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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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Eric Matthews
Oct. 8th, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
Eggs and armors
Ignore the handegg, George.

Football is the game you should watch. As a matter of fact, the whole planet does that, except for the guys in US for some odd reason. How fortunate, that there's a perfect opportunity to watch some real men with real balls instead of guys in the armors, hugging each other on the grass. That opportunity is called UEFA Champions League. There are some badass matches to be played exactly two weeks from now:

Juventus vs Real Madrid
Dortmund vs Arse
Milan vs Barcelona
Celtic vs Ajax

Watch one of those and you will completely forget about handegg.
sourbillytipton
Oct. 8th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
Over/Under?
5.5 goals scored for all the games you just mentioned?

The rest of the world can keep that game. I lose patience when I repeatedly see players grabbing at their shins and screaming in pain, hoping that the referee didn't notice that the opposing player only stepped on his foot.
Ray Feighery
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Eggs and armors
Clearly you haven't been keeping up. Major League SOCCER is in a huge growth period and EPL games are broadcast each week on NBC.
Julio Cesar Magnani
Oct. 8th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Eggs and armors
Funny thing: I am a Brazillian guy, and grew up loving "Soccer". I was really fanatic about it. But when I discovered American Football, I lost most of my interest on "soccer" (I hate calling it soccer, but it's easier for everyone to undertand I think). I still like it and follow a little bit of it, but I don't enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoy following American Football.

You could try as well. It's a little tough to understand at the beggining, but the effort totally pays off.

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