Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: QB Mark Sanchez wants another shot at redemption with Jets
|01.01.13 at 8:01 am ET|
TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College football: Gator Bowl, Mississippi State vs. Northwestern, noon (ESPN2)
College football: Heart of Dallas Bowl, Purdue vs. Oklahoma State, noon (ESPNU)
College football: Capital One Bowl, Georgia vs Nebraska, 1 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-FM)
College football: Outback Bowl, South Carolina vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Rose Bowl, Wisconsin vs. Stanford, 5 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Orange Bowl, Northern Illinois vs. Florida State, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Clippers at Nuggets, 9 p.m. (NBATV)
College basketball: UConn at Marquette, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ The Jets began their long offseason by firing general manager Mike Tannenbaum on Monday, and more changes to the organization are expected after a disappointing 6-10 season.
However, Mark Sanchez might still be the team’s quarterback, as his contract — he’s owed $8.25 million for 2013 — makes him difficult to move. Sanchez said Monday that he’s eager for another opportunity to prove his worth to New York fans.
“Until I’m told different, I’m a Jet,” Sanchez said. “I don’t see anything different. I just want another crack at this thing. … I had a good talk with Rex [Ryan], and I know we’re destined for greatness here and that we can be successful here, and that’s what I’m focused on.”
Added the QB: “In my opinion, I underachieved and didn’t play the way I’m capable of playing. Unfortunately, that led to some losses and some things like that. So I just have to get better and take some time to get away from the game for a little bit and come back strong for next year.”
Sanchez struggled with turnovers this season. He tied for third worst in the league with 18 interceptions and also lost eight fumbles. His most ignominious moment was the “buttfumble” against the Patriots in the Thanksgiving night blowout.
“There were some great plays, some great throws, and then there were some not-so-good things,” Sanchez said. “And those are things I need to focus on this offseason, try to fix those and put us in a better position to take care of the ball.”
♦ Running back Brandon Jacobs, who was suspended for the 49ers’ final three regular-season games after complaining about his lack of playing time on social media, was waived by the team Monday. By waiting until after the regular season to cut Jacobs, the Niners ensured that no playoff team could sign him for the playoffs.
Jacobs, 30, had five carries for seven yards in just two games for the NFC West champions after coming over from the Giants, where he played seven seasons. He is the fourth-leading rusher in Giants history, with 4,849 yards.
♦ Terrell Owens couldn’t find an NFL team willing to take a chance on him this season, but the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver apparently has found a way to remain in front of an audience. Owens reportedly will appear in a new reality show on Fox called “Stars in Danger: The High Dive.”
Owens is one of eight celebrities who will receive training from a former Olympic diving medalist and then attempt a series of Olympic-style dives. The show is slated to air on Jan. 9.
Owens previously had his own cable reality show, “The T.O. Show.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 1, 1979, John Y. Brown attended his first game as owner of the Celtics. Which franchise did Brown trade with Irv Levin to acquire the C’s?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m happy here. My family is happy here. We’re excited about what’s ahead of us here in the playoffs, and to talk about any other opportunities at this point is, to me, irrelevant, because I’m totally focused on this season and what this season holds. I couldn’t be more excited to be here and be a New England Patriot and try to do the best job that I can with the title I have right now.” – Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is rumored to be a candidate for a head coaching job
STAT OF THE DAY: 902 – Career victories for Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim, tying him with Bob Knight for second all-time
‘NET RESULTS: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook needed eight stitches above his right eye after catching an accidental elbow from Luis Scola in Monday night’s win over the Suns.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The Buffalo Braves, who now are known as the Los Angeles Clippers
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Country Joe McDonald was born on this day in 1942.
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