The most disturbing aspect of the New York Jets 33-0 annihilation at the hands of the New England Patriots ten days ago was not the lopsided defeat per se. That’s par for the course by now.
What was troubling was an NFL Films/ESPN microphone picking up Jets quarterback Sam Darnold on the sidelines saying to a teammate that he is seeing ghosts in reference to the prowess of the Patriots’ overwhelming defense. Many Jets fans immediately had flashbacks of the Pats’ 49-9 smackdown of their heroes on Thanksgiving 2012 when then Jets QB Mark Sanchez lost a football when he ran into this own offensive guard, Brandon Moore. He was never the same after that game.
There was understandably a lot of anticipation about how Sam Darnold would perform this past Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville. While the game wasn’t a disaster as Darnold found tight end Ryan Griffin for a pair of touchdown passes, it wasn’t an exoneration either as he also tossed three interceptions in a 29-15 loss. Of course a lot of the blame rests with the Jets’ paper mache offensive line, which is incapable of giving Darnold proper time to find an open receiver before he gets sacked by opposing linebackers.
As if Jets players did not have enough reasons to be demoralized, they have another one with the team’s treatment of former All-Pro guard Kelechi Osemele. After enduring shoulder pain for most of the season, Osemele was diagnosed with a torn labrum. His private physicians thought he should have surgery ASAP while the Jets’ medical staff thought that he could play through the season. On Friday, Osemele had the surgery against the Jets’ wishes, who promptly released him from the team the very next day.
The possibility of a Yankees, World Series game, forced Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club to relocate its Eastern Conference semifinal with Toronto Football Club to Citi Field on Wednesday.
In a nice touch, NYCFC staged a fan festival right by the Willets Point subway station. The crowd was sizable in spite of the venue change on relatively short notice, and the unusually balmy weather certainly helped too.
Unfortunately, Toronto’s Alexander Pozuelo outscored NYCFC 2-1 with his second goal, a penalty kick coming at the finish of regulation to end NYCFC’s season.
Best of luck to a Forest Hills High School classmate of mine, Debbie Ingber Deutsch, who entered the New York City Marathon lottery as a way of celebrating a milestone birthday and she was selected to run in Sunday’s 26.2-mile race.
She’s running to raise money for That Newfoundland Place, which is a rescue facility in Connecticut which cares for that gentle giant canine species when an owner’s health or finances precludes looking after them.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks will miss a good chunk of the 2020 season recovering from Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow. His absence may give Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares a chance to stay in New York. Lagares will be a free agent, and it is unlikely that the Mets will seek to re-sign him. Expect Yankees general manager Brian Cashman to contact his agent when the free agency period begins.
Showtime Sports will debut a documentary on one of the greatest and most mysterious athletes in history, the late heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Liston, on Friday, November 15.
This must be a golden age for televised professional wrestling. The WWE ‘s “RAW” on USA Network has long been cable’s highest-rated program, and its “Smackdown” on FOX is doing well on Friday nights. A new promotion, All Elite Wrestling, has done well on Wednesday nights for TNT.
Not be overlooked, Impact Wrestling airs Tuesday nights at 8 PM on cable’s AXS TV, which is owned by Dallas Mavericks CEO Mark Cuban. Longtime wrestling fans will like the fact that matches are taped in small arenas, which is a throwback to the 1960s when the World Wrestling Federation would tape matches in the studios of Philadelphia’s Channel 48 when they couldn’t get access to that old warhorse, the Philadelphia Civic Center.
AXS also showcases rock artists of the 1960s through 80s with both concert footage and interviews, which are conducted by the likes of AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson and legendary news anchor Dan Rather.
Representatives from the Palm Beach Cultural Center met with New York media last Thursday to ostensibly promote that large South Florida county’s many museums, its symphony orchestra and ballet troupe, and the Palm Beach Zoo.
They also took pride in the fact that the two Major League Baseball teams that make West Palm Beach their spring training home, the Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros. They reminded media that the Mets, who play just north of Palm Beach in Port St. Lucie, come to Palm Beach County quite often in March to play either the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter and of course the Nationals and Astros in West Palm Beach.
Biz Bash Live, the annual Javits Center trade show for the hospitality industry, featured the usual amount of hotels, restaurants, and foodservice companies, including Woodside confectioner Treat House, which is vying for holiday season business from the corporate community.
Biz Bash also attracts entertainers looking for bookings. Actor Jamie C. Ward impersonated a certain Queens native who now resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. He had President Trump’s look, voice, and conversation style down pat just the way the late David Frye did with President Nixon. For more information log onto trumpitparty.com