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One More Game

Life is magical... but kind of crazed at the moment.

I am off to Ireland at the crack of dawn tomorrow, but I took the morning off from packing and the usual last-minute madness to watch the Giants game, a thoroughly dominating win over the Houston Texans on their home turf. Don't have the time or energy to post about this one in detail... but the game was not nearly as close as I expected. The Giants D looked awesome. Not as many sacks as against the Bears, but they kept the pressure on Texan QB Matt Schaub all game, and completely shut down the NFL's leading rusher (he won't be leading after this week, I think). The offense looked pretty good too, except for two awful (and completely unnecessary) picks by ELi in the third quarter. Great game from Hakeem Nicks. For some reason the Texans never seemed to cover him.

That's it for football for me until mid-November. TIVO will record all the games between then and now for me to watch when I get back.

And now I'm off to ravage Eire and besiege Malta. Later.



Oct. 11th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
No more football til Nov! That's painful. I'll cheer extra hard for the Jets while you're away.
Oct. 11th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Love ya, but...
So, Mr. Martin...I have to say I love your work, all of it, every scrape you write, but THE GIANTS? Really? As a die hard Redskins fan, I have to say, you have falen to the dark side. G'Luck in Ireland!
Oct. 11th, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Re: Love ya, but...
Dan Snyder owns you, and you dare speak of the dark side?

The Maras have always been the forces of light in the NFL.
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
Re: Love ya, but...
And, our fans don't dress up like swine...
Oct. 11th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: Love ya, but...
As an Eagles fan I can appreciate the Giants as a rival team. As long as it's not the Cowboys, I mean they are the worst. And a Redskins fan has pretty much zero credibility for smack talk when you all wear dresses and pig snouts. Sorry there is nothing good about that. Go Eagles! But really go Phillies! cause the Eagles haven't got a prayer this year. Good luck on your trip...
Oct. 11th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I was nervous about the D at the start of the season. They seem to have gelled. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the good schemes by Fewell and good health continue.

The O keeps shooting themselves in the foot. They look like world beaters when they don't. Let's hope they get healthier, catch the easy passes and most of the difficult ones, Bradshaw and Jacobs learn to hold on to the ball like Tiki did, and Eli plays his best. The play calling has been fair. It's probably better than I think, but it's so hard to tell with all of the foibles.

Have a jolly good time in merry ole... uh. I'll miss your football entries. Stay healthy!
Oct. 11th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
LIONS WIN! Over the Rams, sure, but a win nonetheless! And a truly magnificent one. Giants better watch out.
Oct. 11th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Enjoy Ireland, George. Hope to see you back here in November.
Oct. 11th, 2010 10:23 am (UTC)
Channel 4 has live football on a Sunday night with two very good commentators
Oct. 11th, 2010 02:35 pm (UTC)
Fantasy novels and football
As a die-hard (and long-suffering) Redskins fan it breaks my heart to admit this, but I had to pick up Brandon Jacobs for my fantasy football team (Celtic Dragons, fantasy Plunge Keeper League) when Clinton Portis went out with injury (not that he was giving me any points). Guess I'll be rooting for your G-Men right along with you. Also, I heard this song the other day and immediately thought of you, well, of Tyrion Lannister actually, but it amounts to the same thing doesn't it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLJf9qJHR3E I have no idea where your muscial tastes run, but you might enjoy this. Cheers!
Oct. 11th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
If you happen to be strolling along Holywood High Street Norn Iron pop into Euroclean drycleaners would love to shake your hand :)I was down at Castle Ward the other week and the set looks fabulous for Game of Thrones.best wishes and hope you have a fab time over here Heather
Oct. 11th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
Ravage Eire?

Take a ticket, and get in line behind our politicians, our developers, our bankers...

(Er, could we borrow Littlefinger for a decade or so, come to think of it...)
Oct. 11th, 2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
I dont care what side their on, as long as they put those Texans in their place;)!
Chris Parent
Oct. 11th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Your really going to malta? I just spent the last three days there and i have to say its pretty terrible. Muggy fly infested weather with actually really bad food (one would think a former British colonies would know how to make some decent fries, but no its bad).
Oct. 13th, 2010 06:30 am (UTC)
Re: Malta
Malta is a tricky place for food. If you know where to go, you are dining in style. I can't/won't argue about the humidity, lived there myself for 5 years back in the early 90's, it's something that you can grow into over time, but if you aren't used to it, you'll definately feel it.

That said... you absolutely can not beat the atmosphere if you have a thing for all things medieval (again, it helps to know where to go). The town sized city of Valletta has the most amazing walls I've ever seen, simply a marvel of engineering by way of thanks to the Knights of St. John. Some tremendous history going on there as well with the Ottoman invasion which led directly to the building of Valletta. I freely admit that limestone is not the most exciting building material, but you work with what you have available I suppose.
Oct. 12th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
hey, george. meant to tell you last night you could have watched the jets on espn last night.
Oct. 12th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
George, What do you think is better, American or European football?
Excuse my poor english, please.

Greetings from Spain.
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:30 am (UTC)
The Giants are doing better than my team. I'm a die hard Panthers fan. We just suck this year. :(
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Hey I heard that one of your publishers at NYCC said that you think you only have five chapters left. Well regardless I am glad you took/are taking your time can't wait for the results. I hope DWD is out by the time HBO premiers!

PS Love the MS pg count updates on wikipedia, keeps my spirits up even if it goes down! Change is good!
Oct. 13th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Next Giants game
Congrats on a well fought, dominating performance by your Giants. This may seem patently ridiculously, but I am writing to warn you to not take your next game lying down.

The good old boys from Detroit, dare I say, are not looking like the decade-long shades of their former pushover selves.

Even without our franchise quarterback for all but one half of one game, we have been competitive in all but one game, and are fresh off a good old fashioned wood shedding of the St. Louis Rams. That, in and of itself, isn't terribly impressive considering (according to last years draft order) the Rams were statistically the only team worse than the Lions, but let us not forget their upset of the 'Skins, and the overall impressive play of their rookie franchise quarterback. In fact, the Rams entered the game on top of their division, and left with with a sore ass to the tune of a THIRTY-EIGHT point drumming!

With your pass rush and Staffords ailing shoulder, it is certain that Shaun Hill will be starting for us against you. He has been very impressive in his spot starts, and will lead an attack equipped with a top flight WR, two capable TE's, and a RB that is in discussion for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

On the other side of the ball, we will send Vander Bosch and the runaway leader thusfar for Defensive Rookie of the Year, Suh, to rattle what is, at times, an oh-so-shaky Eli. Gods, I hope we can get home with them, because if not, Nicks has a very good chance of exposing our greatest weekness- our secondary.

Either way, it should be a far better and far closer game than I think alot of people expect. Unlike in the past where I considered it nothing short of a miracle on the VERY few occasions the Lions would actually win, I now feel like we have a chance - not a great one, but a chance none the less- to sneak one out.

Unfortunately, by the time this post reaches you - sometime in mid-Novemeber, I guess- we will likely be talking about the Lions mid-20-something road losing streak (they may break their own record!), and I will just be one more crackpot from Detroit guilty as we always are of getting drunk from too much of the old Lions Koolaid. Ahh, well. A guy can dream, can't he?
Oct. 14th, 2010 03:22 am (UTC)
The NFL's leading rusher...
... is still Arian Foster, the Texan running back, just as he was before the game. Just a sign of how dominant he is, though I suppose that's even more of a credit to the Giants.


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