Michael Felger of “98.5 the Sports Hub”, has spent the last three years purposely tweaking Patriot fans over the New York Jets.
Those who listen to Felger daily know that while he might admit he’s wrong from time to time, he loves to play the “lone wolf” card. He viciously attacked Claude Julien all season last year, portraying him as a coach whose style was unwinnable. Even though he admitted he was wrong about the Stanley Cup Bruins he couched his argument many times mentioning that the Pittsburgh Penguins didn’t have Malkin or Sidney Crosby. Of course, you’ll never hear this argument when he discusses the Steelers and Colts winning Super Bowls when the Patriots were without Tom Brady or Rodney Harrison. It doesn’t fit his argument.
Felger, loves to state he is not trying to be contrarian but that’s not true. He’s all about being contrarian, and I don’t begrudge him that. It’s what gives him the lead in the ratings and makes him very successful. Just don’t think I am one of these lemmings who call him up and pat him on the back on how he saved us all from WEEI.
This brings me back to the New York Jets. There is joy in New England today over what looks like another unfulfilled season for the New York Jets. I say “looks” because with their schedule and their resiliency I would not count them out yet. I expect many callers to be taking Felger to task for his constant propping up of the Jets on the radio and in TV. I don’t expect him to back down. He has the high ground. If the Jets fail, he brings up the Patriots loss last year and the fact they went “farther” than YOU the last 2 seasons. By the way, that whole farther-than-you argument is so ridiculous. Mazz has been spouting that crap since he joined the airways. “The Steelers and Colts have been in Super Bowls and won more recently than you.” Well, Tony from 2001 to 2009 the Jets were hardly even in the AFC discussion. It’s a fallacious argument. The Patriots were undefeated during the 2007 regular season and choked in the big game. In 2008, Brady was out for the season and the next year, although Brady played well, he still went into a playoff game with “unconfirmed” badly bruised ribs and without his prime target. You got me on 2010, bad loss.
Don’t fall into the trap with Felger. He always presents the circular argument. If we’re talking about the Jets then we are talking about the Jets. And today the discussion is that Rex Ryan, who I think is a very good coach, guaranteed a Super Bowl three years in a row and still hasn’t delivered.
“There are no points for second place.” – Viper in Top Gun or the media folks who dismiss the fact that the Patriots were there in 2007.
The Ron Borges of the world love to talk about Belichick’s success being tied to Brady. Like somehow that’s a novel concept. How about Sexy Rexy with Ray Lewis (HOF), Ed Reed (HOF), Terrell Suggs (perennial pro-bowler) in Baltimore and Darrelle Revis, the “hands-down best defender in all of the NFL” with him in New York.
I like Rex Ryan, I think he’s a character. What I don’t love is the way the media gushes over him like a bunch of schoolgirls. “He’s a breath of fresh air.” “He’s great for the game.” I see and hear this all the time and it makes me think wow, if Bill Belichick started doing this he would be considered not just the greatest coach of all time but the greatest MAN THAT EVER LIVED. That’s how easy it is to curry favor with the media.
Ask Philadelphia Eagle fans what they think about Andy Reid’s four losses in the NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl defeat at the hands of the Patriots in 2004. Let’s just say they are not content with the last 11 years.
If you are going to make it about a title, which is what Rex has done, then it’s about titles. You can’t cherry pick your argument.
I have heard Felger and others rag on Donovan McNabb, Andy Reid and the Eagles for never winning anything. The Jets have 2 Division titles and no Super Bowl Appearances in 42 years!!!
The Red Sox didn’t start getting respect they do today until they WON the World Series. Beating the Yankees would not have been enough.
Bruce Allen was right in his column earlier this week when he talked about perspective. As much as I have been on Belichick lately, Patriot fans have been spoiled in the Kraft Era.
- 10 AFC East Titles.
- 5 Super Bowl Appearances.
- Six AFC Championship games.
- Two Hall of Fame coaches
Oh, and one more thing, we keep hearing, in the biggest matchup in Patriot/Jets history New England lost to their archrival at home. Well, in 2006, the Patriots were just 2 years removed from their 3rd title in 4 years. They had lost a game earlier in the season at home to “Mangenius” and the Jets. The Patriots beat them pretty soundly at home and went on to lose to the Colts. That game had a lot more intrigue to it, Belichick/Mangini, the handshake, another end to the Patriot dynasty. But nope, it didn’t count because Rex wasn’t there. I guess based on personality the media decides what is historic and what isn’t.