|Monday’s Morning Mashup: ‘Fireman Ed’ fed up with fellow Jets fans||11.26.12 at 8:00 am ET|
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL: Panthers at Eagles, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
NBA: Knicks at Nets, 7 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Chicago State at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College basketball: San Jose State at Kansas, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
AROUND THE WEB:
♦ “Fireman Ed” Anzalone, the diehard Jets fan who leads the J-E-T-S chants from his seat at MetLife Stadium, announced Sunday that he will no longer be a cheerleader for the team. Anzalone, in a guest column for New York Metro, explained that he left Thursday’s 49-19 embarrassment against the Patriots before halftime not because it was a rout but because of confrontations with fellow Jets fans that have grown more frequent.
We have had much worse teams than this and I never left before. I pride myself in that, because I am not a quitter.
I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic.
This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another. The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy as well. The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.
Although I can “hold my own,” I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed.
I have enjoyed my time in chanting the greatest chant in all of sports. I have enjoyed meeting all the wonderful Jets fans around the world and look forward to the day we all can raise the Lombardi Trophy as one and celebrate a world championship down the Canyon of Heroes!
I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed. God bless and, as always, let’s go Jets!
♦ Seahawks starting cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman — who Patriots fans remember for his taunting of Tom Brady after their game last month — face four-game suspensions for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing substances (reportedly for taking Adderall). Both players are appealing.
The news comes at an especially bad time for the Seahawks, who fell to 6-5 with Sunday’s loss to the Dolphins in Miami and are in danger of losing their hold on a playoff spot.
Sherman called the Patriots offense “gimmick, hurry-up stuff” and got in Brady’s face as the quarterback walked off the field following New England’s 24-23 loss on Oct. 14 in Seattle.
♦ Leigh Steinberg, who once was the nation’s premier sports agent, has a column in Forbes magazine in which he takes a look at the NHL lockout. Steinberg notes the lack of an uproar over hockey’s work stoppage and wonders if anyone will care about the league’s disappearing act if it continues.
Writes Steinberg: Every time hockey gains in popularity and geographical reach in this country, a harmful negotiating process comes along to stunt its growth by keeping the games from being played.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 26, 1962, the Red Sox traded reigning American League batting champion Pete Runnels to the Houston Colt .45′s for which player?
|Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Jets players defend Mark Sanchez||01.12.12 at 7:51 am ET|
THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NHL: Penguins at Rangers, 7 p.m. (NHL Network)
NBA: Knicks at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Magic at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
College basketball: Clemson at Boston College, 7 p.m. (ESPN2; WEEI)
College basketball: Virginia at Duke, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College basketball: Gonzaga at St. Mary’s, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Draft, noon (ESPN2)
AROUND THE WEB:
“It was completely false,” offensive lineman Matt Slauson said. “Mark is the hardest-working quarterback I’ve every played with. He puts in more time than anyone. Every since he came in he’s been all about improving the team and winning. His whole life is about making the Jets the No. 1 team in the NFL.”
Added defensive lineman Marcus Dixon: “Whoever said all that, they’re out of their minds and just trippin’. You can’t blame a season on one guy. I mean, come on. It’s all unfair. We have Mark Sanchez. He’s our quarterback. He’s our guy. And that’s how just about everyone in that locker room feels.”
♦ Longtime sports agent Leigh Steinberg, the inspiration for the movie “Jerry Maguire,” filed for bankruptcy protection Wednesday in Santa Ana, Calif.
“I just lost track while I was in rehab,” Steinberg said, acknowledging he has had an alcohol problem but insisting he has been sober since 2010.
♦ Former NBA player J.R. Smith is still in China, locked into a contract with the Zhejiang Golden Bulls. Apparently, his sister isn’t enjoying the experience. One website has photos said to be of Stephanie Smith getting into an altercation with fans of the Bayi Rockets during a recent game. The accompanying report indicates she also threw a bottle on the court after a call went against her brother.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Jan. 12, 1997, the Patriots beat the Jaguars 20-6 in the AFC championship game, secured when which Patriot returned a fumble 47 yards for a touchdown with 2:36 left?
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