Gasp. And gasp again.
Hey, hey, what do you know. The Giants WON! And the Jets WON! On the same day. Both in overtime.
Of course, the NFL and DirecTV had both games on at the same time, which meant I had to record them both and spend all day switching back and forth between them, while falling further and further behind. I also had to avoid looking at the scores at the bottom of the screen, lest one game spoil the other, or vice versa. Both teams entered the day at 0-3, and I had every expectation of them ending it at 0-4. The Giants had played pretty well through those first three losses, losing the last two on last second field goals as time expired, but they were playing the Saints in the Superdome. Even without Drew Brees, the Saints are a pretty formidable team, and more so when at home. As for the Jets, well, they were in Jersey against the Titans, and the Titans are no powerhouse… but Gang Green had looked so absolutely wretched in their first three outings that I figured we’d get crushed anyway.
The way the Jets game opened, it looked like my fears were well placed… but in the second half they came alive, and HOLY HELL our kid quarterback (who has a helluva arm, even if he does look as though he is straight out of high school) started heaving bombs down the field. To JETS receivers, not the other team. And suddenly we were winning. Then, of course, with a game almost won on a 4th and 10, we committed a killer penalty and almost blew it, and the Titans tied it up and sent it into overtime and Parris was charging up our home defibrillator. My teams have a way of stopping my heart. (That’s a joke, guys. A joke. I feel compelled to add that, for fear of what kind of headlines you might see on the clickbait websites elsewise).
But then, after snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, the Jets went to overtime, won the toss, marched the ball down the field, and snatched it right the hell back. Whoeee. A VICTORY! After last year, Jets fans had mostly forgotten what that felt like.
Meanwhile, over on t’other channel, the Giants were doing the same thing. That game started tight, with the G-Men holding up well against the New Orleans O, but then the Saints started pulling ahead and I started feeling gloomy. But NO! The Giants came back, and Danny Dimes had the best game of his career, making some heart=stopping heaves and earning his nickname. Could we possibly have turned a corner? Oh, that would be sweet. It is only one game, of course… but if Daniel Jones can keep it up, Blue could well get Big again.
Oh, and the throws that Zach Wilson made… DAMN, what an arm. So that’s why the Jets took him. He keeps that up, he’ll need a nickname too. The BYU Bazooka? Mad Bomber 2.0? Zach the Cannon? Some of his heaves took me back to the heyday of the AFL, when Broadway Joe and Darryl Lamonica were firing balls fifty yards downfield.
All in all… a much sweeter Sunday than the last few.
And the minions all went wild.
Life is magical and full of joy.
This week, at least.
Current Mood: bouncy