Episode Archive for December 2011
By: Chris Greenberg
Drew Brees made history on Monday night when he connected with running back Darren Sproles for a 9-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the New Orleans Saints’ win over the Atlanta Falcons. That completion earned the quarterback one of the most hallowed individual records in professional football. Brees had eclipsed Dan Marino’s passing yards total from his historic 1984 season. Marino passed for a staggering 5,084 yards during his iconic ‘84 campaign, a mark that many thought would stand forever. Of course, rule changes and the ensuing strategic adjustments have opened up a game that was formerly far more grounded. That pass to Sproles pushed Brees’ season total to 5,087 yards. On Monday, Brees became the fourth quarterback to hold the single-season passing yards record during the Super Bowl era, joining Joe Namath, Dan Fouts and Marino in an exclusive quarterbacking club. Prior to Namath topping the 4,000-yard mark, the previous record of 3,723 yards had been set by Sonny Jurgensen with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1961. Shortly after Marino’s mark was surpassed, the former Dolphins’ signal caller sent his congratulations to Brees via Twitter.
By: Gary Myers
Joe Namath predicts the Jets will beat the Giants on Saturday – he still bleeds green – but he’s not feeling confident enough to take the next step and guarantee it. These Jets aren’t good enough to get that kind of endorsement from Joe Willie.
Nearly 43 years ago, Namath became a legend when he guaranteed the Jets would upset the invincible Colts in Super Bowl III and then backed up his words. Of course, the Jets have never returned to the Super Bowl and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year, either.
Namath, who says it’s too cold and too close to Christmas for him to attend the game at MetLife Stadium, doesn’t sound impressed with either the Jets or Giants as they desperately try to get into the playoffs.
“Jets 27, Giants 16,” he said.
But that’s as far as Namath would go. He wished he felt better about the Jets, but when I asked him if he was willing to guarantee they would win this Subway Stupor Bowl, he quickly backed off.
“Hell no, I’m not,” he said with a big laugh. “I’m not betting any dinners on it.”
“After what I saw last week and what I’ve been watching, how do you feel confident about a team?” he said. “I wish I had seen the kind of football that would make me more confident. I’ve never guaranteed anything I wasn’t a part of, by the way.”
The Jets and Giants warmed up for this much-anticipated game by losing by a combined 68-29 to the Eagles and Redskins, teams that came in with a combined record of 9-17. Is that any way to make a playoff run? It’s the Jets at 8-6 vs. the Giants at 7-7. Real inspiring stuff.
The Giants will be eliminated if they lose to the Jets and then the Cowboys beat the Eagles. But if the Giants win their last two games, they will win the NFC East. They are out of the wild-card race.
The Jets can’t be eliminated Saturday from the wild-card hunt with a loss or clinch with a victory – it will go down to the final weekend for them in Miami. The Patriots have already won the AFC East.
“Prior to seeing the Washington-Giants game, I thought the Giants were coming around to form to some extent,” Namath said. “This last weekend, as a football fan, I was stunned to see how many teams that were supposedly good playoff-caliber teams who lost. There is no telling who is going to show up. I certainly hope the Jets win. I want to see the Jets get into the playoffs. One of the strengths of the Giants is rushing the passer and that’s been a problem with the Jets, being able to protect and run the football.”