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... and has no purpose.

Pathetic loss by the Giants. They played without heart or guts, lost to an inferior Redskins team, and may be well on their way to another end-of-season collapse. Eli looked mediocre at best, but got no help from his receivers, who were dropping balls all over the field. Special mention goes to the normally sure-handed Amani Toomer, who dropped what would have been a long gainer while wide open, to Brandon Jacobs, who ran well but proved that he can't catch anything out of the backfield, even when the ball hits him in his hands, and to Sinorice Moss, who twice caught crucial passes at a distance that would have been good for a first down and then ran backwards so they weren't first downs after all.


If the Giants lose to Buffalo next week, they won't even make the playoffs. I will not be at all surpised if that happens.


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Dec. 17th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
I just wished to mention that as a favorite writer of mine, I LOVE posts of this nature from you. It's interesting to see what it is you do and do not like aside from the things you're writing about.

Knowing nothing about sports, I won't comment on the content further.

Just wanted to say how I do appreciate reading.
Dec. 17th, 2007 07:30 am (UTC)
I've already written off the football season, and I'm enjoying college basketball.

It isn't easy being a KC Chiefs fan.
Dec. 17th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
The giants loss was unfortunate, but I still have faith! They can beat the bills, no problem. Or maybe the patriots. Hey, it's possible. Miami won, so this season is far from being predictable.
Dec. 17th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC)
They've been choking like this through the Coughlin era, it seems to me. Once Coughlin is gone, I predict that a decent head coach will lead them to success.
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
I'd just like to say that I truly enjoy your football posts (and your books) and recognize a true fan when I see one!
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
Coughlin does seem to encourage a lack of consistancy. He's not a bad couch, he's just not right for the Giants.
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:54 am (UTC)
Alas, Sunday proved joyous, as the Dolphins managed to get out of the pathetic state known as 'Winless'. Whew.

Dec. 17th, 2007 12:54 pm (UTC)
I like the term "unwinfeated".
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
The only thing more pathetic than being the dolphins is, alas, losing to the dolphins. Its a sad day here in Baltimore. (But, on the plus side, Troy Smith!)
Dec. 18th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
At least Florida can still claim it had the only perfect football teams in history.
Dec. 17th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Just a bad day at the Trident all around. Tony Romo proved he can't connect with a receiver while in the presence of Jessica Simpson, enabing the Eagles' undeserved win in what has to be the most lackluster game the Cowboys have had all season. Sad on every level.
Dec. 17th, 2007 01:09 pm (UTC)
As much as I know Brandon's hands could improve, it would help if Eli through those five-yard dump-offs at a velocity below "bullet". Hand-eye coordination only works so quickly, and there is a quarterbacking concept known as "touch". :-,

Beyond that, Packers won and Cowboys lost, so life in the NFC was relatively good for a day in my world. :-,
Dec. 17th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Giants out?
Aren't the Giants now 9-5 and still in sole possession of the top wild card in the NFC? Even if they lose the next two they might still limp backwards puking into this year's NFC playoffs at 9-7. That said I wasn't sure who to root for in that game - my Vikes are currently barely holding in the last wild card spot and probably have to win out to hold off the suddenly hot Saints and maybe the Skins so I would've liked a Giants win as well.

Anyways, happy holidays and all that,

Dec. 17th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank God Amani Toomer dropped everything that came his way. He was my fantasy opponent's last chance to beat me. W00t!


Dec. 17th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Late season collapses...
"If the Giants lose to Buffalo next week, they won't even make the playoffs. I will not be at all [surprised] if that happens."

Bad news, George: The Giants have that look of a team hoping no one will notice them backing into the playoffs. As my Broncos found out last year, there is no where to hide in the NFL (see 49ers beating them at home to knock them out of the playoffs on the last game of the season).

The real heart-breaker about the Giants is that if Tiki were still with the team, they might have won 12 games this year.
Dec. 17th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
inferior redskins team? todd collins owns you!
Dec. 18th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Re: inferior?
LOL, that he does.
Dec. 17th, 2007 05:07 pm (UTC)
Skins Win!
With all the 'Skins have been through this year that was a very nice win. Just two more and a little help and we are playoff bound!

One loss by the Saints or two my New Orleans and we get to dance!
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
It could be worse. You could have lost to the dolphins.

Dec. 17th, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Looks like the 49ers may not be the only team looking for a new coach and possibly starting QB, though alas! both disappointing quarterbacks appear to be making far too much for their on-field value.
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
You need to put 'Life sucks and has no purpose' in Dance of Dragons, somewhere.
Dec. 18th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
*snort giggle* Sorry but I am glad the Cowboys lost, the Packers won, earning a bye during playoffs.. And your team seriously needs a new coach or something.. *pats GRRM on the head* Next year ok? After Favre retires your team can win, and I will even root for them! Well maybe not, Packers rule ya know?
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)
It could be worse,you could be a Lions fan. Sigh.
Dec. 18th, 2007 02:52 am (UTC)
As a Patriots fan (as well as a Song of Ice and Fire fan) I felt I should chime in on the football conversation. Having been raised as a Red Sox fan, I'm very conflicted about the fact that, in football, I am essentially rooting for the Yankees. Of course, I love that my teams (in just about every sport) are so dominant right now. But I understand that it won't always be that way, and I am disappointed by my fellow Patriots fans who don't seem to understand that trumpeting our team's success just creates enmity with other football fans. I'm enjoying this remarkable season, but I don't see the need to be a jerk about it.

As for your teams, the world isn't really at an end. The Jets are a much better team than their record shows, and if they fix their line play, they'll be right back in the mix in the next few years. The Giants (and especially Eli) are inconsistent, but they have a solid enough lead to make the playoffs no matter what happens over the next two weeks. Still, winning against Buffalo would make things a bit more relaxing for them before they have to play the Pats.
Dec. 18th, 2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Comfortable lead? How did that work out for the Mets? Honestly, this team either needs to win out or lose it all. A change is needed for either the better or the better.
Dec. 18th, 2007 10:07 am (UTC)
Catching in strong cold wind is all about timing. While many of those 'easy' tosses seemed like they should have been caught,in strong cold wind they become hardly routine. Ask Phil Simms. The art or rather science of passing in those conditions demand a tight spiral with the nose of the ball as horizontal as possible (do you remember how many of Phil's passes were knocked down at the line of scrimmage?) And, to make it even easier on your receivers who's hands and reflexes were no doubt a bit numbed and slowed you have to as a passer be consistent. The fault lies squarely on the shoulders of the Giant brass who refuse to admit that Eli will never be a good QB especially in cold weather.

Eli needs to be benched and Coughlin needs to be fired. I admit a bit of an over-reaction, but I've had it with those guys. And while I'm ranting what was going on with the linebackers? Talk about being a day late and a dollar short.

Maybe global warming is to blame. The team has been spoiled by balmy weather and don't understand Giant Stadium football anymore. Or, maybe even they need better door management.

Well, the Viking looked good. Won't that be a lark?
Dec. 19th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
Since it'll probably make you feel worse, the Chargers are in. The last two games will be played to see where they get placed in the playoffs, so I'm expecting honest tries for victories in both. Then the single elimination season. :)

As it stands, I expect the Patriots going all the way. But I'll still hope for a Chargers' win in the Superbowl. With a resounding drubbing of New England along the way. San Diego has a very different team now than they had at the beginning of the year.

But what I'm really looking forward to are the Padres taking four straight from the Yankees in the World Series. :D (Even the worst depressive is optimistic about something. ("I'm positive this will kill me."))
Dec. 21st, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
When you have Brandon Jacobs why would let Eli pass the ball 52 times when they were playing in that weather?
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