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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

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.

Happy New Year With A Playoff Game

Happy new Year to everyone and I can not believe it is 2010 already.  This is nothing like the movie said it would be.  OK, bad joke.  But at least the Jets finished the season strong and made their way into the playoffs.  I will get to that in a bit.  I know it has been over a month since I have written or updated anything.  Work has kept me busy and some nights I want to come on the computer and put some things up but just no energy too.  I made one of my resolutions to do some more for myself and make more people smile.  Some have said they look forward to my posts and I thank you.  Knowing there is even one other person that reads and smiles from this makes me excited to do it.  I had to say something about this being the final game in Giants Stadium, forever

The 501st game has been played tonight in Giants Stadium, and it was the Jets.  The last team to get a win in Giants Stadium, was the Jets.  The last fans to see the inside of Giants Stadium are the Jets fans.  Now if that is not an example of irony I do not know what is.  Many fans will not only take away memories of the games, but from tailgating.  Friendships have been forged, relationahsips that have turned into marriages, and even the players have shared some memories in the parking lot.  Some fans we talked to are happy to see the stadium go as it was Giants Stadium.  Others we sad because it was more than the stadium, but the people they had their seats around who made the games a memory for them.  The diverse fan base has so many different opinions it is hard for fans to truly come together, unless the Jets are winning.  Some are glad to move to the new stadium, some are going kicking and screaming, some have caved in & fell like there is no other choice, and others will no longer give the Jets their money.

As we always do, Anthony and I visited Sal & Carmine’s tailgate.  Spent some time, took some shots and we moved on to Erik Manassey’s Tweet up.  Erik runs the Jets Twit blog.website.  Erik provides a great amount of Jets news for the Gang Green faithful.  Spent some time and managed to get Erik’s input regarding social media and the PSL’s.  Great bunch of guys there and was worth the cold walk.  After Erik and the www.jetsblog.com guys, we made the long cold walk to Don La Greca an the 1050 ESPN booth outside Gate D.  Don touched on a couple who have been such dedicated Jets fans that whenever they came to the games, they would stop by Don and Greg Buttle booth and give them food.  But due to the unaffordable PSL’s for the couple, they will no longer be attending Jets games.  Don grew up in Hawthorne, NJ and has been a very avid Giants fan.  He would attend games with his father before getting into broadcasting.  Don recounted many fond memories both as a fan and behind the microphone.   I am sure the more memories you have, the more you will miss the stadium.

Being there yesterday let me know how I really miss going to the games with my father.  The Sunday morning ritual of roaming the halls in thermal underwear (long john’s) finding other layers for the cold games.  Driving from Parsippany to the stadium.  Driving in the traffic, getting to the game about an hour before kick off.  We never did any tailgating, just showed up to the games.  By the time we got to our seats, we would be talking about who would win and lose, and why.  My dad also brought along our binoculars & small transistor radio so we could get the play by play and other news.  Back before the digital age, we actually brought small radios to the game to listen to reports.  Those were the days when Marty Glickman was calling the action.   Mainly listened to the speaker, never used the ear bud.  I would always be at the souvenir stand deciding what pennant I wanted next.  I wanted to collect every team.  Never did get that San Diego Chargers one too.  If the game was not going the Jets way, dad would say let’s go even before the end of the game.  I rememebr a few two minute warnings watching the game from the top of the stairs, at another section.  Have a few other stories I would like to share.  I always seem to tear up when I think of those memories.  Guess they mean more to me than I thought.

Have to get a few other things done,  Will have more pictures and videos up soon.  For now, enjoy these and I will be back tomorrow.

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Yesterday’s Stadium Tour Afterthought

OK, I just feel the need to get this out.  After yesterday’s tour you can see that attending a professional sports event in this new day is truly catered to the corporate/high priced fan base.  The Coaches Club and Coaches Club prime areas are where the most expensive seats and PSL’s are.  Not just the access to field level watching behind the Jets bench, but the other amenities and dining opportunities seem to make the game going on a second reason to attend the game.  There is so much going on and so many decisions to make over carving stations, sushi, brick oven pizza, and other new choices.  The seats are plusher, the screns are larger, and so are the prices.  Corporate sponsors have their own booths and rooms just for their employees and guests.  For the casual fan you will have more food opportunities, but at the same level.  In this new era of sports, you have to pay if you want to play, even as a fan.

It is feeling more and more like the Roman Colosseum.  For those who have the money and can afford the best seats, you will be at the bottom on field level.  For those who are hurting in a down economy, unemployed, or just do not feel like giving the organization their hard earned money will be located at the top of the stadium.  Country Clubs have operated in a similar fashion. The more you pay for your membership, the better the benefits and surroundings.  In this day and age. there are no lengths these team owners will go to to attract the almighty dollar.  It is no longer about the average fan.  The average fan comes to the stadium to watch & enjoy the game and maybe have a beer and hot  dog.  The new fan is the one who looks at the stadium as a place to have dinner, go to a bar, maybe network for work or obtain business, and oh yeah, see a game that just so happens to be going on.  Guess which fan they REALLY want? Oh, the average fan does get something in their seats you do not get in the plush stadium seats……cup holders.

N.Y. Giants, Jets Must Defend Suit Over Stadium Seat Licenses

By David Voreacos    credit Bloomberg.com

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — The New York Giants and Jets must defend a breach-of-contract claim by a fan forced to buy personal seat licenses to finance a new $1.6 billion stadium, a judge ruled in also throwing out three related claims.

U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan dismissed antitrust, consumer-fraud and unjust enrichment claims by Harold Oshinsky, while raising questions as to whether Oshinsky’s contract claim will survive. Oshinsky, a retired businessman, has held season tickets for both National Football League teams for 24 years.

Oshinsky claims it’s unfair to force fans to pay as much as $20,000 for the right to buy each Giants seat and up to $25,000 to buy each Jets seat. The teams play in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and are using the licenses to help pay for a nearby stadium that will open for the 2010 season.

“We’re trying to prove that the season ticket holders had a right to renew that was essentially taken away from them without any compensation,” Andrew Friedman, Oshinsky’s lawyer, said yesterday in an interview. “They’ve stopped allowing you to renew unless you buy a personal seat license.”

Sheridan said Oshinsky, who sued the teams in March, can pursue his contract claim through the pre-trial gathering of evidence. He said Oshinsky may depose three witnesses within 60 days and conduct other discovery to help build his case.

Mixed Bag

“The exact parameters” of Oshinsky’s “renewal rights (if any) will be defined, and only then can a determination be made as to whether those renewal rights have been breached” by imposing the licenses, Sheridan ruled Nov. 17 in Newark, New Jersey.

Pat Hanlon, a Giants spokesman, declined to comment. Jets spokesman Bruce Speight had no immediate comment on the ruling.

Oshinsky seeks to proceed as a group, or class-action, lawsuit. The ruling is “kind of a mixed bag,” said Friedman, of Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP in New York.

“I’m disappointed in the dismissal of the consumer and antitrust claims,” Friedman said. “I’m pleased that we’re allowed to go forward.”

In his 19-page opinion, Sheridan said Oshinsky claims he has two contracts with the teams: a right to buy tickets to all pre-season and regular season home games at an established location; and an implied “renewal right” to continue buying this bundle of tickets in perpetuity.

Renewal Rights

This alleged renewal right is the “central feature” in the dispute, according to the judge. The issue is “not whether renewal rights can exist at all, but whether they exist under the particular facts of this case,” wrote the judge.

By buying six contiguous Giants seats in Section 130 and four contiguous Jets seats in Section 131 for the past 24 years, Oshinsky “may possess a valuable implied right to renew his season tickets at both the existing stadium and the new stadium,” according to the opinion.

At this stage, it would be “inappropriate” to determine whether periodic disclaimers on Giants and Jets tickets has “waived or forfeited his renewal rights,” the judge wrote.

While the teams argue that the “express licensing agreement on the back of individual tickets trumps any renewal rights implied through the parties’ conduct,” Sheridan said he wouldn’t rule yet on that question.

“The licensing agreement on the back of individual tickets deals only with an individual game; it says nothing of the separate right to renew season tickets to all games,” Sheridan wrote. That agreement “may not bear up on long term renewal rights,” according to the judge.

Sordid History

Sheridan said he can’t yet rule on a breach of those rights, nor pass judgment on how the teams do business.

They “must ordinarily be permitted to increase ticket prices to keep pace with inflation, absorb the high cost of high salary talent or, as in this particular case, defray the costs of building a new stadium,” wrote the judge.

The judge, citing another legal opinion, said “it is common knowledge that professional sports franchisees have a sordid history of arrogant disdain for the consumers of this product.”

He also quoted another ruling, saying “whatever else might be said about professional football in the United States, it does seem to breed a hardy group of fans who do not fear litigation combat.”

The case is Oshinsky v. New York Football Giants Inc., 2:09-cv-01186, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Newark).

To contact the reporter on this story: David Voreacos in Newark, New Jersey at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: November 21, 2009 00:01 EST

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NY Jets New Meadowlands Stadium Tour 11-21-2009

Today Anthony and I had the chance to get a tour of the new stadium currently under construction. As we walked inside we were brought up to the 50 Club in the old stadium to sign waivers so that the Jets or the construction company were not responsible if we hurt ourselves on site. They were offering up the construction hats we wore and other items for those who purchased PSL’s. We were all given Jets hard hats, Neon Orange mesh vests and protective glasses. We were given a personal tour just the four of us. We were held back frm the first group because of the video camera we brought. We could not take it in but still managed to get some great shots.

Anthony and I with our wives Gina & Kim. We were rushed through most of it because they had to keep the groups moving but there wasn’t much to see as of yet since the majority of the work is still not finished. The only thing really new to see was the turf they just laid down this week. They are going to have tours going into the spring. The corner video screens are F’N HUGE!!!!! It was a very surreal experience seeing the new stadium in the shadow of the old stadium. Another interesting view was the old stadium through the slots in the new stadium.

Football has come into the 21st Century. The venues now resemble country clubs inside some areas more than sports arenas. Carving stations, bars, restaurants, posh leather seating in some internal areas. The more you pay the more perks you get. The less you pay, then you are just an average fan to them. If you think I am wrong, let me know.

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Getting Caught Up

Good evening one and all. It has been a while since I have been on here. Getting my first job in retail to pay the bills has been more tiring than i thought. But a paycheck is a paycheck these days. I am sure I do not have to say anything about the Jets season so far. Rex Ryan said they were a 4-5 team right now on the Michael Kay show on 1050 ESPN Radio this week. The Jets in my opinion have been the same old Jets. All hype and no bite. This roller coaster seems to have more valleys that hills to climb. Guess it is just a little to hard to get over the hill right now. Sanchez needs to step up his game and sharpen his game. Too many interceptions and blown chances. Even with Edwards, the receiving line is hurting. No one is stepping up their game. Let us all hope at some point they can make us all proud to be Jets fans.

Filming at the games has been limited this year due to rain. Anthony and I finally got to our first game this past weekend. Good stuff and as always we were at Sal and Carmine’s. They set up for Thanksgiving dinner at the tailgate. All the trimmings plus some of the usual tailgate food. The fried bananas were great! Received an e mail from the Jets yesterday extending an invitation to take a tour of the new stadium. They have been setting up tours for those interested in getting seats in the new stadium. I am using this as a chance to not just see it, but to film it. They also promised 2 tickets to a game this season. If they can not sell them, why not give them away. Great opportunity at a great time.

Going to be sitting down with Sal and Carmine in the next few weeks. Will also have updates from people I sat down with last year. Have to get into post production mode on a few things and get some others started. Will also be working on some new projects soon.

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Jets vs Patriots – Sal and Carmine Tailgate

Well, today the New York Jets faced & DEFEATED the New England Patriots.  Yes, Tom Brady went down in defeat to the new Gang Green.  I had the chance to walk around the stadium grounds and get an idea of how tailgating has changes.  Some of the areas used last year have been built over and it seems less space is available.  Sal and Carmine though are right where they left off last year.  Feeding the masses while playing beer pong and playing poker.  One small fee gets you all the food and drink you can handle.  If you would like to tailgate with them, let me know and you can meet us all there.  Sal and Carmine’s tailgate have become “base camp” while Anthony & I roam the grounds.

I managed to get some footage and talk to some I had interviewed last year.  I found that some said one thing last year and this year it is a whole new story.  Some who said no to the PSL’s did end up getting them.  Some are in sections they did not think while others are sitting in the top of the bowl next to God.  I also came across some French Canadians who rented a bus and brought 40 or so fans down with them.  They were Jets fans and Patriots fans.  The ones shirtless below were some of the French Canadian Jets fans.  I also sat down and debated the Jets/Patriots game with guys form the website FanvsFan . Glad I won that one. They have an interesting site so check them out. In one of the videos Carmine gives his opinion of Tom Brady and a family member.  I this year did not predict Brady having an injury as I feel they will have enough problems over the season.  More to come next week when the Jets are home against the Titans.

IF you want to see more pics just visit this link http://public.fotki.com/GQquintano/jetspats-tg/jetspats/page2.html