Archive for June, 2011

Is Mark Sanchez Overrated?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Few things in life can create such intense debates as the concept of someone being over or underrated. Over the last few weeks I have found myself in countless conversations about a particular person being either over or underrated and I have finally begun to realize that really, there is no such thing.

The majority of these discussion were about artists, or even more simply rappers. After these discussions I was left with a simple conclusion, nothing is over or underrated, everything is rated just as it should be. (more…)

MetLife Nearing Deal for New Meadowlands Stadium Naming Rights

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Last season the Jets and the Giants broke ground on their brand new stadium, there was only one problem. They never decided on a name.

The fact that two professional football teams in the New York area couldn’t find and agree on a sponsor to their stadium in time for the opening season was rather embarrassing. Of course all it takes is a basic understanding of the dynamics of the relationship between the Jets and Giants and their fans to understand why it would take so long to agree on a sponsor.

The old stadium was called Giants Stadium, because it was originally only their stadium until they allowed the Jets to move in as tenants. This new stadium was a joint venture, a 50/50 split of ownership by the two teams. With one team called the Jets and the other having the nickname of Big Blue, what could possibly make more sense than having JetBlue as the sponsor?

Well, anyone who knows the slightest bit about the aforementioned dynamics of the relationship between these two teams understands the Giants were never going to agree to a name that would put the Jets first.

The Giants organization, players and especially their fans loved to put the Jets down by simple stating, ‘you don’t even have your own stadium,’ so there was no way they were about to give the Jets top billing in the naming of the new stadium. Add that to the fact that the two organizations just plain don’t like each other and it’s no wonder they went so long without a name, however that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing.

But it looks like all that is finally about to change and if we are lucky enough to have a football season this year, we will also have a new name to call the stadium that houses both the Jets and Giants, as today the Sports Business Journal reported that, “MetLife is in advanced discussions with New Meadowlands Stadium to upgrade its corner sponsorship at the year-old facility to a full naming-rights deal.

“A source close to the deal described the negotiations as ‘very advanced, but not complete.”

According to SBJ, the deal is expected to be worth “between $17-18 million a year,” which is far short of the believed original price of $30 million the teams were reportedly seeking, but it appears the embarrassment of not having a name at all far outweighs them not getting quite as much money as they hoped for.

With the stadium playing host to the Super Bowl in 2014 it was imperative that they get this deal done well before then, but for the sake of fans, announcers and reporters it was just as important to give us an actual name to call the stadium right away. Because honestly the New Meadowlands Stadium or NMS, just looks and sounds silly.

As the old saying goes, better late than never right?

Jets Players Get Charitable With Free Time

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

A little over a month ago Ray Lewis created headlines when he spoke to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio saying, “Watch how much crimes go up, if you take away our game.” The reaction to Lewis’ comments varied, some people just found it humorous, others thought it was nonsense and some considered the comments prophetic. Lewis has a point of course, if there is no football at all this season there will be a lot of fans with nothing to do other than find ways to get themselves in trouble this fall. However when considering how much crime takes place because of football (fights, DUIs, etc. etc.), it would most likely balance out, but you try telling Ray Lewis he is wrong. (more…)

Year Three Improvement Plan: Phase Two

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Last week we finally got some encouraging news about the lockout as this week’s schedule mediation has been replaced by settlement talks. The lawyers from both sides have been excused from these most recent meetings and not coincidentally, some progress is reportedly being made.

Unfortunately it’s not enough progress as the lockout is still very much in effect and as encouraging as some of the news is, it’s not encouraging enough to convince anyone that the idea of regularly scheduled football is anything more than wishful thinking at this point. (more…)

Damien Woody Likely to Return to Jets

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Florham Park, N.J.- The lockout has silenced the usual free agent chatter that normally takes place in the offseason, but from the looks of it Jets fans are being tossed a small bone of sorts. The rumors are swirling that RT Damien Woody is likely to re-sign with the Jets whenever the NFL reopens their doors for business.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported that sources told him the Jets are still very much hoping to bring Woody back, then Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News seconded the notion of conformation saying, “from what I’m hearing, Woody will likely be back at a reduced rate.” (more…)