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Life is Meaningless...

... and full of pain.

The Jets avoided losing this week by the clever strategy of not playing.

The Giants, alas, had no such reprieve. They managed to blow a 10-point fourth quarter lead and lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-20. The Giants D crumpled when the game was on the line, sadly, but played stoutly for the first three quarters. This loss is on the offense, and especially on Eli and his wide receivers, who seemed listless and out of sync all game. That was especially true in that all-important fourth quarter, when all the Gmen could manage was three and out, three and out, and three and out.

Truth be told, I don't think the game was even as close as the final score appeared. The Steelers dominated Big Blue throughout, and Eli never did get anything going. The longest Giant plays downfield were a couple of pass interference penalties against Pittsburgh, at least one of which was very questionable. And in the red zone, when we need TDs, we settled for field goals.

This is the third week in a row the Giants O has looked anemic. Unless we can turn that around, and soon, I think Big Blue may be piling up a lot of losses in the weeks to come. That is, sadly, something we've seen before with Coughlin's Giants -- we streak off to a nice 6-2 start, then stumble badly in midseason.

I do wish we had done better, though. An lot of people back in New York and New Jersey could have used a lift, after the nightmarish week they've been through with Sandy. That includes family and friends of mine, of course... remember, I am an old (very old) Jersey boy. I hear that half of Bayonne is still without power, that Brady's Dock (once owned by my mother's family) is messed up, and that First Street (where I lived for many years) was hard hit. Here's hoping recovery will be swift.



Nov. 5th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Much love to all of your family, George. I hope they get power back soon. It has been a tough fucking week out here. :(
Nov. 5th, 2012 01:44 am (UTC)
Also, mercifully the Niners had a bye this week. After the World Series win, a goddamned hurricane and a face full of Newtown Creek water, I could do with a little less stress around here.
John Garbuzinski
Nov. 5th, 2012 01:45 am (UTC)
On the bright side, Northwestern is into the BCS standings at 24!
Nov. 5th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Hey, go U Northwestern.
Devin Meaker
Nov. 5th, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
Your right that offense looked terrible when it mattered most. I thought after that fake field goal they could flip the script pick up some first downs and give the defense a much needed rest. Still the D cordinator did not make enough adjustments. Big Ben was 6 for 8 in the forth and the Big Blue defense never blitzed him. If the front four can't get there then you have to send some one. ruined a 6 game parlay never bet on your favorite team.
Nov. 5th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
Hope your friends and family back East are all ok!
Nov. 5th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
I'm sorry friend
But we have the Chefs. No. really, that is what they are playing like, NOT a NFL team.
Nov. 5th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
that sucks bout the NY teams...

However (for me) the Ravens have won 10 games in a row!! :)
Nov. 5th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
On the upside you did receive a World Fantasy life achievement award today and Vice Chair Evelyn Baker did a great job with your speech. See Scott Edelman's YouTube Channel for video of it.
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:12 am (UTC)
A win would have been nice, but what we could have used was that $340M in lost revenue from the cancelled NYC Marathon. I don't blame Bloomberg for cancelling it, but I do blame him for not explaining how practically important it would have been for the recovery. Oh well at least we got a stadium full of people to a game that provided little practical aid for the victims of the storm. Too bad the Giants didn't bother to show up.

Gilbride took the foot of the gas after the first half of the Browns game and can't seem to find the pedal again. Eli has been off although from his post-game conference he doesn't think he's off. Hakeem is not ready to be starting and Randle just isn't getting up to speed. The combination is causing miscues and bad spacing. The defenses can play straight up man without any worries. Poor Cruz, he's getting mauled now. Where the heck is Hixon and Barden? Especially Barden. What's the deal with him? He must be not doing something right because it seems like he's in the doghouse. Is it me or are the Giants incapable of running for any serious yardage on 2nd down? Add that to them being woeful in 3rd and short...

The loss of Blackburn was very apparent. Herzlich better get his act into gear. On a couple of plays I thought I saw he and Boley signal different plays. I hope I got that wrong.

You hit the nail right on the head. I'm sure that most if not all Giants fan are getting that same ol' feeling again. Oh well.

I hope that your family and friends are coping well.
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:20 am (UTC)
I thought Keenan Lewis played a helluva game, despite the calls. I was steaming after the Ryan Clarke call gave the gmen a touchdown instead of the field goal. And I was sure we lrft Eli too much time on the clock at the end. We seem to have found a back or three in Dwyer Redman and Rainey... Or maybe the oline is finally coming around. Ready for the second half! Good luck the rest of the way. The Giants always seem to turn it around at the right time.
Nov. 5th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Don't worry George NYC will be fine, the Knicks won their home opener against my defending champions Miami Heat. That's a big one for them
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:49 pm (UTC)
The bright side...
I am not a Giants fan (Go Broncos!). I am, however, a fan of this moderately under-performing Giants offense. Having Tynes on my FF team has been a bonanza so far this season.
Nov. 5th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Sorry, politics

I'm actually responding to today's political post above. And to say thanks, but not for how you might think. I'm not with you on politics, but appreciate to see you write that you value others opinions different than yor own. That heartens me because I love your work and disagree with your politics.

I'm particularly heartened because... And this pains me to say so because I adore yor writing so much... That many of your political posts in the past seemed to have little or no value for different opinions. Quite frankly, some (papers please!!!) relied mostly, if not completely, on ad hominem arguments... It's mad me wonder if you even wanted someone with a different worldview read your books.

So... Thank you. I think if we were in a room together we would have a great discourse. Just remember as you post, you have many fans that disagree with you but respect you - make certain your post show respect too.


Ps- no fiction I have ever read makes me smile like yours.
Nov. 5th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
You ALWAYS scare me when you start the entry 'life is meaningless' -_-
Nov. 6th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
Misplaced comment here: regarding people's right to vote you may want to edit the post to add this number: 1-866-OUR-VOTE. People can use that if they think someone is trying to keep them from voting. Also, stay in line! As long as you stay in line you get to vote when the polls officially close!

Thanks, sorry for the misplaced comment.


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