Monday’s Morning Mashup: Jets hit new low in embarrassing loss to Dolphins
|10.29.12 at 7:59 am ET|
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NFL: 49ers at Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
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♦ The Jets are the team that just keeps on giving, at least when it comes to making headlines for their silly behavior and tough talk that they have not been able to back up this season. Following a week of trash-talking, mainly emanating from New York, the Jets went out and dropped a 30-9 decision to the visiting Dolphins on an embarrassing afternoon for Gang Green.
“When you’re playing against another team and they’re running their mouth, you’re going to go out and play harder. That’s part of the game,” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said. “It feels good. We said during the week, if people are going to talk, we’re going to go out there and just play harder.”
Dolphins tailback Reggie Bush, who was in the middle of last week’s back-and-forth, accusing the Jets of trying to hurt him in the teams’ first meeting, had a 19-yard run in the first quarter Sunday before colliding with outspoken cornerback Antonio Cormartie near the sideline. Cromartie then head-butted Bush, earning a flag for unnecessary roughness.
“I ain’t lose my composure,” insisted Cromartie, who dislocated his pinkie on the play. “I just called him a punk, and that’s exactly what he is. I didn’t head-butt him; I pushed him first, then I head-butted him.”
Bush, who yelled at Jets coach Rex Ryan while on the New York sideline, got in the last word. Even though Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was knocked out the game on the first series (injured quadriceps), leaving backup Matt Moore to do most of the damage against the Jets’ once-feared defense, Miami was able to roll, and Bush implied that the Jets (now 3-5) were quitters.
“It’s very satisfying. It’s as good as it gets,” Bush said. “We knew we wanted to jump on them early, and I think we were able to accomplish that. I think once we got on them early, they kind of laid down a little bit.”
Jets fans also quit on their team — at least on starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. The crowd chanted for backup Tim Tebow, and that did not sit well with at least one Jet.
“That chant is BS. … I think the fans are out of place,” wide receiver Chaz Schilens said, acknowledging: “They’re pissed. They have a right to be pissed.”
♦ Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel‘s return to Philadelphia went well, as Atlanta remained undefeated with a 30-17 victory over his former team. After the game, Samuel complained that Eagles coach Andy Reid snubbed him.
“Andy Reid, why didn’t you speak to me?” Samuel told reporters. “What did I do to you, man? I’ve got nothing but love for you, Big Red. … He wouldn’t speak to me, man — can you believe that? As happy as I am, he wouldn’t even tell me, ‘Great game, Asante, I love ya, man.’ ”
Samuel, who said maybe it was his celebratory dancing that “got to [Reid] a little bit,” was asked about the difference between the teams.
“I think it’s the coaching,” said the onetime Patriot. “We’ve got really good coaching.”
♦ Manny Ramirez apparently hasn’t given up on his baseball career. The former Red Sox slugger, twice banned by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, reportedly will play for Las Aguilas in his native Dominican Republic in an effort to impress three Japanese teams that have shown an interest.
According to the New York Post, the 40-year-old Ramirez is scheduled to fly from his home in Florida to the Dominican Republic on Monday to join the team, which already has begun its winter league season.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 29, 1996, as part of the NBA’s 50th anniversary celebration, the league announced its list of the 50 greatest players in NBA history. The list included a number of Celtics — nine who played all or most of their career with the C’s, one who played five of his 13 NBA seasons in Boston, three who played two seasons or less with the Celtics, and one who had not yet played in Boston but made a brief stop here before retiring. Who are they?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We can care less. They get their ring. We’re going in to play a game. We’re not going to sit there and watch. So, they celebrate; we go play.” — Celtics swingman Jeff Green, on Tuesday’s game in Miami when the Heat will receive their championship rings
STAT OF THE DAY: 5 – Consecutive touchdown drives by the Patriots to start the game in Sunday’s 45-7 rout of the Rams in London
‘NET RESULTS: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the French soccer team Saint-Etienne dons a Spiderman mask after scoring a goal.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, Dave Cowens, John Havlicek, Sam Jones, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish, Bill Russell and Bill Sharman played all or most of their career with the Celtics; Tiny Archibald played five of his 13 NBA seasons in Boston; Dave Bing, Pete Maravich and Bill Walton played two seasons or less with the C’s; Shaquille O’Neal had not yet played for the Celtics.
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Denny Laine, who was the guitarist and lead singer on The Moody Blues’ debut album and went on to be an original member of Wings under Paul McCartney, turns 68 on Monday.
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