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Jets reportedly tipped officials off about Patriots’ field goal pushing

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By now most of you have heard that the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots in overtime on Sunday thanks to a brand new rule that was called for the first time this season. Patriots rookie Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct when he pushed one of his teammates into a Jets offensive lineman, which is a play that the league is trying to eliminate for safety reasons.

Many have wondered why the officials decided to call the penalty for the first time this season during a 56-yard field goal attempt in an overtime game. We even shared with you a video that seems to show the Jets doing something very similar earlier in the game, but no flag was thrown. As it turns out, the Jets may have alerted the officials ahead of time that the Patriots were going to do it.

The image you see above, which Ben Volin of the Boston Globe posted on Twitter Monday, shows the same two New England players pulling the same move against the New Orleans Saints a week earlier. The NFL Network’s Albert Breer said Rex Ryan and company had warned the refs to watch for it.

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Jets appeared to do same thing as Patriots by pushing player into field goal formation (GIF)

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The New England Patriots lost to the New York Jets on Sunday thanks in part to a call that was made for the first time in NFL history. Jets kicker Nick Folk missed a 56-yard field goal attempt wide left in overtime that would have given Tom Brady and company great field position, but Patriots rookie Chris Jones was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for pushing one of his teammates into a Jets offensive lineman.

[Video: Did the Patriots get hosed on this call against the Jets?]

The officials got the call right based on the new rule. It was just surprising that they decided to call it at such a crucial point in the game and essentially hand New York a victory. As you can see from the GIF above that Barstool Sports passed along, it appears the Jets did the same thing on a Stephen Gostkowski field goal earlier in the game.

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Again, the call cannot be disputed. NFL officials were recently shown examples of the play and told that they need to start calling it. The issue is they should have been looking for it the entire game, not just in overtime. The animation above seems to show that they were not.

Rex Ryan did not tell New York Jets not to have sex with wives

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Rex Ryan may or may not have implied to his New York Jets players that they should avoid having sex this week in order to be well rested for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

The confusion came after Josh Cribbs, who is new to the team, told the media about how much Ryan emphasized the importance of the game.

“He was like, ‘Rest your legs, you go home, don’t do nothing for your wife. Say: ‘Baby, next week. I’m going to take out the trash next week. I’ll take the kids to practice next week because I got to rest for this game.’ I’m going to tell him to put it on paper, so when I give it to my wife, I’m like, ‘Hey, Rex said that I don’t have to take out the trash.’ He might get a call from my wife,” Cribbs said Wednesday, per the New York Post.

Well once you start talking about resting legs and not doing anything for the wife, most people start to think about sex. Isn’t that the exact term Lawrence Taylor used to use? Didn’t he supposedly send hookers over to opposing running backs the night before games to tire out their legs?

Yeah, it’s no wonder there was some confusion.

Anyway, Ryan had to clarify to the media that he was talking about household chores, not sex. Whoever would get that idea?

Falcons P Matt Bosher lays out New York Jets coach (GIF)

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Matt-Bosher-Jets-coachThe Atlanta Falcons did not play a whole lot of defense against the New York Jets on Monday night. When one of the highlights of your stunning 30-28 loss at home involves a punter laying out a coach, you know there wasn’t much that went right. At least Matt Bosher got his licks in.

Bosher, who is in his third year with Atlanta, may have prevented a touchdown toward the end of the third quarter when he dragged Jets return man Jeremy Kerley down with a horse collar tackle. Bosher was penalized 15 yards for the play, but he didn’t seem to care. He was so fired up about getting in on the action that he got up and speared a New York coach.

The Jets got the last laugh with a game-winning field goal as time expired. And the Falcons fell to 1-4 and are already watching their playoff hopes slip away. All around, it was not a good night for Atlanta.

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ESPN retires Mark Sanchez butt fumble as worst play on SportsCenter

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Mark-Sanchez-butt-fumbleIt was a move that had to be made. Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets brought us one of the most hilarious plays of all time last season in a game against the New England Patriots. In what became a fitting end to an embarrassing Jets season, Sanchez ran face-first into the backside of one of his offensive lineman and fumbled the ball. New England scooped it up and ran it in for a score.

The play has been airing on ESPN for the past 40 weeks as fans continuously voted it the “Worst of the Worst” highlight — no matter how many other boneheaded plays took place around the sporting world. On Friday, ESPN announced that it is retiring the play.

“We are retiring it this week due to the start of a new NFL season, and the feeling that it was time to start fresh,” Senior Coordinating Producer Mark Summer explained. “The ‘Butt Fumble’ has won the ‘Not Top 10′ each week since last Thanksgiving, and we’re not sure anything could top it.”

In other words, Sanchez and company could very well have cemented themselves as the creators of the most embarrassing play in NFL history. On one hand, I feel ESPN should let nature take its course. There hasn’t been a single play that viewers deem more pathetic than the butt fumble. Then again, they might as well not even open the voting if the butt fumble was still there. It needed to be retired. At least we people can still do fun things with the play like turning it into a silent film.

Allow the doughnuts to tell the story about Jets and Giants fan loyalty

Rex-Ryan-JetsThe expectations surrounding the New York Giants and New York Jets are a bit different heading into the 2013 season. The Giants are not exactly a Super Bowl contender, but few people would be surprised if they snuck their way into the playoffs. The Jets? Not so much.

At this point, less than seven wins is looking like a legitimate possibility for Rex Ryan’s squad. Mark Sanchez is injured and Geno Smith threw three interceptions in his last preseason appearance. And if you need any further proof of how fans are feeling about the team heading into the new season, look no further than these football-themed pastries.

Jets fans can try to convince themselves that their doughnuts were freshly restocked before the photo was taken, but we all know that’s not the case. The reality is people are sick of circus moments like this, and they’re taking it out on the doughnuts. Either that, or Rex used to buy up all the Jets doughnuts before he lost a ton of weight.

H/T SB Nation

New York Jets give players ‘media bridge’ cards with phrase tips

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The New York Jets PR department is notoriously quirky when it comes to dealing with the media. If you listen to “The Jim Rome Show,” you’ll know that Romey has long mocked the team for its policy of only wanting to keep things positive. I don’t know if the people who had that policy in place are still in charge, but those running the Jets media relations are doing what they can to help their players when it comes to dealing with the media.

New York Daily News Jets beat reporter Manish Mehta tweeted a few photos of the “media bridge” cards the Jets gave their players. The cards contain phrases the PR folks advise players to use when speaking with the media:

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