EARLY SEASON FORM OR MORE TO COME?

EARLY SEASON FORM OR MORE TO COME?

(The Vince Lombardi trophy)
The NFL season is well and truly underway and with that being said, some teams have shown out, while some haven’t shown up. It may be early but some teams have taken up the mantle as “favourites” for the Super Bowl. Even though it is early, some of these early forms need to be announced as such and nothing more.

The Miami Dolphins who have annihilated the Denver Broncos putting up a massive 70 points look good, but getting through the first round may be their limit. Don’t get me wrong, players like Waddle, Tyreek Hill, and Raheem Mostert are good players, but could they do it against an actual team? No disrespect to Denver or LA Chargers, but if those teams had a defense they’d be half-decent.

The Philadelphia Eagles who missed their best chance at a Super Bowl last season won’t be in the showpiece this year. When it all comes down to it, the form of Jalen Hurts will cause the Eagles to be halted in their progression. There are a few teams who I believe are the ones to watch for the conference finals this year.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

(Brock Purdy interacting with Christian McCaffery)
This is no surprise and if this is to someone, maybe they shouldn’t be watching the sport. The San Francisco 49ers missed the Super Bowl last year due to having not one, not two, but THREE QB injuries which had Mr. Irrelevant Brock Purdy being the main man and now looking like an experienced man for the job, only injuries can stop them. NFC Championships is the bare minimum for this season.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

(Green Bay QB Jordan Love)
This one may shock the landscape of football and it’s the Green Bay Packers. Jordan Love, even though it is extremely early, is proving to be what Rodgers was when Farve left. They look like with him they can go toe-to-toe with nearly every team in the league and could make a huge playoff push.

BUFFALO BILLS

(The Buffalo Bills Offensive Unit)
Yes, they lost to the Jets, BLAH, BLAH, BLAH! DON’T CARE! The Buffalo Bills have gone from strength to strength after that embarrassment and now no team seems to be able to lay a glove on them. They have always been in these positions in the past with Josh Allen, but now this is the best chance to get one up on the Chiefs.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

(Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes)
It is really weird but for the foreseeable future, the AFC will win every Super Bowl on offer. Kansas City is still in my book as the overwhelming favourite to go for another title. That doesn’t mean the rest of the AFC can’t put up a fight, but we are talking about the best QB in the league by a country mile let’s be real. The Chiefs will be seeing that Usher halftime show in person this year and maybe a Taylor Swift edition.

Honorable mentions to the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets. People who got drawn in must have seen this coming. One team has an overpaid, overrated QB who couldn’t complete a Math exam in Dak Prescott and the other has a 3rd choice being a starter. Now it is early, but if either team wants to live up to the early season hype, Matthew Stafford is right there!

Breathing in a Wild Start to the Jets Season

Breathing in a Wild Start to the Jets Season

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It was 8:15 on Monday night. Aaron Rodgers ran out with the American flag just several minutes before the game to a huge roar from the crowd. There was a massive buzz in MetLife Stadium. Breece Hall just ran for 26 yards on his first carry after his ACL surgery. Then, Aaron Rodgers got sacked by a ferocious Buffalo Bills D-line and wasn’t able to put any weight on his leg.

Week 1
It felt like all of the energy got sucked out of MetLife. Jets fans knew that the offensive line was a weak link, but was it this weak? There were only four snaps before Rodgers tore his Achilles. FOUR. Like all Jets fans, I was completely stunned watching Aaron get carted off the field and having to watch Zach Wilson play QB in Week 1.

The Jets defense mainly kept them in the game as they were trailing 13-3 at halftime, but it wasn’t looking too good. A couple of players talked to Rodgers during halftime, including Garrett Wilson. Wilson revealed on a podcast that Rodgers told him, “Sorry, kid” when he went to check on the injured QB. In the second half, the Jets came out, made some big plays, and the crowd got back into it. The Jets capitalized on 3 turnovers from Josh Allen (2 INT, 1 fumble) and a possible catch-of-the-year from star WR Garrett Wilson to take a 16-13 lead with 1:48 to go. A terrific Bills drive and a kick that doinked in eventually led us to overtime. After the Jets made Buffalo punt on the opening drive, undrafted rookie Xavier Gipson recorded a 65 yd punt return TD that sent many fans in MetLife Stadium home happy ! This completed the comeback for the Jets and they won 22-16. On a night that we believed that Rodgers would lead the Jets to a win, it was the defense anchored by S Jordan Whitehead (3 INT), along with Xavier Gipson and Garrett Wilson (5-34-1).

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To be honest, Zach played solid with the situation he came into. Only making 1 serious mistake (a terrible INT thrown in the 2nd quarter), his stats were: 14/21, 140 passing yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 6 rushing yds. It definitely could’ve been worse against a very solid Bills defense. Breece Hall also looked electric, going for long gains of 26 and 83 yds, while finishing with 11 touches and 147 scrimmage yds. The offensive line started out terrible, but was better as the game went on, only giving up 2 sacks to Zach and opening up holes for the running game. The Jets defense got 5 sacks and made Josh Allen turn the ball over 5 times, making him look very frustrated at certain times. Lastly, the special teams was solid during the game and only got better with the Gipson return TD. A wild ending to a wild night.

Week 2

Right after playing the Bills, the Jets had to face a team that just beat the Giants 40-0 without their star QB. The score was basically how the game looked: 30-10 Dallas. The game wasn’t in the Jets’ control from the start and they played catch-up for the majority of it. The Cowboys scoring a TD nearly 6 minutes into the game and Zach Wilson getting lit up by superstar LB Micah Parsons set the tone for a rough afternoon. The Jets were only down 10-0 in the 2nd quarter before Zach Wilson threw a dart to Garrett Wilson for a quick 68 yd TD. On the Cowboys’ drive following the TD, Sauce Gardner dropped a would-be pick six that would’ve given the Jets a 14-10 lead. Instead, Dallas responded with a first down and a TD, going up 18-7. The Jets had a nice drive to end the half, getting a field goal and only trailing 18-10 while getting the ball.

The second half seemed like the exact opposite of the Bills game. 2 punts, a fumble by RB Dalvin Cook, and 3 INTs by Zach took away momentum of having another miraculous comeback. The offensive line had a horrendous day, as Wilson got pressured on 70% of the snaps and couldn’t do much at all. The run game was stuffed up for the most part, as the Jets only had 64 rushing yds (36 from Zach running for his life). Breece Hall only got 4 carries for 9 yds, and was unhappy after the game. Zach Wilson played half decent for 3 quarters before trying to play hero ball and throwing 3 ugly picks. Those 3 picks were the result of a terrible rushing attack by Cook, Carter, and Hall. Duane Brown has looked out of shape for the Jets in the first 2 games as he was a main reason why Parsons got through the offensive line with such ease. Also, where was the Jets defense that made Josh Allen look terrible? Lots of missed tackles, costly flags, and Dak Prescott (31/38, 255 yds, 2 TD) made the game look far worse than it was. Star WR CeeDee Lamb also tore up the secondary, going for 11 receptions and 143 yds.

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The Jets’ schedule in the next 4 games consist of the Patriots, Eagles, Broncos, and Chiefs. If they can finish 3-3 heading into Week 7 against the Giants, that would be a solid start. In his career, Zach has had huge struggles against the Patriots (0-4, 54-106, 693 yds, 2 td 7 int). Will it be a similar result on Sunday? Jets fans sure hope not.
Soccer to Flushing?

Soccer to Flushing?

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New York City is once again in the heart of a contentious debate about a new sports complex. NYC has become known for its vibrant sports culture and diverse communities. In the article I read about this new project, you could really see Steve Cohen’s big plans to build a soccer stadium in the Queens borough near Citi Field. Cohen is the owner of the New York Mets that play in Citi Field in Flushing Queens. My current event is going to address Cohen’s idea as well as the significant parking issues that the project would pose for the nearby communities of this potential new stadium.

Soccer is something that Steve Cohen, an established figure in professional sports, wants to bring to Queens. His big plan calls for the construction of a revolutionary soccer stadium that is guaranteed to ignite the excitement of soccer fans all throughout the city. This project has numerous potential advantages. Cohen’s proposal has the ability of bringing much-needed economic activity into the local economy in addition to giving soccer fans a new place to call home in the local area. The stadium can grow into a focal point for neighborhood interaction, holding activities that unite locals and guests to enjoy the great game of soccer. But as everyone knows, every big development and project always encounters its fair share of obstacles in the way of getting it done.

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Concern has been expressed by community organizations and local citizens regarding Cohen’s big project. The stadium’s effect on their daily lives is the main source of their anxiety. One of the biggest worries is the possibility of delays during stadium events due to increased traffic and congestion around the area and their homes. Addressing these issues and encouraging community involvement will be essential to the project’s success as it develops. The issue of parking is one of the most urgent difficulties that is connected to the planned soccer stadium project. Because of the stadium’s Queens location, parking is a special difficulty. The area of Flushing already has a neighborhood surrounding Citi Field and the possible new stadium, so finding areas for parking that aren’t pre existing would be challenging. The massive parking lots often found around big sporting venues are not present in the immediate area. This has raised questions about where thousands of fans will park their cars on game days. Locals and business owners are starting to worry that the increasing number of vehicles looking for parking spots could spread into residential areas, thereby causing an inconvenience to residents that live in the area and worsening traffic conditions there as well. Cohen’s team has discussed possible solutions with neighborhood stakeholders and city officials to lessen these sorts of problems. To lessen the need for on-site parking for these sporting events, such discussions have suggested shuttle services, increased access to public transportation, and promotion of Ubers or taxis to the stadiums.

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The building of the new stadium has its impacts on parking plans for the surrounding area for sure, but there is not a bigger impact it will have than the impact on the community itself surrounding the complex. The effect of the potential soccer stadium on the neighborhood cannot be stressed enough. Beyond its economic possibilities, the project has the power to influence how the locals of the area live their daily lives. Longer commute times and significant disruptions could result from increased traffic and congestion on game days. To come up with solutions that minimize the negative impacts on local citizens, Cohen’s team and city officials have to work together to figure out how to deal with them. Negotiations between Cohen’s team and local stakeholders have been ongoing, as have community involvement efforts. A crucial element in building a strong relationship between the stadium project and the neighborhood it intends to be incorporated into is engaging with the community and responding to their concerns about any potential faults to their plan. They want them to feel as if they are a part of the whole process of building this new development.

The bold proposal of Steve Cohen to construct a soccer stadium in Queens marks a huge change in the sports environment of New York City. Although the project has the potential to help boost the economy and include the community, it is not without obstacles to overcome. Parking is a major concern, and the locals’ worries should be treated seriously, as they are the ones that will be living in the area and dealing with the effects of it every day. It is crucial that Cohen’s team and city officials continue to collaborate closely with the local community as the project moves forward to identify practical solutions to the parking and congestion concerns by the community. Finding a balance between the economic development it brings and the needs and concerns of the neighborhood is essential to the stadium project’s success. This dream of a stadium can only become a reality that benefits Queens residents as well as soccer fans via cooperation and careful preparation by everybody involved. Steve Cohen is looking to bolster the Queens and Flushing community with this new state of the art stadium and development, it’s just up to the community to help it happen any way they can.

Can Rodgers End the Jets’ Playoff Drought?

Can Rodgers End the Jets’ Playoff Drought?

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When Aaron Rodgers announced that he wanted to play for the New York Jets on March 15, it probably made every Jets fans’ day.

The Jets were coming off a very disappointing end to the season as they didn’t score a touchdown after Week 15 and finished 7-10 after starting out 7-4. Losing AVT, star running back Breece Hall, and forcing Mike White to play with 5 fractured ribs were several reasons why the team struggled. It also didn’t help that Zach Wilson lost all of his confidence during this losing streak and got booed out of MetLife Stadium against the Lions and Jaguars. The Jets haven’t had a very good QB in a while. Sam Darnold was a massive bust as the No. 3 pick in the 2018 draft. Geno Smith was atrocious throughout the early 2010’s as another bust. Ryan Fitzpatrick had a solid 2015 season, throwing for 31 TD’s and 15 INT with nearly 4000 yards, but he regressed heavily the next season. You can even go all the way back to Bret Favre, who threw the same number of TD’s as INTs (22) and was in a similar situation as this year’s Jets. So, could Rodgers be able to end this drought and lead us to the playoffs for the first time in 2010? Yeah, they definitely could.

If the Jets had an average quarterback (at best) last year, they definitely could’ve made the postseason. They had a top 5 defense that was anchored by All-Pro DT Quinnen Williams (12 sacks) and All-Pro LB C.J. Mosley (158 tackles). They had a lethal CB duo led by DROY Sauce Gardner and D.J Reed. Before Breece Hall tore his ACL, he was the favorite to win OROY (681 scrimmage yds, 5 TD). Star WR Garrett Wilson won the award as he had 83 receptions for 1103 yds and 4 TD’s while dealing with subpar quarterback play.

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Before the Rodgers trade got finalized, I had expectations of a 8-9 win team that can possibly make the playoffs. Now, I see the Jets winning anywhere from 10-12 games and a team that should make the playoffs. They have given Breece Hall lots of time to work his way up to a full workload, as they signed star RB Dalvin Cook from the Vikings in free agency. In addition, they added WRs Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, and Randall Cobb to increase their depth at the receiver position. Signing S Adrian Amos can be a solid upgrade over Lamarcus Joyner. Rookie Will McDonald looks outstanding at practice with lots of highlights over the summer. The Jets also hired Nathanial Hackett as their new OC to reunite with Rodgers after firing Mike LaFleur. However, one thing that lots of people are questioning is Aaron Rodgers’ productivity this season.
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Lots of people don’t know that Aaron Rodgers played through a fractured thumb on his throwing hand last season. This led to him having meh numbers for his standards (26 TD, 12 INT). When fully healthy, Aaron is one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. Between 2020-2021, he threw for over 8,000 yards, 85 TD and 9 INT. If you go all the way back to 2018, his stats are: 16,858 passing yds, 136 TD, 15 INT. Those are crazy numbers that a healthy Rodgers can have! It may take some time for him to build chemistry with the offense, but I believe it is very possible for us Jets fans to have a very good season! It all starts on Monday night against the Bills.
Polar Bear on the Move?

Polar Bear on the Move?

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It is a rare occasion when the perception of a franchise and the trust by its fans rely on one crucial decision made by ownership, but this is certainly one of those occasions…

Just this past trade deadline in the MLB, the New York Mets were clearly deadline sellers, as they shipped off key parts of their squad such as Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, David Robinson, and even Mark Canha. The Mets have been a huge disappointment this year after a 101 win season last year, and are definitely failing expectations made by fans and even ownership for 2023. Amidst all of these moves the Mets made,there was one trade rumor that personally gave me the chills even hearing it. The Mets were entertaining a possible trade of their star first baseman Pete Alonso. Alonso is set to become a free agent following the conclusion of the 2024 season. There were reports swirling around that the Cubs and Brewers had serious trade offers and discussions with the Mets to acquire the polar bear from the Mets. While to maybe a regular fan of baseball, seeing the current situation with the Mets this season, trading Alonso during this offseason would actually make sense for the Mets being that they would be saving money and Alonso’s value is very high at the moment. On the other hand, this is something the Mets shouldn’t do, or even entertain quite frankly.

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Since debuting back in 2019, Alonso has led MLB first baseman in HRs and RBIs, is 3rd in wRC+ and 6th in fWAR. Besides the shortened 60 game season in 2020, Alonso has been a 40 HR and 100+ RBI player. There are not many players where you could say you would get this kind of production year in and year out. He has been one of the game’s best offensive players since 2019 and has been the face of the Mets franchise since entering the league.

Pete brings great leadership on and off the field for the Mets, has stayed healthy for 99% of his career thus far, and is respected and loved in the clubhouse and by the players and the fanbase. Alonso is not just a player you could replace so easily, and the Mets may be making that crucial mistake if they think they could.

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In my opinion, the most important part of this whole situation is what it would mean for the perception of Steve Cohen’s regime as owner moving forward. A lot of people were shocked to see both Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander traded at the deadline, both elite pitchers who they paid a lot of money for. By trading them both, that really makes fans question how serious the Mets are about competing in 2024 and beyond. If you also decide as a franchise to trade Pete Alonso on top of that, while also coming off probably the most disappointing season in the history of the franchise, it’ll really make the fans question Cohens decisions and make them lose trust in him. It would also seriously lose many fans, and make a lot of people very frustrated and upset, myself included.

The logic of trading Pete Alonso personally makes zero sense to me as a die hard Mets fan, or even as a die hard baseball fan. The Mets have no other top first baseman prospects in the minors. By their logic, if they would make this move of Alonso official, they would just retaliate by trusting an unknown prospect to take the spot or try and go out and sign a cheaper and probably older version of Alonso…. This in my opinion makes no sense and would look horrible on the Mets part. Why part ways with a generational power hitter and homegrown talent? I would not even criticize any fans who decided to not support the team anymore if they decide to move on from the 2x HR Derby winner. It would be a decision that could alter the perception of the franchise potentially for many years to come. Steve Cohen, you better be smart about this….