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Life is magical and filled with joy.



The Jets game was even more one-sided than the final score would indicate. Indy's rookie phenom Andrew Luck looked every inch a rookie this morning, and not the least bit lucky. Gang Green should actually have posted two more TDs, but two terrific pick sixs by Antonio Cromartie were called back by bogus penalty calls. (It is almost enough to make one want the replacement refs back. Almost). Mark Sanchez only passed for 82 yards, but that was more than enough, since Shonn Greene was rushing for 161 and the New York D was playing lights out. Ground and pound offense and stifling D... that was the formula that got the Jets to two successive AFC championship games. Nice to see it back again. Impressive as Greene's running was, the real hero of this game was Cromartie, who has really stepped up his game since Darrell Revis went down for the season. Gang Green STILL has a shutdown corner, it would seem. I was also thrilled to hear the announcers mention the name "Quinton Coples" several times. Maybe the Jets first round draft choice is not the second coming of Vernon Gholston after all.

The Giants started pretty slowly out in the City By The Bay, sandwiching in a sad little three-and-out between two long Niners drives in the first quarter. But the defense stiffened towards the end of both those drives, so all that San Francisco had to show for them was one field goal. And then Eli and the O woke up, and the rest of the game was Big Blue all the way. The Giants D line harassed Alex Smith relentlessly, sacking him six times and intercepting him thrice. Two of those INTs were by safety Antrell Rolle, the game's defensive standout. And for the second week in a row, New York's running game was fearsome. All the commentators and analysts agreed, no one could run on San Francisco, but Ahmed Bradshaw punched holes through their line time and time again, becoming the first back to run for 100 yards against them in their last upmty-ump (23, I think it might have been) games and scoring the first running TD against them all season. And Giants rookie David Wilson gashed them for several big runs as well. As for the Niners O, the Giant D made QB Alex Smith look like the Alex Smith of two years ago, not this year's Alex Smith. All told, a very impressive, dominating win that left the G-Men atop the NFC East.

And then, just to put some nice fat cherries atop my Sunday sundae, the Cowboys, the Patriots, and the Eagles all lost horribly in the final seconds of their own respective contests. Oh, yes yes yes, the gods are good, the sun is shining over New York City, and all the pretty girls are blowing me kisses...



Oct. 15th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
It was indeed a great weekend for football. And my Ravens won!
I've noticed it's been a bit between blog posts..i'm guessing this means things are going well? Also, how much time per day do you (typically) allow for blogging etc, or does it vary by 'mood'?
Tanto Ten
Oct. 15th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
That was Ty those kisses were for....
Oct. 15th, 2012 02:01 am (UTC)
Nothing beats seeing New England lose!

Who do you like more George, the Giants or the Jets?
Oct. 15th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
We get to keep a Stark! Yay!
Oct. 15th, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Giants OR Jets
George I've always wanted to ask someone who supports the Jets AND the Giants this question. Who do you pick in Giants VS Jets? Maybe in the regular season it's not that big of a deal but what if they met in the Superbowl since they are in different conferences. So who does a fan of both teams pick?
Oct. 15th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
I came here to read this and wasn't disappointed. Giants proving once again that they are (illogically) the most underrated team in the NFL. Jets also getting it done despite Woody Johnson.
Oct. 15th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
It was a beautiful day for NY fans. my beloved GIANTS proved the naysayers (like Terry Bradshaw) wrong. Giants D and O dominated and it was just .. Wonderful.

I hope we keep this up because we have some tough games ahead.</p>

Believe in BIG BLUE. :)

Oct. 15th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
So lucky
You get to enjoy your NFL, with the very well compensated Refs in their side gig, while my beloved NHL is sitting on the shelf, collecting dust, with pundits and casual observers alike calling for the ultimate doom.

BTW George, I recall months and months ago you saying that "such and such" place was going to get a reading by you of a sample chapter from Winds of Winter, and after that, you'd be putting it up on your site. I see the Theon sample chapter is just up. I am wondering if that reading event you spoke of (a Con, a book signing, the TIFF lightbox thing in Toronto... I am not sure what the event was) has happened yet or not. With over 5 months to go before season 3 of the HBO show, and a 2013 date for the next Dunk and Egg, salivating over the possibility of getting that new sample chapter is the only thing keeping me going. So what's the word?

Oh, and another thing, what is your opinion of the Beauty and the Beast reboot? I am assuming it is absolutely dreadful. And just wondering how well you knew the writers on the original version, and if you follow any of the shows they are working on now Like Alex Gansa's Homeland. Was the Emmy's like a reunion of sorts at all?
Oct. 15th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
I was going to say that after the scores I saw that today would be written into the fake history as some sort of Westrosian Holiday. When the Giants and Jets won, I figured you would be happy, when the Cowboys and Pats lost, then he hit the "Martin". I came here and didn't even factor the Eagles in so really this must be one of those days that must be celebrated, where the old gods, the new gods and the football gods all smiled upon you at once.

Oct. 15th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Aw man, get it together, Colts! You're making Indiana look bad!
Oct. 15th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Hold on. That team is definitely being built to succeed. Even now they are good. Injuries have taken its toll, that's all.
Oct. 16th, 2012 08:24 am (UTC)
Yeah, I suppose you're right.
Oct. 15th, 2012 08:21 am (UTC)

Still love you George.....
Oct. 15th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
Happy, Happy
I'm happy you're happy. I don't care for pro sports but really love college sports. I'm 78 now, a "new" fan of yours since THRONES started on HBO. Have read all the Song and Ice books twice and probably watched the entire tv series 20 times. I made a new intention recently. I have a rare heart disease which will eventually take my life - that's okay. However, I thought I'd share my intention with your and your wife. My intention is to live long enough to read the remaining books of A Song of Ice and Fire. I love your writing. I also have the entire Beauty and the Beast tv series and intent to re-I watch all of them soon looking especially for those you penned. Thanks again for fabulous writing. It has brought a passion into my life I haven't experienced for years. I am happy! SL
Oct. 15th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
G-Men, Gang Green!!
Question for Giants: would you like fries and a fifth pound sirloin burger to go with that shakin' Defense?
Oct. 15th, 2012 02:23 pm (UTC)
While I was thrilled by the victories I still have my qualms.

The Jets victory was tainted by the fact that Indy fielded a wounded defensive line and Andrew had little Luck in passing (wah, wah, waaahh..). Sorry, had to. Luck played poorly even beyond what Jets defense caused.

That gangrenous team needs an almost total overhaul. Yes, I'm hoping to eat my words.

I don't know what came over the Giants D-line. Alex Smith played like his old self. And the D-line played like theirs. Except for Tuck. I saw his jersey and that ridiculous helmet so I know that he was in the game. The Niners, disjointed offensive scheme was awful. For once, Fewell's defensive scheme looked innovative. The combination worked this week.

The offensive line seems to be clicking again. Eli has been escaping serious harassment for most of the season and ever since Andre Brown was put in for an injured Bradshaw they have been mostly solid in run blocking. I think Bradshaw picked up on what Brown was doing in waiting for the blocks before exploding. I still remember reading your post on how terrific you thought he'd be from watching his rookie preseason performances. (Did I say that before?) Great call George. You were the first. I don't recall any of the NY sports writers, radio hosts or fans on WFAN calling for him to play before your comment. He's always been the toughest sonofagun and now he's running smarter.

David Wilson has been a joy to watch. They need to get him on a post corner route. The kid has great hands despite the one critical drop that he had. With his speed he'd shred any defense.

Even a decade ago, would you have ever dreamt in you wildest dreams that the Giants would have a gaggle of receivers with this quality?

As happy as I was watching the final 7 minutes of the game, I was brought back to earth upon seeing RG3's highlights. Yes, I'm scared. 3 of 3 losses in the Division? Going back to John Elway I've always been most nervous watching the Giants play mobile QBs.
Hunter Baldwin
Oct. 15th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yes!!! maybe if your teams keep winning you will not kill everyone off:) Good thing your not a Saints fan like me.
Oct. 15th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Go Hawks! I bet Brady cried on a supermodel lastnight.
Oct. 16th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
When I saw the Jets and the Giants both won I turned to my husband and said "George will be happy"...and he knew exactly who I was talking about! I have turned into a total GRRM groupie, much to my dismay. I have never been a groupie before. My husband thinks I have gone a little crazy in Westeros....but how can I help it?
Oct. 16th, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
My husband had the opportunity to view the Jets game from one of the "luxury" boxes. Luxury indeed--complete with a pic with the Flight Team cheerleaders.
Oct. 16th, 2012 12:56 pm (UTC)
Total Quarterback Rating
Check out the new stat Total Quarterback Rating (TBR). It is different from Quarterback Rating. It takes situations into account and appears to be more detailed. Eli is 3rd and I think near the top the past several years. Higher than other quarterbacks with higher quarterback ratings. You might want to check out ProFootballFocus website. They rate players based on every play. NFL teams use them. Very interesting analysis.

Redskins are tough. This game will have to be a shoot out. The giants don't do too well against Mobile Quarterbacks and RG3 looks like Michael Vick in his prime with accuracy and much better coaching.

As a Jets fan, I'm kind of rooting for them to lose to get a better draft pick. Squeaking out an 8-8 season means we get a middle of the first round pick and Tannenbaum may keep his job. I think Rex Ryan is a good coach, but Tannenbaum needs to go.
Oct. 16th, 2012 11:05 pm (UTC)
Jets @ Patriots this Sunday
Story coming out of Foxboro is Bill Belichick was asked by a reporter about Rex Ryan's boast that the Jets will beat the Patriots this Sunday and instead of a usual under his breath "It is what it is" he simply handed the reporter a card with the following lines:

And who are you, the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o'er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.

.... couldn't resist based on your claim that the Patriots are the Lannisters
Oct. 18th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)


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