City Sports Report

The 2010 New York Jets: The Greatest Show On (And Off) Turf by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Profanity from the head coach, the signing of a player who has eight kids in five states and a player who is suspended the first four games of the season for violating the substance abuse policy, sexual harassment accusations, and, most recently, a player arrested for DWI while driving with two teammates in the car. This is the 2010 New York Jets. I get the feeling that HBO executives wish they created a first-ever in-season addition of Hard Knocks, as footage of these events would be as entertaining, if not more, than the actual games being played.

In an era where most marriages end in divorce, I will not begin to suggest that everyone should look to get married, but Antonio Cromartie has taken the term “multiply and be fruitful” to another level. It is a little saddening to listen to him on Hard Knocks name his eight children. I do hope for the equal success of his Jet career and marriage, and that they both reach their fullest potential.

Santonio Holmes has been a model citizen as a member of the New York Jets thus far, and let’s hope it continues once he comes back from suspension, and that he has matured. In the past, he has been arrested for possession of marijuana, and was involved in a domestic violence incident in 2006, though the misdemeanor charges were later dismissed.

Clearly, players on any NFL team have to know that cat-calling a woman in the locker room is inappropriate under almost any circumstances. The NFL didn’t drop the hammer on the Jets, but their behavior has inspired a new program that will point out what behavior is and isn’t appropriate in the locker room. I don’t think Francisco Rodriguez will be used as a consultant.

Drinking and driving is a dangerous act that we as Americans are taking more and more seriously, but, perhaps not as seriously as we should. Outrage is what is felt by the general public, understandably, when you hear about three millionaire football players traveling in a car driven by a player who is twice the legal limit for alcohol allowed in the system.

As some of you may know, I am a huge Jet fan, have been one since the days of the New York Sack Exchange, and, as the saying goes, I root for the laundry, whether worn by Gastineau and Klecko, O’Brien and Thomas, Chrebet and Johnson, or Cromartie and Edwards. Though the team has upstanding NFL citizens, such as Ladainian Tomlinson, with Cromartie, Edwards, and Holmes, they have signed players that, at the very least, have made questionable decisions. As a fan, you root for your team, and the players that play for that team. Is there a point where a player can do something so disgusting that you can’t root for the team as long as that player is still playing? I suppose every fan has their breaking point, and, some may have reached it with the Jets already, but not I. Sunday evening, at 8:30pm, I will be in front of the television, rooting for the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!

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