Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Jets Mentality

As a long term Jets fan I'm starting to think that I'm gonna have to change my way of thinking around here. However hard it may be, I'm gonna have to cut the cynicism and start believing! It almost rubs against my Jets grain. I've expected the Jets to screw up after decades of mediocrity and ineptitude and a few okay years. It's hard to break the habit of trying to figure out how the organization would blow it on a weekly and annual basis. Now I have to adjust to them being winners. Wow! What an adjustment.

Rex Ryan brought that winning mentality to New York-Jersey last year and continues with it in the 2010 campaign. At first it was entertaining and refreshing but I couldn't believe it yet. Now, after a trip to the AFC Championship Game last season, and an 8-2 record after four 4th quarter or overtime comeback wins in a row, I'm starting to become a believer. It's the only thing I can do! If you can look past the fact that the Jets defense keeps putting them in these situations where they have to come back at the end of games (which I can), then you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that light is the Big Game at the end of the playoffs.... dare I say it? No, I won't yet.

The NY Jets do seem poised to go in to next weeks game against the Patriots with a 9-2 record after beating the Cincinnati Bengals on Thanksgiving. And if they can beat New England again they can be 10-2 going in to the home stretch four games. But I'm looking too far ahead. First they have to beat the Bengals, who are a much better team than their 2-8 record indicates, with their high powered passing game featuring Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, and Terrell Owens. First things first. But this NY Jets fan is starting to assume that these New York Jets are going to win (you know what happens when you assume). And with Mark Sanchez at the helm and the Jets offense playing the way they are playing it's hard not to believe; even if it does go against my losing Jets fan attitude. Thanks Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez, you're changing my way of thinking. Happy Thanksgiving! Let's not be turkeys. Win this one without a last minute comeback. Give the kid a break, so he can go home after the game and have some turkey and look forward to a great match up against the Patriots next week. Let's Go Jets!

Mets Start New Era With Collins, Alderson

The New York Mets ushered in a new era in GM Sandy Alderson announcing the hiring of the fiery Terry Collins as Manager. Collins previously was managing the Mets farm team. At his introductory news conference Collins said he hopes to lead the Mets to the Promised Land! Well Hallelujah! Praise The Lord! I hope so!

Terry Collins News Conference

After donning his new Mets uniform and cap he declared "I'm full of enthusiasm... I've learned to mellow a bit, but my love for the game itself leads me to wanting the game to be played correctly and that will never take a second step to anything. I'm not the evil devil that a lot of people have made me out to be". He praised the Mets roster and it sounds like the core might stay pretty much intact. We'll see. He said "We've got a lot of talented guys. We've got to let them play their game".

And so It seems like Terry Collins will be a colorful, interesting guy to watch and listen to, much like Jerry Manual and Willie Randolph of recent Mets Managerial history. Whether he can lead us to the Promised Land is to be seen. He says that there's no reason why they shouldn't be a winning team. It ought to be entertaining to watch him try anyway.

Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins

It's exciting to see a whole new regime for the New York Mets. It's gonna be a fresh new start. Let's hope they restore respectability to a team with great history in MLB. Terry Collins, welcome to New York!