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Five thoughts from Pats/Jets

Posted by bdowd625 on December 7, 2010

Well that was worth the incredibly long wait, wasn’t it? Thanks for showing up, Jets. It’s about time you faced a team that doesn’t suck ass for a living. All we heard leading up to this game was how New York added Santonio Holmes to an already dangerous offense and that Mark Sanchez has grown up in front of our eyes these last few weeks. Blah. Blah. Blah. The Jets are frauds and there’s nothing else to say. But since it’s the season of giving, here are five thoughts to chew on after New England’s 45-3 demolition of the Jets.

* I obviously loved hearing the New England fans chanting “OVER-RATED!” late in the fourth quarter, but I honestly think that was giving the Jets too much credit. Sanchez was brutal. Rex Ryan had no idea how to use his challenges/timeouts. And Steve Weatherford’s 12-yard punt had me crying I was laughing so hard. So much for being ready to play in the biggest game of the season.

* Danny Woodhead must be loving life right now. “You assholes want to cut me so David Clowney can make the team instead? Shove it.” Woodhead is a beast and it seems like he never comes off the field. That’s certainly fine by me because whenever he’s out there something good ends up happening.

*  Two years removed from knee surgery, Tom Brady is finally back to playing like his old self. Brady has now racked up 26 straight wins at home, a ridiculous feat to say the least. He’s been carving up opposing defenses like a delicious Thanksgiving turkey and that trend continued tonight against the feeble Jets. Everyone is calling Philip Rivers the MVP of the league, but Brady is quarterbacking a 10-2 team that looks to be picking up steam with each passing week. Rivers and his Chargers, meanwhile, just dropped their second game to lowly Oakland. Call me when San Diego gets into the playoffs.

* As my man BK and I were talking about earlier tonight, the New York media will spin this loss in some ridiculous fashion that lets the Jets off the hook. My guess is they’ll call the Pats insensitive for running up the score and say that this is the second coming of Spygate. No matter what, though, the New York Post will have an interesting headline for their sports section tomorrow morning. Stay tuned.

* LaDainian Tomlinson confirmed that he’s still one of the biggest douchebags in the NFL. After a first-down run in the first quarter, LT felt the need to thump his chest and make a fool of himself, drawing the ire of all the New England fans in attendance. The play summed up his career for the last couple of seasons – all bark and very, very little bite. And spare me this nonsense about how Tomlinson has been rejuvenated with the Jets. I’ve got three letters for you. HGH. Yup, I went there.

All in all, it was an outstanding win for the Patriots, and here’s hoping they keep the ball rolling next week in Chicago.

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Pats vs. Jets – Who ya got?

Posted by bdowd625 on December 6, 2010

I’ll be the first to admit that we’ve dropped the ball here at Ramble On over the last month or so. BK and I have been quite busy with our real jobs, so, as a result, the blog has suffered since the end of the World Series. We’ve come roaring back tonight, though, just in time for the Pats/Jets showdown, which promises to be a classic. Both squads come into the game with 9-2 records, and the winner will most likely grab the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs.

Tom Brady is having one of the best seasons of his career, and I’m expecting another big-time performance out of him tonight. But Rex Ryan seems to think the Jets will emerge with a victory and I’m sure most New York fans feel the same way. Either way, we’re turning to our faithful followers to make the call in our daily poll question.

Enjoy the game, everyone!

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Five thoughts from Pats/Ravens

Posted by bdowd625 on October 17, 2010

What a game. What a win for the Patriots, who, at the moment, have to be in the discussion as one of the top teams in the NFL at 4-1. I needed a cigarette when it was finally over, but I suppose that’s better than Prozac. And now, it’s time for our weekly five thoughts from Pats/Ravens.

* The New England defense was OUTSTANDING in the fourth quarter and in overtime. Raise your hand if you thought the Pats had a chance to win in OT after losing the coin toss. If your hand is in the air, you have more faith than this guy. I didn’t think New England had a snowball’s chance in hell when the Ravens got the ball first, but the defense just kept making stops, and, after a bit of offensive futility, the Pats moved the ball into field-goal range for Stephen Gostkowski.

* Speaking of Gostkowski, I was pretty nervous when he lined up to take that game-winning kick. For the most part, he’s been money in the bank during his Patriots career, but he’s been a little shaky through the first four games of the season. He had no such issues today, though, blasting a 35-yarder for the win after the 2-minute warning served as our weekly version of “icing the kicker.”

* For all the good that Aaron Hernandez has done so far, he was BRUTAL down the stretch today. The fourth-rounder out of Florida had two inexcusable drops late in the game, miscues that stalled New England’s drives at crucial times. I know I told him to smoke up a few weeks ago, but maybe it’s time to curtail some of the marijuana use.

* If and when I have a kid someday, I’m going to name him (or her, for that matter) Danny Woodhead. Just imagine how inspired that kid would be to overcome insurmountable odds. Have a tough math test coming up that you didn’t study for? Little Danny Woodhead knows how to pull an A+ out of his/her ass. Last pick in dodgeball during recess? Little Danny is about to peg you right in the head to end the game. All joking aside, I love the guy. He’s a perfect fit for what this offense is trying to accomplish.

* And last but not least – welcome back, Deion Branch. One of Tom Brady’s favorite wideouts looked like he never missed a beat since heading to Seattle a few years back. Branch had several key catches for the Pats, including a big touchdown grab to cut New England’s deficit to 20-17. Here’s hoping Branch will bring back that old Patriot magic in the weeks to come.

Now all you Pats fans better go cheer for Denver against the Jets. J-E-T-S! SUCK! SUCK! SUCK!

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Five thoughts from Pats/Dolphins

Posted by bdowd625 on October 4, 2010

I’m not usually a big fan of the Patriots playing on Monday Night Football. The normal seven-day wait is long enough, and I have even more trouble controlling my nerves for that extra 24 hours. Moreover, I feel like every time they have a big game on national TV they shit the bed (i.e. last year’s debacle at New Orleans). I had nothing to worry about tonight, though, as the Pats’ special teamers exploded in the second half to help New England absolutely dismantle the Miami Dolphins. Here are five thoughts from tonight’s game:

*  Brandon Tate gave us a little taste of his ridiculous talent with his kickoff return against Cincinnati in Week 1, and Tate’s 103-yard touchdown return tonight proved it wasn’t a fluke. Tate likes to dance around for a while to throw off opposing defenders, then clicks the fast forward button on his remote control and flies down the sideline and into the end zone. You really can’t afford to blink when he has the ball in his hands.

*  How about Patrick Chung? A second-round selection out of Oregon in the 2009 NFL Draft, Chung is rapidly becoming New England’s best defensive back. You didn’t actually think Brandon Meriweather, the self-proclaimed “party-starter” was the Pats’ best safety, did you? Whatever the case, Chung seems to be in on every tackle, and his blocked punt tonight gave New England a short field to work with early in the second half. He also blocked a field goal and had an interception return for a touchdown, you say? Screw the party-starter. Chung for president.

*  Speaking of defensive players… Rob Ninkovich snagged not one but two interceptions after an entire career without one? Yes, please! The defense needed a couple of game-changing plays like that early on and Ninkovich was there to grab a pair of awful Chad Henne throws. It’s a damn good thing Henne made those bad decisions because Miami was moving the ball at will for the ENTIRE first half.

*  The legend of Danny Woodhead continues to grow. I really don’t have anything else to say about this. It’s just awesome to see short white guys play in the NFL and be successful.

*  On a personal note, I needed Tom Brady to have a 40-point night for my fantasy team to win. Brady looked exceptional when he actually had the ball in his hands, but for the most part, the Pats didn’t need him. Special teams and – surprise! – defense ruled the day and that’s certainly fine by me. I don’t care how they win, just that they win.

The Pats are now tied for first in the AFC East, bitches! Hopefully everyone who listens to sports radio will back off the ledge until they resume play in Week 6 following their bye. As always, thanks for reading. Now check out our poll question.

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Five thoughts from Pats/Bills

Posted by bdowd625 on September 26, 2010

Well that was a little more interesting than everyone expected, wasn’t it? I hate listening to pregame talk shows that constantly think the Pats are going to destroy everyone on the planet. The truth of the matter is that with a defense this inexperienced, no lead is safe. As I’ve said before, New England needs to score at least 30 points per game to have a chance. Luckily, that’s exactly what happened against the pesky Bills today. So without further ado, here are five thoughts from today’s Pats/Bills game.

* For as many good plays as the defense made today – and for once Brandon “I like to experiment” Meriweather chipped in – there were just as many brutal ones. Like that third-and-127 the Bills had to convert early in the game. Somehow three Patriot defenders ran into one another, allowing Buffalo to pick up the first down. On top of that, Ryan Fitzpatrick looked like he was from Alabama instead of Harvard. Just way too many big plays from someone who is normally a terrible quarterback.

* I’d like to personally thank Aaron Hernandez for smoking a little herb in college. By dropping to the fourth round in the NFL draft, the Pats picked up a stud tight end, one who is a YAC maniac. Smoke on, Aaron.

* It was great to see Justin Bieb… I mean “Tom Brady” up to his old tricks. Brady made several exceptional throws into tight coverage, including a pair of touchdowns to Randy Moss. The best part about Moss’ touchdowns? He did that hand gesture where he makes it look like he’s leaving the womb. An always classy touch for sure.

* Can someone please teach Kyle Arrington how to tackle? I’m not sure where Darius Butler disappeared to, but Arrington seemed to fan on every tackle he tried to make in the secondary. Yet another sign of the Pats’ ineffectiveness on the defensive of the ball.

* Danny Woodhead might never score another NFL touchdown again, but that’s OK with me. He made small white guys everywhere proud in the second quarter when he broke free for a long touchdown run. It’s even sweeter that Woodhead was a Jets castoff, so suck on that one, Rexy.

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Ramble On delivers its Week 1 NFL wrap-up

Posted by Bill Koch on September 14, 2010

Since this was a special week of NFL action – Week 1, of course – we’re not quite ready to turn the page just yet. For your reading pleasure, if you missed any of the action from any of the games, we’ll give you a few words on each of them here. Of course, these recaps will be done Ramble On-style. That means that no prisoners will be taken, much like how the Patriots behaved against the Bengals on Sunday. (Sorry to jump the gun, but we couldn’t resist.)

— New Orleans 14, Minnesota 9
Brett Favre looked like a 41-year-old quarterback who decided to skip training camp, who was receiving lubricant injections in his ankle before and after the game and who was missing his top receiver from last season. Oh wait – the answer is D, all of the above. Favre isn’t getting any younger anytime soon, his ankle won’t heal and Sidney Rice is out for at least half the year. The Vikings are in trouble.

— Tennessee 38, Oakland 13
Another year, same old Raiders. It could be the same young Raiders as well – they suck no matter what. Chris Johnson picked up right where he left off for the Titans during his 2,000-yard season in 2009. We can’t wait to see if he has a realistic chance to do it again or if Oakland is just that bad as usual. We’ll go with a little from Column A and a little from Column B.

— New York Giants 31, Carolina 16
For some reason we can never trust Eli Manning. On Sunday, we had reasons – turnovers against a lousy Panthers defense. Fortunately for our gambling interests, Matt Moore was even worse under center for Carolina. That sound you just heard is that little douche Jimmy Clausen getting ready to lose games, get hammered in a bar in Charlotte and try to defend his honor at some bar just like he did during his Notre Dame career.

— Houston 34, Indianapolis 24
Welcome to the NFL, Arian Foster. You’re going to love playing the Colts and their gutless rush defense twice a year in the AFC South after you steamrolled them for 231 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday. Peyton Manning and his bunch of frauds looked like they were on the 16th hole in this one, their divisional dominance about ready to crumble.

— Jacksonville 24, Denver 17
Where was your Lord and Savior this Sunday, Tim Tebow? Two rushing yards? TWO?! NO PASS ATTEMPTS?! That’s pathetic. Josh McDaniels must be throwing up in his mouth right now after wasting a first round pick on a guy who can’t play the position that he was drafted to play.

— Pittsburgh 15, Atlanta 9 (OT)
This win is a bonus for the Steelers with Ben Rapelisberger sidelined and serving his four-game suspension for getting away with sexual assault for the second time in his professional career. Just nine points for Matt Ryan and the Falcons? You all should have known better than to bet on a Boston College guy to get a man’s job done.

— Miami 15, Buffalo 10
It wasn’t pretty, but the Dolphins can’t afford to be dropping games against the Bills if they want to live up to their sleeper status in the AFC East. These guys – not the Jets – are the true challengers to the Patriots in the division.

— New England 38, Cincinnati 24
Forget about what happened in the second half. The Patriots were dominant in this one, slapping the Bengals around from the opening whistle. They scored on offense, defense and special teams. They looked fast and physical. They looked like the Patriots look. Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens? Just like they’ve always been – all sizzle and no steak. Nobody wins with those two clowns on the team, especially not their quarterback. You’ve been warned, Carson Palmer.

— Chicago 19, Detroit 14
The Bears won this game, but just like Mr. Ducksworth in The Mighty Ducks they didn’t earn it. Only a ridiculous interpretation of an equally ridiculous NFL rule denied Calvin Johnson the winning touchdown inside the final minute. Look for the league to quietly adjust this between the 2010 and 2011 seasons – if we even have football next year.

— Tampa Bay 17, Cleveland 14
The Buccaneers just screwed themselves. This was an early battle for a top-5 pick in the 2011 Draft, and Tampa made the mistake of going to 1-0. For once, Cleveland has the right idea.

— Seattle 28, San Francisco 6
This is a win that Pete Carroll won’t have to give back, unlike most of his fraudulent tenure as the head coach at USC. Alex Smith and the 49ers were horrendous and are no doubt in for a week of hell after Mike Singletary gets a hold of them. That guy’s like the scary high school coach who will haunt your dreams for the rest of your life.

— Green Bay 27, Philadelphia 20
That sound you’ve been hearing since about 6 p.m. on Sunday is Philly fan screaming about how Michael Vick should replace Kevin Kolb at quarterback. A quick note, Eagles’ fans – you just traded a quarterback who wasn’t accurate enough for your high standards, and now you want Vick and his career 50-something percent completion rate? Good luck with that.

— Arizona 17, St. Louis 13
Store it away folks – rookie quarterbacks hardly ever win in the NFL. They NEVER win on the road. Adjust your betting lines against Sam Bradford accordingly. He just lost his debut against Derek Anderson. Yes, the Derek Anderson who stole all that money from the Browns.

— Washington 13, Dallas 7
We demand that a camera be placed on Jerry Jones at all times when the Cowboys are playing from now on. We wanted to see his reaction when his idiot, puppet coach (Wade Phillips) and his overpaid offensive coordinator (Jason Garrett)ended up calling the play that turned into the leader in the clubhouse for the NFL Blooper of the Year. We hope Tashard Choice and Alex Barron are renting and not buying in the Dallas-Fort Worth area after their respective mistakes allowed Donovan McNabb to go 15-for-32 in his Redskins’ debut and actually win the game.

— Kansas City 21, San Diego 14
We should have seen this one coming. There were two major factors at play in soggy Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs are currently being put together by Scott Pioli, the man who drafted and traded for the players that turned into the Patriots’ Dynasty from 2000-2004. He knows what he’s doing. Secondly, Norv Turner’s teams always start and finish poorly. They take September off, win for the next three months and then suck again in the postseason. Rinse and repeat.

— Baltimore 10, New York Jets 9
Do we really want to pile on here? Yep, we do. We heard enough from the Jets to last seven lifetimes during the preseason and now karma is coming back with a bite big enough to take a chunk out of even Rex Ryan’s mammoth ass. Kris Jenkins is out for the year. New York’s quarterback, Mark Sanchez, looks like an overhyped product of the Manhattan media machine. Darrelle Revis is a non-factor because Antonio Cromartie is too busy looking for all of his kids and Kyle Wilson is certain to play like a rookie – and that’s not a compliment. Matt Slauson is still on the ground wondering what that was that blocked out the lights in the new Swamps of Jersey Dump as it passed over him. (Pssssssssst……Hey Matt. That was Haloti Ngata.) And the Patriots are just as pissed off as Ray Lewis was when he caved in Dustin Keller’s chest – you just won’t hear them say anything about it this week. Their feelings will be made clear on the field this Sunday during Week 2 of NFL action, and we can’t wait for it. NOW LET’S GO GET A GOD DAMNED SNACK!!

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BREAKING NEWS: Tom Brady in car accident

Posted by bdowd625 on September 9, 2010

(Keep your eyes on the road, Tom!)

Several media outlets are reporting at this hour that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was in a car accident this morning on his way to the team’s complex in Foxboro, Mass. Apparently Brady got away unscathed, but you can’t help but feel like this is a bad omen just days before the start of the new season.

On top of all that, I JUST drafted Brady for my fantasy team. This is exactly the reason why I don’t play fantasy sports – too much annoying crap happens that’s beyond your control. That and the fact that all the “experts” out there freak out about your roster like the world is coming to an end. To quote one of my favorite movies, “It’s just a game, Focker!”

But I digress. Hopefully once the adrenaline rush fades Brady doesn’t have any pain that wasn’t there before. I don’t think Brian Hoyer is ready for the starting job just yet.

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Why did I sign up for this again?

Posted by bdowd625 on September 8, 2010

My name is BDowd625, sports are my life, and this is the first year I’ve ever played fantasy football. Boy, does it feel good to get that off my chest. I know what you’re all thinking out there — what an incompetent loser this guy is. And you know what? I wouldn’t blame you for feeling that way for a second. For the most part, I simply don’t have the patience to deal with fantasy teams. When I do play fantasy baseball, my squad always ends up sucking, I consistently forget to set my lineup, and I inevitably lose money that would be better served paying off my insurmountable debts.

Alas, this is my maiden voyage into the fantasy-football world. My brother and a couple of his college buddies needed an extra guy and I actually accepted the invitation. Silly me. We held our draft earlier tonight and I present to you now my first ever fantasy-football roster, complete with thoughts and random analysis for each position. Enjoy, fellow fantasy nerds.

QB: Tom Brady – Go ahead. Accuse me of being a homer. Contrary to what my man BK1015 thinks, I’m expecting a big season out of Brady now that he’s two years removed from knee surgery. Or at least that what’s I’m telling myself. Please God, help me.

RB: Knowshon Moreno – Honestly? I needed a running back and he was the best available at that time. That is all.

RB: Jonathan Stewart – Stewart is projected to rush for 1,124 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, which means he’ll either rack up 750 yards and four TDs or lose his arm in a freak lawn dart accident. That’ll be my luck.

RB/WR: Ricky Williams – I was too late in making my selection for this pick, so auto-draft stuck me with Williams. Wonderful. He may not do jack shit on the field this year, but you know he’s got a great Sherpa.

WR: Larry Fitzgerald – I love this guy for so many different reasons – mainly because he’s built like a tank and has tremendous hands. Another reason? Mike Felger said on 98.5 The Sports Hub last year that Fitzgerald’s ass is one big muscle. Gotta love it.

WR: Santana Moss – I’m hoping that with a new quarterback in town (Donovan McNabb) Moss will have a big year. What’s more likely, though, is that McNabb will end up puking on himself when he drops back to pass, leaving Moss to run a 65-yard route down the field without the ball coming his way.

TE: Chris Cooley – Remember that time Cooley posted naked pictures of himself on the Internet? Yeah, that was awesome. If he keeps his clothes on during games and catches the damn ball then we shouldn’t have a problem.

LB: Bart Scott – Typical Ravens/Jets douchebag. Maybe that will translate into some tenacity on defense.

DL: Justin Tuck – I hate the Giants. A lot.

DB: Brandon Meriweather – This pick scares the crap out of me. He’ll have 10-15 plays where he absolutely lights up an unsuspecting receiver coming over the middle. But for every one of those plays, he’ll have three where he blows an easy coverage to give up a touchdown.

D/ST: New York Jets – Rex Ryan and “Hard Knocks” have tainted me. I ended up taking this assortment of clowns in the seventh round. Told you I was new at fantasy football. Here’s hoping Darrelle Revis still knows how to control his island after all that time off.

K: Mason Crosby – He’s a kicker for God’s sake. Does anyone really care about kickers in fantasy football? Somebody get back to me on this one.

Bench: Darren Sproles – He’s an angry little elf.

Bench: Chad Henne – He’s the hot pick this year, isn’t he? Except that I just realized that he and Brady share the same bye week. What. The. Hell. Guess I’ll need a third quarterback then.

Bench: Austin Collie – One of Peyton Manning’s new favorite targets since Marvin Harrison decided to start wielding guns and causing trouble. Works for me.

Bench: Laurence Maroney – Hold onto the damn ball please.

Bench: Kyle Orton – Yawn.

Bench: Kevin Boss – Double yawn.

Bench: Early Doucet – What better way to finish off a draft than by taking Early Doucet? If he doesn’t scream championship, I don’t know who does.

Thanks for reading everyone and stay tuned as I chronicle my fantasy-football failures once the season gets under way.

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Revis makes his return, and — no, this isn’t a mistake — we like it

Posted by Bill Koch on September 6, 2010

We here at Ramble On would like to congratulate the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis on finally reaching a long-term deal.

Revis ended his holdout late Sunday night by reportedly agreeing to a seven-year contract. He’ll be in New York’s starting lineup when the Jets face off against the Baltimore Ravens in a matchup of two AFC heavyweights in Week 1. The signing brings an end to one of the NFL offseason’s hottest storylines, one that was chronicled daily in New York’s newspapers, talked about on its radio stations and shown in detail on the terrific HBO series Hard Knocks.

We’d also like to extend a hand to the Jets’ fans out there, but maybe not for the reason you would think. All the New England Patriots’ fans will have those hands ready to slap your faces now that Revis is back and your team is whole. We didn’t want to hear any bull*#@& excuses about how Revis wasn’t on the field or about how Revis was still holding out or about how the Jets were missing their best player while the Patriots rolled to another AFC East title and New York missed the playoffs. It would have been worse listening to you whine and complain than it has been hearing about how the Jets are going to be making a Super Bowl run this season. We actually would have felt bad for you before – we sure as hell won’t now.

Bringing in a bunch of domestic batterers like Santonio Holmes doesn’t scare us for a minute. Mark Sanchez is still a turnover machine. LaDainian Tomlinson is still a gutless worm who will quit on you just like he screwed San Diego in the AFC Championship Game against New England. Jason Taylor is still 65 years old. Vernon Gholston is still one of the five biggest draft busts of the past 20 years. Antonio Cromartie still can’t remember exactly where his 24 kids are right now. Those are the sort of character guys in the locker room that will bring your pathetic franchise to its first title game in over four decades? No chance, Revis or not, but now the Jets will know that even their best players weren’t enough. I can speak for all of New England when I say that we can’t wait to watch them fail together.

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Jets take their first ‘Knocks’

Posted by Bill Koch on August 11, 2010

As if we hadn’t heard enough from the New York Jets and their fans this offseason, HBO is giving the club another platform to spread its river of preseason B.S.

Hard Knocks kicked off Wednesday night, an extremely well-produced, in-depth look inside New York’s training camp in upstate New York. HBO does this sort of thing the right way. The network insists that everything is on the record and spares no expense in wiring handfuls of players for sound. The finished product is a commercial-free look into the macho, alpha dog world and culture of an NFL team. We here at Ramble On are obviously Patriots’ fans, but we couldn’t help ourselves. We tuned in to check on our AFC East rivals and came away with some initial impressions.

— The Jets might be the loudest 9-7 team we’ve ever heard. Let’s not forget that New York backed into the postseason last year (thanks for that, Peyton Manning) and employed one of the league’s most turnover-prone offenses. All of these combustible personalities will only get along under the same roof if the Jets are winning. If not, we’ll love watching the certain implosion.

— This team is going nowhere without Darrelle Revis. The coaches and players talk so much about just keeping a normal routine without their All-Pro cornerback that his absence dominates most of the action. Sanchez lit up New York’s replacement corners during the offense-defense scrimmages, a bad sign for the Jets’ pressure defense if it wants to compete against the likes of New England, Miami, Indianapolis, Houston and the rest of the high-octane AFC passing attacks. Mike Tannenbaum’s drive back to Cortland from a diner a little closer to Manhattan was marked by frustration and bewilderment with Revis’ astronomical contract demands.

— Didn’t Rex Ryan have lap-band surgery? We thought so…but I guess we were wrong. He’s still the fat slob that we always knew and loathed. Sneaking those Peanut M & M’s is going to keep Rexy from ever being truly sexy. I almost wish Ryan worked for the government — he’d be able to pay the national debt before he dies of a heart attack within the next 10 years with the system of fines that the Jets have in place for every time Ryan is caught snacking off his diet.

— We’ll give Sanchez credit for this – he wants to take charge of this team right now in only his second year. Sanchez is willing to step forward and be a leader on a club that has a ton of strong personalities who would make a lesser man sink into the background. It takes guts for Sanchez to make such a statement when he has to answer to head cases like Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, seasoned veterans like Tony Richardson and postseason chokers like LaDainian Tomlinson.

— Let’s consider the following quotes from this week at training camp, and you can tell us which New York Jets player was guilty of saying them:

‘I got a little heated, and I was surprised that came out of my mouth.’
‘It’s just so hard to win. It doesn’t just happen. As you get older, you realize that, and you try to convince the young guys.’
‘You’ve got to pay the price.’

So, any guesses? Tomlinson? Bart Scott? Sanchez?

This was a trick question. The unnamed player who ripped his offensive linemen by calling them ‘fat cows,’ complained about how difficult it is to win a Super Bowl and talked about putting in extra time despite missing more than 75 percent of his team’s offseason workouts was none other than Tom Brady.

Sorry folks. We just couldn’t resist. Even Sanchez sounds like more of a captain and field general at this point than The Artist Formerly Known as No. 12.

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