Turn On The Jets Podcast – Media Consumption Edition

Joe Caporoso and Chris Celletti talk about media echo chambers (1:00), why Bill Simmons show failed and what content distributors are currently doing the best job (14:40), how we follow our favorite teams on social media and why beat writers are becoming less necessary (33:30), and the 2016 New York Knicks (43:50). Then Dalbin Osorio joins to talk Jets vs. Patriots (52:30), the decision to start Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets playing out the string. 

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Throwback Thursday: Jets at Bengals, September 28, 1997

Chris Celletti goes Throwback Thursday on a Jets/Bengals showdown back in 1997

Fanbases of both franchises probably don’t want to hear this, but the Jets and Bengals have a lot of similarities. Both teams were pretty good in the 80s; the Jets made the playoffs four times during the decade, while the Bengals made it thrice, appearing in two Super Bowls. The bulk of the 90s was pretty bad for both teams — for the Bengals, it was an entire decade of horror, bleeding over into the naughts. Cincinnati made the playoffs in 1990 and 2005, and exactly zero times in between those years. The early and mid 90s were among the Jets’ darker days as well, in some irony, highlighted by two former Bengals in QB Boomer Esiason and offensive coordinator-turned-Jet-head-coach Bruce Coslet (thanks, guys!)

Both teams haven’t been able to sustain much long-term success. Neither is the laughingstock they’re quite often made out to be anymore, but they also haven’t been able to stack too many positive seasons together. When it feels like they’ve turned the corner, reality seems to rear its ugly head.

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Throwback Thursday: Jets vs. Steelers – December 14, 2003

Chris Celletti goes Throwback Thursday on Jets/Steelers, looking back at a 2003 showdown

Throwback Thursday is a feature at Turn On The Jets, where we take a stroll down Jets Memory Lane and reminisce about past great Jets games against the upcoming week’s opponent. (Word to be taken with an enormous grain of salt: “great”)

Let’s mix it up a bit. Things are good in JetLand right now. Why rain on the parade? Miserable, Francesa-calling Giants fans are already doing that, but let’s leave that to them and keep the positive vibes going here. When we look back at Jets-Steelers history, there is plenty of bad to choose from. The Steelers lead the all-time series 16-4, including playoffs. Out of the four Jets wins, only one of them only one was really important or impressive, during the 2010 regular season up in Heinz Field. But that’s not the one we’re going to concentrate on. This is, after all, TOJ Throwback Thursday.

Instead, let’s go back to Giants Stadium in December of 2003.

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Throwback Thursday: Jets vs. Falcons, December 20, 2009

Chris Celletti goes Throwback Thursday on a memorable day in Jets/Falcons history

Throwback Thursday is a feature at Turn On The Jets, where we take a stroll down Jets Memory Lane and reminisce about past great Jets games against the upcoming week’s opponent. (Word to be taken with an enormous grain of salt: “great”)

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Throwback Thursday: A Trip Down Jets-Titans Memory Lane

Chris Celletti goes Throwback Thursday and takes a look at past games between the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans.

Usually at Throwback Thursday, we pick one game from the Jets’ past against the week’s upcoming opponent and reminisce about how awful it was. Myriad games exist from Jets history that warrant a negative look back (even a lot of the wins!), and the act of harping on these fits perfectly with the self-loathing respect in which Jets fans generally operate. For a week, we’ll take a mini-break from that, perhaps because things seem pretty good in JetLand these days. It’s worth remembering some of the good times in franchise history too. Right?

But don’t fret! This week isn’t going to pull an entire 180. The Jets and Titans have played each other six times prior to this Sunday’s game. Of course, this isn’t going back to 1960 when the Jets were the Titans and the Titans were the Oilers and in Houston, but then they were the Tennessee Oilers for those two years, because it all just gets too confusing. Let’s just stick with the very-recent New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans history.

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Throwback Thursday: Jets vs. Bills, October 28, 2007

Chris Celletti goes Throwback Thursday on an “epic” game in the history of the Jets/Bills rivalry

Throwback Thursday is a feature at Turn On The Jets, where we take a stroll down Jets Memory Lane and reminisce about past great Jets games against the upcoming week’s opponent. (Word to be taken with an enormous grain of salt: “great”)

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Throwback Thursday: Jets vs. Buccaneers, October 9, 2005

Throwback Thursday – Chris Celletti takes a look back at the October 9, 2005 game between the Jets and Buccaneers.

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Turn On The Jets Super Bowl Prop Bet Extravaganza

Chris Celletti with his Super Bowl prop bet extravaganza for Turn On The Jets

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The Super Bowl is all sorts of fun and stuff, unless your team isn’t playing in the actual game. Then, Super Bowl Sunday is all about eating, drinking, gambling and hanging out while a football game is being played in the background. But the most popular single sporting event in America is far, far from perfect. If I were running the NFL, here’s a few simple things I’d do to improve the game.

Move the Super Bowl to Saturday night

You could counter with “Football purists will hate this!”, but football isn’t baseball. Actually, there are no such things as “Football purists”. Lennay Kekua is a “Football purist”. If they did exist, or had a strong voice, you’d be hearing a lot of stuff about how it would be bad for the 49ers to win the Super Bowl because it might usher in an era where read-option offense is the norm, and soon we won’t have any drop-back, gunslingin’ quarterbacks like the good ole days of Roger Staubach and Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman and blah blah blah. Is anybody saying that? No. All football fans ever want is to be entertained. We all absolutely LOVE players like Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III, because they’re exciting. Far more exciting than say, Joe Flacco.

Contrast that with a (admittedly out there) hypothetical in baseball. Let’s say the Tampa Bay Rays brought up a young shortstop, Pierre Gomez, who perfected bunting (they’re the most annoying baseball team on planet Earth –they WOULD do something like this). Then say Gomez led off every game with a bunt base hit. And unless he came up in a situation where he HAD to take a full swing, he bunted. And he was so good at it, and was Usain Bolt-fast, that it was nearly impossible to get him out if he laid one down. Let’s say Pierre Gomez won the batting title and set a new Major League record with a .497 batting average.

There would be panic among baseball fans. Dan Shaughnessy would write snarky columns tearing down Pierre Gomez nicknaming him “THE ASTERISK” and imploring his fellow media to never vote for him for any awards because he’s made a mockery of the game that Johnny Pesky helped make so sacrosanct.

Not that the Niners winning a Super Bowl with a dual-threat like Kaepernick would be as exaggerated as Pierre Gomez winning a bunting-only, record setting batting title, but you get the idea. In football, if it’s fun, it works. (This is why the league has taken countless steps to make sure that it’s really hard to win unless you can put up some points – Rex Ryan take note.)

Football has the flooziest fans of any sport, bar none. This is why it’s the most profitable league in the country. The NFL is as popular as it is because of gambling and fantasy football and the fact that it’s the easiest sport to watch in a social setting (meaning: crushing Coors Lights with your bros at the bar while ogling girls in pink jerseys all day. They probably do this in Canada with hockey, but it’s Canada, so…) It’s the easiest sport to be a fair-weather fan of, thus, it has the most fair-weather fans.

So can anyone tell me why the Super Bowl is played on Sunday? Other than tradition? Well screw that. What’s more fun, Saturday night or Sunday night?

The Super Bowl should be played on Saturday at 8:00 Eastern time. With the two week gap in place, the teams already have more than enough time to get healthy and prepare, so that’s not an issue. Nothing is worse than the end of a Super Bowl party when you’ve eaten and drank enough for a week, and you realize it’s 10:30 on Sunday. That’s awful. Why does the NFL do that to us? You think Super Bowl parties are fun now? How about if the game was on Saturday night? That, my friends, would be a party.

Recently, the UEFA Champions League changed their title game from a Wednesday to a Saturday (for those who don’t follow soccer – it’s the biggest club competition in the world, and the final is watched by more people than the Super Bowl globally). They probably thought to themselves the same thing – why do we stage this insanely big event on a Wednesday night? Probably because that’s how it always used to be, but Saturday makes infinitely more sense. It does for the Super Bowl as well.

Enough of the damn halftime show

Well, you can still have a halftime show, but why does the NFL insiss on having the performance inside the actual stadium? Totally useless. The halftime show, as is, is a made-for-TV event. If the NFL would move the halftime show to a remote location – obviously right near the stadium hosting the game – the break wouldn’t have to be the insane 45 minutes or so it currently is. Also, I’m sure you can find  a couple thousand morons who would pay separately to go see the halftime show live in person, so that would alleviate any of the money that may be lost (I’m assuming the NFL would claim that a ticket to the actual game is priced as so because there’s also a halftime show).  So when halftime hits, take a commercial break, throw it to Seacrest to introduce Taylor Swift who plays 15 Minutes in Heaven with every horny middle age man in America, take another break (heck, you could throw it back to the analysts, take ANOTHER break) and then come back to the game, and you’ve probably only taken 25 minutes total; still too long but way more reasonable.

Also, more Jets Super Bowl appearances, please

And now, the Prop-Bet Extravaganza

Will there be a defensive or special teams touchdown? Yes (+145)

With these two teams? Sure.

Player to score first touchdown in the game – Dennis Pitta (+1000)

Dennis Pitta is the exact type of guy who catches the first touchdown of a Super Bowl.

The first punt of the game will be…Touchback (+250)

They really have to make things like this available to bet on in-stadium at Jets games. Place would be packed.

Sidney Crosby Goals + Assists (PK) over Colin Kaepernick touchdown passes

Cindy beats Colin by a 2-1 margin.

David Akers Total Points – Over 7.5 (-130)

Expecting a few stalled drives/holds by the Baltimore defense.

Gatorade Shower – Red (+200)

Shouldn’t Roger Goodell mandate that both teams only use red Gatorade and then put his entire life savings on this?

Ray Lewis Solo+Assisted Tackles – Under 11.5 (+120)

Just because.

MVP

Ray Rice (+800)

Game

Ravens +4 – In a big game, I usually like to side with the guy under center who’s more comfortable. Somehow, someway, in a Super Bowl, Joe Flacco is that guy on Sunday. This thing will probably be close throughout, and I like Ray Rice to bang home a few touchdowns in a low scoring affair. Oh yeah, Dennis Pitta catches the first touchdown too. So, Ravens 24, 49ers 20. Congrats Bunk, Jimmy, Omar, Stringer and Rawls.

Bring on the offseason.

Turn On The Jets NFL Championship Sunday Best Bets

Chris Celletti with his weekly Best Bets, featuring a special guest appearance

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Every professional team I root for – the Yankees and perpetual knife-twisters the Rangers, Knicks and Jets – has a history that I can only read about. No matter how much research I do, even if I could name off the top of my head who played on the third line for the Rangers in 1974, or who led the Knicks in assists in 1983, it’s all just history – like studying the Civil War in high school. But to have lived through the entire existence of something is to truly understand it.

The only reason I’m a New York Jets fan is because of my father. My brother and I were lucky enough to have Jets season tickets in our family dating way, way back before we were born, and our father has been taking us to games for the past 20 or so years. And in my two-plus decades living and dying with the Jets, I think I’ve seen it all. But of course, it’s physically impossible for me to have seen it all, because the Jets have been in existence longer than I have. They have not, however, been in existence since before my father was born. He, and others of his generation, have indeed seen it all.

And those who haven’t missed a single beat have a different perspective than those of my generation. I remember when I was in college the day the Jets hired Rex Ryan, I received a text from my father that read, “Jets hire Rex Ryan. 8-8, 9-7, 6-10, 4-12, bye-bye”. It wasn’t that he knew all about Rex Ryan and was predicting he’d been a failure. He certainly wasn’t hoping he was right (as you’ll see below). But looking back, my father wasn’t that far off. Make no mistake – with a new GM in town any day now, if the Jets go 4-12 in 2013, Rex Ryan will be fired, and my father would have essentially called it four years earlier. He’s just seen this game before, countless times.

In a way, it’s just like raising a child – if you’ve been there every single step of the way, you just understand them better than anyone else.

Of course, one thing that has been the same since the Jets were in existence has been the media’s coverage of the city’s black sheep of football. So, I’ll step aside and give the floor to my father, Frank:

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There’s an old game being played in the media these days, but with a brand new intensity. The game is called “Turn On the Jets”. No, not turn on as in “tune in to” or “rev up”, but as in “put down” or “mock”. Who in the organization has set off this new round of put downs? None other than Rex Ryan. As someone whose first game was at the Polo Grounds in 1962 when the team was still the New York Titans, let me explain.

Back then, the NFL ruled the world. Then along came the upstart AFL and along with them a brash new quarterback named Joe Namath. What Joe and the Jets did was predict they would knock off the mighty, 24-point favored Baltimore Colts and then went out and did it! With that, they also knocked the Giants, and the NFL, off the back pages of the newspapers. How dare they! For this the organization has never been forgiven, especially by many in the New York media. You see, this was, and will always be to many, a Giants town.

Since Super Bowl III, Jets fans have seen the birth of the “Same old Jets” tag,  and the embarrassment of playing in those same Giants’ stadium for 30 years. And we have lived with a barrage of put downs in the media that intensifies or ebbs year-to-year. Right now we are in a tsunami of beat downs on the team. Why? Well you see, Rex broke the cardinal rule. He came along and dared to say positive things about the Jets. He even tried to push the Giants off the back page. Oh Rex, how dare you?

When the Jets went to two conference championship games in his first two years, nothing much could be said by the media. But now that the team is down, it’s open season. Sure, Rex has brought on some of this himself. But the intensity of the criticism is way out of line with reality. The organization has been called a “sewer”. It’s been said they can’t give away the GM job. Really? Oh and there’s the tattoo. Think of it, can you imagine anyone, anywhere in the New York media treating the Giants or Tom Coughlin that way? Be honest now.

The facts is things are not as bad as the pundits say they are. Rex can coach. There are some good young players on the roster. There are some real problems for sure, but they’re not insurmountable. But you see folks, it’s the Jets so anything goes! Roll out the put downs. Same Old Media.

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And now, onto the picks for this weekend’s Championship games:

Atlanta (+4) vs. San Francisco – As my dad would say “The WORLD has the 49ers”. Meaning, nobody is giving the Falcons any credit, and everyone seems to think this is going to be a laugher in the 49ers’ favor. I’ll take my chances with a home dog in the NFC Title game.

Ravens (+8) at Patriots – Outright, I’m picking the Patriots, but I think it will be very close, similar to last year’s game. The more important betting line is the Over/Under on snaps of this game I will watch, given that this is head-to-head with the Rangers’ home opener against the Penguins and pits two of my most despised sports franchises in the world. Let’s set it at 14.5 (hint: take the under).

Bonus Non-Football Bet of the Week – Hockey Hockey Hockey Hockey! Rangers +105 at Bruins tomorrow night. Hockey Hockey Hockey Hockey!

Turn On The Jets Best Bets – Divisional Weekend Edition

Chris Celletti with his weekly rant and Best Bets selections for Divisional Weekend

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Let’s say you’re looking for a job as a restaurant manager, and you have offers from two different owners. Restaurant #1 has been a successful establishment in the past. It’s located in a high traffic, affluent area. The appliances were just purchased two years ago and are in perfect working order. The already-in-place staff is reliable – the waiters are friendly, the cooks are solid and not to mention, the hostess is quite gorgeous. Then there’s Restaurant #2.

Restaurant #2 is located on a meandering, desolate road. The nearest businesses are a porn shop and a gas station, both a mile away in opposite directions.  There’s a shanty house across the street that everyone is pretty sure is a meth lab. The previous manager allowed the place to become filthy; the tables and chairs all need to be replaced and the appliances were revolutionary in 1986. Additionally, the owner is insisting on keeping his best friend as the head chef. And of course, the hostess looks like Melissa McCarthy.

Anyone in their right mind would choose Restaurant #1.

Restaurant #2 is the New York Jets.

The Jets aren’t exactly the outright embarrassment that a lot of fans and media want to make them out to be. But currently, they are a bit of a mess. It isn’t any wonder that their search for a General Manager is taking them a long time, and has them exploring paths that they had no idea even existed. There are only 32 General Manager jobs in the world, but the Jets’ vacancy is probably the least desirable for a few reasons:

The owner has essentially taken the decision on coach Rex Ryan completely out of the hands of who its supposed to be in, the General Manager. By making Rex a fixture in the organization, you are shrinking your pool of realistic candidates. Additionally, you’re telling any potential candidate or anyone that you coax into an interview that the entire football decision making process isn’ t up to them – that they’re going to have an owner over their shoulder ready to jump in and make a move at any moment. This is not the way to go about business.

The team is in salary cap hell. A true rebuilding job that will take a full season or two is needed. Some general manager candidates would love this opportunity – it’s a chance to prove they can correctly gut a team and build it from the ground up. If you can prove yourself by doing this, you’ve secured yourself a job in NFL front offices for as long as you want. But the best way to do this is a complete system overhaul and that includes the entire coaching staff – yes, Head Coach too. The Jets have made up their mind on head coach already, and the financial situation is dire.

The team has no quarterback. They are not in position to draft a no-brainer franchise quarterback like Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III. The right executives might be able to guess correctly on a mid-round quarterback, a la Russell Wilson (the draft is a total guessing game, especially with quarterbacks) but that’s no guarantee. Either way, with Mark Sanchez and his gargantuan contract in tow, the most important position in all of professional sports is in total shambles. Ask any free agent GM – they’d give up every corner, safety, pass rusher, receiver, lineman, coach, trainer and tee kid if you give them a legitimate quarterback to start with. Having no quarterback means you’re in NFL quicksand, and the Jets are just about up to their chin at this point.

This is why the Jets are looking at people like Jim Popp and Omar Khan. Who knows (certainly not me)? Just as you can unearth a great player off of someone else’s scrap heap, the Jets might strike gold with whoever they hire as their next GM.

But as with every head coaching hire the team has made since Bill Parcells left, the best you can say is “We’ll see”. Nobody knew what Herman Edwards was going to be like as a Head Coach. Nor Eric Manigini, nor Rex Ryan or Al Groh, or Joe Walton or Walt Michaels or Pete Carroll. When somebody has never been an NFL Head Coach or an NFL General Manager, you just never know. The Jets will soon likely  hire somebody who has never been a General Manager at this level. So when you read the articles saying “The Jets Were Right in Hiring (insert name here)” or “Clueless Jets Hire (insert name here)” take it all with a grain of salt.

I can’t tell you how many times I heard “Eric Mangini is the right man for this job”, or “Rex Ryan will be the Jets’ Bill Cowher” or things to that extent. Eventually, the Jets will get it right. They’ll guess right on the Next Great Coach/GM. Maybe they’re about to do that with whomever they choose in the coming days. It just would be nice, for once, to know you’re in the hands of a winner.

And now, the picks for this weekend’s Divisional Games after going 1-3 against the spread on Wild Card Weekend:

Baltimore (+9.5) at Denver – I like the Broncos to win but this is a big spread. Eventually we’re going to have a few close playoff games, right?

Green Bay (+3) at San Francisco – The Packers are winning the Super Bowl.

Atlanta (-3) vs. Seattle – Matt Ryan is overdue to win a playoff game.

New England (-9.5) vs. Houston – We’re headed for a Manning/Brady AFC title game. The only way Jim Nantz could be any more excited is if they move the game to Augusta National and Phil Mickelson refs.

Bonus Non-Football Bet of the Week – Do you think there’s any chance Ben Affleck wins the Golden Globe for Best Director, making up for his snub in the same Oscar category? He’s at +150