The Mets have spent each of the last two years not spending any money. Last winter, the likes of John Lackey, and Jon Garland were out there for a Mets team that was starving for pitching. The Mets didn't budge, and as a result had a horrific pitching staff last season.
Monday, January 31, 2011
The Mets have spent each of the last two years not spending any money. Last winter, the likes of John Lackey, and Jon Garland were out there for a Mets team that was starving for pitching. The Mets didn't budge, and as a result had a horrific pitching staff last season.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Fred and son Jeff Wilpon announced Friday that they are considering selling off 20-25 % of their team in light of a lawsuit that claims the Wilpons made money in the Bernie Madoff scandal two years ago.
Rumors were that the Wilpons lost over $400 million in the scandal and furnished the main reason why the team had to cut its losses and not spend much the past two seasons.
However, the lawsuit indicates the Mets made $48 million on the Ponzi scheme, and that the Mets invested $523 million, then withdrew $571 million in accounts.
If the Wilpons sell, it will be a great day for Mets fans.
For far too long, Mets fans have watched the Mets front office purchase only the cheapest of players, as well as throw money at utter trash, i.e. Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo. This off-season, the Mets have done very little in spending to improve a team that looks destined for a second straight year of failure.
Nonetheless, consider a 25 % investment into the Wilpons' stake is not going to make a lot of waves in the team's moves. Think of it as shareholders; everyone buys a stock, some have 20 %, some as little as 1 or 2 %. As long as the Wilpons remain majority owners, this franchise is in big trouble. All Met fans can do now is hope and pray that eventually the Wilpons sell 25 % to a buyer with enough clout and money to buy their remaining shares and become majority owner.
Fisher spent 17 years in Tennessee, starting out as a interim head coach in 1994 when the team still played in Houston, Texas and was known as the Oilers.
Fisher has seen some incredible highs and lows as coach of the Oilers/Titans. He oversaw the team's move to Tennessee, led the Titans to their only Super Bowl appearance in 1999, and moved the team to the postseason six times.
He compiled a 142-120 record in Tennessee; however, the end of Fisher's career leaves a bitter taste.
It all began with the benching of quarterback Vince Young, who suffered a season-ending hand injury in November. The quarterback had a fit on the field, reportedly tossing his shoulder pads into the stands. Young and Fisher got into an argument, and the former Texas star was pronounced done for the year by Fisher.
From that time forward, Fisher declared to owner Bud Adams that it was either him or Vince Young. If the Titans decided to stick with Young, Fisher wanted out. The Titans released Young at the end of the year, and it appeared that Fisher's job was safe.
All of the NFL coaching vacancies have been filed, and the Titans timing, if Fisher wanted to get another job, couldn't be worse. It is highly unlikely that teams like the Browns and Raiders, who have hired uknown assistants to be their head coaches for next year, will turn around and hire Fisher instead.
Fisher did have one year left on his contract, and he will be paid $4 million to sit out 2011.
Expect Fisher to take the money and run with it. He will join Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, Brian Billick and Tony Dungy among top coaches with playoff and Super Bowl experience to be away from coaching in the league as of today. Fisher will join that group as a hot candidate come 2012, and unless he's like Cowher and Gruden who have been fairly comfortable kicking back with TV gigs, Fisher may want to get back in right away.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Jets safety Antonio Cromartie, who is scheduled to be a free agent, March 3, ripped into the NFL and the NFLPA for not getting a agreement signed on the new collective bargining agreement.
"To me, you need to stop bitching about it," the cornerback said. "And if you wanna say you're gonna get into a room and meet and greet, and say you're gonna do what you need to do, then do it. Don't just talk about it.
"So to tell you the truth they need to get their damn minds together and get this [expletive] done. Stop bitching about money. Money ain't nothing. Money can be here and gone. Us players, we want to go out and play football. It's something we've been doing and we love it and enjoy it. It's our livelihood," he added.
The Jets have 16 free agents this year, and the team is in limbo wanting to sign some of their key free agents like Cromartie, Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, but if the NFL and the players association go on strike, then no contracts can be negotiated until the strike is over.
In the same article from ESPN New York, "Jets coach Rex Ryan said the potential lockout will get in the way of coaching the team as it attempts to rebound from a second straight loss in the AFC Championship Game."
"It's some scary times, you know," Ryan said. "As a coach, you want to know, you want to get your guys back as fast as you can. Let's get on to the new season. But it really is uncertain times."
Monday, January 24, 2011
The Jets are loaded with a bunch of big named free-agents that they have to either re-sign or part ways from. Decisions that will go a long way in determining the future of this franchise for the next year and possibly years to come.
List of Jets free agents!
Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Shaun Ellis, Eric Smith, Brad Smith, and David Harris highlight 16 Jets who are either restricted or unrestricted free agents this year. Free agency usually doesn't hit full swing until March, and with the NFL Players Union set to strike in March over the new CBA, who knows what kind of leverage Tannenbaum and other GM's will have this year.
Clearly the Jets have to find a way to keep Edwards and Holmes. Both are big play number one type wide receivers. Both will be asking for a lot of money. Can the Jets keep these two together, or can they only keep one? That is the big question. And if they lose one of them, can they find a replacement on the wire, or in the draft?
Antonio Cromartie is also scheduled to be a free agent, but so is Oakland's Nhamdi Asomguah, who is touted as a better corner than Cromartie. Cromartie had an uneven year in New York. Sure it would behoove the Jets to keep him, but if they can fit Asomguah in their budget, why not go there?
Then there is Harris, Ellis and Jason Taylor. Taylor, considering his age and drop in production late in the year, probably won't be back. Harris should be re-signed fairly quickly since the Jets tried to get him a new deal during the summer. Ellis is a big question mark. He is getting older, and the Jets need an impact D-end, which Ellis is not at times.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions...
For the second straight year the Jets are left pondering what could have been.
After watching the Pittsburgh Steelers run all over them for 24 unanswered points in the first half, the Jets tried valiantly to come from behind, but it was just not enough as Gang Green fell 24-19 in the AFC title game.
For a whole half the Jets slept-walked, and as a result it cost them dearly. At one point in the second quarter, the Steelers had out-gained the Jets 131-1 on the ground, and New York had the football for only 8:56 in the entire first half.
The tone was set early when Pittsburgh drove down the field on their opening drive of the first quarter, eating up nearly 10 minutes on the clock, as Rashard Mendenhall scored the go ahead touchdown.
Yet, the Jets had a chance. Mark Sanchez's 45 yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes to cut the deficit to 24-10 early in the third quarter, gave the Jets a spark. The Jets got another safety on the Steelers sacking Ben Roethlisberger in the end zone, then Jerricho Cothery scored on a one yard out to cut the deficit to 24-19 with 3:06 to play, but it wasn't enough.
Instead of going for the on-side kick, the Jets kicked it right to Pittsburgh, and Roethlisberger made a couple of huge throws to Heath Miller and Antonio Brown to ice the game and send Pittsburgh to their third Super Bowl in six years.
Who was to blame for the loss?
Well, the offensive game plan in the first half was incredibly poor, but you can't take away from the fact that the Steelers looked more amped up and prepared for this game. That lies at the enitre coaching staff. The decision to eat up chunks of the clock in the fourth quarter with New York down 12, was also puzzling.
Same old Jets? No, don't say that. It isn't true. This is a very good football team. The Jets showed that they can be better than the Steelers in the second half, but they have to do a little more preparation, and have to play with a little more urgency early in the game to win it. Plus winning their home games, so the AFC title game is in New Jersey and not on the road would be a plus too.
Who knows if there will be football next year, and if there is, who knows if New York can get back here? They have the pieces, but they have to retain some key veterans, get some help at linebacker, defensive end, and safety, and hope that they can remain fairly healthy for the third straight season in 2011.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Five weeks ago when the Jets beat the Steelers 22-17 in Pittsburgh, Rex Ryan told his players to "make their mark" because he had a "feeling they would be back."
Well after an impressive and stunning 28-21 victory over the New England Patriots a week ago, the Jets are back in the AFC title game for the second straight season.
Many are hoping and even expecting Gang Green to end their long Super Bowl drought with another victory in Pittsburgh on Sunday, however this game should be much different than the last one.
For starter Troy Polomalu will play this game for Pittsburgh. The hard hitting safety didn't play in the last Jets game, and it will be important for Gang Green to keep an eye on him, because he has a propensity to blitz and strip quarterbacks of the football, a la his hit on Joe Flacco earlier in the season.
For the Jets to win this game, Mark Sanchez, who was terrific against the Patriots, will have to have a similar game, threading the football to receivers Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes, and he will have to use his mobility to keep plays alive against Pittsburgh blitzes.
This is also a homecoming for Holmes, who was traded from Pittsburgh to New York in the Spring, and he has been a revelation for Gang Green this year. It should be interesting to see how he performs against his old team. Holmes is one who loves to play in the spotlight.
More importantly the Jets have to show a committeemen to the running game. In the last Steelers game, LaDainain Tomlinson and Shonn Green combined for only 89 yards rushing. The Jets can ill afford to become one dimensional, otherwise they are in big trouble. However, the Jets can run the ball, either with sweeps, or bubble screens, they have to do it to keep the clock running.
The Steelers offensive line has suffered a year full of injuries, and there are questions about the line coming into this game. The Jets have not shown much of a pass rush this year, until last week when the sacked Tom Brady three times and hit him about a dozen more. The Jets have to get to Ben Roethlisberger and put him on the ground.
They never touched him the last time the two teams played. If Gang Green fails to hit Big Ben again, the Jets won't come away with a victory.
Then there is the match-up of Darrelle Revis and Mike Wallace. Wallace is Roethlisberger's big play wide receiver who has ability to stretch the field. Revis has shut down every top receiver to come his way, and if he should shut down Wallace, it puts pressure on the rest of the Jets D to cover Hines Ward and budding star Emmanuel Sanders.
Kicking: If this game comes down to the kicker, the Jets are in big trouble. Not only did they lose a playoff game in Pittsburgh six years ago because of the terrible kicking conditions, but they have a very unreliable kicker in Nick Folk kicking for them. Folk has made a habit of missing big field goals this season, and if it comes down to him, Jets Nation should hide under a pillow.
Prediction: The Jets are once again riding a magic carpet ride through the postseason. As much as I want this to be the end of the Jets Super Bowl drought, they can't keep doing this on the road week after week after week, especially against the top teams in the conference.
A Jets victory won't be a surprise, but it is difficult to beat the same team twice, especially just five weeks apart. The Jets will get to and win a Super Bowl under Ryan eventually, but they are going to have to play this game at home one of these years. STEELERS 24, JETS 14.
No team has been hotter of late than the Green Bay Packers. Their run really started in Foxboro Massachusetts in December, a game that Aaron Rodgers didn't play in because of a concussion. In that contest against the Patriots, the Packers beat up the Pats for most of the evening, even holding a couple of leads in the game. Trailing 31-27 late in the fourth, back-up Matt Flynn engineered a drive deep into the Pats territory, before New England turned around the Packers in the waning seconds at the 10 yard line.
Even though it was a lose it was impressive.
Since that time the Pack has been rolling. Aaron Rodgers returned the next week and toruched the Giants for four touchdowns in a 45-17 victory. Then he threw a touchdown in a 10-3 victory over the Bears just to get to the postseason. More on that game in a minute.
A victory over a beaten up Michael Vick and the Eagles, and a dominating 48-21 victory over the Falcons and Packers are rolling into the Windy City. The Packers are a clear favorite to win this game, if not the Super Bowl.
As for the Bears, they played their hearts out in that regular season finale against Green Bay. They didn't want the Packers in the playoffs, with the thought they could see them in the playoffs.
Well now those divisional rivals will reunite in Chicago, tomorrow.
The Bears know Rodgers and the Packers well. The Bears held Rodgers to 229 yards passing, a touchdown and interception, and even sacked him twice in that Green Bay 10-3 win.
Expect Chicago to use a lot of blitzes on Rodgers, led mostly by Julius Peppers and Isreal Idonije to pressure Rodgers into mistakes. It won't be easy because he has been on fire for so long.
Then there is the Bears offense. Jay Cutler for as good as he is, is always prone to a big interception, and no defensive player has been on fire as much as Packers corner Tarmon Williams who has three interceptions in the last two weeks. If the Packers get enough pressure on Cutler, he will likely make a huge mistake, and Williams is likely to be there to accomidate.
Thus, the Bears offensive line, which has been much maligned at times, has to have the game of their life to protect Cutler and help the Bears move on.
One match-up to watch is Cutler to tight end Greg Olsen. Olsen has been Cutler's favorite target of late, and they will try to get Olsen the football when it allows Sunday.
Prediction: It is hard to go against the Bears considering they are home, and I am sure they will play with a chip on their shoulder since they are underdogs in their own building. A Bears victory would not be surprising, but right now considering how hot the Packers have been, even a field goal kind of game could go their way. PACKERS 23, BEARS 17.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
For his part Anthony tried to deny rumors that he was going there, raising speculation that he would prefer to go to the Knicks instead.
"I'm not happy with the way ... this deal has gone until now," Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov said. "It has taken too long. It has been played out in public and it certainly has taken a toll on the players and I believe that it has cost us several games. I think management did a great job, but there comes a time when the price is simply too expensive. I'm instructing our team to walk away from the deal."
"It's my decision," said Prokhorov, who said the Nets were given permission to speak with Anthony but never got a "straightforward answer" on the specifics of that meeting.
Prokhorov may be a multi-billionaire, and he may be a huge figure in Russia, but here in the U.S. of A, pulling a stunt like this is not going to win the Nets any fans around the league.
You don't go out and hold a press conference publicly decry that you are unhappy that your team can't negotiate a trade and announcing pulling out of the trade. It looks like whining over spilled milk.
The more professional way to handle the rejection of the trade is to either stop answering questions about the Melo deal, or just send out a missive a la George Steinbernner, saying that as of the moment the Nets are out of the Melo deal.
But, no, Prokhorov had to make a spectacle of the matter. If he expects this will encourage the Nuggets to come back to the table he can forget -- he just burned the bridge with his public statements.
Sorry for the 12 people that actually route for the Nets, but it just never gets old does it?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Safeties Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle took the time on Miami's WQAM, the Sid Rosenberg Show, to rip into coach Tom Coughlin while promoting the idea of playing for the New York Jets instead.
"I think their chemistry might be better than ours." Rolle said. "I think they have a lot more fun than we have ... At the end of the day, yeah, we're professional athletes, we get paid a lot of money to do what we do but we're all human. No one is a robot at this level. We do have feelings, we like to have fun."
"People want to talk about Rex Ryan and this, that and the other, that team is going to war for him," Rolle added. "They would die for him."
Phillips then added more gas to the fire with these statements:
"I would love to play for a guy like Rex," Phillips told Rosenberg. "He goes to bat for his players. He'll take the blame, he allows you to be you. He's not asking you to hide. If you're a guy who likes to talk, go out and talk, as long as you back it up. His guys are playing for him and I'd love to be a part of that."
Asked, "Who is Tom Coughlin?" Phillips said, "Honestly I don't know. Still trying to figure it out. I'm going into my fourth year and I'm still trying to feel him out. He's a strict guy, sometimes he's kind of loose. He's sort of like a general, especially the way he runs his football team."
Rolle then conculuded about Coughlin:
"Honestly, that's where the problem comes with me, as a coach. When you're talking about the coaching side of things, do I feel like things are a little too uptight? Yeah, I do. If he just loosened up just a little bit, run the ship the way you want to run it, run the program the way you want to run it but let us have a little fun, because at the end of the day that's what it's all about.
"He has to understand we have a great team, we don't have guys with discipline problems."
Rolle is not shy of throwing his team under the bus. He questioned the teams' heart on WFAN early in the season.
What should the Giants do here? Trade them? Perhaps. That might be the best move. The Giants were past this when the rid themselves of Tiki Barber and Jeremy Shockey. Now they have to deal with this. If there is a season next year, the Giants need to have a team that is without Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips if they are to function.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Young used to be a staff ace for the Padres, going 11-5 with a 3.46 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 2006 for San Diego.
However injuries robbed Young of his gifts the last three seasons, as he completely fell off the map.
It's a no risk move for the Mets who desperately need pitching. Maybe they got something here.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
The critics can now eat crow -- at least for one week.
There was a lot of criticism about the Jets yapping before their divisional playoff game against the Patriots, but the Jets walked the walked as the beat the Patriots 28-21, Sunday to advance to the AFC title game for the second straight year.
Things didn't look good early. After the Jets' linebacker David Harris picked off a Tom Brady pass and ran back to the Pats 10 yard line, the Jets screwed up a potentially crushing blow failing to move the football, and then watched kicker Nick Folk miss yet again another easy field goal.
In the second quarter the Jets started to turn things around. Mark Sanchez hit Braylon Edwards on a rope down the sidelines for a 37 yard gain to spot the ball at the New England 8. Two plays later, Sanchez hit LaDainian Tomlinson for the touchdown to give the Jets a 7-3 lead.
From there the Jets D did the job. They flustered Brady all night long, hitting him, rushing him and forcing him to throw into double coverage.
After a Pat Chung fumble the Jets got the ball back at the Pats 38 yard line. Three plays later, Sanchez hit Edwards for the touchdown to give the Jets an astounding 14-3 halftime lead.
The Patriots closed the gap to three on a Brady touchdown to Algee Crumpler and a two point conversion by Sammy Morris, but the Jets made sure to put their foots on the Pats neck.
On the next Jets possession, Sanchez hit Jerricho Cotchery for 58 yards to the Patriots 13. Then Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown to put the lead back up to 10.
The Jets would add another TD, on a Shonn Greene 16 yard run to make it 28-14, as Rex Ryan and the entire Jets bench ran onto the field when Greene scored.
The Jets will face Pittsburgh next week. They beat the Steelers 22-17 in December.
Friday, January 14, 2011
The Yankees finalized a deal with former Tampa Bay Rays closer Rafael Soriano on a three year $35 million deal to be the set up man to Mariano Rivera this season.
Soriano has a buyout at the end of this year, if he wants to go somewhere else to be a closer. However it would behoove the Yankees to keep Soriano around for a while. Soriano could be the closer in waiting, because you never know when Rivera, 42, will begin to show his age.
Soriano will now join former Met lefty Pedro Feliciano in the Yankee bullpen. The Yankees can feature Feliciano, Joba Chamberlain, Soriano and Rivera in that order -- pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
On the surface there is little hope for New Jersey to even get back into playoff contention this year, but don't tell that to the Nets front office. Obviously they believe.
The Nets are nearing a three team trade that will bring the franchise Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups from the Denver Nuggets, and Richard "Rip" Hamilton from the Detroit Pistons. It will re-unite Billips and Hamilton who were part of the Pistons NBA Finals runs in the early 2000's.
It's a terrific move if the Nets make it. Yes, the lose youngsters in Devin Harris and Derrik Favors, but if they can get these proven winners, and keep them, they will suddenly povalt themselves into contention for the eighth playoff seed.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
Rex Ryan said it was personal. He wanted desperately to beat Peyton Manning in a game, playoffs or regular season, having lost to him five times.
Tonight in a game that combined some gritty play by the Jets offensive line and running game, combined with a bend but don't break play by the defense, and some really bizarre decisions by the Colts coaches, led to the Jets victory in the wild card round.
Now the Jets head back to New England where they got pasted 45-3 over a month ago.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez was not good. Even though he hit some big passes in the second half like the 18 yard pass to Braylon Edwards to set up the Nick Folk field goal with just 19 seconds to go, he played unevenly.
He overthrew his receivers, threw a huge interception in the first half that killed a potential scoring drive, and was erratic all day completing 18 of 31 for 189 yards.
Trailing the Colts 7-0, the Jets came out in the second half with a purpose to pound the football. with Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson. The Jets drove the ball on the opening drive of the half for six minutes culminating in a Tomlinson touchdown to tie it.
After the Colts got a field goal, a couple of big 11 yard passes by Sanchez to Edwards and Dustin Keller helped set up the Jets second score of the day, a five yard completion to Ben Hartsock to give the Jets the lead 14-10. The drive consumed 9:46 off the clock.
Then it got really bizarre. Peyton Manning marched the Colts down all the way the Jets 15 yard line. It appeared that the Colts were in great position to score the go-ahead score, but on a third and six at the 15, the Colts called a running play to Dominck Rhodes. Rhodes was tackled by Brodney Pool to force Indy to kick, settling for a 14-13 Jets lead.
Why did the Colts run it there? One will never know. Logic would tell you to put the ball in Manning's hands, but the Colts decided not to do it. It probably cost them dearly.
After the Jets failed to move the football, Manning got one more shot to make up for the previous drive. He hit Jacob Tamme twice for big gains, and Blair White for gains of 11 and 12 to set up Adam Vinatieri with a clutch 50 yard field goal to give the Colts a 16-14 lead.
With 53 seconds the Jets had one shot to get down field and give their own kicker, the unreliable Folk a shot to win it.
After the Jets ran the ball for no gain, the clock ticked down to 29 seconds before the Colts oddly called their final time out. Why call the timeout? Again another puzzling decision by the Colts coaching staff. The timeout gave the Jets time to think, which was a huge mistake.
On the next play, Sanchez hit Edwards for 18, before Folk won it with a field goal.
Friday, January 7, 2011
First he said that he wanted to beat Peyton Manning badly, then said that Tom Brady isn't as good a student of the game as Manning is, now he is making comparisons to the Yankees.
Ryan said: "The Yankees are the most-loved team in baseball [by their fans] and the most-hated by everybody [else]. Now that would be ideal. We're short about 26 championships, but that's going to take a few years to catch up," the coach said with a chuckle.
"Now, that's what you want. ... If people love you and feel good about you and all that, they want to schedule you for homecoming because they can beat you every time. We want to be a team that is respected. You might dislike us and all that kind of stuff, but we want you to respect us."
If Ryan and the Jets want respect they better earn it. The Jets have talked a lot about how good they think they are, and how they believe they are ready to be a Super Bowl champ. Now they have to go out and prove it.
In Coughlin's post game speech to his players after a 17-14 victory over Washington, Coughlin said this:
"Hey, from the bottom of my heart and everybody's, we have a 10-6 season! A 10-win season in the NFL, OK? And they can kiss my ass, OK? They can line up and kiss my ass. It's not an easy thing to do."
A player is then heard saying, "Can we quote you on that, coach?"
Coughlin replied: "You can quote me on a lot more than that. The priest is here or I'd say a few more things."
You can understand how Coughlin feels after hearing rumors that he would be fired, and that Bill Cowher would interested in taking his job. The Giants as we know choked down the stretch.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
When the New York Jets got word that the Kansas City Chiefs were getting upended by the Oakland Raiders, 31-10, they couldn't be very happy.
Rex Ryan said during his press conference that the Jets had been preparing for a Saturday night game, his way of saying boastfully that the Jets were expecting the Indianapolis Colts the entire time. Sure Rex.
Ryan then added, "I think we are the best team in the playoffs."
Good luck trying to do that against the Colts, Patriots and Steelers, three teams that have been to eight Super Bowls in the last 10 years, winning six of them.
Lets face it, the Jets didn't want to face the Colts in the first round. ... To read the rest of the story Click on the LINK!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
No it has nothing to do with Ines Sainz, nor Rex Ryan's foot fetish. It has nothing to do with Ryan's Jets at all, but the with Brett Favre.
As most know, when Favre was the quarterback of the Jets in 2008, he was accused by Jenn Sterger of sending pornographic photos of his private areas, as well as sending sexually explicit text messages to the former Jets employee.
Christina Scavo and Shannon O'Toole were massage therapists for the Jets, and both say Favre made his move in the summer of 2008, after the pair had been working at the Jets training camp on Long Island.
Favre is the example of the everyman -- a guy so average and typical of most people, who has made his series of mistakes in life, but one who's incredible athletic gifts make it hard for the rest of us to accept his truly mortal status.
Favre's career will culminate in Canton in six years -- hopefully by then we can remember Favre for the guy who won a Super Bowl in Green Bay, and gave football fans across America a hero they could root for, before this very bizarre three year period that proved to be the public relations meltdown for Favre's brilliant career.
Lets head down to our roving reporter, who took some time to speak with Favre about his career and football future.
RR: Ok, Michael we got Brett here sitting right across from us, and...Mr. Favre...are you...are you crying?
Favre: (Sniffle, Sniffle) No. (Sniffle Sniffle)
The roving reporter gets some hankies and hands it over to Favre, who blows into them very hard. He rubs his hands over his eyes to clean the tears, and get composed.
RR: Brett let me ask you, what are your thoughts to your final season in Minnesota.
Favre: To tell you the truth I'm really disappointed, I mean I had a 297 game starting streak on the line there, and the coaches didn't let me finish it..
RR: But the question is how do you feel about the team?
Favre: Oh, well, as for the Vikings, I mean, hey, we didn't play well. Ummm, I really wanted to be a part of that organization and try to get back to the NFC title game. We had a lot of talent there, and I still feel they can get back to the top.
RR: Do you think you could have played in those final three games to keep the streak alive?
Favre: I won't say no. Anything is possible. So I got pounded into the ground against the Bears. I know I could go back out there and sling it.
RR: Brad Childress and Leslie Fraizer?
Favre: Chilly was kind of chilly to all of us. He made Bill Belichick look like Adam Sandler. I was sad to see him go, knew him a very long time, but that's life. As for Leslie, he'll be a good coach. I think I'm old enough to remember playing against him...I think?
RR: You say the Vikings have a shot to get to the top next year, what's missing?
Favre: (thinks for a minute) Me.
RR: So you are not done playing?
Favre: No I didn't say that, I just think they will miss me.
RR: Are you retired?
Favre: Ummm you know, I never say never. Right now I don't know if my body can take the punishment. I mean my hand was purple a couple weeks ago. But if the right opportunity comes along...
RR: Would you want to play for Minnesota again?
Favre: Sure, you bet.
RR: If not the Vikings then who?
Favre: I hear rumors that my old coach Mike Holmgren could be taking over the Cleveland Browns. I always liked their helmet.
RR: So you are not retiring?
Favre: I really don't know. As of now I am retired, I don't know if I can do it anymore.
RR: What will you do in August?
Favre: I might go to the high sc...I mean I might go fishing, maybe take a tour of the Grand Canyon with the family, maybe even Las Vegas. Haven't been to Vegas in a while.
RR: Let's talk about your time with the Jets. There has been a lot of talk about your time there, especially of late regarding your relations with Jenn Sterger, and a handful of other former Jet-employees.
Favre: I don't think I can comment on that. I'll just let it play out. All I can say is that it's not me.
RR: You didn't send the photos?
Favre: Wasn't me.
RR: Do you have any regrets about your time with the Jets?
Favre: At least I didn't make a foot fetish video and post it on YouTube.
RR: What do you remember about your time with the Jets?
Favre: (thinks, thinks some more) ummm, next question.
RR: Can you name five of your former Jets teammates?
Favre: Ummm, there is Chrissy, Jenn, ummm.
RR: Brett those aren't Jet players. You don't remember anybody on the Jets do you?
Favre: Can I be excused, I'm getting a text message.
RR: We're almost done.
Favre rolls his eyes, and shakes his head.
RR: What do you remember about that Jets season?
Favre: I remember I felt like a duchebag when they gave me a street sign at Mayor Bumberg's office, and I remember we really sucked at the end.
RR: That's Mayor Bloomberg by the way.
RR: Are you sorry for what happened with those former Jet employees?
Favre: Next question, buddy, I have a Viagra commercial to shoot after this.
RR: Most memorable moment for you as a Packer?
Favre: Wow, finally a question I want to answer. I always thought winning that Super Bowl was extremely special, because years later you realize how hard it is to win one.
RR: Do you regret how it ended in Green Bay?
Favre: Yes and no. I wanted to play, they knew I wanted to play. That's the NFL, it's a business.I think they regret trading me.
RR: What are your thoughts of Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson, a couple years later?
Favre: I got to the NFC title game and you didn't. (Favre looks toward camera and sticks his tongue out.)
RR: If you can do it all again, starting with your first retirement in March of 2008, would you do it the same?
Favre: Yes. Yes I would - just minus getting traded to the Jets.
Monday, January 3, 2011
The Giants were eliminated from the playoffs during the victory, by the Green Bay Packers who beat the Chicago Bears 10-3.
"I believe in this guy," Mara said. "I believe in this guy, I believe in stability, and you can't build anything if you're constantly making changes and firing people, and that's just not our culture; it's just not what we believe in. And we think this guy - we know this guy is a good coach, and we want him to lead us into next season."
Mara added that Coughlin was safe even if the Giants lost to the Redskins, telling reporters he had a meeting with Couglin last week, and told him to not believe anything he read in the papers and online.
For Giant fans, they are looking forward to this already. For the Jets, their only concern right now is Indianapolis and the AFC Wild Card, but lets just look briefly ahead for a moment.
NYG opponents: Home: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, Buffalo, Miami, St. Louis, Seattle, Green Bay.
Road: Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, New England, NY Jets, Arizona, San Francisco, New Orleans.
NYJ: Home: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Jacksonville, Kansas City, San Diego, Dallas, NY Giants.
Road: Buffalo, Miami, New England, Baltimore, Denver, Oakland, Philadelphia, Washington.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
The Green Bay Packers have eliminated the New York Giants from the playoffs with a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears to clinch the wild card playoff.
The Giants hold a 17-14 lead in Washington, but it will not matter, because the Giants season will end in bitter disappointment in the nation's capital tonight.
With the Bears driving for the tying touchdown, Nick Collins picked off Jay Cutler to seal the deal for the cheese heads with :26 seconds to go.
The Packers will travel to Philadelphia next week.
The Jacksonville Jaguars lost to the Houston Texans 34-17, to give the Colts the division title, even though the Colts were tied with the Titans at 20 with 2:30 minutes to go in regulation.
The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders 31-10, meaning that if the Colts can find a way to beat the Titans, the Jets will visit Indianapolis, since the Colts would be the three seed.
The Colts defeated the Titans 23-20 on Adam Vinateri's winning 43-yard field goal to give the Colts the win and the three seed.
Who is the best match-up for the Jets? Would you believe Kansas City? The Chiefs have the ninth ranked offense and number one rushing attack, but have zero playoff experience. They might be rip for the picking by a veteran football team like the Jets, who could take advantage of their inexperience.
The Jets struggled against the Colts in the AFC title game, as Peyton Manning led the Colts back from a 17-6 deficit to beat Gang Green 30-17.
If the Jets have to go to Indianapolis, their chances are very limited that they will leave wild card weekend with a victory.
It wasn't what you would call a great prep. for the playoffs, but the Jets reserves got the job done against the lowly Buffalo Bills, winning the game 38-7 to get the Jets to 11-5. It is the best regular season record the Jets have had since 1998 when they went 12-4.
In his post game press conference, Rex Ryan tried to sell that the victory gave the team some added momentum for the playoffs, and that quarterback Mark Sanchez is now in a grove. Ummm, coach, how could your starting quarterback be in a groove when he didn't even throw a pass? And how can this be a momentum shift, when the entire first string didn't even play after the first quarter?
Mark Brunell did just enough in relief of Sanchez. He was 6-of-12 for 110 yards and two touchdowns, highlighted by a nice 52 yard TD to Braylon Edwards in the third quarter to give the Jets a 24-7 lead.
Kellen Clemens came in relief of Brunell, and did well, running for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 31-7.
But in the end the Jets may be big losers this weekend. Because the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Oakland Raiders, meaning Gang Green would have to travel to Indianapolis next weekend for a rematch of the AFC title game against Peyton Manning and the Colts.
Looks like the season's ending on a whimper again.