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It's Good to Have Two Teams

The Jets game... sigh... what can I say?

Aside from "same old Jets."

Brett Favre looked his age this afternoon. Every long ball was underthrown, except the last one that Coles bobbled, and the short passes had no zip.

Hey, Dolphins, can we please have Chad back?

That was a painful few hours. It's a familiar pain. I have been a Jets fan for a long time, and by now you'd think I'd know that they just play well in the early season to get your hopes up, so that the inevitable collapse will be that much more painful when it comes.

The Giants - Panthers game restored my faith in life and the NFL. What a great game. Hard-fought from beginning to end, seesawing back and forth, full of great plays on both sides. Especially on offense. The defenses got slugged around a little. I am concerned that our D did not sack Jake Delhomme once. Our pass rush seems to come and go these days, and with the playoffs near that worries me. But Brandon Jacobs returned in a big way, Derrick Ward was amazing, and the O-line were opening holes I could have run through. Let's hope it's THIS version of the G-men who show up for the playoffs, not the guys we've seen the past two weeks. Anyway, we've got the bye and home field throughout... let the wild rumpus begin!

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cjkelly04
Dec. 22nd, 2008 06:58 am (UTC)
Hey, sorry about the jets, but I gotta say, it was great to see the seahawks win our last home game of the season, and the last home game with the great Mike Holmgren. Best of luck for your giants, I've taken to adopting them in the playoffs the last year or two, especially when the Hawks get eliminated (or in the case of this year, don't make it at all)
nycfalcon
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Talk about a truly rough season. Hopefully the Seahawks will be injury free next season.
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smofbabe
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Just watched the highlights. You'd think if you wanted any QB in that kind of weather it would be Favre but just more eviodence that he should have just stayed retired.

Unfortunately, the Jets/Dolphins game next week is on CBS which means they won't be carrying it here. Bummer, as I was really hoping to see it. I'm sure the Pennington angle will be covered for all it's worth during the leadup to the game.
scorpiknox
Dec. 22nd, 2008 08:34 am (UTC)
Jets...
Being from Seattle, it was good to see Holmgren's last home game end up as a rare (this season) win.

Not sure how I feel about you being "two team" guy...

I know that I have my back-up teams during the playoffs when my squad of choice is unavailable for rooting, but you know as well as I do that if there was a sub-way superbowl you would privately be cheering on one team against the other. Which ever one that is (who knows) make them your boys and go with that. No fair having the contingency squad. I've made do with losing the Sonics (thanks uber-evangelical Oklahoma guy!), watching the M's lose 103 games, and seeing my NFL season go dowm in flames due to injuries and suckiness. Surley no one deserves two winning teams from the same city?

Having said that, go Giants. (my contingency squad...)
cjkelly04
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
Re: Jets...
I know what you mean, its been hard to be a seattle fan this year. Although it does bring me great joy to hear that the 'thunder' is being boo'd already in home territory. Serves 'em right for pulling the crap they did. I was only able to see the first half of the jets game before I went to work, and as always I'm very pleased with our red zone defense, if not our red zone offense (Hold on to the damn ball!)
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hippoiathanatoi
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:05 am (UTC)
Major win for the Giants, to say the least. Now they're top seed in the playoffs. I saw a bit of the Jets game and it was very, very lackluster. There's really no reason why they couldn't have scored any touchdowns against the Seahawks. Baffling.

That said, I'm afraid that I'm hoping the same Jets turn up for next week's match. Go 'fins!
mr_tingle
Dec. 22nd, 2008 09:56 am (UTC)
My sympathies to Lions fans...
Now if the Giants would be so kind as to hand the Vikings a win next week.

Go Packers!!! (at least for Monday)

The AFC has a couple of dominate teams this year (the Colts and the Titans), but the NFC is up for grabs. It seems like all of the "elite" NFC teams are capable of winning and losing to anyone. Should make for some really good games come the playoffs.
princejvstin
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:20 pm (UTC)
Re: My sympathies to Lions fans...
It reminds me of last year.

Which means, bad for us, the Giants run to the Super Bowl could be derailed by any of the other NFC contenders who get hot.

After all, when the playoffs started last year, I had no expectations the Giants could beat the Bucs, Cowboys AND the Packers all on the road. And then beat the only team to give the undefeated 72 Dolphins a real sweat. But it happened.

As Mr. Martin said, I hope the Giants we saw last night are the ones who show up--but even that isn't a guarantee.
yunaleska
Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:42 am (UTC)
"That was a painful few hours. It's a familiar pain. I have been a Jets fan for a long time, and by now you'd think I'd know that they just play well in the early season to get your hopes up, so that the inevitable collapse will be that much more painful when it comes."

It's been the complete opposite for the Chargers here o_o Our real season wasn't very... pleasing, but now we're on prime-time battling for the AFC West. Crazy game for SD today!
branhyzer
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
SD-Denver
Hope Ed Hochuli isn't doing this game...
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xraytheenforcer
Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Giants game was intense. Well-fought by both sides.
templar569
Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Big Blue is trying to kill me; I nearly bit through my remote control in frustration last night. I am concerned with the defense's inability to make a big play, but I'll take the handful of three-and-outs they managed against a fairly potent Carolina offense. At least they got the win!
bogwitch64
Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC)
Sigh...Jets. Do you know that it's an anagram for Just Enough To Suck??

Though I'll root for the Jets (in vain, and because my husband is a longtime fan) I'm a legacy Giants fan. My dad's had season tickets since the 1970s (when tickets were about $10 a pop!) His seats are actually in the "Jimmy Hoffa" section. Now with the whole, "Pay us $3000 per seat, and you can keep your season tickets...IF you also pay $110 per seat, per game" thing, he may end up giving them up.

Phil Sims was the last of the greats. HE was a football player. He may not have been the best, but he was loyal. He was a GIANT!! No switching teams for him. He stuck with the Giants through that awful losing streak that lasted a million and a half years. I have to be honest--I was disappointed that Favre moved to the Jets. I thought he was going to be one of those loyal guys who stuck with his team to the bitter end. There's no loyalty in football anymore. Coaches and teammates switch and change. It was very nice to see Favre congratulate Holmgren so warmly--they'd been player/coach for Greenbay after all. Freaking Parcels has coached half the teams in the NFL by now! I'm not old--I'm not even middle aged (considering I fully intend to live far past 88!) but what's with football nowadays??? Where have you gone Phil Simmmmms?
hotclaws
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
I remember the brown bags labeled "Just End The Season",lol.
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caladon
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Due to your blog, I've taken to cheering on the Giants since the Lions only upset me these days. You can call me an "untrue fan" if you want, but I've taken to just watching highlights since they fired Mariucci. The occasional games I still watch make me sick to my stomach. I can't believe a team can remain so bad for so long.

Anyway, I enjoyed last night's game. The Giants defense didn't start playing until the second half, but they did their job well enough after that. I was surprised that they didn't get any sacks, but they had good coverage on the receivers for the second half which saved their asses.
songsofautumn
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:10 pm (UTC)
As a longtime Packer fan I'm just used to the Brett Favre rollercoaster. He will win you more games than he loses. but he will loose you some, often in spectacular fashion. He can still play, which is amazing for his age, but he is not the cold-weather qb that he was most of his career, as can also be attested by his preformance in last years NFC championship game. I love the guy but he should have stayed out. He will still be competative but he doesn't have what it takes to carry a team all the way to the sb anymore.
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hotclaws
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
The Giants game was superb, one of the best I've seen this year.I always felt sorry for Eli,living in Peyton's shadow but he is maturing into a great QB.:-)
fan_of_happosai
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
YES! The NY football teams are doing well enough that Starks won't die! I find it hard to root for the Giants (being a fan of the Dreaded Dead-skins myself), but I guess I'm a bigger fan of the Starks.
coaldustcanary
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:46 pm (UTC)
The Giants-Panthers game was fantastic. It was clean, hard-fought, and you could tell the teams were actually having fun playing. There was a lot of friendly helmet-pats back and forth between the teams, and I don't think I've ever seen so many times when a player on one team gave a hand-up to a player on the other. Loved it. And now the G-men are top seed!
qualario
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Don't worry too much about the pass rush--Justin Tuck looked awful with the flu. You'll be fine there. Worry about teams that can run the ball like Carolina.
bbeitel
Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
Yeah. Pretty uncool they had to burn a time out when Tuck had to puke at the end of the 4th Qtr.
metzhead
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Every long ball was underthrown, except the last one that Coles bobbled, and the short passes had no zip.

the cold bothers his bursitis.
bbeitel
Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
It was more a convergence of odd coincidences. Snow in Seattle is nearly as rare as a Seahawks win this season. Chalk it up to fate, and the fact that both teams seem to get neck cramps when the game is on the line. The Jets just managed to choke last.
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