First a few updates:
1. I am sick of snow and I am sick of schoolwork. I am caught in the middle of a hellacious week, which saw my laptop break, an all-nighter to finish a paper that died with my laptop, a 50 dollar parking ticket at Lehigh because I parked in a spot 6 minutes earlier than I was supposed to, and an amusement park like ride back into New Jersey this morning because of the snow. I was basically playing Mario Kart the entire drive home down 78 and 287, getting hit by green turtle shells and driving over the banana peels…great stuff. Regardless, it was worth it because I couldn’t take another weekend in Pennsylvania….and yes, my friends and I will continue playing Mario Kart in person tomorrow when we attempt to drive to Boston for the weekend to see our long lost friend who moved up there 7 months ago.
2. Speaking of Boston, I saw Shutter Island last night…wow, great movie. 4 Stars. 2 Thumbs Up. Awesome stuff.
3. Thoughts On Lost Season 6 Episode 5 “The Lighthouse” – I am a little biased with this review because I am a big Jack fan. The guy gets nothing but crap from writers (by making him a complete wreck the past 2 seasons) and the fans, except everybody forgets he saved everybody’s life about 8 times in Season 1, 2, and 3. Beyond that, nobody yells more for unnecessary reasons and looks weirder doing it than Matthew Fox (see the video below). It is always entertaining television, whether Jack is chasing down Thai women, popping Oxycontin, driving around his crappy brown jeep, or deciding to blow up the island because he can’t close the damn deal with Kate. Regardless, I liked Tuesday’s episode. We bounced between deadbeat Dad off-island Jack, and angry smashing mirrors on-island Jack. The off-island story caught me off-guard. It is clear some things are now radically different in these people’s lives because of what they did in 1977 (like Jack now having a son). It was nice to see Jack finally break his family tradition of overbearing, terrible parenting by the end of the episode. On the island, the whole crazy Claire plot seemed a little off to me but we’ll see where it goes. The lighthouse was an interesting concept, as a way for Jacob to monitor all his candidates. When Jacob going to show up to somebody besides Hurley, by the way?
4. A big thank you to www.thejetsblog.com for recently linking a bunch of my articles. It has provided a big spike in hits. They are the best in the business.
A Final Plea to Keep Thomas Jones and Other Thoughts
I normally don’t like writing these all over the place, update type articles like my post on Tuesday and today’s but there has been alot going on with the Jets this week, and I want to keep up and get my thoughts out there on all the issues. Beyond that, I haven’t had the time to sit down and come up with a good topic for a full length article like my recent Pulitzer level writing on why the Jets should keep Thomas Jones, why they don’t need a receiver, and why they should bring Kerry Rhodes back.
- The talk about Thomas Jones being potentially released has heated up recently, especially after LaDanian Tomlinson was let go. We know that Drew Rosenhaus and the Jets are sitting down this week in an attempt to work something out. Most people still seem to be assuming nothing will get done and the Jets will let him go. I have been broken a record about this, but the Jets should just pay Jones his money. We saw last year how important depth is at the running back position, especially with how often the Jets run the football. If the Jets can convince Jones that he won’t get a big deal on the market because of his age and how he faded down the stretch last year (which is probably the case) and get him to come back for less, than good for them but I doubt that happens. Most people aren’t in the business of taking pay cuts after rushing for 1400 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns. Jones is valuable in the locker room, in goal-line/short yardage, and yes is still good enough to be a key part of the Jets offense next season.
- The story on the Jets kicking situation is that they basically low-balled Jay Feely, and despite wanting to be back with the team next year, he will see if he could get a bigger deal on the free agent market. Hopefully, in the end nobody is willing to pay him Sea-Bass money and he works something out with the team, if not Nick Folk is going to be the death of the Jets in close games next season.
- The Jets added offensive tackle Michael Turkovich, who was an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame picked up by the Cowboys last year. He hurt his knee and never saw any time in 2009, but he could be an interesting project for Bill Callahan at 6’5, 300 pounds. The Jets also recently tried out two journeyman fullbacks, Anthony Cotrone and Jonathan Evans. I hope Tony Richardson finds his way back on to the team next year. The Jets can’t sleep on the value of guys like Feely, Richardson, and Marques Douglas (who they are planning to let test the FA marker). All three of them were key contributors last season and I don’t count Nick Folk, Anthony Cortrone, or Travis LaBoy as potential adequate replacements.
- A word on all the Nnamdi Asomugha talk…I just don’t see it happening. I don’t see him taking a sizable pay cut to join the Jets and I don’t see the Jets giving up multiple draft picks to get him. It is a scary good thought to have the two best corners in the NFL on our team, but similar to both LeBron and Bosh joining the Knicksnext year, I won’t believe it until I see it. Dunta Robinson could be a more realistic option.
- Draft Talk – Tim Graham of ESPN collected a group of pre-combine mock drafts, including ones from Mel Kiper Jr, Todd McShay, Don Banks, Bucky Brooks, Chris Burke, Richard Lines, Rob Rang, Chad Reuter, Allen Wilson:
- Kiper – Dan Williams
- McShay – Arrelious Benn
- Banks – Damian Williams
- Brooks – Kyle Wilson
- Burke – Kyle Wilson
- Lines – Kyle Wilson
- Rang – Damian Williams
- Reuter – Kyle Wilson
- Wilson – Carlos Dunlap
Alot of love for Kyle Wilson, who I also like alot for the Jets at number 29. Damian Williams would be an exciting addition but if you are a regular reader of this site, you know how I feel about the Jets adding a receiver in the first round.
- The Fanball Mock Draft is rolling along and we are quickly approaching the Turn on The Jets pick, here is where we are at right now:
THE BIG BOARD
1) St. Louis Rams – Will Horton (RamsHerd.com) – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
2) Detroit Lions- Josh Pung (RoarOfTheLions.com) – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
3) Tampa Bay Bucs – Eric Schmidt (WhatTheBucs.com) – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
4) Washington Redskins- Ryan Estroninos (PaintItRedskins.com) – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
5) Kansas City Chiefs – (ChiefsChatter.com) – Joe Haden, CB, Florida
6) Seattle Seahawks- Jay Flannelly (FlockOfSeahawks.com) – Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan
7) Cleveland Browns – Ward Peterson (GridironBrownies.com) – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
8) Oakland Raiders – Stu Rosenberg (RaidersRadar.com) – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
9) Buffalo Bills – Jon Munoz (BillsHerd.com) – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
10a) Chicago Bears(Chicago’s pick goes to Denver) – Ismael Seguban (BearsHibernation.com, WHAT CHICAGO WOULD HAVE DONE) – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
10b) Denver Broncos – Bryan Douglass (BroncosStable.com, DENVER’S PICK) – Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
11) Jacksonville Jaguars – Nate Bruce (TealPower.com) – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
12) Miami Dolphins- Josh Baumgard (BlogWithAPorpoise.com) – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
13) San Francisco 49ers – Josh Russell (NinersNuggets.com) – CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
14) Denver Broncos- TO SEATTLE – Jay Flannelly (FlockOfSeahawks.com) – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
15) New York Giants – Mike Farley (GmenDen.com) – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
16a) Carolina Panthers(Carolina’s pick goes to San Francisco) – James Dator (RealBitsOfPanthers.com, WHAT THE PANTHERS WOULD HAVE DONE) – Arrelious Benn, WR/TE, Illinois
16b) San Francisco 49ers- Dana Whipple (NinersNuggets.com) – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
17) Tennessee Titans- Brian Munson (HonkyTonkTitans.com) – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
18) Pittsburgh Steelers – Dan Stack (SteelersMill.com) – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
19) Atlanta Falcons- Mike Luchessi (DirtyBirdBlog.com) – Taylor Mays, S, USC
20) Houston Texans- Mike Kerns (DontMessWithTexans.com) – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
21) Cincinnati Bengals- Mike Norrod (BengalsJaw.com) – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
22) New England Patriots- Tim Magoon (PatsChowder.com) – Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
23) Green Bay Packers – Adam Burnett (PackingCheese.com)
24) Philadelphia Eagles – Joe Burt (EaglesHaveLanded.com)
25) Baltimore Ravens – Kevin Hanson (FootBaltimore.com)
26) Arizona Cardinals – Hunter Ansley (DesertFlock.com)
27) Dallas Cowboys – Don Potts (RespectTheStar.com)
28) San Diego Chargers – Anthony Blake (ChargingBolts.com)
29) New York Jets- Joe Caporoso (TurnOnTheJets.com)
30) Minnesota Vikings – Eric Thompson – (VikingsThrone.com)
31) Indianapolis Colts – Brooks Busch (ColtsChatter.com)
32) New Orleans Saints – Mark Hooper (WhoDatBlog.com)
Any thoughts or suggestions?