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Then There Were Two

Another week, another round of NFL playoffs.

Last week in the divisional round, we got two great games and two blowouts. I was hoping that this week's conference championships would give us more exciting contests, but no such luck. The Falcons ripped right through Green Bay and the Patriots obliterated the Steelers. Neither contest was even remotely competitive.

Not much to say about either game, really. Aaron Rodgers is amazing, yes, but he doesn't play defense, and the Packer D could not even seem to slow down Matty Ice, let alone stop him. And the Patriots... yeah, yeah, Brady is good, especially when you give him weeks to sit in the pocket unmolested and don't cover his receivers. I watched him complete pass after pass that seemed to be totally uncontested, with the receiver standing all alone and not a defender within yards.

Anyway, we have our SuperBowl: Patriots against Falcons.

Nothing much to say but GO FALCONS.

Meanwhile, I am thinking about next year's draft...



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Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:24 pm (UTC)
Not a Pats fan there George?
Jimmy Potter
Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:29 pm (UTC)
Seriously, he hates the Patriots so much that it borders on irrational. But then again I love the Patriots so much as to border on irrational.

If you look through his not a blog thoughout the years he loves the Giants and the Jets. The Patriots have dominated the AFC East over the last decade and a half, and in doing so have dominated the Jets over the last decade and a half.

All in all though, the entire point of football is to satisfy our primal tribal 'us versus them' drives.
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Mason Miller
Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
Go Birds!
Glad to hear you'll be rooting for the Falcons in the big game, George. As a long life long Braves and Falcons fan, it would be nice to see another title makes its way to Atlanta, as the only championship in any sport is from the 1995 Braves.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:55 pm (UTC)
I echo your thoughts, ser. I was hoping for a Steelers - Falcons SuperBowl, with the Steelers winning. Now....

Stefan Letzelter
Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:59 pm (UTC)
Go Falcons indeed
It seems like the fans of 31 teams are rooting for the Falcons at SB LI.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:03 pm (UTC)
Go Falcons!!
Not that I needed another reason to hate the Pats, but the fact that their owner, coach and QB are all Trump fans makes it even easier. Plus with Trump attacking John Lewis, an Atlanta victory would be extra sweet.
Caleb Howell
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:07 pm (UTC)

I'm a Saints fan, so the Falcons are our bigfgest rival and most hated team...so I would also be rooting for an Asteroid, if not for the fact that I went to school wih Patriots DE Trey Flowers at our Alma Mater, University of Arkansas. So I root for a 0-0 Game where Trey has 10 sacks, I guess.
Jazlyn Bissonnette
Jan. 24th, 2017 05:31 pm (UTC)
Who dat!
I really have a tough time cheering for the Falcons. I feel like I'm betraying every cell in my body. I don't really care about the Pats other than the hubs is from the area and a lifelong fan. I just want cold beer, yummy snacks, and a good game.

Edited at 2017-01-24 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Who dat! - Caleb Howell - Jan. 24th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:10 pm (UTC)
What happened?
As an English Packers fan who likes American Football but is still getting the hang of the finer points... what the hell happened? I know Atlanta were favourites, but after looking so good against the Cowboys, that was just crap. How could the performance be so much worse? Just a bottlejob (I believe you call it choking)?
Carl Treadway
Jan. 24th, 2017 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: What happened?
Their match-up with Dallas was favorable. Basically, the Packers have good pass-offense and weak run-offense. Their defense is the inverse (good run, bad pass). Their defense stopped the Cowboys' run-centric offense and their passing beat Dallas' weak pass-defense.
The Falcon's offense has no weak points, but especially attacked the Packer's weak pass-defense. 2 turnovers in the first half doomed their offense.
RE: What happened? - Chris Clark - Jan. 24th, 2017 01:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Braden Williams
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:14 pm (UTC)
WHYYYY play zone defense against Brady???
Can't believe the Steelers went complete zone coverage defense on Tom Brady and didn't change after the half after getting routinely torched by Brady in the first half! Terrible lack of adjustments there. I'd venture to guess not even 3/4 of NFL fanbase out there knew who Chris Hogan was before this game, but they surely know his name now, all thanks to "no man coverage, let's get torn to piece by Brady" from the Steelers......

As for my Packers - it truly and thoroughly sucks watching this coaching staff and front office waste the prime of Rodgers' career with terrible defense after terrible defense, year-in and year-out. If he had even an average-at-best defense any one of the last 3 seasons, the Packers probably would have won at least one Super Bowl title. But no, they'll stand pat and go forward with this awful defensive scheme and draft mediocre defensive players to help out then do nothing in free agency....sometimes I feel like a Jets fan....but that's a little inconsiderate of the plight that is the Jets' fan existence.........
Roger Christie
Jan. 27th, 2017 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: WHYYYY play zone defense against Brady???
The Steelers always do that against the Pats and Brady routinely shreds them.
Mario Perez Buil
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:26 pm (UTC)
I expected more competition between teams. I'm from the Patriots so I'm happy and I hope they win. Lots of moods for next year's draft.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:35 pm (UTC)
I would blame Rodgers' supporting cast on offense just as much as the defense. Several dropped passes, fumbles, missed FGs, alligator arms on catchable balls, and just not a great effort. They also had a lot of injuries and the flu hit the team a bit a few days ago, so everything was kind of aligned against A-Rod.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hey George,

I know your feelings regarding Belichick, but how about the Patriots in general with Brady at the helm? What family would they be in Westeros? Brady has got to be Arthur Dayne, right?

Keep up the good work,

Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Patriots
Ugh, no way is Brady Ser Arthur Dayne. He's more like a really successful tourney knight who made a deal with a witch in return for his jousting skills.
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Maximilian Rubell
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:00 pm (UTC)
What do you think is Jets priority for early in the draft? I'd like to see us address our secondary and guards, and would only like us to stray from that in the early rounds if we do it for a phenomenal edge rusher. I would hate to see us draft a QB early — none of the QBs look like franchise QBs, and we aren't "just a quarterback" away from victory. And much more than that I would hate to waste early picks on a running back (please no Fournette) or WR.

Edited at 2017-01-23 08:01 pm (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC)
So you don't think Fournette is the next Ezekial Elliott?

A stud RB can be a difference maker, but the Giants need one more than the Jets do.

It's true that there are no sure franchise QBs in this draft, but I don't know that I am comfortable going forward with just Hack and Petty, and the veterans available in free agency scare the hell out of me. Please, no Cutler, no Romo, no Kaepernick.
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RE: Draft and Free Agency - Paul Wetzstein - Jan. 24th, 2017 03:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
The feeling on the ground in NY - Keith Barry - Jan. 25th, 2017 12:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Dan Koifman
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
Since you're bored I thought you might appreciate some signs I saw at the Women's March:

- "At least the Lannisters paid their debts"
- "At this point, I'd prefer King Joffrey"
- "Melania, if you need help, light a candle in the North Tower"
- "Brace yourself. Women are coming"

And lastly, my favorite: "Super callous fascist racist extra braggadocious."

Edited at 2017-01-23 08:19 pm (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC)
Sitting out this year..
As far as I'm concerned, the Falcons are no better than the Pats, so I see no reason to watch this year.

As for the ads, I'll just catdh them as they're posted online..
Williamjames Hoffer
Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
Superbowl Contenders
The Falcons (of House Arryn?) versus the Patriots of Triarch Belicho. The long awaited forces of the Vale finally reach center stage. I sense an epic battle played by two cyvasse masters. Whom will the gods favor? Only one thing is certain: there will be a lot of black and blue bodies flying across the green field. In the meantime, I will be eagerly anticipating the ads.
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Catherine Winters
Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:02 pm (UTC)
dismal playoff Sunday
Did you catch Terry Bradshaw on the pre-game show? He made an observation about Brady being effective only if he can get protection & stay in the pocket, since he wasn't the most athletic QB & if he wanted to try another sport, he might be OK at something like ping-pong. I enjoyed that. The Packers just had one of those days when crazy things happen to reliable players and nothing good happens to anyone else -one of those mysteries of life. So, yeah, we root for Atlanta. Part of my family just moved there, they'll be happy. Out here in farm country there are a lot of Packers fans-the sportscaster last night started out saying "So, the Packers beat the Falcons. Period! No...I guess alternative facts don't work after all." We keep our sense of humor as best we can.
Keith Russell Dulak
Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:07 pm (UTC)
Rogers needed to be perfect yesterday to win that game. Obvious that is just too much to ask of any QB. The defense didn't help the cause and it looked like the great Dom capers had no answer for Ice. I knew it was a tough matchup going in but i was surprised when whatever gameplay they had going in wasn't working a new strategy wasn't implemented. Either way, the Pack had a very strange year and hopefully will "run the board" not solely on Rogers shoulders year season. And, #gobills.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:14 pm (UTC)
Very excited for the Pats in the Superbowl!! Hope your teams draft well Ser.
Matt Barrett
Jan. 23rd, 2017 11:25 pm (UTC)
These are the worst playoffs in some time. Only two games have been close. Rodgers is in the same position as Favre, when he was the Packers QB. The team can only go as far as he can take them. GB needs defense or Rodgers may have won his only Super Bowl as a Packer.

Pittsburgh still matches up terribly with New England. In large part because they never can get a pass rush on Brady.

Atlanta's real test comes against New England. Seattle & Green Bay were good wins, but they both had key players injured.

Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:21 pm (UTC)
Weekend Update
Weekend stuff:

Falcons! Best scoring D v. best Offense - usually such match ups go to the D but football is changing....Can Bellyache counter Julio? He usually takes away your best player but Falcons also have great 1-2 punch of young running backs.

The March:

Both daughters went to Atlanta March - mostly hurrah for our side - where were you all on election day? Still loved the passion (if late) and Ice and Fire references: Women are Coming. Lets hope they arrive for the mid-terms.

Saturday Night Live:

Bare chested Putin. Comway as broadway number. But best was "To Sir With Love" to say good bye to Obama. Old enough to remember Lulu and Sidney.

End of Football Season:

Be of good cheer sir and write well (and often). For Giants and Jets there is always next season (and bully boy Pats to root against - they seem eternal).

Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:58 pm (UTC)
Seeing the Steelers fall to the Patriots this weekend saddened me to no end. It was just a sad game. Big Ben and Brown couldn't come together, with more than a few passes that I've seen them complete hundreds of times passing either over Brown's head, or in some other way out of reach. Not to mention that Bell went down with a groin injury early in the game, which didn't help. And just like that, the Steelers fell apart.

And I don't even want to talk about the despicable performance by the Steelers secondary. They couldn't cover the Pats receivers, let alone in the middle of the field, if the championship depended on it...
AJ Drisc
Jan. 24th, 2017 12:00 am (UTC)
"Brady is good"
I laughed. Biggest understatement of 2017 thus far.
Keith Russell Dulak
Jan. 24th, 2017 12:58 am (UTC)
Rogers needed to be perfect yesterday to win that game. Obvious that is just too much to ask of any QB. The defense didn't help the cause and it looked like the great Dom capers had no answer for Ice. I knew it was a tough matchup going in but i was surprised when whatever gameplay they had going in wasn't working a new strategy wasn't implemented. Either way, the Pack had a very strange year and hopefully will "run the board" not solely on Rogers shoulders next season. And, #gobills.

Edited at 2017-01-24 01:02 am (UTC)
Jan. 24th, 2017 01:40 am (UTC)
I know you are not a fan of Romo but I still think ANY of the teams needing a qb would be crazy not to make a run for him. I could see Houston winning it all w/him there (assuming stayed healthy), and the Jets have a good enough group that with strong QB play and some help in the defensive backfield I think they could make a real run at it.
Jan. 24th, 2017 01:45 am (UTC)
Tom the Golden Hand of Just Brady!!!!! LETS GOOOO!!!!
Shawn Cypher
Jan. 24th, 2017 02:04 am (UTC)
I've been a Falcons fan since the Glanville-era, Deion as Prime Time, and MC Hammer on the sidelines. I was a young boy of 10 years old back then. My family is from Georgia, so I grew up being a fan of all things ATL.

I saw the 1998 Falcons lose to the Denver Broncos to give John Elway his first Super Bowl win.

This year, I got to go to my first NFL game ever: The Seahawks vs Falcons playoff game. I had such a great time, Matt Ryan is an amazing guy and the most humble player I can imagine. So is Julio Jones for that matter.

I was worried about playing the Packers but after halftime I just found myself shaking my head and laughing in disbelief. I never thought We would blow them out so badly! Man, what performance.

Now it's Patriots vs Falcons, one team is making their ninth visit, the other just their second.

The lack of respect Ryan got in MVP talks vs Rodgers and Brady back in December seems like a thing of the past. Now they're openly admitting he's season MVP. He's taken out Rodgers and now it's his chance to prove he's better than Tom Brady.

If we ever had a chance to win the Super Bowl, it's this team in this year. I hope it's a great game and am anxiously awaiting it.

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