak arm should be put to bed for a while at least.

It was actually quite jarring to see the normally ebullient Rodgers actually admit that he had really taken a pasting.

This is the last two Superbowl Winners - they may meet again down the line.....

Congratulations to NYG for taking such obvious advantage of the bye week in better fashion than many, it has to be said.....

Playoffs? Very much s. Deep run? remains to be seen.

A lot of ball to go just yet.....
Nov. 26th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
The main issue they face offensively is how to build around Victor Cruz - teams are starting to factor him in to DEFENCE, so Giants cannot take that as a sole strategy into the post-season.
Nov. 26th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
I saw the highlights, and a smile spread to my lips when I saw the Giants won last night...love the Giants but have to choose my Ravens!

And yes, which other series do you watch? Myself: Game of Thrones (ever hear of it??) Boardwalk (2 episodes behind), Dexter, Walking Dead, and Mad Men are my top pics that I 'follow' (this doesn't count shows that have ended)

hope you had a great weekend George, and things go well for you!

Edited at 2012-11-27 12:07 am (UTC)
Nov. 26th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
I'm a Chicago Mormont's fan so of course I was rooting for your Giants last night. I knew the Bears would bounce back against the Vikings so this was the game I was looking forward to. And what a game it was. Down goes Rodgers!!!
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Nov. 27th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
As a Bears fan I am always thrilled to see the Packers lose, especially this year when we are in such a tight race in the NFC North and who knows how Cutler will fly week to week. The Giants win was sweet in Chicago. I saw the Boardwalk Empire episode tonight as I have to watch Revenge on Sundays - and yes it was great. Looking forward to next week's finale.

Edited at 2012-11-27 04:33 am (UTC)
Nov. 27th, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
I wasn't able to see Boardwalk until last night. CAPONE with the save!!!! Next week should be great.
Reginald Smythe
Nov. 27th, 2012 08:13 am (UTC)
How are you not watching The Walking Dead??
Nov. 27th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
I am.
Nov. 27th, 2012 08:59 am (UTC)
November is a terrible month for this Eli Manning version of the Giants. But now that we have made it out of the dark times, let there be light! Bring on a 3rd Super Bowl MVP for Mr. Elite.
Nov. 27th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
George, is your favorite TV show (with the exception of GOT) currently Boardwalk Empire? Do you watch any showtime shows like Dexter or Homeland?
Nov. 28th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
I watch a number of TV shows... though not always when they are being shown (which is why I prefer not to discuss them here, for fear of spoilers). Yes, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is my favorite drama of all those running right now, but I am also watching THE GOOD WIFE, THE WALKING DEAD, DEXTER, CASTLE, and GRIMM, while TIVOing HOMELAND and TREME to watch later.

The only sitcom we watch regularly is THE BIG BANG THEORY. Not into reality shows at all, nor the various cheesy dancing/ singing competition shows.

We also watch a lot of news and commentary. And of course THE DAILY SHOW. Jon Steward has become our most trusted name in news... which is a sad commentary on our times, I suppose.
Nov. 28th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
What about Mad Men and Breaking Bad? I'm assuming you're listing the current show's airing at this time.

Edited at 2012-11-28 06:30 am (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2012 06:42 am (UTC)
Yes, I was talking about current shows.

MAD MEN and BREAKING BAD are both great, but neither one is on right now.
Nov. 29th, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Hah! I watch almost the same set of TV shows, with the exception of The Walking Dead (which lost me after first season) and Treme (which I haven't heard about).

Are you going to watch Shameless (I know third season starts in January)? This is probably my favourite show these days.
Nov. 28th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
Hopefully Phillips will be fine going forward. His comments seem to suggest that. Fingers crossed. The loss of Andre Brown is serious. I would like to have seen the Giants pickup Ryan Grant but that only because of name recognition. Reese and the crew will need to pull a rabbit out. Or, Wilson will have to uncork some long plays on screens in order to put a halt to the blitzing the Giants are sure to get every time he's in the backfield.

On a happy note, Hakeem looked healthier and Randle is getting better.
Nov. 28th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Well, the G-Men just signed two running backs to help fill in for Brown, but it remains to be seen if either one will have much impact. They're journeymen guys who have bounced around from team to team. The best hope is that David Wilson makes the most of this chance, and the carries that will now come his way. Wilson has shown some real flashes this season... the big knock on him is that he has yet to master blitz pickup, which could be bad news for Eli.
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