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The NFL Returns

Football is back!!!

And life is... full of joys and pain, ups and downs.

My beloved Jets played the despised Cowboys in the season's first Sunday night game, and played... ah... not nearly as well as I would have hoped. Though there were high points. Revis, of course. Plaxico Burress looked pretty good for a guy who has been in prison the past two years. Dustin Keller was great, as always, and LaDamian Tomlinson had a few good moments. Even so, the Cowboys came to play, their Rob Ryan D was much tougher than I had expected, and Dallas looked to have the game wrapped up early in the fourth quarter.

Fortunately, their QB is still Tony Romo. Who played really well for most of the game, as he often does, only to commit some truly horrendous mistakes at the worst possible times, as he often does. Thereby losing the game. Which is what happened tonight, giving the Jets a great if improbable victory. I really do need to buy a cardiac defibrillator in Jets green; I swear, this team is going to kill me one of these nights.

Revis deserves a lot of credit for the Jets win. So does Mike Westoff, Joe McKnight, and the Trufant kid who ran in the blocked punt for a TD. Oh, and Jim Leonhard, who ran down what would have been the Cowboys' game-clinching TD and knocked the runner out of bounds inside the five, setting up the crucial Romo fumble that started the tide to turning.

But mostly of the credit goes to Romo.

As for the Giants... sigh... the less said, the better. They got embarrassed by the Redskins and Rex Grossman, f'r chrissakes. How humiliatin'. It could be a long season for Big Blue.

But hey... football is back!!

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jimbeezee
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:27 am (UTC)
Who cares about NFL, Andy Whitfield from Spartacus just died... I know you were a fan of the show George, let's both wish him peace...
pre_lude
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
I love reading your take on the games. You should post about more than just your teams from time to time. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for doing what you do.
smofbabe
Sep. 12th, 2011 06:09 am (UTC)
I always wondered what happened in your household when the Redskins beat the Giants :-> Go, ex-UF Gator Rex!
xraytheenforcer
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
sexy rexy does it again!
we were usually very civilized - parrismcb - Sep. 12th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC) - Expand
illz342
Sep. 12th, 2011 06:11 am (UTC)
football woes
I'm feeling your pain George. As a fan of both Gang Green and Big Blue, things were looking pretty dire out there tonight. It's nice that the Jets were able to pull this one out of their...hats, but we'll be seeing those Cowboys and plenty other great teams soon and hoping for a late game miracle probably won't cut it down the line.

All in all, it's only the first game of season so (hopefully) Eli and Mark's guys will improve as their teams get into the groove of things. As you said, at least football is back.
ender839
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:03 am (UTC)
I fondly remember cheering for Jimmy Leonhard as an undergrad at UW. It's nice to see him succeed, and especially against Romo, Witten and the rest of the Cowgirls.
Danny Colon
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:09 am (UTC)
I think the Philadelphia Eagles might have already clinched the NFC East already.

The Giants looked terrible; no one will ever confuse Eli with Peyton ...

The Cowboys defense is much improved, but it won't matter if Romo can't win the Big Games and stop committing turnovers and the worst possible times ...

And the Redskins have a washed up Grossman at QB plus other issues ...

It's still early in the season, so we'll see.
Will Gardner
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
Give credit
The Jets really tried to lose, but Romo just wanted to tank the game more.

The snap with seconds left on the clock? Brilliant classic Romo.
death_panel
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Give credit
Rewind that Tivo and look again. How is it Romo's fault that his center has an itchy trigger finger?
Re: Give credit - Will Gardner - Sep. 13th, 2011 04:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
duckygirlrocks
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:58 am (UTC)
I would have thought my silly Cowboys would have booted Romo by now...
nycfalcon
Sep. 14th, 2011 10:54 pm (UTC)
For whom? If there were better they'd play. The team during his tenure has not been wholly good. Parts were very good, but most of it has not been. Romo may not be great as some would have had the Cowboy fan and the rest of the NFL believe, but he definitely is good a good QB.
dothraki
Sep. 12th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
I hate the Cowboys, so that Jets game was a wonderful treat to me. Unfortunately, I'm also a fan of Rob Ryan (back from his days with the Raiders), and my heart goes out to him having to watch Fumbly Joe Romo throw games away he and his D have fought tooth and nail to win.

As much of a fluke as that was, though, Sanchez didn't look bad when the game was on the line! They should just tell him at the beginning of the game that they ran three quarters off the clock and the Jets are down by 14.

The Giants have lovely helmets.
hotclaws
Sep. 12th, 2011 09:08 am (UTC)
The Jets-Cowboys game was awesome to watch,
acrimonius
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
Go Yankees!
xraytheenforcer
Sep. 12th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
The Giants were woeful. I was torn during the game, wanting the Giants to finally pull their heads out, but also secretly thrilling that Rex Grossman, of all people, would be the one leading a successful charge against them.

The Jets were not very convincing, either. When you have to bank on Romo being Romo in order to win a game, you've got problems.

At least the Niners managed to beat a team they should have beaten. (and now I have jinxed them to a season of 2-point losses. Sorry, Coach Harbaugh...)
dizzy34
Sep. 12th, 2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
I agree about the Jets. I thought every talking head was picking the Jets big in that game. I'm not one for moral victories but either the Cowboys are better than most think or the Jets aren't as good as most think. Probably a bit of both.
dakaman
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
Ser Sanchez and Ser Brady
Howdy George,

Thank the gods the NFL and the players straitened out how to divide 9 billion dollars and we have football.

I hope you are enjoying Ser Sanches and Ser Brady bashing it out on the 40 yard line that I gave you at the Burlington signing. Though if Rex gets his way he would have someone else take on Ser Brady. I am sure both you and Rex will be rooting for the Fins tonight.

Congrats to the Jets for the win last night. I personally love close games so long as the good guys come out on top. The ups and downs of a hard fought game make football the best spectator sport going. Blowouts are boring no matter who wins.

I am a life long Pats fan (insert boos and hisses and cheater remarks here). With the Colts out of the division for a decade now, (has it really been a decade...) Gang Green can try to knock us of the top of the AFC East hill.

Rivalry makes a great game better still.

Good luck to your Jets next week.

DakaMan
fan_of_happosai
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:29 pm (UTC)
After too many years of embarrassing themselves, the Redskins actually looked like a professional football team. In fairness, it also looked like whatever talent-sucking disease that has afflicted the Failskins for the last 15 years seems to have been caught by the Giants. Then again, maybe it was an off week for one or both teams involved... I understand the preseason was not kind to the Giants in terms of injuries.
xraytheenforcer
Sep. 12th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
whatever talent-sucking disease that has afflicted the Failskins for the last 15 years
Maybe the gods answered us all and crushed Dan Snyder with a meteorite? It looks like he dropped that ridiculous lawsuit against the Washington City Paper, too. Have we entered bizarro-universe?
racebannon42
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
The end of the Jets game was amazing George.
I hear you on the pain, The Ravens took My Steelers behind the woodshed yesterday.
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