Another day, another way for Jets fans to twist and turn: According to the NEWARK STAR-LEDGER, team owner Woody Johnson and GM Mike Tannenbaum have tired of the Brett Favre comeback storyline and just want him to retire already.
(A future entry in THE FAIL BLOG: Brett Favre Super Jet.)
Here’s what an anonymous Jets insider told Dave Hutchinson of the STAR-LEDGER:
“If Favre says he’s not coming back, I don’t know if that would be a great disappointment. … I think Woody and Mike are upset (with Favre’s late-season play) to a point, especially Woody. But I think they have to handle the situation with care. They’re not going to say publicly they don’t want Favre back, but privately I’m not so sure.”
It’s a stunning shift from the team’s approach before the season, when Favre was viewed as a panacea to both becoming competitive and financially lucrative. When Favre seemed to hit stride in midseason, Jets officials were so busy slapping each other — and NFL execs — on the back in the tunnel under Gilette Stadium they had no time to comprehend a potential meltdown.
Now that the inevitable “meltdown by hubris” has come, the team is left with a precarious diplomatic situation, with no real blueprint on how to act (note to Woody Johnson: Don’t follow the “Green Bay 2008″ program. Didn’t go over so well).
$400,000 is a lot of money. Imagine all the things you could do. Get a summer house down at the shore. Take that European vacation you’ve always wanted. Eat filet mignon with supermodels every day and wipe your mouth with a $100 bill. Or go watch the Jets play for all eternity. Yes, one man actually shelled out four hundred grand to live out what sounds like my own personal hell.
(Despite the photo, Findel did not spend the $400,000 at a kissing booth.)
David Findel, owner of a mortgage-lending company (which means he might as well have made his fortune selling the organs of homeless orphan children), dropped some serious bank for two personal seat licenses at the new Meadowlands Stadium. If that sounds like a bargain to you, I hope you choke on your sound investment strategies and large charitable gifts, Mr. Buffett. But keep in mind that Findel still has to shell out $14,000 a year for the tickets themselves. And he has to watch the Jets.
2008 NEW YORK JETS HAVE OFFICIALLY BEEN GROUNDED: Don’t sleep on the New York Jets. If you thought that a disappointing season on the field has put a damper on the Mean Green, you would be wrong, sir.
Don Muret of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL has BREAKING NEWS(!) today that will surely thrill Jets fans, reporting that “Atlantic Health’s 12-year naming rights deal for the Jets’ new $75M practice facility is worth ‘north of $25M’“.But while the club basks in the glow of that lucrative deal, there is serious trouble brewing behind the scenes for the esteemed NFL team.
No, we’re not talking about the Jets putrid 1-8 record. More importantly, NEWSDAY reports the team still doesn’t have a permit that will allow club owner Woody Johnson to land his helicopter at the team’s training complex. And you know what that means: The 2008 New York Jets have officially been grounded.On the bright side, at least the Jets have their priorities straight. Which also explains why there is no link to the NFL standings on their official website. Go ahead, try to find it.