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Win One, Lose One

I woke up this morning expecting a long day of pain in front of the television.  The Jets were playing the Pittsburgh Steelers and their red-hot quaterback, Big Ben, and the Giants were facing the world champion Seattle Seahawks.  Given the way both New York teams had been playing of late, I figured we were in for two more soul-crushing defeats.

Turns out I was only half-right.

The Jets shocked everyone, including me, by upsetting the Steelers.   As Gang Green came into the game at 1-8, no one could have seen that coming.  But that's why they play the games, as Boomer likes to say.  (I expect he'll be saying it tonight on Primetime).  Truth be told, though the Jets played much better than usual, the Steelers really beat themselves, with turnovers.  And it is kind of a Pyrrhic victory, since it is way too late to make a playoff run.  It is certainly more fun to watch the Jets win than to watch them lose, but if they start racking up victories now, all it will do is ruin their chances of getting a real franchise QB in the draft.  So that's probably just what they will do, watch and see.

I can bemoan that later, however.  For the moment, I will enjoy the win, and wonder what might have happened if Rex had only benched Geno Smith earlier.  (I was distressed to see Geno back as second string, and Matt Simms inactive.  Simms showed more in his brief appearance last week than Geno has all season).   Some good play there by Percy Harvin, Erik Decker, and Chris Ivory.  And the D line.  Gang Green DOES have some good players, if only they could get a quarterback.

The Giants game started off promisingly as well.  Big Blue gave the world champs all they could handle in the first half, and even held the lead at certain points... but they couldn't stop the Seattle running game.  Marshawn Lynch is a beast, the kind of RB I love and wish we had, and Seattle's elusive  QB  Russell Wilson kept fooling the Giants D with fake handoffs and scampering around end for ten or twenty yards before any of the Giants even realized he still had the ball.  "Get him," I kept shouting, "he's right there, get him, get him, get him."  But they didn't.

Still, the Giants held in there for three quarters, and were about to take the lead again when a long bomb from Eli caromed off Odell Beckhem's hands to a Seahawk DB for a freak interception.  After that things fell apart quickly.  The last ten minutes of the game were ugly.

The season is over for the Giants as well, alas.  Their record is slightly better than the Jets', but not enough to make a difference.


(And yes, for those who will ask, I will continue to watch, week after bloody week.  A true fan remains a fan in defeat as well as victory).



Nov. 10th, 2014 12:57 am (UTC)
Kill me now...
I bleed Big Blue... and root for the green...

As I said last week, now that it would benefit the Jets to lose, they'll go on a winning streak. As for the Giants, I just can't... it hurts. Smother me.
Nov. 10th, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
I guess you had to shout "get him" louder in order to be heard above the 12s.
Nov. 10th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
A True Fan
I know what you mean. As a Saints fan and Mississippi State fan, you have to stand up for you teams when the times are bad. Support them whether they win or lose.
Nov. 10th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, thanks for beating Pittsburgh
- a Browns fan

PS: you guys want Manziel? We're not using him.
Nov. 10th, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
You are so right: the Jets will win just enough to destroy their chances to draft a decent QB. I swear, they're out to punish every last fan for the crime of being fans.
Nov. 10th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
One man's Pyrrhic victory...
I confidently picked the Steelers in my knockout pool.

NOW the Jets start winning?


Nov. 10th, 2014 03:40 am (UTC)
heh...gotta admit it George, I bet against the Giants today and won easily. I'm not ashamed though, I hope Coughlin and Reese get fired. I'm tired of the inconsistency and lack of attention to detail - it's poor coaching. I have no idea how we won those two superbowls, to me they were huge flukes to be honest. Ah well, least I have my fantasy team to root for.
Nov. 10th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
Tonight, I feel like George does every Sunday
My Steelers were beaten up by a 1-8 Jets team. Well, they beat themselves up, in my opinion. The Jets D Line has pedigree, but Jaquan Jarret probably played the game of his life. Smh. I knew Vick breaking contain could cause problems, but at the same time his ball security is reckless and he's prone to injury. Still has a cannon though.

4 turnovers and you can kiss a win goodbye. The steelers played to conservative besides the seppuku. Sigh. I was on high the last 2 weeks but brought down low by arguably the worst performance I've seen from them in a few seasons.

Life is Meaningless and full of pain.
Nov. 10th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
That was a pretty crazy game! A slippery game it would seem with those fumbles... wasn't convinced the Seahawks were going to claim victory.
Eli's passes in the first half seemed almost magical where Russell seemed reluctant to even throw the ball, but of course he ran it well.
I think Russell was wronged with that call of "illegal pass" as his leg was still behind the line - though, I also think the Giants were wronged later when there should've been a passing interference call.
All in all, an exciting game to watch though - cheers!
Bill Putz
Nov. 10th, 2014 06:05 am (UTC)
He's right there!
Love the Dunk & Egg reference in regards to Wilson.
Krystal Crouch
Nov. 10th, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)

Do you play fantasy football Mr. Martin? I would be interested in your line ups if you do!

Nov. 10th, 2014 05:27 pm (UTC)
No, I dare not. Too addictive.
Nov. 11th, 2014 06:08 am (UTC)
In my opinion it ruins the game for fans of teams. At least it did for me.
Nov. 10th, 2014 08:22 am (UTC)
Congrats on the unexpected Jets win; commiserations on the Giants loss, which I can relate to given that the %#$* Dolphins managed to give away a last-minute TD to the Lions and lost *sigh*

(BTW, S has sent some email messages to you but is not sure they are getting through.)
Alexander Pendergrass
Nov. 10th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
:) Gooooo Lions!!! The game was only that close due to a fluke field goal block. Three straight comeback wins. Second best record in the NFC. I'm ecstatic!
Mary Ellen Wofford
Nov. 10th, 2014 02:56 pm (UTC)
From Jacksonville FL
"And yes, for those who will ask, I will continue to watch, week after bloody week. A true fan remains a fan in defeat as well as victory"

From the land of Piney Woods and beaches that face the Atlantic,I feel your pain, brother...

The talking heads will continue to call the Jags "hapless" and there's nothing I can do about it but continue my support of a team that seems to be getting it together and standing up to the big boys better each week. Just not winning.

Nov. 10th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
He's been disappoint so far, but did you see that Andre Williams TD run? Lynchesque.
Rohini Kumar
Nov. 10th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
I have it worse
Ser I feel your pain, but as my lord father was a Mormont (Da Bears) and my lady mother a Reaver (the Raiders), yesterday was especially painful for me.

What happened to the Bears in the first half of Sunday Night football is a pain I wish on no one except the Packers.
Nov. 10th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
The Mystery Is Solved
Now we know the real reason why the Jets won: Justin Bieber joined the Steelers for a prayer meeting before the game :->
Peter Jones
Nov. 10th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hey, as a Seahawks fan, we picked up Wilson in Round 3 of the draft.

Just sayin', being high on that list helps, but not enough to tank the rest of your season over. I like seeing the underdog win. Go Jets.

I also like seeing my team win, so I can't say I'm sad about the Giants.
Nov. 11th, 2014 12:12 am (UTC)
Luckily I'm a Patriots fan.
Miguel Williams
Nov. 11th, 2014 05:43 am (UTC)
The North
I live a summer life a simple summer boy in Albuquerque. Winter is coming though and the Steelers are the white walkers of post season. I congratulate the Jet's on their win but winter is coming.
Nov. 11th, 2014 06:13 am (UTC)
On a positive note, Odell Beckham. He doesn't have his top end speed back yet. Preston Parker redeemed himself for that performance last Monday night. If he can keep playing like he did against the Seahawks what a bonus that would be.
Rich Steeves
Nov. 12th, 2014 08:44 pm (UTC)
Last Super Bowl
I loved your Last Super Bowl story!
Nov. 12th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Last Super Bowl
About to be disproved, alas. But it was fun to write.
Rich Steeves
Nov. 13th, 2014 06:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Last Super Bowl
Yeah. In a literal sense, we won't see the end of the Super Bowl in 2016, but the story was pretty prescient in imagining computer simulations. Heck, they pit the SB combatants against each other in Madden before the big game these days!
Nov. 13th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
OK, sometimes I'm slower than other times, but now I see why you got on so well as a North Sider. (For people from other places -- that's where the team is the Cubs.)
Matthew Cooley
Nov. 13th, 2014 03:27 pm (UTC)
As an Oregon transplant in NYC, I'm rooting for a top 2 pick so they can snag Marcus Mariota.

My only concern is that they have neither the playmakers nor the coaches to take advantage of his (or anyone young QB's) talents, and I have no confidence in this staff to develop a young QB at the next level.
Nov. 16th, 2014 07:33 am (UTC)
You can be proud of another one of your teams: Northwestern upset #15 Notre Dame today 43-40 in OT!


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