New York Jets Pep Rally in Times Square

Morning Jets fans.  My friend and associate Anthony covered yesterday’s pep rally in Times Square to pump up the troops for the Jets battle against the Indianapolis colts in the AFC Title game.  Here are some videos from yesterday’s event.  I will not be able to to the rally at their training facility in Florham Park, NJ so once again Anthony will be there for both of us.  You can see mropictures on his website Quintano Media.

New York Jets Pep Rally in Times Square from Anthony Quintano on Vimeo.

New York Jets Pep Rally Times Square Part 2 – Gov. Paterson and Jason Derulo performance from Anthony Quintano on Vimeo.

I should have some pictures this weekend to go with a game preview.

Jets On Non Stop Road To Destiny?

As the New York Jets were putting the finishing touches on Sunday’s remarkable 17-14 upset of the Chargers, you probably were wondering what the Colts were thinking about all this.  You know, the Colts team that helped create this green-and-white monster in the first place by rolling over and playing dead — aka resting their key starters — near the end of a 29-15 Week 16 victory by the Jets that helped them get into the playoffs.  Let me be the first to tell you that this has come as no surprise to the Colts.

And here it is: Jets-Colts Part II. For the right to go to the Super Bowl.  The Jets’ defense pounded Philip Rivers and the Chargers into submission and their “ground-and-pound” offense buried Shawne Merriman & Company in scoring another spectacular playoff knockout in front of a stunned crowd at Qualcomm Stadium.  Team of destiny? Sure is starting to feel that way.  The Colts played a big hand in giving the Jets the chance to get here by sitting down Peyton Manning with 5:36 remaining in the third quarter while holding a 15-10 lead. Colts coach Jim Caldwell passed on a chance at an unbeaten season, throwing in rookie Curtis Painter and opening the back door to the playoffs for the Jets.  I do not think anyone will forget his first snap and fumble.

The next week, the same thing happened. The Bengals rested several key starters and the Jets routed them to clinch a playoff spot.  More bad karma for the Colts? Well, the Bengals certainly paid with last week’s loss to the Jets. Might the same fate await the Colts? After what we’ve seen out of the Jets ever since they bottomed out at 4-6, there is no telling how far they might take this thing. They’ve won seven of eight since then.  The moment is now.

With the Jets forcing Rivers into two interceptions and the offense again grinding it out behind the running of Shonn Greene and some timely throws by Mark Sanchez, the Jets produced one of the biggest wins in franchise history — bettered, perhaps, only by the most magical moment of all in Super Bowl III more than four decades ago.  Same Old Jets? Sorry, not this time.

“We’re hoping we can change the DNA with this team and in this city,” linebacker Bart Scott said. “This isn’t Same Old Jets. We want people to understand this is a new era.”  An era that is beginning with one of the most delectable playoff runs in franchise history. And maybe their best chance at winning it all since Joe Namath wagged his finger into the Miami sky 41 years ago.  Another appointment with destiny in Miami next month?  Could be.

Jets Boost Seat License Sales With Playoff Run, Better Economy

Credit By Aaron Kuriloff & Bloomberg.com
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — The New York Jets have seen an increase in sales of seat licenses to their new stadium after a run to the National Football League playoffs combined with an improving corporate economy.
The Jets and Giants are opening a shared $1.6 billion stadium next season in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and paid part of the cost by selling personal seat licenses, or PSLs, which grant holders the right to buy season tickets.
Matt Higgins, the Jets’ executive vice president for business operations, said sales of seat licenses increased in December and January as the Jets made the playoffs and the economy improved.
“A lot of people who were sitting on the sideline in recent months, uneasy about making a purchase, have reversed course,” Higgins said in a telephone interview. “Part of that, we feel, is a function of team performance. But our sales force is also telling us that some of it is diminished concern about the economy.”
The Jets have sold out licenses to the stadium’s most expensive seats, which are inside the “Coaches Club” between the 40-yard lines, Higgins said.
The seats include access to a 20,000-square-foot bar designed by Nobo architect David Rockwell and a patio on the field five yards behind the team’s bench.
The team auctioned some licenses in the area for an average of more than $26,000 each in October 2008. Some “Coaches Club” seats are available in other sections for as much as $30,000 each, Higgins said.
The Jets also have sold out the stadium’s corners after cutting prices in October on some tickets to $195 from $400 and on the most-expensive “Prime” seats to $395 from $500.
Playoff Win
The Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-14 last weekend to advance to the second round of the playoffs, a victory that Higgins says can’t hurt the team’s efforts to sell out the stadium before opening day next season. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 12 of 15 passes for 182 yards to help first- year coach Rex Ryan record his first playoff win.
“The No. 1 driver of renewal is whether the team is headed in the right direction,” Higgins said. “I can’t think of a stronger indication that the team is headed in the right direction than a rookie coach and quarterback headed to the playoffs.”
Higgins said sales to companies also had improved, after months last year where many backed away from entertaining at sports events. Companies used about 71 percent of their sports tickets last month, according to an index compiled by RazorGator Inc.’s TicketOS, up 40 percent over the same month last year.
“We’re seeing a significant renewed interest in hospitality and suites,” Higgins said. “The stigma that has hung over the marketplace has faded. Companies that wouldn’t take our call four months ago are now calling us.”
To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Kuriloff in New York at akuriloff@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: January 12, 2010 00:01 EST

Jets Shock Chargers (Ha Ha I know)

New York Jets’ improbable run continues.  The Jets rattled off 17 unanswered points in the second half and kept the Chargers’ high-powered offense in check, escaping with a 17-14 victory over San Diego yesterday in an AFC divisional game at Qualcomm Stadium.  Might I add an offense who averaged over 21 points a game.  Next, the Jets will get a highly anticipated rematch with Peyton Manning, who is playing by the way, and the host Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with a berth in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on the line.

Shonn Greene’s 53-yard touchdown run up the gut – the longest run in Jets postseason history – provided the Jets with a 17-7 cushion and silenced the crowd.  Nate Kaeding missed a 40-yard field goal on San Diego’s next possession, his third straight miss in the game after making his previous 20. Philip Rivers’ 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper with 2:14 left whittled the Jets’ lead to 17-14.  Keading broke his streak on what could have been a Chargers’ victory.  Kerry Rhodes recovered Kaeding’s onside kick at the Chargers’ 38 with 2:13 to play, and the Jets ran out the clock when Thomas Jones converted a fourth-and-1 opportunity at the San Diego 29.

Trailing by 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter, the Jets cashed in a Jim Leonhard interception of Rivers, needing four plays to grab a 10-7 advantage. Sanchez hit Dustin Keller in the right corner of the end zone on third-and-goal from the 2, lifting the Jets to the 10-7 lead with 13:35 left.

It was an improbable comeback for the Jets, considering they were down by 7-0 at the half and never got into any kind of offensive rhythm, only four first downs and punting the ball to end each of their six first-half possessions. But a 46-yard Jay Feely field goal with 10:45 left in the third quarter finally got them on the board, and they were back in business despite mustering only 99 yards of offense in the first half.  By this point I was hoping the Jets would not come into the second half of the game the same way they played the first half.

They escaped even more trouble after Sanchez made a critical mistake on the Jets’ second drive of the second half. He threw into quadruple coverage looking for Braylon Edwards, and Quentin Jammer came up with the interception, quickly halting any momentum the Jets had gained with Feely’s field goal.  Everyone knew the turnovers might be the undoing of Sanchez.  But the Jets got it right back when Darrelle Revis intercepted a ball that rolled off the body of Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson.  That makes two interceptions in two games.  Standing alone on Revis Island.

The Jets didn’t capitalize on that turnover, but they did after Leonhard picked off Rivers in the shadow of the Chargers’ end zone. They grabbed their first lead of the game four plays later when Sanchez connected with Keller.  I myself just sat there at the end of the game, laughing.  I just could not believe the Jets won the fame.  When you are so used to a team losing and falling apart on you, it is hard to react to success.  Gang Green has my full support against Indy and hope they can give every Jets fan what they want, a trip to the Super Bowl.

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Just thought I would pop a random Jets pic in the mix

AFC Divisional Round Preview: New York Jets at San Diego Chargers

If the Jets backed into the playoffs then the Chargers made a dead out sprint into the postseason, running the table after their 34-23 loss to Denver back on Oct. 19. This may be the ugly duckling of the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs with the underwhelming Jets headed into San Diego as nine-point underdogs. However, the AFC Championship Game matchup will not be settled until the Jets and Chargers tangle at 4:40 p.m.   in Qualcomm Stadium.

Rookie coach Rex Ryan and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez were gift wrapped a trip to the playoffs after the Colts and Bengals laid down in the final two weeks of the season. However, there was no laying down last week when the Jets defeated the Bengals, 24-14, on the road in the Wild Card round. The win impressed a lot of people, including the fans who have been skeptical if the team would even make t to the playoffs.   Bookmakers moved the longshot Jets from 45-1 to win the Super Bowl to 14-1 after just one round.  The Jets defense and running games proved to odds makers that the Jets could be contenders, if they wanted to.

Sanchez is returning home to Southern California where he made a name for himself in his one year starting for the USC Trojans. He is garnering a lot of attention as the Jets make another stride this season, but the real reason the Jets are still playing football this late into January is their defense and their ability to run the ball.  So Sanchez will really have to prove himself in his home state that he can really lead the Jets to victory and not just Thomas Jones or Shonn Greene.

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The old formula for success in the NFL, running the ball and playing defense, has been lost by most teams but the Jets are the team in the playoffs with the best total defense and best rushing attack (172 yards per game). Of course, there is a reason the Jets are nine-point underdogs and the No. 5 seed. They are second to last in the league in passing but they are not the only one-dimensional team in this game. The Chargers rank second to last in running the ball and they will lean heavily on the arm of Philip Rivers in these playoffs.  LT has not been himself over the past 2-3 years.  The Jets defense has been spectacular against the run so expect LT to make little impact on Saturday.

It’s clear what the Chargers will be trying to do — pass the ball — and what the Jets will be trying to do — rush the ball. If the game comes down to that, and it very likely could, the Jets could actually even the playing field a little bit.  Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been the definition of a shutdown corner this year. Let’s not get into the fact he was snubbed for the Defensive Player of the Year.  He will likely get the task of shutting down Vincent Jackson much like he shut down Chad Ochocinco last week. That could open things up for tight end Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd. Gates surpassed 1,000 yards receiving this year and Floyd was third on the team with 776 receiving yards.  So the Jets secondary will be very busy in both man to man and zone defense.

Add in Darren Sproles (45 receptions for 497 yards) and LaDainian Tomlinson (20 receptions for 154 yards) and Rivers should have plenty of options, even against the league’s best pass defense. For the Jets, the responsibility on offense will be shared too. Thomas Jones is a major impact player in this game for the Jets. He rushed for over 1,400 yards this season. Shonn Greene came on strong late in the season and in the Cincinnati win and Leon Washington (when playing) and Brad Smith are dangerous out of the wildcat package.  Remember, Brad Smith can play QB, TE, WR, and whatever else Brian Shottenheimer has planned.

From a wagering standpoint, getting points in this game is ideal. The Chargers have strung together 11 consecutive wins to close out the regular season but they were involved in countless nail biters including a one-point win at the Giants and three-point wins over the Redskins, Bengals and Cowboys.  The Jets have won their last 3 games and against top teams.  It might have been against second stringers in some cases, but the Jets did not back down in each game.  It is oging to be a tight game.  Maybe fate will come to the Jets and give Jets fans what they have wanted for the past 40 years, an AFC Championship game at home.  But for the last game, it will truly be Jets Stadium…….if it happens.

Westchester man Tom Schonberg who named son after New York Jets believes he helped end team’s curse

Credit:  BY Kevin Deutsch, Matthew Lysiak and Elizabeth Hays
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

*Jan 10 - 00:05*

Super Jets fan Tom Schonberg named his son Jake Edward Thomas Schonberg (J.E.T.S.) to bring luck to the losing team last February. He believes it worked.

Oh baby – now that’s a Jets fan!

A die-hard Jets fanatic from Westchester named his first-born son after his beloved Gang Green last February as a way to breathe new life into the losing team and reverse its cursed streak.

Now, with a string of wins under the team’s belt – including Saturday’s wild-card playoff victory – Tom Schonberg, 39, has no doubt his plan is working.

“I honestly think the curse is legitimate and this has reversed it,” said Schonberg, 39, who named his 11-month-old son Jake Edward Thomas Schonberg – or JETS.

“My wife thought it was a little crazy, but she knew how much the Jets meant to me,” said Schonberg, an insurance broker from Mount Vernon. “I’m there for the Jets. I’ll do anything I can to help.”

During the week, the family calls the adorable blue-eyed, blond-haired youngster Jake, as a compromise with his wife, Angela, who thought it was going too far to name their baby after a team.

But each Sunday, when the couple dresses the boy in full Jets regalia to watch the game, they call him “Jet.”

“I’m very passionate about the Jets,” said Schonberg, who commissioned a Jets ice sculpture at his wedding four years ago and even postponed his honeymoon for a day so he could squeeze in a game.

“I probably take it a little too far.”

Angela, 34, a physical therapist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, seemed to agree. “At least football’s a short season,” she quipped.

Schonberg – a third-generation Jets fan who grew up surrounded by Giants fans – said he got the idea for his son’s name after his friends convinced him he had personally cursed his beloved Jets by being born. Schonberg was born in 1970, a year after the team’s last Super Bowl win, a detail not lost on his friends.

“My friends think I’m a living jinx,” he said. “So I needed to do something to change it up.”

Naming his son after the team is just the beginning. Though not even a year old, “Jet” already owns a roomful of team paraphernalia, from onesies to towels and toys. And the youngster’s first words may very well be the Jets’ famous cheer.

When Schonberg flew home triumphantly from Cincinnati Sunday, the first thing he did was pick up his son – decked out in his full mini Jets gear, of course – and bounce him on his hip as he led his extended family in the chant.

“J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets,” he cheered as he gave his son a big kiss and added proudly: “We did it, buddy.”

ehays@nydailynews.com

Had to repost this.  great article on the Daily News

Gang Green Holding Their Head High

Afternoon everyone.  I am sitting here watching the Baltimore Ravens wallop the New England Patriots.  Well, maybe wallop was not the best word to use.  The score has been 24-7 for a while.  I am still in shock over the New york Jets victory yesterday.  I am not an analyst or in depth sports writer to get into all the stats.  So to refresh your memory of yesterday’s game, you can pay a visit to the NFL website to get a review.  Funny things about the Jets is, they played like the Jets.  This is how they should have been playing for years.  It seems the Jets had a moment of clarity at the end of the season.  The Jets talked about their Defense and their smash mouth, “all purpose” offense. How many sportscasters have laughed & shook off the Green Machine as true playoff contenders?  . It seems the plan is finally coming together and they will make the Playooffs a tough one this year for other teams. From Rex Ryan has been confusing  opponents and Brian Schottenheimer has been sending in very creative offensive plays.  Many opposing defenses have been confused & the Gang is marching along taking no prisoners.

Do not get me wrong, the Jets will be tough and not just let anyone run over them.  Cedric Benson and his 169 rushing yards was an exception since Carson Palmer did not do anything in the air. How many times has anyone seen the Jets defense been this strong and man handle offensive lines?  Even Mark Sanchez is showing one can move outside the pocket and run down the field if need be.   I think 1998 was the last time Jets fans have been proud to be a fan of the Jets, the fans have waited a long time to get behind the team.  The Jets have a shot to go along way, finally.  There is no fluff here, no big stars, no one guaranteeing anything, just a team of guys will hope on their side and a lot of determination.  Jets fans, like myself, have waited long enough to finally be proud to be a Jets fan.

I have to say Mark Sanchez played one of the best games he has played yet.  anchez deserves a lot of credit for hanging in there all year and for shining when the spotlight was on him the most. Except for eating that hot dog. The Jets are high on Sanchez and expect a lot from him in the future.  He has a bright future as long as he can play at this level. Braylon Edwards was supposed to be this great trade at wide receiver.  He has yet to truly be a wide receiver.  What I mean is, how many receptions has he had on the Jets?  Edwards is another player with a good future, just not so many dropped balls and mistakes.  The offensive line played damn near perfection.  They were pushing that defense around to open up hols for Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene and the Jets running game showed why they were #1 in the NFL.  A rookie back with 21 carries, 135 yards, & a touchdown was worth what the Jets needed to do to get him in the draft. With Jones and Washington already in the backfield, Greene definitely adds a surprise element.  He is one of the Jets bright spots for the future.  Jay Feely is the Player of the Game!  Steve Weatherford had an irregular heartbeat.  Rex Ryan found out right before the game and approached Feely to be punter.  Kudos and props to Jay Feely for stepping up his game.  Ochocinco, Revis had your number, and your reception!

The Jets are at a point where the fans are finally behind them.  If the Jets play to their potential against San Diego then the Jets could be for real.  If the Jets revert back to the “same old” Jets, then we know it was too good to be true.  Jets fans are skeptical, even when they win.  But for now we do have something to cheer for.  The fact Gang Green is still in the playoffs, and Pat the Patriot isn’t.  Today I stand proud to be a Jets fan.  I helped my mom move earlier today and Gina and I were decked out in so much green you could have smoked us.  The days of being looked down on for being a Jets fan may finally be behind us.  But for now, you can hold your head high.

New York Jets E Mail Survey. PSL/Ticket Issues

Evening everyone.  I received an e mail today from the Jets.  They are asking about seat prices and PSL prices.  The survey asks if you are a current season ticket holder, how long, etc.  They then get into ticket and PSL pricing options for the club seats, lower level end zone, and mezzanine sections.  Ticket prices ranged from $99 to $140 in all the sections.  Mainly 140, 109, and 209.  They then asked for my opinion in three different pricing areas:  What seats would be most affordable, too expensive, and maybe too expensive.  They provided picture views from the seats just in case you have not seen the inside of the new stadium.  If they are sending this out, they are having major issues in selliing the PSL’s.  The Jets even offered incentives.  The Jets offered to purchase the inaugural season tickets if you purchased a PSL.  First three years of financing at 0 interest.  They even offered you the opportunity to stretch payments over a 12 month period for the tickets & PSL.   They know they are too expensive along with the ticket prices.  I see the commercials almost every night depending on the channel.  Here is a snapshot of the overview of the survey:

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Seems the Jets really did not get the market research done they should have done a year ago.  They needed to do this even before the season.  They are in a hole and have not reached certain sales goals and it is obvious.  They are looking at repricing even the field level seats.  The question remains, how low will prices actually get?  Will those who purchased PSL’s and tickets already see a refund if they do lower costs?  I will get into this more tomorrow when there is more time and i am less tired.  Some story’s write themselves.  Filming this documentary has just about taken on a new meaning.  There is no shortage of news, good or bad, when it comes to the New York Jets.

Jets/Bengals Tailgating Footage & A Miami Story

Morning all on this cold and sunny day. Well, it i all over at Giants Stadium. No more games, no mroe concerts, and no more fans whining about their team no winning in the final seconds. Now everyone can move into the new stadium and have the same woes about their respective teams. Let us face it, the Jets and Giants are not consistent enough to give their fans season to season hope. But we all stick with them as we have over the years. That is why we are fans. Jets/Bengals coming up this Saturday and I will have a game review up before Saturday. This morning, I just wanted to share a story about a young fan, me, at a cold Dolphins game.

I remember this moment like it was yesterday, very cliche, I know. I must have been 7-8 and this was at Shea Stadium. The Jets were facing the every loved Dolphins. The Dolphins I think had just scoed. We were in the upper deck from what I can remember. We had Dolphins fans in front of us a few rows and in other scattered places. But the Dolphin fans a few rows up were the most vocal and rowdy. I was just a kid, laughing at the m and my father enjoying watching my reactions to it all. By the time the fin fans had quieted down, all you could hear was this little voice yell out “MIAMI SUCKS”!!!! Every fan turned their head to this diminutive person who was laughing after what he just said. The Dolphin fans were asking who said that, where did it come from. But all the Jets fans around my father and I stood up for me and told the Dolphin fans to shut up and sit down. I was getting pats on my back, congratulated, and vergal praise form the Jets faithful around me. I just think everyone was in shock that some little 8 year old would just yell out “Miami Sucks”. Every kid fan should have a moment like that. I guess that is a memory I would like to pass down one day and have some other little fan beside me create his own moments.

Busy day today, here is a compilation video Anthony from Quintano Media put together from the footage we shot Sunday.  You can see how cold it was as many Tauntaun’s were sliced open for warmth.

Final Game at Giants Stadium Tailgaiting from Anthony Quintano on Vimeo.