It’s October 2015. The leaves are falling. The sun is waning and there is an unmistakable chill in the air. Usually at this time of year fans of the NY JETS, and the NY METS, (the “Ets” if you will) are sitting around talking about past glories and hopefully discussing “next year’. They are most likely thinking of possible draft picks and trades that might further their team.
Hmmmmmm. What’s happening here?
The “rebuilding” JETS are a tidy 4 and 1, after a solid victory over the team from DC. Shall we call them the ‘Skins? The JETS head coach Todd Bowles, is a former standout player and a tight lipped Parcells clone who says things like, “one play at a time, one game at a time” and even though they are enjoying some early success it’s nearly impossible to get this guy to crack a smile. Did someone say intense? He’s so low key many fans are wondering who the heck he is and how did he get here?
But as a reporter in the locker room of yesterday’s game at Metlife Stadium put it, Bowles got his message across loud and clear after a lackluster first half. When the JETS took the field for the third quarter they blasted the ‘Skins out of the stadium. The 34-20 final score didn’t reflect the JETS defensive domination. Next week a trip to New England…the land of the infamous BELICHEATS. It should be an interesting two proponents of the Parcells philosophy. One is a four time Super Bowl winner and the other just getting his head coaching career off on the right foot. The Jets and the Pats have had many tough and close battles the last few years. If nothing else, it will be entertaining.
Heading across the river over to Flushing by the Bay…
Usually at this time of the year their lockers are cleaned out and most of the players have scattrered across North America…playing golf…laying in the sun…making plans for extended vacations. Things are quite a bit different this year. Honestly I had no illusions at the beginning of this season. They would be a pesky little time that could possible contend for the second wild card spot.
Then something really amazing happened. The Wilponzies decided to allow Sandy Alderson to spend some money and make some deals to improve the offense, for the a team loaded with spectacular pitching.
The rest is history as they say. Enter Uribe…Johnson…Clippard…and Cespedes. Real major league players. Enter the Captain off the DL. Enter D’Arnaud off the DL. Bang zoom. A new team with power and grit. It’s been epic. Daniel Murphy, he of the zillion trade rumors has taken the team on his back and lead the way. How do ya like me now???
I predicted 86 wins before the season began. They ended up with 90. Pretty close.
Of course my prediction was aided by the mini swoon the last week of the year.
So let me be the first to say that these METS will be in the World Series, and I believe their chances of wining it all are quite realistic and maybe even probable.
If good pitching beats good hitting why not?
It should be great to watch!