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New York Jets perfect picture of mediocrity

We’ve been in this glorious new decade for two months now, but experts are just now releasing their NFL “team of the decade” lists.

What with the Super Bowl just ending and all, a list completed back in December would have been somewhat incomplete — though would have looked much, much better for the Colts.

The general consensus seems to be New England as the team of the decade, then Indianapolis or Pittsburgh in no particular order.

But where’s the fun in that?

And the worst team of the decade is always in this order — Detroit at the bottom, then Houston, then Cleveland. Not much debate there either.

No, as always the big debate is overlooked and in the middle. The real question is: What was the most mediocre team of the 2000s?

Immediately, there is one clear-cut front runner: The New York Jets. They were the only team to finish 80-80. They also had three playoff appearances, which would be very close to average.

But this isn’t an exact science, so let’s include Miami (79-81), Chicago (81-79), Tampa Bay (79-81) and Carolina (79-81).

So five candidates for the most mediocre, marginal, average team of the decade.

Average teams don’t win Super Bowls. So good bye Tampa Bay. Besides, five playoff appearances is too much.

This decade, 15 teams made the Super Bowl in a 32 team league. So both making it, and not making it, could be considered average. So we’re not going to eliminate Chicago and Carolina just yet.

Well, now we’re going to eliminate Carolina. Three playoff berths seems average enough, but they did make two conference championship games. That’s a little too good to be marginal. So good-bye Panthers.

So we’re down to the Bears, Dolphins and Jets. And as much as I didn’t want to crown the Jets, I think we’re going to have to. As much as I wanted to dismiss the Bears’ Super Bowl appearance, that — and their winning record — go against them.

And with the Dolphins, a team that had a 1-15 record in a season, and managed just one playoff win in a decade, is not mediocre. It’s bad. Plus, there’s the 37 head coaches, the Nick Saban fiasco, Dave Wandstedt’s mustache, Chad Pennington being a savior and Ricky Williams.

So I guess it is as simple as looking at a record. The Jets, at 80-80 are the most mediocre team of the decade. Getting a third playoff berth this year helps. So does having six quarterbacks lead the team in passing this decade — the aforementioned Pennington among them, along with the living legend Brooks Bollinger.

And let’s not overlook eight years under Eric Mangini and Herm Edwards — possibly the two most average coaches of the modern era, if not all time.

Let the Patriots be the team of the decade.

J-E-T-S! Average! Average! Average!

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.