Uma? Oprah? Dude? Lebowski?
Okay, now that I got my obligatory “Isn’t Rob Ryan a doppelganger for El Duderino???” photos out of the way, I can get to the good part. And that’s of the game between the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, September 11.
The TV guys were calling it the “Ryan Bowl,” which essentially means the identical twins (though Rob looks more like one of those Evil Parallel Universe from South Park version of Rex Ryan) are going to have a great defensive game and not much else.
It was surprising to me though, because the Jets once again start their season with not only a lot of hype, but a lot of yips as well. It’s no secret that the young “Sanchize” has a ton of expectations thrust on him for this season. And rightfully so. If the Jets are this so-called force with which to be reckoned, he’s gotta step his shit up. With all the running of their mouths they do (and trust me, I’m a fan, and it drives me nuts), the games get played on the field, and this is where they need to prove it. Not by saying, “We’re awesome,” and then flounder in the AFC title game (yes, I’m still upset about that).
Anyway, both teams simply were not the juggernauts of defense, as the Cowboys kept on scoring, Sanchez had the yips, and Gang Green ALMOST looked afraid to score. To which I say, what’s the point of hammering the virtues of defense when a) the other team is just going to make you look foolish and b) you’re afraid to do anything about it. As our friends in American Pie once told us, you don’t score till you score.
Till, you know, they started doing something about it. Sanchez was getting sacked left and right, and looked foolish at times. Tony Romo actually looked like he was rising to the occasion (talk about the hype machine).
But then it happened. The Jets came back from a deficit, Nick Folk made us believers for at least one game, and Darrelle Revis is still the motherfuckin’ man. Oh wait, I take that back. At least behind Al Michaels (whom I adore), he is. Yet, this team has far to go before I can safely say that they are not only AFC Championship material, but Super Bowl quality that they have been touting since Ryan came aboard. I’m a show-me person. So show me.
I will say though, I was at the game last year where they came from behind against the Houston Texans last November, and I vowed at that moment I would not stop believing till the clock hit zero.
And The Coop abides.