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Bart Scott humorously declares a ‘media mutiny,’ actually plans a ‘boycott’

Bart Scott was a man full of humorous contradictions after the Jets’ impressive 48-28 thumping over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The linebacker known for his passionate interviews and catchy quotes laid into the media for clowning the Jets before the season began.

Scott was planning to punish the media with a boycott, but he mistakenly called it a “mutiny.”

“I’ve got a media mutiny,” Scott said when approached by USA TODAY Sports’s Jim Corbett after the game.

Scott was then asked if he meant a boycott.

“Yeah, a boycott.”

He then went off on the media while explaining his mutiny.

“You guys treat us like we’re a (bleeping) joke,” Scott said, per Corbett. “You all want us to feed your papers, but then you all talk (bleep) about us. So why would I want to give you all quotes to sell papers with if you all treat us like (bleep)? That doesn’t make sense.

“You all talk stuff about us, and then when we win you flip the story. You all win either way.”

Yes Scott, we indeed are the winners.

Let’s get this straight here: first Scott declares a mutiny when he means a boycott, then he promises to keep quiet and not give the media quotes. But then he gives us some true gems in the process. If this is what he means by a media boycott, then I support it. We all know with that group of talkers the Jets have they’ll never stay quiet. And we love them for it.

Bart Scott: Prince Amukamura is still a rookie, should be bringing donuts to work

By now we are fairly sure that most of the Giants will be offering no apologies for throwing Prince Amukamara into a cold tub. While Tom Coughlin and several players have expressed regret and frustration over the video going public, the team seems to be of the belief that hazing is done out of love and brings the team closer.

Jets linebacker Bart Scott thinks that Amukamara has not played in enough games to graduate from rookie status. For that reason, Scott says he deserves the cold tub treatment and more.

“I mean I heard about it, but come on man at the end of the day Prince Amukamara is still a rookie after four games,” Scott said during an interview with 98.7 ESPN in New York. “This morning he should have brought the donuts. Come on man. He is going to get hazed.

“You can’t try to explain it because you just sound stupid trying to explain it. What I am saying is that’s football stuff. It happens all over. We cut a B + in a dude’s head because he said he graded our defense a B+. We thought he was retarded if he thought he was performing at a B+. He should be with the 1′s. He was a rookie, so we took some clippers and we cut a B+ in his head and made him wear it.”

Well, that helps explain this ugly haircut. Prince actually played in seven games last season, but we get Scott’s point. Amukamara himself said he is unsure of why he is still being hazed as a second-year player, but I guess that’s just the way it goes for some guys. Considering this is the same Bart who has been known to say things like this, it doesn’t really surprise us that he would side with the hazers and not the hazee.

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Bart Scott says the Jets had a ‘sense of entitlement’ last season

There is a very fine line between confidence and arrogance, and the Jets have flirted with it quite often since Rex Ryan took over. New York carries itself like a team that knows what it takes to win a championship, but the problem is they have yet to get there. After reaching the AFC Championship game in back-to-back seasons, the Jets missed the playoffs and were a major letdown in 2011. On Monday, Bart Scott provided some insight into how the Jets plan to make sure that doesn’t happen this season.

“Not a sense of entitlement,” Scott told the Newark Star-Ledger. “Understanding how hard it is in this game, and how blessed we were to be where we were (in back-to-back AFC Championship Games). And how hungry we are to get back there, and be able to prove the doubters wrong. They have an opinion of us, and sometimes perception is reality. But it doesn’t make the perception the truth.”

Ryan is a trash talker himself who allows his players to say pretty much anything they want, so it’s no surprise to hear that the Jets became overconfident last season after the success they had the previous two. The Jets do plenty of talking, but they haven’t won anything. The sooner they realize that the better off they’ll be.

“I’ve taken my vacations already,” Scott said. “I’ve been to Paris. I’ve been to the Bahamas twice. I’m done. It’s grind. This is where I catch everybody; this is where I make my big leap, is now. When everybody else maybe takes two weeks off, I’ll go right to it.”

Sounds like someone is ready for the season to begin. Jim Kelly may think a disaster is in progress with Tim Tebow in the fold, but as far as Scott’s concerned the Jets are a focused bunch. Can’t wait!

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Bart Scott: Jets-Giants Not a Rivalry Because You Don’t Have to Fight Over Strippers in New York

There a lot of factors that play into creating a rivalry among teams.  For starters, both teams have to be good.  Even if there are two teams in the same city, it is hard to establish a heated rivalry if one team is always winning.  Then there are attitudes.  If players from both teams like to talk trash and sling insults at one another, arguments and fights are more likely to occur and help fuel the fire.  Of course, you also need a long history of entertaining match-ups between two teams like Michigan and Ohio State or the Red Sox and Yankees.  Oh yeah, and you also need to fight with the other team over strippers.

Sports Radio Interviews called our attention to a recent interview between Bart Scott and The Michael Kay Show in New York, during which Scott was asked if he senses a rivalry brewing between the Jets and Giants.  If he wasn’t known for saying such off-the-wall things during interviews, Scott’s response would probably baffle you.

“Not at all,” he said. “Like I said when I was in Baltimore I could remember with the Redskins you had guys fighting over strippers and all kind of stuff. I don’t sense that here. I think it is a mutual respect. I think the town is big enough for both of us. I think we were just trying to make a statement that hey we wanted a little bit bigger piece of the spotlight because when I got here my sense was pretty much all Giants type of town. We played in Giants Stadium. We just want to get our piece of the pie.”

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Bart Scott Tells Jets Fans to Put Down the iPads and Get Loud

Apparently Bart Scott has a problem with Jets fans.  As we have learned on multiple occasions, Scott enjoys speaking his mind more than just about any player in the league.  Over the past year we have discovered that Bart thinks the NFL is going soft, believes the Jets are a lock for the Super Bowl, and that he would make a terrific addition to the WWE.  On Thursday, we discovered he was not pleased with the Jets fan base a season ago.

“I think the last stadium was a lot louder and maybe some of the die-hard fans can’t afford tickets any more,” Scott said according to the NY Daily News via Pro Football Talk. “We have to challenge the people that’s in the stadium now to get off their iPads and tweets and represent the stadium and get loud and make it a home-field advantage for us.”

I did not watch enough Jets home games last season to know if Scott has a legitimate beef, but what I can say is that this is a huge problem at Gillette Stadium with the Patriots.  Tickets have gotten so expensive over the years that die hard fans who just want to watch football have been filtered out.  Last season, my friends and I were told to “sit down” when New England was on defense against the Colts on a crucial 3rd and short.

It is worth noting that this approach seemed to work for Rex Ryan when he first became the coach of the Jets, so perhaps the Green Teamers will answer the call once again and give New York a boost against the Cowboys Sunday night.

Bart Scott: Players ‘Wimping Out’ by Eliminating Two-a-Day Practices

On Tuesday Vikings punter Chris Kluwe complained that a handful of players were holding up the new CBA for selfish purposes. Later that night, another player expressed his dissatisfaction with one aspect of the CBA as well. That player is Jets linebacker Bart Scott. Scott is unhappy that the NFLPA got the owners to agree to essentially eliminate two-a-day practices during training camp.

“I think it’s wimping out; making football more soft,” Scott told The Star-Ledger (via NFL.com). “No reason to try and make camp easy.”

“I get concerned you’re making football players weaker because you don’t push them past that threshold. … I get concerned with the same thing with the quarterback stuff, that they turn it into flag football; they turn it into little pansy stuff.”

“Two-a-days, it’s what football is all about,” Scott said. “It’s about endurance, pain, will, putting yourself through something when your body is telling you it doesn’t want to go. Your mind controlling your body. That’s what camp is all about. With one-a-days, guys might not be in as good of shape as they would have been. Camp tears you down, and then a smart coach starts pulling back in enough time that allows players’ bodies to build back up.”

See, this is the territory we get in where you worry if the players got too much power. Things need to be even, things need to be fair. Coaches can’t feel like the players will pull out their contracts Roger Dorn-style if they’re asked to practice more than they want, even if this was done for player safety-purposes. As Scott said, this is taking away reps from coaches. Let’s just hope players have the same attitude as Scott where they want to practice to get better.

Bart Scott: It’s a Joke if Jets Don’t Win Super Bowl

On a normal day, I would have an extremely tough time associating the name “Bart Scott” with the word “sensible.”  The Jets loudmouth linebacker usually makes headlines for charades like his “can’t wait!” postgame interview or for threatening to end Wes Welker’s career.  The only man wearing Green with a more freely-moving jaw is Rex Ryan, and Scott almost acknowledged that on Friday.

The only thing sadder than the Jets coach once again guaranteeing a Super Bowl victory is the Jets coach comparing himself to Babe Ruth calling his shot.  Rex has done a lot of talking since he took over the reins in New York, but his team has yet to move beyond the AFC Championship.  Since we’re not playing horseshoes, close doesn’t count.  Scott apparently realizes all the guarantees are setting the Jets up for embarrassment.

“I think it’s about time we get it done and see this thing through because, after a while, people are going to start looking at it as a joke,” Scott told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio via Pro Football Talk.

At least we’re not the only ones who think so, right?  Most would argue that Ryan’s guarantees have already become a joke, but it’s refreshing to hear a player acknowledge that there are consequences for making empty promises.  We all know you never make an empty gesture to a Funkhouser.