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February 14th, 2017

A Visit From Jimmy...

... or, Leviathan Shows Up. Eventually.

We had a fun afternoon at the JCC with Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. You shoulda been there. They talked, they answered questions, they signed books, they swilled down the Protomolecule.



For those who could not make it, we have hardcover copies of BABYLON'S ASHES signed by both halves of James S.A. Corey available through the Jean Cocteau website. Along with the earlier books in the Expanse series, plus Daniel's solo fantasies THE DAGGER AND THE COIN, and various cool Wild Cards titles autographed by one or t'other of them, along with yours truly and various and sundry other Wild Cards writers.



These titles and many others available from the JCC.

Happy reading.

Croyd Crenson Rules

Walter Jon Williams salutes the late great Roger Zelazny and his iconic Wild Cards character, Croyd Crenson, the Sleeper, in the latest blog post on the new WC website: http://www.wildcardsworld.com/

Check it out!

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Salsa No More

The Giants released Victor Cruz today.

It was not unexpected. Cruz missed the last two seasons with injuries, and this season, when he finally came back, he had a subpar year. Only 35 catches, way down for him. He had a very high salary number for next year, too high for a third receiver, and by cutting him the Giants saved $7.5 million against the salary cap, money they can now use to improve elsewhere. And they really need to improve elsewhere -- on the offensive line and at tight end, especially -- if they hope to advance further in the playoffs than they did this season.

All the same, the release made me sad. Victor Cruz was my favorite player, and I was hoping he would retire as a Giant. I think Victor was hoping the same. He seemed not only to be a terrific player, but a terrific guy, an undrafted free agent who walked on and made it big.

If it had been up to me, I would have stayed the course and kept Cruz. Ask him to take a salary cut, sure. I think he would have done that. Next year, I would have moved him back to the slot, his best position. He was just not as effective last season playing outside the numbers. And while the rookie Sterling Shepard was a good slot receiver last season, Cruz in his prime was a GREAT slot receiver, one of the best in the league. If the Giants had kept Victor in the slot, and played Shepard outside, both of them might have had better years.

One mediocre year and two years on injured reserve can make us forget -- especially since Odell Beckham Junior has been dazzling Giants fans with spectacular catches during those same three seasons -- just how good Victor Cruz was before his injury. When he was good, he was very very good, as the saying goes. Here, take a look, remember:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgMh5_-hr64

We'll miss the salsas...

Good luck, Victor. You earned it.

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