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Playoffs, Round Two

So this past weekend was the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

And, yes, being a football fan I watched them all, even though my Giants were eliminated last week (and the Jets never got within shouting distance).

There was good news and bad news for the people of Houston. The bad news was, Evil Little Bill and his Patriots dismissed the Texans rather soundly. (Not unexpected, sad to say. Not when you have Osweiler going up against Brady). The good news was, the Cowboys lost, thereby eliminating any chance of a Cowboys/ Patriots Superbowl, so right-minded fans no longer need to root for a giant asteroid to strike Houston. Now we can simply root for whoever is playing New England.

With neither of my teams involved, I had a lot less invested in this weekend's contests. The Saturday games were both pretty one-sided, so much so that I found myself multi-tasking and doing other stuff while watching. The Sunday games were better... especially the epic struggle between the Packers and the Cowboys. That one looked like a blowout too when the Pack went up 21-3, but somehow Dallas fought back, and tied the game at 28 and then again at 31. Looked like overtime, but they made the mistake of leaving thirty seconds for Aaron Rodgers. His sideline pass to set up the winning field goal was the thing of beauty, a throw and catch to rival Eli's superbowl tosses to Tyree and Manningham. And afterwards, in the wake of the Cowboy defeat, America got to see Jerry Jones making his I-am-sucking-on-sour-lemons face, last seen in 2007 when it was the Giants who sent the Boys home.

The Kansas City/ Pittsburgh game also came down to the last second, yet somehow was not nearly as exciting. The Steelers won without scoring a touchdown. That's not going to cut it next week against the Patriots and Evil Little Bill.

So... Pittsburgh at New England, Green Bay at Atlanta.

Should be fun.



Zachary John
Jan. 17th, 2017 10:46 pm (UTC)
You should create a character from Evil Little Bill in one of your stories. I can only imagine the dynamics he could bring to a story.
Fain R
Jan. 18th, 2017 02:32 am (UTC)
Triarch Belicho
Funnily enough, he already has. In A Dance of Dragons (the fifth book of A Song of Ice and Fire) there is reference to a historical figure named Triarch Belicho, described as "a famous Volantene patriot whose unbroken succession of conquests and triumphs ended rather abruptly when he was eaten by giants."

It's a reference to Bill Belichick and the Patriots going undefeated in the 2007 season up until they were defeated by the Giants in Super Bowl XLII.

Edited at 2017-01-18 02:33 am (UTC)
Sara Foster
Jan. 17th, 2017 10:47 pm (UTC)
Lifetime Steelers fan here... Last time they went to the Superbowl was the day my son was born. I'd love to see a Packers/Steelers rematch, with my boys taking home the win this time.

Now that we are down to the final round, who do you want to see play this year for the Superbowl?
Jan. 17th, 2017 10:50 pm (UTC)
George, do you like soccer? Ever tried? Any club of heart?
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:05 pm (UTC)
Go Steelers
Yes, they will need to step up the offense to beat the Pats, but I believe in them! They will save you from having to watch the Pats in the Super Bowl!!
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:07 pm (UTC)
New England / Dallas was the Super Bowl that America wanted, but I guess Brady vs. Rodgers would be pretty good, too. I think the TV execs will be fine with any of the teams, except probably prefer Atlanta not make it.

Also, the Rodgers pass was an instant classic, while the two Eli passes you mention were total luck.
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:48 pm (UTC)
America did not want New England/ Dallas. Only Boston and Dallas did. Oh, and the networks, for the ratings.
Caleb Howell
Jan. 18th, 2017 03:00 pm (UTC)
If the network wanted it for the ratings...doesn;t that mean th people (America) wanted it too? Gotta have vieewers to have the ratings.
Jan. 18th, 2017 04:10 pm (UTC)
That argument seems a teensy bit flawed, Mr. Martin? If the ratings are going to be high that's because America wants to watch it, right? Granted most people would be watching for the schadenfreude, but still...
Jan. 18th, 2017 06:38 pm (UTC)
Preach on. Give me Atlanta or Green Bay. Let's not give the Steelers their 7th. Our Giants needs to catch up!

Edited at 2017-01-18 06:39 pm (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:09 pm (UTC)
"The good news was, the Cowboys lost, thereby eliminating any chance of a Cowboys/ Patriots Superbowl, so right-minded fans no longer need to root for a giant asteroid to strike Houston. Now we can simply root for whoever is playing New England."

As a Redskins fan, we can both drink to this!
David Levin
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:55 pm (UTC)
RE: Cowboys/Patriots
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:20 pm (UTC)
The world needs more live footage of Jerry Jones looking like he just sat on a pine cone. I'm glad my Packers could oblige your wish!
Paul Wetzstein
Jan. 18th, 2017 03:24 pm (UTC)
As a Ravens fan, I'm hoping the Packers win it all! I'll root against the Steelers til I die and as long as Matt Ryan doesn't have a ring, I can at least make myself believe that Flacco>Ryan (both 2008 1st rounders). I think we can all agree that the Pats don't need another one. Go Packers!
Mario Perez Buil
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:50 pm (UTC)
Mario Pérez
Jajaja Do not get mad. I am from the Patriots and I hope to win the superbowl. Better luck for next year. What are your predictions for the weekend?
David Levin
Jan. 17th, 2017 11:54 pm (UTC)
Exciting day !
Packers v. Cowboys. How good was that, seeing the Cowboys go down the way they did?

I have no sympathy for Dallas fans. Ezekiel Elliot is the best all-around player in football. With that offense line and rookie Dak at quarterback, they are set for years. They need to find a way to win in the playoffs.

Saturday could not match the excitement of Sunday.

Multi-tasking Saturday huh? Hopefully Danny and the Crow's Eye were involved.

Keith Barry
Jan. 18th, 2017 01:26 am (UTC)
It's the Lannister's year
If you think this Super Bowl has a happy ending, you haven't been paying attention. The Trump supporting messrs. Belichick and Brady will win in the final minutes after getting trounced in the first half. Then the real horrors begin.
Jan. 18th, 2017 02:57 am (UTC)
The match up I want.
The match up I want is simple: Rodgers Vs Brady. Two of the best QB's ever, in all of Football. I don't think a single soul would be offended by that match up. Well, maybe you, even though "Evil Little Bill" helped your Giants win the Super Bowl twice as defensive coordinator.

On another note; the Pats played one of the worst playoff games I've ever seen. Had the Texans been more lethal offensively, that game could have had a very different outcome. I doubt that a Tom Brady led offense is going to have the same kind of game that they had on Sunday against Pittsburgh.
Jan. 18th, 2017 03:38 am (UTC)
Evil Bill's Bad Day
Steelers aren't chumps, but I don't see them winning. Everyone is talking about how bad the Pats looked... and they won by 18. I think the Falcons have the best chance of beating NE.
Jan. 18th, 2017 04:22 am (UTC)
How did you feel about the announcement of the Raiders moving to Las Vegas? It won't be happening as immediately as the Chargers move, but still.
Jan. 18th, 2017 05:11 am (UTC)
NE Jealousy
Everyone loves to hate the Pats. We are watched under a microscope, and people just can't accept the facts. Tom Brady our mild mannered Superman, is the best QB of all time.
Jan. 18th, 2017 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: NE Jealousy
Very true. Football fans should admire the sustained excellence, not be bitterly jealous of it. Also, all the Spygate and DeflateGate stuff has been debunked for anyone who cares to look for the truth (Pats did nothing against league rules during SpyGate! Balls were not deflated against Indy!), so there really is no reason to hate glorious, beautiful Tom or even the great Belichick.
Jan. 18th, 2017 09:10 am (UTC)
How true, George, about Jerry Jones's reputation for being a good loser. (Not!). Your description of his sour-lemon-sucking face is right on the nose!
Jan. 18th, 2017 04:58 pm (UTC)
Rooting for Pittsburgh and Atlanta for the next round of NFL Playoffs , with the Super Bowl itself being between Pittsburgh and Atlanta; and Pittsburgh winning.
Carl Treadway
Jan. 18th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
NFC East
Get ready for next year when the NFC East will once again be the most competitive division in the NFL!
-Go Birds!
Williamjames Hoffer
Jan. 18th, 2017 06:32 pm (UTC)
Evil Little Bill and His Patriots
I used to root for the Patriots, largely because Kraft seemed a good guy, the AFC seemed a put upon conference, and the team thing, the Patriot Way got to me. Then Evil Bill and Handsome Tom (the recent Simpsons take was hilarious) endorsed orange crush, not the good Denver kind. Sad, in its way. As Patton said, we love a winner and can't stand a loser. Or, as Cersei said, "you win or you die".
Al Mata
Jan. 18th, 2017 07:10 pm (UTC)
Jan. 18th, 2017 10:08 pm (UTC)
As you know, the Cowboys are in Dallas. The Houston team is the Texans.

It will indeed be an exciting playoff, although I'm sorry your team isn't in it. I'm trying to figure out who to root for as my teams aren't in there either.
Jan. 18th, 2017 11:17 pm (UTC)
We all know that.

The Superbowl is in Houston.
Jan. 18th, 2017 11:58 pm (UTC)
Oh! Sorry! I totally missed the meaning of what you're suggesting. *facepalm* I get it now.
Jan. 18th, 2017 10:40 pm (UTC)
Like House Aryn riding from the Eryie, the Falcons have come to rid us of "Patriots".

Got to get past Rogers and Iron Born Packers - what a QB match up Ryan v. Rogers combined score may top 100 (poor Mr. Martin - he loves defense...)

Must admit that I missed parts of the Falcon v. Seahawks game as I was running a Battle for the Iron Throne at a wargame Con with my toy soldiers (Stannis won apparenlty unlike his Ice and Fire fate).

Don't know if any games though will top Packers v. Cowboys.

Watching football can get you in the mood for writing battle scenes - I'll look for football references in the future.

Jan. 19th, 2017 07:46 pm (UTC)
Best Defense Remaining
While the spot-light will be almost entirely on the 4 quarterbacks playing this weekend, let's not forget football's oldest mantra; defense wins championships.

Naturally, that begs the questions; Who has the best defense remaining? I believe this one to be almost a run away for New England, with Pittsburgh coming in a not so close second. Evil Bill is one of the great defensive minded coaches, and the coordinator beside him one of the best in the business.

Then there is Tom Brady; not much needs to be said there. He will find a way to separate himself with the great QB field in this final four, because that's what he does.

Keep in mind I'm a Buffalo fan :/ Has not been an easy 17 years of football with these guys in the division.
Jan. 19th, 2017 08:51 pm (UTC)
I can't wait until the Patriots win another Superbowl this year and that despicable P.o.S. Goddell goes to hand the Lobardi to Mr. Kraft only to realize that Mr. Kraft has sent Brady to accept it in his stead...
Jan. 19th, 2017 09:24 pm (UTC)
They could replace the silver football on top of the trophy with one that's partly deflated.
Jan. 20th, 2017 06:03 pm (UTC)
lol, while you are clever enough to do so, I don't think House Goodall has it in them.
Christopher Aldenhucum Woodthethird
Jan. 20th, 2017 05:51 pm (UTC)
Nah, Kraft would probably send Vladimir Putin. He does have his most recent Super Bowl ring, after all.
Jan. 20th, 2017 03:30 am (UTC)
As a huge ASOIAF and Patriots fan, I love reading your blog. I started reading over the past few years in hope of news on Winds. But the way you describe your reactions to football games is what draws me back every week.
Reading an eloquent adverse opinion on sports is fantastic. Being in Rhode Island, we are roughly 60-40 Patriots fans and New York (Jets or Giants) fans. Having someone put their perspective into a form that I can actually read is immensely entertaining. If only I could find a similar alternate perspective of someone supporting the new pussy-grabber-in-chief.
I do have to admit, however, that I don't really understand that you have two teams you support. I understand that they're in different conferences, but it still doesn't make sense to me. If there was ever a Giants-Jets Superbowl (as a NE fan, I hope there never is), who would you support?
Jan. 20th, 2017 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Patriots
Some day I hope to face that dilemma.
Reece Greatrex
Jan. 20th, 2017 04:11 am (UTC)
SB Winner
What team do you think will go on and win the SB?

Go Pack Go!
Jan. 20th, 2017 08:53 pm (UTC)
Philadelphia Fan, Living in San Antonio
I just wanted to say, that although I am also "patiently" waiting for The Winds of Winter, I love the fact that you love football! I mean, why wouldn't you? It's FOOTBALL!! but, me being a fellow NFC East (Philadelphia) fan, "patiently" waiting for the team to rebuild, I enjoy watching the Cowboys lose just as much as you do! In San Antonio, it's a mix of Dallas fans (5 hours north) and Houston (5 hours east) here, but for some reason I have run into many more Dallas fans this season than last season... after Sunday's game, I did not hear one peep from my co-workers other than "I don't want to talk about it" after weeks of all but guaranteeing a Super Bowl win... haha!! but anyway, every time you post about football, I enjoy reading your commentary on the events, just about as much as I enjoy watching "Pittsburgh Dad" watching the Steelers games (We lived in Pittsburgh for 2 years, and besides Primanti's, Perogies, and other food items, "Pittsburgh Dad" is the best thing we got out of living there). anyway, thanks for the entertainment! and we will continue to "patiently" wait for Winds to release...


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