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Agassi’s incredible new book, fired up about the Jets, and um, yeah, a gator at Show and Tell


So I just got done reading the excerpts from Andre Agassi’s new autobiography, Open. Of course I’d heard the admission earlier in the week that he’d used crystal meth, but I didn’t want to really comment on it until I read the context, or at least heard more from Agassi about it. Unfortunately, I’m sure his drug admission will overshadow a lot of the other revelations in the book.

Couple reactions to this excerpt in Sports Illustrated, which I highly, highly recommend reading:

1. Man, what an unflinchingly honest book. If the rest of it is as good as these excerpts, I’m definitely reading it. I was never a big Andre fan, but as a huge tennis guy and a sports fan, this thing looks incredible. Clearly Agassi opened a vein and, as one of the most thoughtful guys on the Tour at the end, he certainly has a lot to share.

2. I always heard and read what an a-hole Mike Agassi was when Andre was a kid, but boy oh boy, he may rival some of the tennis’ other famous horrible parents. Speaking of, two parts in the excerpt that are worth the price alone: Agassi’s father meeting Steffi Graf’s father for the first time (stunningly, two such similar men don’t get along), and … the Jim Brown story.

3. I’m telling you, the Jim Brown story is fantastic.

4. Can’t really say I’m all that surprised about the crystal meth admission. Not that I thought Agassi was a drug user, but he did go through a couple of really down, dark periods during his life, when he was completely disinterested in tennis. When you’ve lived as sheltered an existence as he had, I’m not shocked he turned to drugs for a little while.

I’ll probably have more to say about Agassi and his remarkable life after I’ve read the book; it comes out on Nov. 9 and is already No. 9 on Amazon.

**So Jets-Dolphins games always get me fired up, but after the first game between these two ended in a Miami win in the final seconds, I’m super-pumped for this one (Plus, an extra hour o sleep probably helps).

I really truly think my boys are going to take this one; Jerricho Cotchery should play, which will help Mark Sanchez. The Jets D has to play better against the stupid Wildcat offense, and the home crowd should help a little.

So many things are out there for the Jets if they win Sunday: a 5-3 record heading into the bye, a legit shot at 10 wins and maybe even a division title.

If they lose … well, I’m sure I’ll work that out on the blog on Monday.


**So this cracked me up, and of course, it happened here in my adopted state of Florida. A fish and wildlife officer brought a five-foot-long alligator to his daughter’s class in Panama City Beach. And, of course, Mr. Gator decides it’s time to do a little roaming, so the gator escapes.

How’d you like to be the principal of that school, and the parents call all frantic that an alligator is loose and they can’t find it. “Oh, don’t worry Mrs. Jones, I’m sure the alligator isn’t in the school!”

The glorious details are here.

Three and oh, my New York Jets keep flying. And a great old Jewish joke at the end


Well, this is getting a little ridiculous, isn’t it?

It’s getting increasingly difficult for me to strike my usually pessimistic, gloomy view of my New York Jets.

Yet another Sunday afternoon, and yet another day I leave Houligan’s (sports bar where I watch the games) happy. After a great start, a very shaky 2nd and 3rd quarters, and a terrific 4th, Gang Green beat Tennessee, 24-17.

It was quite different from the first two games, but at the end all I care about is the W. Three and oh. Never, in a hundred years, would I have predicted the Jets would be 3-0 after this brutal early schedule they had.

But hell, maybe after 40 years everything is starting to go right again. Heck, the Jets got two gift touchdowns from the Titans’ returner (or should I say ex-returner) Ryan Mouton, Mark Sanchez didn’t panic under pressure, and they’ve got a quarterback crazy enough to take on defenders while leading with his head. It’s great!

— Let’s start with Mark Sanchez. Love the kid’s poise in the pocket, but hey Mark, bubeleh, next time you’re going to try to run it in for a touchdown, please slide or try to go around the big dude trying to tackle you? This play scared the hell out of us fans (fast forward to about the :32 mark). Still, really bad attempt at a mustache aside, the kid is making all the right moves. Sure he had some mistakes Sunday; the ball slipped out of his hand a few times, and he threw an INT that wasn’t his fault. But he’s making progress every week.

— Big game for David Harris and Bart Scott, the Jets new linebacker combo. They harassed Kerry Collins in the fourth quarter. The D looked shaky for quite a while in the second and third quarters, but you know what? When it mattered most and they HAD to get stops, they did. I love that Rex Ryan throws so many different looks at opposing offenses; three straight weeks now, in the fourth quarter, the opposing QB looked rattled.

–I’m officially concerned about the Jets running game. It’s been three games now, and the O-line hasn’t been opening too many holes. Thomas Jones had two good runs in Week 1 and that’s been it, and Leon Washington hasn’t done much, either.

— Jerricho Cotchery, you rule. Couple of fantastic catches Sunday. Overall, the offense was subpar, but they took advantage of the chances the Titans gave them.

— Tennessee’s receivers totally let Kerry Collins down most of the day. Justin McCareins, where have you gone? Oh wait, he stunk, too.

— Next week is a freebie in my mind. I don’t expect the Jets to go into the Superdome and shut down Drew Brees (though Buffalo did a pretty good job on him Sunday.) Even if the Jets lose that one, they’re 3-1 with two games against Miami, one against Buffalo and one against Oakland the next four weeks. Sounds good to me.

OK, enough giddiness. These are my Jets I’m talking about here. They’ll break my heart again at some point this season. But for now, man this is fun!

Other NFL thoughts:

— Congrats to the Detroit Lions and their fans, as the Leos finally broke a 19-game losing streak with a win over the Redskins. If I’m Washington head coach Jim Zorn, I’m not answering the phone for a few days. It’ll probably be crazy owner Dan Snyder looking to fire him. Great column on the Lions here by the great Mitch Albom.

–HUGE comeback win for the Cincinnati Bengals, HBO’s favorite team. Down 20-9 at home to the Steelers in the fouth, Cincy comes back and wins with a Carson Palmer touchdown in the final minute. Psychologically, Pittsburgh has owned the Bengals, so this one is huge. Who’d have figured Pittsburgh would be 1-2 after three weeks, with two crushing last-minute losses? Check out Cincy Enquirer columnist Paul Daugherty (who I always read after Bengals games because even when they’re terrible, he’s wildly entertaining) with a good column here.

— We have two legit opportunities for a team to go 0-16 this year. I don’t have a clue who the Cleveland Browns will be able to beat; they look horrendous. And the St. Louis Rams, well, they’re not much better, especially if Marc Bulger is out for a while.

— Apparently some guy playing QB for the Vikings had a last-second touchdown to win the game. Sorry, I’m still in a Brett Favre blackout. Can’t discuss it.

— The Miami Dolphins’ receivers stink. All of ’em. Man did they drop a lot of passes Sunday in their loss to San Diego. Ted Ginn, especially, can’t seem to catch a cold. Poor Chad Pennington got hurt again, too; I love Chad but he gets hurt practically every year.

— Miami is 0-3, my Jets are 3-0. That’s just beautiful.

**Finally today, for those of you, like me, going without food for Yom Kippur, here’s a great joke from a very cool website called, Old Jews Telling Jokes. It is, well, exactly what it says is: A web site where old jews stand up and tell jokes.

This one is unsafe for work at the end, so maybe turn your volume down if that’s where you’re hearing it:

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