Thanksgiving wasn’t the first time the Jets have been humiliated by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and it probably won’t be the last. What made things abominable was how the Jets, and QB Mark Sanchez in particular, looked like the Keystone Kops of the silent film era as they gave up an incredible three touchdowns in 52 seconds in the second quarter in front of a national TV audience. The middle TD will be on blooper reels for years, as Sanchez fumbled the ball after running into the derriere of a fellow Jet, guard Brandon Moore.
Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan’s future is shaky not only because his team has been blown out numerous times this season but because of a questionable personnel decision prior to the Pats game. Tim Tebow apparently had broken some ribs in practice. Common sense called for Greg McElroy to serve as Sanchez’s understudy for the night. But McElroy’s in the doghouse because he went public with the dissension that wracked the team last year, and Rex is apparently still nursing a grudge.
The Jets’ horrible season may spell the end of an era for their most famous fan, College Point’s “Fireman” Ed Anzalone, who left the game at halftime. Anzalone says that he is tiring of the role.
Jim Rome, the witty and occasionally acerbic LA-based radio and TV sports personality, debuted his newest weekly vehicle, simply and accurately titled “Jim Rome on Showtime” last Wednesday at 10 p.m. Showtime is hoping that Rome’s show will do for it what “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” has done for HBO.
The opening episode looked promising as Rome was able to land an interview with LA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, who rarely agrees to such sit-downs, and had a light-hearted Playboyesque pop culture “10 Questions” bit with Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Borrowing from HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Rome dissected the sports issues with a panel of three that consisted of former Giants running back Tiki Barber, NBA Players Association President Derek Fisher and Golden State Warriors owner Peter Guber. He also discussed hot sports topics with Forest Hills native and NBC Sports Network reporter Erin Sharoni.
NCAA Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco had a Tuesday to forget last week. Rutgers announced that day that it had become the latest college to bolt the conference for the greener TV bucks of another conference, in this case the Big Ten. Adding insult to injury, later that night the mediocre Columbia Lions men’s basketball team went down to the Main Line and blew out Villanova, one of the Big East’s flagship schools. At least St. John’s is still part of the Big East — for now.
Former Knicks center Jared Jeffries was back in the area last Sunday as his new team, the Portland Trailblazers, were in Brooklyn to take on the Nets. Jeffries, who was always a pleasant interview during his two stints in New York, broke into a broad smile when I mentioned that he is too young to be a member of the Knicks these days.
He has also adjusted well to life in the Pacific Northwest. “I am living in a two-bedroom, two-bath, 24-hour doorman building in downtown Portland, and the rent is not even a quarter of what I was paying in Westchester. Downtown Portland reminds me of the Lower East Side. There is a bohemian feel there and many restaurants stay open until midnight,” said Jeffries who is looking forward to checking out the wineries in the Willamette Valley when he gets a free moment.
Nets guard Jerry Stackhouse says his wife, Ramirra, is a fashionista and therefore very much at home in New York City. She’s an entrepreneur as well as she has started 31:Ten, a T-shirt line that features proverbs from the New Testament.
It’s easy to get jaded about sports, so it’s important to notice when athletic events are used to raise money for worthy nonprofits. The weekend before Thanksgiving produced two college basketball tournaments that benefited a pair of great causes. Madison Square Garden hosted the 2K Classic for Wounded Warriors to help disabled veterans, while the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament was taking place at the Barclays Center.
A number of National Hockey League players who have been idle because of the latest lockout decided to put their skills to good use last Saturday night at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The New York Rangers’ Brad Richards and the Philadelphia Flyers’ Scott Hartnell captained opposing teams as part of Operation Hat Trick, and over 10,000 spectators cheered the exhibition in the refurbished Boardwalk Hall.
Operation Hat Trick also helped spread the word that Atlantic City, despite having sustained some damage, is back in business. Caesar’s, which was a major sponsor for Hat Trick, clearly wanted to get the word out that it’s business as usual at AC’s casino hotels.
Ski season is quickly sneaking up on us. Log onto skivermont.com to check out discounted December deals at the Green Mountain State’s top resorts. Queens’ own JetBlue Airlines has plenty of service between JFK and Burlington, Vt.
When you’re on the slopes it’s imperative to have the best equipment and look fashionable at the same time. Columbia Sportswear and Eddie Bauer are two well-known manufacturers of non-bulky ski parkas. Buffalo is a new competitor in the ski jacket business, and its hooded zip-front quilted jacket is available at a very good price at ideeli.com, a retail website that is quickly taking market share from the likes of Amazon, QVC and HSN.
Sunglasses are thought of by most as a summer item, but the truth is that it’s far more crucial to wear them in the winter, when the rays of the sun are lower and therefore create havoc with the glare from the white snow powder. Carrera Aviators do the trick and make practically all of us feel (if not look) like Robert Redford in “Downhill Racer.”
A durable waterproof watch is a very smart accessory to possess since tumbles are part of the ski experience. Timex, the folks who coined the phrase “takes a licking and keeps on ticking,” has a wide assortment of budget-friendly timepieces. A new company, HOH Watches, founded by Forest Hills native Lawrence Leyderman, has a Bedlam line of water-resistant watches with stylish leather straps that look great on the wrists of guys and gals. Unlike G-Shock and so many others, you don’t have to be an MIT engineer to adjust the time. HOH, incidentally, stands for House of Horology. OK, put those naughty thoughts away. Horology is the art and science of timekeeping.