It started as inconspicuous as it could.
“The offensively challenged New York Jets made their second trade in less than a week, acquiring well-traveled quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on Wednesday from the Houston Texans,” is what Rich Cimini’s blog update stated.
‘Well-traveled’ is probably a nicer phrase than “journeyman” which is probably a friendlier phrase than “average” or “boring” or “never-was”, but here he was, Ryan Fitzpatrick, traded for a nondescript, conditional 7th round pick.
He wasn’t even the most exciting trade by the Jets in those 24 hours. An earlier trade of a 5th round pick to the Chicago Bears for the mercurial Brandon Marshall was seen as the real score of the offseason. A wide receiver with a host of events in his past, but also 5 seasons of 100 catch totals that would immediately benefit the Jets beleaguered roster of “offensive weapons”.
Fitzpatrick, a Harvard graduate, if you haven’t heard, was being brought in to “compete” with the potentially potential-laden, but trending towards bust, West Virginia-alum Geno Smith, for the Jets’ starting QB spot.
When Michael Sam made the announcement, his intention of being the first openly gay athlete in the NFL, we expected speed bumps.
We expected Sam’s draft stock slip. We expected athletes would use code words to hide discrimination and fears. We expected “distraction” talk from coaches and general management.
But most of all, we, and Michael Sam expected him to persevere and be an NFL player.
We didn’t expect where he would be today.
Much of the Jets focus this off-season has been finding ways to surround Geno Smith (and now, Mike Vick) with playmakers for the passing game.
But in a switch of thought process, the last few weeks of rumors have surrounded not a wide receiver or tight end, but a running back.
That RB is former Tennessee Titans speedster, Chris Johnson. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day. Ah, the love.
Well, that also extends to the sports world. Let’s look at some of our favorite athletes who we are reminded of today: Continue reading
Michael Vick killed dogs; the Eagles welcomed him in. Riley Cooper publicly screamed the n-word; Eagles kept him. Ray Lewis was guilty of obstruction of justice in a murder case that you do not have to look far to realize he had more to do with; Ravens were so put off by this, they built their team around him as their face and leader of the franchise. Ben Roethlisberger was involved in a rape case that led to a civil suit which was “settled”; the Steelers, the NFL bastion of civility, kept him on after a 4-game suspension (even lowered by the NFL from 6). Leonard Little committed a DWI manslaughter and the Rams overlooked it – just as they did when he committed yet another DWI later in his career.
But Michael Sam, committing no crimes, but daring to be himself, an openly gay man, is a distraction. Continue reading
The Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl 48 on a last-minute
interception tip by Richard Sherman that fell into the hands of fellow defender Malcolm Smith.
It was a heck of a play, but what happened next will probably be what everyone is talking about tomorrow. Continue reading
The Jets announced an agreement with Rex Ryan that surpasses the rumored one-year extension that was reported after the season.
While we still do not know the exact parameters of the deal, how does it change the lookout for the Jets going forward? Continue reading
Aaron Rodgers felt compelled to go on a Wisconsin radio station the other day and put out a minor rumor that he may be gay.
Spoiler: he denied it.
This rumor had not spread so far that he really needed to say anything, but yet he felt like he needed to address it as many athletes have in the past (i.e. Mike Piazza).
But he still talked. The important question is, “Why?” Continue reading
Rex Ryan will be back in 2014 – owner Woody Johnson and General Manager John Idzik announced it as so immediately after the Jets 20-7 victory over the Miami Dolphins, ending a year of questions. Continue reading