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When Winning Is Losing

Life is magical and full of...

No.  Sorry.  I can't do it.

The Giants and the Jets both won today.  The G-Men won a convincing victory over the Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Peoples, despite RGIII coming off the bench to play pretty well.  Eli looked good, and Odell Beckham Junior continued to look great.  The Jets won a wafer-thin victory over a truly awful Tennessee Titans team (hate that name, they should be the Nashville Cats), the same squad that the Giants crushed just last week... and even then, they almost blew it with one second left when the Titans tried one of those dipsy-doodle seven-lateral plays and came within seven yards of the winning TD.  Even in victory, Geno Smith looked awful.

But it's hard to feel great about either win.  The season is over for both teams.  No one is going to the playoffs.  Lots of people will be getting fired at year's end.   Big Blue and Gang Green weren't even acting as spoilers; their opponents have awful records too.   The Giants at least had the satisfaction of beating a division rival.  The Jets?  Not so much.  No rivalry there.  The Jets are awful, the Titans are awfuller.  And by winning, the Jets dropped behind the Titans and four other teams in the draft, meaning their chances of getting Oregon's Heismann-winning quarterback just got a lot worse.  That's the Jets for you.  Even when they win, they lose.

The only real highlight of the day was the continued superlative play of Giants rookie wideout Odell Beckham Junior.  The G-Men have had a number of good receivers over the years, but they have not had a GREAT one since...  well, ever.  (Okay, maybe Homer Jones, but he was a long time ago).



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Dec. 15th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
No surprise...
I knew the Jets would go and win just enough games to put themselves out of contention for a great QB. At least we can look at the potential of the Giants next year, with several strong receivers, we just need to strengthen the lines.
Buford Taylor
Dec. 15th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
I've been a Raiders fan for 30 years. The last time the Raiders won the big game was 31 years ago. The last time we had a true winning season was 12 years ago. Being a Raiders fan is like being in love with a crack-addict. My head knows it is wrong, but my heart wants to believe. It's like my favorite character, Theon. Tortured in nightmarish conditions until we eventually get sold to Los Angeles.

There there, GRRM. I feel your pain.
Dec. 15th, 2014 01:37 am (UTC)
Sorry, but thanks
I don't know whether to offer my condolences or sympathies on the season, but I can thank your G-Men for at least one thing. OBJr got me into my fantasy championship game.

So there's that.

Sorry for your Jets, too.
Mike Rubin
Dec. 15th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
...so I see you're a Gregg Easterbrook reader.
Dec. 15th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
they should be the Nashville Cats

I lobbied hard for the Tennessee Tuxedos, but only if they had a walrus wearing a bowler as the mascot. Yes, I'm old.
Sean Crisafulli
Dec. 15th, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Suck for the Duck
My Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave me quite the scare today: we almost beat the Carolina Panthers. Kind of.

Much better to lose out now, get that #1 pick, and take Mariota.

Do you think the Jets will have any interest in Winston if he is available when the Jets pick, George?
Dec. 15th, 2014 06:22 am (UTC)
Re: Suck for the Duck
The Jets may. I don't.
Dec. 15th, 2014 02:22 am (UTC)
You guys should just lose the armour and switch to Rugby. In a man's game you lose some teeth, you bloody your shirt, you bend your nose. You play it. You play Ruuuuugby. Ahh.
Dec. 15th, 2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Rugby
Scientific studies disagree. NFL players hit much harder & cause far more severe and permanent damage. So, in that regard, your idea might be better... seeing as the "armor" is a great contributor to the greater violence of the sport.

Rugby & footy players appear to hit hard and they definitely cause superficial damage more often than NFL players, but because they are aware of their mortality outside of the "armor," their actual impacts are minor compared to every play in the NFL. Granted, rugby & footy players have a much higher rate of spinal injuries. This is likely because American football players, from an early age, are taught to not use their heads like a spear. It still happens, but not as often as in rugby.
Re: Rugby - vince_jt - Dec. 16th, 2014 01:12 am (UTC) - Expand
Eliot Austin
Dec. 15th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
better fired than stabbed to death by a circle of their peers

Edited at 2014-12-15 02:59 am (UTC)
Krystal Crouch
Dec. 15th, 2014 06:57 am (UTC)
Bah hahaha! Perfect.
Dec. 15th, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
When sportscasters and pundits say "you couldn't make this up!" or "you couldn't write that ending!" do you ever think to yourself "Wanna bet?"
Dec. 15th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
First round pick QBs
The record for 1st round picks of QBS are crap shoots. Montana in the 3rd round, Brady in the 6th. Remember how sad everyone was when Rodgers was not picked until Green Bay took him in the late 1st round. Now I read he is waking up with Olivia Munn. I do not feel to sorry for him now. But that Oregon kid sure looks good.
Brad Buckles
Dec. 15th, 2014 03:49 am (UTC)
Gregg Easterbrook would be proud...
It's unfortunate that Frank Wycheck didn't suit up for one more "backward lateral", as that last play by the Flaming Thumbtacks had me thinking Music City Miracle for an instant.

Best of luck to the Jets in the Marcus Mariota sweepstakes.
Dec. 15th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
Root for the Pats… you'll feel better most of the time.
Dec. 15th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
But the Pats are evil.
(no subject) - cemeteryconsort - Dec. 15th, 2014 12:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Dec. 15th, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Peoples
This is hilarious.
Dec. 15th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
Yes... but not original. Borrowed from Tuesday Morning QUarterback at ESPN.com
Jenice Marie
Dec. 15th, 2014 05:07 am (UTC)
The end of our season...
I love coming to your blog to read any single tidbit I can get about GOT & the books, what you are up to & your football comments! I'm a fellow New Jerseyian & football fanatic. As a lifelong Giants fan & Jets follower I'm so over this season and looking forward to 2015 esp to see what Cruz & OBjr can do. The Raider's fan put into words exactly how I feel as a Knicks fan! And I had to have a giggle with myself last year when you were positively commenting on the Jets & praising a certain player on a game, my boyfriend at the time. We are still good friends. I just had to tell him how I got a kick of how my favorite author was blogging of how such a fan he was of my bf. I gave him your feedback personally, lol!

There's always next year! :-/

Jersey Love GRRM!
Patrick Wagner
Dec. 15th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
Who is your favorite to win the Superbowl?
I have Green Bay and New England in a rematch with the Patriots coming out on top!
Dec. 15th, 2014 06:27 am (UTC)
Re: Who is your favorite to win the Superbowl?
My dream Superbowl would be Giants and Jets.

My nightmare Superbowl would be Cowboys versus Patriots. Which does have a slim chance of happening this year. I hope not. I'd have to root for an asteroid to hit the earth.

I would have said Packers had a good chance, but Buffalo cleaned their clocks today. Right now, I'd say it looks like Seattle against New England, in which case I am cheering for Seattle.
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