EL BARRIO, EL FALLS – Happy Monday Everybody! As part of my “Buffalo is Alabama with a pro football team” story continues. My wife’s best friend had her baby and both are fine in the hospital. The height/weight card on hospital’s baby bassinet, however, was in the shape of the Bills’ logo and in Bills’ colors. I will keep you updated on my adventures as the season goes. Anyway, here are the topics for today: Mets Get Swept, Jets Win, RIP to Jets OL Legends.
Mets Gets Swept
Here we go again. The Mets have 98 wins. That is more wins, than any other team in the American League. And that is more wins than anyone in the NL except, the LA Dodgers and more importantly, the Atlanta Braves. The Metsies were setup for success going into Friday, as they faced the Braves with the front end of their rotation. They had ace #1 Jacob deGrom, ace #2 Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt. Yet the Braves outplayed them in all aspects. The Braves won 5-2, 4-2, 5-3. The big bats of the Bravos answered the call but the Mets bats didn’t and weren’t clutch. The Mets are not out of the playoffs, but there are only 3 games left and the Braves lead by 2 games and hold the tie breaker. The Amazins can look at this series as what cost them but it is more that they went 6-8 vs Miami, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Oakland A’s in September. They needed to go like 13-3 there. You gotta bet the ones you are supposed to beat. It is that simple. So now they have to reset and try and do it the hard way.
What a difference a week makes! Also a change at QB. The Jets got QB 1 Zach Wilson back and what a difference he made. The main differences were trick plays like a double-reverse pass to the QB, which he caught for a touchdown. Beyond that, the Jets had to make another offensive line replacement due to injury. Wilson’s ability to escape and keep plays alive was therefore vital. On the other side, the Steelers made a surprise QB change at halftime. They benched Ben Whitney fave, Mitch Trubinsky CPA, for Pitt Panther rookie Kenny Pickett. Pickett came in and scored two TDs. However, he also had 3 interceptions. The 2nd was the game-changer, as Gang Green had just scored to make it 20-14. The deflected pass fell to hands of a Jets DB. From there, cool as you like and as if he was a veteran, Wilson marched the Jets downfield and they scored with 16 seconds left. The Steelers drove to midfield and Pickett launched a Hail, Mary, which fell into Jet hands. Game over. Against all odds, the Jets are 2-2.
RIP to Jets OL Legends
he New York Jets announced on Sunday that two of the franchise’s greatest offensive linemen, Jim Sweeney and Marvin Powell, have died. Sweeney was 60 and Powell was 67. This is shocking to me because I lost my dad when he was 77. These men were incredibly young. To think there is a guy in my shoes who lost his dad at such a young age, rattles me. I don’t know how much a role playing in the NFL had in their early deaths, when player welfare was worse than even now, when we see the Dolphins treatment of Tua Tagovailoa. Powell was a first-round pick in ’77 at offensive tackle. Sweeney was a 2nd round pick in ’84 at center. Both would go to become All-Pros. Sweeney played 158 straight games. RIP to these great men and condolences to their family.
Thanks for reading and feel free to comment below. Come back tomorrow for Ben Whitney, who will recap the second best NYC team’s win.