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Tick, Tick, Tick…The Carriage is about to turn into a Pumpkin…
Posted By Gabe Hidalgo On Dec 13 2010 @ 11:37 am In New York Jets | 3 Comments
What happened on Sunday afternoon was a travesty. The Dolphins beat the Jets 10-6. Chad Henne threw for 55 yards in the entire game. The Dolphins Offense was held in check. All 10 of the Dolphins points were as a result of Jets turnovers. The Jets Defense played extremely well. The Jets offense, well, let’s just say that they appeared to be physically present but their minds were elsewhere. I really don’t know what to say except the Jets Offense looked lost out there.
As I settled in on Sunday after going to church (Prayed for my friends and family’s health and well-being, prayed for a great end of the year at work and then slipped in a small prayer for the Jets), some supermarket shopping (gotta get those bananas and chicken), I was hoping that the game between the Jets and Dolphins would be a game in which the offense would finally wake up. When you have two pro-bowl caliber wide receivers, two really good running backs, a supposedly solid offensive line and a up and coming Tight end, you should be in good shape. Enter Mark Sanchez, the golden 1st round pick who has led the Jets to several last minute miracle wins. Despite assurances that the they buried the Patriots game ball, it appeared that someone secretly dug it back up.
In the first quarter, Sanchez’ first three throws were the following (forgive me if I get the order right, I am trying to forget it) an incomplete pass, a blocked pass and then an interception. The interception set up a field goal for the Dolphins. Dolphins 3 Jets 0. Ok, so the Jets Offense gets back on the field and Sanchez fumbles the ball on a strip sack. The Dolphins strike again with a touchdown. Dolphins 10, Jets 0. Deja vu? I am starting to think that the Patriots knockout on Monday is still affecting this team. The Jets Offense is walking around in a stupor, Mark Sanchez appears to be devoid of confidence and it looks to me that the Coach should pull him and insert Mark Brunnell. However, back out with Sanchez and the team stumbles some more before a glimmer of hope appears. Sanchez gets the offense moving down field and throws a perfect pass to Santonio Holmes…TouchDO…. What The Funk? Santonio literally drops the ball. Jets Kick a field goal 10-3 Jets. The TV camera pans the sideline and Santonio is striding on the sideline smiling and laughing. What is so funny Santonio? DO you think dropping touchdowns is funny? Do you think this offense will surely score touchdowns with ease later in the game? Have you seen this team in the last two weeks????
The defense keeps the Jets in the game as we go into the half trailing 10-3. I try not to panic, the wife comes over and says that I should stay positive as there is plenty of time to score a touchdown. Now, I start believing it and the smell wafting in from the kitchen is simply sublime…(yes, my wife, besides being an astounding business woman is also quite possibly the world’s best and most efficient cook), so I stay positive and await the opening of the second half…
Despite the positivity, the Jets score another field goal and inch closer. Jets 10, Dolphins 6. The teams trade field position and then it comes down to the final drive. We have seen this before. The Jets win at the end with a miraculous comeback. The Jets win….The Jets post game is littered with superlatives that enhance a never say die atmosphere. You would be mistaken this time, as I was. So the Jets get the ball and promptly get a first down. Then they get to third down and Sanchez throws a great pass which Cotchery fails to catch. The pass was leading Cotchery and he had room to run, 4th and 15. The miracle happens here, its a different culture, no more Same Old Jets..Sanchez will get it done. Nope. Sanchez gets sacked by Cameron Wake (the guy is a beast with 14 sacks after the Jets Game). Dejection. Final Score Jets 10, Dolphins 6.
Ok, so the Jets fall to 9-4. They lost to the hapless Dolphins who despite having an offense that was statistically worse than the Jets managed to score a touchdown. Now, the Jets are on the edge of a cliff. They have to play the Steelers in Pittsburgh, then the Bears in Chicago and they will end with Buffalo at home.
What did I see in this game:
Bottom line is that watching this game on Sunday was a waste, it was nothing more than a re-run of the Same Old Jets. Time to switch the channel.
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Given what transpired this Sunday, I was a mess. However, my wife, the sage that she is, put everything into context. “Stop acting like a child, you start throwing a tantrum when they lose, you are not a child.” She is right, although we do look forward to these games after a long week at work, we need to detach ourselves right after the game. The Jets don’t pay me to cover them, the Jets don’t put money in my wallet, the Jets don’t provide me a home and whether they win or lose, I still have responsibilities to take care of. I am truly blessed to have a great family, a nice home, great friends and a great job. To let the Jets lack of effort ruin an otherwise great existence is pointless. Yes, I am a fan, but I cannot allow the Jets game outcome effect other parts of my life. They certainly don’t care about when I or my family get sick, when we have to make bill payments or when we get awards at work or school. We need to remember that the Jets are a distraction from our everyday life, and as such we need to come back to the real world after the game. So yes, it sucked that they lost, and yes, it stings that they seem to be backtracking after a promising start, but life will go on even when they lose. Life will go on. On that note, I hope everyone has a great week, and if I can shake this Jets hangover, I will submit another article very soon.
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