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Football Is Back

The NFL regular season is upon us. And with it, the agony and the ecstasy.

I got a taste of both yesterday from my two teams.

The Jets ripped my guts out and stomped on them with an agonizing one-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the morning game, as the Jets have a habit of doing. But in the afternoon game, the Giants made me smile and whoop and cheer with a rousing one-point win over the Dallas Cowboys.

A single point was the difference in both games. The difference between joy and despair.

Ah, we sports fans are a strange and peverse bunch. It really makes no difference whatsoever to my life whether my teams win or lose... yet somehow it makes a vast difference to my mood. And these close games are going to kill me, I swear. Even that wonderful Giants victory could easily have become a second agonizing defeat, if a certain Dallas wideout had cut right instead of left when he caught the game's final pass from the rookie Cowboy qb.

Fwiw, the Jet defense looked formidable even in defeat, sacking Bengals qb Andy Dalton seven times. How Gang Green managed to lose the game despite that boggles belief, but after decades as a Jets fan, I am used to being boggled.

The Giants defense was not nearly as impressive... but given that last year Big Blue had the worst defense in the NFL, I still have to give them props. I had rather hoped the Giant offense would rack up hundreds of passing yards against a weak Dallas D and crush the boys, but that did not happen, alas. Still, they played well enough to win. Odell is still amazing, the rookie wideout Shepard looks like the real deal, but the real highlight of the day for me was seeing Victor Cruz catch a touchdown pass and do his salsa dance. Cruz is one of my favorite Giants of all time, a true Cinderella story, and a lot of people thought he would never make it back after his devastating injury two years ago. It was so great to see him dancing.

Ah, well. A long season awaits. More agony, more ecstasy.

P.S. I love Chris Berman, but NFL COUNTDOWN, long my favorite pregame show, is not the same without Tom Jackson. I missed Mike Ditka and Chris Carter too, but Jackson and Berman were the Huntley and Brinkley of sports.

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glasscannonpod
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:40 pm (UTC)
Tommy Jackson
Definitely second your sentiments re: Tom Jackson. As a lifelong Broncos fan I've loved him since I was a kid, and he was the rare great athlete who also was able to mold himself into a great studio presence.

Though I have to say the moment he impressed me the most was when he restrained himself from pummeling Rush Limbaugh over his Donovan McNabb comments.
Katrice Thomas Leach
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
Ha. Imagine my heartbreak at my Dolphins' loss. At least our defense looks like it's back.
It really was nice to see Victor dancing again. 😊
yagathai
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
The Giants aren't looking too bad this year. I think it's a coin toss between them and the Eagles for the NFC East this season -- I'm not just saying that as a Philly fan, either. I think the two teams both looks decent-if-not-great and I can't pick between them. A lot depends on the Eagles' rookie quarterback, though if every game is like his debut yesterday we're going to the third round at least. Even if the Giants don't take the division they have a reasonable shot at the wildcard slot (early days to call the wildcard race, but I think they're probably #3 behind the Cards and Green Bay).

The Jets, well. There's always next year.

Edited at 2016-09-12 06:47 pm (UTC)
Johnny Martell
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:51 pm (UTC)
At least you are not a saints fan. Looks like our defense is still awful and we lost a heart breaker yesterday. Should be easy work for the Giants
belicho
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:47 pm (UTC)
Patriots
George,

Did you watch the Patriots game last night? They are off to a good start sans Brady.

Will we learn how Belicho Staegone does in the Triarch Elections in Volantis? His namesake always has a hard time losing, unless he is eaten by giants. ;)
norvernmonkey
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:48 pm (UTC)
Football
Hi George, on the subject of football, do you have a favourite English/European football (I.e. Soccer team) that you may have have seen on your travels?
Cheers
NM
j_crow5
Sep. 12th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Victor Cruz
George, how great was it to see Victor Cruz salsa dancing in a Giants jersey again?
Dimitri Hrampanis
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
Missing
It could be worse, you could be a Bears fan... and cry yourself to sleep as they miss they continue to miss the playoffs. Speaking of missing, do you know what (who) else is missing? Tyrek Lannister. Will we learn some inkling of his fate? Also, personally, I think you are very pretty.
JasonGWB
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:07 pm (UTC)
Larry Fitzgerald's last season.
Fitzgerald is one of the greats and I will be sad to see him go. One of my favorite players.
harryberger89
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
nfl, NFC East
Carson Wentz about to take the league by storm. Yeah I know it was the Browns we beat, as a Philly fan I know not to get my hopes up too much. Think the Giants are due for another Super Bowl run.
tamaralh7
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
Bittersweet Sunday's
I was excited to see Cruz back out there doing his thing. But, I also really enjoy seeing rookies play well. I didn't have a dog in that race so I was happy with either outcome. It was a great game.

As a Patriots fan I want to see a strong AFC East and real competition. As much as I hate gang green... it's good to see them playing well, even if they didn't come away with the W.

Though, I am both shocked and pleased that there is only one team on top of the AFC East this morning 😉

Here's to another season!
AJ Drisc
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
Dem Patriots
No Brady, No Gronk, no series of other key players.
Off-season filled with distractions.
Away game against a Superbowl contender.
With a QB starting his first ever NFL game.
And what do they do? Why, they win of course.
Conor Henry
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Jets Outlook
As a jets fan, a heartbreaking loss didn't come as a surprise, but I think there is a lot of positives to look forward to this year. I can't believe the jets fans on Facebook calling for Fitz's head and telling Revis to retire. The dline looked great and Forte gives us a huge boost. Revis clearly can't keep up with the elite receivers and will need more safety help, but we outplayed a good Bengals team and could have won (and the patriots would have lost) if not for some missed field goals. Although if we lose to Rex again this Thursday, I will definitely hit the panic button.
Berto Cordero
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:29 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the games, George. My Dolphins ripped my guts out in the most Dolphin way possible. Was pleased to see them be competitive with the Seahawks but alas, 0-1.
Chris Huggins
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:36 pm (UTC)
I used to feel my apthay towards sports was a major disadvatage. When i was younger everyone was playing/ talknig about it, the universal male icebreaker is sport (soccer over here) discussion. But more and more I am thankful that my mood is not dictated by the score of a match ... instead my mood depends on the book/show I am watching ... actually that may not be any better.
fossey19
Sep. 12th, 2016 07:42 pm (UTC)
and the Pats won too :)
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