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Another miserable football Sunday. A car-meets-cow story makes me chuckle. And honoring the Vets today, and every day

It’s not too often that both New York football teams get spanked and embarrassed on the same day.
The difference is, Giants fans probably aren’t too worried about their team’s 31-13 defeat to the Bengals; the Giants go through this November swoon every year, and hey, they’ve won two Super Bowls in the last five years so they can’t be complaining about anything, ever, in my book.

The Jets, though… jesus that was ugly on Sunday. You would think, after 30 years of this, I’d become numb to losses like this; hell, this season has seen plenty of games like Sunday’s desultory 28-7 defeat to Seattle: Defense plays pretty well, keeps ’em in it, but offense is so horrendous that it can’t score even once, and eventually defense falls apart.

I’m sick and tired of complaining about Mark Sanchez, I really am. Because the story never changes: He makes terrible decisions. He fumbles while getting hit more than any quarterback I’ve ever seen. He has a lot of problems throwing the ball where his receivers can catch it.

I don’t know why we fans see all of these problems and yet Rex Ryan is a blind man in a cornfield here. And I also don’t get why so much of the football media says “Well, if you bench Sanchez for Tim Tebow, there’s no going back. Sanchez is ruined forever for the Jets.”

First of all, that’s b.s., quarterbacks have gotten benched and returned all the time! And second, what the hell are you ruining right now in the future? he’s not the answer for next year, or ever! Bench him, throw God’s quarterback in there, and see what the heck happens.

But nope, there’s nothing quite so stubborn as a stubborn-ass football coach. And so we Jets fans get seven more weeks of awful offense.


Couple other quick-hit NFL thoughts today:
— Wasn’t at my usual sports bar perch Sunday so I missed the Falcons-Saints game, but man, looks like it was a hell of a tilt. Not surprised to see the Saints come back to life this year; no matter how bad their defense is, they still have Drew Brees.
— You would think these showboating idiot NFL players would learn not to throw the ball away on a TD return before crossing the goal line, but nope, Denver’s Trindon Holliday did just such a stupid thing Sunday. He got away with it because the refs missed the call, but what a stupid move.
— Any particular reason Norv Turner hasn’t been fired yet? Because he’s like three years overdue.

— Maybe we all were wrong about Cam Newton and his awesomeness last year. Man does he look lost out there.
— I know it’s unlikely still, but how great would an Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning playoff duel in the AFC be?

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**There are some things I miss about living in a sleepy town in upstate New York (Glens Falls), and stories like this are one of them. My great friend Will Springstead sent it to me, and as soon as I saw the headline, I was hooked:

“Police officer escapes injury during collision with cow”

The rest of the story is here, with my favorite part being:  “Murphy said the Dodge Charger patrol car may have to be totalled, but insurance or the cow’s owner should cover the cost.”

Well sure, everyone’s got cow insurance, don’t they?

**Finally today, a salute to America’s veterans on the day we honor them most. I am exceedingly lucky to have been born in a generation where I was never required to perform military service, so I’ve never had to put my life on the line like so many millions have.

All I can do is thank them for their bravery and heroism, and be grateful they’ve done what they’ve done for the last 200 years.

Check out the video montage above; I think it’s a beautiful reminder of all who have served.


A pathetic effort by the Jets, and more NFL thoughts. A quick restaurant pet peeve. And an awesome Veteran’s Day idea

Too depressed to rant much about Jets right now.
With so much on the line Sunday night (first place in the AFC East, a chance to finally get a shot to host some playoff games), my beloved Green and White came out and played an absolute stinker of a game. Pathetic. Fumbles on special teams. Defensive breakdowns. More terrible decisions by Mark Sanchez, who continues to, um, not show improvement midway through his third season.

And once again, the defense, when the offense finally wakes up and cuts the deficit to 23-16 in the fourth quarter, and the crowd comes alive again, the defense couldn’t get it done. Seen that movie before.
Dammit, dammit, dammit. Another huge opportunity blown. Why do I even bother rooting for this team? Thirty-five years of this garbage and I still come back for more.
Some quick-hit NFL thoughts on games that didn’t annoy me as much…
— Wow, Atlanta coach (and Father Lopez High School grad) Mike Smith is going to get heat, and rightfully so, for going for it on 4th and 1 on his own 30 in OT Sunday. Falcons didn’t get it, and New Orleans won. Just way too aggressive of a decision by Smith.
—  The Colts are going 0-16. I feel very confident in saying that.
— Hell of a win for the Steelers. Bengals looked good for a while but then their rookie QB pulled a Sanchez.
— If it’s 49ers-Packers in the NFC title game this year, can we get Brett Favre and Steve Young to come back and play? They had some classics in the 90s.
— Um, yeah, about those Detroit Lions who we all felt great about at 5-0… not cool.
— Finally, this was kinda cool. A Buffalo Bills played named David Nelson scored a TD Sunday, then ran the ball over to his girlfriend, who’s a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.

**So I need to get this off my chest. Has bothered me for quite a long time. I’m in a sports bar Sunday afternoon, watching football, and this couple sitting at the next table is ordering brunch.
The guy (who I would discover over the next few hours is a doofus) is ordering an omelette. But he then proceeds to spend the next 30 seconds saying he doesn’t want this in it, he wants that, and I don’t want that, but I want this, and basically makes four or five changes.
Then after 20 minutes he calls the waitress over and asks where the food is already. And she politely explains that since he ordered something that was not on the menu, it’s taking a little longer.

I don’t get it. I don’t get why people walk into restaurants and proceed to completely ignore the menu, the LIST OF EVERYTHING the restaurant serves, and tell the waitress to make them something different.

If you look at the entire menu and don’t find anything you want, then go to a different bar! Now look, I understand if you have dietary issues, health issues, and you need to substitute one thing here, or hold another. But this guy basically created his own dish entirely, and then was mad when it wasn’t ready fast enough.


**Finally, there was an incredibly cool event Friday night in San Diego. On the aircraft carrier the USS Vinson, North Carolina and Michigan State played an outdoor basketball game on Veterans Day. My girlfriend’s friend Joanna was there live and took this awesome photo.

What a wonderful idea, to play an outdoor game like this. I hope it becomes an annual event.