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Jets fans are right to think the world is against them, says new study



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The Jets are a poverty franchise. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2010. I don’t care what the outlook for the team is, until they win a playoff game, my stance on the matter isn’t changing. There’s reason to be optimistic given Robert Saleh’s solid start as head coach, Breece Hall’s limited time in games, Garrett Wilson’s flashes of talent, and Sauce Gardner’s… everything, but let’s be real, no playoff appearances, no business being talked about in a positive manner.

That’s why I always found it weird when Jets’ fans claimed the NFL media was against them. Not just the reporters and analysts either, the broadcasters as well. To me, the claim that NFL announcers were unfairly negative about the Jets was absurd. I spent some time as a play-by-play man, and one of the first lessons I was taught was, “unless you’re being paid by one of the teams playing, throw all bias aside.” To me, the claim that broadcasters only spoke negatively about the Jets was a fairytale, a myth, a coping method for sad New York fans who are two 5-win seasons away from breaking out the paper bags.

Apparently, I was wrong.

After years of claiming the Joe Bucks and Troy Aikmans of the world had it out for them, Gang Green finally has some data to back up that claim.

Earlier this week, released an article detailing the bias every team faces in the booth whether positive or negative. Lo and behold, the team at the bottom… the New York Jets.

The article doesn’t go into how or what exactly they determined to be negative comments, but they claim they went through over 250,000 NFL plays spanning 50 years of NFL football to come to these conclusions. Supposedly, 32.36 percent — nearly a third — of all comments made about the Jets were negative, almost half a percentage point more than the next most-negatively-regarded team, the Minnesota Vikings (31.94 percent).

So, why are the Jets talked about in such low regard. Sure, they haven’t had much success recently — having not won, let alone been in, a Super Bowl since Super Bowl III — and are nearly 100 games under .500 for the entirety of their existence, but they haven’t done as poorly over the last 50 years as the Detroit Lions. In that span, the Lions have the worst record of any team at 309-467-5 (.399). The Jets are 335-444-2 (.430). That’s better than the Cleveland Browns — 295-434-4 (.405) — and, according to the study, the Browns were talked about positively in 71.67 percent of broadcaster comments — the second-highest rate in the NFL, New Orleans Saints (72.01 percent). So, what about the Jets makes broadcasters turn so sour?

For one, it has to do with the market. The Jets play in New York (technically New Jersey, but let’s not complicate things)! They are a team that should attract loads of talent. They are a team that, when they play, people watch and take notice. A poor showing in New York is going to be viewed by far more people and thus, the perception of the Jets will decline far faster than the perception of say the Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, or Arizona Cardinals. Sure, the smallest NFL market today is the Green Bay Packers, but they’re an outlier. They have a super passionate market that crosses borders and a deep history of success. They’ve been quarterbacked by future Hall of Famers for 30 straight years. I wouldn’t count them as part of my point.

That sort of plays into my next point. They have never been embarrassingly bad for a long time. The longest stretch the Jets have had without a season at .500 or better in the last 50 years is the one they’re currently on — six seasons (2016-2021). Other than that, their longest streak is just three, which has happened multiple times since 1972. The Lions, on the other hand, have had a streak of 10 such seasons (2001-2010) and a separate streak of 7 seasons (1984-1990) in the last 50 years. The Browns had an 11-season streak (2008-2018). It’s natural for people to start taking pity on the less fortunate, and the Browns and Lions have been two of the least fortunate franchises in the NFL. You like to root for an underdog, and frankly, even with Tom Brady in their division for most of the last two decades, they never really felt like one. Perhaps market size plays a role in that as well.

In essence, broadcasters pick on the Jets because they’ve been bad on a national spotlight without being so bad you feel bad for them. They’re literally the NFL’s punching bag, the kid everyone at school picks on because they know he can take it. When you put it like that, you have to tip your cap to the team’s fans. They’ve put up with so much slander, disdain for their favorite team, and put downs but they haven’t quit. The loyal Jets fans have stayed and continue repping Green Gang proudly. That takes a lot of guts, and I for one, will never speak poorly about the Jets again…or at least until I forget about this, which could be in four days. I don’t know.

Also, don’t come at me if I keep making fun of Zach Wilson. He deserves it, right? I’ll steer clear of Mike White though. He’s off-limits.

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No mention of Flores’ lawsuit in Goodell Super Bowl presser



NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference in advance of Super Bowl LVII at Phoenix Convention Center on Feb. 8, 2023, in Phoenix.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a press conference in advance of Super Bowl LVII at Phoenix Convention Center on Feb. 8, 2023, in Phoenix.
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Every year at the Super Bowl, journalists get a chance to ask NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell the questions that need to be answered on live television as the world watches. This year, the inquiries and subject matters ranged from two Black quarterbacks making history, Damar Hamlin, officiating, and the potential ways that the league will broadcast upcoming games. But, the Black cloud — no pun intended — that’s been hovering over the NFL for over a year wasn’t mentioned once on Wednesday. And it’s proof that the NFL is loving the fact that people seem to have forgotten that Brian Flores, Steve Wilks, and Ray Horton have an ongoing class-action lawsuit against the league for its alleged racist hiring practices.

Distractions are part of the game

It’s been over a year since the former Miami Dolphins head coach — and current defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings — dropped a bomb on the sports world when he decided that legal action was the only way to make people thoroughly understand just how rigged the game is for Black coaches in the NFL.

“It’s hard to speak out…but this is bigger than football. This is bigger than coaching,” said Flores.

Days later, Goodell was on stage answering questions at the Super Bowl about that, and more.

“I think I’d start with the basis that racism or any form of discrimination is against our values. And really something that we will not tolerate,” he said at last year’s press conference.

Same as it ever was

On Wednesday, it was more of the same. “I do, but I still feel like there’s better work, and more work ahead of us,” Goodell said about the “meaningful progress” that’s taken place with diversity amongst head coaches. “I think that there is progress, and we’re pleased to see progress. But it’s never enough.”

A lot has happened since Goodell took the stage last year in Los Angeles and when he returned to it in Arizona. For instance, Steve Wilks and Ray Horton joined Flores’ lawsuit. Flores spent last season as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and he’s now with the Vikings — as an assistant, again. Wilks was the interim head coach of the Carolina Panthers, but due to the history of the men who carry that title with his skin color, he never had a chance of permanently landing the job — no matter if Panthers owner David Tepper is claiming to be trying to eradicate the league’s “old boys network.” Horton is coaching in the USFL. And you can still count the number of African-American head coaches in the league on one hand and have some fingers left to spare, as Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh), DeMeco Ryans (Houston), and Todd Bowles (Tampa Bay) are the melanated trinity.

I thought Goodell said progress was taking place. Does it look like it to you? Maybe my eyesight is bad.

Last fall, the plaintiffs’ lawyers were alleging racial bias against the NFL as the league wanted things to move to arbitration — where nobody can see. In court documents, the lawyers wrote that “arbitration would allow ‘unconscionably biased one-sided ‘kangaroo courts’ to determine the outcome. If arbitration is where things land, it means that Goodell will be the arbitrator — which is in the best interest of the teams that are being sued, and the league. The latest development occurred last week when it was reported that the judge presiding over the case has requested that more written briefings about arbitration be submitted later in the month.

What does that mean?

That this thing is still in limbo, as we’re waiting to see if this will play out in court or behind closed doors.

But, even if this arbitration decision does go the way of Brian Flores, Steve Wilks, and Ray Horton, we have no idea when the dust will finally settle — which is a win for the league. Because while the league might wind up losing this case, they have a winning strategy. Which is to ignore it, as everyone else did on a Wednesday afternoon in Glendale, Arizona.

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Man United 2-2 Leeds LIVE! Sancho goal – Premier League result, match stream and latest updates today




ubstitute Jadon Sancho’s first goal since September earned Manchester United a thrilling 2-2 draw with Leeds United in the Premier League on Wednesday as the hosts came back from two goals down to salvage a point.

Leeds flew out of the traps and stunned Old Trafford into silence after 55 seconds when Wilfried Gnonto arrowed the visitors in front from the edge of the penalty area.

The home side wasted a host of chances to level in the first half, before Leeds looked to have stormed into a match-winning position early in the second period as Raphael Varane put through his own net to double the visitors’ advantage.

However, in-form Marcus Rashford headed the hosts back into the match in the 62nd minute and Sancho stepped off the bench to rescue his side a point eight minutes later, squeezing the ball past goalkeeper Illan Meslier.

Old Trafford sensed another rousing comeback would be completed with a late winner, but their side ran out of steam, failing to win at home for the first time in 14 matches in all competitions.

United stayed third in the standings, three points ahead of Newcastle United in fourth, having played one game more.

Managerless Leeds climbed one place to 16th, one point clear of the relegation zone.

United had beaten their Roses rivals Leeds by a scoreline of 11-3 in their previous two clashes at Old Trafford, and the visitors were on a seven-game Premier League winless streak which led to manager Jesse Marsch being sacked this week.

Their form made it all the more surprising when Leeds raced into an early lead, Gnonto netting the second-earliest goal scored by an away player at Old Trafford in the Premier League, after Edin Dzeko’s strike in 2014 for Manchester City.

After De Gea denied Leeds a second with a smart stop at his near post, United twice went close to levelling as debutant Marcel Sabitzer volleyed over before Garnacho drilled just wide.

The chances kept coming for the home side, with Garnacho rounding Meslier before seeing an effort blocked and Sabitzer denied by a brilliant save.

The hosts’ profligacy looked to have proved costly as Leeds appeared to be on course to secure a first win in 18 trips to Old Trafford after Varane was powerless to prevent Crysencio Summerville’s cross rolling into his own net.

Rashford, however, had another ideas, steering a header home to become the first Manchester United player to score in six consecutive appearances at Old Trafford in the Premier League since Wayne Rooney in 2012.

Brenden Aaronson hit the post from a Leeds free kick, a let- off Manchester United capitalised on as Sancho, back in the squad after a lengthy absence due to physical and mental wellbeing issues, grabbed the equaliser with a calm finish.

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Ten Hag sends exciting Sancho message after key Man United goal

Erik ten Hag hailed the “magnificent” Jadon Sancho after the Manchester United forward scored his first goal since September in Wednesday’s thrilling draw with Leeds.

The England international only recently made his return to the United set-up after training on his own following what ten Hag said to be “physical and mental issues”.

Sancho’s strike won a point for the home side after Marcus Rashford had first pulled one back following Leeds’ quick-fire start in both halves.

Read Ten Hag’s message in full here!

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Full match report: Sancho steps up to save Man United but worrying signs without Casemiro

Jadon Sancho’s first goal since September rescued a point for Manchester United in a thrilling draw with rivals Leeds.

Wilfried Gnonto had put the visitors ahead in less than a minute, catching a United side missing the midfield control of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen cold.

Jadon Sancho’s first goal since September rescued a point for Manchester United in a thrilling draw with rivals Leeds.

Wilfried Gnonto had put the visitors ahead in less than a minute, catching a United side missing the midfield control of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen cold.

The home side wasted a host of chances to level in the first half, before Leeds looked to have stormed into a match-winning position early in the second period as Raphael Varane put through his own net to double the visitors’ advantage.

Read our full match report here!

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FT: Man United 2-2 Leeds

A thrilling draw at Old Trafford.

Just a reminder, these two teams play again on Sunday!



90 mins: Are we in for a winner?


All Man United now

83 mins: Dangerous game for Leeds.



79 mins: Varane heads over the bar!


Brilliant game

73 mins: Both teams still going for it! Surely there’s going to be a winner.


GOAL! Man United 2-2 Leeds | Jadon Sancho ‘69


Sancho squeezes one in from close range!

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Martin Bakole will look to enforce shot at Daniel Dubois | ‘He’s possibly the most avoided heavyweight out there’ | Boxing News



Martin Bakole will look to force a shot at Daniel Dubois and the WBA ‘regular’ title that the London heavyweight holds.

Bakole’s last outing was an impressive, conclusive win over French Olympic champion Tony Yoka from the away corner.

Born in Congo and now based in Scotland, Bakole has only lost once in his 19-bout professional career.

Martin Bakole
Martin Bakole is willing to take on anyone in the heavyweight division

He is now rated at number two in the WBA’s heavyweight world rankings and has signed to join new promoter BOXXER.

BOXXER’s Ben Shalom told Sky Sports that Bakole intends to enforce a shot at Dubois.

“I think they’re about to order a mandatory for Daniel, Martin wants that title. Martin is top of the tree in the WBA now,” Shalom said.

“With his win against Tony Yoka, he was so impressive to go out and do that in Paris against a former Olympic champion. On the circuit he’s possibly the most avoided heavyweight out there. Delighted to have him. I think he could challenge for world titles very soon.”

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Martin Bakole with trainer Billy Nelson

Oleksandr Usyk is the WBA’s full world champion, but Dubois holds a secondary or ‘regular’ belt with that sanctioning body.

The Londoner is recovering from an injury he sustained in his last fight, a scare against Kevin Lerena. That though is the fight Bakole is gunning for.

“Martin backs himself in any fight in the heavyweight division. Daniel Dubois is on his list and Billy Nelson [Bakole’s trainer] has been talking about him for a long time and they’re ready to go,” Shalom said.

“It’s definitely that title that we have our eyes on. Obviously Daniel’s injured at the moment. But luckily with Martin he will fight anyone. They could pick any name for him to fight for that title and he would take it.

“So we’ve got a very, very good heavyweight that’s willing to fight anyone. That’s a perfect mix.”

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