Well that was a highly unusual Jets game for me.
Hardly any pacing or shouting. Very little teeth-gnashing or anger-filled phone calls to my Jets posse. It was a delightfully easy win for the Gang Green, a 26-3 pasting of the pathetic Tampa Bay Bucs. I realize I insult all pathetic things by calling the Bucs pathetic; quite frankly, Tampa would have had to improve quite a bit Sunday to reach the high level of patheticness.
Basically, the Jets did what I expected them to do on offense: Run, run, run. Kellen Clemens proved once again he has as much business being an NFL quarterback as I do in the NBA as a dunking coach. Seriously, dude missed open receivers by THREE FEET sometimes! He was pretty bad for most of the game, though he did make a few nice throws in the second half, and most importantly, he didn’t screw up with any bad turnovers.
The defense was terrific, harassing Tampa’s running game and completely confusing poor rookie QB Josh Freeman. Man did that kid look lost.
The Jets running game was terrific again; I’d like to see them use Brad Smith more like they did today, on some Wildcat option plays. Guy is fast and has a strong arm so he’s a threat to throw.
And Thomas Jones, well, he was great again. (Discuss: Thomas Jones is the second-best running back in Jets history. At worst, he’s third, behind Curtis Martin and Freeman McNeil.)
The Jets have now won three in a row, against, admittedly, crappy teams, and once again Sunday, the football gods shined upon them in other games. Miami beat Jacksonville, and Denver lost, too. The Jets are now tied with Miami, Jacksonville and Baltimore for the wild card spot, and stayed one game behind Bully Belichick’s New England team (who don’t scare anybody anymore; hell, Carolina was tied at 10 in Foxboro with someone named Matt Moore as their quarterback).
Still don’t think my boys are going to the playoffs, but if Sanchez is healthy next week and the Jets can beat Atlanta, well, things will get interesting.
Couple quick NFL thoughts:
– A brief toot of my own horn. In my weekly NFL pick ‘em league, I went 14-for-14 on Sunday’s games. Picked every single winner correctly. I don’t think I’ve ever done that before. OK, you can stop applauding now.
– Indy escapes again. New Orleans escapes again. Both are 13-0. Five more wins each, and my dream of two 18-0 teams meeting in the Super Bowl becomes reality.
– The NFL blackout rule kills me. 85 miles away from Jacksonville, a bunch of Miami Dolphins fans who really wanted to see their team play the Jags had absolutely no options Sunday afternoon. No viewing allowed on basic TV, or DirectTV, blacked out in both places because Jacksonville didn’t sell the game out. Just an awful, awful rule.
– This just in: The Giants defense is awful. What a wildly entertaining Sunday night game, though, with Philly claiming a 45-38 win over the Giants. Every few minutes there was another huge scoring play. But man, the Giants D stinks.
***So I saw President Obama on “60 Minutes” last night, and once again he was smart and well-spoken and defended his ideas well.
I used to laugh at the following notion when it was first posed a few months ago, but now I’m thinking it might not be crazy: Is this President on TV too much? I mean, every five minutes he’s doing another interview or press conference or speech. I just think maybe we should see him a little less, give off the appearance of being a little more presidential, and not be so available.
Just a thought.
***Finally, I wanted to follow up on something I wrote about a month ago, which become a terrific reality Saturday: The city of Houston elected its first openly gay mayor, as Annise Parker won a run-off election. The fourth-largest city in America has a lesbian mayor, becoming the biggest U.S. city to ever have an openly gay person in charge at City Hall.
This is huge, especially in a place like Texas, which in the past has not proven to be, shall we say, welcoming to people who are different.
Brick by brick, crack by crack, the wall of intolerance is coming down.