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Wild Cards Weekend

No, no, not my Wild Cards books... NFL football.

All four road teams won. So much for home field advantage.

"Life is miserable and full of pain," I often say, when the Giants and the Jets go down to defeat. But I have to say, this weekend's games put my own miseries into proportion. Yes, yes, the Jets have breaking my heart since 1969... but at least I am not a Vikings or a Bengals fan. (Though I have friends who are both. Hi, Mike. Hi, Steve). In all my years of watching football, I don't think I have ever seen two such agonizing losses. If they had happened to one of my teams, I'd... I'd... god, I don't know what I'd do. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Next week it's on to the divisonal round. Someone please beat the Patriots and I will be happy.

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fka
Jan. 11th, 2016 06:34 am (UTC)
i completely agree!
writing_mombie
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:06 pm (UTC)
Each time I see your profile "gif", I wanna dance :P
Zack Luye
Jan. 11th, 2016 06:40 am (UTC)
This was a dark and painful day. Will never feel safe watching a kick again.
AustinBodkin
Jan. 11th, 2016 06:45 am (UTC)
Wild Cards (The Television adaptation?)
All 4 Wild Cards won, which has apparently never happened before. While I feel bad for the Vikings, (especially that Kicker, I hope he doesn't go on the internet ever again); I cannot bring myself to feel sorry for the Bengals. They earned that loss, that hit on Brown was insanity, Jones couldn't maintain composure, and Marvin Lewis did not have control of his team. The Steelers' had bad hits on Bengals as well, and their coaching staff was apparently provoking the Bengals throughout the contest, but the Bengals could not keep it under control. Still though, I hope that Denver goes ahead and knocks the battered Steelers out of the playoffs, because they don't deserve to be there either.

As for the Chiefs and your favorite team to hate, George, it really could go either way. I'm predicting a blowout for one side, It will either reestablish the Patriots' dominance and send them to the Super Bowl, or it will be more of the lukewarm effort we've been getting from the Patriots, and the Chiefs will capitalize. Should be interesting.
writing_mombie
Jan. 11th, 2016 06:46 am (UTC)
Could you warm up to soccer? :D
I am German and my American husband has no clue about sports in general :P But I love soccer, at least the European and World cups. Did you ever visit one of these games ? If not: this year is the European cup and if you are in Europe (maybe for promo reasons), you should definately watch a game :)

PS: Will you be in Germany to promote your book? I would love to get a autograph :D
grrm
Jan. 11th, 2016 07:08 am (UTC)
Re: Could you warm up to soccer? :D
I was in Hamburg six months ago.
Re: Could you warm up to soccer? :D - writing_mombie - Jan. 11th, 2016 09:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Could you warm up to soccer? :D - grrm - Jan. 11th, 2016 10:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Could you warm up to soccer? :D - Wendy Trevino - Jan. 11th, 2016 11:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Could you warm up to soccer? :D - grrm - Jan. 11th, 2016 11:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Could you warm up to soccer? :D - Wendy Trevino - Jan. 12th, 2016 01:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Could you warm up to soccer? :D - writing_mombie - Jan. 12th, 2016 10:05 am (UTC) - Expand
Jessica Archibald
Jan. 11th, 2016 06:46 am (UTC)
It was a great day to be a Packers fan living in MN. That's all I'm gonna say.
w2irt
Jan. 11th, 2016 06:46 am (UTC)
One of the highlights of Arisia every year is sitting in the bar and secretly rooting against Evil Little Bill and his Minions.
HerroSteven
Jan. 11th, 2016 07:32 am (UTC)
It's about winning.
Three of the four teams that won have been in the playoffs, have won in the playoffs, and aside from the chiefs, have won superbowls in the past ten years. Winning in december takes discipline, and it takes a little something special to not be blinded by the bright lights of primetime.
Michael Sigler
Jan. 12th, 2016 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: It's about winning.
The Chiefs are so due for a Superbowl win.
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aatishgopichand
Jan. 11th, 2016 07:44 am (UTC)
Sport
Hey George,

Do you watch the tennis?
the_gerlach
Jan. 11th, 2016 08:20 am (UTC)
You could tell that the cold had both the Vikings and the Seahawks off their games. Fortunately, I'm a Seattle fan.
linnymay
Jan. 11th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
Not a Fan
I'm not much of a football fan. My mother, however, lived and died a Viking devotee. For her I watched, I cussed and I cried.


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Pep Burillo
Jan. 11th, 2016 09:19 am (UTC)
Visiting teams
It's not that surprising that all visiting teams won, given the policy of giving home field advantage to the division champions. In both conferences the worst team (according to record) was seeded #4 and played at home. Add to this the strong playoff experience of the visiting teams (Seattle, Pittsburgh, GB) vs home teams (Minnesota, Washington, Houston) and this was a clear possibility before the weekend started.

Here's a stat: Previous playoff experience of the visiting team starting QBs: 37 starts. Of home team starting QBs: 0 starts. Zero! Neither Cousins, Bridgewater, McCarron or Hoyer had started a playoff game before. Compare this with Roethlisberger (15 starts) or Rodgers (11).

Besides all that, the losses by Cincinnati and Minnesota were way too painful and undeserved.
northofboston
Jan. 11th, 2016 09:21 am (UTC)
Might do you some good to enjoy the run of excellence the Patriots have had on the field instead of letting it upset you. After Watching the behavior of the Bengals & the Steelers & the abject double standard of the media in not touching the Manning HGH story (HGH was sent to Manning's home in the name of his wife) the Brady bunch is not looking so bad these days....it could even be said that the league was, just perhaps, not being truthful. Just a thought:)
thepainyak
Jan. 11th, 2016 10:09 am (UTC)
I have no interest in football, but my father does, so I briefly brought up the Chiefs winning this Saturday with him. He mentioned that next Saturday they'll be facing off against a team with a coach who he described in less than flattering terms, something along the lines of being soulless or some-such.

I responded:

"Let me guess. Is it Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots?"

And I got it in one. I don't really know any football couches, but even casual perusal of this blog's football posts has apparently given me enough familiarity to know "evil little bill" when he's being described.
Fafhrd Mouser
Jan. 11th, 2016 10:12 am (UTC)
As a Chiefs fan i hope your wish is fulfilled this weekend.
Kawerna
Jan. 11th, 2016 12:18 pm (UTC)
Small question
Hello George, if i can i want to ask You about something. We are asking authors "Why it is worth to read?" I would like to know your opinion/statement. Sorry for asking here, but we are small website and its difficult for us to have chance to ask famous writer abouts this. It would be really great if you answered for our question. Of course if You can`t we understood. All answers we publish on our website.

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supergee
Jan. 11th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
This week the Chiefs are my favorite team.
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