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Then There Were Two

Another week, another round of NFL playoffs.

Last week in the divisional round, we got two great games and two blowouts. I was hoping that this week's conference championships would give us more exciting contests, but no such luck. The Falcons ripped right through Green Bay and the Patriots obliterated the Steelers. Neither contest was even remotely competitive.

Not much to say about either game, really. Aaron Rodgers is amazing, yes, but he doesn't play defense, and the Packer D could not even seem to slow down Matty Ice, let alone stop him. And the Patriots... yeah, yeah, Brady is good, especially when you give him weeks to sit in the pocket unmolested and don't cover his receivers. I watched him complete pass after pass that seemed to be totally uncontested, with the receiver standing all alone and not a defender within yards.

Anyway, we have our SuperBowl: Patriots against Falcons.

Nothing much to say but GO FALCONS.

Meanwhile, I am thinking about next year's draft...



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Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:24 pm (UTC)
Not a Pats fan there George?
Jimmy Potter
Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:29 pm (UTC)
Seriously, he hates the Patriots so much that it borders on irrational. But then again I love the Patriots so much as to border on irrational.

If you look through his not a blog thoughout the years he loves the Giants and the Jets. The Patriots have dominated the AFC East over the last decade and a half, and in doing so have dominated the Jets over the last decade and a half.

All in all though, the entire point of football is to satisfy our primal tribal 'us versus them' drives.
(no subject) - anagramofbrat - Jan. 23rd, 2017 11:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mason Miller
Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
Go Birds!
Glad to hear you'll be rooting for the Falcons in the big game, George. As a long life long Braves and Falcons fan, it would be nice to see another title makes its way to Atlanta, as the only championship in any sport is from the 1995 Braves.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:55 pm (UTC)
I echo your thoughts, ser. I was hoping for a Steelers - Falcons SuperBowl, with the Steelers winning. Now....

Stefan Letzelter
Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:59 pm (UTC)
Go Falcons indeed
It seems like the fans of 31 teams are rooting for the Falcons at SB LI.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:03 pm (UTC)
Go Falcons!!
Not that I needed another reason to hate the Pats, but the fact that their owner, coach and QB are all Trump fans makes it even easier. Plus with Trump attacking John Lewis, an Atlanta victory would be extra sweet.
Caleb Howell
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:07 pm (UTC)

I'm a Saints fan, so the Falcons are our bigfgest rival and most hated team...so I would also be rooting for an Asteroid, if not for the fact that I went to school wih Patriots DE Trey Flowers at our Alma Mater, University of Arkansas. So I root for a 0-0 Game where Trey has 10 sacks, I guess.
Jazlyn Bissonnette
Jan. 24th, 2017 05:31 pm (UTC)
Who dat!
I really have a tough time cheering for the Falcons. I feel like I'm betraying every cell in my body. I don't really care about the Pats other than the hubs is from the area and a lifelong fan. I just want cold beer, yummy snacks, and a good game.

Edited at 2017-01-24 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Who dat! - Caleb Howell - Jan. 24th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:10 pm (UTC)
What happened?
As an English Packers fan who likes American Football but is still getting the hang of the finer points... what the hell happened? I know Atlanta were favourites, but after looking so good against the Cowboys, that was just crap. How could the performance be so much worse? Just a bottlejob (I believe you call it choking)?
Carl Treadway
Jan. 24th, 2017 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: What happened?
Their match-up with Dallas was favorable. Basically, the Packers have good pass-offense and weak run-offense. Their defense is the inverse (good run, bad pass). Their defense stopped the Cowboys' run-centric offense and their passing beat Dallas' weak pass-defense.
The Falcon's offense has no weak points, but especially attacked the Packer's weak pass-defense. 2 turnovers in the first half doomed their offense.
RE: What happened? - Chris Clark - Jan. 24th, 2017 01:35 pm (UTC) - Expand
Braden Williams
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:14 pm (UTC)
WHYYYY play zone defense against Brady???
Can't believe the Steelers went complete zone coverage defense on Tom Brady and didn't change after the half after getting routinely torched by Brady in the first half! Terrible lack of adjustments there. I'd venture to guess not even 3/4 of NFL fanbase out there knew who Chris Hogan was before this game, but they surely know his name now, all thanks to "no man coverage, let's get torn to piece by Brady" from the Steelers......

As for my Packers - it truly and thoroughly sucks watching this coaching staff and front office waste the prime of Rodgers' career with terrible defense after terrible defense, year-in and year-out. If he had even an average-at-best defense any one of the last 3 seasons, the Packers probably would have won at least one Super Bowl title. But no, they'll stand pat and go forward with this awful defensive scheme and draft mediocre defensive players to help out then do nothing in free agency....sometimes I feel like a Jets fan....but that's a little inconsiderate of the plight that is the Jets' fan existence.........
Roger Christie
Jan. 27th, 2017 07:14 pm (UTC)
Re: WHYYYY play zone defense against Brady???
The Steelers always do that against the Pats and Brady routinely shreds them.
Mario Perez Buil
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:26 pm (UTC)
I expected more competition between teams. I'm from the Patriots so I'm happy and I hope they win. Lots of moods for next year's draft.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:35 pm (UTC)
I would blame Rodgers' supporting cast on offense just as much as the defense. Several dropped passes, fumbles, missed FGs, alligator arms on catchable balls, and just not a great effort. They also had a lot of injuries and the flu hit the team a bit a few days ago, so everything was kind of aligned against A-Rod.
Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hey George,

I know your feelings regarding Belichick, but how about the Patriots in general with Brady at the helm? What family would they be in Westeros? Brady has got to be Arthur Dayne, right?

Keep up the good work,

Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: Patriots
Ugh, no way is Brady Ser Arthur Dayne. He's more like a really successful tourney knight who made a deal with a witch in return for his jousting skills.
RE: Patriots - Luke Russell - Jan. 24th, 2017 01:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Patriots - josiegel - Jan. 24th, 2017 08:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Patriots - bigbadbruin270 - Jan. 25th, 2017 12:24 am (UTC) - Expand
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Maximilian Rubell
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:00 pm (UTC)
What do you think is Jets priority for early in the draft? I'd like to see us address our secondary and guards, and would only like us to stray from that in the early rounds if we do it for a phenomenal edge rusher. I would hate to see us draft a QB early — none of the QBs look like franchise QBs, and we aren't "just a quarterback" away from victory. And much more than that I would hate to waste early picks on a running back (please no Fournette) or WR.

Edited at 2017-01-23 08:01 pm (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:58 pm (UTC)
So you don't think Fournette is the next Ezekial Elliott?

A stud RB can be a difference maker, but the Giants need one more than the Jets do.

It's true that there are no sure franchise QBs in this draft, but I don't know that I am comfortable going forward with just Hack and Petty, and the veterans available in free agency scare the hell out of me. Please, no Cutler, no Romo, no Kaepernick.
(no subject) - Maximilian Rubell - Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - mojave_wolf - Jan. 24th, 2017 02:03 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - Dan Burch - Jan. 24th, 2017 05:03 am (UTC) - Expand
RE: Draft and Free Agency - Paul Wetzstein - Jan. 24th, 2017 03:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
The feeling on the ground in NY - Keith Barry - Jan. 25th, 2017 12:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Dan Koifman
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:03 pm (UTC)
Since you're bored I thought you might appreciate some signs I saw at the Women's March:

- "At least the Lannisters paid their debts"
- "At this point, I'd prefer King Joffrey"
- "Melania, if you need help, light a candle in the North Tower"
- "Brace yourself. Women are coming"

And lastly, my favorite: "Super callous fascist racist extra braggadocious."

Edited at 2017-01-23 08:19 pm (UTC)
Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:10 pm (UTC)
Sitting out this year..
As far as I'm concerned, the Falcons are no better than the Pats, so I see no reason to watch this year.

As for the ads, I'll just catdh them as they're posted online..
Williamjames Hoffer
Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
Superbowl Contenders
The Falcons (of House Arryn?) versus the Patriots of Triarch Belicho. The long awaited forces of the Vale finally reach center stage. I sense an epic battle played by two cyvasse masters. Whom will the gods favor? Only one thing is certain: there will be a lot of black and blue bodies flying across the green field. In the meantime, I will be eagerly anticipating the ads.
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