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Sunday, September 25, 2005

“I’m taking this jersey off. I’m embarrassed to be wearing it.”

So summed up the Professor after a long day in East Rutherford, N.J., resulting in a 26-20 Jets’ loss in overtime.

I’d be hard-pressed to recall seeing a worse football game in person. The Jets looked A.W.F.U.L. Offensively, they are inept (except for rookie kicker Mike Nugent, but that’s to be expected, given his fine collegiate training in Columbus). Late in the game, the Jets had the ball, 1st and goal from the 9-yard line, and could only muster a field goal. That is not the sign of a team destined for the playoffs. Were it not for the defense, they could have easily lost by two touchdowns.

On days like this, you’re particularly grateful for the pre-game tailgate, because that was the only bright spot on an otherwise bleak day. Oh, and there was the moment in the game when the Jets briefly took the lead after James Reed returned a fumble for a touchdown, when the Professor picked me up (and it is no exaggeration to say I’ve got several inches on this man) and twirled me around, which resulted in me accidentally kicking another fan in the head with my foot. Luckily, he was feeling equally celebratory and forgave the unintentional assault. Had we known how fleeting our glee would be, he might not have been so benevolent.

Let’s move on…

In other NFL news, you know things are bad when the Browns covering the spread against the Colts is your Sunday sporting highlight. The Packers are 0-3, caused in no small part by a missed extra point. A missed extra point? Are you kidding me? And making matters worse, I bet against the Packers, who managed to lose but still cover. Stench.

However, all was not lost this weekend. Ohio State earned a nice statement win over Iowa in its Big 10 opener. The defense allowed a stellar negative nine rushing yards. Even better, Michigan managed to lose to Wisconsin, 23-20, and dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time in 114 weeks, which was the longest consecutive streak in the nation.

Now, it’s time to get on a plane headed south. After several hours of drinking, followed by the game, and then the trip straight to the airport, I am looking forward to a lengthy nap on one of Continental’s fleet. Hope my seatmate doesn’t mind a little snoring…


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