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Michael Sam and the Crushing Weight and Loneliness of Expectations

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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.

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Lingerie Football League Gets Its Big Hit Highlight Moment

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The Legends Football League is a tackle football league that was created in 2009.  It was created to give a chance to players who could not make the NFL.  Deviating from the norm, unlike most alternatives to the National Football League, this one has managed to garner a bit of national attention.

Perhaps that is because prior to 2013, this league was called the Lingerie Football League.

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Hit of the New Year! Jadeveon Clowney’s Football-Changing Fumble Recovery vs. Michigan

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South Carolina’s DE and possible future Heisman candidate and #1 NFL draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney had a tackle and fumble creation like no other on Tuesday.

In the Outback Bowl vs. Michigan, Clowney ran through the offensive line right at the snap and hit running back Vincent Smith so hard and so fast that he lost his helmet, and the ball, causing a turnover.

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The Sanchize Crashes and Burns – The End of Defending Sanchez

And Possible Future Replacements

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The time to defend Mark Sanchez is over.

There are no more reasons.  There are no more excuses.  There are no more stats.  There are no more playoff victories to look at.

Lack of talent around him no longer matters.

No, Sanchez was tasked with one thing to do: Protect the ball long enough to beat three more bad teams and make the playoffs.  He could not do that.
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Buttface or Mild Hope: The Jets and Their Sanchez vs. McElroy Decision

sancheztebowmcelroyWe are essentially a week from marking a new era in Jets history.  Whether or not Greg McElroy gets the ball for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, we have probably seen the end of Mark Sanchez as “The Sanchize”.  Mark Sanchez’s ineffectiveness for most of the 2012 season has sealed his fate as it exists.

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Greg McElroy: 1-0 as Jets QB

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Who knows where we’ll go from here, but for now, the Jets have benched Mark Sanchez and made the long-awaited move to Tim Tebow Greg McElroy.  McElroy came in for the ineffective Sanchez and led the game winning touchdown drive, throwing his first career TD to backup tight end Jeff Cumberland.

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Jets vs. Cardinals 12-2-12: Preview of Before

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Jets take on the Cardinals today, who they have had a lot of success against in recent years.

Possibly the most famous game between these two was the game that took place in 2008, when Packers great, Brett Favre, was in mid-season form against the Cardinals.  He would  throw a Jets record, 6 touchdown passes, over the course of the day.

Check out this high quality video of all those TDs:

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What Must Happen for the Jets to Have a Happy Thanksgiving?

1. Tom Brady Must Throw Interceptions
The turnover game will be a key to winning.  Over the past 2 games, Muhammad Wilkerson has been on fire with two forced fumbles, a sack, and a fumble recovery touchdown.  Getting pressure on Brady and making him make mistakes will allow the Jets give the offense easier opportunities to score.

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Save the Sanchize: Why the Rams Game Could Be The Most Important Game of Mark Sanchez’s Career

Mark Sanchez has played in a ton of big games so far in his career.  In the first two years, he did very well in them, including big wins he played well in during the playoffs that he still does not get enough credit for.

Last year, we saw a bit of a regression out of Sanchez in the clutch, as well as fewer big games for him to play.

Now we are at a possible turning point in the Jets-Sanchez relationship.  For all intents and purposes, the season will probably be over if they cannot defeat the Rams this Sunday.  It will definitely be over if they cannot come back 4 days later and beat the Patriots on Thanksgiving, but without winning the Rams game, the former is probably unwinnable.

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The One Where I Point Out The Obvious About the 2012 Jets…

Season’s over.

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