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An enormous win for the Jets over the Giants: I’m going to enjoy this one for a while. The Seahawks and Pats moving in different directions. And Julianne Moore, acting her ass off in Times Square

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It’s not easy being a New York Jets fan, no matter where you live in the world.

But in New York, it’s really not easy. Because everywhere you go, everywhere you look, everywhere you listen and read, you’re reminded that the Giants are the best and most important football team in the state.

It’s the Giants who have the four Super Bowl titles, the Giants who are a first-class organization, the Giants who have the great tradition and fans and yada yada yada I want to throw up. Hell, for more than 20 years the Jets played their home games in a place called GIANTS STADIUM!

The Jets and their fans are second-class, and there has never been any doubt about that. There have been maybe five moments of my life as a football fan where I have thought, “I’m glad I’m a Jets fan. I’m glad when I was 6 years old I chose the Jets to root for, and not the Giants.”

The whole rest of the time, I definitely feel I made a mistake.

Which is why Sunday felt so incredible. So satisfying. So… great. For three quarters, big brother bullied little brother around the field, as the Giants grabbed a 20-10 lead. I was depressed, I was mad, I would’ve thrown things at the TV if I hadn’t been at my in-laws family Hanukkah party (oh and hey, Happy Hanukkah to my fellow Members of the Tribe out there.)

And then, the heavens opened, the angels sang, and Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brandon Marshall decided to make some beautiful music. Giving me flashbacks to Ken O’Brien and Wesley Walker, the Jets QB and wide receiver just dominated the fourth quarter. The Jets scored 10 points to tie the game, the defense played great, and then in overtime, Gang Green kicked a go-ahead field goal.
The Giants drove down inside the Jets’ 30 and had a chance to tie, but Josh Brown’s 48-yard field goal try was wide, and euphoria erupted in Jets-ville.

Huge, huge win. Moves the Jets to 7-5 and firmly in the playoff race. So many heroes of this one, after such a miserable first few quarters. Fitzpatrick was sensational, best game a Jets QB has played in a decade. Marshall is the best Jets receiver since Keyshawn. Eric Decker was stellar, as was Bilal Powell, as was the defense for most of the game.

Man, this one feels good. So rare to be able to look down on the Giants. Maybe that’s not very polite of me, but dammit, it feels good.

Couple other quick-hit NFL thoughts…

— Looks like the Seahawks are back and ready to kick ass again. What a destruction of Minnesota Sunday.

— Patriots losing streaks are as rare as an interesting Bill Belichick quote, so pay attention to this one. New England fell way behind Philly Sunday, 35-14, and almost came all the way back before falling short. Pats are banged up big-time but suddenly Tom Brady’s crappy receivers are reverting back to form.

— The Falcons are done. Never seen a team go from 5-0 to 6-6 and look this bad. Disgraceful.

— Cam Newton for NFL MVP, and there really is no other choice. What a thrilling player he is to watch. I don’t care about his silly celebrations and histrionics; guy has grown up and has fun playing the game.

— The Cleveland Browns lost in epic fashion Monday night, and the Detroit Lions lost on a Hail Mary Thursday. Which reminds me once again: As miserable as it usually is being a Jets fan, I could still have it worse. I could root for the Browns or Lions.

**Finally today, maybe you’ve heard of the comedy show “Billy on the Street,” on TruTV, where Billy Eichner ambushes people on the street with funny comedy bits.

I don’t watch the show but have occasionally seen clips, and laughed. This one, though, is downright hysterical, and if my admiration for the awesomeness that is Julianne Moore could possibly be increased, it is now.

Billy and Julianne decide to go to Times Square and tell tourists that instead of giving money to begging schmoes in superhero costumes, they should make a small donation and watch an Oscar winner act out scenes from her movies.

The reactions are priceless; my two favorites are the woman walking behind Moore at 2:13, and the Japanese guy who has no freaking idea what is going on at 2:36. Warning: Definitely some NSFW language here, so use headphones if at your desk.

I love this so much.

Among the worst Oscar shows ever, but the speeches were great. And a brilliant commercial starring Jesus and his marketing guys

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Wow. Well, that Academy Awards show Sunday night … existed.

Man. I really thought Neil Patrick Harris would be great, fresh, new and different, the quality of movies this year was great, and, well, shouldn’t the Oscars be entertaining every year?

But sheesh, that was not a good show. At all. Thank God for a bunch of fabulous acceptance speeches. Graham Moore, urging kids to “stay weird” and admitting he tried to kill himself at 16. Laura Poitras, winner for the Snowden movie “Citizenfour,” preaching about the incredible importance of truth and transparency in government.

Common and John Legend (sorry, Lonnie Lynn and John Stevens, and how weird was that hearing their real names called?) with a blow-the-doors-off muscial performance, and then a powerful speech about racial inequality.
Julianne Moore on Alzheimers, Eddie Redmayne being so humble and grateful… the speeches were about the only thing memorable about this show. And that so many of them were about issues of the day (I almost forgot Patricia Arquette’s great shout-out for women’s equality) made them even better.

Otherwise … meh. Not a great show. Some more thoughts on what’s usually one of my favorite TV shows of the year:

— When Neil Patrick Harris was announced as host, you just knew the opening would be a lavish musical number, and it was. I thought it was great, and I’m thrilled that one of my biggest Hollywood crushes, Anna Kendrick (it’s OK, the wife loves her too) got to be a part of it. Really creative use of old movies. The rest of NPH’s grade? I’d give him a C. Some of his jokes scored (loved the Jason Bateman joke about child stars, and his appearing onstage practically naked at one point was very funny), other jokes fell really flat (the seat-filler interviews, and the running gag about his Oscar predictions being locked up got old really fast).

–“Boyhood” got screwed. I knew it would going in, and I’m still pissed. I haven’t seen “Birdman” yet, I’m sure it’s very good and all, but come on, “Boyhood” was a revolutionary, ground-breaking type of movie. You have to reward that, don’t you?

–Fashion thoughts, from the wife (mostly): Reese Witherspoon’s dress and hair were great, Jessica Chastain made a very poor choice with her un-form fitting dress, and Nicole Kidman looked too washed-out. Also, on the men’s side, visible swooning was heard from her when Idris Elba and Chris Pratt appeared on stage.

— The LEGO movie musical number, with Tegan and Sara and Questlove and handing out LEGO Oscar statues? Loved it. Very clever and funny.

–Actual conversation between the wife and I during the Steve Carell “Foxcatcher” clip:
Me: “I can’t believe the guy who played Produce Pete on “The Daily Show” is nominated for an Oscar.”
Wife: “I can’t believe Channing Tatum is in a scene with a person nominated for an Oscar.”
Me: “Well-played.”

–The John Travolta/Idina Menzel thing was laugh-out-loud funny. One of the few truly comedic highlights.

— So happy that “Citizenfour” won. Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald did outstanding work on the Edward Snowden revelations, truly important work that exposed the lies and deceit of our government (I wrote about Greenwald’s book on Snowden and his involvement after reading it last  year.)

— JK Simmons was the first big winner and his speech was overshadowed by the later great ones, but it was still sweet. Instead of thanking his agent and a million other people, the career background character actor thanked his wife, and his kids, and told everyone to call their parents. Simple and sweet, perfect.

— Finally, the Dead People Montage: Always a highlights. Was really surprised Robin Williams didn’t get “the hammer” and be the last person remembered, but Mike Nichols was a directing legend and he definitely deserved it.
And great to hear Jennifer Hudson’s pipes again, but whatever happened to her acting career?

**Finally today, I saw this last week and thought it was exceptionally clever. A Canadian company called 1One Productions filmed this spot starring Jesus Christ at his regular marketing meeting, where his “team” created a stunt that would guarantee his immortality.

I loved this. I’m sure some will consider it blasphemy, but I think it’s great.

Everybody into the pool! I help you win your NCAA office pool. And Julianne Moore does a great Palin in “Game Change.”

My favorite time of the year is here.
The Madness of March. Brackets, baby, brackets. Since Sunday at 6 p.m., around studying for a big exam Monday, yours truly has been studying, analyzing, and talking myself into picks for the NCAA Tournament starting Tuesday.
Since I know most of you are in pools at your office, I’m here to help. If any of my picks pan out and you end up winning a huge amount of money, feel free to donate to my “pay the government back its student loan money” fund.
First things first: I think the committee did a really good job this year. Except for putting Iona in over Drexel, I can’t really quibble with the 68 teams they put in. And even Iona getting in doesn’t kill me; at least more mid-majors got in this year.

OK, some quick thoughts on the bracket:
— First-round upsets you should pick: Long Beach State over New Mexico (LBSU is really good, and almost beat Kansas and UNC this year); Davidson over Louisville, Iowa State over UConn, and Ohio over Michigan. Possible sleeper: Belmont, a 14 seed, over Georgetown. That will be a very good game.
— Sleepers to maybe get to Sweet 16: Wichita State as a 5 seed, Murray State as a 6, St. Mary’s as a 7.
— Best first-round game to watch: Wichita State vs. VCU (Thursday, 7:15 p.m.. Of course you remember VCU made that miraculous run to the Final Four last year. This is a totally different Rams team, but still pretty darn good.
— My Duke boys didn’t get that bad of a draw; can’t complain too much. I think a game against Notre Dame in the 3rd round is winnable, but after that I can’t see the Devils beating Baylor. I think Sweet 16 is about as good as I can hope for this year.
— My very preliminary Final 4 picks: Kentucky (duh), Michigan State, Ohio State, and (I really hate to do this) North Carolina. And let’s go with the Spartans and their star, Draymond Green (that’s him up above) to win it all, because Tom Izzo is awesome and so is his team. I just think Kentucky, who everyone will pick, will fold like usual when the going gets tough.
Can’t wait for the Madness to begin!

**Ever since the historic 2008 presidential election ended, I’ve been waiting for Hollywood to make a whole bunch of movies about it.
I mean, it was an incredible, world-altering race for so many different reasons, but almost four years later we’ve had a ton of books about the Obama/Hillary/McCain/Palin duel, but no flicks.
Happily, HBO has changed that, premiering “Game Change,” based on a book by Mark Halperin and John Heilmann. With so much material to choose from, the producers decided to simply focus on Sarah Palin and McCain’s bizarre choice of her, and all that ensued.

The movie was terrific. Julianne Moore, as Palin, does an even better Sarah than Tina Fey did. Ed Harris as John McCain was dead-on, and Woody Harrelson was really good as McCain campaign leader Steve Schmidt, who was completely befuddled and then angry as Palin’s lack of knowledge about the world was slowly revealed.
The look on Schmidt’s face when Palin didn’t know what the Federal Reserve was was priceless.
The movie does move along slowly at times, but you really can’t say it makes Palin look worse than she really is; sadly, most of the horror show that the movie portrayed really did happen. She really is that stupid and vapid.
Really good film; check it on HBO when you get the chance.