Jets give Sanchez a makeup extension


Jets give Sanchez a makeup extension

Am I processing this correctly?

Did the Jets' strategy this week consist of either A)replacing quarterback Mark Sanchez with a short-term, duct-tape solution (Peyton Manning) or B) keeping Sanchez around longer and paying him more?

Because that's what it amounted to. The Jets tried to to find out if Manning was "interested in them" (emasculating way for a franchise to put it, but that's the way it was phrased). He wasn't (even more emasculating).

So the move off of that? Rewarding Sanchez with an extension which signified...what?

I guess it signified their faith in him. But isn't that as hollow as the guarantees Rex Ryan's been burping out annually since arriving in New York?

Everyone with a TV and two eyes knew Manning might be let go in March. Yet Ryan said in late December, "There's no way we're looking to replace Mark Sanchez."

Of rumored internal discussions the team was having about whether Sanchez was their guy going forward, Ryan said, "That's not true."

Well, it was. Or is. And Ryan lied. Or was clueless.

So now,to try and make Sanchez feel better and to allow his teammates to take him seriously (already a tough sell), the Jets gave him an extension. Kinda like when Kobe gave his wife a 4 million ring after his Colorado humiliation. Or last offseason when the Dolphins tried to hire Jim Harbaugh as their head coach, failed, and then had to give Tony Sparano a hollow extension. Annnd, then they fired him.

Hey fellas...mission statement.

Butthat's the thing about the Jets with Rex Ryan as their bumbling, swashbuckling leader. They don't know who they are, they have no identity.

As much as Ryan has insisted that he's just "being him" and that he's the most authentic guy in the league, the only thing that'sreal is that he has no clue what he's all about.

Whether it's lap-band surgery, teeth-whitening or the hackneyed guarantees and bloviating, so much of what Ryan does is all about "the look." Or "the sound." Or the "effect."

This year, he said, no more guarantees.

So what happened to the shoot-from-the-lip guy? Didn't work? OK, Let's change.

He's a chameleon. But the weird thing is, I don't think he's a fraud. What he says or does things, he totally believesin when he says or does them.He just has the foresight of a mole.

And because he's jovial and plain-talking, few in the media call BS on him. Too much fun to cover.

Well, now the Jets have been forced to make another move that's all about "the look."

Of course, Sanchez is so screwed up by now, he's got no clue whatever how this makes him look.

"It gives the team just a reminder that Im the leader of this team, and Im excited to get back, and Im going to be working my tail off these next few months to become the best possible starting quarterback that this franchise can have, Sanchez said in a statement.

Think the Chargers need a reminder about Philip Rivers? Or the Falcons about Matt Ryan? Or even the Bears about Jay Cutler? We're not even talking Brady, Rodgers and Brees here - just about good quarterbacks.

Who the leader is should be a truth that's self-evident. Mark Sanchez won't be the leader of the Jets until he tells Rex Ryan to -off. Until he shows that he needs no hollow validation from the organization and that he'll be fine with or without their propping him up, his teammates will shake their heads and his opponents - like the ones in Foxboro - will smile.

Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2


Brandon Pirri scores twice, Rangers rally to beat Bruins 5-2

NEW YORK - Brandon Pirri scored twice to help the New York Rangers beat the Boston Bruins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Rick Nash, Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey also scored for New York, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots. The Rangers won their third straight game, overcoming a 2-0 deficit to improve to 5-2-0.

David Pastrnak and Austin Czarina scored for Boston. The Bruins have lost three straight to drop to 3-4-0.

Zane McIntyre made 26 saves in his first NHL start. He was called up prior to Boston's 5-0 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday night to back up Malcolm Subban due to injuries to Tuukka Risk and Anton Khudobin.

Down 2-0 after the first, the Rangers scored three times in the final 10:44 of the second.

Nash began the comeback with a power-play goal at 9:16. He curled to the net before corralling a rebound of Derek Stepan's point shot and flipping it over goalie Zane McIntyre for his third of the season.

Hayes tied it with 3:25 left in the second, banking a shot from behind the net off of McIntyre's pants.

Pirri's power-play goal with 36 seconds left made it 3-2. The free-agent signee ripped a shot from the right circle that was in the net before McIntrye could get his glove up. New York finished the game 2 for 6 on the man advantage, while the Bruins were 0 for 1.

It was not all positive for the Rangers in the second, with Dan Girardi missing two shifts following a hit from Pastrnak, who was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head. Girardi leaped in the air to play a loose puck in the neutral zone and, as he came down, Pastrnak drove his shoulder into the upper body of the New York defenseman.

Pirri made it 4-2 2:23 into the third with his fourth of the season. Vesey scored on a tap-in 43 seconds late.

The Bruins opened the scoring Pastrnak's fifth of the season 10 seconds into the game. The lead grew to 2-0 14:34 later when Czarnik scored his first goal in the NHL. Czarnik fired a shot from inside the blue line that New York defenseman Brady Skjei blocked, but Henrik Lundqvist appeared to lose track of the puck and it bounced across the goal line.

Lundqvist had 27 saves.

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Roethlisberger to Brady: I've never done this before but...can I have your jersey?

Tom Brady has fans everywhere, apparently. Even in Pittsburgh. Even on the Steelers roster. 

Showtime's Inside the NFL caught video of Brady meeting with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger before Sunday's game between New England and Pittsburgh. 

The pair hugged near the 50-yard line at Heinz Field. Brady called Roethlisberger "big guy." Roethlisberger, who was out with a knee injury, told Brady he wanted to play "so bad." 

Then Roethlisberger became a fan. And like many of them, he had a request. 

"Um, hey, listen," he said. "I've never done this before, but I would love to get a jersey at some point. It'd mean...There's not many I want to put in my office. You're the best, dude."

Brady was happy to oblige. Just not right at that moment. 

"Sure, I'd love to," Brady said. "I'll get you after the game."