The Ines Sainz-effect on my own coverage of the Jets


The Ines Sainz-effect on my own coverage of the Jets

By Mary Paoletti

I've so far avoided speaking out about the Ines Sainz debacle. But that changes right now.

In three days, I'll be at New Meadowlands Stadium to cover the PatriotsJets game for CSNNE. It's likely that part of my job on Sunday will be to patrol the New York locker room for player interviews. I would be lying if I said that what female reporter Sainz went through isn't on my mind as the weekend approaches.

You see, Ines and I have a lot in common.

No, I've never been called "the hottest sports reporter in Mexico" (weird). FHM has never put me on any of it's "Hottest anything in the World" lists. Oh, I've also never been in movies, posed in bikinis for magazines, or run informal bicep competitions during the Super Bowl.

But you know what? We're both 5'8".

So of course the fact that I've never let locker room behavior bother me in the past is completely changed now. Of course I'm going to become obsessed with the idea of being harassed. Why do they even let me in there?!

Well. One thing I'm keeping in mind is that I have a certain amount of control over how I'm perceived. Linda Cohn, ESPN veteran and career-hero of mine, tweeted it best yesterday.

"Women in lockerooms should be educated on subject they're covering & should dress in business attire,'' she wrote. "If female reporters act professionally in lockerooms, most athletes will too. It's that simple.''

Sounds like a plan to me, Linda.

Just in case, though, I've got a fail-safe in mind. This outfit was tested in Washington and was deemed 100 Portis-proof. Phew!

Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns


Jets lose, Patriots guaranteed 1st place in AFC East when Brady returns

When Tom Brady returns to the Patriots following his four-game suspension, his team will be in sole possession of first place in the AFC East.

That became the reality as soon as the Jets fell to the Chiefs in Kansas City on Sunday, 24-3. The Jets committed eight turnovers in the loss to fall to 1-2. 

The Bills and Dolphins each won their first games of the season on Sunday, taking down the Cardinals and Browns, respectively. 

With the Patriots record at 3-0 following their win over the Texans on Thursday night, and with all three of their AFC East rivals sitting on just one win thus far, even if Bill Belichick's club was to fall to Rex Ryan and the Bills in Week 4, it would still be alone atop the division.


Surely the Patriots would like to have a zero in the loss column when Brady returns. Regardless, to be in first place when Brady's Deflategate punishment is finished -- and having achieved that mark with two different starting quarterbacks -- has to be a point of pride for the organization . . . and a source of agita for those who doled out the punishment.

Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'


Rex Ryan: 'If Belichick's playing quarterback, we're coming after him'

Must be Bills week. 

After Rex Ryan's club put together an impressive win at home over the Cardinals, 33-18, it wasn't long before the Bills coach was yapping about the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick.

Ryan was asked about the quarterback situation in New England since both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are dealing with injuries at the moment. Who might the Bills see when they visit Gillette Stadium?

"Look, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback, cuz I know (Tom) Brady ain’t," he said. "I don’t care who plays quarterback; Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that."

There's no indication yet as to whether or not Garoppolo or Brissett will be unavailable for Week 4. When asked about his level of concern when it came to his quarterbacks, Belichick didn't say much during a conference call on Sunday

Ryan, like the rest of us, will probably have to wait for the Patriots to release an injury report before he learns about the status of either young passer. And until then, he'll have to prepare for both.