The New York Jets may have reached the playoffs but they’re still not done hearing from the NFL concerning their behavior. The NFL fined the Jets $100,000 according to multiple reports, for the incident in which strength coach Sal Alosi tripped Miami Dolphins player Nolan Carroll during a punt.
The Jets have had a number of incidents to worry about during their 2010 campaign, and they are paying big time for this one. The league also criticized special teams coach Mike Westhoff for his comments after the incident when he tried to explain that the New England Patriots have done the same thing during punts.
The “wall” that was created by Alosi and inactive Jets players was caught on tape immediately when it happened and he was fined by the Jets a couple of days later. Though that wasn’t the end of it because Alosi was suspended indefinitely after the Jets concluded that the “wall” was intentional.
What the Jets need to do now is put all this behind them. There’s no more time for ridiculous behavior by the team, and Rex Ryan’s alleged foot fetish’s. They can no longer act immature, and from now on the Jets need to take their jobs more serious.
There was one incident after another for the Jets:
Alleged harassment of female reporter Ines Sainz.
Braylon Edwards DWI.
Brett Favre’s alleged sexual harassment of Jen Sterger in 2008, his only year with the Jets.
Sal Alosi tripping incident.
The Jets need to have a zero tolerance policy, which needs to start now. No more childish acts, just football. Many might say this is due to Rex Ryan’s relaxed attitude when it comes to his team. It seems like he rather be loved by his player than even feared just a little bit. This all starts with Ryan and ends with him. Enough is enough.
On Tuesday night, Dwight Howard decided to mock LeBron James at his old home court in Cleveland. Found it on yahoo.com, Ball Don’t Lie sports blog.
Check it out here courtesy of NBA.com: Evans game winning shot.
O.J. Mayo hit a fade-away jumper to give the Grizzlies a one-point lead with 1.5 seconds left in the game. The game wasn’t over though. The Kings in-bounded the ball to Tyreke Evans who threw up a prayer at half-court and knocked down the three to win the game.
The Miami Heat are beginning to dominate the NBA and it looks like most people were wrong when they thought the Heat couldn’t come together this quick.
Do they look like a championship contender? Yes.
At the beginning of the season when the Heat were 9-8 and LeBron James bumped into coach Erik Spoelstra by accident (so he says) the NBA commentators were having a field day.
James, Bosh and Wade can’t come together.
There’s not enough depth on the bench.
Who will contribute other than the big three?
And whose team is it?
Well, everything changed when James and the gang brought their talents to Cleveland, into a hostile environment to play James’ old team. The team seemed to come together that night when they whooped the Cavaliers and left their fans to suffer even more. Ever since then the Heat have won 13 out of 14, including a dominating game over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center.
James and Wade now seem to know when it’s time to take over at different times in the game, and Bosh can just wait and let the game come to him. James has probably been the biggest reason for the turnaround even though he hasn’t been scoring the way Wade has. James is so unselfish (on the basketball court) that he’s great at feeding his teammates and giving the ball to the guy that is hot. And when he wants to take over, he can.
NBA commentators didn’t want to pick the Heat because they thought a team filled with all-stars wouldn’t be able to coexist. Well, it looks like that idea was gone as fast as the Heat tore the hearts out of Cavs fans in early December.
Defensively, they are the best in the league. And they have two guys that can take over at any point in the game. The Boston Celtics might still be their hardest competition in the Eastern Conference, but it seems like many people took the Heat lightly. They’re on a roll and with the way they play defense, it looks like they actually have a shot to win a title in their first year together.
For those who haven’t seen Lombardi on HBO yet, you need to check it out. It’s not only for football fans and sports fans in general, but it’s a story of a great American who gave his life to the game.
I’ve been dying to check out the documentary and I was flipping through the guide and I finally saw it. How lucky was I.
The documentary takes us through the beginning of Vince Lombardi’s coaching career and we learn about the man who inspired a team, a town and a country.
Lombardi was a tough man. He loved football, religion and family, and as HBO put’s it: we’ll never know in which order. He worked excruciating hours probably because he was asking so much out of his own players.
His players adored him like a father. They would go to battle with this man no matter what the cost. Lombardi, was tough, but he was a true players coach because none of them would be the players they were without him at the helm.
Lombardi was so tough that he even surprised the players when they saw him at Church, where he went 365 days of the year. He relied heavily on his faith, and he said he thought through every decision with his faith in mind.
He did have his faults though. His devotion to the Green Bay Packers and football was so strong that his family seemed to get the leftovers after his tough days on the job. It’s sad, and I’m just speaking out of what I watched, but some of his players seemed to have a better relationship with their coach than his children had with their father.
But Lombardi was loved.
When the first Superbowl came along, he received a letter from Wellington Mara, the Giants owner, that said he wouldn’t want anybody else representing the NFL more than him. It truly was like a President, selecting his best general to go into War.
Lombardi’s story isn’t just a football story. His story is one of a great American who transcended football.
Check it out on HBO. Because like his players, you wish you had more time with Lombardi.
According to multiple reports it looks like the NFL won’t embarrass Brett Favre and suspend him for what looks to be his final game in the NFL.
Both Jay Glazer of FOX and Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Favre will only be fined, and not suspended by the league because of accusations by former Jets employee Jen Sterger that Favre sent pictures of his man parts to her in his only season with the New York Jets.
This isn’t surprising in the least. The news of Favre sending semi-nude photos to Sterger was broken by deadspin.com earlier in the season, and since nothing happened immediately it looked like Favre was going to get off easy. Also, for the NFL to do this at the end of the season looks a little suspicious. But that’s as far as I’m going to go with the conspiracy theory angle.
A suspension earlier in the season by the league, and the NFL detective/Commissioner Roger Goodell would’ve been the topping on the cake for most Favre haters, but now he’ll be able to leave the game quietly, well as quietly as Brett Favre can. Now, fining him at the end of the season lessens the hit on Favre and if he’s healthy enough it looks like he’ll play his final game of his career this Sunday at Detroit.
Favre can now just concentrate on his last game, if he’s healthy enough to play after suffering a concussion two weeks ago in a 40-14 loss to the Chicago Bears.
After what third-string quarterback Joe Webb did Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, some may argue that Webb should play to gain more experience for next season. But really, what’s one game? One game against the Lions won’t help him improve mightily or even bring him back to earth after a good game against the Eagles. I say, let Favre play if he’s healthy and we won’t ever have to see him again, until he’s crying at the podium of course.
The Eagles’ loss in Tuesday Night Football on NBC gave us two clear answers: the Eagles won’t have a first-round bye in the playoffs and will most likely face the number six seed, and Michael Vick lost out his chance to surpass Tom Brady as the league MVP.
Of course, many thought Tom Brady was the MVP even before Tuesday night’s game that saw Vikings third string quarterback, Joe Webb, defeat Vick and the Eagles 24-14. Brady has a had tremendous season, with less talent around him. He is unlike any quarterback in the game because he acts like a point guard, and makes everybody else around him better.
Brady might even be more impressive this season than in 2007 when he threw for 50 TD’s and had a passer rating of 117.2. He’s made Deion Branch look like a Superbowl MVP again, and does a great job of spreading the ball around. Brady’s 34 TD’s is very impressive, but even more unbelievable is his four interceptions on the season, which will be a career best unless something goes terribly wrong next week. In 2007 he only had 8 interceptions on the season.
Vick’s story has been a great one for the league. You’ve heard it, so I won’t go through it all, but his comeback has been impressive, and it only leaves us wondering what if…
Vick has limited his turnovers like Brady, with only 6 INT’s to go along with 21 TD’s, but he has played in three fewer games than Brady, and you don’t get MVP’s when you’re not playing every game, especially at quarterback, sorry Channing Crowder.
The other main point that cements the idea that Brady is the league MVP, is that the Patriots would fall apart if Brady wasn’t playing, but the Eagles with Kevin Kolb, would probably still be in the playoff hunt.
Are you going to tell me that Brady is a product of the system because of the way Matt Cassel played in 2008 when he was injured? Well, moot point. Cassel is tearing it up with the Chiefs now, so maybe he’s just a good quarterback and it’s not entirely the system.
This has nothing to do with Vick’s past transgressions. This is mainly football, and Brady was the better football player this year.