Jets' pick once threatened H.S. teacher


Jets' pick once threatened H.S. teacher

By Tom E. Curran

Alesson to all high schoolerswho feel compelled to writea journal entry threatening tosuper glue their English teacher to the wall - naked - cut off her feet, smother her in gasoline and light her head on fire. Bad idea. Not a deal-breaker -Jets rookie Scotty McKnight did the same thing when he was a high school senior in California and he still got drafted by New York with a seventh-round pick - but it makes life harder than it has to be. "You really see how one small error in judgment can affect your whole life," McKnight told after he'd been drafted. As a high school senior at Tesoro (California) High School, McKnight's English class was required to keep up a creative writing journal. McKnight and another student wound up writing entries that would make Eli Roth's eyebrows rise. One of the entries?"Right now you look friendly, soon you will look mutilated. I am planning on coming in to your room late one night while you're still working . . . I will then super glue you to the wall naked and cut your feet off . . . Later I will smother you in gasoline and light your head on fire, putting the fire out right before your head is charred . . . I will defecate in your mouth."McKnight's teacher didn't appreciate the image. He was suspended along with another student who wrote equally vile and threatening entries, spent time in court, lost a scholarship to Boise State and had to make the Colorado team as a walk-on. McKnight - 5-11, 185 pounds - finished his college career with 215 catches and 22 touchdowns. McKnight is best friends with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez which, according to reporters, helped spur the team into drafting him. Of course, high school shenanigans are not the sole province of Jets draft picks. (See Smith, Lee, fifth-round pick of the Patriots; first-round selection of one of his high school assistant principals.) In a not wholly unrelated note, Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich did not get drafted.

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Alarm-puller: ‘I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan’

Alarm-puller: ‘I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan’

Intentionally or otherwise, the guy who allegedly pulled the fire alarm at the Steelers’ hotel Sunday morning may have also provided the average Bud Light-loving Bostonian a new motto. 

“I’m drunk. I’m stupid. I’m a Pats fan,” Dennis Harrison told police after he was arrested, according to the Boston Globe.  

Citing the State Police report, the Globe wrote Monday that Harrison was talked into pulling the alarm while at a party in Revere, with a friend driving the 25-year-old to the Boston Hilton Logan Airport hotel Sunday morning. 

Harrison reportedly walked up to the second floor and pulled the fire alarm before returning to the car, but his friend and the keys were gone. He was then picked up by police while walking away from the hotel. 

According to the Globe, Harrison pleaded not guilty to charges of disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and setting off a false fire alarm Monday and was released on personal recognizance.

Belichick missed Bennett dancing with cheerleaders: 'We'll have to get a replay'


Belichick missed Bennett dancing with cheerleaders: 'We'll have to get a replay'

Martellus Bennett wanted to party. The nine-year veteran had just stamped his first trip to the Super Bowl, and he was going to celebrate by doing things that would be quintessential "Football Marty." 

He grabbed some pom-poms and danced with Patriots cheerleaders.

He planned to Facetime his brother Michael, Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Seahawks, and talk trash. "Now I’m going to the Super Bowl, mother[expletive]. Meet me in Houston."

He talked about how he'd do some baking. "Making myself a cake, and I am going to write, 'You're awesome' on the cake, and sit there, and I'll probably eat the whole thing and regret it tomorrow because I have to make sure I make weight."

It wasn't a typical reaction to making it to the final game of the season, not for a locker room half-full with players who have been there before. But it was genuine. And even Patriots coach Bill Belichick, often thought of as the no-fun police captain headquartered at Gillette Stadium, those kinds of emotions were worth appreciating.

"Yeah, I missed all of the dancing with the cheerleaders. Sorry. We’ll have to get a replay on that," Belichick said on a conference call Monday. "But you know, I’d say just in general . . . obviously it was a great win for our team and our organization last night, but it’s great to see the players who have worked so hard take so much satisfaction in their relationship with their teammates and the goal that they accomplished last night.

"Another step in a season where the team has already won 16 games but it was another significant step. When you see them reacting and congratulating each other and celebrating like that, you know you have a closeness on the team that is special. I mentioned that last night and it’s true. These guys, they work hard.

"They put up with a lot from me and they put up with a lot of significant demands and requirements here, but it’s done with the intent to try and produce a good product and a good team. They buy into it. They perform well in critical situations like last night. I take a lot of satisfaction in seeing them achieve that because they’ve worked so hard for it and I think they deserve it, but you’ve got to go out and prove it."

In order to emphasize the point that the Patriots had proved it, that they were more than a group of hard-workers, Belichick referenced a book by Jerry Izenberg that tracked the Giants for a week in 1989 -- when Belichick was defensive coordinator -- titled "No Medals for Trying." 

"This time of year everybody tries hard," Belichick said. "Everybody has a good team that is still playing. You’re only rewarded for achievement. Last night we were fortunate enough to earn that. It’s a great feeling to see everybody have that kind of interaction with each other and feel so good about their teammates and the guys they’ve worked so hard with."