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49ers Defeat Jets: Handing Out Game Falls (Sanchez, Wilson, Tannenbaum, More) And Game Balls (Cromartie)

Mark Sanchez was terrible against San Francisco. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
We're handing out Game Balls and Game Falls after the New York Jets were thoroughly embarrassed by the San Francisco 49ers in a 34-0 loss. Mark Sanchez looked terrible. Santonio Holmes might be lost for an extended period. And the defense couldn't get off the field. It was another hard game to watch if you're a Jets fan, but plenty to dissect below.

  Game Falls  
Mark Sanchez
: Coach Rex Ryan said in his postgame press conference he isn't ready to make a switch at quarterback, but I don't think anyone would blame him if he did after this performance by Sanchez. The Jets quarterback was simply terrible, completing 13-of-29 passes for 103 yards. He missed receivers all over the field, couldn't feel pressure and held the ball too long as well. The biggest misstep was when the Jets were down 7-0 and driving for at least a field goal attempt with under two minutes to play in the first half. On third and seven from the San Francisco 25, Sanchez fumbled and the 49ers recovered. Sanchez, again, held the ball way too long the result was a wasted opportunity to go into halftime down just 7-3. Instead, San Francisco took over and added a field goal of its own before the break to go up 10-0. Sanchez also missed an open screen pass, throwing the ball into the hands of a defender that was intercepted, killing yet another drive. The Jets had just 145 yards of total offense. Embarrassing.

Santonio Holmes Quits On Jets Again, Handing The 49ers A Touchdown

Santonio Holmes getting carted off field. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
It was fitting a promo commercial for American Horror Story played during the fourth quarter of the Jets-49ers game Sunday, because anyone willing to sit through the completely horrifying performance by the Jets offense would be up for anything scary.

The Jets and quarterback Mark Sanchez were nothing short of embarrassing on the field, getting shut out by the Niners in a 34-0 loss.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Bristol Eastern At No. 5 Windsor

 No. 5 Windsor 41, Bristol Eastern 0
FINAL

Bristol Eastern         0     0      0    0   -    0
Windsor                   8    14    19    0   -   41

LAST SCORING PLAY: Windsor's Devonte Dillon scores on an 41-yard pass from Quinn Fleeting.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Newington At No. 16 Southington

 No. 16 Southington 35, Newington 0
FINAL

Newington           0     0    0    0   -    0
Southington        7    14    7    7   -   35

LAST SCORING PLAY: Southington's Zach Jamele scores on a 1-yard run.

GameDay Live Scoring:
East Hartford At New Britain

 New Britain 43, East Hartford 6
FINAL

East Hartford        6      0     0     0   -    6
New Britain           0    18    18    7   -   43

LAST SCORING PLAY: New Britain's Dylan Krivickas scores on a 10-yard pass from Malique Jones.

GameDay Live Scoring:
No. 10 Berlin At Tolland

 No. 10 Berlin 55, Tolland 13
FINAL

Berlin              14    27     7    7   -   55
Tolland             6      0     0    7   -   13

LAST SCORING PLAY: Berlin's Justin Gombotz scores on a 7-yard run.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Farmington At Bristol Central

 Farmington 35, Bristol Central 28
FINAL

Farmington             7    14    0    14   -   35
Bristol Central        8      6    7     7   -    28

LAST SCORING PLAY: Farmington's Ivan Guadalupe scores on an 18-yard run.

Week 5 College Football Picks: Baylor At West Virginia, Ohio State At Michigan State, Tennessee At Georgia, Texas At Oklahoma State, More

Florida State is the pick against South Florida. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
With Week 5 of the college football season about to kick off for real Saturday, it's about time I finally break through with a big winning week. Those, so far, have been hard to come by. But there's no better time like the present to make a run at the top of the GameDay Picks Championship standings and start my climb to a fourth straight title. The other two combatants (Evil Craig and Glenn) are seeking big weeks as well, so let's not waste any more space and get into our picks for the eight biggest games of the week.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Plainville At Platt

Platt 28, Plainville 13
FINAL

Plainville         7      0      6    0   -   13
Platt                0    14    14    0   -   28

LAST SCORING PLAY: Platt's Justin Potts scores on a 79-yard run.

College GameDay Rewind Week 4: Hallelujah! The Replacement Referee Era Is Finally Over, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi Doesn't Deserve Job

This will never happen again (yeah, right). (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
Well, I guess all it took for the NFL and the "real" referees to finally come to an agreement was to have one team completely screwed out of a victory on national television. The Seahawks controversial victory over the Packers Monday night was no doubt the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back, as the long stalemate between the two sides has come to an end just two days later.

It's been a long time coming, especially considering this agreement could have been settled before the season if both sides put their egos aside and looked at what's best for both parties. We're all just lucky the Hail Mary "completion" happened in primetime, because if it was Jaguars-Titans in a 1 p.m. regional game, the furor over the missed call isn't as great and we're still without a deal.

So, the Packers may have lost a game in the process, but at least it was one of the NFL's marquee teams on ESPN with a postgame show that became it's highest rated edition ever.

State Of The Mets 23: R.A. Dickey Will Have Two More Shots At Reaching Magical 20-Win Mark This Season

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 23rd installment with one of the few things to follow as the season closes - R.A. Dickey's chase for 20 wins. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for our final regular season edition on the New York Mets right here.

  Opening Statement  
There's not much to hold onto if you're a Mets fan here in the later stages of the season. You've known for a while the postseason was out of reach. And you've known the team just doesn't appear to even want to win a home game since the All-Star break. But there is one reason to tune in, at least once every five days as the season closes, and that's R.A. Dickey's chase to reach 20 wins this season. It once looked like Dickey would cruise to the magical number for a pitcher, but it's been anything but a smooth ride for the knuckleballer. But Dickey finally got win No. 19 this past Saturday and will have two shots to reach 20. He will pitch against the fading Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday before finishing out his season next Tuesday at the Miami Marlins. Dickey is 19-6 this season with a 2.66 ERA and 209 strikeouts. He's first in the National League in ERA and second in strikeouts. He will most likely miss out on the Cy Young award, so here's hoping he can put a "20" up this season to truly show how great a year he had. Over the past week, the Mets actually played well, going 4-3, including a sweep of the Marlins and a four-game win streak overall. The Mets have eight games left in the season.

State Of The Yankees 23: Despite Joe Girardi's Mismanaging, Yankees Build Small Cushion In AL East Race

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Yankees column is back for its 23rd installment with a vintage Andy Pettitte, a little bit of a cushion in the AL East and manager Joe Girardi doing his best to mess it all up. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for our final regular season edition on the New York Yankees right here.

  Opening Statement  
We're down to the final eight games of the season and Yankees manager Joe Girardi still can't get out of his own way and help this team win. Tuesday night, he took out Phil Hughes in the seventh inning and brought in lefty Boone Logan for matchup purposes with a 3-1 lead. Hughes had allowed just one run through two outs of the seventh, and even though he loaded the bases, he had just struck out Pedro Florimon. The next batter, Denard Span, was already 0-for-3 against Hughes. But Girardi, who doesn't know how to manage a game, just a matchup, pulled the plug on Hughes and brought on Logan. Before you could blink it was 5-3 Twins and the Yankees lost a game they should have won. The loss was yet another example of why Girardi should not be the manager of the New York Yankees. The Yankees, especially in the type of situations above, need someone who has a feel for the game, instead of a robot making decisions out of a notebook. The loss kept the Yankees just 1.5 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. While going into this edition of State of the Yankees with a loss, the Yankees have been on fire over the past week-plus. The Yankees won seven straight games and 8-of-10 starting a week ago Saturday. But the Orioles, if you couldn't tell, aren't going away, so the Yankees will have to continue that winning pace in order to clinch the division.

High School Football Power Rankings

We rank the high school football teams in both the New Britain Herald and Bristol Press coverage areas. (Below is the screen grab from the newspaper layout, using the Press version. Both version are the same.)

State Of The Red Sox 23: Continuing To Play The Spoiler Role, While Also Finding Pieces For The Future

  By Matt Straub  
Our State of the Red Sox column is back for its 23rd installment with a chance to play in a pennant race - as a spoiler. Plus, some positive signs for the future. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the Red Sox right here.

  Opening Statement  
If you have to play the role of spoiler, you might as well enjoy it. The Red Sox, some 20 games out of contention and with nothing left to play for except ruining other teams’ seasons and making them feel the pain Sox fans felt last September, had two chances this week to damage the postseason hopes of two other franchises. Boston went 1-for-2 in that regard. Unfortunately, at least to me, the Red Sox all but knocked out the team I respect and let the guys they should hate play on. And if you’re a Yankees fan, you agree with my sentiment. After all, beating the Rays is fine, but knocking out the Orioles after the role they played in ending the Red Sox’ season a year ago would have been fun. As usual, however, the Red Sox managed to blow games against a team that should be a spirited rival now in Baltimore. I will give them some credit because they showed some passion this time, but their inability to beat Baltimore is becoming frustrating. In what passes as pennant race baseball these days in Boston, the Red Sox played seven games against teams needing wins and went 3-4. In the standings, all they accomplished was to push Tampa Bay down a peg and help the Orioles in their fight with the Yankees. When you look deeper, however, there were a few interesting things to watch. Two young players in particular had big weeks and made cases for being big parts of the 2013 team. The current team finally held a classy ceremony for a legend who passed, and the manager got through the week without starting any major fires.

Darrelle Revis Has Torn ACL In Knee

Darrelle Revis (24) has a torn ACL injury. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
One of the most heartbreaking moments for Jets fans came moments ago when coach Rex Ryan announced star cornerback Darrelle Revis has a torn ACL in his knee. He will have season-ending surgery in two or three weeks and hopefully will be ready to go next season.

Revis underwent an MRI Monday and it revealed the damage in his left knee, which Revis injured on a non-contact play in the third quarter of a 23-20 overtime win against the Dolphins.

Jets Defeat Dolphins: Game Balls (Holmes, Landry, Revis, More) And Game Falls (Wilson, Tannenbaum)

  By Brad Carroll  
We're handing out Game Balls and Game Falls after the New York Jets came through with a big victory over the Miami Dolphins, 23-20, in overtime Sunday. It was a terrible game to watch, as both teams struggled, but a win is a win and nobody can take it away from the Jets. But it does make for an interesting breakdown of what was a must-win game.

Santonio Holmes was big Sunday. (AP photo)
  Game Balls  
Santonio Holmes: Finally, the temperamental wide receiver had the breakout performance everyone has been waiting for since signing his mega contract before last season. He caught nine passes for 147 yards and drew at least two more pass interference penalties. He also set up the game-winning field goal in overtime when he beat another pass interference call and brought in a 38-yard pass from Mark Sanchez. A short while later, the Jets had an improbable victory in Miami. While this was far from a picturesque performance by the Jets offense, the plays involving Holmes, for the most part, worked perfectly. The Jets used quick slants, something Holmes excels at and got him the ball often. He was targeted 14 times in the game. The best about Holmes' performance is it came in such a bad game for Sanchez. Plus, with fellow starting wide out Stephen Hill unable to catch the ball, Holmes had to play big, and he did. Sanchez said it best after the game, "Say what you want about him. He played his absolute ass off." Without Holmes, the Jets don't win this game.

Jets Release Bryan Thomas; Dustin Keller Won't Play Against Miami

Bryan Thomas. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
The New York Jets released linebacker Bryan Thomas today and announced tight end Dustin Keller won't play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The Keller news isn't surprising, but the Thomas news is. It does, however, appear to make sense in the fact the team signed an extra cornerback off the practice squad.

The Dolphins like to throw the ball, so in adding the extra defensive back, the Jets will be able to combat that some with added depth. Thomas was doubtful for the game, so he was unlikely to play anyway. He's played 11 years for the Jets, and it appears he has a handshake agreement to return to the team next week. Otherwise, it would make little sense for the Jets to simply release him. As a vested veteran, Thomas was due his full $900,000 salary when he was on the opening day roster.

He is a free agent, though, and could sign with any team.

Jeff Cumberland starts at tight end for Keller, while Garrett McIntyre fills in for the released Thomas as linebacker. McIntyre was one of the few bright spots against Pittsburgh last week, recording two sacks.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Crosby At St. Paul

 Crosby 56, St. Paul 49
FINAL

Crosby             8    14      6    28   -    56
St. Paul            7     7     14    21   -    49

LAST SCORING PLAY: St. Paul's Daija Fitzpatrick scores on a 22-yard pass from Logan Marchi.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Wethersfield At E.O. Smith

 Wethersfield 42, E.O. Smith 0
FINAL

Wethersfield         21    7    7    7   -   42
E.O. Smith              0    0    0    0   -    0

LAST SCORING PLAY: Wethersfield's Ivan Mangual scores on a 25-yard run.

GameDay Live Scoring:
No. 21 Southington At New Britain

No. 21 Southington 32, New Britain 7
FINAL

Southington     7    0    25    0   -   32
New Britain      0    7     0     0   -   7

LAST SCORING PLAY: Southington's Stephen Barmore scores on a 10-yard run.

POWER RANKINGS: New this year is our Power Rankings poll on the right side of the web page. Each week we'll tabulate your votes on our eight high school football teams and create the GameDay Power Rankings. Voting will be open each week from Thursday to Monday, so make sure to vote and pass the word around, and we'll post the updated rankings every Monday night right here.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Rocky Hill At No. 11 Berlin

No. 11 Berlin 25, Rocky Hill 14
FINAL

Rocky Hill         0    0    14    0   -    14
No. 11 Berlin     7    6     6    6   -    25

LAST SCORING PLAY: Berlin's Scott McLeod scores on a 10-yard run.

POWER RANKINGS: New this year is our Power Rankings poll on the right side of the web page. Each week we'll tabulate your votes on our eight high school football teams and create the GameDay Power Rankings. Voting will be open each week from Thursday to Monday, so make sure to vote and pass the word around, and we'll post the updated rankings every Monday night right here.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Bristol Central At No. 5 Windsor

 No. 5 Windsor 49, Bristol Central 7
FINAL

Bristol Central      7      0    0    0   -    7
No. 5 Windsor     28    21    0    0   -   49

LAST SCORING PLAY: Windsor's Isaiah Huff scores on a 26-yard run.

POWER RANKINGS: New this year is our Power Rankings poll on the right side of the web page. Each week we'll tabulate your votes on our eight high school football teams and create the GameDay Power Rankings. Voting will be open each week from Thursday to Monday, so make sure to vote and pass the word around, and we'll post the updated rankings every Monday night right here.

GameDay Live Scoring:
No. 18 Middletown At Bristol Eastern

 No. 18 Middletown 43, Bristol Eastern 0
FINAL

Middletown         9    13    21    0   -  43
Bristol Eastern   0     0     0      0   -   0

LAST SCORING PLAY: Middletown's Jha'kur West scores on a 9-yard run.

POWER RANKINGS: New this year is our Power Rankings poll on the right side of the web page. Each week we'll tabulate your votes on our eight high school football teams and create the GameDay Power Rankings. Voting will be open each week from Thursday to Monday, so make sure to vote and pass the word around, and we'll post the updated rankings every Monday night right here.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Tolland At Plainville

Tolland 22, Plainville 20
FINAL

Tolland         0    6    2      8   -   22
Plainville       0    7    0    13   -   20

LAST SCORING PLAY: Plainville's Joey Quintero scores on a 3-yard run .

POWER RANKINGS: New this year is our Power Rankings poll on the right side of the web page. Each week we'll tabulate your votes on our eight high school football teams and create the GameDay Power Rankings. Voting will be open each week from Thursday to Monday, so make sure to vote and pass the word around, and we'll post the updated rankings every Monday night right here.

Week 4 College Football Picks: Michigan At Notre Dame, Kansas State At Oklahoma, Clemson At Florida State, Arizona at Oregon

Notre Dame hosts Michigan Saturday night. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
I'll be the first to admit it's been a terrible start to the season for me, while Evil Craig and Glenn have more respectable records. But at least I'm not in as bad a shape as Arkansas head coach John L. Smith. The coach filed for bankruptcy earlier this month and has over $25 million worth of debt. So, things could be a lot worse for me. Better yet, I have plenty of time to turn my early struggles around and finish off my fifth straight winning season on the website, and another GameDay picks championship.

Let's start that right now.

State Of The Yankees 22: Andy Pettitte Returns And The Yankees Continue Their Quest For The AL East Crown

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Yankees column is back for its 22nd installment with the return of Andy Pettitte and another key week in the team's push for the AL East crown. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the New York Yankees right here.

  Opening Statement  
With just 16 games remaining in the season, and the Yankees fighting with the Baltimore Orioles for the AL East crown, it's obvious every game matters. The Orioles are playing in Seattle Tuesday and Wednesday nights to finish off that series, while the Yankees were supposed to start a three-game series with the Blue Jays Tuesday night. But Mother Nature had other ideas and forced the postponement of the game and set up a day-night doubleheader Wednesday. Now, why are we breaking down these specific two days? While the Orioles will be playing a typical schedule, the Yankees will be forced to play two games in one day. Advantage, Orioles. Why? Because doubleheaders, more often than not, end up in a split. That's an added obstacle the Yankees will have to overcome if they want to end the season in first place. But the team should be more fired up than usual as Andy Pettitte will return to the mound. As we've broken down here many times, Pettitte could be the key to turning the season around, just in time to win the AL East and head into the postseason. Pettitte will be the team's third starter in the playoffs, following CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda. While the Yankees need Pettitte to pitch well and win the game Wednesday, it's more important he looks good and emerges injury free. Then, the Yankees know they will have the Pettitte everyone expects. This past week, the Yankees took two of three from both Boston and Tampa Bay, which is what they have to do. But the Orioles just aren't going away, so the margin for error is very small. The Yankees need to take advantage of playing a team (Toronto) that has nothing to play for. A sweep could be necessary to gaining some distance in the AL East. But, as we mentioned, a doubleheader already has the Yankees behind the Eight Ball.

State Of The Mets 22: Trade Rumors Involving Ike Davis Swirl As Team Continues To Play Out String

  By Brad Carroll  
Our State of the Mets column is back for its 22nd installment with trade rumors swirling as Ike Davis will reportedly be shopped this offseason. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back each and every week for the latest from the Mets.

  Opening Statement  
The latest rumors surrounding the Mets is first baseman Ike Davis might be traded this offseason. A report on ESPN New York says Davis is basically uncoachable and stays out too late after games, and the team doesn't want him to influence the younger players negatively. If Davis was traded, it would be to make room for Lucas Duda. The rumor, which is all it is at this point, and reasoning behind it was news to Davis. "I don't really have an answer for that because it's never been an issue," he said. "I've never done anything wrong. I show up to the field ready to play every day. I really don't even know where it's coming from, and it's not really true. It is what it is. People can say whatever they want. It's not going to bother us. I don't know what 'late' is, because when you leave the ballpark at 12 [midnight] and you get back to your place at 12:30, if you watch a movie it's 2:30. Is that late? It's up to everyone to decide what late is. If I had a job where I had to wake up at 6 in the morning, it would probably be late. But it's not. Our lifestyle is a little different." If the team is worried about Davis staying up too late, that's simply bogus. As a person who works in sports journalism, I have the same take on it as Davis. I get home around midnight and go to bed sometimes around 3 a.m. Sometimes I got out after work as well, getting home later. Even if Davis was going out after games, if he got home at 2:30 a.m., is that really reason to get rid of a player? He doesn't have to get up in the morning, making 2:30 a.m. more like 10:30 p.m. for an early riser. We also haven't heard of Davis getting into any trouble, so that's not part of it either. Maybe, the Mets are simply looking to dump a player now who could make a ton of money in the future. Or the rumor is just someone's way of drumming up news surrounding a team that is just playing out the string. Not sure I can blame them, as the Mets have lost nine of their last 10 games.

College GameDay Rewind Week 3: Yankees Get Andy Pettitte Back At Perfect Time, Replacement Refs Stink, Alabama The 1 And Only In College

Andy Pettitte pitches tonight for the Yankees. (AP photo)
  By Brad Carroll  
Wednesday could be the turning point in the New York Yankees season. Why? Because Andy Pettitte makes his long-awaited return to the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays. Yes, the 40-year-old Pettitte, who has been on the active roster for just 40 games this season, is the key in whether or not the Yankees finish off the Orioles and win the AL East.

Even bigger, Pettitte is the key to the Yankees winning another world championship.

It's been well-documented here what Pettitte has meant to the Yankees. With him on the active roster, the Yankees are 26-14. Without him, they are 57-49, which on the surface doesn't appear to be a big difference. But if you take that winning percentage against the current standings, the Yankees would be behind the Orioles, White Sox, Rangers, Athletics and Angels. The winning percentage with Pettitte on the active roster would be 40 percentage points better than any team in baseball.

State Of The Red Sox 22: Manager Bobby Valentine Continues to Take Center Stage As Sox Play Spoiler Role

  By Matt Straub  
Our State of the Red Sox column is back for its 22nd installment with manager Bobby Valentine taking center stage once again, this time at the expense of his own team. As always, we want to hear what you have to say about your favorite (or least favorite) team below in the comments section. And check back next week for the latest from the Red Sox right here.

  Opening Statement  
As I’ve mentioned, I don’t think Bobby Valentine is trying to get fired. In fact, I think he really believes he’s coming back next year. That leaves two possibilities for his recurring unusual behavior, which got even weirder this week when he decided to tell the world how bad his team was, then pull a rookie out of an at-bat after four pitches because a runner was now in scoring position. First, he has been so beaten up emotionally by the trials and tribulations of this season he has lost his mind. Second, he has made a calculated decision. If he’s going down, he’s going down his way. If he’s not going, then it’s time to start truly putting his own stamp on the team now that all the big names who could usurp his power (except for Dustin Pedroia) are gone. Under the second scenario, which I believe because I don’t believe he’s lost his senses, Valentine has decided to try and exert some power over the Red Sox, which is something some fans thought he would do when he got to Boston last winter. Unfortunately, Valentine has decided the best way to exert his control is by putting himself above his team. This week, he announced the Red Sox had the worst September roster in team history. He’s not that far off, but his statement produced multiple problems and should have been the reason for his immediate dismissal. Let’s just say he’s right, though I’d submit a couple of other years for nomination and would also point out that this year’s roster is short because the Red Sox left several players in Pawtucket because the PawSox, the team’s Triple-A squad, was competing for the IL championship, which it just won. There’s one big rule of coaching/management in my eyes. You have to have your players’ backs. If you don’t, then there’s no point in being in charge. If your followers don’t trust where you’re sending them, then you can’t lead. By throwing his team under the bus, apparently in an attempt to demonstrate the 2012 train wreck, I mean season, wasn’t his fault, Valentine has shown the only person he cares about is himself. By showing he’s in charge, he has all but guaranteed his inability to lead the very people he’s trying to control. Or he has guaranteed himself a chance to manipulate more people. The Red Sox now have two choices. They must either get rid of Valentine or get rid of the young players he has publicly declared to be useless. If that happens, though I can’t imagine it will, Valentine will have helped force the Red Sox into giving him the roster he wants. If successful, he will have gone from lame duck manager to de facto GM. It would be one of the great power plays of all time and prove Valentine has more sense than anyone else in the organization and the GM who didn’t really hire him anyway is Bobby’s underling. Of course, this is the Red Sox, so they might just leave Valentine in charge of a bunch of players who hate him and who he publicly humiliated. That would make no sense, which on Yawkey Way in  2012 would make perfect sense. The good part about this is trying to figure all this out means we don’t have to spend much time worrying about the team’s on-field performance. But we’ll spend a little time on the team’s actual baseball activities since this was one of the few weeks in a while where there were positive things to discuss.

Steelers Defeat Jets: We Hand Out Game Balls (Very Few) and Game Falls (Harris, Landry, Holmes, More)

  By Brad Carroll  
We're handing out Game Balls and Game Falls after the Jets were thoroughly defeated by the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-10, to fall to 1-1 on the year. The Jets scored a touchdown on their first possession of the game, a 90-yard drive ending with a Mark Sanchez to Santonio Holmes scoring pass, but that was the lone highlight of the game. The defense wasn't any better.

LaRon Landry did not play well. (AP photo)
  Game Falls  
LaRon Landry: As good as he was in Week 1 against Buffalo, that's about as bad as he was against the Steelers. He drew two 15-yard penalties, he missed tackles and he whiffed on taking down quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on a blitz that ended up a third-down completion that set up a touchdown. The latter was a huge play, as if he wrapped up Big Ben, the Steelers kick a field goal and the Jets would have been down by 13 points. Instead, Landry missed and Roethlisberger completed a six-yard pass to Jerricho Cotchery on third-and-three. One play later Roethlisberger hit Miller for a one-yard touchdown with a minute to play in the first half. There was also a play where Landry looked for the hit against a Steelers receiver instead of looking for the ball, basically running right past it. He's a monster, but his act could get old if he's only looking to hit instead of being a complete safety week in and week out.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Berlin At East Catholic

Berlin 49, East Catholic 6
FINAL

Berlin               26    14    9    0   -  49
East Catholic     6     0     0    0   -   6

LAST SCORING PLAY: Berlin scores on a safety.

GameDay Live Scoring:
Bristol Eastern At RHAM

Bristol Eastern 31, RHAM 13
FINAL

Bristol Eastern   0    17    7    7   -   31
RHAM                 7     0     0    6   -   13

LAST SCORING PLAY: Bristol Eastern's Nick Crowley scores on a 2-yard run.

GameDay Live: Derby At St. Paul

 Derby 55, St. Paul 26
FINAL

Derby        21    13     7    14   -   55
St. Paul       0     0    14    12   -   26

LAST SCORING PLAY: St. Paul's Reid Morin scores on a 10-yard pass from Logan Marchi.

GameDay Live Scoring:
New Britain At Glastonbury

Glastonbury 31, New Britain 6
FINAL

New Britain       0     6     0    0    -    6
Glastonbury      0   10    14   7    -   31

LAST SCORING PLAY: Glastonbury's Ben Berey scores on a 1-yard run.