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One of Sophie's friends is a big Jets fan like me. She loves to talk football, I guess because she has something like 17 brothers. Anyway, last week she was over the house and she said to me that David Garrard was the odd man out in the Jets' QB rotation. Why? Geno Smith, that's why. Always go with the younger guy.
Girl's got ESP or something, because today David Garrard announced his "retirement."
David Garrard, signed by the Jets as a free agent in March, plans to retire, according to a source familiar with the situation. The 35-year-old Garrard had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last year, and hasn't played in a game since the 2010 season. That knee still is bothering him, and he has decided that he cannot continue playing. However, he still is on the Jets' roster, but that likely will change very soon.
In a text to SiriusXM Radio host Adam Schein on Wednesday, Garrard said he had to "call it quits" because "my knee is not holding up. Continuing to swell after practices. Limiting what I can do."
Garrard's retirement would leave four quarterbacks on the Jets' roster: Mark Sanchez, second-round pick Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms. There had been much speculation the Jets might release Sanchez, who struggled mightily last season. But Garrard's impending departure means Sanchez is almost certain to stick around and compete for the starting job.
Translation: The Jets have been shopping Sanchez around but nobody wants his bloated contract, and the salary cap hit from releasing him would be too much for the team to bear. So since they're stuck with Mark Sanchez, they'd better use Mark Sanchez. Drafting Geno Smith made Garrard superfluous. Simple as that.
The stars have now aligned for Mark Sanchez. Matt Simms will head back to the practice squad. Greg McElroy will once again warm the bench on clipboard duty. And Geno Smith will be the designated #2 behind Sanchez so folks will gobble up his jerseys in the hope Rex will put him in after the bye week.
Nothing else makes sense from a business perspective.
4 and 12 here we come.
I don't know about you, but I'm already waiting all day for Sunday Night. Football, that is. Because now we're assured NBC will continue their tradition of Hot Blond Country Stars Belting Out The SNF Theme Song with the announcement that Carrie Underwood is taking over for the lovely and talented Faith Hill.
Eat your heart out Tony Romo. Because Mike Fisher is one lucky dude.
And since this is National Offend A Feminist Week, why not make some Womyn's Studies Majors' heads assplode by displaying a few pictures which demonstrate conclusively that beauty and talent need not be mutually exclusive.
Oh yeah, I am definitely ready for some football!
When the Jets first drafted star cornerback Darrelle Revis NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg dubbed Manhatan "Revis Island." That was then. This is now — the Jets voted Revis off his island in a trade with Tampa Bay.
The Jets have traded unhappy cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for the Buccaneers' first-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional fourth-round pick next year that could turn into a third-rounder, according to the Buccaneers.
Revis has agreed to terms on a new contract with the Buccaneers, according to his agents, Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, who tweeted that news.
Truthfully Revis has always been a thorn in the Jets' side. When he's good, he's very good. But he's prone to holdouts and injuries and the idea of "waiting" or "hoping" he'll step up this season really isn't that appealing. Not with the team obviously rebuilding this year. They're already released or traded so many of their starters I had one friend snark at my Jets t-shirt: erase the "J" and "S" 'cause they got traded too.
Ha ha. Real funny. We're still stuck with Mark Sanchez. And Tim Tebow.
Thank God for NFL Sunday Ticket. I can watch the Niners while the Jets
go 4 and 12.
Sunday afternoon Lauren Silberman will make NFL history. She'll be the first woman to ever participate in an NFL Regional Scouting Combine.
And of course she's doing it right here in New Jersey, at the Jets' practice facility in Florham Park.
As one of 40 kickers participating in the NFL's Regional Combine at the Jets' training facility in Florham Park, Silberman's presence as the first female entrant will likely garner her added attention in the quest to split the uprights.
The 28-year-old New York City resident played club soccer at the University of Wisconsin before attending graduate school at MIT, where she wrote her master's thesis about how athletes use video games to enhance their own performance.
Silberman told the NFL Network last month: "For me what's important is to finally have a chance to fulfill my dreams by trying out to play in the world's most competitive football league."
She's at least played some football right? Maybe in the LFL? Nope. Not one game. Her claim to fame is a fan event where she connected on a field goal. From that humble beginning, dreams are made.
Dreams of Title IX for the NFL, that is.
On the other hand, more than a few of the guys will be dreaming along the lines of "I'd hit that."
I imagine they'll be lining up to get flagged 15 yards for roughing the kicker too.
Speaking of penalties, she won't have to worry too much about illegal hands to the face, IYKWIMAITYD.
With no actual experience she's got zero chance of moving up to the Super Regionals in Dallas next month.
And since Regional Combines for specialists are limited to 40 kickers and 50 punters, Silberman's little stunt means there's a potentially deserving college kicker sitting on his couch while she scores points for the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
That's what feminists call "equality."
UPDATE 04 Mar 2013 12:21:
And the results are in....
Lauren Silberman has a unique talent. Kicking a football nearly as far as a quadriplegic.
Silberman is the first (and probably last) womern to try out for the NFL. She tried out as a placekicker but had only two kicks of 19 and 13 yards. NFL kickers routinely kick the football 60+ yards. Pee Wee football kickers routinely kick the ball 19 and 13 yards.
She wants a second chance. Because she was "injured." Maybe she pulled her vagina?
Rumors that the Jets had slapped a Franchise Tag on Silberman could not be confirmed at this time.
Oh sure, now that it doesn't matter, Rex Ryan pulls the plug on Fumbles Interceptez.
Greg McElroy is now the Jets' starting QB. For two meaningless weeks.
Tim Tebow? He's out in the cold, wondering where his career went.
It's time to bench Rex Ryan. And GM Mike Tannenbaum. Signing Fumbles to that outlandish contract extension ($8.25 million guaranteed next season) was undoubtedly the dumbest move ever made by a team that invented the dumb move.
Is Greg McElroy our guy? Who the hell knows! But he's Not Mark Sanchez, and that's what the Jets need right now. Actually it's what the Jets needed on Monday night, when he just might have done what a quarterback is supposed to do — throw the ball to his own guys, and hang on to those snaps from center.
As for Fumbles' guaranteed millions? They should cut him from the team and have
Woody Johnson pay him out of his own pocket. To earn his keep put Sanchez to
work parking cars. Of course, he'd probably screw that up too.
Maybe he's voting for Romney. Or maybe she's a Pats fan. But whatever the reason, Eva Longoria dumped Mark Sanchez on Sunday, to concentrate on her relationsship with Barack Obama.
Actress Eva Longoria ended her romance with New York Jet Mark Sanchez last week, and the quarterback is devastated, sources tell The Post's Page Six.
The 25-year-old NFL star has been telling friends that he and the "Desperate Housewives" star, 37, decided to end things before Sunday's game, after four months of dating.
Longoria, ex-wife of San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker, was absent at the Jets' loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday, tweeting the Malibu sunset. Yesterday, she was campaigning for President Obama in Nevada.
She dumped you for an older man Mark. A guy who makes promises he can't keep, and who's wooing millions of other women to boot. You can do better than a floozy like that!
What kind of "girlfriend" dumps her guy hours before a big game? She couldn't wait until Monday? I guess he wanted her to be there for him, and she said "no." Mark's GQ charm was no match for Dear Leader's dedication to protecting her lady parts. He whispered "I'll tax the rich!" and she swooned.
At least now we know why Sanchez fumbled in overtime. He was missing his gal.
You can do better Mark. She was too old for you anyway. Hang with Tebow. He'll introduce you to some girls with class. The kind of girl you can proudly take home to mama.
And in the meantime, concentrate on beating the Fish, OK?
My friend Mike gave me two tickets to Saturday's Jets - Giants game. Sophie said, "Take me! Take me!" How could I say "no"?
We hopped the #71 bus to Newark Penn Station at 4 PM. The NJ Transit web site said it was the best option. What it didn't say was, #71 goes all over Hell's three acres. And back. I think there was a stop in Pennsylvania. Or maybe it was Delaware. It was hard to tell. But at 5:30 we finally pulled onto Raymond Blvd and into the Penn Station bus lanes.
From there it was smooth sailing. As soon as we got off the bus two kids saw our Jets jerseys and started the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets chant. We high-fived 'em and made a beeline for the ticket window. The clerk was a Jets fan! He got us set up with train tickets lickedity split. Well, ticket. Turns out kids under 12 are free on weekends.
Thanks NJ Transit!
Hop the train on track 1, get off in Secaucus, and switch to another train for the short hop to the stadium. I must say, the NJ Transit station in Secaucus is amazing. Helpful staff. Clean. Big, bright signage. Did I mention the helpful staff? We're strolling along and a woman says "you better hurry, the train is leaving in one minute". It helps to wear a Jets jersey! Sophie started running and I huffed and puffed to keep up.
We made the train. What fun! There were Jets fans everywhere, all pumped up for the game. Everyone had beer! That's what I call traveling in style.
The game kinda sucked though. Same old Jets. Sophie had a good time though, hanging with Dad and eating her way through the game. $8.50 for a hot dog? But she proclaimed it the Best Hotdog Ever so who am I to argue?
Mom picked us up after she got off work (Yea Mom!) and we stopped for quick bite at Jose Tejas on the way home.
Sophie slept until noon.
And the paper confirmed what anyone with brains could see during the game, Wayne Hunter is not up to the job at right tackle. Dude, eat some freakin' Wheaties! Tammy thinks it's because he cut his hair, he's not scary anymore. Maybe. Sanchez is dead meat if Hunter can't block and right now everybody knowns that Wayne Hunter can't block his grandmother. If I was the coach I'd put Wilkerson into that spot because they need a big guy to stop the pass rush. Any learning curve on his part can't be as bad Hunter repeating the same mistakes he made last year.
Dude's gotta know he can't phone it in, guaranteed contract or no guaranteed contract. Or this time next year he's coaching high school football in Idaho.
In other news, today was yard work day. Thrilling, I know. Yet, necessary.
The weeds are winning. I'm pretty sure they know that.
Why is it that the deer eat my tomatoes and my flowers and my shrubs but not one single stinkin' weed? Are they in cahoots with the weeds? Is it some kind of conspiracy? I have a hunch they're out to make me crazy.
It's not as hard as you might think.
Did Roger Goodell learn nothing from last season's lockout? Replacement refs? Seriously?
The NFL will start hiring and training possible replacement officials with a deal not yet completed with the NFL Referees Association.
The league said that regional training sessions for replacement officials would begin this month "to ensure that there is no disruption to NFL games this season."
"Our goal is to maintain the highest quality of officiating for our teams, players, and fans, including proper enforcement of the playing rules and efficient management of our games," the league said in a statement.
The NFL's search would target retired college officials and perhaps current ones who would be qualified to work professional games.
On the one hand, where do I sign up? Because I could so do that job!
I reffed a flag football game once; that's gotta count as "experience," right? And I can yell at the TV better than anyone so I'd be ideal for the replay booth too. C'mon commish, I'm waitin' by the phone…
OK, on a more serious note, the zebras do work their butts off and it seems
silly to shortchange them. That said though, there's no indication from the
article of what the impasse is about, so it's hard to say which side needs
to budge. But it's crazy to try and run an NFL season with anything less
than the professional referees we've come to know and
Figure it out guys. Or don't complain when a blind blogger from New Jersey muffs what (to you) should have been an obvious call.
Any resemblance between that commercial and my pending NFL officiating debut is
purely coincidental. Honest.
Because he came cheap? The former first round draft pick went for a 4th and 6th round pick, and Denver had to throw in a coupla cases of Coors Light to sweeten the deal.
The Jets say Tebow will fit into their plans for expanded use of the Wildcat offense. Um, ok. They still need somebody to catch the ball. Don't they? Am I missing something?
Maybe the Jets are hoping for some Divine Intercession or something. I did hear that they've changed their fan chant to "J - E - T - S, Jesus!, Jesus!, Jesus!"
Any team that trades for Tebow must reportedly pay the Broncos about $5 million in advanced salaries from 2012-14, a significant sum for a quarterback that is not a starter.
Boy oh boy, this deal just keeps getting better and better doesn't it?
Or the Jets could nullify the trade. Reportedly the Rams and Jags are "interested." Stay tuned...
UPDATE 21 Mar 2012 22:13:
Denver agreed to a $2.5 million giveback, essentially paying the Jets to take Tebow off their hands.
And with that, the Jets now have 4 quarterbacks on the roster. If I was Greg McElroy I wouldn't get too comfortable in Florham Park.
Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy?
The Jets pulled a reverse Friday night, and Mark Sanchez was the beneficiary.
After making headlines for their pursuit of free agent quarterback Peyton Manning, the Jets turned around and gave incumbent Sanchez a three-year extension. Sanchez had two seasons left on his five-year rookie deal, so that means he will be under contract to the Jets through the end of the 2016 season.
The three-year extension is worth $40.5 million according to a source, with the five remaining years worth $58.25 million. There is $20.5 million in guaranteed money.
Finally, Gang Green gets one right! Peyton was never gonna play in the same stadium as his little brother, no matter how much money Woody Johnson dangled in front of him.
So, how about a little flight crew love for Mark?
Hopefully they freed up enough cap space to go out and get some guys who can (a) tackle and (b) block. Last season's woes weren't entirely the fault of Santonio Holmes you know; the offensive line was weak and Sanchez often had no time in the pocket. Eat some Wheaties™ fellas! And tackling from behind is no way to win football games. Maybe the coaches could work on that during the off-season.
The Redskins are out of the hunt, but Arizona is still a possibility.
But I think Denver is where he'll end up.
And then we can all speculate about Tim Tebow's future. Because what else is there to do before pre-season starts?
J! E! T! S! Jets! Jets! Jets!
OK Giants fans, you can stop texting me now. I get it. Your team won. You've got playoff tickets. I've got a front-row seat on the couch next to my remote control. Now call me when you beat a team that isn't dysfunctional or quarterbacked by a cripple.
Yeah, that was a cheap shot. So sue me.
As for the Jets? It's said there's no "I" in Team. There ain't no Santonio Holmes neither.
That's always been the Jets' problem. Prima donnas. They attract 'em like white on rice, and let 'em run wild. For all his bravado, if Rex Ryan can't control his own locker room, how in the hell can he expect to reach the Super Bowl?
Oh well, there's always next season.
The New York Jets signed free agent
felon wide receiver
Plaxico Burress to
a one year deal.
Insert "shoot yourself in the foot" jokes here.
If HBO reruns Hard Knocks who will play Burress, Adam Sandler or Burt Reynolds? The episode where he's signed can be titled "The Longest Foot."
Will Burress be the go-to guy whenever Schotty orders up the shotgun?
"Schotty," "shotgun…" Sometimes I crack myself up.
Our long national nightmare is over. No, not the one begat at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by that Obama fellow; the other one.
Sundays in the fall can now proceed as God and Man intended.
It took 4½ months for the Grand Poobahs of Football to carve up a $9.3 billion dollar pie in a manner which the billionaire owners and the millionaire players deemed "fair."
So naturally the question people will ask is, "who won?"
That's easy. The lawyers won. They always do.
But I'm still ready for some football.
J! E! T! S! Jets! Jets! Jets!
A Super Bowl ticket, that is.
Oh, you thought I was talking about 2012 and Rep. Paul Ryan? No, that would be a pretty cool combo too, but right now Governor Awesome is happily singing the praises of another famous Ryan — Rex Ryan, Head Coach of "New Jersey's Jets!"
From the press release:
During a press conference in Newark on Tuesday Governor Christie said that although Rex Ryan was not born in New Jersey, there are few people who are more like New Jersey in so many ways. A Jets fan, the Governor said he hopes Rex Ryan takes "New Jersey's Jets" to the Super Bowl.
An Honorary New Jerseyan! That's better than Veep any old day.
J-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!
It'll be Jets - Steelers for the AFC Championship Game, just like I predicted. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick can only get to Dallas if they buy a ticket. I hope your couch is comfy fellas; you'll be spending a lot of time on it.
J - E - T - S! Jets! Jets! Jets!
Final score, Jets 28, Pats 21.
The Jets defense flummoxed Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, sacking him five times and intercepting Brady for the first time since Week 6. And the offense made plays when needed, led by Mark Sanchez efficiently throwing for three scores (and no interceptions) and the running combination of Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson eclipsing four yards per carry.
The Jets Flight Crew is here to help me celebrate.
Oh yeah, we are definitely gonna celebrate!
Watch out Big Ben, you're next!
Ms. Sterger, a former NY Jets game hostess, alleged that the future Hall of Fame quarterback sent her explicit text messages and photos, including a picture of a penis, during and after his tenure with the Jets.
But it wasn't until Favre left the Jets for Minnesota that Sterger's story got legs. The league immediately opened an investigation, which finally concluded today.
Brett Favre will be fined $50,000, not for any alleged misconduct, but for failing to "cooperate" with the NFL's investigation.
In the end they couldn't prove Favre sent the photos, or that the photos in question were even of his manly bits.
So they got him on a "Martha Stewart" — a trumped up charge of (maybe) not fully telling the truth.
Meanwhile Ms. Sterger has continued exploiting her 15 minutes of fame, first with a risque Maxim photo shoot, and then by leaving nothing to the imagination for Playboy.
I guess a Jenn Sterger Sex Tape is not far behind. Not that I have any direct knowledge of a Jenn Sterger Sex Tape, no not me. I've never seen a Jenn Sterger Sex Tape. If there were indeed a Jenn Sterger Sex Tape I don't think I'd actually get a copy, let alone show it to you guys.
But on the off chance that some teenage perv is Googling away in search of a mythical Jenn Sterger Sex Tape I'm not above lusting after the hits.
Yeah, I'm craven like that.
And my buddy Donald Douglas is trying to get a Rule 5 linkaround revved up over at his place. So enjoy these photos of the lovely Jenn Sterger.
Watching last night's MNF home opener for the Jets was painful.
What's up with all the razzle-dazzle at the line of scrimmage? Who does Schotty think he's fooling with that crap? His offensive line? I lost count of the false start penalties.
The Jets' offense vs Baltimore's defense reminded me of the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark when Indiana Jones shoots the guy waving a big knife.
Mark Sanchez is the guy with the knife.
The Ravens, and now every other NFL defense who plays the Jets, is Indiana Jones.
The fans? We're the ones saying, "Oh, what the fuck now?"
They said. She said. He said. She said. Never mind!
The Mexican reporter who claimed Jets players made inappropriate comments at her now says she "never felt attacked" by what happened in the locker room.
Knockout TV correspondent Ines Sainz claimed Jets head coach Rex Ryan, one of his assistants and some of the team's players allegedly pestered her with goofy, on-field antics and locker-room catcalls.
But in her piece for Mexican TV station DeporTV that ran last night, Sainz said she never felt offended and that the whole situation was taken out of context.
"In my opinion, I never felt attacked, nor that they reacted grossly toward me," she said. "I arrived in the locker room and there were comments and games. One of the other reporters came up to me and apologized for what was happening, but I thought [the players] were joking around."
I thought all along this incident was much ado about nothing. Sometimes guys and gals just goof around. It's not sexual harassment. At most it's harmless flirtation; the kind of thing that happens when hot sexy girls mingle with warm-blooded athletic men.
Nobody ever said that football players had to be monks. And there is zero chance that anyone will confuse Ines Sainz with a nun. She's got it goin' on, and she flaunts her assets at every opportunity.
Sure Ms. Sainz is a serious sports reporter. She spends 3 hours preparing for every game. Five minutes to study the stats, and 2 hours and 55 minutes to pack her booty into those skin-tight jeans.
That picture on the left, it's the actual outfit she wore at the Jets practice facility.
All work and no play makes Ines a boring girl. Ines Sainz is not boring!
J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!
I've always had a love-hate relationship with NBC's Sunday Night Football. Why? Keith Olbermann, that's why. Dude makes my skin crawl. I want to watch the game, but I gotta leave the room at halftime. And forget watching the pre-game show, to keep my blood pressure in check I could never tune in until kickoff.
Which meant I usually missed the lovely and talented Faith Hill singing the theme song.
But today Ed Morrissey brings me, and I'm sure many of you. tidings of great joy. Keith Olbermann has been remanded back to MSDNC where his puppeteers want him all to themselves. He will darken the sidelines of SNF no more.
Just in the nick of time too, this Sunday at 8 PM is the annual Hall of Fame Game, on NBC. It's the official start of the pre-season and now I can watch it in peace.
Now if they would just confirm that Faith Hill is coming back for another season then truly all will be right with the universe on Sunday nights.
Why yes, I am definitely ready for some football.
Sooner or later everybody comes to New Jersey.
And in 2014 everybody who's anybody will be at Super Bowl XLVIII when it kicks off in our new $1.6 billion dollar Meadowlands Stadium. For the first time in its history the NFL has awarded the Super Bowl to an outdoor, cold-weather venue.
New Jersey beat out traditional hosts South Florida and Tampa Bay in today's secret ballot vote at the league meetings.
The winning bid embraced cold weather, offering self-warming seat cushions and parking lot fire pits, while trumpeting the country's biggest stage across the river in Manhattan. Many game-week events and hotel rooms will be booked in New York City, but New Jersey is where teams will train and stay and where all game-day activities will be held.
Are you ready for some football, the way it was meant to be played?
Boy's from freakin' Florida, whaddaya freakin' expect! He's allergic to freakin' snow.
Meanwhile, Ace found the real reason the NFL awarded to Super Bowl to New Jersey.