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LT Has a Jets Tattoo…Already

UPDATE: Here’s a picture of LT’s Jets tattoo

Mike Tannenbaum can breathe a little easier now.  I’m sure the contract status of some of his key players — such as Darrelle Revis and Nick Mangold — has the New York Jets GM feeling a bit uneasy.  Have no fear, Mike.  Your newly-acquired, aging superstar of a running back is fully committed to the team.  In fact, LaDainian Tomlinson is such a proud member of his new organization that he decided to get some new ink to prove it.  When he got to New York, LT got a New York Jets tattoo on his calf to go along with the lightning bolt he already has which represents his time spent in San Diego.

We already know athletes like to spend their down time getting new ink, as Shaq showed us when he came back from injury with the Cavs.  Like Shane Mosley’s tattoo, I guess you can at least say Shaq’s are unique.  I just don’t see why LT already did this.  Rex Ryan seems to appreciate it as evidenced by his saying, “I think that shows the type of commitment he has.”  But the reality of the matter is Tomlinson could very well be running on empty.  He certainly looked like he was last season.

If he indeed has lost the explosiveness he once had — which I strongly believe is the case — he could end up having about as much of an impact on the Jets as Santonio Holmes will during the first four games of the season.  If that ends up being the case and the Jets start losing games, we all know LT will be pouting on the sidelines and his new tattoo will be nothing more than a brand mark he shares with thousands of fat, drunken Jets fans.

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Jets leave permanent mark on Tomlinson [Pro Football Talk]

Darrelle Revis Holding Out, Mangold Could Be Next

Dare I say that the New York Jets can do no wrong in the 2010 off-season?  After reaching the AFC Championship last season out of nowhere, it can be argued that the Jets have had a stronger off-season than any other NFL team.  They have acquired a Pro Bowl caliber receiver in Santonio Holmes, a troubled corner with an incredible ceiling in Antonio Cromartie, and a pass-rusher who still has plenty left in the tank to devote to a defense that really doesn’t need much help in Jason Taylor.  The only move the Jets have made that doesn’t seem to make much sense is letting go of Thomas Jones and replacing him with a rapidly aging LaDainian Tomlinson — but remember they were able to snag USC running back Joe McKnight in the 4th round.

I think it’s about time for them to face an off-season obstacle and it looks like one is in the process of being built.  Darrelle Revis — probably the best shut-down corner in the league and a Defensive Player of the Year snub last season — is holding out from OTAs in search of a new contract.  Center Nick Mangold is reportedly considering following suit, as he has also grown frustrated with a lack of discussion about a new contract.

This was bound to happen for the Jets.  As it stands right now, they have 20 players who will be owed a contract at the end of the season.  It’s been baffling how they’ve been able to bring in superstar after superstar and work everything out financially.  A couple of major holdouts from players like Revis and Mangold could create some serious problems for the Jets’ brass.

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Super Bowl on the Verge of Getting Chilly

A new era of Super Bowl play is on the verge of being secured.  Actually, I guess you could say an old tradition is on the verge of returning to the NFL.  With each passing day, it seems more and more certain that America’s most prominent sporting event is once again headed for potentially harsh conditions.  This Tuesday at the NFL league meetings in Dallas, owners will vote “yay” or “nay” to decide whether or not New Meadowlands Stadium — the brand new, state-of-the-art home of the New York Jets and New York Giants — should host the Super Bowl in 2014.  One owner who has been particularly outspoken in favor of a New York bid in 2014 is Patriots owner Robert Kraft:

Doing it in New York is the right thing for a lot of reasons,” Kraft told the Daily News last week. “I’ve been going to Patriots games for 50 years up here. I personally believe all football should be played outdoors. Our league was founded on winter football with the Ice Bowl. Our sport is about resilience, mental toughness, adjustments. I think it will be a great experience for the fans. A memorable experience.”

Although he insists it has not affected his stance, Kraft is undoubtedly considering his own team’s interests.  If New York hosts a Super Bowl in its outdoor stadium, that would eliminate a major obstacle when it comes time for the Patriots owner to lobby for a Super Bowl to be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  If, and when, New York breaks the cold weather barrier, harsh conditions can no longer be used as an effective argument against holding the big game in a stadium with the potential for snow and freezing temperatures.

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Rex Ryan, Damien Woody, Kris Jenkins in Weight Loss Competition

When we said that receiver Santonio Holmes was joining an already animated team, this is exactly what we had in mind. The New York Jets, who will be featured in HBO’s Hard Knocks TV show during training camp, have already embarked on a reality show this offseason. Head coach Rex Ryan challenged Damien Woody and Kris Jenkins to a weight loss competition, as he told the team’s official site via Pro Football Talk:

“The guys are going to have fun with it,” Ryan restated. “There’s an offensive player, a defensive player and a 47-year-old coach. The handicappers, I don’t know how they’re going to view this.”

Ryan may be at a disadvantage because he’s already dropped around 37 pounds since undergoing lapband surgery. At 311 pounds, Ryan still has a long way to go, however. This seems like a fun, playful competition that can build camaraderie and promote healthy eating. It’s good ideas like this that makes Rex Ryan a hit in New York. Now all he has to do is keep winning.

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Ryan, Woody, Jenkins in Weight-Loss Battle [New York Jets]
Rex Ryan challenges players to weight loss competition [Pro Football Talk]

Santonio Holmes Escorted Off Plane for Being ‘Disruptive’

When he makes headlines like this, the Steelers must feel pretty good about shipping Santonio Holmes off to the Jets for a measly 5th round pick.  According to investigators, Holmes had to be escorted off of a flight at Pittsburgh International Airport on Thursday night for being a “disruptive passenger”.  No further details about the situation are known — and Santonio wasn’t arrested — but this certainly isn’t the type of publicity the Superbowl 43 MVP needs if he wants to convince fans and the NFL that he’s going to clean up his act.

Holmes is already going to miss the first four games of the upcoming season when he serves a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.  Depending on what comes of this situation, Roger Goodell might decide to sideline him for a few more games.  The Jets don’t have a lot invested in Holmes after only giving up a fifth rounder, but they could certainly use the help at wide receiver and would probably prefer that he straighten out his act.  Between Cromartie, Holmes, and the loud mouths in the Jets organization (led by their head coach), it could turn out to be an entertaining soap opera of a year in New York.

UPDATE: According to ESPN, the reason Santonio Holmes was escorted from the flight was because he refused to turn off his iPod when the crew asked that all electronic devices be turned off so the plane could take off.  Wow.  Has he ever been on a plane before?  I’m pretty much speechless, so here’s what Rex Ryan had to say:

“I know what has been told to me and it kind of got blown out of proportion it sounds like in some of the media outlets and things. I mean, OK, lets face it, he should turn off his iPod. That’s what he should do. He should do that. I haven’t had a chance to talk to Santonio, but he certainly should do that.”

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“Disruptive” Santonio Holmes booted from a flight in Pittsburgh [WPXI via Pro Football Talk]
Report: Holmes removed from plane [ESPN]

Santonio Holmes Joining an Already Animated Jets Team

The New York Jets have had a busy off-season so far.  They’re already signed on to be featured in the HBO original series Hard Knocks, so the new faces that will be joining them in training camp will serve as more than simple additions to their football team.  With the questionable characters they have added so far this off-season, New York might not have even needed to pair up with HBO to give their preparation period a reality show feel.  The Jets traded a fifth round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in exchange for Super Bowl 43 MVP Santonio Holmes.  Holmes’ services won’t be available immediately, however, as he has been suspended four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy

Holmes joins Antonio Cromartie, who has in the past admitted that having seven kids in five different states can be distracting to his NFL career, as the second player with off-the-field issues to join the Jets in the last two months.  While it’d be tough to argue that New York is not a more talented team with these two on its roster, I can’t help but think that Rex Ryan is quickly creating a recipe for disaster heading into the 2010 season.  Ryan has enough problems keeping his own name out of the headlines and behaving like a big boy, as he proved to us at an MMA event back in January where a fan caught him on camera giving Dolphins fans the bird.  The mix of characters on this team is going to be worth watching in itself for non-Jets fans.  For the J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets faithful, its going to be a complete hit or miss.

Sources:
Steelers ship Santonio to the Jets [Pro Football Talk]
NFL to Announce 4-Game Suspension of Holmes [USA Today]

Hey, Did Someone Retire This Week?

Darn, I totally forgot. I guess that’s what happens when you blow your load once before. After all, you only get one funeral. Someone suggested stocking up on all the gear; it’s not a bad investment move considering it will be double the price when he “gets the itch” in a few months, you know?

(via Sports by Brooks)