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One Last Sweet Sunday

So the final Sunday of the NFL season has come and gone.

Considering that both of my teams were eliminated from the playoff hunt weeks (or months) ago, the ending was about as sweet as could possibly be expected.  The Jets and the Giants both won their closers.

Meaningless games, you say?  Well, yes and no.

The Jets game was not meaningless to the Dolphins, who could have gotten into the playoffs with a win.  The Dolphins are Gang Green's oldest rivals -- yes, the Patriots have been the bully boys of the AFC East for the past decade and a half, but the Fins were kicking sand in the Jets' faces for many decades before that, and thumped us solidly a few weeks ago when we still had a shot at the postseason, so it was satisfying to take them down with us.

Even better, the Jets announced that they are bringing Red Ryan back.  And damn well they should.  He's the best coach they have had since Parcells, and this season is a testament to his ability.  Before the season began, all the "power rankings" had the Jets listed as the worst team in the entire league.  They finished 8-8, with a rookie QB who was throwing almost as many INTs as... well, as  the other NY QB... and I doubt anyone but Rex could have pulled that off.

The Giants won too.  Over the Washington Redskins.  Or the Hapless Redskins, as some call them.

God, was that a dismal game.  Eli hurt his ankle and went out.  Probably good he has has a whole off season to recover.  The Giants D played well, the offense not so much, but that's been the story of the season.  Justin Tuck ended the season on a high note.  Terrific game.  Also, a young wideout named Jerrel Jernigan -- who has done little more than warm the bench during his first two seasons with the club -- continued his amazing end-of-season heroics, pretty much winning the game single-handed.  Since coming in for an injured Victor Cruz, Jernigan has played like... well, like Victor Cruz.  He's a keeper.  And next season, if Reuben Randal continues to improve and Hakeem Nicks comes back and recaptures his old form (not sure he will, on either count), the G-Men will have an elite and very dangerous receiving corps.  Now all they need is an offensive line to keep Eli from getting killed and give him time to throw... that has to be the big off-season priority, along with... oh, a running back, and a linebacker, and some young defensive backs.  The G-Men need more speed if they are going to keep up with Chip Kelly's fast-break Iggles in the years to come.

Speaking of the Iggles... congrats to them and their fans for their victory tonight.  Helluva game.  I thought you guys were going to blow it at the end there, until Kyle Orton channeled his inner Tony Romo and threw the game-losing INT.  Normally, of course, I hate the Eagles... but not half as much as I hate the Cowboys, so tonight I was with them all the way (next week, I'll be rooting for the Saints to take them down).  Actually, I feel sorry for Orton, who stepped in and played an incredible game.  Not many backup QBs are equal to the challenge.  You have to applaud the effort.  Jason Whitten played very well too.  I was yelling the same thing I yell every time the Giants play the Boys -- "why doesn't anyone ever cover Whitten!"  In the end, though, Dallas choked once again, and we all got to enjoy watching Jerry Jones get That Look on his face once more.

(There were some other great games and thrilling finishes today as well.   But I am glad I am not a Bears fan.  Ouch, that must have hurt).

And now the playoffs.

The teams I love are out of it, so I have no strong feelings on who I want to win the Super Bowl... so long as it is not the New England Patriots.  That's the last thing we have to look forward to this season: the defeat and elimination of Evil Little Bill.

Meanwhile... hey, when's the draft?



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Dec. 30th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
:( My poor Redskins. It was a very sad season but I an not surprised.
John Muse
Dec. 30th, 2013 05:58 am (UTC)
I feel sick just thinking of the future with Jerry Jones. But at least we swept the Giants and Redskins this year!

Now I can only hope teams I don't like lose. This means the Eagles, 49ers, and Patriots.
Steve Prohut
Dec. 30th, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
Hopefully, the Bears front office will wise up and run Chris Conte (the Bears' hapless safety) out of Chicago on a rail. You would think he was a sacrifice to R'hllor the way he got torched on his last play on the field (the game-winning touchdown). He is completely useless.
Dungeonmaster Jim
Dec. 30th, 2013 06:22 am (UTC)
Technically, the Pats are the older rival as they were a founding AFL team and the Dolphins were an expansion team.
Dec. 30th, 2013 06:23 am (UTC)
Yes, but the Pats were no good for most of their history. You can't hate a doormat.
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Jimmy Potter
Dec. 30th, 2013 07:03 am (UTC)
Oh, George, how you hate my beloved Patriots! I will not make any predictions, as they seem to always come true in the worst way... I sent you a fan email about 6 years ago wishing for a Pats vs Giants SB. All I will sayis that I hope the best team wins and that the Pats reveal themselvees to be that team. With love, Jim
Connor Donnelly
Dec. 30th, 2013 07:40 am (UTC)
Go Seahawks! George, what are your thoughts on Seattle's team this year? And if you had to pick the two Superbowl teams right now, who would they be?
Dec. 30th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
Seattle v. Denver seems the likeliest scenario. But the playoffs seldom yield up the obvious teams. There will be upsets.
Miguel Barreira
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:09 am (UTC)
Hello Mr. Martin.

If I may ask, why are you so anti-Patriots?

PS: I support the lousy Vikings --'
Dec. 30th, 2013 09:23 am (UTC)
A few years ago on this very blog I said the Jets would be lucky to go 4-12. You thought there was no way that was possible, and yet, they went exactly 4-12 (fall 2007). This year I thought again the Jets would be lucky to go 4-12 -- and for once, a very, very rare once, I can say I am so glad I was wrong.
Dec. 30th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
*sigh* I guess it's a good trend that this year Dolphin fans at least had the delusion at one point that we could make the playoffs
Dec. 30th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
The Dolphins actually had a damned good year, considering where they've been the last number of years, and considering all of the drama going on there - imagine how they'd have done if they'd been able to keep the players professional? Next year oughta be a great year for them - I know I'll be watching, even though I'm a Pats fan... (well - I grew up in New England, so that makes perfect sense, and I lived in Florida for the last 10 years - just moved back to NE this year, so my interest in the Dolphins comes naturally as well)
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Jason Bryden
Dec. 30th, 2013 12:06 pm (UTC)
Poor Ravens
I was going to be all thankful for the win by the Jets, but my Ravens just couldn't overcome our struggles this year -_-
Tom Page
Dec. 30th, 2013 12:28 pm (UTC)
Best part about the giants win is that it assured that the pick the redskins sent to the Rams was at least a #2. That has to really sting redskin fans.
Dec. 30th, 2013 12:50 pm (UTC)
We Redskins fans thank you for putting us out of our misery. It was kind of depressing listening to Sonny Jurgensen beg for running plays on the radio calls in the hopes that it could come to a merciful ends sooner...

And yeah, Rex did a great job with that Jets squad. No one had them going 8-8...
Dec. 30th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
That's the best nickname for Belichick I've heard yet..... "Evil Little Bill." I might have to retire my use of Belicheat for that one. :-) The only coach I hate more than Belichick is Nick Saban (DOUCHE!) - yes I'm a Dolphins fan. The Patriots also have smarmy baby Brady too, so there's even more reason to hate them and wish them ill. I'd probably hate them just as much if they weren't in the same division as the Dolphins.

Congrats on the Jets win, even if they did keep the 'Phins out of the playoffs. It was more the giant choking sound coming from Miami that caused that...shut out by BUFFALO, of all things? Until next year.....
Dec. 30th, 2013 02:37 pm (UTC)
...so it was satisfying to take them down with us... and ...the defeat and elimination of Evil Little Bill... seem like pretty unsportsmanlike comments to me - do you also vote against candidates you don't like instead of for the candidates you think would do a better job? c'mon george - we're adults here...

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Dec. 30th, 2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
Nah. We're football fans.
Dec. 30th, 2013 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm just glad the Saints did so well yesterday. Then again, we were home. Nervous to see how we do on the road in our first playoff game.
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