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Is Minnesota Making A Play For Brett Favre? It Sure Seems Like It

Found this interesting item today, and it comes from ProFootballTalk.com via the Daily News. Apparently there was a private jet from Minneapolis that arrived at the Hattiesburgh-Laurel Regional Airport at 9:11 a.m. Wednesday and returned that same day at 4:11 p.m. Of course, Hattiesburgh, Miss. is the home of retired/unretired/retired quarterback Brett Favre. That little airport is also where Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum landed when he convinced Favre to play for the Jets last August.

Only five flights landed that entire day at that airport so it is highly probable that members of the Vikings' brass could have been on that flight. Who else would be making that trip? Minnesota may just be doing its "due diligence" in exploring their options at quarterback, if they were on the flight, but why would they even want the aging passer? Everyone saw what he did to the Jets at the end of last season. But Favre always wanted to play for the Vikings, and Minnesota really wanted him last year, so this could be the first step in making that happen, just one year later. Of course, Favre could have said no to the Vikes yesterday. Still, he loves the headlines, so look for this to be on the news and in the papers all spring and summer. Favre is free to sign elsewhere because the Jets released him a few days ago. The Vikings will go into camp with a Tarvaris Jackson-Sage Rosenfels QB competition.

Texas Postpones Entire High School Spring Sports Season, Is CT Next?

The Swine Flu has now taken its toll on high school sports as Texas has postponed their entire spring season until May 11. That is just an unbelievable step to take and you gotta wonder if Connecticut isn't far behind in at least discussing that type of decision. Schools in New York are already closing for the rest of the week, and today schools in East Haddam and Wethersfield closed for the day, so it's not so far fetched to think our local sports scene will be affected in some way soon. We might be one outbreak away from canceling the entire season.

THURSDAY UPDATE: Alabama has now joined Texas as postponing all high school sports until further notice due to the Swin Flu.

EA Sports Hands Out Rookie Ratings For Next Year's Game, Mark Sanchez Is A 77, Hakeem Nicks A 78

Came across the Madden 2010 rookie ratings over at the ESPN gaming website and there are some interesting numbers. Most of all, it's exciting seeing the first round draft picks in their new uniforms. Here is the complete list of the players and their rating.

No. 1 QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: 79 rating
No. 2 OT Jason Smith, St. Louis Rams: 84
No. 3 DE Tyson Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs: 77
No. 4 LB Aaron Curry, Seattle Seahawks: 85
No. 5 QB Mark Sanchez, New York Jets: 77
No. 6 OT Andre Smith, Cincinnati Bengals: 79
No. 7 WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders: 76
No. 8 OT Eugene Monroe, Jacksonville Jaguars: 82
No. 9 DT B.J. Raji, Green Bay Packers: 82
No. 10 WR Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers: 84No. 11 DE Aaron Maybin, Buffalo Bills: 78
No. 12 RB Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos: 81
No. 13 DE Brian Orakpo, Washington Redskins: 82
No. 14 CB Malcolm Jenkins, New Orleans Saints: 80
No. 15 LB Brian Cushing, Houston Texans: 78
No. 16 DE Larry English, San Diego Chargers: 75
No. 17 QB Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 72
No. 18 DE Robert Ayers, Denver Broncos: 78
No. 19 WR Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles: 79
No. 20 TE Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions: 81No. 21 C Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns: 79
No. 22 WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings: 78
No. 23 OT Michael Oher, Baltimore Ravens: 78
No. 24 DT Peria Jerry, Atlanta Falcons: 78
No. 25 CB Vontae Davis, Miami Dolphins: 78
No. 26 LB Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers: 75
No. 27 RB Donald Brown, Indianapolis Colts: 77
No. 28 C Eric Wood, Buffalo Bills: 71
No. 29 WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants: 78
No. 30 WR Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans: 77
No. 31 RB Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals: 79
No. 32 DT Evander Hood, Pittsburgh Steelers: 74

Giants Draft Sam Houston State QB Rhett Bomar, Plus Jets, Patriots News

It's always big news when a team takes a quarterback in the NFL Draft - no matter the round - so the Giants selection of Sam Houston State signal-caller Rhett Bomar gets special treatment. Bomar is an interesting player and an even more interesting story. He started his college career at Oklahoma and was supposed to be the next big quarterback for the Sooners. But that all came to an end quickly when a scandal broke that connected Bomar to a car dealership that was paying him to basically never show up for work. After the story came out, he was kicked out of school and ended up at Sam Houston State. Bomar has owned up to his mistake, taking full blame for his actions, but some say he is way too cocky. Now, he is a New York Giant, as Big Blue took him with their fifth-round draft pick. Bomar will be the third-string QB in New York, as he will back up Eli Manning and David Carr. I guess this means the end of the line for former Kentucky QB Andre' Woodson, who was drafted last year to be third-string.

The Patriots drafted Louisville offensive tackle George Bussey in the fifth-round. Bussey is 6-3 and 301 pounds, but Scouts Inc. had him ranked as the 240th best player in the draft, so this might be a bit of a reach as the Pats made him the 170th overall selection.

Also, in other fifth-round draft news, the 49ers drafted Ball State QB Nate Davis and the Titans took Michigan State RB Javon Ringer with the final pick of the round.

SIXTH-ROUND UPDATE: I'll keep this brief as players drafted in the next two rounds will basically provide depth, although there is always the chance someone will develop into a star down the road. The Jets picked Nebraska guard Matthew Slauson (6-5, 316 pounds). He was an All-Big 12 selection and played under Jets offensive line coach Bill Callahan. The Giants took New Mexico cornerback DeAndre Wright (5-11, 198) for depth. The Patriots had two picks in the round and selected Hawaii center and long-snapper Jacob Ingram and Kentucy defensive tackle Myron Pryor. For what it's worth, Mel Kiper said on ESPN that Ingram is the best long-snapper in the draft.

Quaterbacks taken in the sixth round: Fresno State's Tom Brandstater to Denver (after a trade up); Rutgers' Mike Teel to Seattle; Texas A&M's Keith Null to St. Louis; Purdue's Curtis Painter to Indianapolis. Now, we're on to the seventh and final round.

SEVENTH-ROUND UPDATE: The Giants took South Carolina cornerback Stoney Woodson with their final pick. The Patriots, who had two picks, selected Kent State receiver Julian Edelman and Georgia Tech defensive tackle Darryl Richard. "Mr. Irrelevant" was South Carolina kicker Ryan Succop. He went to the Chiefs.

Make sure to scroll down as there is a ton of draft weekend stories here to keep you busy. Also, make sure you vote in our polls.

Third-Round Updates On The Jets, Patriots, Giants: Jets Trade Up For Shonn Greene

The Jets started off Day Two of the NFL Draft with yet another big trade. This time, the Jets moved up to the first pick of the third round to take Iowa running back Shonn Greene, who is a between-the-tackles runner. He rushed for over 100 yards in each game last year and totaled 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns overall. This could be a huge wake-up call to current Jets starting running back Thomas Jones, who has skipped voluntary workouts because he is apparently unhappy with his contract. (By the way, the contract is completely fair and Jones doesn't have a leg to stand on if he wants it restructured.) Greene could be a good complement to the explosive Leon Washington.

They gave up a bunch to move up from No. 76 to No. 65 in the third round to get Greene, however. In addition to their third round pick, the Jets also gave up a fourth- and seventh-round pick. That leaves the Jets with just a sixth-round pick today. So, barring any other trades, the team will add just three players in this year's draft. But with one of those guys being Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez there really can't be any complaining.

The Patriots took North Carolina wide receiver Brandon Tate and South Florida linebacker Tyrone McKenzie with their two third-round picks. Barring a trade, New England won't draft again until the fifth round. Tate had major knee-surgery, but if he has fully recovered, this could be a great pick for the Pats. He could also be a factor in the return game. McKenzie sounds like a project, but he is a solid tackler, which is always good.

The Giants drafted Cal-Poly wide receiver Ramses Barden (who is 6-6 and 229 pounds) and Wisconsin tight end Travis Beckum, both in the third round. Barden is simply huge and Beckum is a receiving tight end. New York did trade up to get Barden, giving up their third- and fifth-round picks to the Eagles to move up six spots.

FOURTH-ROUND UPDATE: The Patriots traded cornerback Ellis Hobbs to the Eagles for two fifth-round draft picks. Hobbs would have been in a dog-fight for playing time at corner, so he became expendable. He was a solid kick returner, however, and could be missed in that role. Third-round pick Brandon Tate now could step in as kick returner. New England later traded those two fifth-round picks to the Ravens for their fourth-round pick and a sixth-round choice. So, with that fourth-round pick the Pats chose Penn State offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger, who will provide depth at guard and center.

The Giants went offense again with their fourth-round draft pick, selecting North Carolina State running back Andre Brown. He now joins a backfield that already includes Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, but does replace Derrick Ward, who went to Tampa.

Breaking Down Day One Of The NFL Draft, Including Winners And Losers


After going through all the Draft Day disappointments I’ve had to endure over the past several years, the tide finally turned in my favor on Saturday afternoon. The Jets made the right move and the right choice in trading up for Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez, and in turn, completely changed the face of the franchise in a matter of minutes. And while the Jets stole the show at Radio City Music Hall, there was no shortage of drama.

So, in honor of Broadway Joe, the last true franchise quarterback the Jets had, here are 12 winners and losers from the first day of the NFL Draft.

* New Broncos coach Josh McDaniels is completely overmatched in running a football team. There was absolutely no reason for Denver to draft Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno at No. 12 overall. Not only do the Broncos not need a running back, but they could have gotten Moreno at least 10 picks later. Then, to top everything off, McDaniels traded the Broncos’ No. 1 pick next year to move into the second round – that’s right, second round – this year. How does that make any sense at all? Unless he’s thinking he won’t be around next year, which is getting closer and closer to happening, there is no way a sane person does that. McDaniels had a horrible start to his head coaching career (Jay Cutler, anyone) and Saturday was just as bad. McDaniels is embarrassing himself and the Denver franchise. Somewhere, Mike Shanahan must be loving this.

* Another team that was completely lost on Draft Day was the Oakland Raiders. Picking Maryland WR Darrius Heyward-Bey at No. 7 made no sense at all. Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree, or even Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin, should have been the choice. But Al Davis went with speed. Still, Heyward-Bey was the third rated WR on many boards and was slotted to be a mid to late first round pick. In fact, he was a projected Jets pick at No. 17 for the longest time. Why not trade down and grab Heyward-Bey later and pick up extra draft choices? I have no idea, but Al Davis does, and that’s scary.

* The 49ers made out like bandits in the first round as they were able to grab Crabtree at No. 10 overall. The San Fran offense just got a whole lot better, thanks to the Raiders.

* Staying on the WR beat, Philadelphia also made a great move in trading up a couple spots to grab Maclin at No. 18 overall. Maclin and Desean Jackson should be a great tandem for quarterback Donovan McNabb next year.

* The Colts reached for UConn running back Donald Brown at No. 27 overall. There is no way Brown should have been a first round draft pick, never mind the fact that he was the second RB selected. (Anyone who gets caught from behind by a guy from Buffalo should not be a first round draft pick.) Brown won’t do anything and this will be a waste of a pick. It does say that the Colts have no confidence in Joseph Addai.

* Meanwhile, the Cardinals getting Chris “Beanie” Wells at No. 31 is a great pick. Wells is a perfect fit in the Cardinals offense and will take over for Edgerrin James next year. I’m sure the Cards were ecstatic that Indy took Brown ahead of them.

* The Packers had a solid draft. They got B.J. Raji from Boston College at No. 9 and then traded back into the first round and took USC linebacker Clay Matthews at No. 26. Now, I know that Matthews was a bit of a reach, but you’ve got to hand it to the Packers for making something happen.

* The Patriots did what they usually do, trade down and stockpile a ton of draft picks. They had no first round pick, but got four players in Round 2.

* The Giants have become pretty predictable in who they are going to choose in the draft. Last year everyone knew they were going to take Miami safety Kenny Phillips and they did. This year everyone pegged them as taking North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and they did. Nicks will be looked upon to take over the void left by Plaxico Burress. Talk about pressure.

* I don’t understand the Dolphins picking West Virginia quarterback Patrick White. He was drafted as a “wide receiver” and will be nothing short of a project. His best position may be the “wildcat,” but Miami already has Ronnie Brown playing that role. I love taking chances on guys like this, but Miami doesn’t have the need for it.

* The Lions should have a pretty good offense next year. With QB Matthew Stafford (who might sit a year behind Daunte Culpepper) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew now joining WR Calvin Johnson and RB Kevin Smith, the Lions could and should score a lot of points. That’s as good as a young base as any team in the league. Things could be looking up for Detroit after all.

* And, finally, the day belonged to the New York Jets. Trading with the Cleveland Browns to move up to No. 5 overall to grab Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez was simply brilliant. First, they gave up their first round pick, second round pick and players Kenyon Coleman, Abram Elam and Brett Ratliff. It sounds like a lot right off the bat, but looking deeper … the first round pick is washed out … the three players involved were all backups and weren’t likely to see much playing time next year with the Jets … which leaves the second round pick as the only thing of value. That is just an unbelievable trade for the Jets. So, anyone saying the Jets gave up too much to Cleveland just doesn’t have a clue. Now, will Sanchez be the franchise quarterback he should be at No. 5 overall? I don’t know. Nobody knows. Nobody knows if Matthew Stafford will be a franchise quarterback either. Those questions won’t be answered for several, several months. For right now, however, the Jets have their franchise quarterback, and that is all that matters. Even though I liked Sanchez better than Stafford coming into the draft, it’s anyone guess who will be the better pro. All I know is that I’m one excited Jets fan right now.

Jets Trade Up, Grab Southern Cal QB Mark Sanchez In NFL Draft

The Jets have done it! They pulled off a trade with the Cleveland Browns to move to No. 5 overall and draft Southern Cal quarterback Mark Sanchez. This is a tremendous move and Sanchez will be the Jets franchise quarterback for the next 15 years. Finally, something that was long-rumored and long-awaited actually worked out for Jets fans. And, on a side note, any Jets fan that booed the pick (and ESPN showed two no-nothing morons on television right after the announcement) should be ashamed of themselves. This was a great pick and you should have been jumping in the aisles, like I was at home and so was everyone I talked to afterward. Don't go to the draft if you have no idea. Not many were booing ... I only saw those two idiots ... so I'll drop it with those two morons.

Sanchez will now compete with Kellen Clemens for the starting job, something Sanchez is already looking forward to. "It's going to be a great competition," Sanchez told ESPN.

The Jets gave up their No. 1 (17 overall), No. 2, Abram Elam, Kenyon Coleman and Brett Ratliff. So, basically they gave up a No. 2 to jump all the way to No. 5. Great trade. I'll have more later.

UPDATE: Here are some quotes from the big trade:

“When Mark was available at No. 5, we did what was in the best interest of the New York Jets,” general manager Mike Tannenbaum said.

“The only thing I can say to that is I’ve never grown up dreaming of being a backup,” Sanchez said during a conference call. “That’s what it’s all about, and I’m sure Kellen Clemens feels the same way and that’s what this position is all about is competing for your job and that’s all I know how to do. It’ll be a great matchup for us.”

“We saw the great feet, the poise and how confident he was,” coach Rex Ryan said. “Brian (Schottenheimer) put him through every workout known to man and he passed every one of them with flying colors. We knew, I think, right then that this was the guy we really wanted.”

“We wouldn’t have traded up for Mark if we didn’t think he had the ability to compete for the starting position,” Ryan said.

“Well, I think if Mr. Tannenbaum and Mr. Johnson think I’m worth it, that’s great,” Sanchez said. “I’m excited about the faith they have in me. Of course, you need to prove them right, and that comes with being the first guy on the practice field and being the last guy to leave.”

“I first bring up Matt Cassel. You know, he didn’t even start at all at ’SC and didn’t start since high school and look what he’s doing,” Sanchez said of his critics. “He’s doing so well for himself. That would be one thing I’d say. I’d say also that when the Jets handed me their playbook, I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of our own plays in there and very similar concepts and ideas and reads. That’s important to have that knowledge already and just change around a couple of terms here and there, a little terminology change, and I’ll be running the same exact plays.”

Jets Starting Quarterback Next Season Could Be Any One Of Seven

There are a ton of possible quarterbacks that could line up under center for the Jets next season. Here is a quick rundown of each as the NFL Draft gets underway right now.

Kellen Clemens. The current starting quarterback on the Jets’ roster, he would be the guy if the team decides to stay put and choose a wide receiver or tight end with the 17th pick. Clemens would have to beat out Brett Ratliff, but I think that will happen.

Mark Sanchez. If the Jets can somehow trade up high enough to draft the quarterback from Southern Cal, he will be the starter. This would be a huge move for the Jets.

Josh Freeman. Would be a longshot to start if the Jets draft the Kansas State quarterback at No. 17 overall, but could be in the game if Clemens or Ratliff fall flat.

Marc Bulger
. If the Rams surprise everyone and take Sanchez at No. 2, Bulger would seemingly be available and could be a Jet by training camp.

Brady Quinn. If the Browns take Sanchez at No. 5 then you gotta think they will trade the former Notre Dame passer. The Jets would be an obvious destination.

Jason Campbell. If the Redskins trade up and grab Sanchez, then Campbell is a goner. Rumors have him possibly going to the Jets. I would revolt if this happened.

So there you go. We’re in late April and any one of seven quarterbacks could be the Jets starter next season.

(AP photo, top, of Josh Freeman.)

Jets Say They Are Interested In Moving Up In First Round

The news coming out of Jets' camp is that the team is definitely interested in moving up in the first round. But it is not necessarily to draft USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. This is interesting because I would be more than happy if the team could somehow get Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree. If the Jets move up, and both Sanchez and Craptree are there, either one of them would be a good move. But I might be leaning toward Crabtree right now and let Kellen Clemens play quarterback next season.

UPDATE: ESPN just reported (at about 2:05 p.m.) that the Jets are interested in trading up even if Mark Sanchez goes real early. The reason for moving up? Michael Crabtree. Things are getting interesting. But, I will say this, the draft being at 4 p.m. sucks.

There's Nothing Like The NFL Draft, Especially For This Huge Jets Fan

There is only one thing that can completely overshadow a Yankees-Red Sox series and that’s the NFL Draft. There is nothing quite like it, especially if you’re a Jets fan, as they always seem to be in the thick of things. Even when they’re not drafting in the top 10, they are always the talk of the draft.

Today is no different. There is a lot of buzz that the Jets will trade up to either the Browns’ No. 5 or Jaguars’ No. 8 to draft USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. If that happens, Radio City Music Hall will explode. As anyone who follows the draft knows, Jets fans are always the stars of the first day. They pack the house and when the Jets are on the clock it is the most exciting time of the draft. And, unfortunately, the reaction is almost always shock and awe – as in what the hell were the Jets thinking?

Even though I get sucked in year in and year out, the end result is always disappointment. Here are some draft stories from the recent past:

2006: The Houston Texans shock everyone and sign NC State defensive end Mario Williams the night before the draft, passing up USC running back Reggie Bush, the most explosive player to come out of college in years. Jets fans, of course, think Christmas just came early as there is now a great chance they will get Bush at the No. 4 slot. The only hurdle will be the Saints picking at No. 2, but they have a prime Deuce McAllister on the roster – no need for Bush. I couldn’t sleep that night as the anticipation of adding a player like Bush to the Jets was almost too much to take. The phone lines were burning up as I was fielding and making more calls than the Jets that day. So, after a downright painful several hours, the Saints were on the clock and the butterflies were going crazy. And they, of course, draft ...



You can hear the crowd going crazy in the place from the very beginning ... and those aren’t Saints fans going crazy as the comish is walking to the podium if you couldn’t tell. Then, when Bush’s name is announced, the air was immediately let out of the building. Virginia tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson then goes to the Jets with the No. 4 pick and Ohio State center Nick Mangold is drafted by the Jets at No. 29. Today, I would take Ferguson and Mangold in a heartbeat over Bush, who has been a huge disappointment with the Saints. The Jets have one of the best offensive lines in the league right now. Still, imagine if the Saints pass on Bush ... the building would have exploded. But these are the Jets ...

2007: The Jets actually do some good things here – shockingly. They trade up in the first round to get the No. 14 overall selection and almost everyone in the building and at home is hoping the Jets take Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. After the announced trade, I quickly turned into a Quinn fan after not being impressed during his college career. I settle on wanting Quinn as the Jets' franchise quarterback ... and they draft ...



The crowd wasn’t happy with Pittsburgh cornerback Darrelle Revis, as Quinn was the sexier pick. But Revis has become one of the best corners in the league. The Jets trade up again in the second round and draft Michigan linebacker David Harris, a move I love because I'm a big Wolverines fan. Harris had an awesome rookie season before taking a step back last year. Even though the crowd booed, this was a good day for the Jets, even though the trades ended up leaving them with only four total picks. That included a total bust in tackle Jacob Bender in the sixth round and seventh-rounder receiver Chansi Stuckey, who may finally get a chance to play this season.

2008: This, of course, is the draft that is freshest in everyone’s mind and is responsible for, perhaps, my most famous blog ... which was written on another website. It was entitled simply, “Why I Hate The Jets.” But that came way, way later on the day. The big name in the 2008 draft was Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, a player I absolutely loved in college. He was simply awesome, as he did everything and anything. He was a dynamic running back, he played quarterback, he probably played defensive end; just an unbelievable talent. He was the “it” player of the draft and, of course, the Jets were in prime position again to get him as they were drafting No. 6 overall. The only team standing in the Jets’ way of grabbing McFadden is the Oakland Raiders at No. 4. But the Raiders won’t take McFadden … they have LaMont Jordan, Justin Fargas and 2007 draft pick Michael Bush in their already crowded backfield. McFadden is going to be a Jet … the anticipation is building … so …





Again, the entire building loses its air in a heartbeat as the Raiders break the Jets fans’ hearts once again. The Jets end up with ...



The crowd goes wild as Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston is the Jets' pick. The crowd was actually chanting "Ver-non Ghol-ston" the entire time the Jets are on the clock. So, even though they don't get McFadden, it's a great day for the Jets. Gholston did nothing in his rookie season, but before anyone says he’s a bust, let’s see what he does this year with new coach Rex Ryan. Then, we can talk. But the guy needs a chance and he didn't get that with former coach Eric Mangini.

So, it was a nice first round for the Jets and their fans. I didn't get exactly what I wanted, but I'm happy ... wait, what?, the Jets have just made a trade back into the first round. Oh man, this is going to be awesome. Every single wide receiver is still on the board. I’ll take any of them, I don’t care. And look at the quarterbacks … Chad Henne, Brian Brohm are still there. Any one of those players, I remember telling myself, and I’ll be happy, ecstatic. Just pick one of about seven players and I’ll go wild. And the Jets pick ...



Anyone who was in the New Britain's offices that day probably remember this moment better than I do, because as soon as the pick was made the anger built so fast I don't even remember what happened. I do know that I left the newsroom for about an hour and a half, fielding and making phone calls about how stupid and clueless the Jets were. "Another freaking tight end?" was about all I can remember saying, although I'm sure there were a lot of curse words thrown in between every word. Any Jets fan knows their history of drafting tight ends, so this was just about as bad as it got. Keller did have a great start to the season and I'm a big fan of his now, but we didn't need him at the time. We needed a wide receiver – we still need a wide receiver. It didn’t make sense. But these are the Jets. Here is a sampling of the infamous blog I wrote that night … this is just the end because after reading it again, some of it is just out of control.

“I hate the Jets. The crowd booed the pick. Unbelievable. I thought they were actually turning the corner. One fan in the crowd held up a sign that said THE JETS DRAFT DAY BLUNDERS END HERE ... Yeah, right. We're the freaking Jets. We freaking suck. A Tight End ..... anybody remember Johnny Mitchell, Kyle Brady, Anthony Becht, Doug Jolley ... all first round picks or a guy acquired for a first round pick. I'm so angry. Same old freaking Jets.”

So, now that you’ve had a glimpse into the mind of a Jets fan in just the past few years, I’m sure you will have a better understanding of us. It's not our fault we're the craziest fans in the NFL, it's our team's fault. Here is one more piece of video as proof.



But this year will be different. I'm not going to buy into the hype. I'm not going to get excited about possibly getting Mark Sanchez or even Anquan Boldin or any of the big names. I’ll be happy to sit back and see who the Jets take at No. 17. It’ll be a nice, relaxing day. Wow, that feels good. I’ll just take in the draft like any other football fan.

Wait ... What? ... The Jets are rumored to be moving up to get Sanchez? ... Holy crap! ... This is going to be awesome! ... Finally, the Jets’ history will be turned around! ... Here we go! ... Only three hours until draft time! ... J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!!!!!

Jack Bauer And '24' Is On The Move To New York City Next Season


The greatest show on television with the great character is moving to the greatest city in the world. "24" will be set in New York City next season, according to a story on ew.com. The show will still be shot mostly in Los Angeles, but NYC will be the backdrop for Season 8.

The show was set in Los Angeles for the first six seasons, until moving to Washington, D.C. for this season. While it will be interesting to see what Jack Bauer can do in New York, I'm still looking forward to where this season is headed, especially after Tony Almeida seemingly turned on Jack and the country Monday night. Can't wait for next Monday.

Pedroia Calls A-Rod A 'Dork' And Shows His Jealousy For The Yankees


Just when you thought the Red Sox and their fans finally believed that they were better, or at least on par, with the rival Yankees, you get this story in Boston Magazine. It seems that Dustin Pedroia, the Red Sox best player (I guess, right? ... He is the MVP, right?), is as jealous a person as I've ever seen against an organization and a player.

Here is what the small in stature and, apparently, small in confidence second baseman had to say about Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees, straight from the Boston Magazine story.

"That guy (Alex Rodriguez), is a dork."

Ok, whatever. Yes, it's lame and not at all funny, but maybe the five-footer was just trying to make a joke, so I'll give the idiotic quote a pass. But it gets better (or worse, if you're a Red Sox fan).

"He was the man. He's always been the man, everywhere he's been," Pedroia said of A-Rod. "Me and Youk (Kevin Youkilis) want to be the man, but we've never been looked at like that. So that drives us, to be even better" —THUMP (of the table)— "and better" —THUMP— "to prove to everybody we're just as good as they are. You know what I mean? How come people don't think like that?"

Maybe they don't think like that because you're humilating yourself with these lame, inferior comments. Pretty sad if you ask me. Here is another quote:

"When the Sports Illustrated report came out, we were sitting there," Pedroia said of the A-Rod story, "and this humongous football player laughed and looked at me and goes, 'You don't have to ever worry about that.' And I'm like, You know what? That pisses me off. Like, no shit. But my body's not that bad, know what I mean?"

Oh, I know what you mean, little fella ... you have a really bad attitude and should really be ashamed of your comments. Red Sox fans cannot be happy with these quotes or the story (read the whole thing at www.bostonmagazine.com) because what is here is only the beginning. Even the biggest and most die-hard Red Sox fans would have trouble rooting for the guy after reading it.

For Yankees fans, this is just a moment to sit back and enjoy. The Red Sox are still looking up at the Yankees.

(AP photo, top)

North Carolina Blows Past Michigan State To Win National Championship

My North Carolina Tar Heels took home the NCAA Championship a short while ago with a thoroughly dominating victory over Michigan State (the team of destiny). The game was never in doubt and I got to simply relax and watch the champions at work. I ended up finishing in a tie for ninth place in the Bristol Press Bracket Challenge. Ken Asal ended up with the overall championship. I'll have more on that later. Here are some of the sights from the game.





(All photos are from the AP)

Broncos Trade Jay Cutler To Bears

Jay Cutler is headed to the Chicago Bears. The Broncos traded the disgruntled quarterback to Chicago for a first- and third-round pick in this year's draft and another No. 1 pick in 2010. The Bears also sent the Broncos QB Kyle Orton. Denver sends Cutler and a No. 5 pick this year to Chicago.

Of course, this means Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff can breathe a little easier over with the Jets as one of those two will battle for the starting job. Of course, that is if the Jets don't make any noise come draft day. Georgia QB Matthew Stafford is working out for the Jets, so who knows what they could be thinking.

Rowdy Roddy Piper Talks Retirement, Giving Back To Younger Wrestlers, His Illustrious Career, Movies, More

  By Brad Carroll  
Things just got a little more interesting for the crowd that makes its way into Bristol Central High School on Saturday night for WrestleFest XII. For perhaps the last time ever, Hall of Famer and all-around icon Rowdy Roddy Piper will enter the squared circle for the last time in his historic career.

Piper told us in an exclusive interview while filming his latest movie “Clear Lake” that he will wave goodbye for the final time right here in the Mum City.

“This will probably be the last time I ever take part in a wrestling event,” Piper said. “It’s sort of going to be a hello, thank you, and goodbye.”

If anyone would live by the motto “never say never” it would be Piper, but the Canadian-born athlete is about as committed to hanging up his kilt forever as one could be.

“I’m going to be inducted into the Dan Gable Hall of Fame soon – that will be three of them. The only other thing left for me is a pine box,” Piper joked. “You never know. But I have kids, and they are having kids, and it’s very calming on my ranch.” 

Jimmy 'Mouth Of The South' Hart Talks About Career, Managing, Creating Music And Much More

  By Brad Carroll  
When naming the most influential people in professional wrestling history, not many would come up with the name Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart. But when looking back at his long and historic career in the business, he should be one of the first names mentioned.

Hart, besides being one of the greatest managers ever, gave wrestling and the wrestlers an identity better than any interview, match or gimmick could duplicate.

Hart gave wrestling music. That’s right — music.

Kevin Nash Talks About His Career, Steroids, The Kliq, Eric Bischoff And His Quick Rise To Stardom

  By Brad Carroll  
In a lot of ways, Kevin Nash has built one of the greatest wrestling careers in history in the opposite fashion of pretty much everyone else that came before or after him.

While most of the current superstar wrestlers today built their name from the bottom up – starting on the independent circuit and later catching on with a major promotion – Nash’s first career match was in front of 10,000 people at WCW’s Clash of Champions in 1989. A short while later, he was in the WWE and found himself on the cusp of superstardom.

“Genetics,” Nash said of his quick rise. “I was big.”

It didn’t hurt that he was really good friends with one of the biggest tag teams in wrestling before breaking into the business. And that friendship with Rick and Scott Steiner led to his first big break. 

Jerry 'The King' Lawler Talks About His Career, Indy Match And More

  By Brad Carroll  

When Jerry “The King” Lawler steps into the ring for WrestleFest XII at Bristol Central High School, he knows full well he will have a huge target on his back. But that knowledge may not help come Saturday night, especially when “Maniac” Michael Sane is waiting inside a steel cage ready to make a name for himself at the wrestling legend’s expense.

Lawler, however, isn’t the least bit worried about taking on the giant inside a cage – he actually relishes the chance to teach the up-and-comer a lesson he won’t soon forget. 

“These young guys, they have dreams that when they beat me they’ll get the call from Vince McMahon and get a big contract for a ton of money,” Lawler said in an exclusive interview. “But this is my opportunity to show everyone why, for the past 30 years, they call me ‘The King.’” 

My Fantasy Baseball Team


Had my big fantasy baseball draft last night and I think I did pretty good with the No. 7 overall pick (out of 12 teams). The competition level is great in this league, so your drafting skills are definitely put to the test.

Here is my offense:
C: Brian McCann; 1B: Prince Fielder; 2B: Dan Uggla; 3B: Kevin Kouzmanoff; SS: Khalil Greene; OF: Ryan Braun; OF: Vernon Wells; OF: Carl Crawford; UTY: Brad Hawpe; BE: Adam LaRoach.
Obviously my shortstop and third baseman are weak, but the rest of the offense is pretty solid. If Kouzmanoff and Greene play up to their full potential, then I could win a lot of games with this group. But that is a big if. Braun fell in my lap at No. 7, so I was happy with that. I could have had Alex Rodriguez in the second round, but went with my ace pitcher instead.

Here is my pitching:
SP: CC Sabathia; SP: Daisuke Matsuzaka; RP: Brad Lidge; RP: Kerry Wood; P: Chien-Ming Wang; P: Edinson Volquez; P: Fausto Carmona; P: Chad Qualls; P: Jon Rauch; P: Jered Weaver.
I think this is a strong group as well, led by my second round pick, Sabathia. I got three quality closers and a big-time holds guy in Rauch. If Wang comes back and pitches well this season, I'll match this group against anyone's staff in the league. So, I'm happy with my team, but everyone is at this time of year.

I'm sure I'll have plenty of stories to tell during the season, which kicks off Sunday night. I play none other than Johnny Burnham in the opening week.

(AP photo, top, of CC Sabathia.)

Jay Cutler Officially On The Trading Block And The Jets Are Interested


Denver quarterback Jay Cutler is officially available and the Jets are one of the favorites to land the young star. First, here is the statement made by Broncos owner Pat Bowlen: "Numerous efforts to contact Jay Cutler in the last 10 days, both by head coach Josh McDaniels and myself, have been unsuccessful. A conversation with his agent earlier today communicated and confirmed to us that Jay no longer has any desire to play for the Denver Broncos. We will begin discussions with other teams in an effort to accommodate his request to be traded."

The rumors and guesses are going wild right now about who the Jets might have to give up to get Cutler. I've heard that they might have to include either CB Darrelle Revis or LB David Harris in a deal, but that would be hard to swallow. I think a first and second pick this year should be enough. Throw in another pick next year to get over the hump, but I wouldn't include either of those young stars in a deal. The key to a deal could be Eric Mangini and the Cleveland Browns. The Browns could be the third team involved and would deal either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson to the Broncos, the Jets would get Cutler, and the Browns would get draft picks.

I'm going to treat this story exactly how I eventually treated the Brett Favre craziness last year. Whatever happens, happens. If a deal gets done, it's done. Of course, as the talks heat up, I'm sure this blog will heat up as well. Stay tuned.