Monday, January 16, 2017

Sunday Football Playoffs

The Patriots (my daughter Nikki's team) beat the Texans.

The Packers beat Dallas 34-31 - What a game! Mason Crosby & Aaron Rodgers were amazing. Great finish as Crosby kicked a field goal in the final 3 seconds.

Later ... The Steelers (my daughter Zsia's team) beat the Chiefs 18-16 without scoring a touchdown. It was about special teams and Chris Boswell scoring all of Pittsburgh's points with six field goals.

Next up ... The Patriots vs. the Steelers. Who should I route for? Can Tom Brady beat Ben Roethlisberger? They are both focused and amazing.


Homeland returned Sunday night. If you watch shows about the intelligence community you have to wonder why anyone would want to be part of law enforcement in real life - with challenges from within and outside - especially as Trump comes into office. There are obstacles at every turn even for the best.

About Homeland ... I left off with Peter Quinn having many challenges ahead. Unlike shows that have him back to normal in two episodes - poor Peter has a long road ahead which will probably take most of season 6. Last night we saw him severely inhibited emotionally, mentally, and physically and all but given up at this point in his journey. We've all watched enough come-back characters to know he'll be okay at some point ...maybe ... as he was always troubled.

Where is Carrie in all of this? She's here in New York City, renting an Airbnb, while trying her best to take care of Peter who doesn't want her around. Love the NYC location shots. She's also ended everything but her professional relationship with Otto During (Sebastian Koch), for whom she's running a legal aide team that's trying to fight back against religious and racial profiling by the United States government. That leads her to Sekou Bah (newcomer J. Mallory McCree), who's been arrested for inciting violence through a series of angry videos chronicling various terrorist attacks in New York, and thus the fuse has been lit for Season 6. That fuse is likely to be long and slow-burning, and the meticulous layout of the premiere - including a fascinating early portrait of Quinn's plight - promises the journey getting there will be at least as satisfying as the climax.

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