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Win One, Lose One

Finally at home again, and able to enjoy both of my football games on my own TV.

Except "enjoy" might not be the operative word for what I saw today.

The Jets game was a horror. Maybe it was two great defenses tearing at each other. Or maybe two awful offenses stinking up the joint. Probably a bit of both. Ack. Fumbles, interceptions, missed tackles, more fumbles... there were a few exciting moments, but the Jets plainly did not want this one, since they kept giving it away. (I don't think Joe Flacco wanted it either, since he kept trying to give it back). Rex said this was going to be Gang Green's year, but after last week's loss to the Raiders and this nightmare, I'm not so sure. And next week they have to go to Foxboro to face the Patriots. That could be ugly. Nick Mangold better heal fast.

The Giants... well, the Giants pulled out a miraculous win, though not without a little help from the refs. Eli played well, as did Hakeem Nicks, and it was great to see Osi back in action and wreaking havoc in the backfield. But the game turned on the Victor Cruz reception just before the last of Big Blue's TDs, when he caught the ball, broke a tackle, then went down (untouched) and popped back up again... leaving the ball behind, on the belief the play was over. The Cardinals pounced on the abandoned ball, claiming a fumble. The refs ruled no, Cruz had given himself up. That ruling was not reviewable, so the G-men kept the ball and Eli promptly threw the game-winning TD to Nicks (a great catch by Nicks, by the way, a pity it is getting lost in the controversy over the Cruz play).

Needless to say, lots of controversy over the Cruz ruling, with detailed discussions on all the postgame shows. Even Eli said after the game that he thought the G-men caught a break there. That's certainly true. Bottom line seems to me it all comes down to a judgement. The rules do allow a player to give himself up, at which point the ball is dead. Cruz was on the ground, and had plainly stopped trying to advance. He did not "fumble" the ball. He had it, he fell on it, and then he popped back to his feet for the next play, figuring that this play was over. That's good enough for me.

I really like Cruz, by the way. He's an undrafted free agent. Joined the team last year, had a sensational camp, then got hurt in the last preseason game and was out for the season. But this year he's back and making the most of his opportunities. He seems to have great hands, and he fights for the ball and makes the tough catches. It would not surprise me to see him beat out Mario Manningham for a starting job by year's end. So I'm certainly glad that his mistake did not cost the Giants the game. Something like that can weigh badly on a kid still trying to make his mark.

All in all... four games in, the G-Men are 3-1 and the Jets 2-2. Not at all what I would have predicted before the season. But that's why they play the games, as Chris Berman likes to say.



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Oct. 4th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
There are rules to these games for a reason. The rules aren't subject to what the public's or almost all of the players and coaches think they should be. They are what they are and they are written down before the start of each season. FYI, the rules change each season.

As an example, not too long ago the end zone touch down line extended to infinity. A player just needed to pass the ball through that line inside or outside the pylons as long as his body was initially in bounds as the ball broke the plane. That is not the case this season. The ball must touch a pylon or break the plane within them.

Wishing for the rules to be what we wish them to be rather than accepting what they are is frankly... well what would you call it?

George, after the off-season, preseason and the first games I too would not have thought the teams would have been in the position that they are. Give credit to Coughlin, the players, the coaching staff, and a bit of good luck mixed in with some of the bad luck they've had. The Giants are making hay.

As far as the Jets go, lets hope their coaches and front office can figure it out. I can't knock Sanchez too much because I remember Simms in some of his early days. No QB can take a beating and play well.
Tom Akel
Oct. 5th, 2011 03:51 am (UTC)
The Jets game was brutal to watch. There were points where I was just cringing and hoping there was some way they could just call the game and give Sanchez a break before he might take a serious injury.

And thought it's still early in the season and I don't want to jinx it, I couldn't be happier with the way the NFC East is going! This is a big week for that division. If the Eagles end up 1-4 and the Giants 4-1, I think the season is out of reach for Philly. On the other hand, we could just as easily see the Giants, Dallas, and Skins tied at 3-2, with Philly one game back. This is one of those hump weeks where a couple of teams can really pull away if things go well, like when the Giants won at FedEx in '00 and didn't look back.
Greg Bambi Bianchi
Oct. 7th, 2011 10:08 am (UTC)
This is completely unrelated to your post, but I just had to post it. I don't even know if you'll read this, how often you hear crap like this, or what, but I just know that I have to say it.

You, Mr. Martin, are a genius. I just, tonight, finished A Dance with Dragons. I read along with Roy Dotrice (who is brilliant, by the way. Your book and his reading it, with the voices...? Man...)

The way you bring the characters to life is fascinating. I will not post any spoilers, do not worry, but it's just amazing to me how you do it. It's realistic. There is no "magical luck" to save someone.

You really are an inspiration to me and my own writing. I will wait patiently (with the jitters, of course) for the sixth book.

Thank you very much for the brilliant read, George. You and your story are just pure genius.

I know I had more to say to you about this, but I just can't think of it right now. I always lose track of what I want to say when I'm excited.

Anyway, again, thank you for many, many, many hours of terrific reading!
Oct. 7th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin, do you ever answer messages about song of ice and fire?
Sorry to be such a pain... I've sent some messages about the books through this live journal thing. Just wondering if you got them - cause I'm not familiar with this blog thing - or not a blog :D - and if you ever answer... I know that probably you receive tons of those...
Oct. 7th, 2011 03:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Mr. Martin, do you ever answer messages about song of ice and fire?
I get a LOT of messages, Kelly.

I answer when I can... but I'm always way behind... I have more than a thousand unanswered emails in my inbox right now, and about ninety LJ messages.

I don't recommend LJ messaging as a way to reach me. It's the place I check least often.
Oct. 7th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Mr. Martin, do you ever answer messages about song of ice and fire?
wow :) That was fast! Thank you very much!:D
I'll take advantage of your good will then and just paste my question-message here, alright?:) it's a quick one :)

I´m Brazilian and I love your books. I've just finished reading A Storm of Swords and am still trying to recover :).

I'd like to ask you if by any chance you could - PLEEEEEASE! - soothe my anxiety a little bit by giving me some perhaps not yet written but tiny tiny piece of information: will Arya ever meet Gendry again? PLEEEEEEEEEEEEASE tell me :D. As far as it concerns the pair of them, I´m as silly as Sansa :D. It's just that I don't wanna keep on feeding my hopes on seeing them reunited for the next 4 books, only to see none of it coming true and being left with nothing but that horrible sense of frustration... So I beg you - PLEASE! - if they are never to see each other again from A Storm of Swords on, just tell me and give a quick, merciful end to my anxiety :). I'll buy and read the books anyway. Promise :D.
Oct. 8th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Re: Mr. Martin, do you ever answer messages about song of ice and fire?
I don't want to answer to respond for George but so you don't get your hopes up, I'll say this: He is highly unlikely to tell you the answer to that question. Like 120% sure that he won't tell you. I mean pretty much anything about stuff that isn't in the books so far is off limits. He will never answer. And he shouldn't, that's the way it is. You get to know when the books come out, no sooner no later.

Anyway, I got the signed Clash of Kings today at Barnes-N-Nobles in LA and I'm really happy. Thanks GRRM for going and signing a bunch of copies at all these stores. I know it helps you sell more copies so it's sort of a selfish reason you did but I still appreciate it.
Oct. 8th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Mr. Martin, do you ever answer messages about song of ice and fire?
well, i'm not asking for details on what's gonna happen. Just if they'll ever meet again... :) I hope he answers. Never hurt to hope, right?:) If he doesn't, at least I tried :D
Oct. 7th, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about the Jets having to play the Pats. The Pats had a 21-0 lead against Buffalo and ultimately lost 34-31, so they can be beat.
Oct. 8th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
I am glad at least one of your teams won, ser!
Oct. 9th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Don't know where to post but did you catch the Grey's Anatomy shout-out to Ice and Fire? Stampede at comicon - and a "hobbit" sees a dr. and says, "She's like a Dothraki princess." When someone says, "Huh?" it's explained that it's from "Ice and Fire."!!

Been Giants fan all my life - Go Giants! Who'da thought Giants would be 3-1 in first place and the Jets (preseason favorites) would be 2-2? Life is great!
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