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Doom, Despair, Defeat

So far, the new year is off to a terrific start. Not.

Yesterday mostly sucked.

All the playoff games sucked, actually. The four wild card teams all lost, the four home teams all won, and every game ended in a rout. Most of them were over long before the fourth quarter rolled around. Of course, for me personally the worst of them was the last, when the Green Bay Packers routed my Giants. That one was actually a game for the first three quarters. The Giants defense came out loaded for bear, and stuffed the Packers and their bad man for most of the first half... but the Giants offense could not seem to take advantage, which (sadly) has been true most of the season. The running game, which had shown signs of life last week against the Skins, lay down and died again, and the passing game was erratic at best, with both Odell Beckham Junior and Sterling Shepard both dropping sure touchdown passes. OBJ dropped a number of other passes as well. Not his finest hour. In fact, it may well have been the worst game I have ever seen him play. Eli was pretty sharp for the most part, but when the receivers keep dropping balls delivered right into their hands, that does not count for much.

The result was that a quarter and a half of total Giant dominance yielded only two field goals and a paltry 6-0 lead. I knew that would not hold up (you cannot stop a qb as talented as Rodgers forever), and of course it didn't. The Packers took the lead for good late in the second quarter with a solid drive that made it 7-6, and then tacked on another touchdown with an insane hail mary pass just as time was running out, to take a 14-6 lead into the half.

The Giants defense did have one more great stop left in them, turning back the Packers on a 3rd and 1 and then a 4th and 1 at midfield, then taking the ball and scoring their only TD of the game on a beautiful long pass from Eli to Tavaris King, who actually caught the ball and made it 14-13. That was the high water mark, however. After that, Rodgers could not be stopped. Big Blue's D was plainly winded by then, and the offense gave them no help at all with a series of 3-and-outs and punts. Bad punts, too. For whatever reason, the Packer punter had a much better day, so much so that the Giants seemed to lose twenty yards of field position with every exchange. In the second half, Eli was repeatedly starting from inside his ten, Rodgers from midfield.

So: season over, Big Blue is done, the Packers go on. Here's hoping they crush the Cowboys. And yes, it's true, Aaron Rodgers is a baaaaaaaaaddddd man.

All in all, a pretty good season for the Giants. But I never really believed this was their year. The defense started slow but ended as one of the best in the league, but the offense never came alive. Next year, maybe, Big Blue can make another run, but first we need to (1) improve the offensive line, and (2) get ourselves a running game. A great young tight end would help as well. Will Tye is okay, but Mark Bavaro he's not. He's not even Jeremy Shockey.

All the teams I cared about having been eliminated, I am now rooting for Whoever Plays the Cowboys and Whoever Plays the Patriots. And if we wind up with a Cowboy/ Patriot SuperBowl, I will be rooting for A Giant Asteroid Strikes Houston.

Of course, the weekend was not all about football. Last night we also had the Golden Globes. Where Lena Headey lost, and GAME OF THRONES lost, and WESTWORLD and its two amazing actresses lost as well. Pfui. That was disappointing, but not unexpected. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association surprised me this year by nominating three genre shows -- GOT, WESTWORLD, and STRANGER THINGS -- for Best Drama, but in the end they reverted to form and passed over all of them in favor of the safe choice, the 'prestige' historical drama THE CROWN. (Which I did enjoy, mind you, even though I went away thinking that while it may have been good to be the king in the Middle Ages, it really sucked to be the queen in the 1950s). So: no Globes for us.

The highlight of the Globes -- and the day -- was Meryl Streep's speech.

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AndreaEllenP
Jan. 9th, 2017 11:23 pm (UTC)
Again, I implore you, do not wish for a meteor (/asteroid) to strike Houston. As much as I hate the Cowboys and the Patriots, I live here, I don't root for those teams (go Hawks!), and neither do most of my fellow Houstonians. How about sending two separate meteors—one to Dallas, one to Boston? #selfpreservation
O_G_Berry
Jan. 9th, 2017 11:25 pm (UTC)
Hurt
it hurts me as a big fan of yours that you hate my cowboys :(
William Gicking
Jan. 9th, 2017 11:27 pm (UTC)
Become A Mets Fan George
Then you can suffer for real.



Next year is our year though.
grrm
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:29 am (UTC)
Re: Become A Mets Fan George
Alas, I have been a Mets fan since 1962.

(I was at game 6 in 1986. One of the highlights of my life. Fourth row, first base side, near the dugout).
RE: Re: Become A Mets Fan George - William Gicking - Jan. 10th, 2017 03:45 am (UTC) - Expand
gonzo21
Jan. 9th, 2017 11:41 pm (UTC)
If ever there would be a year for a giant asteroid striking a stadium, it would be the year of the Trump Ascendancy.
DoorPodcast
Jan. 9th, 2017 11:48 pm (UTC)
Aaron (or Aeron)?
Sorry about your Giants. I'm a die hard Packers fan, but the Giants are one of the other NFC teams I have a soft spot for - wish we could have played you later in the playoffs. Ah well - now we're off to vanquish the great evil. In the meantime, please don't take this opportunity to create, and then kill, Ser Aeron of House Baygreen. Or, if you do, please have him run through by a table.

Edited at 2017-01-09 11:49 pm (UTC)
sourbillytipton
Jan. 9th, 2017 11:59 pm (UTC)
Award Shows are Fun, BUT...
Since I'm a fan of film and television and appreciate ALL who do their jobs to create films and tv series.

However, award shows are incredibly vain, superficial, narcissistic, and sickeningly pretentious displays of Hollywood actors. I realize they look good in their underwear but I don't care about their bias opinions. These actors spend 6 hours on some billionaires yacht with a few brilliant minds--THEY should be the ones America holds in high esteem--who have published scientific journals on global warming, and they automatically think they are an expert. Shut up and read from the script!

PS: It's very difficult to find any conservatives in Hollywood, so this sounds like a rant against liberals. But Clint Eastwood also should have shut the fuck up and kept his acting classes with chairs at Tisch and not have one minute on stage at the RNC!
grrm
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:26 am (UTC)
Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT...
I could not disagree more.

First off, this is America, and everyone has a right to speak their mind. Dockworkers, teachers, homeless people, artists, businessmen, waitresses, doctors, lawyers, autoworkers... everyone. Including actors and other celebrities. You don't give up your right to speak when you become famous, or accomplished, or rich.

Some people care deeply about a certain issue, a range of issues, a cause. The environment, literacy, cancer research, the space program, endangered species, what have you. You want to make a difference, to help... so you use what you have. Billionaires use their money to support the things they believe in (see Trump, the Koch Brothers, and so many others). Celebrities use their fame, their ability to command a pulpit. (Religious leaders use an actual pulpit). All of that is perfectly legit, I think.

And yes, conservatives are a minority in Hollywood. But there are still plenty. Eastwood, Charlton Heston, Ronald Reagan, Arnold, George Murphy... in fact, the conservatives seem to use their movie fame to run for political office far more often than the liberals do. One wonders what would happen if Robert Redford, Oprah, and George Clooney ever decided to run for the Senate.

You say it's very difficult to find any conservatives in Hollywood... but so what? It is very difficult to find any liberals in the military or in corporate board rooms... and those guys wield a hell of a lot more power than any movie star.
Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT... - sourbillytipton - Jan. 10th, 2017 12:45 am (UTC) - Expand
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Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT... - grrm - Jan. 10th, 2017 02:06 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT... - Keith Barry - Jan. 10th, 2017 04:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT... - JonJRaymond - Jan. 10th, 2017 01:49 am (UTC) - Expand
49eriMiner
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:20 am (UTC)
Super Bowl
Who would you prefer to win the Super Bowl now that the Giants are out? As a 49ers fan, I gotta root for Alex Smith and KC to win.
grrm
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:27 am (UTC)
Re: Super Bowl
I have friends in KC, so I wouldn't mind the Chiefs winning. It's been a long time since Hank Stram had them matriculating the ball up the field.
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Danski
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:24 am (UTC)
(2) a giant asteroid hitting the Earth and destroying human civilisation.
Asteroid AG13 narrowly misses earth!!! keep up the good work!!!
getouttatown
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:25 am (UTC)
Did you hear about the boat party in Miami that Odell Beckham and some of the other receivers participated in the Monday before the playoffs?
grrm
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:28 am (UTC)
Yes, of course. Meant nothing.
joshdurban
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:30 am (UTC)
Far From Wild Weekend
My beloved Dolphins also lost yesterday though I can't be too disappointed, they far exceeded expectations this year. Here's to hoping they can fill some holes over the offseason and have a good draft (staying healthy next year would be nice too). As a Dolphins fan, I was born with an inherent dislike for the Patriots which made the Giants loss difficult to watch as well. They seem to be Bellicheck and Brady's kryptonite. Watching Eli win a third ring against them would have been a great way to start the year!

Those two losses combined with the dull and poorly officiated games on Saturday made for one of the worst Wild Card weekends I can remember. I'm on team 'Anyone but the Patriots' now, I'd be on team Asteroid but I have family and friends in Houston...life is tough sometimes.
grrm
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Far From Wild Weekend
The officiating really was bad this weekend, I agree.
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jmrboosties
Jan. 10th, 2017 01:00 am (UTC)
Your "two Superbowls in the last 10 years" tears elicit no sympathy from me, I'm a chargers fan
grrm
Jan. 10th, 2017 02:09 am (UTC)
Chargers, eh? So tell me, now, with the benefit of hindsight... who do you think got the better of the Eli Manning/ Philip Rivers trade? If Eli had stayed with San Diego, would the Giants have won those SuperBowls with Rivers? Or would the Chargers have hoisted the Lombardi trophies instead?

(A Chargers/ Giants SuperBowl, pitting Eli against Rivers, would have interesting to see for just those reasons).
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Ariel Silberman
Jan. 10th, 2017 02:35 am (UTC)
Well Winter is here now, bad things were bound to happen. It was disapointing that GoT did not win, but it can't win every year, can it? I was however disapointed that Lena didn't win. I mean seriously, what does she have to do to get a dang award? She deserves it, she put everything she - had into this season, and it showed. I'll never understand why those actors who play blacker hearted charecters, Joffrey, Ramsay, and Cersei, never get awards for those roles? They bring such complexity, make them have moments of vulnerability. Cersei burns them all, and yet I still feel bad when she sees Tommen dead even though it's her fault. So complex.

I must say though, all of that kind of pales in comparison to the fact we have an adult version of Joffrey taking the reigns of the Presidency. Thats not simply depressing, that is just plain scary.

Edited at 2017-01-10 02:37 am (UTC)
dpkthunder
Jan. 10th, 2017 02:49 am (UTC)
Giants offensive line
How about we get a bastard from the reach named Ereck (or Erryk) Flowers in honor of the NYG left tackle? And maybe like his namesake he just lets someone go right by him to kill someone he is guarding, perhaps Willas?
ender839
Jan. 10th, 2017 03:15 am (UTC)
Re: Giants offensive line
I can't lie - as a Packer fan, when we saw Marshall Newhouse on the TV at the bar, we all just looked at each other and said "Yup, we got this." I don't think any of us realized that that particular human turnstile was still in the league.
J Snow
Jan. 10th, 2017 04:01 am (UTC)
Really George
As i stated in my last attempt, i respect you immensely and do not want you to rush or release anything untill you are completely satisfied with it.

That being said, it has been a whole year since we have received an updated. You have placated our hunger with another superb sample ch. (the Forsaken), and for that, we are grateful. But unless you want to be bombarded with im's like this, i would suggest another updated.

Even if its as simple as, 'not done yet, but ive made progress( or not) ', or ' it'll be out this year (or not)'. Anything(or not). Either way, have a great new year, and thank you for, imo, the best fantasy series out there.
grrm
Jan. 10th, 2017 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Really George
You really think statements like that would make a difference? Ah, you sweet summer child. I have years of experience with this that tells me otherwise.

But okay, I will try it your way.

Not done yet, but I've made progress. But not as much as I hoped a year ago, when I thought to be done by now.

I think it will be out this year. (But hey, I thought the same thing last year).
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