Jets to lose sense of entitlement

Jets to lose sense of entitlement

By Tom E. Curran

Since Rex Ryan blew into town, the New York Jets haven't won a division title, a conference title nor - it goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway - a Super Bowl title.

That hasn't dissuaded Gang Green from an outsized sense of entitlement.

Despite a roster and coaching staff remarkably lean in Super Bowl experience (since 2009, Damien Woody, Alan Faneca, Trevor Pryce, Calvin Pace, Plaxico Burress, Santonio Holmes and Kris Jenkins are the only men with Super Bowl experience to play for the Jets; Ryan was a defensive line coach on the 2000 Ravens), the Jets acted as if they had it all figured out.

But the unseemly end to the 2011 season has helped the Jets find religion. Or at least self-awareness.

Bart Scott, one of the leading bullhorn operators the past three years, sounds like he's dialing it back some.

Asked by Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star Ledger what will be different this year, Scott said New York will lose it's "sense of entitlement."

Scott added the team now appreciates "how hard it is in this game, and how blessed we were to be where we were (to reach the AFC Championship game in 2009 and 2010). And how hungry we are to get back there, and be able to prove the doubters wrong. They have an opinion of us, and sometimes perception is reality. But it doesnt make the perception the truth."

We could throw darts at the last two sentences - let's see perception is reality but it doesn't make perception the truth? So truth is not reality, Bart? But you are what you are and possession is four-fifths of the law, tie goes to the runner? - but why should we besmirch his introspection.

ESPN’s Mortensen: Deflategate coverage led to death threats


ESPN’s Mortensen: Deflategate coverage led to death threats

In an expansive profile on The, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says he and his wife were subjected to death threats because of Mortensen’s Deflategate coverage.

After the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game victory in January 2015, Mortensen tweeted information he said he received from a source that has long since been proven incorrect. The info - that 11 of 12 Patriots footballs in the game were underinflated by 2 pounds - remained uncorrected on Twitter and in an story for more than six months.  

The controversy over Mortensen’s reporting drew the ire of Patriots fans, many of whom blamed the tweet and his story for fanning the flames of what eventually led to a four-game suspension for Tom Brady and a $1 million fine and loss of draft picks for the Patriots. 

Mortensen, who has subsequently undergone treatment for cancer, told The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis that the threats led him to tell his wife Micki that he didn’t want her traveling with him from their home in Arkansas to Bristol, Connecticut when he did studio work for ESPN. 

“What bothered me is we’re in an era where if your wife goes onto social media, she basically reads that they want you to die,” Mortensen said. “Even after I got cancer, I got some death wishes.”

More from the Ringer story:

“My job is to protect her,” he said. When Mort himself came to Bristol, he behaved like someone who was living under a public threat. He went straight from the ESPN studio to his home, avoiding restaurants and rarely appearing in public.

Mortensen said after his initial tweet, a second source, with whom he had a better relationship, told him to used a broader description of the footballs, i.e. call them “significantly underinflated.”  Mortensen now acknowledges that information should have given him pause.

“That should have raised the journalist in me to a higher level,” he told the Ringer. “I’ve got to ask some more questions here. What are we talking about, 2 pounds under? But, no, I got to get on TV.”

Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls


Pregame Number: Perimeter pain for the Bulls

Tonight’s pregame number is 133. That’s the total number of made 3-point field goals made last season by the players starting for the Bulls tonight. Whatever the Bulls reasons for signing Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade were this offseason, floor spacing was not one of them.

Wade’s career mark of 28.4 percent from distance is the third-worst percentage among active players with 600+ career attempts, while Rondo’s 28.9 career 3-pt FG% is seventh worst. And, for what it’s worth, the new-look Bulls shot 31.8 percent from beyond the arc (21st in the NBA) this preseason, while hitting 7.7 3-pointers per game. 

Despite allowing 15 3’s last night vs the Nets, perimeter defense should once again be a strength for the Celtics. Last season, the Celtics were fourth in the NBA with an opponent 3-pt FG% of 33.6. They were 38-15 when holding opponents to eight or fewer 3’s. 

With the NBA continuing to trend towards more 3-point shooting, it will be interesting to see how Fred Hoiberg’s offense looks this season, and especially tonight vs the Celtics.