Blogging has been a bit light the past few weeks, as we as a family, have been traveling a bit, and spending time away from home -- visiting many different places....I will post pictures from our journey upon our return.
I'm very excited for 2 things, (and thankful)in a sports-oriented way, as we close the books on 2006.
Let's start with a team that I'm a season ticket holder for, and a team that I spend alot of energy cheering for. The NEW YORK JETS. This past Monday night in Miami, I sat for the entire game in the rain, at the top of Section 402, (the end zone) 3 rows from the top of the stadium, and GOT DRENCHED. Our tailgate party was great, (I love parking on grass, and hanging with no shoes at a tailgate -- something you surely would never do at the Meadowlands, in the concrete jungle)-- but the game was sloppy, and played in monsoon like conditions.
Eric Mangini the coach of our JETS, managed a wonderful game. Coming into this season -- NO ONE would have believed we would be in a position to be going into the last weekend of the season at 9-6, and in control of our playoff destiny. Coach Mangini is EVERYTHING that Herm Edwards is not....a DISCIPLINED MANAGER WHO BELIEVES IN LEADING -- he is NOT a players coach. Coach Mangini controls his team in practice through intense drills, and a clear game plan....he also believes that players should be held accountable in a very specific way. THE NEW YORK JETS ARE ONE OF THE LEAST PENALIZED TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE, and it is SUCH a pleasure to watch a team that does not commit dumb penalties over and over.
Before a game, the entire team watches a BOXING match....
"As he did before the Jets' season-opening win at Tennessee, Mangini broke out a boxing video to make his point. He had his players watch Larry Holmes' 13-round TKO of Gerry Cooney in 1982.."
"He may not be watching the same tapes as the rest of us, but then nobody is going to question the way Mangini has low-keyed this team all the way into contention. The coach is a strange guy - more cerebral than he is either macho or conversational. He likes to show boxing films to his players, reliving the days when Mangini watched these bouts with his father. For the moment, the team seems amused by his odd habits, even inspired."
And, he went on Sesame Street.....
In a nutshell, these wins this year have been MANGINI WINS, and with any of our previous 5 coaches we would be have 4-12 at BEST. Thanks Coach M!
Coach #2 -- Rutgers Coach, Greg Schiano.
I've been a lifelong Rutgers Sports fan. Both my father and brother attended RU, but more importantly I grew up 10 miles from the campus. Growing up in East Brunswick which is the bordering town to New Brunswick, made going to a college basketball or football game as a kid, MUCH EASIER and more cost efficent than going to a professional game 60 miles away.
Rutgers became one of the teams that I really enjoyed to cheer for. My memories of the 1976 Basketball team that went to the final four, are established firmly in my youth and memory....and always bring a smile....James Bailey/Eddie Jordan....
Football has been a different story. The team has consistenly been below average. One of the main reason is that the BEST recuits in our states frequently went to Penn State or Miami.
We have a coach in NJ who works so hard, is so disciplined, and comes with such a solid game plan, that he won college football's coach of the year.
Here is Coach Schiano from the Boomer Esiasion show(in NYC on MSG) -- and its gives a good understanding of why he is a good coach.
In closing, recognizing and rewarding talent...as well as coming in with a solid game plan to their jobs -- have made 2006 a GREAT year to be a fan of RU and the JETS.
Thursday evening RU plays in the Texas Bowl vs. Kansas State....
Next Sunday (12-31) the Jets play the Raiders, and with a win qualify for the NFL playoffs.
These 2 coaches have produced results for their teams and the fans.
They are also GREAT role models on managing and building a winning atmosphere.
GO JETS and RU!!!!!