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The Top 10 Most Iconic Inanimate Objects in New York Jets Historyby Bent on August 11, 2020 at 9:30 pm
Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images Training camp is a place where we look forward to elite talents matching up directly; The unstoppable force versus the immovable object. However, with no team drills taking place and no media on hand to report on them anyway, let’s instead take a look at a different kind of object that doesn’t move. If we were to put together a museum with some of the most notorious inanimate objects in team history, what could we choose? Here’s our top 10 in no particular order... Tim Tebow’s trash can There won’t be a family night at Metlife Stadium during this year’s camp, but back in 2012, the assembled masses were “treated” to a competition between the likes of Mark Sanchez, Greg McElroy and Tim Tebow as they attempted to throw a football into a trashcan from about 30 yards away. Tebow won. In retrospect, this turned out to be a perfect allegory for the Jets’ receiver group that year. Damien Robinson’s helmet In 2001’s match-up with the Saints, the Jets were holding onto a 16-9 lead with just over a minute to go, but the Saints had driven down to the five-yard line and looked set to have all the momentum headed into overtime. That’s when Kyle Turley lost his mind and ripped off safety Damien Robinson’s helmet so he could do this. The play basically saved the Jets’ season, as the Saints drive stalled following the penalty. They went to 5-3 with the win and ultimately scraped into the postseason on the final day. Brett Favre’s shoulder pads The Jets’ ill-advised last-minute addition of Brett Favre in 2008 basically saw the Hall of Famer use them for a year. While the team jumped out to an 8-3 start, Favre didn’t play well and they slumped to four losses out of five to miss the postseason. If Favre’s half-hearted pep talk prior to the last game didn’t convince you that this season (and even his revenge tour in Minnesota) had more to do with the Packers than the Jets then perhaps his yellow shoulder pads - unmistakably brought with him from Green Bay - symbolized this perfectly. Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ pylon After Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ clear touchdown against the Patriots in 2017 was controversially overturned, the pylon got so much exposure it probably could have undertaken its own media tour. Pro tip: If people are still re-watching and disputing a call later in the week, then it was clearly not indisputable and therefore shouldn’t have been reversed. The call was terrible enough without having to listen to Dean Blandino’s transparent attempts to reverse-engineer a reason not to have allowed it and Seferian-Jenkins’ own reaction said it all. Ryan Griffin continued the proud tradition of Jets’ tight ends getting hosed by the booth last year. Mark Sanchez’s hot dog In terms of media controversies that got way more play than they ever should have, the Mark Sanchez hot dog “scandal” was one of the most ridiculous ever, but sums up an era where somehow the on-field product was always secondary to the extra-curricular activities. The Jets blew out the Raiders and, at the end of the game, Sanchez took a sneaky bite of a fan’s hotdog because he was feeling hungry. That was it. Somehow this became a sign that he was disrespecting the game, his opponent and the work involved to be great at the NFL level. Of course, years later, those that made a fuss about it at the time will now say “I knew he’d never make it as soon as that happened”. Mark Brunell’s foam bats Throughout their ongoing efforts to turn Sanchez into a franchise quarterback, the Jets tried plenty of things. They simplified the playbook by cutting down on pre-snap motion and went with a ground-and-pound style that sought to mitigate his penchant for mistakes. At one stage, they even gave him a color coded wristband with a traffic light system, ostensibly telling him “don’t throw any interceptions unless we give you the green light to do so”. One of their other ideas, brought in by Mark Brunell in 2010, was still being used in Sanchez’s final season in 2013. That involved hitting Sanchez with foam bats to try and get him to focus on not having the ball stripped away in the pocket. Maybe it helped, but it didn’t exactly prepare him for being speared by Haloti Ngata. Shaun Ellis’ snowball While the end of the 2008 season was painful to watch, it did produce at least one memorable moment after the Jets lost to Tavaris Jackson’s Seahawks. Ellis was eventually sued for the incident but even if he had lost it would have been worth every dime. Admittedly, it would be difficult to display a snowball in a museum, though. Doug Brien’s crossbar The Jets almost made it to the AFC title game in 2004 but Doug Brien missed two potential game-winners against the Steelers. The first - a 47-yarder - clunked off the crossbar, and you knew that was playing on his mind when the Jets got back into range following a David Barrett interception. This time, after Herm Edwards’ unconscionable decision to take a knee rather than try to get it closer, Brien snatched at his 43-yarder and hooked it wide. Sal Alosi’s kneecap While Jets strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi may not have had an inanimate knee, he certainly kept it as still as possible when he surreptitiously dangled it into the path of Dolphins’ gunner Nolan Carroll in the controversial 2010 “Tripgate” incident. It later emerged that Alosi had instructed inactive players to line up together so that they’d be in the way if the gunner stepped out of bounds. While they were legally behind the restraining line, Alosi couldn’t resist sticking his knee out to trip the player. Both Alosi and the team were fined for the incident, which was yet more evidence of Rex-era craziness. Bill Belichick’s napkin Perhaps the most iconic inanimate object in team history was the napkin on which Bill Belichick hastily scribbled his resignation as he was set to become the Jets’ head coach after the 1999 season. Sadly nobody seems to know what happened to that napkin. Everybody knows what happened to Belichick after his departure though. Honorable mention: Joe Namath We can’t end on such a depressing note though. We could probably have included a few items from Namath’s history in this list: His fur coat, the pantyhose from his famous commercial, his knee brace. And you just know that if he’d have eaten a sideline hot dog, it would have been applauded rather than decried. However, nothing sums up Namath’s poise, swagger and ability to keep a cool head when everyone else is losing theirs than this image of stillness and calm.
GGN Thread About Nothing #230: Coral Reefby MacGregor Wells on August 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm
Photo by Frank Bienewald/LightRocket via Getty Images Welcome to the TAN, the infamous Thread About Nothing, Coral Reef Edition. For better or for worse, the powers that be at SBN have bestowed the Coral commenting system upon us, and for now that means no comments to the Fanposts. The Coral team is working on fixing that, but until the fix is in, the TAN is now on the front page. Yay(?!) We’ll keep this pinned right here until the Coral team works things out and we can migrate back to the Fanposts section of the site. In the meantime, thank you all for your patience, and welcome to our Coral reef. We’re glad you’re here. Here are the TAN rules. Memorize them. There will be a quiz at the end of this thread. 1) No politics, no personal attacks, no excessive swearing, no porn, no graphic violence/ gore. 2) If I or any other moderators or editors ask you to drop something, just let it go. Please don’t argue. It won’t end well. 3) If there is a problem email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to work things out
And we are live!by SB Nation NFL on August 11, 2020 at 7:11 pm
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Welcome to Coral. Hello, all. Today, we’ve launched our new commenting platform, Coral, on this site. You can try it out below, or on any article here. As the pre-launch article said, we know it’s missing a few key pieces that might be important to you, and we’re continually evolving and improving it. Just like when we launched the previous platform, on day one it wasn’t perfect (in fact, almost everyone told us they hated it), and so we’re asking for a little patience as we grow. We’re launching here first to learn what matters most to you, to help us learn and develop the next set of features. We already have a bunch of improvements in the pipeline, which will be released before the season begins. And do keep telling us what you like and what you want to see more of (respectfully, please) – we’re here and we’re listening. There are a bunch of new things we think you’ll like: you can change the default sort across articles (Newest, Oldest, Most Recs, Most Replies), ignore annoying commenters (just click on their name), you can embed Twitter and YouTube really easily (just drop in the URL, no need to find the embed code), and we even allow you to Rec yourself (be sure to check yourself first.) Also, don’t panic: comments are only temporarily disabled on FanPosts – they’ll be back –and your old comments will return too, we’ve just archived them for now. This is all part of a big investment in SB Nation communities, and we will continue to evolve the platform over the coming months and years to support you, the best fan communities on the internet. We’ve written an FAQ to cover most of the common questions about how the system works, and we know you’ll let us know below what you think. Also, here’s an update on the features and improvements we’re already working on. This site is great because you are. Thank you for being here.
Changes Are Coming to GGNby John B on August 11, 2020 at 3:30 pm
Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images Sometimes we are faced with changes. We don’t always have a say in them. We aren’t always happy with them. They don’t always seem fair, but that’s life. We have to deal with them. Today SB Nation launches its new Coral comment system here on Gang Green Nation. I could use this space talking about how exciting this is and how many new features this system has, but let’s be real. That would be totally tone deaf and out of touch. The reception to the new system has been frosty both here on Gang Green Nation and across SB Nation. I get it. I really do. I’m here every day. I’ve been here for a long time. You’ve been here too. GGN has become an important part of my life and an important part of many of your lives. I’m honored by the numbers of people who view this as more than just a website. When somebody tweets, “Gang Green Nation is such a stupid site,” they really mean I have written something dumb, but you don’t take it that way. You take it like you are being personally attacked. You believe you are Gang Green Nation. You are right. I think the reason the reaction to the new comment system has been so powerful is you don’t think about this as just a website. This is your home, your online home. Now while you were out somebody redecorated and removed a bunch of the things you love about your home without consulting you. I’m a big believer in the phrase, “Control the things you can control.” In life there are many things we simply cannot control. Any Jets fan realizes that. We see horrible Draft picks, thoughtless cap management, and questionable hires. Just we have no say over what the Jets do, we can’t control the decisions made over technology such as changes to the commenting system. This isn’t my area of expertise. My views on it were not asked. Part of the reason I enjoy being part of SB Nation is I can write without needing to spend my time focused on the technological side of building a website. I don’t have much say on the commenting system. Thus I won’t make promises to you that I can’t keep. Here are the things I can control which I will promise you. We are going to keep producing great content on this website. We are going to work within the new system with anybody who wants to comment here to maintain the high level of discussion we have cultivated through the years. If you come to me with thoughts or ideas on the new system, I will make sure people at SB Nation hear them. If I sat here today and told you nothing would be different, that would be a lie. Things change, and we are undergoing a change here. The important things don’t need to change, however. This didn’t become a great website because of commenting technology. It became a great website because of you. It will remain a great website because of you regardless on what the commenting system looks like. Thank you all for making it so special here. I hope to see you around in our new living space.
Jets Podcast: Running Back Previewby John B on August 11, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images Today on our podcast we continue the positional preview series for the Jets. Our focus is on running back. The Jets made one of the biggest moves in the NFL last year signing Le’Veon Bell as a free agent, but it did not work out as the team expected. Whether it was due to poor offensive line play, scheme, the lingering impact of a year away from football, or Bell just not being the player he used to be, it was a disappointing year for the star. This year Bell is joined in the backfield by rookie La’Mical Perine, the ageless Frank Gore, former Eagle Josh Adams, and former Raven Kenneth Dixon. On the show today we discuss these players, the unanswered playing time questions, and what each of these players needs to do in order for 2020 to be considered a successful season. Thanks as always for listening to the show.