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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.


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.
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT...
I understand freedom of speech, they obviously have the right.

My grievance is the fact that an award show is now an opportunity for actors to voice their opinions on politics. If they want to get their opinions out there, they should write a book. I feel that they hold viewers hostage while they accept their award.

Everyone should speak their mind but I would rather have actors simply act. Dockworkers should focus their attention on working docks. TEACHERS(most important job there is) teaching. Homeless panhandling I suppose...Doctors practicing medicine...Lawyers practicing law...Autoworkers working on automobiles... You get the point.

The campaign is over! Can we get a break until the inauguration? All of this bullshit is segregating America and breeding more hate. Here is a slogan that I have strong belief in because half is true now and hopefully in 4 years:

Voted for HILLARY in 2016, hoping to vote for TRUMP in 2020. Root for AMERICA, not party!

PS: I even referenced Clint Eastwood in my previous P.S. George you also forgot to list the incredibly influential Scott Baio on your list of conservatives in Hollywood.

Edited at 2017-01-10 12:47 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2017 01:59 am (UTC)
Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT...
There are actually a lot more conservatives in Hollywood than you might think. Thing is, many of them are not the "names," the actors and directors and screenwriters. They're the guys who write the checks for those names, the money men, the guys in suits who decide what gets made and what doesn't.

It's the same thing in the media. One hears endlessly about the "liberal media," but it's the reporters and columnists and editors who lean liberal... but publishers and owners are right-wing, often as not. Except for this recent campaign, Republican candidates always get way more newspaper endorsements than their Democratic opponents for just that reason. That's been true for a century. Trump was a notable exception.
Jan. 10th, 2017 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT...
Here is a great acceptance speech that Jerry Seinfeld made for an award he received from HBO.
He perfectly critiques award shows in it:

Keith Barry
Jan. 10th, 2017 12:48 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT...
Yeeaah, not really though. Among the liberal outlets, it is clear, if not stated exactly, that they think the thoughts of celebrities should be given far more weight than that of an 'everyday American'. That by virtue of their fame they somehow acquire a more nuanced knowledge of the world. I think it grows from the same damaged root as our society's ability to grant fame to those who have done nothing but become famous.

Edited at 2017-01-10 12:58 am (UTC)
Jan. 10th, 2017 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT...
Most celebrities HAVE done something to become famous, however. (Yes, I will admit there are exceptions, especially in this age of 'reality television'). By and large, celebrities are people who have accomplished something in the world... for good or for ill. And expertise and accomplishment should be accorded a certain amount of respect. Everyone has the right to have an opinion, certainly, but all opinions are not equal. And everyone does NOT have the right to their own facts, as the late great Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said.

And I don't know what an 'everyday American' is, except a catch phrase. We are all everyday Americans.
Keith Barry
Jan. 10th, 2017 04:40 am (UTC)
RE: Re: Award Shows are Fun, BUT...
Well, 'everyday American' is one of those political terms of art that doesn't lend itself too well to textual parsing I suppose. I don't particularly care for it, but I reckon it's better than 'average joe.'
I appreciate your candor, and to a certain extent I agree. I think we should afford accomplished people a measure of special respect where it is warranted. However, I think it's generally better if we approach the question of the weight given a celebrity's words on a case by case basis.
That all being said, and glancing at the speaking celebrities severally and broadly just for a moment, I think it is generally the case that they have no significant background in geopolitics, the economy, the law, socioeconomics, etc. Perhaps, in certain cases we can impute a certain higher level of understanding concerning political matters to a celebrity who is an accomplished person in an area outside politics (Stephen Hawking for example). But again, it should be determined on a case by case basis, and I don't think there should be an assumption of competence in politics merely because of celebrity derived from a non political field. Just my opinion.
Finally, let's remember Donald Trump has been a celebrity for 40 years and is nothing short of an absolute moron.

Oh and I predict the Super Bowl will be Patriots v Packers and the Patriots will win 35-31

Edited at 2017-01-10 04:43 am (UTC)


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