Never forget. Especially if you’re the New York Giants.

Photo: Twitter @nyjets

Photo: Twitter @nyjets

Some things are bigger than football. September 11th is one of those things.

It was the first thing I thought of when I woke up this morning. And as I read the paper. And as I scrolled through my timelines on Facebook and Twitter.

I remembered back to September 11, 2001. I was at work in Duluth, Minnesota when the planes hit the twin towers. And another crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. I remember driving home at lunchtime to take my dog out and hearing God Bless the USA on the radio. I bawled the whole way home.

I was looking for a football picture to post as a September 11th tribute on Pigskin ‘N Pearls. I started at the most obvious place I could think of…the New York Giants Twitter page. There was nothing. I went and grabbed a picture from the New York Jets instead. The Patriots also had a nice photo memorial. As did most of the other NFL teams I checked.

The Giants have had a busy week. They had a disastrous season opener against the Cowboys on Sunday night. They worked out and signed Brandon Jacobs this week. They have David Wilson sleeping with a football (I assume).

Maybe they just had a busy morning. I checked back. This is a screen shot of the Twitter page of the New York Giants at 12:13 this afternoon.

Maybe they posted it on Facebook instead.

Nope. Nothin’.

I know there is a lot going on at the Giants offices in East Rutherford, NJ today. But, it is September 11th. And they are the Giants. The New York frickin’ Giants. And their Coach, Tom Coughlin, had a son in the World Trade Center who escaped unharmed shortly before the second attack.

Add “get social media coordinator” to the list of things to do for the New York Football Giants.

Some things are bigger than football. September 11th is one of them.

C’mon, man…

NY Jets, 1. NY Giants, 0.


Mark Sanchez: Pants on the ground

You’re coming off the worst season of your professional career. Your team just drafted a new quarterback. And your coach called your performance during minicamp a “disappointment.”

So, how does New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez choose to spend the summer?

Disclosure: the following photo may be inappropriate for some readers.

Looks like Mark Sanchez fumbled his pants

Looks like Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbled his pants

Partying. With his pants down.

The video was posted on the The Vine by one of Sanchez’s two females guests, but it has since been removed. Good thing someone took this screen shot.

There isn’t much more to say, except…at least it wasn’t Rex Ryan.

And Mark has a cute bun…

In his hair.


Broncos’ Von Miller wins prize for first Super Bowl XLVIII guarantee


The NFL offseason had been kind of quiet. Too quiet. Something was missing. Or amiss.

I thought it would happen. It always happened. But what if it didn’t happen? What would happen then?

And then…it happened.

On March 5, 2013 at 3:17 AM, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller tweeted the following:


And with that, ladies and gentlemen…we have our first Super Bowl guarantee of the 2013 NFL season.

Miller may have been first. But he probably won’t be the last. There will likely be a few more Lombardi Trophy winners declared before the start of the season. New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan is always good for one. And last season, Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil took out a full-page ad in the Charlotte Observer to do so.

How did those teams fare? Well, the Panthers didn’t make the playoffs. And the Jets? Oh, you know the story. No one wants to go back and relive that. Suffice it to say, there are no photographs of Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan hoisting the Lombardi Trophy together. There may be a tattoo though. I’m not sure.

The first Super Bowl XLVIII victory declaration has been made. And Von Miller wins the prize. Unfortunately, the prize is not the Lombardi Trophy. In fact, the prize is usually an early trip to the offseason or, for a lucky few…an all expense paid trip to the NFL Pro Bowl.

But that doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t deter.

The only question now is…who’s next?

In 3…2…1…


NY Ink

Jets Coach Rex Ryan Sunbathing in the Bahamas

Rex Ryan. The Bahamas. A tattoo. A photographer. Social media. This is what twitter was made for. Thank you, God.

Yes, that is a tattoo on Jets Coach Rex Ryan’s arm…of what appears to be his wife, Michelle, wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey (and nothing else). She also appears to be Tebowing.

ESPN (Mike & Mike)

Closeup of Ryan’s Ink

What more is there to say? This pretty much answers any lingering questions I had about the Jets season and Ryan’s decision making at quarterback. Wonder if Tim Tebow knows about this. He certainly does now!

There are questions regarding the tattoo and its authenticity. But even if it’s temporary, I still have the same question…why?

ESPN writer Jane McManus had quite possibly the best reaction to this morning’s story.

If it didn’t qualify before, this now throws the Jets into full-fledged circus mode. Ryan is ridiculous and clearly part of (if not all of) the reason no one can take this team seriously.

I never thought seeing Rex Ryan shirtless could bring me this much pleasure. Well, maybe pleasure is a bad choice of word. Entertainment is better.

I couldn’t write this stuff. Thankfully, I can write about it.

Stay classy, Rex. Stay classy.





Monday Bloody Monday

Former NFL Coaches: Crennel (Chiefs), Reid (Eagles), Shurmur (Browns)

Former NFL Coaches: Crennel (Chiefs), Reid (Eagles), Shurmur (Browns)

We knew it was coming. We knew heads would roll. But who knew Black Monday would be this bloody?

By New Year’s Eve day, seven NFL head coaches and five general managers were unemployed. Dozens of coordinators and assistants followed. A post-regular-season house cleaning like we’ve never seen. More head coaches lost their jobs Monday than in the previous three seasons combined.

Some teams chose to start over completely, removing both the general manager and head coach. The Arizona Cardinals did so with Coach Ken Whisenhunt and General Manager Rod Graves. The Cleveland Browns with Coach Pat Shurmur and Manager Tom Heckert. And the Chargers followed suit with Coach Norv Turner and Manager A.J. Smith.

New Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shad Khan chose to fire General Manager Gene Smith. And the New York Jets turned General Manager Mike Tannenbaum loose after a season that proved to be interesting, yet disappointing. No word yet on Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan’s future. In fact, we’re still waiting for his end of the season press conference.

Four other teams chose to part ways with their coaches: The Buffalo Bills with Chan Gailey, the Kansas City Chiefs with Romeo Crennel, the Eagles with Andy Reid, and the only real surprise…the Chicago Bears with Lovie Smith.

Smith’s firing created a backlash in the Bears locker room as well as the national sports media. Because…well, everybody loves Lovie. Both Tony Dungy (a close friend of Smith’s) and former Bears Coach Mike Ditka referred to the decision as “ridiculous.” Bears star Wide Receiver Devin Hester is reportedly so distraught by the news that he is pondering retirement.

One person who won’t be retiring…Lovie Smith. He is a hot commodity in the now busy market for NFL head coach shopping season.

So, what happens now? Does a game of musical coaches ensue…cut your guy and pick up the one to your right? It’s already started, with Andy Reid reportedly interviewing with the Chiefs today and Cardinals tomorrow.

And the bloodshed may not be over.

In the meantime, we’re still waiting…