Daily Archives: September 12, 2011

The Jets in midseason heart-attack inducing form. A beautiful 9/11 front page. And Serena acts disgracefully in defeat, again.

Yep, just another boring Jets win to start the 2011 season.
I thought last year they caused permanent damage to my ticker. But apparently my beloved Green and White are prepared to once again send me to an early grave.
Sunday night they played so poorly for three quarters against the Dallas Cowboys, falling behind 24-10, only to rally and win, 27-24, on a 50-yard field goal from Nick Folk with less than a minute left.
So many thoughts sprinting through my mind as I write this, 20 minutes after the game ended.
I’ll try to keep them brief:
—  Incredible ability of Mark Sanchez to shake off bad plays and mistakes and play well. Kid was terrific at the end, again, Sunday night.
— Joe McKnight, welcome to the Jets. That blocked punt that led to a TD that tied the game at 24 was phenomenal. What an athletic play for the second-year guy.
— Jets defense looked terrible at times, but you know what, they made a few big plays. None bigger than Darrelle Revis’ pick of Tony Romo in the last minute. No idea what Jessica Simpson’s ex was thinking on that throw.
— 1-0. Fifteen more to go for an undefeated season (ha).

Couple other quick NFL thoughts from Sunday:
— When’s the last time the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions both looked this good to start a season? Bills were shockingly good, but maybe the Chiefs are just that bad.
— The Colts without Manning … oy. Long, long season for Indy.
— Stunned at how easily the Ravens slapped around the Steelers. Those two teams always play 16-13 type games. Enjoyed seeing former Delaware Blue Hen Joe Flacco do so well.
— If Week 1 is any indication, should be another crazy, unpredictable NFL season. Awesome.

 

** Saw a bit of the 9/11 tribute stuff Sunday. But this maybe the best thing I saw. It was the front page of the Des Moines Register newspaper, in Des Moines, Iowa. Just beautiful.

**That’s twice in a row now at the U.S. Open.
The last two times Serena Williams has been at the final Grand Slam of the tennis year, she’s acted inexcusably, indefensibly awful.
Sunday’s outburst and behavior wasn’t as bad as this incident from two years ago, when Serena threatened to shove a tennis ball down a lineswoman’s throat, but in losing again to Samantha Stosur, 6-2, 6-3, Williams managed to disgrace herself yet again.
After being called (properly) for a hindrance violation (Serena shouted out after hitting a shot she thought was a winner before Stosur had a chance to hit a reply,) Serena berated the chair umpire for the next few minutes, saying at one point “You’re a hater and you’re unattractive inside … And I never complain. Wow. What a loser.”
She also told the woman “don’t even look at me.”
It is disgusting that Serena Williams acts like this. It’s even more disgusting that John McEnroe and Dick Enberg in the CBS booth defended her (Mary Carillo tried to criticize her a little, commendably).
In the post-match interview with the media, Serena seemed clueless and completely unapologetic about what she had done.
I’m glad she lost. Serena is one of the all-time greats in tennis history, and has added so much to the sport.
But she is an out and out bully. And thinks she’s above the rules. And so I’m glad she lost.
Just disgraceful.