NFL Draft Prospects at NFL Play 60 Youth Football Festival

This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to join Dr. Bill Chackes, Zennie Abraham, Julie Buehler, and others at the NFL Draft Media day event which was held during the NFL Play 60 Youth Festival at Chelsea Waterside Park.  It was a busy morning with every member of the press looking to get some words from Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

DSC_2515The Play 60 event was enjoyed by all the kids who participated and their families who watched.  Before the event, the kids had a chance to play Xbox 360 Kinnect games.  It got the kids going so they had energy for the real field.  All the players interacted with them in every capacity.  From throwing them passes to handing off the ball for running plays.  The kids ran combine drills and played small heads up games.

While the press flocked around RG3 and Andrew Luck for interviews, many of the other players stood waiting for their opportunity to be interviewed.  It took a while but every draft prospect did get their chance to answer questions.  It was hard to see some players just standing there with no one talking to them.  In the end, everyone had their quotes and every player was able to give their thoughts.

DSC_2499Roger Goodell thanked everyone for being there and the importance of the Play 60 program.  Mike Mayock of the NFL Network gave his opinions on the draft and where he thought the teams would find their best draft prospects.  It seemed more of a strategy session than an interview.

But in the end it was a success.  Not just for the NFL or the draft picks, but for the kids who participated.  The more interaction the players have with the youth of America, the more these kids will realize how important physical fitness is.

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2012 NFL Draft: The Season Begins Here

The NFL Draft means something to everyone, in their own way.

For the teams, it is a chance to obtain those missing pieces of a puzzle that was the Super Bowl last season.  Others looking for fresh, young blood to rejuvenate a team to push its way back into contention.  But to everyone involved in football, it is four days that could change the course of a teams season.
To the fans, everyone takes it differently.  To the casual football fan, it is a couple of days where teams pick college players in order to fill positions on their team.  To the frenzied fan of a team, the opportunity to retool and find some fresh faces to add to the veterans who can get the job done.  But to the die hard fan of the draft, it is a lot more.

The die hard fan plays out the draft the same way Robert Byrne and Bobby Fischer play a chess match.  All the players are lined up by position.  Moves thought out carefully.  Reacting to your opponent.  Thinking ahead to gain an advantage.  Studding statistics.  Know the advantage before a move is made.  The die hard fan knows these moves.

But to everyone, it is a look into what could be the future of a franchise or someone looking to keep their dream alive.

The draft is a magical time.  A time where any fan can see a potential hall of famer be named to their team of destiny.  A moment in time where a fan stops to imagine hearing their own name announced as a draft selection.  Draft day brings us one step closer to seeing how these new gladiators of the gridiron match up to their veteran counterparts.

Maybe its fitting the draft takes place in New York. A city where people come to from all over the globe to capture their dream. They come to see where their future lies. A city that has delivered to so many can now deliver to them.

Football fans will converge at Radio City Music Hall for four days to not just see who gets drafted, but to immerse themselves in the NFL experience.  Fan events, player interaction, and bickering between other fans makes this a precursor of a season to come.  Groundwork to be laid as to whose fans will have bragging rights next year.

You can ask any fan how they feel about the draft.  Everyone will mention at least one great signing and complain about 99 others.  Those are fans, that is what they do.  Fans are the best market research to let a sports franchise know how it is doing.  You can hear them loud and clear after each and every draft selection.  The teams conscience.

Every fan has some part of the NFL calendar they look forward to.  Some wait all year for the draft.  Why?  It is the official day where collegiate athletes become professional football players.  The NCAA to the NFL.  A transition.  The new breed that pushes the progression of football just one more notch on the game’s time-line.

The start of the 2012 season begins on Thursday.  The first major event on the NFL calendar for the new season.  Every franchise waiting, patient for their turn to select that next great player to represent their franchise.  The new face of the team marketing machine that entices fans like a circus ringleader.  To get you to cheer for the greatest game on earth.

And we do.

Not just because of that.  It’s the memories.  Being able to share that experience with others to smile and laugh about later.  Giving that next generation the lesson needed to stay educated on how the NFL draft works.  The Draft has become an event onto itself.  The Draft at Radio City is like the Allman Brothers coming to the Beacon Theater.  You know it is coming every year.  Planning ahead to make the necessary arrangements.

This is a big week for those players looking to be selected by the professional team of their choice.  Some fans looking to see if they predicted the same selection as their favorite team.  The anticipation could be a little more than some can bear.  But with fans from every team in attendance this week, it will be a week those players looking for a new home will not forget.  If the teams make a bad move, the fans will never let them forget.  So, are you ready?

Help The Jets Design Their 2012 Season Tickets

This past Monday, the Jets announced via Facebook a contest where some lucky fan could win season tickets for the upcoming 2012 season.  One lucky individual will be able to share their ideas and have them voted on to see if their design is worthy enough to be placed on a season ticket.  Here are details from the Jets:

The Jets have announced that the team is asking fans to help design their 2012 season tickets. Fans who like the Jets on Facebook can vote for the photos that will be incorporated into the 2012 season ticket design. Also, fans can enter to win a pair of 300-level 2012 season tickets and one lucky fan will get to use the tickets he or she helped design to see the Jets live at MetLife Stadium this year.*

Fans can vote on three tickets per week for a total of nine tickets through April 23rd.  The 10th ticket is reserved for the Jets Ring of Honor, an announcement that will be made later this year.  Seven current players – David Harris, Santonio Holmes, Nick Mangold, Sione Pouha, Darrelle Revis, Mark Sanchez, Bryan Thomas – and Coach Rex Ryan will be included in this vote.  Curtis Martin, 2012 Hall of Fame inductee and Jets Ring of Honor great, will be featured on a ticket and also included in the photo vote.

Fans can vote and enter for a chance to win at facebook.com/jets.

This is the first week pictures can be submitted and voted upon.  The Jets used Facbook again this year for fans to enter into a drawing to announce a draft pick at this years 2012 NFL Draft in NYC.
The Jets always make their official announcement regarding any contest or promotion on their website first.  But more and more people visit and use Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis.  It makes sense to update on these sites more often as the Jets will will reach a larger demographic.

Facebook and Twitter provide a faster, streamlined process for conducting market research.  From comments left to liking a page to entering contests, companies have instant information provided to them on a real time basis.  A company’s Facebook page or Twitter account can do the work of a market research firm, to some degree.

Now the team needs to integrate social media into their live events.  Whether at a game or a rally, it is easy to use tech outdoors to keep the plugged in updated on their live feed.  Many events already do this during trade events, company sponsored events, and countless more gatherings that use social media to spread the message outside the event.

Each Bing event I went to utilized Twitter in easy ways.  They set up monitors to view feed, provided a hash tag, and gave out prizes to those who Tweeted.  Twitter is great for real time during live events.  Facebook is good for real time on a mobile device.  Hard to set up a public live feed in a central location.  Facebook is better for individual use to create buzz or on the company page with real updates, pictures, comments, and more.

I walked and filmed in just about every parking section at MetLife Stadium.  I have seen what fans do in each section.  Like nomadic tribes, they all have a certain spot they prefer.  There are many ways the Jets could implement social media interaction during tailgating.  If they create a buzz and feature aspects of it during the game, it would provide a true social experience.

The digital screens around the outside of the stadium could feature Twitter posts with the Jets hash tag.  Show pictures taken right there during tailgating so people can see themselves as they enter the stadium.  Best tailgate picture could be featured on the website and in the stadium.  There are many other ways to integrate social media into tailgating, but if the Jets want to know, they know who to contact.

Many Jets bloggers and fans already use social media to enhance their tailgate.  L7 Tailgate was founded on Twitter.  Their use and others I know of supersede what the Jets do with social media during tailgating.  When done right, you create the perfect pregame fan interaction.  I am not sure what other sports franchises do, but the Jets can do more to create real time in real time.

New York Jets Acquisition of Tim Tebow: Thoughts & Opinions

Last week the New York Jets made moves to bring Tim Tebow to the New York Jets from the Denver Broncos.  Many have speculated as to how Tim Tebow would be used.  Considering the contract extension to Mark Sanchez, how would this trade impact his starting status?  Was this a move to mix things up and have more of an on field presence?  Or was Damien Woody right in stating this was a move to help the Jets sell season tickets and PSL’s?

We as fans, the media, and the alternative media can speculate all we want.  Only the Jets know for sure how Tebow is to be used.  By unlike others, I have no comment on this trade.  Once Tim Tebow gets into training camp, the pre season, and the regular season, then I will make my decision.  If a player has yet to step foot on a field for a team, how can one make a true assessment of how that player’s abilities?  Sure he did well in Florida and Denver, but he has yet to play for New York.

Everyone was excited about Brett Favre coming to the Jets.  But all that hype and play ended in a 9-7 season.  So all we can do is wait and see how Tebow settles into his position as the Jets back up QB and see what his on field performance is like.

I took a little time to give more details on my opinions of Tim Tebow being traded to the Jets and recorded them for all to see:

MetLife Stadium Luxury Suite Holder Wants Out, Jets File Lawsuit

Yesterday was the official start of free agency.  But the Jets have more on their minds than just who they need to sign.  I am not talking about the upcoming Draft or deciding on how much they need to pamper Mark Sanchez.

Apparently, there are some issues with the Jets trying to get payment on one of their luxury boxes.  John Brennan of The Bergen Record posted an article on NorthJersey.com this past weekend in regard to this matter:

The Jets have filed a million-dollar lawsuit against one of their MetLife Stadium luxury suite holders — a Canadian copper mining company — for alleged failure to pay the bill for their suite last season.

According to the suit filed in Bergen County Superior Court last week, Super Metals Mining Inc. and its chairman, Jack Usman, signed a three-year deal for Luxury Suite 14 last June. The deal was for a total of $1.2 million, including license fees, suite tickets, and reserved parking. Another $100,000 was promised by the defendants in exchange for “certain sponsorship and advertising rights,” the suit alleges.

The Jets contend that a first-year fee of $321,000 was never paid. Seizure of an $80,000 deposit lowered the first-year amount owed to $241,000. The second- and third-year suite fees were $357,000 and $375,000, respectively.

The suit seeks a judgment of $1.1 million plus attorney fees and other litigation expenses.

Jack Usman, President of Super Metals & Mining, Inc. based in Toronto, Canada was very forthcoming about his issues with the Jets.  He was open about his dealings with the Jets, his sales representative, the overall costs, and everything he went though in trying to cancel his agreement even before the end of the season.

This all started when Jack came down to NYC to talk to various investment houses about getting on one of the stock exchanges like the NYSE.  The intent was to take Super Metals & Mining public.  First in Canada, then the United States.

Jack decided to get a luxury box at the new MetLife Stadium.  He wanted a place to take friends and hoped to fund the cost of the box on what he would of made from SM&M going public.

He originally met his Jets luxury suite representative at Del Friscos in NYC.  Pretty upscale place to meet to talk about a stadium box Jack thought .  They even got a limousine for him to take to the restaurant.  Makes one think about getting a luxury suite.

When Jack met the representative for the first time, it was during the day.  He thought it shocking to see her arrive in the shortest black skirt and highest heels he had ever seen.  Plus when she greeted him, she kissed him on the lips.  She according to Jack, was also making subtle advances & overtures to him.  He found this all to be strange as Jack is about 6 foot and 300 pounds.  Jack said even HE would not make advances to himself.

The representative personally drove him home to his residence in NYC.  The subtle remarks were still happening.  The night ended with Jack being told he would receive the contract by mail.

Jack received the contract June 14th.  He needed to send the Jets an $80,000 deposit on the first seasons price of $320,000.  This was not an issue as the $80,000 was paid.

In July, the Jets asked for $18,000 to pay for the 50 Yard Line seats Jack got with the suite.  Great seats by the way.  Then, the remaining $240,000 was due in early September.  Jack found all this was a lot packed into a short timeframe.

Super Metals and Mining never went public.  Holding onto the luxury suite now gets a little harder.

On August 4th, Jack was admitted to the hospital.  His issues had him almost near death.  Seven days later, he broke his foot in eight places.  Jack is now crippled for life.  He will never walk the same way again.  Jack never attended a preseason game as he was dealing with these and other health related issues.

Jack wanted to cancel the box at that point.  He felt with his current health,  how would he enjoy the suite the way he wanted to.  Even the Jets representative came to visit him in the hospital.  Jack said he did give her other payments when she came to the hospital.  It seemed there was more of a care in the suite being paid and sharing her tales of woe rather than how Jack was doing.

Jack decided to go to the opening game against the Cowboys on September 11th.  He was on a mix of pain killers and alcohol.  Jack did not feel right being there as his enjoyment for the suite diminished.

Jack attended three other games but wasn’t up to staying until the end, including Jacksonville (came early to avoid crowd and left at half-time), Miami (came 2nd quarter & left in the 3rd), and forgot the fourth game. He had to drink to kill the pain as his leg had been broken so badly. It still swells like an elephant leg, when walking with a cane more than 1 block.

It was soon after that Jack decided to cancel the suite and terminate his contract.  According to Jack and e mails from the Jets, the Jets agreed to cancel the luxury suite.  The Jets tried to prolong the termination.  Obviously in hopes of retaining that income rather than losing out on over a million dollars.

Jack called his time very displeasing.  Citing the Jets for double billing, lousy suite service, being mis-sold on all fact and representations, antagonistic, and having certain requests unfulfilled .

Jack’s banker received a call from the Jets asking for everything to be paid in full for the season.  Jack said his banker laughed and wondered where they would get it from.

A couple high ranking executives at the Jets from sales & marketing contacted Jack.  They tried to prolong the entire situation.  On October 23rd, the Jets wanted the rest of the payment.  With the company not going public Jack did not have the funds.

There was even an agreement for SM&M and the Jets to do a promotion together.  Thousands of free t shirts, a free trip, and more was to be planned.  This would of cost SM&M close to $100,000.

After all previous payments were made, Jack owed the Jets $104,000 for the season.  Jack has no problem with that.  He does have a problem with them going after payments for the remaining two seasons.

They had months to try and settle with Jack.  He says he was never served with any papers in regarding to the lawsuit.  They agree to let him out of his luxury suite and they still go forward and sue for all three seasons.

Jack wonders how they could do this to a fan.  He even asked me if this is how all potential ticket holders have been treated.  He is not the kind of guy who would have the suite to impress friends or inflate his ego.

In the close to four years I have been covering the story behind the PSLs, season tickets, and new stadium funding, this is the first story I have heard surrounding the luxury boxes.  I have witnessed sales pitches and heard them myself.  I even followed around a representative and potential luxury suite buyer during their open practice in the new stadium.

I never heard anything like what Jack Usman told me.  He wondered if all potential luxury suite buyers get treated that way or only the ones looking to spend a million dollars.  One will never hear of a regular PSL holder being treated that way.  Even if that regular PSL holder is worth several million.  Just because one has the net worth, does not mean they have to show it.

Both sides have their story.  Both sides will have  their day in court.  Jack plans on countersuing the Jets for a sum more than the Jets are seeking.  He does not want the money.  He would rather give it to a charity that benefits children who lost parents on 9/11.  It is more about proving a point than the money.

Contracts are terminated for various reasons.  Sometimes both parties part ways amicably.  Not this time.  One party just wants out.  The other just wants to be paid.

New York Jets & Their Fans In Giants Shadow Once Again

Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan, and the rest of the New York Jets organization were likely turned off by the New York Giants celebrations.   The Jets always take a backseat to the Giants, and Tuesday they watched the Giants roar through Manhattan and return back to MetLife Stadium to continue the celebration.

Approximately 35,000  Giants fans welcomed home to MetLife Stadium their new Super Bowl Champions.  The crowd boomed as the Giants came through the tunnel and onto the field, and as they did, Justin Tuck took a moment to soak in the color. Everywhere he looked, in this stadium that two teams call home, all he could see was blue.

“Last time we did this it was in Giants Stadium,” Tuck said, as he stood on a stage at midfield, behind the Lombardi trophy. “Now we’re in MetLife Stadium.  “But one thing you can be sure of is whose house this is.”  The whole scene made it seem even more crazy to Giants co-owner Steve Tisch that people once thought New York would soon belong to the Jets.

With those words, the Giants put to rest once and for all the question of who really owns New York — a question that dominated the conversation when the 2011 season began. The entire city has been painted blue since the Giants beat the Patriots, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night, from the Empire State Building to the Canyon of Heroes, all the way to City Hall.

President and CEO of the Giants, John Mara, spoke at the ceremony at MetLife stadium Tuesday afternoon. He said, “there’s no place like home.”  Justin Tuck ended his speech saying, “One thing you can be sure of is whose house it is.”

Woody Johnson and the Jets might have been sick when they heard these comments.  It is the last thing the Jets franchise wanted to hear.  MetLife Stadium was supposed to be their home as well, and they had to watch the Giants christen the stadium with the first championship in the new building.

If the Giants had any lingering doubts about fan support, they were erased when the Giants’ parade of buses came off the New Jersey Turnpike and drove through a parking lot full of tailgaters at the Meadowlands. It’s a sight Giants co-owner John Mara has seen often since his team began playing here in 1976.  A sight Jets fans are not used.  Being able to tailgate before a rally.

In some ways, seeing it on Tuesday afternoon meant even more to Mara than the parade.  “We just had an incredible experience going through the Canyon of Heroes,” Mara told the crowd. “But I have to tell you, when you pull into the stadium and see all these fans here, you know there’s no place like home.”

Justin Tuck giving fans a chance with the Lombardi Trophy

“To see this kind of fan support when you come out here, it’s hard to put into words,” an emotional Mara added after the ceremony was over. “The whole day is unbelievable. To watch these players come back here to our home (MetLife Stadium) and see this kind of enthusiasm is really the icing on the cake.”

The crowd went crazy when Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning carried the Lombardi Trophy into the stadium, and then Tuck carried it up onto the stage. They all intensely watched their own highlight video on the four scoreboards, before Tom Coughlin thanked them for their unwavering support.

The Jets organization and their fans looked forward to giving the new stadium its first championship.  Mark Sanchez would have carried the Lombardi trophy instead of Eli Manning.  Now, MetLife stadium will be know as the home of the 2012 Super Bowl Champion Giants.  Jet fans will see that distinction every time they visit MetLife Stadium.  There may not be a banner or mural, but it will be emblazoned in their minds.  Jet fans wanted to upstage their “big brother” and show they are one of the NFL’s eite

The Jets started the Giants’ championship run after a Christmas Eve embarrassment. The Jets thought this was their season. They thought that at the end of the year they would be New York’s team.  But once again, they are an afterthought to the World Champion Giants.

What now for the Jets? How does the Giants’ Super Bowl win impact the Jets?  The Jets were already looking to make changes this offseason. They took the first step when they parted ways with Brian Schottenheimer after their season ended.  Now they need to do right by their fans and gain their support rather than losing it.

That will not be enough. The Jets need to stop lying to the public about what their intentions are for the organization. For months we heard the Schottenheimer would be with the Jets in 2012 when everyone knew what the outcome would be.  Jet fans are tired of being looked down upon by the Jets and treated differently than Giants fans.

It is time for the Jets to try to steal the spotlight away from the Giants. What better way than to sign Peyton Manning?  The Jets have already been spoken of as a contender to land Manning, but after they watched Eli Manning parade around with the Super Bowl MVP trophy, it will make the Jets more serious contenders.

Peyton Manning will bring tremendous excitement to the Jets next season. If they don’t sign Manning, they will not have attention on them and will not have made any moves worthy of hype in New York.  Just think of the Brett Favre signing.  The Jets best press seems to come from off the field moves rather than on the field play.

Peyton would provide stories, speculation and expectations for the Jets going in to next season. Without him, the Jets are miles behind the Giants going into next season.  Peyton would be able to close the gap before the 2012 season.  Just the type of press coverage the Jets enjoy.

If the Jets do not have success with Sanchez next season, they will be looking for a change at quarterback anyways. They might consider making the change this season and take a gamble on Eli’s big brother.  Otherwise, MetLife Stadium will forever be known for the Giants championship victory and the Jets looking on as usual.

Giants quotes courtesy of the NY Post, WNBC, & WFAN.

This Sunday, Jets Fans Must Make Tough Decision

Super Bowl XLVI is here. We can’t avoid it, Jets fans.  Regardless of all the promises made and past AFC Championship appearances, we need to get through this Sunday.

Super Bowl 42, the Giants’ historic upset of the then undefeated Patriots was a bit easier to swallow for Jets fans.  I don’t recall many Jets fans, if any at all, cheering the Patriots to cap off the first unbeaten season since the ’72 Dolphins.  Especially since Eric Mangini selling out his former boss in the Spygate scandal sent the Pats on the destroy everything and take no names streak that brought them to the precipice of 19-0. If it took our city rival Giants to knock them off?  So be it, I guess.  Would have been better if it was the Jets, huh?

I may not have been one of the only Jets fans who wasn’t exactly enamored with the fact that the Giants won that game. Here was my rationale: by about Week 14 or so when the Patriots were steamrolling the NFL, I kind of made up my mind that the Pats were going undefeated and winning the Super Bowl. Who thought the Giants, or any NFC contender for that matter,  had a chance?  I had plenty of time to digest it so that when it happened, it wouldn’t have really mattered all that much.  And then when Plaxico Burress caught that pass in the end zone, I thought to myself “Now I have to hear about this from Giants fans the rest of my life.”  The fact the Giants defeated the undefeated Patriots instead of the Jets.

But this year isn’t as clear cut. After the Giants won that Super Bowl, it kind of became a Jet town. I know, I know, the Giants WILL ALWAYS OWN NEW YORK YOU STUPID JET FAN. But, the Jets signed Brett Favre for one weird season (they were Super Bowl faves at 8-3, then collapsed) and the Giants lost in their first playoff game after a great regular season. Then the Jets hired Rex Ryan, drafted Mark Sanchez and made two straight AFC Title games while Big Blue missed the playoffs.  Not your typical New Y0rk football seasons, huh?

And while the Jets have no one to blame but themselves for this most recent debacle of a season, everything was made worse by the Giants making the Super Bowl. Not only have the Giants made it again, their run started by essentially ending the Jets’ season in Week 16. Victor Cruz’s 99-yard touchdown reception sent the Jets one way and the Giants the other. The Giants two Super Bowl appearances basically takes everything a Jets fan could hang their hat on these past few seasons and demolishes it.

Then of course there are the Patriots. The last thing I want, as a New York sports fan, is for another Boston team to win a championship. Any agony of the Red Sox’ hilarious September implosion would be softened with another Patriots Super Bowl win. The Pats are the Jets’ chief rival, no matter if they share a city with the Giants. Had the Jets beaten the Patriots in both of their meetings this season, the Jets would have made the playoffs, so they have no one to blame but themselves for not knocking off New England (as Rex Ryan pleaded for the rest of the league to do). And what makes New England being back in the Super Bowl so unbearable for Jets fans is that the Patriots were so beatable this year.

The breaks both the Giants and the Patriots got on Championship Sunday are breaks that us Jets fans seem to never be on the right side of.  Ask any Jets fan and they’ll tell you that if Tynes was wearing green and white, he would have Cundiff’d it. Billy Cundiff is the new Ray Finkle.   Had Ahmad Bradshaw been a Jet, they would have never called his forward progress stopped, and that surely would have been a fumble. There’s no way a punt returner is muffing a kick and fumbling another one against the Jets in a title game. Of course it sounds like sour grapes because that’s exactly what it is. That’s what us Jets fans have been used to for so long.

There are millions and millions of people who would never not watch a Super Bowl, no matter what. For those fans of the Jets who will still watch on Sunday, who do you root for? There’s no such thing as watching a game just to watch it. Sports fans, no matter what they say, have a rooting interest in every game they watch. You either get a pit in your stomach when you watch a player celebrate a victory or your stomach turns. When Sunday’s game is over and either Tom Brady or Eli Manning is raising the Lombardi trophy, you’ll either wish it was the other guy or you won’t. So who do you cheer for?

If you hate all things Boston no matter what, you root for the Giants. If you have nothing but annoying Giant fan friends who you just want to shut up, you pull for the Pats. Maybe you want former Jets Shaun Ellis & Danny Woodhead to win a title.  Maybe you want Eli to win a second Super Bowl so that Peyton can’t stand the idea that anyone will think Eli is better than him, so he decides to come to the Jets to try to upstage his little brother. Maybe you’ll throw some money down and root for that — totally acceptable.

Either way, if you watch Sunday’s game, you’ll have a rooting interest. It’s a no-win situation for Jets fans. I will cheering on the Giants since my wife and her family are Giants fans.  Plus, I’d rather see a team from New York beat a team from New England.  Or you can be like some and not watch. That’s also acceptable.

New York’s Power Struggle Shifts From The Jets Back To Giants

The New York Jets controlled the big apple during the post season over the last two years. In fact, Jets fans like myself anticipated that the team would finally be the Kings of New York instead of the Giants. After all, since 2008 the Giants hadn’t come close to returning to the Super Bowl, while their former weak sisters nearly went there twice.  The Jets had control for once in New York.

But a whole new season can make a really big difference, considering where New York’s two teams are right now. Not only have the Jets free fallen into the murky abyss, they may have lost their chance to seize control of New York permanently at this rate while the Giants approach another Super Bowl.  Both teams were in control of their destiny this season.  The Giants took control while the Jets let control slide from their hands.

The beginning of the end can be traced back to the Jets-Giants showdown on Christmas Eve, when both teams were battling for the playoff fate.  A win for the Jets would have put them back on track for a postseason berth and another road run towards the AFC championship – while the Giants would have been doomed with a loss and probably cost Tom Tom Coughlin his job.

But the second that the Giants wrapped up a 29-14 victory, the two haven’t stopped going in the opposite direction. The NFC’s New York team won the NFC Championship & a win away from another Super Bowl victory that would give the Giants control of New York.  Meanwhile, the AFC’s New York squad has been revealed as the most dysfunctional in the NFL and is staying home during its utter collapse.

While the Giants prepared to face the San Francisco 49ers for  the NFC championship on Jan. 22, the Jets were dealing with yet another headline on their horrific chemistry in less than two weeks time. This time LaDainian Tomlinson, who already is halfway out the door, told Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” that the Jets had as bad a locker room as he’d ever seen and put the fault on both Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum.  It seems Rex is not the only one who wants to let their voice be heard.

Now, Giants fans proudly wear their NFC Championship merchandise.  One more win and they have their Super Bowl merchandise as well.  Giants fans proudly support their NFC Champs while Jets fans have been waiting too long to be able to wear any form of championship merchandise.  Promises have been made but no delivery date has been set for Jets fans.  Somewhere in Kenya people are wearing Jets AFC Championship merchandise from 2010 and 2011.

Fortunately for them, New York is getting numb to all these ramblings about how bad the Jets were behind the scenes and it has the Giants to focus on. Right now, the Jets are the weak sibling and virtually irrelevant as anything but gossip fodder and a punch line – just like they have been for most of the last few decades. Ryan looked ready to finally turn it all around in the last two years, but now he is imploding right as Tom Coughlin and the Giants have rescued themselves from the brink.  Something the Jets have tried to do but never accomplished.

The Giants had no rally before their first post season game, which was a home game.  Something the Jets have done the past two seasons.  The media hype for the Giants was not as prolific as it has been for the Jets the past few seasons.  The Giants know their mission and what they need to accomplish on the field.  Big Blue didn’t need as much media hype or public events like the Jets have had in order to rally fan support.

The Jets made a nice run at New York supremacy, but it is a Giants town because it actually delivers championships and doesn’t fall to pieces quite like their cross-town rivals do. Right now, the only thing that can turn it around for the other New York team is if they actually land Peyton Manning (Vegas odds have it astronomical), or if the Giants get blown out by the Patriots. Other than that, it seems like the natural order is right back into place in the Big Apple.

New York Jets Flight Hits Turbulence Over Past Week

The New York Jets did not make it into the postseason, yet they are a hot topic in the NFL this past week due Mark Sanchez, Tony Sparano in place of Brian Schottenheimer, Matt Higgins leaving,  and their slow decline.  Jets fans like myself are looking puzzled at Sanchez’s behavior in December and how Jets players are speaking out anonymously about him and locker room situations.

Anonymous statements from teammates to the New York Daily News on Jan. 11 give some proof that Sanchez’s tenure with the Jets is in jeopardy, or so the players should want it. If Mark wants to find inspiration, now is the time.  With all the Peyton Manning talk that should light a fire under him, even if he won’t come to NY.  The fans have spoken and so have the players.  This is his 4th quarter two minute warning.

At the same time that some Jets are trying to put Sanchez on a Jet himself, the Giants went up to Green Bay and defeated the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. As Sanchez regressed in 2011, Manning had his best statistical year and finally seemed to prove that he is New York’s QB. Sanchez needs to take note and learn what it means to be a QB in New York.  .

Sanchez and the Jets looked ready to take over New York in the last two seasons while Manning and the Giants regressed. However, New York is the Giants’ and Manning’s town all over again and they may not have real competition for a while at this rate. That really should inspire the Jets and Sanchez in a number of ways to get back on track and do what their cross-town rivals have done.

With all the woes Sanchez has provided, some are looking at the change from Schottenheimer to Sparano with mixed feelings.   In typical New York Jets fashion, the franchise decided to part ways with one of the most ineffective offense coordinators in the NFL and replace him with an even worse one.

The hiring of former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano will not repair the rapidly descending Jets, nor will it bring fans the coveted Lombardi Trophy.  This action, including the departure of EVP Matt Higgins might not look favorably in the fans eyes.

Instead, the move may halt all possibility of Mark Sanchez developing into a franchise quarterback, and it may actually lead to a regression on the offensive side of the ball.  Sparano loves to run the ball. And by this, I mean he hates to throw the ball. In his four years as head coach, the Dolphins ranked no higher than 3rd and no lower than 12th in rushing attempts per game in his tenure with the Dolphins.  .Plus, the Dolphins did not have a definitive quarterback to build a passing game around.

Many may think that the Jets are attempting to get back to their “ground-and-pound” roots. However, the team has too many holes to successfully return to that strategy.  Unless New York can solve their major offensive line problems and find a faster running back, then Sparano’s offensive game plan will be just as noneffective as this past season.

The hiring of Sparano also shows the Jets don’t have faith in Mark Sanchez as the franchise quarterback. The team looks to be going out of their way to keep the ball out of his hands.  The Jets feel they need to have the ground and pound offense so Sanchez can relax and feel more comfortable in his passing game.  Which could be a drawback if you need your quarterback to mature and know how to throw the ball.

Tony Sparano is also not shy about voicing his opinions. Sounds like a man after Rex Ryan’s heart.  Will a locker room that consists of a diverse group of players and a bombastic head coach be a good fit, or will it lead to another media blowup?  Either way, it spells drama and attention.

Most importantly, Sparano has not won with this conservative approach. He had a losing record with the Dolphins, while appearing in just one playoff game. Many Jets fans wonder how a coach who was not successful in Miami will help a Jets franchise that has had moderate success.

Too many factors point toward the Sparano hiring being made a giant error.  His mistakes on offense will make the defense work harder than they should.  Tony Sparano will not just lead to the demise of the Jets passing game, but he will lead to the demise of New York as a winning team.  Something the Jets fans are quite used to.

With everything the Jets have had happen the past week, taking the attention away from the other New York team who deserves it seems to be fitting for the Jets.  They seem to garner more attention for what they do off the field rather than on it.  The last seven days seem to be filled with more questions than answers for the Jets.

There is only one question Jets fans want answered from Rex Ryan: Where is the Super Bowl you promised us?

NY Jets Fiscal Year Leaves Stockholders In Doubt Regarding Performance

New York Jets fans were not sure which Jets would be on the field against the Miami Dolphins on the first day of 2012 received a response to which we have seen time and time again..

The team which has a rich tradition of late season implosions, embarrassing answers, and never living up to their hype has returned to our amazement after two years of really lucky moments and 4th quarter rallies. Isn’t this the feeling we are all used to?

Jets stock holders are not used to this feeling yet.  They are not seeing a return on investment nor are they seeing a stock dividend of a playoff game.  Money put into a team that is not living up to their IPO.

The Jet season ended with complaining & self benching and another sub par quarterback performance, with only a one-point Titan victory over the Houston Texans keeping the Jets from having the glory of missing the playoffs by losing to a below .500 team while every other team with a chance was squandering their opportunity. The Jet brass has to somehow come to term with every fact presented. They put together a team that has not compared to the past two seasons in a year when there are fewer obstacles than ever to hurdle on the way to the Super Bowl. And isn’t that typical of the New York Jets, they not only squander their chances but keep their fans from getting the home playoff game they were promised.

The New York Jet faithful deserve to see a return on their investment.  With high prices come high demand to deliver.  An AFC title game appearance last year and taking control out of their own hands this year has not been looked favorably looked upon by season investors. Rex Ryan had everyone believe they were Super Bowl bound in the preseason.  If Rex was investing in futures and offered advice, everyone would have lost this season.

There will be plenty of time in the weeks to come for the blame game to start as to the downfalls during the Jets season. But in Game 17, the thorns were Santonio Holmes and, once again, Mark Sanchez. its beyond reproach to call out Brian Schottenheimer for Sanchez, who has not proven his high NFL Draft status since he first started as a professional..   The team has been corralling Sanchez long enough he can not fight out of situations he is unprepared for, it has finally crippled the team.

Younger fans and season ticket holders are not used to seeing their team implode like this.  They are used to seeing a team go to the playoffs, players step up to make last minute clutch plays for wins, and a coach who likes to show his bark is worse than his bite.  But these are the real Jets, the ones your father told you about.  They team they spend their hard earned money to see to be disappointed at the end of the season as well.

Holmes’ actions during the Dolphin game should not be overlooked, especially since he was designated as a Captain. But, frankly, his frustration is understandable. Remember, Holmes resume involves experience with a clutch, Super Bowl quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger…and he caused trouble there anyway. Here, he must be stunned to play on a team that was supposedly poised for a Super Bowl run under the field leadership of a completely clueless, inconsistent, less than professional standard QB in Sanchez. He’s right. In a game this important, how does he go completely ignored by the hack under center?

This team is unfortunately descending in the wrong direction once again. There should be a litany of changes this off-season, but nothing will effectively reverse another brewing Jet catastrophe.  The Jet fans have seen this and are accustomed to it.  The Jet investors do not want to hear promises from its board that can not be backed up.  If the Jets fans were true investors, imagine the leadership changes they would be able to vote on.

Every public company makes a push by the end of the year or their fiscal year.  The Jets did not do that this year.  They made no push to guarantee their stockholders a return going into the playoffs. With no dividend  paid this year, analysts might conclude there will be a repeat performance next year.  That is, unless management makes the right decisions and boosts the moral of their stockholders.  Only way to find out is to see who show up for kick off in 2012.