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Win Some, Lose Some

Well, at least the Cowboys lost.

Otherwise the results of this weekend's various contests were pretty depressing, from where I stand.

Seahawks beat the Panthers pretty soundly, as most people expected.  No big surprise there.

For a few minutes at the start, and a few minutes in the middle, the Ravens were two touchdowns up on the Patriots, and it looked as though Evil Little Bill might go down as well.  But New England and Tom Brady rallied, not once but twice... once, admittedly, aided by what the Ravens coach called a 'substitution trick,' which wasn't illegal but probably should be.  No one ever said Evil Little Bill wasn't clever.  And in the end Joe Flacco threw a killer INT, and the Pats moved on.  That made me mad and sad.

But not as sad as Jerry Jones and Chris Christie probably were when the Cowboys lost.  Last week TV showed up the two of them high-fiving and hugging when Dallas won, it was a pity we didn't get a good shot of them this week when the 'Boys went down.  (And honestly, the very idea of the governor of New Jersey rooting for the Cowboys instead of the Jets or the Giants or even the Eagles... never mind Bridgegate, Christie should be impeached for that alone).

Andrew Luck and the Colts upset Peyton Manning and the Broncos.  Peyton did not look at all like himself, and this morning all the talking heads are speculating that he might be near the end of the line.  I hope that's not so... but if he does retire, well, it was sad to see him go out with such an underwhelming performance.  What's doubly sad is that I don't think the Colts have a chance in hell of beating the Patriots next week at Foxboro, which means Brady and Belicheck will be heading to another Superbowl, pfui.

As for the Cowboys and the Packers... it was a lot closer than I thought it would be, and I have to give props to Jason Garrett, who did a helluva job of coaching and showed real guts at a couple of key spots, and Tony Romo, who played an amazing game and did not make the patented Tony Romo Mistake that all of us Cowboy haters were waiting for.  But in the end, the game belonged to Aaron Rodgers, who gave the most heroic  performance by a one-legged limping star that the world has seen since Hopalong Cassidy.

And then there was the dagger through the heart: Dez Bryant and the catch that wasn't a catch.  Sorry, Dallas, them's the rules.  Ask Calvin Johnson.  Oh, and that sound you hear -- that's the city of Detroit, laughing their asses off.  Karma's a bitch.  The refs giveth, and the refs taketh away.

As for the non-football contests, yes, of course, GAME OF THRONES lost another Golden Globe.  This one to THE AFFAIR.  Nothing unexpected there, and I am glad I saved myself some time and money and stayed home.  Sad to say, I don't think any fantasy will ever win a Golden Globe.  The prejudice against genre shows runs too deep.  I did think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were great, however, and I liked Allan Cummings in his peach suit-shirt-tie ensemble.

But never mind.  The Cowboys lost, so I went to sleep with a smile on my face.


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Mary Ellen Wofford
Jan. 12th, 2015 07:30 pm (UTC)
Me too.
Smiling as I drifted off thinking of the Cowboys going down in defeat.

Yesterday should be called the Sunday of the Limping Quarterbacks cause Rodgers of course was hobbling and jumping on one leg all over the field, Romo got hurt and hobbled for a quite a while, and then it turns out Manning had an injury to his quads for the past month.

The one, to me, who played smartest with his injury was Rodgers. How he controlled his well honed reactions and urges to run and spin and such and stood in the pocket for most of the day was kind of awesome to see.

Tonight I am all quacking!!
Jan. 12th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
On the verge of tears
I'm still trying to hold it together today after that Cowboys loss. I agree it was the right call and I do not blame the refs but I really wish that wasn't the rule. Dez made an inhuman play and was punished for it. I don't even know who to root for anymore, I hate all of the remaining teams. Oh well, looking forward to next year. Go Cowboys :)
Jan. 12th, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
Seeing Dallas lose was sweet! The 'real' Superbowl is likely to be next weeks game between Seattle and Green Bay. Go Hawks!
Jan. 12th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)
George, I agree. The weekend did not go as I was hoping. The only good thing was the Packers win. I hope the packers go all the way this year!
Douglas Fisher
Jan. 12th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
Boo Bill
as a Ravens fan I feel you. But a depleted secondary will hurt you against an able thrower.
Sharon McQueary
Jan. 12th, 2015 07:59 pm (UTC)
Glad the Cowboys lost, however I believe Seattle will beat Green Bay and play in the Superbowl against New England. Green Bay is my second favorite team, but I have to root for Seattle.
Jan. 12th, 2015 08:00 pm (UTC)
I'd like to point out that on the morality scale, when compared to the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is and has been the Ravens' franchise since it was stolen from Cleveland in 1996, the Patriots are the Slippery Rock Rockets.
Jan. 12th, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
NFL: Playoffs
I have a feeling Roose Bolton and Ramsay Bolton aka Bill and Tom will make it to another Superbowl. So let us hope that Seattle because I think they will beat the Packers since Rodgers is not 100 percent will continue their dynasty building and beat the Patriots in the Superbowl.
Jan. 12th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
Bill Belichick wins GOT?
Seems to me that perhaps the reason Ser Martin dislikes Bill Belichick so much is that Mr. Belichick is as crafty, devious and ambitious as the vast majority of protagonists from a Song of Ice and Fire. Only the shadow knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men, and as it turns out, perhaps Ser Martin as well.
Jan. 12th, 2015 09:35 pm (UTC)
Thoughts on Edelman to Amendola?
I know you hate evil Bill's minions, but what did you think of that trick play? I thought it was one of the coolest things I've seen done in the post-season.
Erik North
Jan. 14th, 2015 04:57 am (UTC)
Re: Thoughts on Edelman to Amendola?
Interesting aside... Apparently the Pats have had Edelman/Brady practicing that play for YEARS. Because of NFL/Patriots rules re: access, reporters can't relay exactly what happens in practices, only generalities.

When it came up on talk radio, the Patriots beat reporters all said some variation of, "Man, we have been waiting for them to unleash that play."
Patrick Wagner
Jan. 12th, 2015 09:57 pm (UTC)
Who do you have winning the games this coming weekend? I've got NE 34 - IND 27 and GB 23 - SEA 21. I agree with you in that I just don't see Indy beating a Patriots team that is playing this well, especially at home. I really think that the Packers have a great chance at beating Seattle on the road.
Jan. 12th, 2015 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'll admit, most of the reason I even remotely follow football is to anticipate whether it's going to be a "Life is meaningless and full of pain" or "Life is magical and full of joy" sort of day.
Brad Buckles
Jan. 12th, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC)
Proud Cowboys Fan
I could rehash all the talking points of whether or not that was a catch. I don't want to. I don't want to argue. It walked like a catch, it talked like a catch, and it looked like a catch. It WAS a catch. Even Odell Beckham tweeted so.

The bottom line is that the rule that negated this particular catch needs to be excoriated from the official rule book. It should have been removed four years ago after the Calvin Johnson incident. I hope they fix this in the offseason.

On the flip side. Fair is fair. It's in the rule book today and that's all anyone can go by. In the end, just like with the Lions game, the better team won. As Coach Garrett said afterward,

"This game wasn't about the officiating. We had 60 minutes. We had an opportunity to come up here and win a football game, and at the end of the day we didn't get that job done. That play was big in the game, but there were other plays in the game and unfortunately we didn't do the things necessary to win the ballgame."

The Cowboys were playing with house money. No one expected them to do anything of note this year, myself included. I am so proud of what they accomplished and finally feel optimistic about the future of this team.

If nothing else came out of the Cowboy's loss, I'm glad you are happy, George :)
Jan. 12th, 2015 11:11 pm (UTC)
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them." - Aristotle

In other words, Game of Thrones won!!!1 :-)
Lisa Rock
Jan. 12th, 2015 11:34 pm (UTC)
Christie the Cowboy
As a Philly gal, I agree wholeheartedly that Christie, as the governor of NJ, should be rooting for the Eagles, Giants, or Jets. Of course, the North Jersians would be perturbed with an Eagles fan, and the South Jersians perturbed with a NY fan...but instead he has to go and piss everyone off instead.

Also, I'm not going to forget his little jabs thrown towards Philly sports fans in general. It's on now, Gov!
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