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(Preseason) Week 3: New England Patriots 19, Carolina Panthers 17 (3-0) (Friday, August 26, 2016)

Jimmy G. chose the wrong week to regress.

The third preseason game is the most important, as the starters play the longest. Called a dress rehearsal by the media and fans, the players don't like that term but tough! That's what we call it. :)

As always, a preseason game is a mixed bag. We did have a stout defense as they made 3 interceptions on a good Carolina team's starters, but the Panthers were having trouble getting their engine going. The same thing plagued Jimmy G. this week, who looked pretty good last week. He regressed and it was glaringly evident after his lackluster performance when Tom came in for his first reps of the preseason and fired off a perfectly-thrown ball to Chris Hogan for a pretty TD! Quarterback controversy? Hahahahaha!!! Tom was just reminding everyone of who is the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT)! :)

Third-stringer QB Jacoby Brissett looked pretty good, but of course the caveat is that he was playing against third-stringers himself. But, he's a rookie and he could be awful out there and he wasn't. So that's in his favor.

Now, if Tommy was at his rightful place at the helm in Week 1 I'd say the Pats had a good chance of beating the Cardinals on the road, but with Jimmy G.? Very iffy. However, the kid's smart and if he can limit the mistakes, the defense might be able to carry the game, and the first-stringers like Gronk, who hasn't played all preseason, will be playing, too.

It's just infuriating that a shining talent like Tommy has to sit out A QUARTER OF THE SEASON FOR NOTHING!!! No proof, no evidence, nada, zip, zilch! Just envious, greedy NFL owners who gave Goodell his marching orders: get the Patriots, even if you have to make stuff up! Unfortunately, Tom's the victim of that vendetta. I'll be posting an entry about Deflategate and its stupidity and corruption before the season begins and you can judge for yourself.

Tommy is wearing his hair right now in a way that makes him look ten years younger! Not bad for a 39-year-old! :)

Story Claiming Open Soon!

The marvel_bang and dcu_bang will be opening soon for artists to claim stories (this Saturday at noon EDT). Stories are up now for early perusal, so if you're interested, check 'em out! Marvel's are here and DC's are here. Marvel has 35 stories and DC has 5 this year.

Funny how Muses work. My marvel_bang started slowly, even though I had the beginning and end and some scenes I wanted to put into the middle. For whatever reason, despite my deadlines, it was slow going at first, to the point that I wondered if I would have to drop out (which would have been a first for me!) but this past week has been all Big Bang, and I should have the last chapter finished this week. *fingers crossed* I did have to submit my manuscript at the final check-in at 80% instead of 100%, which is a first for me. Still, it's been a lot of fun and I look forward to seeing if an artist claims my story today. :)
Title: By-The-Sea XVIII: Moonlight Lemonade (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Steve/Diana
Genres: Angst, Drama, Hurt/Comfort
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: When Steve suffers a crisis of confidence, Diana is there to help him.
Date Of Completion: July 22, 2016
Date Of Posting: August 24, 2016
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC does, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 583
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: This series is an umbrella title for various DC couples enjoying time-by-the-sea. The entire series is here.

The heat of the day was dissipating as cool ocean breezes tickled Steve’s skin. He felt very relaxed as he sat on the deck of the beach house that he and Diana had rented for their week’s vacation. He stretched his legs on the lounge chair, wincing as his left thigh’s deep cut made its pain known under the thick bandage.Collapse )
(Preseason) Week 2: New England Patriots 23, Chicago Bears (2-0) (Thursday, August 18, 2016)

Odd happenings for this game: all three Patriot quarterbacks were scheduled to play, then Tom was scratched due to cutting his thumb with a pair of scissors. He was sent home and Jimmy G. got the start.

He looked better than last week, more poised, and the O-line was better, but it needs a lot of work! Jimmy did not have many 1st-team weapons but did have newcomer Martellus Bennett, and the running game was pretty good. The defense looked shakier than last week, allowing the Bears to march up and down the field in the first quarter, but clamped down, though they gave up a sloppy TD in the final minutes of the game.

Plenty for the coaches to harp on this week, but some improvement shown. And will Tom play at all in the third game against the Panthers? That's uncertain right now, considering his injury.

Lots of unanswered questions but also some bright spots, so the team is coming along. Whether or not that translates into wins in September without Tom, only time will tell! :)

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Fic: "The Way To A Man's Heart..." (1/1)

Title: “The Way To A Man’s Heart…” (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Clark/Lex
Continuity: Smallville
Genres: Challenge, Fluff, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: PG-13
Art: Morning Routine (http://clexmas.livejournal.com/123680.html)
Artist: lapetite_kiki
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Lex can’t boil water…right?
Date Of Completion: August 9, 2016
Date Of Posting: August 17, 2016
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, DC and Warner Brothers do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 1033
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author’s Note: Written for the clexmas 2016 Spring Fling Reverse Bang.

Yes, Clark, cooking. You know, preparing food to be ingested, preferably at a proper table with a proper table setting.Collapse )

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(Preseason) Week 1: New England Patriots 34, New Orleans Saints 22 (1-0) (Thursday, August 11, 2016)

Preseason has begun! This year is a little different as Tom has been railroaded into losing a quarter of his season and back-up quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first 4 games of the season, so he needs a lot of work.

The heat index was 103 last night. Jimmy G. performed so-so: not great but not badly, either. He's only played in preseason games his three years in the league and occasional mop-up duty in the regular season, so he made a couple of bonehead plays but made some good decisions, too. And it's unfair to compare Jimmy to the Greatest Of All Time. He's going to suffer in comparison.

The offense showed some spark and WR Malcolm Mitchell provided a lot of it but dislocated his elbow. He will be back sometime this season, though.

The defense caused 3 turnovers and did some other good things.

All in all, for a first preseason game, not too bad. Tom, Gronk and Jules did not play. Tom was not even on the sidelines as he had permission to attend a funeral.

The Saints had come into Foxboro for joint practices and the Bears come in next.

Olympic Note: Head Coach Bill Belichick wore a Nate Ebner jersey to practice and cut practice short so that the team could watch their teammate score a goal for the U.S. rugby team! :)
Title: The General And The Jedi II: Wedding Plans (1/1)
Author: BradyGirl_12
Pairings/Characters: Han/Luke
Continuity: Star Wars (The Original Trilogy)
Genres: Romance, Slice-Of-Life
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: None
Spoilers: None
Summary: Han’s worries keep Luke up at night.
Date Of Completion: August 6, 2016
Date Of Posting: August 12, 2016
Disclaimer: I don’t own ‘em, George Lucas and Twentieth-Century Fox do, more’s the pity.
Word Count: 862
Feedback welcome and appreciated.
Author's Notes: This particular series will follow Han and Luke's married life as they help Leia establish the New Republic. The entire series can be found here.

Han grinned that mischievous grin Luke loved so much.Collapse )

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