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Life is STILL Magical...

... this week, at least.

A great weekend of playoff football. The Saturday games... well, there was certainly a lot of scoring. A little frustrating for those old school guys like me who like a bit of defense from time to time, but I can't deny it was exciting. The Saints look especially scary. They killed the G-Men when we went down and played them in Nawlins during the season, and I have a feeling they will kill anyone who has to play them in the Superdome. But the rest of their games are likely to be on the road, so you never know.

Good win for the Texans too. I have no particular rooting interest in either Houston or Cincinnati, so I didn't much care how that game came out... but it occurs to me that somewhere in Dallas, Jerry Jones is probably making the pissy face at the thought of another Texas team being in the playoffs while his Cowboys are home. So that's good.

The Steeler/ Bronco game was pretty wild. Really thought that Denver had blown it there, but that overtime was a dagger in the heart. Tebow... what can I possibly say about Tebow that half a million talking heads on ESPN haven't said already? Three hundred yards passing on ten completions... it beggars understanding... but there you are. Somehow I suspect that Evil Little Bill had a role in this... I'm sure he'd much rather face Tebow than the Steelers D, as wounded as Pittsburgh was.

Of course, my favorite game was the big Giants win over Atlanta. They are weeping in the Vale, but rejoicing on the Wall. And hey, those were the REAL Giants, the ones who have been missing all season. Great swarming D and a smashmouth two-headed running game, that's what I've been waiting for. A shaky beginning, right up to the Atlanta safety, but after that it was complete NYG domination. Another great game by Eli. The Falcons clamped down on my man Victor Cruz pretty hard, but that was okay, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham stepped up to take his place. Had to love that last play of the game too, when Osi sacked not only Matt Ryan but also the Atlanta left tackle, driving him back into his QB and tackling both of them.

Which means another trip to the Frozen Tundra next week. Shades of 2007. I hope it's forty below zero again, just like it was back then. Should be epic.

((Far be from me to complain, but the officiating sucked all weekend. The Broncos got robbed on that lateral. The Giants were the victim of at least three terrible calls. And the Lions were also screwed by the zebras. I suspect the results of all three games would have been the same in either case, but really, the refs should watch those premature whistles)).



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Jan. 9th, 2012 05:58 am (UTC)
Lions screwed by Zebras
It was aobut time the zebras had their revenge upon the lions for all the kin they lost...
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
The refs should be ashamed of themselves, but at least all the teams that deserved to win did. Giants are red hot and the Packers have been red hot all season. The last game was close and there are a lot of players left on both squads from their playoff match-up in the '07/08 season. Should be a good one! If the Packers think they're going to cruise to a victory they've got another thing coming. The G-Men are going to make them earn it.
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
Going to be interesting to see if the week off for GB will work in their advantage or against them. The Giants as a team (especially the Defense) seem to ride emotional waves to victory. They seem to be on the upswing and the Packers should definitely be a bit jittery.

The coaches and Eli have finally figured out how to flip between Hicks and Cruz when defenses clamp down on one of them. Manningham is an amazing outlet and it seems like Bradshaw may have his wheels under him. It's really going to come down to the D this year. Not sure if they have what it takes to stop Rogers, but they might slow him down enough to let the offense make a game of it.

...now about those Vikings. ಠ_ಠ
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
Giants have been in the playoffs for several weeks now. I always think that it is a benefit to get in the "must-win mentality" that the Giants have had versus the scenario the Packers had. Just ask the St. Louis Cardinals and Packer's baseball equivalent, the Phillies.

Good luck to your Giants.
Peter Dougherty
Jan. 9th, 2012 07:48 am (UTC)
As I said in the other thread, I'm almost afraid to think what Shagga's feeding to the goats after the Vale and the Mountains of the Moon's team was Tucked in for good.

The big question then becomes do I miss the Arisia masquerade next Saturday night to watch the Kneeler's team get sent back to Vaes Dothrak? I still fondly remember sitting in the bar at Arisia 2007 when the G-men smote Brett Favre (before he went all Beric Dondarion on the League). Here's hoping to see Coach's face get frostbitten again on the tundra. And for good measure, search the Pack's bench for Dragonglass.
Jan. 9th, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
Congrats on the Giants win - they looked great! Whatever else you might say about ex-Gator Tebow, the boy just seems to find a way to win. (Agree that they got robbed on the lateral, and his stats should have had one more completion as one of his receivers dropped a ball that was right on his numbers.)
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
How 'bout dem SAINTS?!?! :-D
Dustin Gaspard
Jan. 10th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Lee Geurts
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:57 pm (UTC)
Mr. Martin
After finding out you are a New York Football fan, I have on occasion found myself cheering for your New York Teams. But Alas, I am born and raised in Green Bay so I hope you shall forgive me for this.

Go Packers!!! FYI - Ted Thompson signed a new free agent this week. Tormund Giantsbane. His price was high, but he guarantees Eli Manning will fall.
Michael Howley
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
It probably wouldn't have changed the second half at all, but I was absolutely furious when the Lions didn't get a chance to return that fumble. The play was blown dead by a ref who couldn't possibly have seen the sack! This sort of play happens so often, the NFL needs to establish some sort of rule of thumb for when to actually stop the play. I'm thinking something along the lines of, "if you aren't watching the quarterback but you see the ball moving forward in a definite non-spiral, don't blow the whistle unless the ball travels more than five yards past the line."

Either that, or the refs should be communicating DURING the play. Crazy, I know.
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC)
Regarding that lateral. Yes, it was a fumble, but the replay ruling was correct. The officials blew it dead before anyone picked up the ball. They couldn't award the Broncos possesion. The error was in blowing it dead to soon. If they had not blown the whistle, its possible that a Steeler may have fallen on it, unlikely, but possible.

Still Denver won, I'll give Tebow credit for hitting the big throws. He just had way too much time all day.
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
congrats! giants win was really giant).

I'm still too disappointed, my football season is over(
(no subject) - jestershow - Jan. 9th, 2012 04:10 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
At the end of the day, you can't coach height, you can't coach speed and you can't coach magic. Thankfully we have guy with his fair share of magic and a bit more.

The Giants played a hell of game. Mostly defensively. I can't remember the Giants playing that dominantly even against bad teams since the days of LT.

Like I always say, Gilbride, Fewell and Coughlin are great! Seriously, Gilbride called a good game. Fewell simplified his system and has a fuller complement of players. It looks like everyone is pulling for Tom.

Next week's games should be very interesting. Tebow vs Brady. The Saints outdoors. Those other two teams and the Giants at the Packers.

I'm not sure that I want the weather to be like it was in 2007. The cold beat down an old Brett Favre. The Giants are considerably healthier than they were the first time the two teams met this season, but they are still the walking wounded. Severely cold weather may exacerbate those issues. But, who knows? It may also help them focus and play with intensity and a sense of destiny.

I think that barring critical injuries and bad calls the Giants will win. On defense, having a healthier Osi (that was an LT-escue sack) and Tuck along with JPP means that Canty, Joseph and Bernard can get penetration. The Giants are still weak at LB but with the addition of Blackburn and the return of Boley have made them better. "At the end of the day" as Rolle mentioned and Tuck repeated yesterday, the defense is playing as a unit. They are trusting the guy next to them to do their jobs and not trying to cheat or overplay.

Hopefully the horrible calls that gave GB a TD and took one away from the Giants the last time will even out this time around. And I also hope that the officials will make at least one call when a defender mugs Nicks. The Giants can beat these guys by ten points. At the end of the day.
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
300 yards on 10 passes, sure, but he attempted 21 passes. The Steelers defense was comically bad -- they were acting like Tebow had a broken arm or something and assumed he couldn't throw more than ten yards, and so they ensured that any pass he threw would have to be for big yardage. They shut down the running game and the short pass game, but seemed to forget that funny-shaped-ball-sometime-go-far.
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
correct me if i'm wrong, but if the giants manage a win over green bay, and the saints beat san francisco (we totally will), won't the giants then play the saints in the dome for the nfc championship? if so, i'm sorry in advance. if your giants fall to the packers (and i sincerely hope they don't), it's gonna suck if the saints have to go to green bay in late january (assuming they beat san francisco, of course).
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