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By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

 

The surprising (not to me, remember I had them making the playoffs this year) Jets are 5-4 and begin the 2nd half of there season in Buffalo.  While most would think that the Jets will falter down the stretch like the last two season here’s 5 reasons why they won’t:

1.  The Front Seven: A unit that’s young, athletic, and energetic led by Mo, Snacks, Richardson, Davis, and Harris.  Look for Coples to have a monster second half of a season.

2.  The law office of Ivory and Bilal: Neither runner is a game changer, but they always run hard and make you earn it when your attempting to tackle them.  This also keeps defenses honest which leads me to number 3.

3.  Geno Smith, The QB under center plays like a rookie and he’s suppose to: Hey Mark Sanchez was a great teammate, but his bonehead mistakes not only hurt the team on the field, but in the locker room.  It’s hard to go out there and bust your ass every play when the QB is turning it over left and right in his 4th season.  You can tell teammates see something in Geno and will continue to play hard, with rookie mistakes and all.

4.  FOLK hero and the Special Teams Band:  It’d be crazy to think that Nick Folk will continue on his torrid 23/23 pace, but I’ll never count him out, Folk leads the league in Field Goals made.  He makes clutch kick after clutch kick and with a great D and a young QB he’s exactly what you need.  Picking up Josh Cribbs (if he still has something left in the tank) was one of the greatest moves of the season.

5. They’re all in for Rex:  The team knows Rex is on hot seat and being 5-4 at the bye is great, but at the end of the day it means nothing if the team doesn’t finish the deal with a playoff spot.

I believe they will: Jets end up 10-6 believe in the scheme

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

@bprunsportsmenm

By:  Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Editors Note:This article is first a response to a tweet where I asked for people to tell me their teams and I would give them a reason to be optimistic about 2013.  @tylermoore614 tweeted back The Jets.  I then wrote an article about it and it was less then flattering to the JETS so Big Play a noted Jets fan has now written a serious proclaimation of why the Jets will be “better than we think/thought”.  – Jason “Big J” Allen

Awful!

Circus!!

Writing Checks they can’t cash!!!

Butt Fumble!!!!

Embarrassment!!!!!

Those are the words used by most when talking about the Jets and most of those words are from OUR own fans.  However, everything is not as bad as it seems.  I’m not predicting a Super Bowl appearance, but I do believe the Jets can compete for a playoff spot.  Why or How?  Well it all starts with Double R!  No not the Ruff Ryder Crew, but Rex Ryan, who always seems as if he can’t win for losing in the New York media market.  Before I begin let me get one thing off my chest NY media yall say Sanchez sucks and is protected or babied by Rex (has his number tattooed on him) and then when Rex gets tough on Sanchez and puts the media called “sorry QB” in the 4th qtr of a preseason game and now everyone rips Rex?  I digress.  Here are the 5 reasons the Jets will be better than you think:

1.  RR happens to excel in turning the attention away from his team and putting himself in the spotlight; whether it be mocking the media or running with bulls in Spain.  This will keep the pressure and expectations low for the Jets to excel.  RR is not the greatest head coach but he’s a damn good defensive coach and before last seasons 6-10 record most seemed to be okay with a defensive oriented head coach, especially in a league being run by offense.

2.  RR’s back is against the wall and when your back is against the wall you do what you do best, YOU GO BACK TO SQUARE ONE!. The “they take a swipe at one of ours, we’ll take a swipe at two of there’s”, and the K.I.L.L (Keep It Likeable and Learnable) approach.

3.  There’s a plan on offense with Marty Mornhinweg implementing the west coast offense (in his previous 2 offensive coordinator jobs 49ers[’97-00] and Eagles[’06-’12] his offenses averaged 10th in ranking), yes the QBs still have to execute, but they’ll still be million times better than whatever Sparano was doing.  Also Holmes will be back and his skills in catching and route running shouldn’t be overlooked especially in a West Coast system.  The offensive line will be better with the experience OT Austin Howard got last year.  The running game will improve with the acquisition of RB Chris Ivory and development of RB Bilal Powell.

4.  Mo Wilkerson is a beast!  The whole Defense will be tough to deal with on Sundays and with D. Harris in the middle and Cro on the back end expect a top 10 ranking.  See reason #3 for why our Defense will be better.

5.  Lastly the Jets always do good when “so called” experts expect the worst, except for those Rich Kotite years (won 4 games in two season [3-13 ’95 and 1-15 ’96]).

These are the reasons why they Jets will be “Better Than You Think in 2013!”  Watch Gang Green take over!

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

By:  Jason “Big J” Allen

@UnSportsMenBigJ

I tweeted out to the masses to give me your favorite NFL team or a team in general and I would give you reasons to be optimistic for 2013.  Well the first team I got was the NEW YORK Football Jets (Play Like A Jet right???).  Special shout out to Tyler Moore (@Tylermoore614) for choosing the J-E-T-S.  So lets get right into it then:

1.  If the JETS stink this year, next year they will hear “With the First pick of the 2014 draft the New York Jets choose Jadeveon Clowney”.  That will automatically solve their pass rush problem.

2.  Unless by some miracle Mark Sanchez has a get year (Jets fans need to buy lotto tix if that happens) the Jets will get his salary off their books and he becomes a Free Agent.  We all know what that means don’t we?  My Youtube clip ass showing dance parties.

3.  If the Jets stink it’s very likely Rex Ryan can turn his back on the Jets and walk out as he is FIRED!  Why is this a good thing?  Well the last time they got a new head coach the Jets went to two AFC Championship games, in consecutive years.

4.  On an actual bright side, the division is looking a bit weak (I know Pat fans will scream, but they have lost a lot can’t see them being dominate) the Fins are a HUGE question mark.  Especially betting on a QB to take a step, and a high paid WR who runs 4 routes.  The Bills look to not have a QB to start the season, and they always look good on paper defensively.  The defense sucks when the real games start.  Like I mentioned earlier the Pats are hurting for talent and we see you can get after Brady with physical defensive line play (see Detroit preseason game).  I say all this to say that after 8 games everyone in that division can be with in one game, or tied.  Puts you in a position to get hot and make a playoff try.

5.  If this team is a dumpster fire at least we can laugh at the Rex Ryan post game talks.  We can expect a very Jim Mora(Saints)/Dennis Green/Mike Singletary/Buddy Ryan/Jerry Glanville/Jim Mora(Colts)/ blow up that will delight us for years to come.

So all you JETS fans cheer up, it’s not as bad as it seems, because next year (2014) will look lovely.  If your bad enough this year, maybe, just maybe you can get Fireman Ed back.  Matter fact who needs him, NY should start a new fan phenom JET-lag Jerry.  #Mr.BrightSide

Once again message me with your team and I will tell you a positive outlook for the upcoming year @UnsportsmenBigJ

Thanks again @TylerMoore614

Is there anyone else???

Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

 

By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

Follow me: @Bprunsportsmenm

Guess who’s back!
“EL Capitain” the Captain Derek Jeter leader of the Bronx Bombers here to make everything right in the Yankee World right, right,… wrong and unfair.  I know Jeter hit the first pitch he saw for a Home Run on Sunday and the Yanks eventually won the game.  Let’s be realistic Jeter’s 39 and he’s missed 103 games already this is not the Jeter of old, but just an old Jeter.  With Granderson out, Teixeria out, Arod out and with the Yanks 7.5 games out of 1st place there’s only one thing Jeter can do right, Holla at Ryan Braun (PEDs).  I’m not saying it can’t be done (who am I to judge a guy with 5Chainz!!!! I mean Rings). The fact is Jeter already has his monument coming, the clubhouse needs to receive Jeter’s leadership through his presence and how he handle’s himself in pinstripes it’s up to Cano to carry them to the division championship! Roc-A-fella yall.
Onto my thoughts…
1. The Sanchez-Geno competition seems like a Geno victory unless he falls on his face, judging by what the beat writers and what players are saying.
2. Maclin gone.  Pitta gone.  Soon training camp will be a glorified walk through.
3. Much respect to Donovan McNabb for having his #5 retired. I loved how he played in his early career (juke move on Mark Carrier #27 “Fast forward to 3:20”) and hated how his career ended (39yds passing vs SD w/Min), and Shout Out to Andy Reid knowing he was done.
4. As a NBA fan I like the Luis Sciola to Pacers trade it really helps them down in the paint.
5. As a Knicks fan I hate the Luis Sciola trade to the Pacers… just saying.
6. Aaron Rodgers hates being lied to, so does Greg Jennings apparently.
7. Dang, Kanye that photographer at the airport wasn’t there when you hit your head on that sign.  LoL that’s Cray!
8. Tino Martinez (Marlins hitting coach) snapped on the team after seeing Logan Morrison’s tweet on not being on PEDs for not scoring a run in 37 innings
9. Matty Ice $59mil guaranteed.  Is it SB or bust time?
10. AP may want HGH testing but we know the Seahawks don’t!

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Raymond “Big Play” Miller
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By Raymond “Big Play” Miller @bprunsportsmenm

What’s Up DOC
My, my, my how the times have changed in professional sports.  No longer is it all about the history, the tradition, and the success of a franchise under your leadership.  When a coach would leave the Celtics for the Clippers!  Yes the CLIPPERS (which is the second team in there own city) somethings wrong.  I know the Celtics are rebuilding, but Doc had 3yrs left on his deal.  The hypocrisy is if a player did that he’d be crushed #Melo.  Should we blame Rajon Rondo?  It’s no secret Doc wanted him gone (for all of Rondo’s talents, he’s still known to be an ass and a hard player to deal with), trying to trade him for Russell Westbrook (Durant might have been happier, but wasn’t happening) and CP3 (guess the Pelicans didn’t want him).  So in hindsight is Doc just leaving for the point guard he REALLY wants.  Furthermore can Doc win without the Big Ticket (Kevin Garnet).  Doc knows he can’t so look for KG to be a Clipper to toughen up a soft, flopping Blake Griffin (if that is possible).  At the end of the day we can’t rip players like Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony for wanting to leave there respective teams while under contract when coaches such as Doc Rivers are allowed to do the same thing.

Onto my thoughts:
1.Congrats to LBJ and the Miami Heat for winning back-back championships.  This Finals finally answered the question that had been burning up fans and media alike, “What does Lebron look like playing without his Headband?”
2. What can you say about the Aaron Hernandez situation but DAMN!!!
3. First buttfumble now you showing ass Mark Sanchez.  C’mon Son!
4. Arod (Alex Rodriguez) on twitter that’s a joke right?  He can’t be serious right…  Right?
5. Serena and Sharapova going at it.  I love it!
6. Does your parents have to be millionaires to have the balls to name you North West (Kim and Kanye).
7. Who’s getting fired first in L.A. Sciossia, Mattingly, or D’Antoni?  My moneys on D’Antoni.
8. Enough with comparing Oladihpo to D. Wade please.
9. Happy for Brian Shaw finally getting a chance in Denver.  Now when will Patrick Ewing get one?
10. Hockey is hockey but props to Chi-towns Blackhawks on winning the Cup!

Raymond "Big Play" Miller @bprunsportsmenm

Raymond “Big Play” Miller
@bprunsportsmenm

It’s going down tonight, shots are going down, champagne bottles are popping. I got my side chick, my main chick, and my main girl ain’t feeling me no more. It’s like the 1st round of the draft all gold everything.

The draft where franchises can improve there roster or change the direction of there roster. Now onto my Jets, yall know I rep gang green (can’t make that up) and I would love to bash them here. However, with a new GM (John Idzik) he deserves the right to be able to pick his own guy and obviously he thought wrong by thinking there would be any kind of trade value for Tim Tebow.  So, in deciding to get rid of a Saint named Tebow for a ninja named Geno; Idzik decided to eliminate the circus atmosphere and bring in someone to beat out Sanchez not in popularity but on the damn field.

The question is can Geno start from day 1?  I don’t think so, in college he did show the ability to make mediocre talent better, last I saw he had some good receivers at WVU; if you don’t believe me ask the Rams (they drafted T.Austin and S.Bailey respectively).  In Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley, and Santonio Holmes there’s good but not elite talent. I know Aaron Rodgers could make these WR’s a lot better but can Geno?  Stay tuned, gut feeling Garrard starts season until Geno is ready, Sanchez will be cut sign somewhere else and become really good, these things always happen to the Jets.
Onto my thoughts:
1. I am going to go ahead and get this out the way, people are praising Jason Collins for being brave and bold and I get that to each is own, but if I’m a seven footer I’m trying to play like Wilt Chamberlain off the court!  Yeah I said it!
2. Yeah my Knicks lost Game 4 that’s cool but Jason Terry with his Celtics wont comeback to Boston.  Like Kenny Smith said and I quote “his name is Jason Eugene Terry he’s a JET by name not by game” (Editors Note: Seems like Big Play is hating)
3. Steph Curry is a beast; I call him Quick Draw Mcgraw, he is like his pops with handles and athleticism
4. James Harden needs a stylist them crazy ass shirts ain’t cool man “Throw The Flag”
5. Nate “The Great” was amazing game 4, still don’t want his ass back on my Knicks though
6. I have never seen a white man rock a kangol like Bruce Arians (Cards coach), he got Sam Jackson swag!
7. I liked what the Chargers did during the draft from a value standpoint getting (Fluker 1st, Te’o 2nd and Allen 3rd) I really liked the Allen pick wanted my Jets to take him in the 3rd
8. Why the hell was R.G.III jumping for them folks at the Skins draft party like one of the Mandingo’s in Django? Black America we see why Rob Parker wondered what he wondered
9. Jeremy Lin couldn’t finish Game 3 or play Game 4 because his chest was only 85%.  Have fun paying him that $15mil in the 3rd yr of his deal, they better hope Dwight Howard goes there
10. Speaking of D12, nothing say bitch-ass-ness like the way he played in Game 4 an elimination game unbelievable
*Bonus* So hold up, all that mess this dude Chael Sonnen was talking about Jim “Bones” Jones. He was like Samuel L Jackson in “Great White Hype”, now I didn’t think he was going to win but at least go past the 1st rd.  How you get your ass whooped so bad by a joker with a broke toe? Damn shame

 Just my Thoughts,

Raymond “Big Play” Miller

@bprunsportsmenm

By: Jason “Big J” Allen
     In 2009 I made a dire prediction that I have to ride with FOR EVER. FOR EVER! (Sandlot anyone?) That prediction was that Josh Freeman would be the best quarterback in the 2009 draft. I figured that Freeman would be number one followed by Sanchez, and ending with Stafford. Yes, I do make wrong predictions. I’m not the Vegas gambler who tells you all about his winnings, and never about his losses. In 2009 regarding Freeman…I lost. We can debate for days about how wrong I was, but my main problem is this: why does no one hold Josh Freeman accountable?
     Is it the small market? Is it the lack stardom in his presence? Or is it that no one thought as highly of him as I did? Whatever the answer, Josh Freeman glides through the NFL under the radar based on his 2010 season. That season he was amazing. I’m not disputing that. 25 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. I get it. However, one good year does not excuse all of the failures. If Sanchez was this inept, he would be following fellow USC alumni Matt Lienart as a back up. Either that, or he wouldn’t even have a job.
     Freeman has been unspectacular. At least Sanchez has two AFC Championship appearances and Stafford can boast of a 5G passing yard season and 41 touchdowns. What does Freeman have? A few questionable hair cuts?
     One of Freeman’s problems is his lack of accuracy. Even this year with V-Jax, Mike Will, Dallas Clark, and Doug Martin he is still having accuracy issues. Freeman is not effective on the deep ball. His career completion rate on right and left sideline passes is 52% and 55%, respectively. I know that the defense has let them down (Giants, Wash, and New Orleans) but Freeman has gone through stretches of utter ineffectiveness. I look at the Dallas game this year where he completed 35% of his passes. If he was a Jet, Tebow would be playing.
     A balanced run game works great with Freeman, because he can create a bit with his feet. The best way to utilize Freeman is to have tight bunch formations, or to use two or more tight ends. Freeman actually completes 64% of his passes out of those formations. Not only that, but you can run the ball out of those formations to keep the defense guessing, which is ultimately more effective. Honestly, Freeman would be a perfect fit in Jim Harbaugh system.
     I know the Bucs as a team have not been great. However, in this league of quarterbacks, efficient play from Freeman would make the Bucs hard to beat. If you were to give Sanchez or Stafford those weapons I can only imagine how amazing they would become. In the majority of games this year, Freeman has been more effective in the second half than in the first. So the coaching staff is making the proper adjustments to ensure Freeman is successful. Freeman just needs to execute.
     So I admit I was wrong and it’s just a two man race between Sanchez winning and Stafford throwing. They’ve left Josh in the dust. However, Josh Freeman has the chance this year to start making a case to be in the conversation. Again, I still don’t see how he has gotten a pass for this long. I decided to intercept and shine the light on him for all of you to see.
What do you think? Is Freeman underrated, overrated, perfectly rated…or (like the rest of the NFL) do you just not care?
Jason "Big J" Allen  @UnsportsmenBigJ

Jason “Big J” Allen
@UnsportsmenBigJ

Race in Sports Part 1 Football

When a person scores a touchdown, do you cheer a little harder because he looks like you? Probably not, but does race play a part in what sports you watch or how you view players? In the pros, we have seen a one hit wonder like Peyton Hillis make it to the Madden cover…then we may never hear his name again. Did he deserve it? Or was the NFL itching for a white running back? Have fans become mindful of race in a world of sports where the team aspect makes everyone equal?

Let’s throw away college sports, because there is something spiritual in the worship of college athletics. I will stick to the professional level instead, and our first stop is the NFL. The NFL is a totally different beast from all other organized sports. Football has become America’s Sport (sorry baseball, move over) and the NFL is so dominant that even races not represented much in the league (Hispanic and Asian) still watch the NFL.

The Jets saw a boost in viewership with Mark Sanchez. Was it because he was a high draft pick who was coming from a west coast school? (I’m talking about USC. That stands for Southern California for all of you SEC heads who can only see USC as South Carolina.) Was this increase in viewership because he was playing in the Big Apple? Or was it because he is Hispanic?

Another thing that makes the NFL a different case stems from the fact that a majority of the big names in the league are white (players like the Mannings or Tom Brady, and owners like Robert Kraft or Jerry Jones). However, I still feel that if a white athlete excelled at playing in a position that was considered out of the norm (wide receiver, running back, or cornerback) we would see a different look. We do have Wes Welker, but do we slight him because he plays the slot and not on the outside ala Calvin Johnson? Or is Wes Welker slighted because he is white? When was the last time we had a white wide receiver that we all agreed upon? Ed McCaffrey? See above for Peyton Hillis on running backs.

Even at the thought of a black quarterback, we view them as more athletic runners than pure passers. We forget about Warren Moon and Doug Williams. We certainly forget about the less successful Bryon Leftwich and Charlie Batch. Donovan McNabb felt tremendous pressure to change into a pure pocket passer, which I felt hurt his overall game.

I looked up the demographics for the NFL and for (what I think we can all agree) are the five cities in which football is the most popular. The table below gives you the info at a glance:

 

  Non-Hispanic White Non-Hispanic Black Non-Hispanic Asian Hispanic
Chicago 31.00% 32.00% 5.00% 28.00%
Pittsburgh 64.00% 25.00% 4.00% 3.00%
Dallas 29.00% 25.00% 3.00% 40.00%
Green Bay 86.00% 1.00% 4.00% 7.00%
Baltimore 64.00% 30.00% 2.00% 4.00%
NFL 31.00% 66.00% 2.00% 1.00%

 

With the exception of Green Bay, those numbers are pretty diverse. Looking at this breakdown lends credit to the thought that the NFL has the most diverse fandom. Dallas and Chicago boast a high representation of the Hispanic population (40% and 28% respectfully) and both are traditional NFL cities.

My thought is that the NFL is untouchable in regards to race and fandom. We will see in time if the Hispanic and Asian representation will emerge more with the NFL trying to become more international (outside the country game every year). Still we could put Cheese Heads (Packers), or Purple People Eaters (Vikings), with a Orange Crush (Broncos), running through a Steel Curtain (Steelers) to a Fearsome Foursome (Rams), that gives me a No-Name De Fense (Dolphins) out on the field and everyone will still watch. I do think we have stereotypes of positions, and these stereotypes definitely hurt the white athlete.  What do you think?  Is there a reverse racism in the NFL at certain positions?  I really would like everyone to comment on this thought.

 

Jason

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