I bid thee farewell....

I honestly think it's a mistake and I hope they got a first rounder for you (as of press time it was "undislosed round").

I don't see why the Jets insist on using a defense that doesn't fucking work just because Bellicunt used it. Regardless, I honestly loved watching Vilma play, I have his jersey (as does my son) and I am going to keep rooting for the guy. He is fucking good. I think that Vilma and Harris would have fucked shit up, but we'll never know. Not to mention the fact that Vilma would call the FAN's Joe Beningo every fucking week and listen to Joe bust his balls when the Jets were playing like shit and he would still be a gent. I am sorry to see him go.

Good Luck Mr. Vilma!

In other news -
Kris Jenkins? Why did we trade 2 draft picks for him? I doubt he'll be worth it but the Jets never learn when it comes to the D-Line. Dwayne didn't play that poorly last year, but now he is the odd man out. We'll see.





I hate the NFL but I'm glad the Giants won for NY's sake. And because I hate New England. I mean there teams used to be cute. Awww, Boston is so cool. Not anymore...they shall receive no quarter from me from this point forward.

But I digress...

It's just gotten ridiculous. Football teams can have like seven guys (starters mind you...not borderline bench players) fail drug tests on the same team and yet the media only wants to talk about Clemens' wife's breast augmentation & baseball's supposed "black eye". God forbid they say anything about the holier than tho' NFL. Who, mind you, is officially the most greedy sport in America. Oh, how's that you say?

Well, for instance, their NFL network is just a blatant money grab. They're trying to make the cable companies look bad for not picking up the package and putting their costs on the rest of us who couldn't care less about replaying the Arizona Cardinals vs the Detroit Lions from the week before last. Now the satelite companies have announced that they are cutting the regions that receive the NFL network in half. This all means that out of the 300 million homes in America that have televisions only 3 million of them feel the need to pay for the NFL network. But the cable companies are a bunch of meanies for not wanting to put that cost on their customers. That's a crock of shit in my opinion...

The NFL already swindles their players (past and present) but altogether with their tax exceptions from the government, their insane antics from players and coaches, and all the ridiculous self promotion it has become completely unwatchable to me. Look at the NBA...I see a league at a crossroads and they aren't exactly that far off from deserving a similar type of derision, a similar type of attendance, and a similar type of unwatchability.

Baseball has it's problems, I know. But at least I can see them and they've stopped trying to sell me on how I'm lucky to be a part of it like the NFL. Or do you guys like watching doogans prancing like peacocks? I know all about Jose Reyes last year. It killed me but it also killed him. People were willing to give him away after his antics last season. He admitted an error. When was the last time you saw an NFL player act like an idiot without getting rewarded for it? Or apologize for bad sportsmanship? You can almost predict the penalties but the guys still do it. Fines? Who cares...I'm going to pull out my cell phone after a TD, call my ho and still get a deal pitching NIKE. Yuck, I just can't stand the NFL.

Sorry for the rant...but...
I just watched a great Seton Hall road win last night. With Coach Gonzalez, the Pirates are a step away from becoming the premier basketball program to go and watch in the New York area (they have the #6 best player in the nation locked up for next year, the reigning Big East rookie of the year in Eugene Harvey, a first team All Big East player in Brian Laing, the next big scorer in the league in Jeremy Hazzell, etc., etc.). And yet I turn on the FAN for my morning commute and I have to listen to idiots talk about what they think of the Jets releasing Justin McCaraeins. It really just stuck all up in my craw. And if I called Fatso & the Angry Puppy and told them how I was excited about the program and the growth SHU has shown you know what they would say? It's not relevant because they aren't as good as Louisville or Georgetown, how UConn is better, blah, blah, blah.

It's really sad. In my opinion, It's the NFL and it's glossy magazine cover self image that has distorted people's perspective on what is rational and reasonable dialogue and what should be news. People want fries with that shake. They're sad and shallow. I'm not saying that SHU should be the lead story in the sports section today. Or that it should be headline news that we have two of the three best high school basketball teams in the nation playing in our backyard (St.Benedict's and of course St.Anthony's). Maybe that is what I'm saying. And as always, that's why I will take baseball or hoops over the NFL. I'd rather read a good novel than a glossy magazine.

PSS - I think this means that I won't be blogging about football too much in the coming months.

PSSS - If I shat a turd that looked like LaDamian Tomlinson, do you think Roger Goodell would try to sell it to you guys? Do you think you'd have enough to buy it? If you did, do you think he'd still keep a share of the aforementioned crap because it was part of his league? Yeah, that's right...I called you guys a bunch of dorks for still supporting the NFL. I still love you though...


Remember Barry Sanders?

Look at this fucking photo from his college days below. I remember cutting this thing out of Sports Illustrated and taping it to my wall, where it lasted until well after I finally moved out of my house.

I just put a copy in my office at work. The guy was awesome (although no Eric Dickerson) and could have probably been the best if he just kept playing. I wonder if never having won a championship bothered him. I bet it did. Fucking Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl and Curtis Martin never did? The list could go on, but the Jets better do something and start winning again, because I want to see some of those guys holding a trophy like the fucking Giants did as soon as possible.

Fucking Go Jets!


Enjoy Jets Fans

Pictures courtesy of Val Halla who had to smuggle these photo's out of Patriot Nation!


Thoughts of Green

Ah, we have entered the long off-season of discontent. Except for me.

Eric Mangini certainly has his work cut out for him this upcoming NFL season. He is going to have to do some lights-out coaching and preparation.
The AFC East is already humming with activity. The Patriots are just picking their heads up from their shocking defeat in the Super Bowl. Bill Parcells cut 9 guys yesterday including veteran QB Trent Green and will probably pull off another unbelievable draft this year. I think the only guys on the Miami roster over 31 will be Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor. And you know something about Buffalo? They have a damn good core and a suddenly deep and respectable roster. The Jets?

Well, when is the last time anyone even heard from them? I hope Mangini is locked away somewhere drawing up some grand designs because the challenge will never be greater for Gang Green next year.

The draft will be very important, your cross-town and stadium-sharing brethren managed to win the Super Bowl with major contributions from 10 rookies. I am advocating for Offensive and Defensive line help. I suppose some good news is that Vilma doesn't appear to be going anywhere, so if the Jets pick up a quality DT, that frees up Vilma to play like Ray F'ing Lewis. However, the Jets running game was sorry this last year and that has to be a huge concern. The ability to run the ball takes the pressure and the coverage off of new QB Clemens (who I think is a gamer). RB's Thomas Jones and Leon Washington are a more than adequate 1-2 punch, they just need the hogs up front. So where do they go with their pick? Right Guard (not the deodorant)? Left Guard and potentially put together one of the best left sides in football, with Mangold, draft pick and D'Brick? Ball control solves a lot of problems with your defense, they won't be on the field as much. Ball control also helps out the QB immeasurably: Managing the game with throws under 20 yards instead of being forced into trying to make big plays.

Ball control is the way to beat the Patriots, even with that prolific spread attack that Brady orchestrates so well. Parcells COVETS ball control and the power running game and he tries to assemble behemoths up front, e.g. the Dallas Cowboys offensive line. The Buffalo Bills have a good one-two combo with RB's Marshawn Lynch and Anthony Thomas and very unheralded O and D lines.

I'll tell you what free agents could help the Defense out: Jared Allen, Terrell Suggs, Assante Samuel, Albert Haynesworth.

I'll tell you what free agents could help out the O: Rueben Brown, Ryan Lilja (guard from Colts), Alan Faneca, Max Starks, Flozell Adams. It is an EXTREMELY rich year for Offensive linemen in free agency this year. Pete Kendall defecting in Training Camp hurt the Jets a lot this year.


Eighteen and DOH!

One of the most shocking Super Bowls in history transpired last Sunday. And, the New York Giants upset the heavily favored and undefeated New England Patriots 17-14. We are out there, but there are very few of us Big Blue Rootin' Crew that actually thought that the Giants could do it.

I pulled out all the stops, doing everything I could think of that might help the team. I wore Giants clothing to work all week, sported at t-shirt/Eli jersey/Giants sweatshirt combo at church Sunday morning (which was spent in intense meditation and visualization and pleading to God to allow the Giants to beat the unbelievably dangerous Patriots), and other rituals not fit to mention on this family blog. It all paid off, especially the church.

The game that unfurled was BETTER than when the Giants upset the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV 17 years ago. The Patriots were UNDEFEATED. But the Giants could call their playoff run 'The Revenge Tour'.

The Dallas Cowboys had beaten the Giants twice this year, surely the #1 seed would handle these Blue Upstarts one more time.

OK, they managed to squeeze out the win against Dallas. Lucky. But now the Giants would have to go up to frozen Lambeau Field in Wisconsin, in which the legend of Brett Favre only got better as the temperature went down. Game time conditions were at -20 below zero, there would be no way the young, inconsistent Giants QB would fare better than Favre in those conditions. Tack on the spirit of the Packers playing to get Brett Favre to the Super Bowl and there was no way the Giants could win this game. The Packers also had beaten the New York in Giants Stadium Week 2.

Oh my God, the Giants are going to the Super Bowl. To face the never-before-done 18-0 new England patriots, who had set NFL offensive records all season long on their determined march to their place as the best team in NFL history.

It would take a Herculean effort for the Giants to pull off, what I consider a bigger upset than Broadway Joe Namath and the NY Jets beating the formidable Baltimore Colts in 1968. The Colts that year were not an undefeated team in a very competitive and complex era of salary caps and free agency. The Patriots were.

The Defense would have to play lights out and get to Tom Brady the way no other team had all season long.

How long, Jet fans, have you waited for images like these this season? August? September?

How about Jerry Reese, GM of the Giants? Not only did his last four drafts pay off in spades with all the contributions from young players this year, but he signed versatile D-lineman Justin Tuck to a 30 million dollar contract before the Super Bowl. All of it was worth it on this image alone:
Tom Brady got NAILED all game long. 5 sacks, a fumble, and 18 other knockdowns. When Brady tried to throw deep he got creamed on the step into his throw. He didn't complete a pass longer than 20 yards, so the big play was taken away from the best offense of all-time. Wes Welker did some damage with 10 or 11 catches but he kept out the end zone. The Giants defense did a great job with the Patriots screen game, and Lawrence Maroney had a grand total of 39 yards rushing.

The game was extremely close. That Patriots had a capable defense full of smart veterans. One play could break and the Patriots would run away with it. The game was 7-3 Patriots heading into the 4th quarter. And in the 4th quarter, a player known only in Giants circles as a stout Special Teamer, QB Eli Manning had to check down to his 2nd, 3rd and 4th options on most pass plays. The 4th option is a guy named David Tyree, who caught a TD in that critical 4th quarter to put the Giants up 10-7. However, Tom Brady is on the other sideline and there were 4+ minutes left in the game. Sure enough, Brady to Moss with 2:40 or so to go.

This is the stage that a QB dreams about. And Eli Manning, so often crticized for not being his brother, not being fiery enough, lived it. Manning to Tyree could go down as one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history: 3rd and 5 at the Giants 40-yard line, the pocket collapses on manning, he is jostled around by various Patriot defenders as the pull at his jersey, SOMEHOW Eli gets out and scrambles to his right and heaves a desperate 32-yard pass upfield to Tyree who SOMEHOW trapped the ball to the top of his helmet while up in the air and hanging on despite a scratching and clawing Rodney Harrison :
And, is this an emotional enough QB for all the critics? Here he is after tossing the game-winning 13-yard pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left in the game.

After Brady threw 4 desperate heaves that went nowhere and the clock expired and it all hit me: the Giants won the Super Bowl! My knees got weak. Then came the shower for the much-maligned head coach Tom Coughlin.

Look at Murph over to the left. Awesome. I don't know if it has all the way set in yet. The victory parade in New York City is on the NFL Network and I will watch the game again on NFL Replay Wednesday night.

I know that I have been on an island the last four years, defending Eli, Giants management, Coughlin, the Defense, one thing after another. And now to have them as the Super Bowl 42 Champions with none other than QB Eli Manning as the MVP (sorry Defense) I think all those years on my heels are over. It's in the books, the Pats were the best team of all-time and Eli pulled off the biggest 4th-quarter comeback of all-time.

Thanks all you jet fans for giving me this tribute on the blog the last couple of weeks. I know you are happy that the Pats finally lost, and it was really worth waiting all season for that loss, because it is when it really, really counted.

There is one media member I would like to send a Giant 'ha-ha' to:
How comical are those leadership skills now dumbass? Lets' call into questions YOUR decision-making. We are the best team WITHOUT you. YOU were the whole problem. F' off Tiki Barber, sit in it.