Friday, December 15, 2006

Oh no....

The New York Jets dropped to 7-6 on the season Sunday, falling to the Buffalo Bills at the Meadowlands by a 31-13 score. New York finished -2 in the turnover differential department and Buffalo scored 14 points off those miscues to gain a split of the season series.

Hopefully we can keep it together for our game against the Vikings on Sunday.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Going All the Way

The Jets could actually pull off a victory in the AFC East.

The good news for the Jets is that they play a relatively "soft" schedule to close things out with home games against Buffalo and Oakland and road games verses the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings. Each of these games is winnable since we’re talking about four teams with losing records.

If you’re a betting man, then I’d put my money on the Jets. I’ve heard they’re getting pretty good odds too.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Jets Savior

Rookie coach Eric Mangini has turned the New York Jets into playoff contenders in his first year in charge. With Mangini in charge the Jets are 2 games behind the first place New England Patriots.

This has definitely been a rebuilding year for the Jets, who ended the 2005 season with 4 wins and 12 loses. The current standing of 6 wins and 5 loses is already an improvement from the previous season.

To make the odds even better, the Jets will not play a team that currently has a winning record in their last five games before the playoffs.

Let’s go Jets!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Jets Fly Over New England

What was the biggest miracle performed by the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium Sunday? Refusing entry to the endzone for 56 minutes of the game? Ending the Patriots' 57-game streak without having any losses back-to-back? All I know is, it felt great to the Jets and their fans! Games like this ought to delight owners as well; it NFL games always turned out as predicted, why would people bother buying tickets?

I'd like to have seen one more miracle, though: Pats' coach Bill Belichick smiling while he's shaking Eric Mangini's hand. Belichick ought to be proud of having taught Mangini well, not hurt that he dared to make a career move into a head coaching job of his own.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Farewell, Curtis “Miracle” Martin

Curtis Martin has announced that he is ending this season with the New York Jets, upon the recommendation of his physicians. Actually, the doctors who operated on his knee almost a year ago advised him that playing was jeopardizing his future life functioning, even such things as walking normally. Still, Curtis Martin, who has endured nine years of playing through the pain was not the type to give up without one last try. The Jets, who have benefited so much from the amazing #28, left the final decision to Martin.

If this turns out to be his actual retirement from professional football, Curtis Martin leaves as the 4th leading rusher in NFL history.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Jets Good At Drama As Well As Football

Even though our Jets led the whole game against the Detroit Lions Sunday, the Lions came within a touchdown with only 2:22 to go. We had to hang on by our fingernails, and Coach Eric Mangini stated, “I didn’t take a deep breath until we got that last first down.” Maybe he was recalling that the last three game the Jets have won have all come down to the outcome of the opponents’ final possession.

Maybe our upcoming game with the 1-and-5 Cleveland Browns doesn’t need to be such a cliffhanger!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

We almost had ‘em.

Few can argue that Peyton Manning is positioning himself as a top quarterback of his generation. We knew that was going to be a lot to contend with. Still, we showed that we’re for real, and Justin Miller once again proved what a stud he is on the field. It ain’t every day you see a 103-yard touchdown run.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Aw, the Jets Came So Close!

So nice to be back after the unplanned interruptions of summer. But yesterday I thought we New York Jets fans would have something huge to cheer about. Well, let’s cheer about some smaller but significant things – we held our own against the Patriots, even jumped ahead with that 103-yard kick return of Justin Miller’s. That should have knocked the wind out of their sails, but there’s a reason why New England has been such a force to reckon with in the AFC East, and in the NFL for that matter. But we still kept battling to the end – I lost track of how many plays our Jets got off in the last few seconds!

We get another crack at the Pats up in Gillette Stadium November 12th. Sure would like tickets to see another really close game with the win going to the visitors!

Monday, July 10, 2006

I just happened to notice…

I have been living in New York for some time now and it has slowly dawned on me that our baseball teams are more enthusiastically supported than our NFL teams here in the Apple. I fear that the introduction of players such as Anthony Schegel, who is inarguably competent yet noticeably uninspiring, will do little to further interest in the New York Jets among resident fans.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Eric Mangini, fresh from coaching school

Maybe the New York Jets’ brand new coach, 35-year-old Eric Mangini, is the youngest in the NFL, but look who he had for a teacher: the New England Patriots’ Bill Bedichick. Too bad we'll be going up against the Patriots -- twice.

The Pats are the team to beat in the AFC East. Well, all right, we need to beat the Dolphins and the Bills as well. Wouldn't it be cool if Mangini could beat his former mentor at his own game? It can't hurt (us) that the Pats have lost some key components, the most noticeable being Adam Vinatieri.

Meanwhile, we have some guys coming back that I love to watch: Jonathon Vilma, Shaun Ellis, and Chad Pennington. A couple more reasons I want Jets tickets: to see what D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Trey Teague can do when they join Brandon Moore on our offensive line.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Something wrong in the world today.

I don’t have much New York Jets news to report on. I can say that I am proud of our players for staying out of trouble in the off-season. There have been quite a few stories this summer of NFL players getting arrested for illegal activities. The Seahawks’ Wayne Hunter got arrested in connection with a bar brawl, Albert Haynesworth of the Tennessee Titans for reckless endangerment and Browns running back Reuben Droughns is charged in a domestic dispute. It is embarrassing to see players at this level acting like thuggish children. It’s hard to tell anymore what I can let my kids watch on TV because everywhere I turn there is another athlete going to jail for cocaine trafficking and the like.

It is funny how we hoist them up as heroes during the season and during their off time they go and act like common criminals. Then they get slapped on the wrists for transgressions that would land a regular man in prison. Where are their morals? And who is accountable?

Monday, April 24, 2006

When you’re a Jet!

Cedric Houston of the New York Jets was involved in a car accident last Friday. The running back was mildly injured but released from the hospital the same night as his wounds were not life-threatening. Houston was the passenger in the car and there is no scandal attached to the incident. Houston will be further evaluated by the team doctors before they will report on his status for the 2006 season. I am glad he is ok and wish him a speedy recovery.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

When you’re a Jet you’re a Jet

Victor Green has signed with the New York Jets again so he retires as a Jet. He spent eight years with the Jets and was a great player all around. I think it is pretty cool that the Jets let him sign on. The Dallas Cowboys did it for Emmitt Smith after all.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Join the Jets' Special Team!

Jets fans--Here's a chance for you to be part of the team--by joining the New York Jets in the fight against lupus. Lupus is a chronic disease that seems to turn the body's own immune system against itself, and it can attack anybody. Right now there is no cure.

How can you help? Step one is easy--Come to the FREE Walk Kick-off Luncheon on March 30th at the Melville Marriott (1350 Old Walt Whitman Road, Melville NY). Besides lunch and info, you can have a chance to win an autographed Jets football OR 2 tickets to a Jets home game!

The Walk itself will be Saturday, May 20th, at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY. It's only 5K (just over 3 miles), and it's a chance to help a good cause and see some current and former team members who'll be there to help out too. The Alliance for Lupus Research can be reached toll free at 866-WALK ALR (866-925-5257).

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Eenie, meenie, mynie, Chad.

The big question in this off-season is who will be the New York Jets quarterback this year on opening day. Will it be Chad Pennington or Brooks Bollinger? I am going to pick Chad Pennington. Who do you pick and why?

Monday, February 13, 2006

Building and rebuilding

Seems like most of the news related to the New York Jets this season has been about buildings--as in the stadium, training facilties, etc. But we need to be just as interested in rebuilding. Because ending the season 4 and 12 is pretty depressing, even if it's the same place the Oakland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers--a couple of other teams we saw a lot of in all those Super Bowl nostalgia clips--ended up this season. We'll have to see what GM Mike Tannenbaum and Coach Eric Mangini can build from the ground up.