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Win, Win

Life is... well, tolerable.  On this Sunday, at least.

The Jets and the Giants both won today, but somehow, considering the dismal seasons they've had and the fact that both have long since been eliminated from the post-season, it is hard to summon up a "life is magical and full of joy."

The Jets thumped the Browns pretty solidly.  Our rookie QB Geno Smith looked... okay.  He ran for the winning TD, which was good.  And he didn't throw any interceptions, which was better.  I am so sick of INTs.  Maybe if Gang Green upsets the Dolphins next week to finish 8-8, that will save Rex Ryan's job.  But I doubt it.  I think Rex has been set up to be fired since before the season began.  The new GM doesn't want him.  He wants "his own guy," all the talking heads keep saying.  Pfui.  I don't know who "his own guy" is, but I doubt very much he'd be better than Ryan, who has been the best coach the Jets have had since Bill Parcells.  Firing him would be insane.  Which likely means the Jets will do it.

The Giants won in overtime.  They looked awful, and suffered several more injuries.  I think they have just about to run out of offensive linemen and running backs.  They tried to give away the game several times.  But the Detroit Lions kept giving it back.  Someone had to win eventually, and it turned out to be the Giants, which eliminated the Lions from the playoffs and assured that the G-Men will have a somewhat worse draft choice.

Win, win.

Yay, yay.

Guess I need to wait a little longer for that Subway Superbowl.



Dec. 23rd, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
You wanna talk pain?! I'm a Buc's fan. :P
Dec. 23rd, 2013 02:48 am (UTC)
I was rooting for the Giants with all of my might. I really needed the Lions to lose...not that my Bears are doing anything with the open door they were given.
Dec. 23rd, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
Totally agree about Ryan.
I think he's a fantastic coach. And I think he's actually gotten better over the years, and he is WAY more diplomatic with the press now. I'm a Pats fan- but if I were a player, he's the type of coach I would really want to fight for. Wishing him the best, and hoping for some good Pats-Jets games in the years to come!
Bob Dole
Dec. 23rd, 2013 04:33 am (UTC)
Quick, someone cheer up GRRM before he kills more Starks!
Dec. 23rd, 2013 06:57 am (UTC)
Thanks Giants!
The Giants did their part to help the Bears by beating the Lions, but when the Bears could clinch the playoffs (by beating the Eagles), they laid a tremendous egg. Sorry to waste the gift, Giants.
Steven Sidore
Dec. 23rd, 2013 09:14 am (UTC)
We Pats fans had a rough day too
watching Tom Brady left hanging on his high fives. Other than that, smooooooooth sailing in Baltimore. :)

The best thing I can say about Ryan is that he's not just a talented coach, but he's interesting too. The game is never boring with him around.

The issue for management IMHO is not that he's got a big mouth per se, but that he always seems to turn the attention back on himself. Off the top of my head I'd say Parcells could do it and thrive, Ditka and Jimmy Johnson too, but very few others -- and not Rex.

Edited at 2013-12-23 09:18 am (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2013 04:15 pm (UTC)
Yesterday I was having brunch and couldn't help but notice you at the other table in the restaurant. I asked if I could send over a bottle of muscat or buy brunch for you, Paris and your family, they discouraged it. I understand how private you are and did not wish to make the brunch uncomfortable for you. I wanted to come over and tell you what an amazing series that you have written and how glad I am to have read it... so far. Looking forward to next book. Thank you for everything!
Today I am in Chicago and feel your football pain. Although the Bears are in control of their destiny, little hope remains beyond a first round playoff loss.
Dec. 23rd, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
Re: brunch
Where was this? Were you in Santa Fe?
Dec. 24th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: brunch
I was in New York at Cafe Boulud.
Maria Show
Dec. 24th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
Re: brunch
That wasn't me, then. I have not been back to New York in over a year, and I've never been to Cafe Boulud.
Tyler Hancock
Dec. 23rd, 2013 07:08 pm (UTC)
Rex Ryan
Everybody that's played under Rex Ryan at Baltimore and with the NYJ, says nothing but great things about him and I see why he's such a great motivator. I agree with you though they probably will fire him.
Eric Avery
Dec. 24th, 2013 03:52 am (UTC)
Quick Question, Big Fan: What are the words of House Frey?
Or will you tell us eventually, or do they not have any. Small detail I know but I am a a bit against the grain, and House Frey happens to be one of my favorite houses :D .
Dec. 25th, 2013 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: Quick Question, Big Fan: What are the words of House Frey?
House Frey happens to be one of my favorite houses

Dear gods, man, why?!

I doubt the author would give House Frey words (and as of now there are none) unless it's necessary for the story, character development, etc.

I can only speak as a fan, but I imagine their words might be some phrase invented long, long ago, perhaps during Aegon's conquest, and it would emphasize their household as being the chief, or perhaps only, conduit between two sides of a mighty river.

Or perhaps: "Guest right, shmest right!" :)
Dec. 24th, 2013 06:50 am (UTC)
Question of the Craft
Not on the topic of American football but a question for you that has been nagging me for a long time. This is the only way I found to reach out to you with the question. It is about the utility value of a geographic map to a writer, and I want an answer from an author with some experience whose map seems to be a necessity when reading. Was a map necessary from your point of view as the author while writing?

At what point in your writing (or career as a writer) did you feel a map was necessary to the progress of your writing? As an author with considerable experience, did this point move more towards the beginning of your work or towards the end as you gained more experience as a writer? I am seeking as detailed an answer as you care to provide.

Alternatively, do you give no thought to a map? (Please explain this vis-à-vis its impact to your writing without a map for reference.)

I am writing a story with scenes in the Grey Meadows: a week’s journey west by horse from the enclave at Hernes Rock; some unknown distance away of Osweir Castle to the southeast; some unknown distance northeast of Handsclasp Castle; and the King’s home city somewhere unknown. I have no idea of the geography between these compass points, and it is interfering with the flow of my imagination to my pen.

Would you say I am geeking out on geography or have I an actual barrier I need to resolve? Have you ever encountered this? Do you have a strategy you have used to overcome this? Are you naturally a map type person (I am not)?

I would appreciate your answers.
Patrick Wagner
Dec. 24th, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
Rex Ryan
I don't want to say that the Jets should fire Rex even though they will probably do it. I mean who is available to come in and right the ship? Rex is a defensive coach and if he isn't a head coach, he should be the highest paid D-Coordinater in the league and will be hired very quickly by somebody else to do just that. If you look at the Patriots, Belichick is considered a defensive coach as well, but he has an incredible QB. I know the Jets new GM wants to run things his way, but I really don't believe there are a lot of better options.
Dec. 25th, 2013 05:29 am (UTC)
I'm an Eagles fan (don't hate!), but I'd still like to see a subway superbowl one day.
Dec. 25th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
Happy holidays to you and yours, GRRM. Winter is certainly here. Breakfast burritos were invented for days like these.

- Jared
Dec. 26th, 2013 11:51 am (UTC)
As a Patriots fan...
...I really hope the Jets fire Rex Ryan. Such a pain having to play against him twice every year. :-P
Dec. 26th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'm a Cowboys fan and unfortunately think we are done for in the game against philly this weekend. In years past every time Tony Romo was out for a game we were absolutely god awful. Now it looks like Romo will be out (herniated disk). That will mean no post season for us. Well "there is always next year"........... GOD I hate when people say that.
Dec. 29th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Football rant
As a New Yorker and a fan of the 3 "New York" football clubs ( even though there is really only one true NY football team) the Giants and Jets are rife with fundamental issues. The Giants have proved their worth in the new age of football, with nickel and dime defenses and a air raid offense with passing to set up the run; the Jets( whom I am more of a fan, unfortunately) are having myriad problems, for instance running the wildcat offense which is incredibly predictable and ineffective at best. The Giants primary issue is that their offensive line was in shambles, they couldn't protect Eli for anything. The skilled positions on the Giants are proven: Eli can throw; Cruz can catch; and Wilson can run, it mostly lies with the O-line. Once the Giants get that set, they are capable of going 9-7 or 10-6 next season.

The Jets need Rex as a defensive mind and a motivator, getting rid of him would be foolish. The Jets had very little talent going into the season, they could have had Madden and Lombardi coaching them with similar results as Rex. Jets need better receivers and need to develop Geno into a better pocket QB.

Super Bowl prediction: Broncos v Seahawks

Edited at 2013-12-29 05:02 pm (UTC)


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