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A Whiff of Hope

Life is... hey, maybe there is some faint glimmer of hope.


Gang Green is 3-2.  Say, what?

All the talking heads had them picked as the worst team in the NFL during the preseason.  Guess that's why they play the games, as Boomer likes to say.

Not that they looked like the second coming of the Lombardi Packers tonight.  But they avoided turnovers, and the D looked stout, and the offense -- unlike the Giants O -- did not shoot itself in the foot.  They have a running game.  And Geno Smith looked... well, like a promising rookie.

The Jets actually had to win the game twice.  With time running out, and Atlanta driving, Rex and the D stopped the Falcons with a great goal line stand, breaking up the fourth down pass.  That should have won it right there.  But the refs decided to give Atlanta four more downs with a bogus penalty.  Given eight downs instead of four, the Falcons scored, as most teams would in that position, leaving the Jets with only a minute.  I thought Gang Green had blown it.  The slough of despond beckoned.  But what the hell, the Rookie moved the Jets right down the field, bing bang boom, and Nick Folk kicked the game winning field goal with 3 seconds left on the clock.

The Jets may not win the Super Bowl.  Or even the AFC East.  But right now, they sure look like the best team in New York City.  And NOBODY saw that coming, least of all me. 



Ezra Azzopardi
Oct. 8th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
NPR broadcast

I just listened to a broadcast about you opening up a movie theater on NPR. There was part of the news segment that spoke about you receiving a lot of angry mail from fans of the show when the "Red Wedding" occurred in season 3. Firstly, I wanted to say THANK YOU for writing such an awesome series! Secondly, I think that every time you've killed off a character not only has their death made me cry, but also had a significant impact on me as a reader. I think that you've made excellent choices and the possibility that a character could die keeps me on the edge of my seat with anticipation. I think that you've definitely added to the literary genre in such a positive way by humanizing all your characters by allowing the reader to see their POV - which doesn't happen very often.

I also wanted to add, that I personally don't care if it takes you 5+ year to finish Winds of Winter because personally, I know when I rush something it isn't necessarily my best work, and I feel that every time you've released a book it is the best version that it could have been. Lastly, I think if HBO even tries to take the show in any sort of direction that is not what's indicated in the books (because you haven't finished them) you should punch that executive in the face, just a quick chin check to let them know who's boss. Because when you think about it, the popularity of the show is due to the fact that the adaptation is so true to the books.

Don't let them TrueBlood your series!

Much respect!

Your fan,

Ezra :)
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
I saw it coming... sort of.
Ever since the Pats game I knew Geno Smith had this in him. People made fun of me for saying so and I almost admitted I was wrong based on what happened in the last few weeks. To me, his mistakes are rookie mistakes which he is bound to mature out of. As a Pats fan I'm a little worried about the game against the Jets in two weeks. If the Pats lose against the Saints we'll be 4-2 and the jets will be 4-2 if they beat the Steelers. The Jets-Pats game is going to be important.
Side note: How are the Falcons 1-4?
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
This post has given me an idea...
When HBO has finally finished your books but still hungry for more medieval mirth, how about a spin-off series entitled "A Whiff of Hope" starring Reek? It will be perfect for the new smell-o-vision TV boxes coming to a living room near you in 2016...
Oct. 8th, 2013 11:06 am (UTC)
Rex's D is playing really well. The team as a whole is definitely playing better than the Giants. Geno surprised me with his play. If the O-line continues to block there maybe playoff hope for this team.
Oct. 8th, 2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
I don't even follow football anymore, though when I was married I was a Jets fan. But I thought of you and your ultimate glee last night when I had the CBS (NYC) 11:00 news on and first they announced that the Jets had just fallen behind by a point with 2 minutes to go (Oh, no! George's life will be meaningless and full of pain!), then came back to announce that the Jets had kicked a field goal and won (George's life will have meaning again!)

Here's hoping Gang Green will do you proud this year.
Julio Cesar Magnani
Oct. 8th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
I'm a Packers fan, but man, did I root for the Jets last night. I read an article saying Geno Smith apologized with every defensive player for the turnovers he had against the Titans, and Antonio Cromartie said something like "don't worry man, we are here to get the ball back to you if you lose it". That shows some character and union, the kinds of things I like to see rewarded on the field.

Geno Smith showed so many good traits that Mark Sanchez must start sending resumes around (not that anyone will even read it, but still...) And Rex Ryan is really a defensive master mind. The Jets seem to be a few good offensive draft picks short of being a solid playoff team.
Pierre Bouchard
Oct. 8th, 2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
4th down penalty
If it wasn't for all the weird penalties for and against Cromartie that set the tone, I would have thought the refs were taking sides on 4th down and goal. I think refs are even less able to deal with the pressure of a close 4th quarter than most of the players themselves.

The Jets may not win the Super Bowl. Or even the AFC East.

I'm just thinking back on that game vs the Pats they could have won, my bet I'll be thinking about that missed opportunity all season.

Edited at 2013-10-08 12:58 pm (UTC)
Eric Matthews
Oct. 8th, 2013 02:01 pm (UTC)
Eggs and armors
Ignore the handegg, George.

Football is the game you should watch. As a matter of fact, the whole planet does that, except for the guys in US for some odd reason. How fortunate, that there's a perfect opportunity to watch some real men with real balls instead of guys in the armors, hugging each other on the grass. That opportunity is called UEFA Champions League. There are some badass matches to be played exactly two weeks from now:

Juventus vs Real Madrid
Dortmund vs Arse
Milan vs Barcelona
Celtic vs Ajax

Watch one of those and you will completely forget about handegg.
Oct. 8th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC)
5.5 goals scored for all the games you just mentioned?

The rest of the world can keep that game. I lose patience when I repeatedly see players grabbing at their shins and screaming in pain, hoping that the referee didn't notice that the opposing player only stepped on his foot.
Ray Feighery
Oct. 8th, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Eggs and armors
Clearly you haven't been keeping up. Major League SOCCER is in a huge growth period and EPL games are broadcast each week on NBC.
Julio Cesar Magnani
Oct. 8th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Eggs and armors
Funny thing: I am a Brazillian guy, and grew up loving "Soccer". I was really fanatic about it. But when I discovered American Football, I lost most of my interest on "soccer" (I hate calling it soccer, but it's easier for everyone to undertand I think). I still like it and follow a little bit of it, but I don't enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoy following American Football.

You could try as well. It's a little tough to understand at the beggining, but the effort totally pays off.
Jay M Williams
Oct. 8th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
The Jets gave the nation an enjoyable game last night beating a very talented team. Their defensive front 7, running game, and upgrade at qb (at least this week), made for a fun fun watch.
Bruce Tatarian
Oct. 8th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
Age of Geno
Geno has an arm, and he's not afraid to use it, that should give us some hope above all else. Sanchez was good at first, but we all saw the limitations of his talent from the very beginning. Geno may just be the future of this Jets team....but we need a win over the Pats before we can continue with Genomania.
Oct. 8th, 2013 06:02 pm (UTC)
No Joy in A-Ville
But there is no joy in Atlanta.

Both the mighty Braves and Falcons have struck out on the same night.

Its the Red Monday of Atlanta Fandom.


Oct. 8th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
jets are well coached
They don't have alot of talent. Rex Ryan is a good coach and he keeps the team competitive even with a lack of talent. They have a much better offensive coordinator than in the previous 2 that Sanchez was stuck with. Alot of short passes to help the offensive line (and Geno's tendency to hold the ball too long) and easy slant passes that he is good at. They made the gameplan easier for him.
no idea how good geno will be. The gameplan did not really showcase alot of talent. I am ok with that. I like a coach who works to someone's strength.

on defense... it looks like Rex finally has some pash rushers. in the past, I used to dread 3rd and long. Rex would often go to the 'exotic' blitz package' they don't get there and then there is a first down. The jets seemed to do better in 3rd and short since Rex was less likely to blitz. The rush is a little better. I do think he takes too many chances and does too much 1 on 1 coverage (he doesn't have darelle revis anymore), but he is a good coach.

i also like that rex is shutting up. I'm a jets fan, but I'm tired of his mouth. Rex is coaching for his job. Not sure he keeps it if the jets don't make the playoffs and I think that is a long shot. New GM usually wants a new coach.
Oct. 8th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
i love any team that beats atlanta.
Linda Storey
Oct. 9th, 2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
There is no hope. Full of pain.
Oct. 9th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'm just glad the Dirty Birds (Falcons) lost; the Saints are dominating the NFC South and the NFC overall, so I'm happy.
Michael Bogner
Oct. 10th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
The real question
A whiff of hope, I totally agree. I think they stay competitive, win a few, lose a few, maybe finish 8-8. (If we're lucky, 9-7.) At that point, if you're John Idzik, do you keep Rex and Marty or head in a new direction?
Oct. 15th, 2013 08:54 pm (UTC)
Re: The real question
Rex is the best thing the Jets have going for them. They would be fools to let him go.

(Which means they probably will).
Oct. 10th, 2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
0-4 Steelers Next
This Pittsburgh game has all the indicators of being a let down game- at home, struggling but still dangerous opponent, turnover prone rookie QB vs ball hawking veteran defense, and the most worrisome or all- THE JETS ARE ACTUALLY FAVORED.

But I was one of the many who thought that we didn't have a shot against ATL, and I actually think we match up better against these guys. Truth is that anyone who thinks they can pick this one is nuts or lying.

BTW, who do you got in the Denver/Jacksonville game? Gimmie the Jags all the way, cuz 28 points is downright ludicrous...
John W
Oct. 11th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
A dream of spring
As a fan of the other team, I'm just hoping we get out of the season with some dignity, hopefully at least a 6-10 season.

2014 draft here we come.
JC Vanegas
Oct. 15th, 2013 12:16 am (UTC)
Hello Mr. Martin, I was wondering if you were also a soccer (or as the rest of the world called it: Football, or fútbol/fuchiball) you know the world cup will be in Brazil next year and the US did awesome during the qualification rounds.
Do you follow the MLS? I bet you are a NY RedBull's fan by association.
And other question, soccer is not the only world sport phenomena, thanks to globalization more and more people are paying attention to Football and Rugby, yet most of us don't even know where to start, so if theres a kind of "crash course" to NFL you know about I will be eager to take it.
And lastly: Have some love from Colombia (South America) :)


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