I don’t go out of my way to find reasons to pick on the Jets. Really, I don’t. But some things just can’t be ignored. On the heels of a six turnover loss to division rival Buffalo, Jets general manager John Idzik gave a lengthy and bizarre mid-season state of the franchise press conference during which he never acknowledged or even seemed aware that the team is on the verge of one of their worst seasons ever. Instead, he rambled on about the stadium, the grounds crew, the price of pig skin in China, etc. Incredibly, that was perhaps the highlight of the Jets’ week.
Last Wednesday, wide receiver Eric Decker took to Twitter @EricDecker87 to ask his followers why they loved the Jets so much. His question, one can only assume, was well intentioned and meant to get fans to remember the glory days, such as they were, and reconnect with their fandom. Suffice it to say it didn’t work. He got plenty of responses, but most ranged from the snide to the sarcastic. .What else could he expect? Decker is making something in the neighborhood of $36 million to either suck or be hurt. Meanwhile, fans have to shell out their hard earned dollars every week to watch him do it. It does appear that Jets fans don’t mind throwing their money away. One group raised $10,000 for a FIRE IDZIK billboard. Clearly, their anger isn’t directed solely at Eric Decker. He is simply the last derailed car on what’s been a long, sometimes horrifying and sometimes comical train wreck. Decker asked, fans answered… and that’s when things really got ugly.
Country singer Jessie James Decker, Eric’s outspoken wife, has her own Twitter account. Perhaps I should rephrase that. She had her own Twitter account and she had over 300,000 followers. That ended when she decided to defend her husband by tweeting the following. “You think he really cares what y’all think haters? He’s laughing his ass alllll the way home … Life is pretty good here, can’t complain.” Funny thing about having all those followers. When you post something stupid, a whole lot of people see it. Her account was subsequently deactivated, and we can assume she won’t be singing the national anthem at any upcoming Jets home games. I’ve got to say, though, it would be pretty damn funny if the Giants brought her in. Gang Green put the finishing touches on a rough week by losing their eighth straight. And just to rub a bit more salt into the festering wound that is the Jets’ 2014 season, former franchise quarterback Mark Sanchez (the butt fumbler) made his season debut for the Eagles. He came in midway through the first half and threw for over 200 yards and a couple touchdowns in an impressive win over the Texans.
At about this time last year, then Lions receiver Nate Burleson broke his arm during an automobile accident involving one vehicle and two pizzas. Details are still a little fuzzy, but he evidently lost control of his car, made a valiant effort to save his dinner, which he’d left in the back seat, and ended up breaking his arm in a couple spots and missing a large slice of the 2013 season. That was, to the best of my knowledge, the only pizza-related NFL injury… until Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall tore his Achilles a few days ago. In Hall’s defense, he was already hurt. He originally tore the tendon in a game against the Eagles last month. He was healing up nicely but then slipped and fell in his kitchen while retrieving a late night snack. Okay, I’m certainly no world class athlete but I do have basic gross motor skills and I’ve never once fallen down in my own kitchen. How does that happen? Do all NFL players answer the dinner bell the same way O.J. Simpson used to run through airports?
I think the real problem is that the Redskins can’t get out of their own way. No, really. They proved that yesterday when one team bus smashed into the second team bus on route to their game against the Vikings. When they finally did make it to the University of Minnesota stadium, the Redskins were greeted by a couple thousand protestors who believe the Redskins team name is offensive. Owner Dan Snyder says he’ll never change the name. Why should he, As my son suggested, change the logo to a redskin potato and everyone’s happy.
Here are a few totally bizarre stats that came out of Week 9. Just in the past two weeks, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown more touchdown passes (12) than the Lions, Bengals, Browns, Jets and Vikings have thrown all season long. Vikings runningback Matt Asiata totaled just 26 rushing yards on Sunday, but he also scored three touchdowns and a two-point conversion. That’s the most points any single player has scored in any game this season. The San Diego Chargers were not only humiliated by the Dolphins, but they haven’t won a game in Miami since 1981. And finally, the Philadelphia Eagles haven’t lost to a team from the city of Houston… EVER. They were 6 – 0 against the Oilers They’re now 4 – 0 against the Texans.
I’m very excited because, for the first time all year, I can tie a game day recipe into what’s been happening on, or more appropriately OFF the football field. We’ll call this week’s recipe DeAngelo Hall’s Irresistible Mexican Pizza. This will make two tortilla-sized pizzas. If you want more than that, add or multiply accordingly.
4 flour tortillas
olive oil or butter spray
1 15 oz. can refried beans
2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
4 oz. Mexican cheese
1 cup salsa
pizza vegetables (totally your preference)
Preheat oven to 375. In a small bowl, mix taco seasoning and refried beans. Cover a large baking sheet with foil. Spray tortillas with olive oil or butter spray (just one side of each tortilla). Place two tortillas on your baking sheet (sprayed side down). Top each tortilla with bean mixture. You’ll have more beans than you actually need. Cover with remaining tortillas (sprayed side up). Bake about 8 minutes or until tortillas begin to brown. Turn and repeat the process. Remove from oven and top with salsa, diced vegetables and cheese, in that order. For vegetables, I like to use red onions, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers and black olives. Grilled chicken would be a nice topper as well. Return your pizzas to the oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 8 more minutes. Prepare, plate and eat your pizzas with extreme caution. Carelessness has been known to lead to serious bodily injury.
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