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Congrats to the Baltimore Ravens and their fans, and condolences to the fans of the 49ers.

Another exciting Superbowl. Used to be that the big game was a blowout more often than not, but the last few years have seen some exciting contests. For once, it was a great defensive goal line stand that won the game. Something fans of D like me see all too seldom. (Of course, the Niners playcalling on first-and-goal from the five left much to be desired. Too many passes to Crabtree. I would have gone with Gore Up the Gut four times. If they had, I'd be congratulating San Francisco right now, I suspect).

Of course, this year can't compare with last year's thrilling Giants win, but hey, that's the NFL. Glory is fleeting. The G-Men will be back.



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Feb. 4th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
Best ASOIAF reference in any form of entertainment.
Feb. 5th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: Best ASOIAF reference in any form of entertainment.
Feb. 5th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Hail to the Ravens.
Props to Baltimore; a few series after the power outage, I thought they were doomed. Flacco has led his team to playoff victories in five straight seasons, and now he’s won the big one. Incredible.
Steve Onderdonk
Feb. 5th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
100% agree
I'm one of those 49ers fans...and I was saying the same thing for the last drive! GIVE THE BALL TO GORE!! ARGH!! anyways...big fan of your work, keep it up.
Kyle Elzy
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
Eh, just can't be happy for Ray Lewis. No disrespect to his successful career, I've just never liked the guy. I guess he's straightened himself out in recent years, but throughout the playoffs he's basically been saying that God is on his side and woe to everyone else. Come on, man.

And I couldn't help but notice that, ironically, in the most self-important game of his career, the 49ers were absolutely TORCHING him. He just couldn't get to the play.
Grace Vee
Feb. 5th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
Borrowing your words here...

Life is meaningless and full of pain.
49ers lost the Superbowl :(
Feb. 6th, 2013 05:26 am (UTC)
Agreed. :(
Feb. 6th, 2013 07:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, it is off topic
Congratulations! Whether its validation, vindication, redemption or some other 'tion, I felt compelled to post this for you.
Pat Coughlin
Feb. 6th, 2013 09:04 am (UTC)
Woo Ravens! To the other posters on Ray Lewis - I definitely agree, even as a Baltimore lad myself. The "god is with me, but not them" thing bugged me (even as an agnostic) and there's still something a bit unsettled about Atlanta-2000...

But I tell myself that Ed Reed (perhaps the greatest safety who ever lived), Matt Birk (the first Harvard grad to start in a Super Bowl and a total class act), Brendon Ayanbadejo (SO outspokenly pro-gay-rights, good man) also won rings along with a bunch of other good folks. So there's that!

Ravens-Giants would be great next year. Especially considering that, in terms of career arc, Flacco and Eli are basically the same guy. They both had ongoing questions about eliteness, but in the beginning of a season declared themselves the best QB out there... and then went out and won the big one with MVP on top. And, in any given regular season game, you don't know if you'll get the one that throws 400 yards and 3 TD's or goes full-Delhomme...
Feb. 6th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
It really was a poor game despite the score. I thought both Harbaughs did enough to cost their respective teams the victory. Fortunately for the elder his players made up for his mistakes.
Feb. 6th, 2013 06:54 pm (UTC)
Living near SF, we were surrounded by 49ers fans (with three Ravens fans) while we watched that game - and I'm just glad that after the power outage, the Niners finally got it together and stopped that game from being a complete blowout. The first half was just depressing to watch. Gotta hand it to the Ravens - they really brought their A-game, consistently. Sigh...now I just hope it's not another two-decades or so before our team makes it to the Superbowl again.
Aman Senna
Feb. 7th, 2013 05:03 pm (UTC)
Sorry for talking about this here, where it is not really the subject but I find myself damn interested in two characters of the old legens of Westeros : Argella Durrendon and Lann the Clever... I really hope to read about them one day !
(I'm sure Argella would have fit in the "Dangerous Women" anthology from the very few we know of her).
Burcă Adrian Claudiu
Feb. 7th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Extremely happy for you on your HBO deal. Can hardly wait to find out what you have planned for us. Any spoilers you'd care to give?
Feb. 8th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
All in all an exciting game. last couple years have been great for superbowls. D makes the game for me, always has. way too many passes to crabtree for sure.

hope to see my broncos at the bowl next year....
Feb. 13th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hi George,
Now that the football season is over, what sport will you watch? As a Scotsman I can suggest watching some rugby - the 6 Nations is currently on here (over the pond). I know I may be yanking at the wrong chain when I suggest rugby to Americans, but its really a very good championship this year. This score says it all http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eNokIEJjI4
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