Addressing the Jets' Loss
I didn't make any bold predictions on Friday for a reason, hoping upon hope that we'd actually upset the possum-playing Pats, rather than declaring an upset victory that'd never materialize. Armed with that hope, and a nothing-to-lose mentality taboot, I thought there was at least a small chance Gang Green would walk out of The Razor with a win (so you're telling me there's a chance!). But I didn't want to actually expect one on the road in the playoffs against a solid coach, a great quarterback and a dynastic team.
And so the Jets understandably fell at the hands of their chief rival. Still, if I'd been in the Foxboro stands, I would've totally been throwing out my patented brand of Standing Slow Clap in their honor in lieu of feeling any shame or embarrassment. Despite the loss -- the predictable and completely pain-free loss (for once) -- the New York Jets posted a memorable season for their fans, providing us with highlights galore and a taste of what the future may hold.
The only analogy I can come up with for this Jets season is loading up on 10,000 shares of a penny stock with no real hope for a short-term gain, only to see it run up to three bucks heading into yesterday's trading session and lose 50 cents in one session. Sure the stock lost a bunch of momentum, and sure it hurts the shareholders financially, but there's tons of room for this thing to run as we go forward, and you've already locked in a solid and most unexpected gain. I'd say take some profits, sell 3,000 shares here and watch this pupper climb to $10 before you know it.
That playoff game was gravy: I mean, I can't even fathom how Eric Mangini took this squad to 10-6. I didn't even write my annual "The Jets Will Win the Super Bowl" post this year for the first time since the late '70s. We were supposed to be 4-12, tops. We were projected to finish last in the division, maybe last in the conference. Chad Sexington didn't even have the starting job in training camp, and everyone thought rookie Kellen Clemens would get the nod by Week 7, roughly the same time we'd be eliminated from playoff contention.
But this year's club had more fighting spirit and moxie than Scott Peterson. The rookies played well above their age, the veterans stepped up and made big plays and the coaching staff took chances and outcoached other coaches more than they were outcoached themselves. I can only imagine where this team can go with some more solid player personnel moves from upper management, a good draft and the continued maturation of our young players.
Speaking of young players, can we get a round of applause for general managers Bill Parcells, Terry Bradway and Mike Tannenbaum? These three guys (mostly the last two) have drafted incredibly for the Jets over the better part of the last decade, and it's finally starting to show. Think about the team's impact players on both sides of the ball and special teams -- mostly every one of them are young draftees ready to flourish: D'Brick and Mangold seem like genius moves, Vilma, Rhodes, Cotchery, Ellis, J-Miller, Nugent, Leon and Cedric, Brad Smith, the list goes on forever. Ironically, the Jets are known for their lack of drafting prowess, but they've been one of the best eyes for talent lo these many years now.
As I said at the time in both instances, Herm Edwards thankfully bolting for Kansas City and the 2006 Draft were the watershed moments for this franchise, two events Jets fans will remember as the first step to winning a championship. Let's be patient and see how all this develops, and my guess is we'll win the Super Bowl next year, and then move on to take the Stanley Cup and the World Series trophy. The Jets could be that damn good.
Slack Link of the Day: I know most New York football fans ate like shit this weekend watching the NFL games, and apparently there's a mysterious "gas smell" stretching from Midtown to Battery Park City. I blame New Jersey. Bloomberg just did a litttle Frankie Goes to Hollywood, telling everyone to relax. There's no major leak, just a small one on Bleecker Street and 6th Avenue. Oh, nothing to worry about, that's only exactly where I live. Cool beans.
Slack Baseball Link of the Day: Here's a pretty nutty and true sentence: "...The bottom line is that New York’s 2007 payroll currently projects to the $180 million range, a mere $20 million more than your free-spending Boston Red Sox." Oh, Gluttonous Beantown.
Slack Video of the Day: This one doesn't quite possess the greatness of Little Superstar, but here's another gem from Bollywood that famed Internet spelunker Henge uncovered. For fans of The State and Wet Hot American Summer out there, don'tcha think Ken Marino and a hilarious ensemble cast could've nailed this thing? Missed opportunity.
Slack Song of the Day: I'm feeling some Paul McCartney & Wings this morning, so let's look in with a little live action from 1973.