January 25, 2011
By: Josiah Bernard aka Joe Jigga
Joe Jigga knows Sports
The #1 story in my opinion in the NFL would be Michael Vick… Once slated as the 2nd string QB, he took advantage of his opportunities and became the starting QB of the Philadelphia Eagles. He’s pulled off the one of the most exciting comebacks ever in the NFL against the New York Football Giants (my team).
He has defied the odds where critics have said he may be washed up, or just doesn’t have what it takes to be an NFL Quarterback. So much that he has been mentioned as an NFL MVP candidate, it’s encouraging to see how he has worked his tail off to restore his name… he continues to talk to kids in schools regarding dog fighting, and not to make the mistakes he made. Reality is, not all of us get the same opportunity at redemption. Unfortunately, are line of work defines whether that opportunity would come. For Michael Vick reputation will never be what it used to be, but in the end, I applaud Mike Vick…
Thank goodness Brett Favre is retiring. His streak of games played has come to an end. He has been a focal point of an investigation regarding sending text picture of his manhood to a female employee of the Jets a few years back… I think most of us are just excited that we won’t have to endure another offseason of whether he will play the following year.
So this 2010 NFL season playoff games may have not been exciting as past season playoff games, but there is a team called the New York Jets that has made for an interesting season.
We have the class clown head coach in Rex Ryan… He is an NFL head coach who I’d say is equivalent to Chad Ochocinco. His style as a head Coach is different from most, but the Jets have turned into an organization without class. He is very bashful and outspoken. He may rub many the wrong way, but that is who he is. During the HBO Hard Knocks, he was asked to tone down the use of profane language, he was very outspoken on his prediction that the Jets would be Super bowl champs at the end of the 2010 season, his bashfulness rubbed off onto his players. Unfortunately, some players such as Antonio Cromartie when asked to name all 9 of his kids, he couldn’t name all of them, 4 Months later, we hear Cromartie calling Brady an a**hole for whatever personal reasons. We hear the Jets talk about how disrespected they feel in the league. Perhaps coach Rex Ryan, brought that upon his team. Coaches are big on not being outspoken, giving other teams bulletin material to feed off of. However Ryan felt he could write the check for everyone to see, and let his players cash it on Sundays. His bashful way is the same reason for the backlash after his team loses. You can’t disrespect other teams, and not expect to hear about it if you don’t win. When the organization you represent hasn’t won since Super bowl III. In some way, shape or form, this class clown coach has improved the image of the New York Jets, at least for now. They are being talked about again, but is the trash talk beneficial? The Steelers have brought the Jets down to earth again by ending their season in a great AFC championship game. So far, the trash talking hasn’t won the jets a Super bowl, and as I see it, as long as he talks and not win, the New York Jets will be the Class Clown team of the NFL.
Let’s discuss the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team that is heading to their 3rd Super bowl in 6 years. They played the first 4 games of the season without Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who was suspended for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. Who would have thought, the Steelers would end up in the Super bowl when you don’t have your starting QB for the first 4 games of the season. The Steelers posted a 3-1 record thanks in most part to an impressive defense. Roethlisberger who’s suspension was due to a sexual abuse case, responded by being a leader for his team upon his return. The whole legal process may not have served justice (that’ll be discussed in the future), but on the field Big Ben served his team justice. He has proved himself time again that he belongs in the upper ranks of Tom Brady and many other NFL greats. As I watch the success of of the Steelers, the only thing I am left to wonder is, why wasn’t coach Mike Tomlin included as a coach of the year candidate? One thing is for sure, he is on his way to being one of the Steelers great coaches of all time.
The 2010 NFL Post Game Rant of the year award goes to Bart Scott after the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots… check it out clicking this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJshw2Axsqc. And just to make mention, I had to make a mockery of it. LOL
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