As a huge New York Jets, Mets and Knicks fan, Monday was a very trying day for me. Even though everything that could go wrong went wrong , I have taken more of an optimistic view over my three teams. Yesterday, the New York Jets proved the world correct by finally ending what I consider to be the most pathetic and embarrassing season for a franchise that has been a joke for most of its existence. The New York Mets became the first team since 1998 to trade away the past year’s Cy Young Award winner by dealing fan favorite RA Dickey to the Blue Jays (1998-Blue Jays traded Roger Clemens to the Yankees). The New York Knicks had a visit from the most popular player in the league a year ago, Jeremy Lin, and got shellacked by him for the second time this season. If you are a fan of any of these teams, or all three like myself, then Monday looked like and extremely rough day. I am going to explain why I feel there is a silver lining for each of these tumultuous events.
Let’s start with J-E-T-S (Just End The Season); Thank God they did! I have never in my life rooted for one of my teams to lose…except for last night. The Jets have been an absolute CIRCUS since the end of last season. The acquisition of Tim Tebow was a mistake from the get-go and not once did the Jets and their coaching staff try to rectify that situation. The pathetic Offensive Coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, was fired only to be replaced by an even worse one, Tony Sparano. Mark Sanchez’s ability as a QB receded worse that Lebron James’ hair line. The Jets had arguably the worst receiving core in NFL history and couldn’t develop a running attack against any formidable opponents. So why was I rooting against the Jets yesterday, even with their playoff chances still intact if they had won? Because it would have all been the same shit again next year if the Jets showed even the slightest bit of success. With this mortifying loss on Monday Night Football last night no Jets fans will ever have to watch Mark Sanchez at the QB position ever again! Ii has been announced that Greg McElroy will start Sunday against the Chargers. The Jets GM, Mike Tannenbaum, is either going to be replaced or he is going to be put on such a hot seat that he will have no choice but to fix this never-ending pile of issues. The Jets need to be completely revamped and there is no way that would have happened without them losing last night so there is the silver lining.
My New York Knicks have not given their fans much to complain about this season. They have the best record in the Eastern Conference and have looked like a title contender the whole year. They have really only hit one speed bump this season and their name is the Houston Rockets. The last time the Knicks had to worry about the Rockets was in 1994 when they met in the NBA Finals and went to an exhilarating game 7 which the Knicks inevitably ended up losing. Ever since Jeremy Lin left the Knicks for a more than generous contract with the Rockets, there has been a target on his back. Unfortunately for the Knickerbockers, that target was too small to see because for the second time this season, Jeremy Lin and the Rockets manhandled them. I never had any ill will towards Lin once he left, especially because I knew what the Knicks overall plan was and he just wasn’t the right fit for Woodson’s game plan. So what’s the upside to the Knicks losing twice to a supposedly inferior team? First, the Rockets most likely won’t make the playoffs this year so the Knicks won’t be playing them again until next year. Secondly, there was no way the Knicks were going to go 77-5 so we were bound to lose eventually. Finally, the real silver lining behind this most recent loss at the Garden to the slightly above average Houston Rockets is that we now know exactly what we need Iman Shumpert and Amare Stoudemire for. Shumpert wasn’t really an issue but everyone was questioning where Amare would fit in and the truth of the matter is that STAT is an extremely talented player and in situations where Melo or even Tyson or Kidd or Felton are out with injury, STAT can be a viable option that can help earn that W.
The New York Mets are very good at being very bad. Outside of a handful of years that Mike Piazza was destroying anything in his way, the Mets have been completely irrelevant for nearly a quarter century. Last year the Mets let one of their franchise’s greatest players ever, Jose Reyes, leave to their divisional foe, the Miami Marlins, due to their money issues. Worst part about that was that Reyes was coming off of his best ever year and the National League Batting Title. Yesterday, the Mets completed a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays which ended with the reigning CY Young Winner and Mets fan favorite RA Dickey leaving after one of the greatest pitching seasons in NY Mets history. So how can losing your best pitcher and biggest ticket attraction have any positives behind it? Well, I’ll start by saying that with or without Dickey, the Mets were not going anywhere any time soon. Having said that, the Mets have no money and they need to figure out new ways to rebuild a franchise that does not have much going for it right now. I feel that they did the right thing by signing David Wright for pretty much the rest of his career. Now they have to figure out who will hit around him and what direction they want their franchise to go. Between Wheeler and Harvey the Mets have some talented pitching coming up soon. In the trade for Dickey, the Mets acquired arguably one of the best young talents in the Minors, catcher Travis d’Arnaud. On top of that they saved a butt load of money and have positioned themselves to be a formidable opponent within a few years. I see some bright things in the Mets future and I think it starts with Travis d’Arnaud.
So even if you are still having a hard time recovering from yesterday’s exhausting and trying events, just know that each of them have a silver lining and everything should be okay soon enough.
Gamblers rejoice, here are our Week 12 Sports Debater expert picks against the spread. (We are NOT responsible for any money lost) odds courtesy of 5Dimes.eu
|Game Time||Teams||NYBobby||MatthewToddErich||Scher Thing|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Minnesota Vikings (+6.5) @ Chicago Bears (-6.5)||Bears||Bears||Bears|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Oakland Raiders (+8) @
Cincinnati Bengals (-8)
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Pittsburgh Steelers (-2) @ Cleveland Browns (+2)||Steelers||Steelers||Browns|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Buffalo Bills (+2.5) @ Indianapolis Colts (-2.5)||Colts||Colts||Colts|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Denver Broncos (-10) @ Kansas City Chiefs (+10)||Broncos||Broncos||Chiefs|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Seattle Seahawks (-3) @ Miami Dolphins (+3)||Seahawks||Seahawks||Seahawks|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Atlanta Falcons (-1.5) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1.5)||Buccaneers||Falcons||Falcons|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Tennessee Titans (-3.5) @ Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5)||Titans||Titans||Titans|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Baltimore Ravens (0) @ San Diego Chargers (0)||Ravens||Ravens||Ravens|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||San Francisco 49ers (-2) @ New Orleans Saints (+2)||Saints||Saints||49ers|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||St. Louis Rams (+1.5) @ Arizona Cardinals (-1.5)||Cardinals||Cardinals||Rams|
|Sunday, November 25, 2012:||Green Bay Packers (+2.5) @ New York Giants (-2.5)||Giants||Packers||Giants|
|Monday, November 26, 2012:||Carolina Panthers (-2.5) @
Philadelphia Eagles (+2.5)
If you survived last week’s “Hell Bye Week,” then you can breathe a sigh of relief as week 8 is a much more manageable one. Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Houston are the only teams on bye week and unless you have Ray Rice, A.J. Green or Arian Foster, your team should be in just fine shape. There are some injuries this week that are shaking up a few fantasy rosters and with the midseason bump out of the way, teams that hope to be playoff bound have to make their pushes now. Here are 5 players for you Fantasy teams that I feel will help your roster improve before Sunday’s games.
There are a lot of Jets haters out there and I can completely understand why. That being said, Dustin Keller is back and healthy and he is without question Mark Sanchez’s #1 option in the passing attack. Last week, Keller was targeted 7 times and caught all 7 passes, accumulating 93 yards and a trip to the endzone. The Jets are facing a Miami Dolphins team that is talking a whole lot of shit, which is surprising because the Jets beat the Dolphins in one of the uglier games of the season in week 3. With back up tight end, Cumberland, out with an injury, Keller will see even more targets than normal. There will be a strong emphasis on the ground game which will open up some good play action looks for Keller down the field. I think that Dustin will have an even bigger game this week than last and there is no reason why he should be a Free Agent in anyone’s league from here on out. He is without question a top 10 TE in the NFL.
Predictions for week 8: 9 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown
The Chicago Bears are quietly having a stellar season. The main reason that the Bears are 5-1 is because they have the highest scoring defense in the league and they seem to be able to shut down any team that they face. Another contributing factor to the Bears success is the amazing chemistry between the NFL’s 8th leading receiver, Brandon Marshall, and one of the worst QB’s in the NFL, Jay Cutler. This week the Bears have the luxury of facing off with the dismal Carolina Panthers. While the Bears offense does not put up too many points, this is surely a game where that can change. I think Marshall will draw a lot of double teams which should open up the field for a lot of his receiving buddies. I feel that Devin Hester will be the biggest beneficiary of the receivers on the Bears as he will have the ability to catch short screens or even quick slants and dominate the game with his YAC. Let’s not forget about his ability to take one to the house on any given punt return.
Predictions for week 8: 6 receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown, one kick return for a touchdown
Where has the Dancing With the Stars Champion been hiding this season? On the bench watching Aaron Rodgers tare up the league once again. But with Greg Jennings out for at least another week and Jordy Nelson questionable, Rodgers is going to have to look for other options in the passing game. The obvious first choice for him is going to be James Jones followed by Randall Cobb. The third option is the one that I feel will have his biggest and only good game of his season, Donald Driver. The truth of the matter is that the Packers are going to have a field day destroying the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars and I think Donald wants to prove he still has a little something left in the tank. I can see Driver and Rodgers connecting like the olden days for some impressive long yardage passes. A lot of people thought that Driver was retired as he has only had 4 catches for the entire season on the most pass friendly team in the league. All Driver has to do is pretend he is back in the ballroom and he will be able to move around all of the Jaguars secondary.
Predictions for week 8: 5 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown
The surprise rookie out Abilene Christian has been catching the eyes of fantasy owners across the country. While at the beginning of the season you would have been thought to be crazy to say that someone would take touches away from Steven Jackson, Daryl has emerged as a true offensive threat. While he does not get that many touches on the ground, roughly 7-10 a game, he does get a lot of snaps in the backfield. Over the past two weeks, Richardson has shown glimpses of what he can do in the open field and now that the Rams have the advantage of facing off with one of the leagues worst passing defenses, the New England Patriots, they will try and find successes in their pass game. In his rookie year, Richardson is yet to find the endzone but I think that streak will end on Sunday. The game is being played in Wembley Stadium in London, England and while I feel the Pats will inevitably win the game, I think Richardson will make a name for himself on international turf.
Predictions for week 8: 8 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown, 5 receptions for 70 yards
This is the first time I have ever picked a player in back to back weeks, but after how accurate I was with last weeks predictions for Palmer, (Predictions: 24-46 for 320 yards and two TD’s, Actual: 26-46 for 298 yards and 2 TD’s), I had to go with him again. I am going with Palmer again mainly because he has the easy matchup against the team that I rank as the worst in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Oakland Raiders are a terrible team in their own right and there really is no looking up for them any time soon, but Palmer has been throwing for nearly 300 yards every single game yet he is still a Free Agent in majority of fantasy leagues. One of the first sleepers I talked about in the 2012 season was Denarius Moore, who has emerged as one of the more reliable receivers in the league the past few weeks. With Heyward-Bay on one side and Moore on the other, Palmer has good options to look for and will have a pretty successful season regardless of Oakland’s overall record.
Predictions for week 8: 27-48 for 315 yards and two touchdowns
The first quarter of the NFL season is out of the way and teams are starting to show their true colors. We have had some great stories in the first part of the season and I for one am extremely excited to see what else we have in store. This week holds a couple of extremely enticing matchups, including Brady vs. Peyton, which every NFL fan is anticipating. As great as some of the games might be this week, the real excitement comes from your fantasy football teams. So here are our week 5 picks to help improve your lineups in the final seconds before the 1 o’clock games.
Andrew Hawkins: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
One of the things that has stayed consistent in the first quarter of the season is the Cincinnati Bengals QB, Andy Dalton, and his love for his #1 receiver, A.J. Green. That love affair is known across the league now so defenses are being designed to shut it down. That means that Dalton will need to find new toys to play with on his receiving core. That’s where the second year man out of Toledo, Andrew Hawkins comes in. While Hawkins has had a pretty quiet start to the season, he has been able to break a couple of big plays that went for touchdowns. He will never be a heavily targeted receiver, but if you are in need of a “flex” position player and are looking for a big play guy, Hawkins is the way to go this week. He has ridiculous speed and always has one-on-one coverage because of the before mentioned Green. While his game won’t be earth-shattering, I do feel he will make a couple of big plays to boost his fantasy numbers against an inconsistent Miami defense.
Predictions for week 5: 4 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown
Randall Cobb: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
The Green Bay Packers have been struggling this season, but the truth of the matter is that if they didn’t get robbed by the worst call in NFL history, than they would be 3-1 right now. That being said, they are 2-2 and have played without a healthy star receiver, Greg Jennings, for most of the early season. NFL M.V.P Aaron Rodgers has had to find other favorite targets to help the pass-happy offense of the Packers move up and down the field. This week Rodgers has the luxury of facing off with the inexperienced Indianapolis Colts where, like Burger King, he should have it his way. Rodgers’ #1 is Nelson and #2 is Jones, but this week I am focusing on the Packers #3 receiver and punt returner, Randall Cobb. Cobb is arguably the fastest wide out the NFL has to offer and he has been targeted by Rodgers way more than anyone would have expected. In a big game against the Saints last week, Cobb pulled in 7 catches. I expect him to have a really good day against a Colts defense with no real stars.
Predictions for week 5: 7 receptions for 110 yards, Punt Return for a touchdown
Jacoby Jones: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
Joe Flacco is having an MVP type start to his 2012-13 season. Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin have both been stellar this year in catching anything that Flacco throws at them. Ray Rice seems to be pushing through any defender that tries to touch him and the Ravens defense is looking as good as the old days. Things seem to be clicking for this AFC powerhouse and I feel that today’s game against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs with be the coming out party for the former Houston Texan, Jacoby Jones. Jones is one of those rare receivers that actually puts his body on the line for his team. While I’m not comparing his skill level to Keyshawn Johnson, Jones does possess a lot of the same receiving attributes that Johnson once dominated the NFL with. While Jones is not a go to target for Flacco too often, whenever Boldin, Smith and Rice need a rest Jones will get a look. I am imagining a huge blowout today in Kansas City where Flacco will be throwing for nearly 400 yards. I expect Jones to be on the receiving end of a large chunk of those.
Predictions for week 5: 6 receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown
Mike Tolbert: Sunday 4:05 PM EST
The original “vulture,” who stole so many touchdowns from my boy Michael Turner for 3 straight years in Atlanta, has moved to the Carolina Panthers. Entering the season, many people were saying that Carolina had the best rushing attack in the NFL with names like Stewart, Williams, Tolbert and of course Cam Newton. While they haven’t performed to the standards that we all predicted, they have shown signs of life and seem to have a breakout game coming in the near future. If you pick Tolbert up in your fantasy league and expect him to get a lot of touches or even be in a lot of plays for that matter, you are sadly mistaken. Tolbert is a “vulture” specialist, and for all you people who don’t watch “The League” and have no clue what a vulture is then here you go. Vulture: Any player who steals a short touchdown after his teammate gets the ball down the whole field to inside the 5 yard line. I’m expecting this to happen at least once for Tolbert this week and I even think he will be on the receiving end of a couple of ugly screens from Newton.
Predictions for week 5: 6 rushes for 5 yards and a touchdown, 3 receptions for 15 yards
Mario Manningham: Sunday 4:25 PM EST
Sorry Bills fans, but you are going to have to suffer through everything the Jets did last week. Maybe not as bad as we did, but it will be painful because the 49ers have a ridiculous team with talent at every position. Alex Smith has been looking good and everyone on the receiving core has seemed to step up in different games. Last week against the Jets, Smith seemed to have targeted Manningham almost every pass; it was laughable. I do feel that the former Giants wide receiver is a very good player that just hasn’t had his moment to shine yet. This week Manningham will have a field day with the terrible secondary that the Bills put out there on a weekly basis. Mario’s stat line has stayed pretty consistent for the first 4 weeks of the season where he seems to pull in roughly 4 catches a game totaling 30-40 yards. The big advantage with Manningham on your fantasy team is that he also gets a couple of carries on San Fran’s trickery end-around’s. He has already gotten nearly 60 yards on the ground and now has the luxury of going up against a defense that gave nearly 1,000 points to the Patriots last week.
Predictions for week 5: 6 receptions for 80 yards and touchdown, 1 rush for 30 yards
Here is our free advice for you to take now and thank us later. We will be posting 5 players every week who we feel will make a significant impact for that week. If you agree or not with our predictions let us know. If you take our advice and are successful because of it, congratulations and tell your friends. Also check out our picks against the spread at: https://sports-debaters.com/2012/10/03/sports-debaters-expert-picks-against-the-spread-week-5/
1. Everybody is looking for the next best QB in the NFL. In the past few years, the media has gone crazy for youngsters like Cam Newton, Robert Griffin, Andrew Luck, Andy Dalton and others. However, there are two veterans who have been slaying NFL Defenses for over a decade, who proved this week that they are still two of the best in the NFL. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady each lead their respective teams to blowout victories against division rivals. Manning went 30 for 38, amassing 338 yards and 3 scores. The “Golden Boy” Tom Brady matched him with 340 yards and 3 TDs as well. Both the Broncos and Patriots were coming off two game losing streaks and their QBs weren’t going to let that get to three. This week, the two legends square off in another classic Brady-Manning matchup that NFL fans have enjoyed for years. In the famous words of Bart Scott…”Can’t Wait!”
2. The Green Bay Packers are just not that good. I know they got royally screwed last week by the replacement referees, but what was lost in that game was that they were even position at the end of that game for Seattle to beat them. If the Pack were as good as we expected, they would have blown the doors off the Seahawks under the Monday Night lights. This weekend, the New Orleans Saints came to town, a team pronounced dead after they dropped to 0-3 by losing to the Kansas City Chiefs at home. We assumed that Aaron Rodgers and the angry Packers would take all their anger out on New Orleans, avenging for the Monday Night Debacle. Though Green Bay did manage to outlast the Saints, it was a struggle and it came down to a missed FG by New Orleans. Not exactly the massacre we would have expected from a “Super Bowl Contender.” After watching true contenders over the past few weeks (49ers, Giants, Falcons), I don’t think the Packers have the goods this year.
3. The Detroit Lions have been the laughing-stock of the NFL since I started watching football. However, over the past couple years, something weird has happened…the Lions actually got pretty good! This year, many analysts expected them to make a jump to the next level. With franchise QB Matthew Stafford leading the charge, Calvin Johnson making highlight reel catches look easy, and a Defense lead by Ndamukong Suh that looked pretty intimidating, we thought this team was an NFC North contender ready to challenge the Packers and Bears. Well, their one good season had us all fooled! This Sunday the Vikings went into Detroit and manhandled them, only a week after the Lions allowed the “vaunted” Tennessee Titans to score 44. They are sitting at 1-3 in the division and considering they barely won their first game of the year against the Rams, they are lucky not to be 0-4. One quarter into the season the Lions find themselves in a position they are very familiar with…the NFC North basement!
4. Jets management has no idea what they are doing. The Jets are really, really awful and all the blame is being directed to Mark Sanchez. Recapping their 34-0 game would be a waste of time, but there is one thing that all Jets fans need to know…Tim Tebow would not do any better! What do the Jets expect Sanchez to do? Thanks to GM Mike Tannenbaum, Mark has exactly ZERO Offensive Weapons to work with. Their running game is non-existent,, their WRs don’t get open and they literally have the worst run defense I have ever seen. Their star receiver caught a pass, hurt his foot and his reaction was to just give the ball to the other team…makes a lot of sense! Don’t get me wrong, Sanchez had a bad game. He threw an awful pick, fumbled the ball a couple of times and didn’t generate any offense at all. However, if the Jets wanted to make Sanchez the franchise QB they have been selling us for 4 years now, it would have been nice if they surrounded him with a little help. The Jets play perhaps the best team in the NFL this week, and I guarantee the Jets will struggle. For Sanchez’s sake, I hope Tebow gets more snaps so Jets fans can maybe get a dose of reality that the blame for the Jets failure needs to be laid at the feet of Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum, not Mark Sanchez.5. Real NFL Referees make a big difference. I felt like I was watching the NFL that I have known for my entire life this weekend. When there was a tough call, the officials got together, discussed the play and made the call. They weren’t rushing in and changing games arbitrarily without any real knowledge of the rules. The games moved by at a normal speed, which was my biggest complaint of the first three weeks. Although my team didn’t really get screwed by any bad officiating from the replacements, I was falling asleep watching NFL games last 4-5 hours. Even though NFL refs will always make calls the players, coaches and fans don’t agree on, all parties involved are relieved as hell to have them back in the fold. When the referees came out of the tunnel in the Baltimore-Cleveland, the fans stood up and gave them a warm greeting. It was probably the first time referees have ever received a standing ovation in professional sports history. It will most likely also be the last!
Nothing gives me more pleasure then when an athlete or celebrity of any sort has an altercation with a member of the media. I especially love situations like this when a member of a team I support is involved. This morning, Jets linebacker, and media favorite, Bart Scott, got into a heated and almost physical argument with Dan Leberfeld of Jets Confidential magazine. Bart Scott is not one to shy away from the media for anything, but this season he has taken a different approach as he has decided to boycott the media since week 1 of the NFL season because he said he was angry at reporters for portraying the Jets as a “circus.”
Before Scott’s boycott started, he found himself at the front of a lot of media related stories, both good and bad. Everyone can remember the jovial, yet somewhat angry interview Scott had with ESPN reporter, Sal Palantonio, after the huge win over the New England Patriots, to advance to the AFC championship. “I can’t wait!.” Here’s a short video that I thought a was funny mash-up of that interview, which also shows the intensity that Scott plays with on a nightly basis.
Scott has never been a player to bite his tongue. This was one of the reasons that he almost got into a rumble with Dan Leberfeld. While speaking off the record to reporter Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com, Leberfeld walked by and tried to take a picture of Scott with his phone. The sole purpose of the photo was for Leberfeld to use on his Jets website in a story he was writing about Scott’s media boycott. Supposedly this same thing had happened on Wednesday and it resulted in the reporter, that Scott was actually talking to, getting upset. Scott’s reaction to Friday’s attempted picture might have been a little of an overreaction, but I loved every second of it.
As Leberfeld tried to take the picture, Scott asked him why he was taking another picture after he already got one on Wednesday. Dan responded by telling Scott that he was taking the picture because he wanted to. Scott then went on to tell Dan to “get a life.” In a mature fashion, Dan told Scott to “get a life.” After only those few childish schoolyard comments, Scott had to be restrained by a Jets media relations worker. Scott hollered, “I’ll kick the shit out of you,” and Dan followed that remark by threatening to sue Scott. Scott then added an emphatic, “I DON’T CARE!”
“I don’t think a player would be that stupid,” Leberfeld said. “A player would be suspended or have legal issues, so I don’t think a player would ever do that.” Leberfeld has been working for the Jets for 18 years now and clearly he hasn’t learned a thing. If he paid attention to anything, he would know that Scott is not one to be messed with. I think it would be a great fight, the 32-year-old 240 lb 6’2 linebacker vs. any sports reporter. If I was Scott I would have wanted to hit that smug SOB also because of his antagonizing remark. “Because I want to;” I feel like that reply definitely warrants a punch to the face. And then he followed it with a threat to sue Scott. If I was the Jets organization, I would fire Leberfeld for being such a little bitch.
Shortly after his altercation with Scott, Leberfeld was asked to be on the Mike Francesa radio show to explain what went on. It really seems like Dan is the type of person to stir things like this up just to get his own name out there. Here is the link to the interview with Mike Francesa; http://newyork.cbslocal.com/audio/865-wfan-audio/dan-leberfeld-with-mike-francesa/. Now I don’t want to see Scott get sued or suspended so I’m glad that he didn’t hit him, but I ask that if anyone ever sees Leberfeld in a dark alley, that they give him what he is owed for being such an arrogant prick.
I find it extremely annoying when professional athletes reduce themselves to whining little babies when things don’t go their way. We have all seen the Miami Heat players argue every call ever made against them while they flop all over the court, and most of us can remember the Yankees Paul O’Neill cry every time a strike was called against him, but the way that Mario Williams acted after the Jets blowout yesterday takes the cake. Williams was the most hyped Free Agent during the NFL offseason last year and when he signed with the lowly Buffalo Bills everyone thought he would be their savior. People even went as far as saying that Buffalo had one of the best Defensive Lines in the NFL along with the New York Giants. Well, after the Jets smacked the Bills on Sunday it seems as if people are changing their minds fast and instead of taking the loss like a man, Mario Williams acted like a punk with his babyish excuses.
After the Jets set a franchise record for most points on opening day (48), “Baby Mario” addressed the media and said the following, “”Pass blocking doesn’t consist of illegal hands to the face just about every play… You’re getting off the ball and getting punched in the face, literally — not by accident — just about every other time, and that’s a penalty, last time I checked, unless they changed it with the new CBA or something. Last time I checked, that’s a penalty.” HAHAHAHA! Are you kidding me? Sure it’s easy to point fingers at the replacement refs and say that they are the reason for you failures, or you can man up and take responsibility for playing like a chump and getting shut down by a guy who has only started 2 games in his entire career. The man that Baby Mario is claiming was putting “illegal hands on his face,” is the Jets new starting Right Tackle, Austin Howard.
When the preseason got underway, the Jets weakness was considered their offense and was primarily pointing the finger at the Right Tackle position for their inadequacies. The Bills started the preseason with a newly built Defense lead by the $100 million man Baby Mario himself. For the entire week leading up to opening day, all I heard was how Baby Mario and his teammates were going to eat Howard and the rest of the Jets O-Line alive. I heard how Mark Sanchez was going to be hit so much that he would end up eating more grass than a stoned cow. Well a stunning turn of events occurred and not only did Howard win the battle with Baby Mario, but the entire Jets O-Line gave Sanchez all day to throw and didn’t allow a sack.
After hearing Baby Mario’s comments, Howard replied with, “From what I saw from the film, and what I know from the game, the game is moving so fast and people are moving so fast you can’t purposely put your hands anywhere every single time. It’s impossible! Me and him had really good battles last night and if he feels that way, I don’t know what to say about that. I didn’t see any flags or as much on the film either.” I didn’t see any flags on you either Austin and I think you had a great and legal performance. When Howard was named as the replacement for the awful Wayne Hunter, there was a lot of people, including myself, that had their doubts. Well, after shutting down one of the best pass rushers in the game all day long, I think those doubts have been lifted.
The Bills have sucked for a long time and it seems as if they are going to continue with their pathetic ways, but with Baby Mario and his new excuse making habits, Buffalo has just earned an even worse reputation then they already had. Hey, guess what Baby Mario, if someone was hitting me illegally in the face all day I would hit them back 10 times harder. But instead of being a man, you chose to not complain all game about the “illegal hits,” and then once the blowout score was finalized you cried to the media like a baby without its bottle. Baby Mario: You are a 7-year veteran that is 6’6 and nearly 300 lbs, you just signed a 5-year $100 million contract and yet you have the audacity to whine to the media after a far more inferior player in Howard shut you down all game.
A smart man named Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” So according to Benjamin Franklin, Baby Mario is good for nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I understand Baby Mario’s frustration, but he should relax a little because he plays for Buffalo and no one really ever expects much from them. One week into the season and Baby Mario is on pace to earn $1,250,000 per tackle he records over his 5-year contract with the Bills. Good investment Buffalo!
What’s up Jets fans? This is Jeff Butler, the new Jets Beat writer for Sports-Debaters.Com and I’m here to cover the good, the bad and the ugly of our favorite dysfunctional rollercoaster ride known as Gang Green. As an introduction, I’ve been a Jets fan since the 1970’s and have the deep down emotional scars to prove it. Still, I like to think I’m somewhere between darksider and homer. I usually begin the summer optimistic, some years even confident in our chances at a postseason and dare say a sniff at the Lombardi, only to become a beaten and humiliated mess come January. But, since this is August, and the 1st preseason game is upon us, it’s time for me to get out the glassware and throw together my annual batch of 2012 NY Jets Kool-Aid. So without further ado…
Five Reasons to Believe (and no, Tebow isn’t one of them)
1 Shotty is in St. Louis – It’s not quite Seattle but its far enough away to give the Jets offense a chance. Shotty of the presnap shenanagins that confused no one except the Jet offense. Shotty of the “I need my head coach who knows nothing about offensive football to step in and give me a green light – red light program for my quarterback” in order to stay competitive. Shotty of the 1st play of the game…the scripted play we’ve had a week to prepare for and…whistled for delay of game??? Shotty whose calls were so predictable David Clowney correctly tweeted them beforehand from his living room in Green Bay. If Shotty was a Special Teams player Westoff would have “Cut him on the field.”
2 Enhanced Super Duper Industrial Strength Defense from Multiple Formations – 4-3, 3-4, 46 we got em all and we call it Multiple as in more than one. The best part is they won’t have to dial-up exotic rushes or continually send the house just to generate pressure. We now have a line that can theoretically torment the Bradys of this world as they search the field for covered receivers thanks to the highest rated Secondary in football. Of course it will take time to develop, but the horses are there and with the new addition of line coach Dunbar whose previous employer the Vikings knew something about getting after QBs (see Jared Allen) the future looks bright.
3 Last Years Humiliation breeds Character and Urgency – Okay, so the shit hit the fan last year. It was ugly in a way that only Jets fans can truly appreciate. A real two-bagger. The highlights: Captain Tone sulking on the bench like no one saved him a piece of the sheet cake. 67 pass plays in the Giants game. 67. Rex admitting he never understood the offense and didn’t know his players were unhappy. A locker-room so messed up and devoid of leadership that 3rd string rookie clipboard carrier Greg McElroy had no fear of putting it on blast. And who can forget the Jets staff covering up the Giants logos during the Jets-Giants debacle at MetLife only to have the Giants offensive line rip that shit down after the game and tell us what we already knew: they were still big brother. That level of humiliation did a lot of good–people got fired, people were rumored to be getting fired, hot seats were stoked. No one was safe and no one is safe. The party was over and it was time to get real. Bart Scott is perhaps the best example. He was mad during last season after they took his 3rd downs away because he couldn’t run anymore. He didn’t like that. Did he play better? No. So they tried to trade him, but alas, no takers. Embarrassing. No love anywhere for the Madbacker. So Bart finally saw that, saw the big picture and got real. He lost weight, strapped a chip on his shoulder and prepared like a warrior for this his contract year. And there we are. I’ll take a hungry and humiliated Bart Scott any day. Extend that to the whole team. I like it.
4 Cortland Cortland Cortland – Simple. Jets go to Cortland = AFC Championship Games. Jets don’t go to Cortland = Rex weeps like a schoolgirl and pleads with his players to “be a team” after losing the last game of the season to powerhouse Miami 19-17.
5 Back to Ground and Pound – Yeah it’s a passing league. Yeah the Jets don’t have a superstar, feature running back. True, the Jets line fell apart like a cheap suit in a monsoon last year. But here’s the good news. Last year Mark Sanchez led the NFL in turnovers (18 interceptions, 8 lost fumbles). Now part of that is tipped passes, part is Wayne “the turnstile” Hunter, but most is poor decision-making. The answer? Yup. G and P. Take the rock and protect it. Run as an identity and get teams to respect it, and pick your spots to pass. 60-40. Our passing game scares no one. So let it surprise them. And as a former Peewee football offensive lineman, I can attest that its easier and more fun to run block, especially in Sparano’s gap scheme, than to pass block out on an island, such as Shotty deemed a nice way to utilize Hunter’s talents.
So there it is. A fresh pitcher of 2012 NY Jets Preseason Kool-Aid. I recommend it shaken, not stirred, although some freaks like it at room temperature. Either way, drink it down, find a good seat, and buckle up for the season. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a helluva ride.