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    Penny, Coles, Mangini, Graham, and ELMO!! - take a look




    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y., Dec. 18 — Two days after he looked hopelessly out of sync in a loss to the Buffalo Bills, Chad Pennington found his groove on a soundstage in Queens.

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    Pennington, who had three turnovers in a loss to the Bills two days before visiting Sesame Street, said the taping was “good medicine for me.”
    Dancing with his 2-year-old son, Cole, during a taping last Tuesday of an “Elmo’s World” segment of “Sesame Street,” Pennington, the Jets’ quarterback, felt disembodied from his serious, studious self. It was as if, like Elmo himself, Pennington’s arms and legs were being operated by somebody else.

    Eric Mangini, the Jets’ coach, and his 2-year-old son, Jake, shared the stage with Pennington. Joining them were receiver Laveranues Coles and punter Ben Graham and his two daughters. For a few hours they enjoyed a few laughs and a connection that did not fade to black when the cameras stopped rolling.

    “I can’t thank Eric enough to have something set up like that,” Pennington said. “It was really neat.”

    The taping, which was set up more than a week in advance, was an offshoot of the Jets’ surprising success. Mangini’s profile is rising with every rung his 8-6 team climbs in the American Football Conference standings, creating opportunities to connect with audiences outside of football.

    There are not many show-biz types that could lure Mangini, a football fanatic, away from the Jets’ practice facility. Elmo was on the short list. “Because it’s Jake’s favorite show and we watch it together,” he said.

    At the time it seemed like a precious off-day diversion, but after the Jets’ 31-13 loss to the Bills it loomed as a potential distraction. Pennington’s competitive instinct was to call an audible and pass on the taping.

    “You normally want to do something like that after a win,” said Pennington, whose 3 turnovers and 182 yards passing against the Bills engendered a blitz of criticism.

    In the end, his conscientiousness about honoring commitments prevailed. “We had planned it so I couldn’t get out of it even though I was actually wanting to after we lost,” Pennington said. “I’m really glad that I didn’t.”

    Their trek to Elmo’s imaginary crayon-colored world took the edge off the black-and-white, win-or-else scenario that Pennington, in particular, faced in Sunday’s game at Minnesota. It is hard not to have a light heart when you are throwing the football long to a furry red monster with a bright orange nose.

    “It was actually pretty good medicine for me to go out there and just take my mind off of football for a little bit,” Pennington said.

    Every week Pennington is put under the microscope. Whatever he does on the field, good or bad, is magnified. He professes not to care how he is perceived by the general public. But in explaining the lure of Elmo’s world, he sounded a bit like a puppet on a string himself inasmuch as his moods can be controlled by the public.

    “Especially with all the chaos going on last week, it worked out good,” he said.

    Like the others, Pennington made up the work he missed on his so-called day off by coming in early the other days and staying late. On Sunday he did not appear to skip a beat, passing for 339 yards and a touchdown, to Coles, to lead the Jets to a 26-13 victory against the Vikings.

    It was a performance that might have had Elmo asking his friend, Dorothy the goldfish, “Guess what Elmo’s thinking about today?”

    The answer, of course: the playoffs.

    The Jets were invited on the show to teach Elmo football fundamentals but they ended up learning about one another.

    “It was good for me to have an opportunity to see coach in a different light,” Coles said. “To see him interact with his kids and stuff, it’s exciting. I get to see another part of him.”

    Coles is the person his teammates seek out when they need a laugh. He kept the mood from becoming oppressive during training camp by poking fun at Mangini, a micromanager who waddles when he walks, by assigning him the villainous nickname The Penguin.

    But like the other Jets, it took him a while to loosen up in front of Elmo. They were all a little nervous starting out, so Mangini turned to Coles off camera.

    “You need to lighten up the mood,” he said, to which Coles replied, “I’ll try, but it’s hard with you here.”

    That broke the ice. Everybody loosened up after that. “It was just a fantastic experience,” Graham said, adding, “It was a long day but it was worth it.”

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    The “Elmo’s World” segment taped last week by Jets Coach Eric Mangini and three players is scheduled to be broadcast on “Sesame Street” in August. Elmo, the fuzzy-haired creature, will accompany 10 Jets players to St. Mary’s Healthcare System in Bayside to deliver gifts to children with life-limiting illnesses. ... The players of the week, as announced Monday by Mangini, were receiver Laveranues Coles on offense, nose tackle Dewayne Robertson on defense and Rashad Washington on special teams. Running back Derrick Blaylock was named the practice player of the week. In a break from convention, Mangini also awarded game balls to the boxer Aaron Pryor and his wife, Frankie. On Saturday night, Mangini showed the team a tape of Pryor’s fight against Gaetan Hart, replete with a taped message from Pryor to the team that said: “What time is it? Jets Time.”

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    I heard that Elmo wouldn't shake Mangini's hand after the shoot!

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    Wow! Jets Getting Respect On National TV

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    "Why are you here Chad? Where is Kellen? Ha ha ha. He's the quarterback that Zoe wants to meet."
    --Elmo

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    "Hey Elmo, can you throw the ball to that fishbowl? If so, I think you'll be starting for us on Monday in Miami as they're expecting 70 degrees and a 1 mile-per-hour wind."
    --Coach Mangini

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    "Oh, so you're supposed to hold the ball upright into the ground when holding for a field goal? Ha ha ha. Thanks for the tip, Ben!"
    --Elmo

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    "I saw you on Oprah, man. Ha ha ha. My dad was mean to me too and now I'm a TV star with a talking fish and a mime!"
    --Elmo

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    "Hey guys, would you all pay attention to Sar? He needs some attention real bad."
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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I
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    "OK Elmo, we hear that when we play the Dolphins, our fans at 16H chug this down for good luck!! One...Two...Three....CHUG!!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I
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    this photo was snapped just as elmo was saying "your mother wears"

    apparently the smiles turned to rage & elmo ended up in the fishbowl upon finishing his sentence

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    BTW, I never knew that Elmo was lefty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I
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    Elmo: I wish this puppeteer would take his hand outta my a$s, so I wouldn't feel so much like a Tom Brady!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I
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    ELMO: "Look Chadwick. My shoulder is held on by three pieces of thread and I can throw farther than you can!!!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I
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    When the Patriots were on the show, Brady tried to give me a reacharound.



    Ok, I may be pushing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I
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    Mangini: Damn, the Muppett places the ball down better than Graham does.

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    BTW, is it just me or has the Penguin packed on about 40 lbs this year? He's heading for Tunaville.

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    That's a ncie story, I like that... and it's another example of how Mangini has really turned this attitude of this team 180 degrees since Herm the Idiot left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxboroFanatic2
    BTW, is it just me or has the Penguin packed on about 40 lbs this year? He's heading for Tunaville.
    When I see him on TV I always think of King of Queens

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    Quote Originally Posted by SAR I
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    PENGUIN: "Now make a good throw ELMO or I take away your parking space!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoxboroFanatic2
    BTW, is it just me or has the Penguin packed on about 40 lbs this year? He's heading for Tunaville.

    Hes more "round" than he was with the Pats. Bill.B must have had him doing laps or something.

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