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A Whiff of Hope

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Life is... hey, maybe there is some faint glimmer of hope.

NEW YORK JETS 30
ATLANTA FALCONS 28

Gang Green is 3-2.  Say, what?

All the talking heads had them picked as the worst team in the NFL during the preseason.  Guess that's why they play the games, as Boomer likes to say.

Not that they looked like the second coming of the Lombardi Packers tonight.  But they avoided turnovers, and the D looked stout, and the offense -- unlike the Giants O -- did not shoot itself in the foot.  They have a running game.  And Geno Smith looked... well, like a promising rookie.

The Jets actually had to win the game twice.  With time running out, and Atlanta driving, Rex and the D stopped the Falcons with a great goal line stand, breaking up the fourth down pass.  That should have won it right there.  But the refs decided to give Atlanta four more downs with a bogus penalty.  Given eight downs instead of four, the Falcons scored, as most teams would in that position, leaving the Jets with only a minute.  I thought Gang Green had blown it.  The slough of despond beckoned.  But what the hell, the Rookie moved the Jets right down the field, bing bang boom, and Nick Folk kicked the game winning field goal with 3 seconds left on the clock.

The Jets may not win the Super Bowl.  Or even the AFC East.  But right now, they sure look like the best team in New York City.  And NOBODY saw that coming, least of all me. 

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Ezra Azzopardi
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
NPR broadcast
Hi GRRM!

I just listened to a broadcast about you opening up a movie theater on NPR. There was part of the news segment that spoke about you receiving a lot of angry mail from fans of the show when the "Red Wedding" occurred in season 3. Firstly, I wanted to say THANK YOU for writing such an awesome series! Secondly, I think that every time you've killed off a character not only has their death made me cry, but also had a significant impact on me as a reader. I think that you've made excellent choices and the possibility that a character could die keeps me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I think that you've definitely added to the literary genre in such a positive way by humanizing all your characters by allowing the reader to see their POV - which doesn't happen very often.

I also wanted to add, that I personally don't care if it takes you 5+ year to finish Winds of Winter because personally, I know when I rush something it isn't necessarily my best work, and I feel that every time you've released a book it is the best version that it could have been. Lastly, I think if HBO even tries to take the show in any sort of direction that is not what's indicated in the books (because you haven't finished them) you should punch that executive in the face, just a quick chin check to let them know who's boss. Because when you think about it, the popularity of the show is due to the fact that the adaptation is so true to the books.

Don't let them TrueBlood your series!

Much respect!

Your fan,

Ezra :)

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