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At the Superbowl

Go Seahawks!!

Deflate the Pats!

LATER: life is meaningless and full of pain.

And that was beyond a doubt the worst play call in the history of the superbowl.

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savatage
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:07 pm (UTC)
As much as I don't like the Patriots, to me the bad guys will always be the Seahawks because I'm an Packer guy. That pass was just as dumb as anything the Packers did so that I find very funny.
Ray Feighery
Feb. 2nd, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
I was born and raised in New England (25 years) and live in Seattle (27 years) so I am truly a fan of both teams and really watched as neutral as I could.

During the final drive (and after Kearse's incredible catch!) I was ready for a Seahawks win.

The final call surprised me. granted it took one hell of a defensive play but I was surprised with the pass...until I saw the news this morning.

Marshawn Lynch has run from the 1 YL 5 times this season...he only scored once. Conversely 109 QB's have passed from the 1 with only 1 pick...yesterday. This combined with Bill's gamble to let the clock run and squeeze them for time it makes a little more sense.
mickey2093
Feb. 2nd, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
coaching
I'm, curious -
if bill hadn't bailed, but had stayed to coach the jets - would you still be calling him evil bill, or would you be overjoyed at their 6 superbowl appearances and 4 wins?


Edited at 2015-02-02 03:38 pm (UTC)
grrm
Feb. 2nd, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
Re: coaching
Unless Tom Brady fell into his lap, he would not gave won anything with the Jets.

Evil Little Bill's record without Brady is undistinguished.
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Kenny Pitzl
Feb. 2nd, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
I've been racking my brain all night, trying to think of a worse coaching decision in any sporting event ever. I can't think of anyone choking on a bigger stage than that. Not handing the ball to Lynch was the equivalent of pulling Mariano Rivera in game 7 of the World Series after he's gotten two outs.
Krystal Crouch
Feb. 2nd, 2015 03:30 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering how long it will take them (now that they've made their money off the Super bowl actually airing) to declare a forced forfeit from the Patriots.

Really not a Seattle fan, but still holding out hope for a surprise twist ending!

krtwood
Feb. 4th, 2015 03:05 am (UTC)
If it's true that the initial reports of 11 of the balls being 2 lbs under-inflated are incorrect and it's actually 1 ball like that, 1 ball 1 lb under, and the others that were under were just barely under then it's really only 2 balls out of 12 that were under. Just the act of checking the pressure releases some air plus the cold weather negates the rest. And the Colts equipment manager is the one who had the ball that was supposedly so under-inflated that he could tell even though the Colts player that handed it to him and the refs handling the balls didn't notice anything. So you have one ball that is significantly under and one Colts equipment manager who had one ball for who knows how long while their team was getting destroyed. Are you so sure which team cheated?
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bungeebot
Feb. 2nd, 2015 04:24 pm (UTC)
Next year, George.

It'll be my Eagles against your Giants in the SB. It will go into overtime. 4 quarters into overtime it will be declared a draw, coaches and players will shake hands, even embrace each other with tears in their eyes, and for the first time in NFL history there will be TWO champion trophies forged, each one smaller because they had to melt down the larger original trophy.

Just like how they made two swords out of Ice.

I'm calling it now.
grrm
Feb. 2nd, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
Uh... The Giants and the Eagles can never meet in a superbowl. They are in the same conference.
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Fain R
Feb. 2nd, 2015 04:57 pm (UTC)
RIP Arya
Every time the Patriots win the Superbowl, GRRM kills a Stark.
AngryGoTFan
Feb. 2nd, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
House Lannister Re-Takes the Iron Lombardi!
BREAKING – In a tourney held amidst the swirling sands of the Red Waste, House Lannister has successfully re-taken the Iron Lombardi from House Tyrell. Led by notorious Volantne leader Triarch Belicho, the Lannisters have managed to do what House Gardener could not: Defeat the up-jumped Tyrells in Tarbeck fashion, though the tourney was much closer than anticipated.

Sources report the turning point in the lists came when The Lady Katy of House Perry rode a lion of fire through the stands, rousing the spirits of the Lannister men. Then, much like the eagle of Orell the Wildling, the Tyrells self-combusted on their speedy decent to an early grave.

With a blow to rival that of Robert's warhammer, the Lannisters crushed the hopes and dreams of House Tyrell and snatched the Iron Lombardi away from the clutches of the Highgardeners.


After leading House Lannister to victory over the Tyrells, Triarch Belicho lumbered forward wearing a greasy, stained tunic with an unkempt hood and was reported to say, “There was no one on this team that was not 100% focused on defeating those Starks…uh…I mean Tyrells.”

The victory is not without flaw though as the Citadel has come forth with claims of cheating by House Lannister and Tiarch Belicho. The Citadel alleges that their most fearsome warrior, Ser Tomas of House Brady, was using an unapproved “corked” lance. These charges remain under investigation at the present time. Whispers of Lord Varys and his Little Birds amongst House Tyrell practice matches are also raising concerns. Additionally, team owner Cersei Lannister has accused the Margaery Tyrell of sleeping with all the referees, and traitorism akin to that of legendary former quarterback Eddard Stark.

UPDATE: Westeros Football Commissioner (WFC) Gorold Goodbrook has announced the matter shall be decided by the Seven through a trial by combat. At press time, Lannister champion Ser Robert the Gronk has announced, “Gronk Spike!” to any and all passerby.
RaUL_AMDERLAINE
Feb. 2nd, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC)
George, does your mood have any influence in your writing? I mean, after you see a game like yesterday's do you start writing a chapter where the character also "drops the ball", figuratively speaking?

Also, according to the NYT (can't post the link here, if will get flagged as spam), the call was somewhat justified. Reasoning below:

The key insight of game theory for an N.F.L. coach is that when you think about what choice you should make, you need to also consider the response from the opposing coach, understanding that he is also thinking strategically. This line of thinking suggests that you should not necessarily call a run play, even if you’re blessed with a great running back. Likewise, it’s not clear that you should definitely pass. Rather, your choice should be somewhat random — a choice that game theorists call a “mixed strategy.”

The logic is that if you always choose to run in this situation, then you make the opposing coach’s job too easy, as he will set a defensive formation aimed at stopping your running back. Forget guarding the receivers, Belichick would respond by piling players between Marshawn Lynch and the end zone. As great as Lynch is, even he would find it difficult to run over a stacked defense that was waiting for him. Likewise, if the Seahawks would always decide to pass in this situation, there would be little need for the Patriots to guard against the run, and so their defense could double-team the eligible receivers.

Instead, you need to keep your opponents guessing, and the only way to do this is to be unpredictable. The only way to be unpredictable is to be a little bit random.
grrm
Feb. 2nd, 2015 10:05 pm (UTC)
Yes, fine... but all this is overthinking the situation.

Football may have aspects of a chess game, but the players are not inanimate pieces, they are flesh and blood and will... and some are better than others.

Marshawn Lynch is not called a Beast because he's covered with blue fur. In that situation, with three tries, no formation the Patriots could have tried would have kept Lynch out of the end zone.
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Avery Tingle
Feb. 3rd, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)
Please don't take it out on westeros!!
Good sir, I beg of you, please do not unleash your vengeance and cut a swath across Westeros in retribution for the Patriots losing.

Seriously, I absolutely cannot stand the Patriots and I really wanted to see them go down. Till next year.
cyberalien
Feb. 3rd, 2015 03:35 am (UTC)
Not sure if it was taken at the Superbowl but I just saw the picture with you and Joe Walsh. How cool is that? Now if only I can figure out how to Photoshop myself into that photo. :)
grrm
Feb. 3rd, 2015 07:52 am (UTC)
Yes, that was real. Where did you see this picture?
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hopnutjester
Feb. 3rd, 2015 08:08 am (UTC)
Superbowl
That'd make a great idea for a story?
A "Noble"...full of himself but,basically good with the troops, has one guy who is attracting a lot of attention. However, there is another guy coming up the ranks, good at what he does but, a rookie.
A battle ensues.
The "Noble" has a choice to make.
Go with the 'obvious choice' ...or give the rookie a chance.
All or nothing.
Given the 'veteran's' tendency to "parade" himself - he goes with the rookie.

...fast-forward - All is lost. Should've gone with the vet.
amin_apoiaf
Feb. 3rd, 2015 08:30 am (UTC)
Run to Starlight and the Last Super Bowl Game Review
Sorry about the game result, we were all disappointed as well, even me with my limited (but growing) football knowledge! Glad that you were able to attend the Super Bowl, I just wish the ending was different.

Just wanted to note that we've been continuing our ongoing reviews of your earlier works over at our side podcast Bastards of Kingsgrave. We just released our discussion about Run to Starlight and The Last Super Bowl, which we thought would be appropriate given the end of the football season.

For those of you all who like football and George's writings, I recommend finding copies, if you can, given the out of print status. I'ld post a link with this post, but I believe any link would trip the spam filter.

Edited at 2015-02-03 08:33 am (UTC)
grrm
Feb. 3rd, 2015 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Run to Starlight and the Last Super Bowl Game Review
Very early stories... and the Last Super Bowl has been made obsolete by the march of time.
amin_apoiaf
Feb. 3rd, 2015 08:32 am (UTC)
Run to Starlight and the Last Super Bowl Game Podcast Review
Tyler Brisendine
Feb. 3rd, 2015 08:49 am (UTC)
You know, the way that game ended was hauntingly familiar...

http://i.imgur.com/ot9fMV3.jpg
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