Posted by keithosaunders on January 26, 2011
It was a disappointing championship Sunday for this ex-New Yorker and I can’t say that I’m looking forward to this years Superbowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers need another Superbowl ring like the Bay Area needs more fog. I’ll be rooting for Green Bay but I’m mostly just hoping for a compelling game.
In Pittsburgh the Jets, after being all but left for dead in the first half, managed to put up a good fight, damn near pulling off what would have been the greatest AFC championship comeback ever. They fell short due in no small part to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s terrific game plan. He saw what the Jets secondary did to Tom Brady and he decided to go a different direction. That direction consisted of running Rashard Mendenhall down the Jets throat. Mendenhall single-handedly won the game for the Steelers in the first half rushing for 95 yards. Every time he touched the ball it seemed as if he gained at least 8 yards. The opening drive alone ate up over nine minutes. Ben Roethlisberger, or as someone on my Twitter feed referred to him as, Rapey, did not have a great game statistically but he made the clutch plays down the stretch. None was more devisatating than the 3rd down 14 yard completion to Heath Miller with less than two minutes in the game. Roethlisberger was flushed out of the pocket and it looked for an instant that he would be sacked but he managed to get the pass off while being chased to the sideline. You just can’t tackle him!
Jets coach Rex Ryan has taken a lot of heat for his post game comments in which he said that the Jets will be back in the championship game and that he expects to win a Superbowl. Media and fans alike seem to want Ryan to keep a lower profile. I heard his post game interview and I found nothing offensive about his comments. What do people want him to say — that the Jets had their chance and will be lucky to return?!
I became a big Ryan fan after the foot fetish story broke. The way I see anyone freaky enough to post foot videos of him and his wife on youtube is OK in my book! As far as I’m concerned he’s got carte blanche to talk as much trash as he sees fit.
The truth is that the Jets are not as good as the Steelers. Their defense is top of the line but too often their offense has been inconsistent. Does anybody really believe that Mark Sanchez, at this point in his career, is a Superbowl quarterback? What the Jets really need going forward is a home playoff game.
So are these the same old Jets? I don’t think so. After several years of mediocrity the Jets are relevant again. They have been to the championship game in consecutive years and they are a relatively young team. They didn’t choke against the Steelers; in fact they were a few plays from pulling off the upset of the century. Pass me the koolaid!
Mike Tomlin and Rex Ryan
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Posted by keithosaunders on January 17, 2011
Nobody, including myself, thought that the Jets were capable of beating the Patriots on the road in the playoffs. Except for Rex Ryan, their coach. Maybe it’s the power of the foot fetishist but Ryan, in both of his years as Jet head coach, has taken the Jets to the brink of the Super Bowl.
This year the Jets must travel the most improbable road, beating Indianapolis, New England, and this sunday, Pittsburgh. No team had ever beaten Peyton Manning and Brady on consecutive weeks until yesterday. Can you imagine a team beating those two plus Roethlisberger on three straight weeks?! How about Manning, Brady, Roethlisberger and Aaron Rogers? I’m crazed with success!
It could happen. When you have a team that plays defense at the level that the Jets do anything is possible. Brady was completely frustrated as time and again he had nobody to throw to. He was sacked five times and sent to the ground numerous others. It will be a little tougher to get to Roethlisberger, who is more mobile, but if the Jets can control the ball on the ground as they did against Indy — eat clock and get a few big plays from their receivers — anything is possible. Sanchez will give you fits which is why I like that Ryan has, for the most part, has not forced him to make big plays, staying on the ground and sticking with the short, high percentage passing game.
Is there anything more joyous than sending blowhard Bill Belichick on an early vacation? Yesterday Belichick benched Wes Welker, who had broken a Patriots rule about not trash talking, for the first series of plays. Belichick wanted to send a message to Welker, but I thought he was really trying to send a message to the Jets. Bill tried to out-cocky Ryan by in effect saying that the Pats could beat the Jets without their best receiver. Nice try, Bill. Enjoy your offseason.
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Posted by keithosaunders on January 8, 2011
It seems like just the other day that these teams met in the 2010 AFC championship game. I was at my steady Sunday gig on Long Island, arriving early to be able to watch as much as I could at the bar before the gig began. The Jets were pretty much dominated on that late afternoon in Indy and by the time the second half rolled around the game was all but over.
This year the Jets started out on fire, but let’s face it, many of their wins have been lucky, and their schedule, which featured the Bears, Browns, Bengals,and Lions has been kind to them. Yet they beat the Steelers. Go figure. When their D is on they are a tough out.
The truth is that their coach, Rex Ryan, is not a likable guy. He is a blowhard who talks way too much trash, especially for a guy who has yet to win anything. If it wasn’t for the fact that I am from New York I don’t think I would root for this bunch. You have to be loyal to your homies so I will drink from the Jets coffee mug, and wear the green sweatshirt.
As fate would have it I am once again gigging on a Jets playoff night. I will, however, be DVR-ing the second half of the game. I am fairly confident of not having the score divulged mid-evening before I am able to return to the safety and sanctity of my own T.V. Here in the Bay Area the playoffs are an afterthought. The sports radio station is abuzz with the news of Jim Harbaugh agreeing to coach the 49ers. For some reason, even though he has yet to coach one NFL game, he is viewed as a savior. Bully for them. I will be rooting for a team, that at least for the time being, is still alive. JETS!
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Posted by keithosaunders on February 2, 2010
ALCOA presents: Keitho’s Super Bowl memories!
In 1987 the Redskins played the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII and I was a 27 year old young buck full of piss and vinegar ready to watch some football with my Aunt and Uncle. My best friend Jeff and I agreed to pick up some food from the 2nd Ave Deli. We got a late start and the deli was packed with like-minded fans so we ended up missing most of the 1st Quarter.
When we arrived in Brooklyn the Broncos had jumped out to a 10-0 lead and we worried that the game might be a blowout. As it turned out we were right. It was the Redskins, however that destroyed the Broncos. QB Doug Williams went off in the 2nd quarter completing 9 of 11 passes for 228 yards and 4 touchdowns. Final: 42-10 Redskins.
Final food consumed: 4 corn beef sandwiches on rye, 2 pastrami, 8 pickles, and a hell of a lot of kasha.
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Posted by keithosaunders on January 31, 2010
What a terrible weekend this is. All of the football momentum of the previous three playoff weeks has come to a grinding halt and an anxious nation turns its attention to the Pro Bowl, the first ever held before the end of the football season. Of course this means that Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, and Drew Brees will be absent, but the NFL never let a competitive game get in the way of their all-star festivities.
Looming large is the barren sports wasteland that is February and the first two weeks of March. Six weeks of monotony worthy of a Masterpiece Theatre Victorian era mini-series. This span of shame is made all the more arduous for us New York hoops fans, whose local teams, the Knicks and Nets have combined for 22 wins. The winter Olympics might offer a brief respite from the tedium, at least in regards to hockey, but let’s face it, until the NCAA tournament begins it’s best to avoid the TV entirely.
 My God, did I just make a case for watching the winter Olympics?!
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Posted by keithosaunders on January 27, 2010
For the past month, WFAN sports radio host Mike Francesa has carried out an on-air vendetta against the Jets and their coach, Rex Ryan. Mike’s point is that the Jets were handed a break when the Colts rested Peyton Manning in the 2nd half of their December 27th regular season game. The Jet fans, naturally, were elated and Mike felt it his duty to remind them that the Jets were ultimately a mediocre team. I agreed with Francesa that the Jets had a bit of luck to get into the playoffs. That being said he has been miserable to the Jet fans, almost pathologically so. It’s as if there is something personal in his ranting — as if he feels the need to inflict pain.
It’s not like Mets/Yankees — I have lived in New York for 26 years and have never noticed much animosity between Jets and Giants fans. I am a Giants fan yet I really wanted the Jets to win this year. I especially wanted them to win after Francesa was such a jerk.
The Jets have had such a miserable existence and so many heartbreaking losses. How can he deny their fans one of their few moments to feel pride? Mike either pulled this stunt to gin up ratings or he really is a miserable bastard. Or both.
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