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The NFL Is Coming

The opening of the NFL season is only a few days away, and the New York Jets made headlines once again today by trading away Sheldon Richardson, one of the monsters on their defensive line, the strongest unit on the team. Gang Green's campaign to get rid of all of their good players continues, full speed ahead.

I know the Jets claim that they are not trying to lose all their games in order to get the first pick in next spring's draft and snag a franchise qb... but it sure as hell smells that way.

I have the feeling that I am going to be starting a lot of blog posts with "Life is miserable and full of pain" this fall, at least where the Jets are concerned.

All I can hope is that the Giants come through for me. If Eli and the offense and rise to the level of the D, Big Blue should kick some ass.

(I am going to leave comments open for this one, for those who want to talk football. ANY off topic posts will be deleted. Football only, please).



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Nick Starkey
Sep. 1st, 2017 08:56 pm (UTC)
Watch out for those Skins though!
Rich Lehmkuhl
Sep. 1st, 2017 09:04 pm (UTC)
I have never given up on the Jets but it's going to be difficult to watch them this year.
Sep. 1st, 2017 09:04 pm (UTC)
49ers Fan here!
I always enjoy the Fall and the return of football (both college and NFL). Yes, the Jets will be awful. It will be interesting to see who is worse, the Jets or the 49ers. Thank god for fantasy football, which keeps me interested in all the goings on in the NFL even when my team is near unwatchable.
William Gicking
Sep. 2nd, 2017 04:11 am (UTC)
RE: 49ers Fan here!
I'm a niners fan too man I feel you, least excited I've been for a football season I can ever remember being. I miss the Garcia-Owens years.
RE: 49ers Fan here! - Edjanio Soares - Sep. 2nd, 2017 05:42 am (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 1st, 2017 09:35 pm (UTC)
I wish Colin Kaepernick was a better QB than he is
..., because that way there would be no football-exclusive excuse for him to be out of the league by now, and Gang Green needs a good QB really fast. Too bad he isn't as good as I'd hope. :-/
Sep. 1st, 2017 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: I wish Colin Kaepernick was a better QB than he is
He's not. And the Jets don't need a good quarterback, they need a GREAT quarterback. They need a second Namath. Since Joe Willie ran into the sunset, still waving that #1 finger, Gang Green has had a number of pretty good quarterbacks. Chad Pennington was my favorite of the recent bunch and Vinnie Testaverde was pretty good as well. But "good" has never been enough to get them back to the promised land. They need "great."

Maybe that's what the brass is thinking.
(no subject) - gonzo21 - Sep. 1st, 2017 10:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
Alex Alexis
Sep. 1st, 2017 09:38 pm (UTC)
It was a ridiculous trade, but...
I don't think the Jets wouldn't trade their reputation for a better start next spring. Their contract with Richardson was coming to an end, so they were lucky to obtain Kearse.
Sep. 1st, 2017 10:09 pm (UTC)
Poor Jets, the Patriots (ugh) have a stranglehold on that division, and have proven themselves resilient time and again. It is unlikely that anything changes at the top of that division this season.

That being said, let's talk about our favorite division! The NFC East is most definitely the most fun to watch from year to year because pretty much anything and everything can and will happen. I am a lifelong Proud Dallas Cowboys fan.

This year is going to be a hell of a good season in the division because all four teams look strong on paper right now. If the Giants mesh and remain injury free, then as of right now, they look like the team most likely to steal our crown as division champions. The Redskins have been plagued with inconsistencies the past few seasons. Let's hope that they remain consistent in that regard. This year during the solar eclipse, the Sun got a ring! The Eagles don't have one yet and I hope they never get one! I cannot stand the Eagles and I hope that they are irrelevant this year. Finally, let's talk about my Cowboys. They were surprisingly good last year but fell short in the playoffs. This year, if they improve defensively and remain injury free, then they will be fighting it out with the Giants for the division crown at the end of the season. I think both teams make the playoffs. It would be nice to see Dallas perform well in the playoffs this year, but I won't guarantee anything these days because of so many recent examples of Dallas coming up short in the postseason. As for the Giants, I wouldn't want to jinx them with any bold predictions either. The one absolute statement I will make right now is that I am definitely ready for some football!
Robyn Bonner
Sep. 1st, 2017 10:32 pm (UTC)
The Jets biggest problem will always be an external menace: being in the same division with world beaters like the New England Patriots. When you add on incompetence in the front office, you have an almost insurmountable problem. I do not envy you your fandom, Mr. Martin.

Which franchise QB do the Jets hope to pluck from next year's draft? Lamar Jackson from Louisville may be the only eligible QB worth a damn and I'm not sure how his game will translate to the Pros. Winter is here for the Jets, indeed.
Stephen Kerpon
Sep. 3rd, 2017 12:22 am (UTC)
Josh Allen, Josh Rosin, Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield, and Sam Darnold will have something to say about Lamar Jackson being the only QB in the draft
Sep. 1st, 2017 10:41 pm (UTC)
At least they got somebody for whoever dares to be the QB to throw to.
Enyo Tisiphone
Sep. 1st, 2017 11:35 pm (UTC)
Seahawks fan here...
I'm really looking forward to seeing how the Hawks DLine looks with Richardson. Kearse has made spectacular plays in the past but I really think we got the better end of this deal. I hope Richardson will behave himself. I've missed football...
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Evan Sokolski
Sep. 1st, 2017 11:48 pm (UTC)
I know that both of my team preferences are the complete opposite of yours, but I'm pretty optimistic about the season.

Wentz has the fundamentals to be our franchise QB for the next decade, and I could see the team winning 9 or 10. The Eagles schedule is hard, but not insurmountable, and any chaos in Dallas is for the best.

As for the AFC... well, I gotta root for someone after the Eagles inevitably get eliminated.
Sep. 1st, 2017 11:58 pm (UTC)
I have to admit I've losing more and more interest in the NFL. I've always found college to be more exciting anyway, but all of these players now sitting during the National Anthem is really annoying. If you want to make political statements, do it during interviews or whatever. Don't insult the Nation Anthem for the country that allows you to make millions of dollars to play a game.
Sep. 2nd, 2017 12:10 am (UTC)
As a lifelong 49ers fan I have no love of the Giants. Too many painful losses over the years. But this years Big Blue defense looks incredible. If the O can be average they are goIng to win a ton of games. Hopefully two wins over the hated Cowboys!
Javi Marcos
Sep. 2nd, 2017 12:50 am (UTC)
Ours is the division
Tanking is the best your Jets can do. Bills seem to be rebuilding too and Dolphins got no good QB (Tannehill wasn't Montana either). We Pats will have another easy season at least until Conference semifinals.

George, one question. You have a lot more exp about NFL than most of us (most than me, a 27yo from Spain that discovered this sport thanks to you for sure). How long do you think will Tom (GOAT for half the NFL, a cheater for you) Brady stay in top form? He is not precisely young, but his rating are better every year, like fine wine. One can argue with pure data that last season, with 39 years, was the best of his career (and without Gronk). Do you think he could play top football until he is 44-45?

Sep. 2nd, 2017 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Ours is the division
Max Kellerman on FIRST TAKE thinks Brady will fall off the cliff this year, simply on account of age. No great quarterback has remained great past the age Brady is about to reach. Johnny U, Namath, Montana, Marino, Elway... none of them.

Then again, that's how records get set. Something has never ever ever been done until the first time someone does it.

One thing I am fairly certain of. If Brady does fall off a cliff, or even begin to noticeably decline, Evil Little Bill will cut him instantly. Evil Little Bill is all head, no heart. And if Brady-Past-His-Prime decides (foolishly) to try to prolong his career, it will probably be the Jets (foolishly) who pick him up.
Re: Ours is the division - gman109 - Sep. 2nd, 2017 11:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ours is the division - johnnystackart - Sep. 3rd, 2017 11:34 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Ours is the division - wolvie58 - Sep. 5th, 2017 05:59 pm (UTC) - Expand
RE: Re: Ours is the division - Michelle Sousa - Sep. 7th, 2017 09:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 2nd, 2017 01:18 am (UTC)
I've got the Giants pegged as front-runner to lead the NFC East, if not the whole conference this year. Receiving corps is good mix of vets and fast youngins. Plus, Eli is still strong -- elite, though not Joe Flacco elite.

Jets... they'll lost 12 in a row and then win their last 4 so as not to get a 2018-2019 #1 NFL draft pick. I feel bad in advance for them.

Somewhat on-topic, but your books have a number of seeming NFL player/team references in them. Would you be willing to say whether someone like Clayton Suggs, Triarch Belicho, Wun-Wun or Ser Patrek were written with NFL analogies in mind?
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