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Playoff Football

The NFL playoffs are in full swing, and of course as a football fan, I watch them.

However, I have to confess, since neither the Jets nor the Giants are involved, I don't watch them with the same level of attention that I do when one of my teams is playing. I often work while watching... going over a copyedited manuscript, paying bills, balancing my checkbook, whatever. When something exciting happens, I can always rewind to watch what I missed. The wonders of having TIVO (I do love my TIVO).

So I really don't have much to say about this weekend's contests. Except...

The Patriots won. Bummed me out. Boring game too. I expected more of the Chiefs.

The Broncos won. No surprise, but that one was closer than I expected. Given the losses the Steelers have suffered, I thought it might be a blowout, but Pittsburgh hung in there gallantly. I have a lot of respect for the Steelers. The Rooneys, like the Maras, are one of the class ownerships in the NFL. I was glad to see Peyton advance, though. Can't help but hope he ends his career with another ring. But first he needs to beat Brady and Evil Little Bill.

The Carolina / Seattle game was strange. Almost a repeat of the Giants game against Carolina during the regular season, minus the Beckham/ Norman war. Complete domination by Carolina in the first half, during which they built up a 31 - 0 lead. In the second half, they don't show up. Almost blew that one, just as they almost blew the Giants game. Someone needs to tell the Panthers that NFL games last 60 minutes, not 30.

As for the Green Bay/ Arizona game... words fail me. That game was insane. Especially the ending. Discount Doublecheck indeed... Aaron Rodgers made what were essentially TWO Hail Marys to move from his own endzone to a TD. I have never seen anything like it. Impossible, really. And then came the overtime coin toss, and the bloody coin doesn't flip. Plainly eldritch forces were at work. The end, with Larry the Fitz taking it over, was amazing and exciting and, I think, satisfying for any football fan not from Wisconsin. But hey, a great game, if a crazy one. I am glad neither of my teams was involved. Those last ten minutes would have killed me.



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Jan. 18th, 2016 05:59 am (UTC)
You write about Foot ball with such a passion :D
I don't know anything about Football, but reading your blog always makes me curious (since in general, I like watchings sports events like soccer, skiing ..) :D Maybe I'll have a look into it, just wouldn't know where or how to start (since I don't even know the rules)... Any suggestions?
Jan. 18th, 2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
Re: You write about Foot ball with such a passion :D
Jump on a random team and ride their bandwagon for a bit. That helped me get into football.
Jan. 18th, 2016 06:01 am (UTC)
B vs P
Hopefully my Broncos can pull it out against the Patriots. It will be a tough game for sure.
Caleb O'Donnell
Jan. 18th, 2016 06:08 am (UTC)
NFL playoffs.
That Green Bay/Arizona game was insane! Even though i'm from Illinois I'm a huge fan of the Cards...I'm hoping Fitzgerald can get a ring. Class act...Fingers crossed.
Jan. 18th, 2016 06:17 am (UTC)
I was hoping that the Steelers made it through as I'd expect them (with injuries resolved) to put up a fight against the Brady bunch . Peyton is more of a hand-off expert now and I think evil Bill will come up with a scheme to restrict him to 3 pointers, so basically it will be Brady/gronk/edelman Vs the Broncos Defense.
Jan. 18th, 2016 08:00 am (UTC)
Football is a game about foot and ball, not about hands and run. Cheers!
Jan. 18th, 2016 11:08 am (UTC)
Your tip for the SB and the eventual champ, GRRM?

I'd like to see the Cards vs Broncos. Love Arians style and I too hope for another ring for Peyton as a final bow.

However the head says Carolina vs Pats.
With the Panthers folding in the big dance :(
Jan. 18th, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
Re the Green Bay/Arizona game, you didn't even mention the other wacky play: the endzone-carom-off-another-player-into-a-Cardinal TD.
Jan. 18th, 2016 12:55 pm (UTC)
All the teams I had been rooting for lost up until last nights Arizona game since last week! Now all the teams I wanted to win have done so. Glad the tide turned. I'm going to the Panther game next Sunday here in Charlotte...can't wait!
Jimmy Potter
Jan. 18th, 2016 12:59 pm (UTC)
Drive For Five Still Alive!
I for one was ecstatic to see my Patriots advance to the AFC Championship again. I know us Pats fans can come off as arrogant, which there is no doubt we are, but we are just enjoying the good times while they last. I know that we have had more than our share, but this team has earned it; not the fans, the TEAM. They work their butts off, they have the best coach in the league, and their owner like the Maras and Rooneys is a true class act.

I understand you hate the Pats, but you have to grudgingly admit that they are phenomenal. And if nothing else, you got to watch your Giants(previously my second favorite team) beat them TWICE in the Superbowl! What more could you reasonably ask for?
Jan. 18th, 2016 06:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Drive For Five Still Alive!
Brady is phenomenal. It remains to be seen how good the Pats and Evil Little Bill would be without him. Maybe eventually he will retire, and we will all find out.

They work their butts off? Sure. So does every other team in the NFL.
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Jan. 18th, 2016 01:04 pm (UTC)
Great, but odd, football weekend. Can't wait to see the Patriots get a chance at back to back Super Bowls by going through Manning yet again. A fitting match up for the two greatest QBs of this era.
Jan. 18th, 2016 01:07 pm (UTC)
NFL Playoffs
As a fan of the Philadelphia Eagles I feel ya. It does not look like the Eagles will be good any time soon with our disaster of a front office right now. Howie Roseman must GO.
Jan. 18th, 2016 01:52 pm (UTC)
Go Pats!


A Loyal Fan
Jan. 18th, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
The Rooney's and Mara's are in-laws I believe. Actresses Kate Mara and Rooney Mara are part of both families. Sounds a little ASOIAF-esque.
Jan. 18th, 2016 04:00 pm (UTC)
Panthers Pattern
Carolina has played far better in the first half on multiple occasions this season (GB, Giants, Indy, etc).
The bad news for Cats fans is that it doesn't appear like a habit that can suddenly be broken before next week (albeit, some players give 100% all game).
The good news is that Panthers appear to have the most potential and the best chance to beat the Pats.

Edited at 2016-01-18 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Jan. 18th, 2016 04:06 pm (UTC)
Green Bay - Arizon
That was by far, one of the best games I've seen in a long time. My daughter and I are sad that the G-men aren't in it this year, but we still have fun watching, even if she picks the losing team in each matchup. But GRRM, do you really think Denver's offense has what it takes against NE or Carolina? Even if they do make it, I could see a repeat of Den - Sea.
James Riley
Jan. 18th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
Balancing your checkbook??

I remember being in 4th grade in 1996, learning what that procedure entailed and thinking, "there is no way I am ever going to actually do this." Happy to say I turned out to be right. Online banking tdchnology to the rescue!

So...why? Dont you get bank statemnts that inlcude expenditures from checks? And how?? Don't you have frequent debits from a bank card? Do you log those on paper too?
Jan. 18th, 2016 06:16 pm (UTC)
I am old school. Log everything on paper.
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Michael Virgo
Jan. 18th, 2016 04:40 pm (UTC)
Pretty disappointed in my Chiefs as well. We played more like the 1-5 team we started as than the one that won 11 straight, which wasn't gonna cut it against the Pats. The fact that we still managed to get within a touchdown, and the relative weakness of the Broncos (and Steelers, had they won) makes me think if we had played a little more flawlessly we'd be having a great shot at booking a Super Bowl trip this week.
Jan. 18th, 2016 04:43 pm (UTC)
Will you include a positive Bill Belichick reference in WINDS after he gets his 5th ring?
Jan. 19th, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
Maybe he should include him as a White Walker..
Russ Nickel
Jan. 18th, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
I only tuned in with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter for that Green Bay/Arizona game, and boy did I get an adrenaline spike. That Hail Mary off the back foot as pressure's closing in on him and only one Packer in the end zone with double coverage! Insane!
Jan. 18th, 2016 05:21 pm (UTC)
Respect for the Steelers?
I have to disagree, respectfully, with your respect of the Steelers. Coaches receiving and deserving of personal fouls during a football game is the last thing that should happen in a game that determines if and when a teams season ends.
Jan. 18th, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
My one disappointment with the Broncos game is that neither team seemed to have the offense to be able to put up a good fight against New England next week. I'm worried for next week — I think that we are going to have to count on the NFC to knock out the Patriots. And I certainly hope they do, I can't handle an entire half year of Pats fans quoting Greatest Of All Time stats :(
Jan. 18th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
Curious, have you ever acknowledged if either the Jets or Giants are your 'A' and 'B' team? Or, are they like children and you love them equally?
Jan. 18th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
Giants and Jets
I agree with you. Green Bay/ Arizona game is insane. Unbelievable. A game like that does the Football alive.
April Hill
Jan. 18th, 2016 09:35 pm (UTC)
Look at you... Paying bills and balancing a checkbook like a real human, or something.

Edited at 2016-01-18 09:36 pm (UTC)
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