Rough weekends … first world problems … sports

My wife has a job where actually lives are at stake, so anytime I have a bad day (like this past Monday), it should make me feel better about my first world white collar problems. That said one way to express the emotion you can’t when staring at a computer is by watching sports! And what’s great is even if your team loses it doesn’t really matter, best described by Jerry Seinfeld. One example.

So i caught up with the most invested sports fan I know, Mr. Dirty Jersey. He lives in San Francisco which means he watches his teams alone or at bars filled with their fans (like the Wreck Room for the Jets). Note that Jets fans will take any excuse for doing the famous J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets! chant when surrounded by other fans. San Diego example.

BD: I’m sure there have been worse sports weekends in your near 30 year career as a fan, but how do you measure this one?

Dirty: Penn Sprint football won 14-9, which game some level of satisfaction being that they beat Army, but otherwise I didn’t have much other than pent up emotion that had no where to go.
BD: What happened on Saturday?
Dirty: In the Rutgers game, the tying TD to make it 7-7 and a sack on 3rd down of the following drive were the only times I got to Jersey fist pump and cheer, which they then turned over and give up a TD first play afterward. Their best play which was a 76 yard screen pass to their best player didn’t even end in a cheer because A. he’s now out for the season after being injured on the play and B. they failed to score on 4 plays inside the 5. And then they have OSU next week, ouch. And the Mets go down 10-0 only to come back to 10-8 with so many chances in the final innings.
BD: Ouch. Literally.
Dirty: This frustration carried to the Jets, but then …. 8 turnovers! Not a single Jets chant, even though much like that soccer announcer who doesn’t do anything except say a goal might be near and then yells GOOOOOL, there were so many chances in the red zone (4) that were just about to cause an eruption of emotion. This is the earliest in the season dud ever, and may have the most near Jets chants that were not to be unlike 2012 Niners game where there was no sniff compounded by being surrounded by 49ers faithful.
So looking at the past 7 seasons when i exclusively watch at bars, I recall the following zero Jets chant games. Which is ridiculous how many there actually are, but off the top of my head 2010: 45-3 game which was then avenged making it ok, the aforementioned 49ers game in 2012. ’13: Down 28-0 to Cincinnati in the 1st quarter! The bills game after the bye, 2014: bills 38-3 after they did not practice due to a blizzard! None last year.
But how many would the pats have?!?!?!?!?
BD: And all this on a day when the Mets, yes the New York Mets won 17-0.
Dirty: True, and at the end of the weekend, the Mets still lead the wild card, Jets have a lot of football to play, and Rutgers still has 4 winnable games (maybe) on their schedule to achieve bowl eligibility. So sports doesn’t matter anyway and this weekend may go down not even being remembered.
Full list compiled:
2010: full: the 45-3 game, possible: the 9-0 packers loss (though im sure there was a 3rd down stop somewhere)
2011: possible: Eagles loss that made them 8-6
2012: full: 49ers game, possible: miami game, doesn’t count: bills week 17
2013: full: Cinci, weeks 11-13 worst 3 weeks of football i have ever seen
2014: full: SD 31-0, and bills 38-3
2015: zero, though week 17 was painful we still had jets chant on Decker’s TD
2016: this game

Jets midweek notes – week 1 edition

Week 1 of the NFL is finally here! For all of us that had our season end in week 17, surely the most painful for Jets fans of any team, trumped only by the Vikes first round playoff exit by missing a chip shot field goal. (At least it got me over the Mets hangover from blowing 3 world series games in the 8th or later.)

Perhaps you are still reeling from the Jets cutting a former first (Milliner) and second round (Amaro) pick in the last week. Or their most recent second rounder with one off the oddest, baddest stat lines … now he’s in a redshirt year. 

Or maybe you hate Giacomini, but are questioning that now that the Jets don’t have a clear cut replacement with any legit experience.

For a team that has drafted poorly the last few years, they should have the same squad as last year for the most part that could challenge for a playoff berth, but flipping from the easiest schedule to one of the hardest might make it impossible.

Here’s to the 47th attempt to reach their 2nd super bowl! Only 4 teams have a longer drought!


Transformation Underway at Linebacker 

Over the Past Two Drafts, the Jets Have Used a First-Round Selection & A Pair of Third-Rounders on ‘Backers

Source: Transformation Underway at Linebacker 

A deeper position by position breakdown of the Jets will come later, but for now here’s a good link to the position group with the most change over the last two seasons …

EA Sports gives Jets Darron Lee crazy speed rating in Madden 17

Darron Lee is going to be a fun one to play with in the new Madden video game. Shortly after last Thursday’s NFL draft, EA Sports kept with the tradition of debuting the “Madden” …

Source: EA Sports gives Jets Darron Lee crazy speed rating in Madden 17

For those of you out there that love Madden, you know that Speed at MLB is rather crucial as pointed out here …

Winston Hill, Jets’ Decorated Tackle, Dies at 74 

Namath Protector Was Named to 8 Straight All-Star Games & First Ring of Honor Class in ’10

Source: Winston Hill, Jets’ Decorated Tackle, Dies at 74 

Linemen never get their due compared to other positions, but an argument can be made that he was the greatest player in Jets history with his 8 all-star berths (team record) combined with playing possibly the second most important position (left tackle) on the only Super Bowl winner.

All 32 NFL franchises statistically ranked by greatness at the quarterback position in the Super Bowl Era

When it comes to the NFL, for better or worse, it’s all about the quarterback. Unquestionably the most marquee position in all of professional sports is quarterback in the NFL. These players receive unbelievable amounts of praise and blame for their team’s success, or lack thereof. The position has evolved over the years, as has the NFL. […]

Source: All 32 NFL franchises statistically ranked by greatness at the quarterback position in the Super Bowl Era


Today I was wondering, what team has had quarterback play worse than the Jets since the AFL-NFL merger?

The only two teams I could say for sure when simply thinking about it, that played the entire time are the Lions and the Bucs.

Other teams in the same range would be the Texans, Redskins (since 1992), Rams prior to 1999, Saints pre Brees, and the best comparison qualitatively, Da Bears.

NOTE: The Browns at least had Bernie Kosar and Sipe (Red Right 88 not withstanding), which elevates them above these other teams.

Another link on same topic:

How Jets exploited Giants’ defense to free up secret weapon

The Jets’ secret weapon Sunday proved deadly to the Giants. With Big Blue scrambling to cover Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, running back Bilal Powell took full advantage with by far the best

Source: How Jets exploited Giants’ defense to free up secret weapon

When a team can’t cover receivers, they will try to compensate for it. The Giants did this by selling out to stop the run on running downs and then playing 2 deep safeties to cover Marshall and Decker.

As a result, they were susceptible to short passes and screens. Excellent job by the Jets coaching staff to have an assortment of these plays ready and punishing the Giants with Bilal Powell.

The original Deflategate? Maybe not the first, but 2 decades ago …

Jets Lowery smacks Patriots ballboy

Joe Montana made some controversial comments on how kickers are the main reason the NFL changed the rules ultimately resulting in this recent “Deflategate.”

One such example came in one of the NFL’s fiercest rivalries back in 1995 with the Jets in Foxboro. Unfortunately, there is no Belichick-Carroll angle here as Carroll was fired before the 1995 season, replaced by Rich Kotite and Belichick arrived with the Jets on Bill Parcells staff in 1997.