Rough weekends … first world problems … sports – 10/1-10/2

This weekend was another dud for superfan Mr. Dirty Jersey. Rather than force him to answer more questions I simply named a team and he answered with his thought on this week compared to last.

Penn sprint football – Sure no one is over 172 pounds, but this team actually looks like they know what the hell is going on out there. Biggest game of the season this week though against perennial powerhouse Navy. ARROW: Trending even.

Penn football – After their own bought of incompetence they took it out on surprising and fellow 2015 co-champ Dartmouth for their first win of 2016. ARROW: Trending up.

Rutgers football – Odd how a 58-0 loss is less painful than 14-7 the week before. This team is a mess, with Michigan next. All around F on the individual report cards. On the plus side Stanford got wrecked by UW worse than the Knights. ARROW: Trending down.

Stanford football – Would have thought they could have put up a better fight against the division rival Huskies than Rutgers!!!!!! ARROW: Trending down.

Mets baseball – Did enough to secure home wild card game at home. It’s an exciting do or die for only their second back to back playoff appearances in franchise history. ARROW: Trending even.

Giants baseball – Swept a series v LA, including Kershaw to secure spot in wild card game. This looks like an even year so if they can get past the Mets in a toss up with one of the greatest Oct pitchers on the hill – Madbum, they are a dark horse. ARROW: Trending up.

A’s baseball – Not sure if anyone in Bay Area noticed them finish their season. This team is better than they showed in 2016. ARROW: Trending up.

Jets football – This was a pathetic showing on both sides of the ball. They were destroyed by KC a week ago who was destroyed by Pitt this week. And now the Jets have Pittsburgh. It’s not looking good based on the mathematical transitive property. ARROW: Trending down.

49ers football – This was disappointing, especially after I delivered the initial 14-0 score to the staff of the Burger Meister to which they picked up the pace and attitude with the customers. ARROW: Trending down.

Raiders football – This team looks good. A one point win is still a win, especially against a previously undefeated squad. In the NFL any time you win, coaching staff gets an A. It was enjoyable to share the sealing moments with long-suffering Raider Nation. ARROW: Trending up.

Heck, preseason hoops starts this week, too! It’s one of the best times of the year because even if one of your teams sucks, you can move on to the next, just hopefully not too soon for the Mets.

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 …

Sorry Jets fans!

courtesy of ESPN
courtesy of ESPN

All 1st rounders from non-FBS schools have started in the Super Bowl, two won and McNair was oh so close, except Kenny O’Brien.

O’Brien was a solid starter for several years, especially in warm weather, but will forever be overshadowed by the guy the Jets didn’t draft, Dan Marino.

Will the Jets roll the dice if Wentz falls to them?

He, unlike O’Brien has played a lot of football in cold weather, key in the AFC East …

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.