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Jones and Peppers the right fit for Philadelphia?

When the new league year kicks off at midnight on Friday, Andy Reid and company better be at the airport ready to meet Julius Peppers and Thomas Jones to town for visits. Both will be unrestricted free agents as Peppers is finished his deal and Jones is expected to be waived by the Jets.

The Eagles should target Julius Peppers in free agency on Friday.

Peppers would fill a huge need along the defensive line as the five-time Pro Bowler has 81 career sacks. Opposite Trent Cole, the Eagles pass rush would be one of the most formidable in the NFL, allowing Asante Samuel to gamble even more and potentially up his interception total. The Birds defense has always been predicated upon the pass rush, and that did not change under Sean McDermott.

In addition, a big-time pass rush could help with pressure from the blitz, and even help offer more help to a linebacker corps that is overly deficient at covering a tight end.

Jones, meanwhile, would be the perfect compliment to LeSean McCoy. All Jones did last year was rush for 1400 yards and 14 scores. However, the Jets don’t want to pay his $3 million roster bonus on March 9, and a $2.8 million salary even in an uncapped year. With the emergence of Shonn Greene down the stretch and in the playoffs, and the expected return of Leon Washington, Jones is expendable.

With McCoy entering only his second year, and his first training camp No. 1 on the depth chart, along with the release of Brian Westbrook, the team needs a veteran who still has a little something in the tank. Jones easily fills that need.

Jets vs. Colts – Revisiting Super Bowl III

This morning I received an e mail from Mike Cardano of Xtra Point Football.  He is a fellow die hard Jets fan and was amazed at this past season, like everyone else.  He forwarded me an article from his site about Super Bowl III that was great to read.  Made me almost believe I was at the game from the statistics to the game footage.  For all of you Jets fans out thre, he is your chance to revisit Super Bowl III:

Written by MC3 Sports Media
superbowliiiIn talking to my kids yesterday I realized that while they know that Joe Namath and the NY Jets won Super Bowl III, they don’t really understand that magnitude of the game and what it meant to football today as we know it.I don’t know how many of you actually saw the game, or remember it if you did. I was just a little kid at the time and while my dad told me I saw it, anything I remember is from highlights I saw through the years. I’m going to be 43 this year and I realize from listening to sports talk radio and going to the games that I’m actually older than many of the fans, so there are many of you who have likely never seen the game.

I know almost everyone has heard about the game, but for all of you (even if you are not a Jets fan) who have never seen the game that changed football here it is in all its glory……

You’ll notice a few things from watching the game that are drastically different than today’s NFL games.

  • No headsets in the QB’s helmet. (For the younger generation) Peyton Manning isn’t the first one to call his own plays, all the QB’s used to have that responsibility. The coach put in the game plan during the week of practice before the game with the play choices that should be used and the QB called the plays on the field as he felt appropriate.
  • Kickers all used the straight on style and not all teams even had players that specialized in kicking. Very often “The best player who could kick” handled the kickoff, filed goal and punting duties. It was not uncommon to see a lineman kicking the ball.
  • The goal posts were on the goal line. An extra point that would normally be spotted on the three yard line and put down by the place holder on the ten yard line was a ten yard kick, not a twenty yard kick. So that 61 yard field goal that Sebastian Janikowski kicked from his own 49 yard line a few weeks ago would have only been a 51 yard field goal. A 61 yard field goal would be from your own 39 yard line!
  • The hash marks are spread outside the goal posts (college and high school are still like that today). You’ll notice when Jim Turner of the Jets has to kick a short field goal from the left hash mark it creates some unique problems.
  • No net catching the field goals as they come through the uprights and apparently no such thing as NFL security either (sign of the times) as the ball just goes through the uprights and fans and children kids come running on the field to fetch the ball.
  • While there may have been some trash talking in the trenches (it was football), there was no end zone dancing, no first down celebrations, no sack dances or anything of the like that could be misconstrued as unsportsman-like.
  • And watch the referees. There would never be a blown call in the NFL if they hustled like you’ll see here. They are literally part of the play….

Super Bowl III was the third AFL-NFL Championship Game in professional American football, but the first to officially bear the name “Super Bowl”. (Although the two previous AFL-NFL Championship Games came to be known, retroactively, as “Super Bowls”.)

The game was played on January 12, 1969 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida – the same location as Super Bowl II. Entering Super Bowl III, the NFL champion Colts were heavily favored to defeat the AFL champion Jets (the Jets were a 19 point underdog). Although the upstart AFL had successfully forced the long-established NFL into a merger agreement three years earlier, the AFL was not generally respected as having the same caliber of talent as the NFL. Plus, the AFL representatives were easily defeated in the first two Super Bowls.

This game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history as the (AFL) champion New York Jets (11-3) defeated the (NFL) champion Baltimore Colts (13-1) by a score 16-7. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the AFL.

The game itself wasn’t a particularly well played game and it didn’t have a dramatic finish. How exciting could the game have been when the MVP, Joe Namath, didn’t throw any touchdown passes and didn’t even throw a pass in the 4th quarter? In certainly didn’t finish with the drama of either of the last two Super Bowl’s we had.

Statistically the game was just about a dead heat in every category (except for the turnovers.) There were six turnovers in the game, 5 by the Colts. In fact, in large part the 5 turnovers by the Colts more than anything is the reason that they lost. Two of the INT’s were in the end zone.

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Some other Super Bowl Facts before your show starts………..

  • Anita Bryant sang the National Anthem
  • The Florida A&M University Marching Band played “America Thanks” (you know, like “The Who” is this year’s Super Bowl half time entertainment.
  • The Attendance was 75,389
  • It was televised on NBC (in Technicolor) with Kurt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis and Kyle Rote announcing the game.
  • A 30 second commercial cost $55,000

Enjoy the game…….

Xtra Point Football: NFL Draft Prospects: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame. A Jets Fit?

Morning all.  I came across this article this morning on Notre Dame Wide Receiver Golden Tate on Xtra Point Football.  Just from the name alone I had to stop and read the article.  After reading it, I agreed on a lot of points in the article on how this kid can fit into the Jets offense.  The Jets can really increase their threat down field and really turn it up. The Jets have missed opportunites in the past to have an all around solid offense.  They would have either a good QB, running game, or good wide receivers.  They finally have the running game and QB situations in place.  They are so close to having a great wide receiving core they can not miss out.  This is a key to going back to the AFC Championship game and maybe the Super Bowl.  If they can keep Thomas Jones and a three back core, then there is no stopping the Jets.  They need to same depth at WR.  Edwards can not do it on his own.  Dustin Keller had a great rookie year and Jericho Cotchery was hampered by injuries.  The potential is there and Golden Tate can be a golden fit.

Golden may only be 5’11”, but wasn’t Wayne Chrebet a short receiver who stunned many?  Someone able to get his hands on the ball and make yards after the pass.  Same thing as Tate.  Tate was also a great high school running back rushing for over 200 yards his Junior year.  I read a couple more scouting reports on Tate and he looks like a great fit.  But the founder of XPF Mike Cardano thinks otherwise.  He thinks they already have a solid WR line up.  I disagree.  They need a stellar tandem on both sides of the field.  Braylon Edwards is primed to be one of those men.  He has the potential to be a great receiver.  Tate has the speed and agility to throw off the defense and make key catches.  Mike Cardano believes they already have enough depth at WR.  Although Brad Smith can do QB in the Wilcat, he can not be a running back,.  This is where Tate can come in.  You throw his back experience into their versiion of the Wildcat then you give Brian Shottenheimer more options to throw off the opposing defense.

Here is the article and Mike Cardano’s response to Golden Tate being looked at by the Jets.

Written by MC3 Sports Media
Friday, 19 February 2010 07:40

godentateThe college football season is over; withdrawals, depression, misery. Before you slip into an apathetic stupor for eight months, remember that the NFL Draft is just around the corner! From now until April’s NFL Draft, I will be profiling some of the more interesting prospects. I can’t promise that I’ll get to your favorite player, but if you’d like to see a certain player profiled, shoot us an email and let us know.

What a freakin’ sweet name ‘Golden Tate‘ is. I wonder if his given name had anything to do with his Irish commitment back in 2007.

Critics’ biggest knock against Tate has been his ability, or lack thereof, to separate from defenders. Draft Overlord Mel Kiper concurs. According to the South Bend Tribune, Kiper notes, “He didn’t separate from the [cornerbacks] on the initial routes. But he was great after the catch in the open field, running with the football.”

Separation or not, he showed that he has a knack for adjusting to the ball and making the catch with defenders around. Tate was quarterback Jimmy Clausen’s go to guy in 2009, even before and after fellow star wide receiver Michael Floyd was out with injury. He had at least 5 receptions in every game in 2009 except for two-blowouts against Nevada and Washington State. In an overtime win against Washington, Tate blew up, catching 9 passes for 244 yard including a 77 yard reception and a 67 yard touchdown reception.

Like Clausen, Tate played on NBC his entire career and was subjected to the scrutiny that comes from playing at one of the most storied programs ever. He’s also familiar with the pro style offense used by Charlie Weis. These factors likely make Tate more NFL ready than his peers; consider it usually takes three seasons for wide receivers to mature to the NFL game and this will only improve his draft stock.

Tate’s height is the bane of his draft stock according to some analysts. He’s 5’11 and while he won’t be the shortest receiver in the pros, he certainly won’t be the tallest either. He’ll have to use his quickness to get off the line against physical NFL corners.

Among his attributes heading into the draft, and mentioned by Kiper in the quote above, is his ability to run after the catch. Tate is a former running back, rushing for over 2,000 yards as a junior in high school, and is an experienced return man. His strong legs, quickness and ability to make cuts will make him a nightmare in the open field even against the faster, more disciplined NFL defenses.

The South Bend Tribune article mentions Tate’s 40 time at the NFL Scouting Combine as important in deciding his eventual draft position. Kiper is quoted as saying, “To me, if he runs well, he could be a late-first-round pick. If he doesn’t, you’re talking about second or third round for Golden.” To some (I’m looking your way Al Davis), 40 times are everything. To others, they’re just measurements that don’t necessarily translate into production on the field.

He’ll likely be picked late in the first round-really the perfect spot to pick a receiver. It’s not that pro bowl caliber pass catchers haven’t gone in the top 10; it’s that so many busts and disappointments have gone so high. With wide receivers, talent sure plays out, but I’ll use the old credo that they depend on others to get them the ball.

The Jets are a popular choice to nab Tate in the latter part of the First Round. Questions surround whether Braylon Edwards will ever develop into the wide receiver the Jets hoped he would when they acquired him from Cleveland midseason. If he does wind up in New York, can you imagine the marketability a guy named Golden would bring in a city whose mayor dubbed Manhattan ‘Revis Island’ after their star cornerback? A billboard of Golden next to the Golden Arches in Times Square comes to mind.

XPF Founder and New York Jets fanatic Mike Cardano isn’t so sure.

“I actually don’t think the Jets will take a receiver that high. They are set with Jericho Cotchery as a possession receiver and I think that they think Braylon Edwards can be ‘the guy’, especially with a full year of training camp.  Something that often goes unnoticed/unmentioned is that Edwards is a fantastic blocker and that helps the Jets running game on the second level springing big runs.  If they can get him to kick the ‘dropping the ball thing’ just a bit, I think they are OK there.  I’m OK with Brad Smith as the 3rd guy and one of these days the speedster David Clowney will catch a 70 pass (not in pre-season but an actual game).  I wouldn’t be surprised if they picked up a veteran receiver, but I would be shocked if they drafted a receiver in the first three rounds.”

The Cowboys, picking two spots ahead of the Jets in the first round, may be in the market for a wide receiver to play alongside Miles Austin. Like Edwards, Roy Williams is largely considered a disappointment since coming to Dallas as Terrelle Owens‘ successor.

If he slips into the second round, there are some teams picking at the top of the round that could certainly use help in the passing game. – Danny Hobrock

Danny is a sports journalist who primarily covers college football and professional baseball. He is a contributor for several sports related blogs and is the former editor of a political and current events website.

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Jets negotiate return of summer training camp to SUNY Cortland

Credit   Mark Weiner / The Post-Standard

February 16, 2010, 9:15AM

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Gary Walts / The Post-Standard(Left to right) Brandon Renkart, Danny Woodhead and Eric Smith practice at New York Jets summer training camp Aug. 9 at SUNY Cortland.

Washington — The New York Jets want about $200,000 from state economic development agencies or other sources to offset the cost of bringing their training camp back to SUNY Cortland this summer, according to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Jets owner Richard “Woody” Johnson discussed the need for financial aid with Schumer in a recent phone conversation about the National Football League team’s plans for this year’s camp, the senator said.

Schumer said he talked to Johnson because the Jets and SUNY Cortland are in the middle of negotiating to bring the team back to Cortland this summer — and possibly for a long-term deal.

The senator said the success of last year’s training camp — which attracted 34,000 fans and pumped about $4.26 million into the local economy — convinced him to support a new agreement with the team that fell one playoff win shy of a trip to the Super Bowl.

“I’m committed to keeping the Jets training camp in Cortland,” Schumer said. “It’s a great economic boost to the community, and if this past season is any indication, then it’s obviously good for Jets football.”

The Jets moved their training camp from Florham Park, N.J., to SUNY Cortland last summer, in part to escape the glare and distractions of training in the New York City metropolitan area.

Schumer said he told Johnson he would urge the state Economic Development Corp. to provide the necessary aid this year, especially since most campus upgrades for the Jets have been completed.

The college spent $545,604 to improve facilities and host the team last summer. Most of the money, $410,000, was provided through an Empire Development Grant from the state.

The largest expense for the college was a $240,000 project to improve the entrance to the stadium complex and its parking lot. The Jets paid for the installation of a natural-grass practice field.

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Stephen D. Cannerelli / The Post-StandardNew York Jets fans crowd around the field at SUNY Cortland Aug. 6 for the annual Green and White scrimmage.

Schumer said the $200,000 requested by the Jets this year is for the operational costs of the camp. The Jets pay for their meals, transporting their equipment, players and other costs.

Neither the Jets nor SUNY Cortland officials would confirm the $200,000 figure.

“We have not elaborated beyond saying we definitely enjoyed our time in Cortland,” said Jets spokesman Bruce Speight.

SUNY Cortland spokesman Peter Koryzno also declined to discuss specific details of the negotiations, but said, “We’re looking to have something in place next month.”

“We’re just talking right now,” Koryzno said. “We are looking at things we provided and things they provided, and we’re seeing if we can improve things.”

He added, “Our goal from the very beginning was to provide a setting for the players and coaches and fans that would make for a successful experience for everyone.”

Koryzno said one minor complication this year is a rehabilitation project at the college’s Studio West, the building where the team had player meetings and offices for the coaches. He said the college will find a different building for the team to use during the one-year project.

State officials were not available to comment on the Jets’ request for additional aid.

New York’s two other professional football teams train Upstate, but neither one currently receives financial aid from state or local governments.

The Buffalo Bills, who have trained for the past 10 years at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, have never asked for public money for their summer camp, said Steve Salluzzo, the college’s director of auxiliary enterprises.

The New York Giants, who have trained at SUNY Albany for 14 years, initially benefited from a state investment of $2.3 million for renovations and permanent improvements to campus facilities. The money was from a SUNY construction fund.

For the first seven years until 2003, the Albany Times Union newspaper agreed to be a business sponsor of the Giants and paid most of the approximately $175,000 needed to operate the camp.

After the newspaper ended that arrangement, the Giants agreed to pick up the operational costs.

Karl Luntta, a spokesman for SUNY Albany, said the college is negotiating a new agreement with the Giants this year.

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!

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s support for new Jets-Giants stadium bolsters 2014 Super Bowl bid

Credit:  Gary Meyers of the Daily News

FORT LAUDERDALE – It might not be a bad time to start saving up for tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, because who knows how much they will cost by then. The venue: the Giants‘ and Jets’ new $1.7 billion stadium that opens for football in the fall.

Momentum is starting to build for the first Super Bowl in the Northeast and the first in a cold-weather climate in an open-air stadium.

The competition for the Meadowlands is Miami, Tampa and Glendale, Ariz. The Super Bowl is being played today in Miami for the second time in the last four seasons and a record 10th time in the first 44 games. Tampa had the Super Bowl twice in the last decade and Glendale had it just two years ago.

The vote is less than four months away and the longshot candidate from the greatest city in the world could be emerging as the favorite.

Roger Goodell‘s strong show of support Friday at his state-of-the-league news conference, with many NFL owners in attendance, is a real positive sign for the bid. It never hurts to have the commissioner on your side, even though he does not have a vote.

There will be a faction of owners who will get hung up on the weather and vote against the Super Bowl on Broadway, but in the end it’s likely that the respect for the late Wellington Mara, who helped make the league what it is today with his unselfish decision back in the early 1960s to endorse sharing network television money, and the late Robert Tisch, will get New York the votes.

The owners know how important it is for the Maras, Tisches and Woody Johnson to be awarded the Super Bowl in their new stadium, and the NFL has an unwritten policy: Build a state-of-the-art stadium and the Super Bowl will come.

So, my instincts tell me New York will be get the Super Bowl that will be played four years from now when the secret ballots are counted May 24-26 in Dallas.

But what about the fans? Is it fair to them to make them sit outside on a February evening? The corporate types may not want to rough it, but the average fan in the metropolitan area is pretty hearty.

Jon Tisch, the co-chairman of the committee to get the bid, revealed to the Daily News elements of the plan to deal with inclement weather as it relates to fan comfort:

– Heated open concourses.

– Fire pits in the parking lot for tailgaters.

– Hand and feet warmers.

– Blankets.

– Thermal socks.

– Self-warming seat cushions.

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Steve Tisch (from l.), John Mara and Woody Johnson should start preparing to host Super Bowl at their new stadium in 2014.

Even for 82,500 fans, that still comes out a lot cheaper than the $400 million-$500 million it would have cost to put a roof on the stadium.

That Was One Hell Of A Ride!

As I sit here I keep thinking about the Jets 30-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts today.  The Jets proved to many they are one of the NFL’s top teams.  Mark Sanchez completed 17 out of 30 passes for 257 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.  They did more in the air than on the ground, and that includes scoring.  Darelle Revis kept Reggie Wayne in check for most of the game and the Jets defense was doing what they needed to do.   But early pressure on Manning didn’t hold up and he showed why he won an unprecedented fourth MVP award this season, working with Pierre Garcon, a sixth-round pick from last year who caught four passes in his first season, and rookie Austin Collie, a fourth-round pick. They looked like perennial all-stars as Manning completed 26 of 39 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns with Garcon (11 catches, 151 yards) and Collie (7, 123) combining for 274 yards against the league’s No. 1-ranked defense.

When the Jets lost nickel cornerback Donald Strickland to a groin injury early in the game, the Colts immediately went to three-receiver packages, confident their youngsters could win against the bottom of the Jets’ depth chart. The Colts also adjusted with three-step dropswhich gave Manning mroe time to throw the ball and open it up in the air.  Also, with Shonn Greene hurting his midsection Thomas Jones had to be the lone back for a bit.  The second half proved to the be the Jets unraveling.   The Colts seized control in the third quarter. A 4-yard touchdown pass to Garcon put Indianapolis ahead 20-17. A 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark early in the fourth quarter put the Colts up 27-17, and they tacked on a Matt Stover field goal to make what had been a competitive game look lopsided and send first-year head coach Jim Caldwell to the Super Bowl as just the fifth coach in league history to make it to the big game in his rookie season.  Even with Jay Feely’s two missed field goal’s, the Jets still needed more on offense.

The Jets hung in there and showed they can hang with the more experienced teams in the league.  For the first time in a long time, they were taken seriously.  Even after finishing the season 9-7 and people saying they backed into the playoffs, they showed they deserved to be there.  Teams with Number one ranked defense’s,  great rushing, creative offsive should be in the final four and the AFC Championship game.  It does not matter how you finish the season, it is the impact you make in the postseason that matters.  Rex Ryna talked the talk and had a team to back up his words.  Today’s only problem was, they were facing Peyton Manning.  Rex needed to change up the defense in the 2nd half.  For Rex’s first year he did a better job than many previous Jets’ Head Coaches.   He has a team willing to back him up in any situation, something the Jets have been missing from their players in the past.

Next year will be a new year and a building year.  They have a lot of success to build on and they can go a long way next year.  New year, new stadium.  Jets fans have a reason to be proud about this season.  They silenced the doubters.  I sat here nerbous and wanted them to hold onto the lead.  My heart was pounding and believe me, I was hoping they would pull it off.  Once Manning got on a roll, I knew we had a great ride and the Jets did their fans proud.  We have nothing to be ashamed of.  We know in 8 months there is a new season and new possibilities.  The Jets will have a great year next year and once again make us all proud to be Jets fans.

One quick story.  My father was on his way to the AFL Championship game in 1968.  He was speeding and ended up getting pulled over.  He waaround number 12 in a line of cars pulled over for tickets.  My father knew he was wrong and was going to be late for kick off.  He called a cop over and said he knew he was speeding and deserved the ticket.  He then told the officer he had tickets to the Jets game and showed him the tickets.  The officer said he would be back.  About 5 minutes later my father received his ticket before the other cars pulled over.  He zoomed out of there and made it to Shea before kick off.  Now to finish watching overtime of the Vikings/Saints game.   Looks like the Saints will face the Colts.  That did not take long.  Brett Favre, serves him right.

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.