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Congrats to the Baltimore Ravens and their fans, and condolences to the fans of the 49ers.

Another exciting Superbowl. Used to be that the big game was a blowout more often than not, but the last few years have seen some exciting contests. For once, it was a great defensive goal line stand that won the game. Something fans of D like me see all too seldom. (Of course, the Niners playcalling on first-and-goal from the five left much to be desired. Too many passes to Crabtree. I would have gone with Gore Up the Gut four times. If they had, I'd be congratulating San Francisco right now, I suspect).

Of course, this year can't compare with last year's thrilling Giants win, but hey, that's the NFL. Glory is fleeting. The G-Men will be back.



Sean F Gallagher
Feb. 4th, 2013 09:37 am (UTC)
Good game
Congrats to the Ravens. It was a hard fought game and they deserved to win considering the play of the Niners during the first half. That said I think they should have been called on offensive holding for that last play. It was pretty blatant.

Otherwise I think that the only other injustice of the game was not giving the MVP to Jacoby Jones. No other player had a greater impact on that game. His 70 yard touchdown was ridonculous. Then his return for the touchdown? Without those two plays, the Ravens lose. Flacco did a great job. But without Jones they lose, period.
Patrick Wagner
Feb. 4th, 2013 09:40 am (UTC)
The Ravens did play a great game, congrats to them, especially Flacco. I too could not believe the play calling from the 5, but being the one to call the plays would be a brutal responsibility. Thankfully I didn't have to watch it since I was driving and only had to listen on the radio, Gore basically got them down there, let him finish it off, or at least let Kap use his legs! For me the only sour note was seeing Lewis go out on a high note, it sucks knowing a man that probably deserves handcuffs and bars got a ring instead.
Feb. 4th, 2013 09:52 am (UTC)
Come oooon, nothing about Joe "Big Bertha" Flacco? ;)
And Glory to Ray Lewis: a legend.
Feb. 4th, 2013 12:27 pm (UTC)
The world is a dark place and full of pain.
Feb. 4th, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
Agreed. It was a good game though. I agree with Mr. Martin on the final plays of the game. Niners could have done something a bit different. Also, their heart wasn't in the game for the last end of the 1st quarter and first end of the 2nd. I can't stand when the camera picks up the "defeated look" on certain player's faces. You are at the Superbowl for crying out loud! Buck up! Their comeback was entertaining to watch at the same time. Finally got their heads out of their ass, but not soon enough it would seem. Congrats to the Ravens fans. Solid defense and a lot of agressive plays. You earned this one, as much as I hate you for it.

Edited at 2013-02-04 07:32 pm (UTC)
Rania Melhem
Feb. 4th, 2013 01:07 pm (UTC)
Nothing to do with the NFL
But I had to post this to have it on your blog Mr. Martin. The body found under the parking lot in Leicester in Richard III.
He will be reburied at Leicester Cathedral sometime next year.
Sean F Gallagher
Feb. 5th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Nothing to do with the NFL
I would think not. He was King of England. He'll be buried in Westminster Abbey I would think.
Feb. 6th, 2013 10:58 am (UTC)
you thought wrong.
Feb. 6th, 2013 10:59 am (UTC)
oops, sent too soon. no, he is being buried near where he was found, not in westminster
Azad Injejikian
Feb. 4th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
Tight Game!
My Tribute to The Super Bowl and your love of food description in AsoIaF :)



Edited at 2013-02-04 07:06 pm (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2013 01:28 pm (UTC)
Used to be that the big game was a blowout more often than not

pun intended?
Feb. 4th, 2013 01:35 pm (UTC)
Really glad that my team won! Last year it was yours, this year mine. Who knows what next year will have in store. So long as rivals (New England, etc...) don't win a championship, we should be good. Be interesting to see what the Giants get up to.
I may even post something from my book on my blog in celebration...
Feb. 7th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
Yay fellow Ravens and GRRM fan!
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:06 pm (UTC)
You just made a new NFL fan
As most of us, I suppose, I came to your blog for your books and for your amazing worlds. Being from Portugal, I never cared much about American football. But I'm a big sports fan, and your passionate posts about the NFL stirred my curiosity.
After two weeks of watching games highlights on youtube and a crash curse on the game rules over the Wikipedia, I stayed up last night until 4:00 am to watch the Super Bowl live. And what an amazing game! Thank you.
I think you just made a new NFL fan. As a mark of gratitude, I will support both your teams from now on. Go G-Man! Go Gang Green! I can’t wait till the next season.
Feb. 4th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)
Great game, I just wish HBO would've taken this opportunity to show a real Game of Thrones Season 3 Trailer
Feb. 4th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Hopefully my beloved Buffalo Bills will make the playoffs next year, it's been far too long of a wait for me :(

Now that there's no football maybe you can write a few extra pages each day on TWOW George? Keep up the good work!
Feb. 4th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
Good luck to your G-men next season! But, you must know that in the history of the Superbowl a team has never made the big game when their home stadium is hosting. And NY has the big game next year. Though, there is a first time for everything and perhaps with almost 50 Super Bowls in the books one could say it is perhaps overdue.

Edited at 2013-02-04 07:01 pm (UTC)
Feb. 4th, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Good luck!
In a perfect world, next year's Superbowl would feature the Giants versus the Jets, with the Boss as the halftime show.
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:01 am (UTC)
i am a green bay person, but that really would be amazing
Romain Nicolas
Feb. 7th, 2013 05:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Good luck!
Amen. And G-Men win
Mary Ellen Wofford
Feb. 9th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: Good luck!
I'd vote for Bon Jovi if the Boss couldn't make it.
Feb. 4th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
...the Niners playcalling on first-and-goal from the five left much to be desired. Too many passes to Crabtree. I would have gone with Gore Up the Gut four times.

Good call.
Feb. 4th, 2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
Totally agree with you on that runcall thing. Either Gore or Kap and there is a different winner.
Feb. 4th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Giants = Glorious Lannister House
Hey George,

I'm a big fan of your work and a Giants fan, and I have to say I was slightly offended in an interview when you likened the Lannisters to the Patriots. I prefer the Lannisters over the other houses in the story and that comment hurt. In my opinion the Patriots are more like the equivalent of the Boltons. Also my buddy's girlfriend really wants you to finish the series sooner rather than later... and well, we all try to be nice to her. Is there any way you can help us out?

Love Joey
Feb. 4th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
Best ASOIAF reference in any form of entertainment.
Feb. 5th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: Best ASOIAF reference in any form of entertainment.
Feb. 5th, 2013 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: Best ASOIAF reference in any form of entertainment.
love it! thanks for the laugh. My wife even laughed when she heard it.
Feb. 5th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Hail to the Ravens.
Props to Baltimore; a few series after the power outage, I thought they were doomed. Flacco has led his team to playoff victories in five straight seasons, and now he’s won the big one. Incredible.
Steve Onderdonk
Feb. 5th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
100% agree
I'm one of those 49ers fans...and I was saying the same thing for the last drive! GIVE THE BALL TO GORE!! ARGH!! anyways...big fan of your work, keep it up.
Kyle Elzy
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Eh, just can't be happy for Ray Lewis. No disrespect to his successful career, I've just never liked the guy. I guess he's straightened himself out in recent years, but throughout the playoffs he's basically been saying that God is on his side and woe to everyone else. Come on, man.

And I couldn't help but notice that, ironically, in the most self-important game of his career, the 49ers were absolutely TORCHING him. He just couldn't get to the play.
Grace Vee
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
Borrowing your words here...

Life is meaningless and full of pain.
49ers lost the Superbowl :(
Feb. 6th, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Agreed. :(
Feb. 6th, 2013 07:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is off topic
Congratulations! Whether its validation, vindication, redemption or some other 'tion, I felt compelled to post this for you.
Pat Coughlin
Feb. 6th, 2013 09:04 am (UTC)
Woo Ravens! To the other posters on Ray Lewis - I definitely agree, even as a Baltimore lad myself. The "god is with me, but not them" thing bugged me (even as an agnostic) and there's still something a bit unsettled about Atlanta-2000...

But I tell myself that Ed Reed (perhaps the greatest safety who ever lived), Matt Birk (the first Harvard grad to start in a Super Bowl and a total class act), Brendon Ayanbadejo (SO outspokenly pro-gay-rights, good man) also won rings along with a bunch of other good folks. So there's that!

Ravens-Giants would be great next year. Especially considering that, in terms of career arc, Flacco and Eli are basically the same guy. They both had ongoing questions about eliteness, but in the beginning of a season declared themselves the best QB out there... and then went out and won the big one with MVP on top. And, in any given regular season game, you don't know if you'll get the one that throws 400 yards and 3 TD's or goes full-Delhomme...
Feb. 6th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
It really was a poor game despite the score. I thought both Harbaughs did enough to cost their respective teams the victory. Fortunately for the elder his players made up for his mistakes.
Feb. 6th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Living near SF, we were surrounded by 49ers fans (with three Ravens fans) while we watched that game - and I'm just glad that after the power outage, the Niners finally got it together and stopped that game from being a complete blowout. The first half was just depressing to watch. Gotta hand it to the Ravens - they really brought their A-game, consistently. Sigh...now I just hope it's not another two-decades or so before our team makes it to the Superbowl again.
Aman Senna
Feb. 7th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
Sorry for talking about this here, where it is not really the subject but I find myself damn interested in two characters of the old legens of Westeros : Argella Durrendon and Lann the Clever... I really hope to read about them one day !
(I'm sure Argella would have fit in the "Dangerous Women" anthology from the very few we know of her).
Burcă Adrian Claudiu
Feb. 7th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Extremely happy for you on your HBO deal. Can hardly wait to find out what you have planned for us. Any spoilers you'd care to give?
Feb. 8th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
All in all an exciting game. last couple years have been great for superbowls. D makes the game for me, always has. way too many passes to crabtree for sure.

hope to see my broncos at the bowl next year....
Feb. 13th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hi George,
Now that the football season is over, what sport will you watch? As a Scotsman I can suggest watching some rugby - the 6 Nations is currently on here (over the pond). I know I may be yanking at the wrong chain when I suggest rugby to Americans, but its really a very good championship this year. This score says it all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eNokIEJjI4


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