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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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Robert Sloan
Jan. 10th, 2017 05:43 pm (UTC)
Couldn't agree more, at least on the football comments
I don't suppose all Bayonne natives agree, but George and I are of like mind as to the football playoffs. If the Cowboys play the Patriots in the Superbowl, I may just watch some of those TV shows that won Golden Globes. Also disappointed that Game of Thrones didn't win anything.
Casey Westrope
Jan. 10th, 2017 06:07 pm (UTC)
NFL Playoffs
I feel your pain, George. Football is the sport I hate to love. I am a Raiders fan. We made it to the playoffs for the first time in fifteen years and we could not even truly enjoy it because we got our hearts ripped out two weeks prior when Derek Carr went down with a broken fibula against the Colts. Raider Nation had some hope but I think we all knew that without Carr there to hold the team together we wouldn't get past the Texans defense. I thought our D could punish little Brockie O but they failed against the Texans offensive line miserably. As far as the rest of the playoffs go, I just want the Patriots to annihilate the Texans and Chiefs, although the latter is going to be a good match-up. In the NFC I think that we might see the Falcons and the Cowboys advancing with Atlanta upsetting Dallas in the NFC Championship game. Who knows though, all it takes is one little injury to crush any Super Bowl dreams.
Jan. 10th, 2017 06:08 pm (UTC)
yeah, I watched the Globes and it was striking that GoT and Westworld did not win more awards! I was shocked that Evan Rachel Wood did not win best actress that was completely ridiculous! Very Disappointing because once again, trying to give out awards to artists in competition form is actually, disgusting IMHO. Especially when choices are made by a select few.
Jan. 10th, 2017 06:08 pm (UTC)
Student play
Hi Mr Martin!

Apologies for the off-topic comment, however I have tried to contact your UK publisher which has proven unsuccessful.

I am a student at Imperial College London and a big fan of your work. Our drama society puts on a theatrical production every term, and for this year's autumn term I wish to write a play based on the events of Robert's Rebellion, as I feel like it is a story that can be told well through this medium and because it would be something I would be passionate writing about.

Everyone who would be involved in the project is doing so voluntarily and in the spirit of drama. All profits from the ticket sales are reinvested into the drama society to help fund future shows. However before I were to proceed with starting work on this play I am seeking legal permission to do this so I do not violate your intellectual property.

I have tried to do this through your UK publisher Harper Voyager, however I keep getting redirected to the Harper Collins permissions page for reproducing an extract of your work. As Roberts rebellion is told throughout the books, this is not applicable to my situation. Please let me know what I could do in order to do this legally!

Yours sincerely,
Jan. 11th, 2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Student play
While I appreciate your passion, performance rights to the world of Westeros are not available. Harper could not grant them in any case, they control only UK publishing rights.

There's no way to do this legally. Sorry.
Lucky Dexter
Jan. 10th, 2017 07:35 pm (UTC)
Make the Bad Man Fly
George, can you make the bad man fly? He ruins everything. I'm with you though, I'm rooting for whoever plays the Cowboys & whoever plays the Patriots as well. A Cowboys/patriots Super Bowl would be a nightmare!
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