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I Hate Football

The Giants were awful.

The Jets were worse.

Life is meaningless and filled with pain.

'nuff said.



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Colin Marcum
Nov. 12th, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
History of the Giants...

Start good -> bad in middle of season -> good at end of season and barely make playoffs -> win superbowl

A depressed cowboys fan
Nov. 13th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
Hey George is it Tebow time yet?
Nov. 13th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
This might cheer you up--NBA meets Night's Watch
This might cheer you up!! It's not football, but at least it's something positive related to sports.


From the 25 second mark: the introduction to this season's Sacramento Kings team pays some major homage to the Night's Watch vows!!

If the Youtube link doesn't work, search for "2012 Kings Blackout Intro" in Google. Enjoy!

(Source of this delight: I spotted this on the WinterIsComing.net tumblr page)
Nov. 13th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
Was Football Always Popular in the American Consciousness?
Hi George,

Sorry about the Jets and Giants.

I know football is near and dear to your heart (as it is for many Americans). Was this always the case?

I'm in my mid-fifties; born and raised in Canada. As a youngster my focus was more on the CFL than the NFL. Over the years, I've been exposed to a lot of U.S. made film and television. And, to the best of my recollection, much of the American zeitgeist in the forties and fifties was focused on baseball. I can think of several films centered around the sport of baseball (Pride of the Yankees, Eight Men Out, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, etc.) But I can't say the same for football. I can think of only a few films where football was featured in some degree: Knute Rockne, Rudy, Brian's Song and, most recently, The Blind Side.

Nowadays, it seems like having football and/or military service on your resume is a great plus. Did football always rank high on the American consciousness? Or was there a specific turning point in football history which popularized football into the juggernaut it is today? I'm going to assume it was the birth of the SuperBowl.

Just wondering if you can shed a little light in this area.

Much appreciated.

-- Ray
Nov. 13th, 2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Was Football Always Popular in the American Consciousness?
Baseball still calls itself "the national pastime," but pro football has been the more popular sports since at least the 70s. The Superbowl has long since eclipsed the World Series as the most popular sporting event in the US.

That being said, baseball is still the more "literary" sport, for whatever reason. Many more books and stories have been written about baseball, real and fictional, than all other sports combined. The same is true of film, as you point out.

I have done my own part to redress that imbalance, by the way. Back in the 70s I wrote two SF/ football stories, "Run To Starlight" and "The Last Super Bowl" (which is about to be outdated). Though I do like baseball, I have never written a baseball story. Maybe one day.
Nov. 13th, 2012 05:35 am (UTC)
I feel your pain
I think the Chargers and Jets have traveled similar paths recently: very high expectations without achieving the ultimate prize. Philip Rivers and Mark Sanchez have both regressed mightily this year, too.

Regarding the Giants, Eli's past four games have been horrendous! A midseason slump? An injury? An indication of something bigger?

What's worse is that the Giants and Jets have built their success the past few years on a lights-out defense, but their defenses -- especially the Jets' -- have been meh this year.

Ugh. It'll be a looooooooong winter, good sir.
Nov. 13th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Look on the bright side George. The Eagles lost.......AND THE COWBOYS WON!!!!! :)
Guy Lillian
Nov. 13th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
last weekend's NFL
But no, all is wonderful. All is beauty and light. Football is the most sublime activity ever ventured by the human species. The Saints won. In fact, the Saints won against the team with the best current record of the season. In fact, the Saints won despite having their head coach, much of his staff, and many of their best players banished by draconian officialdom. In fact, the Saints won not only with Drew Brees, the child of the gods, but with outstanding defense, which was terrible for the first few games of this season. The Saints won this last weekend to prove a point, to whit, they are regaining their magic. I have five cents cold hard cash that says they win the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. Rejoice, all.
Peter Jones
Nov. 13th, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
I would feel for you, but the childlike delight I got from watching Richard Sherman manhandle Sanchez is completely preventing me from doing so. Go Hawks!
Nov. 13th, 2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
I never seem to understand how important this topic might actually get to some.

And then, not being a US citizen, I really cared about the election last week, not to mention un-persons of notorious importance to the continued existence of the universe such as Tyrion, Arya and Dany Targaryen.
Is this what I call bigotry when others do it?

'Nuff said B-)

(Couldn't say it, but great second-to-last post!

Reuben Shaul
Nov. 14th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't worry too much about the NYG.

The Giants, perhaps more so than any other team understand how to pace themselves over the course of a season. They haven't had a bye yet, their receivers are clearly not yet 100%, yet they're 6-4 and set to win the division.

Additionally, I love the fact that the Giants have drifted away from contention for one of the top 2 seeds in the conference. The Giants are a notoriously bad home team and Eli has a poor track record of dealing with the wind.

Remember the year the Giants went 12-4 and lost their first playoff game to the Eagles?

The Giants have a track record of winning big playoff games ON THE ROAD and that's exactly where I want them.
Nov. 14th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
fellow Giants fan
I don't care for any of your political opinions(I am a moderate). However, we go through the exact same emotions with the Giants and the Jets. I feel like Bill Clinton when I say "I feel your pain". When the Zombie War comes, I got your back.

Watch Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic. It will cheer you up. Watching crazy people prepare for the end of the world has taken my mind off of football.
Nov. 14th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
Seen on Twitter
"Hey, Jets players who anonymously ripped Tim Tebow to @MMehtaNYDN today… The Broncos of August 2011 called. They want their quotes back."
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