It is Super Bowl Week. It is Super Bowl L, or for those who have abandoned their ties to the Roman Empire, Super Bowl 50. I have been around for all of these games, the first several of which were rather bland affairs, poorly played and lacking much suspense.
It may seem like your average Sunday morning, but to Keith Bull, 24, a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan, it's game day.
"I think the real hurdle we need to overcome to eradicate the stigma requires a societal sea change that starts with reporters, media pundits and politicians. One major problem is that we conflate tragic violence with mental illness, especially in this country."
'Twas a famous victory to quote poet Robert Southey (what can I do, defeating Brady and the hooded one brings out the poet in me). The New York Jets finally prevailed over divisional arch-rivals New England Patriots in a 26-20 OT thriller.
For me, football was a lifeline. And for many other NFL players, it was a lifeline. If it wasn't for football, a lot of us would be dead, or lost, roaming the streets somewhere. With all due respect, Dr. Omalu, football doesn't give us an opportunity to play a game. It gives us a chance at life.
My father was a wildly enthusiastic football fan, and during the season, Sunday afternoons in our house revolved around the NY Giants. My dad had great disdain for the people who lived across the street because they liked that "new" team -- the Jets.
Geno Smith was not the sole or even the primary cause for the Jets' loss to the Raiders. But he is also not a franchise QB and certainly not the future for the Jets. There is now serious cause for concern about how the rest of the season will play out.
It's hard to believe this is the same team that lost ten games before their first win last season. The new and improved Raiders are now in contention in the AFC for the first time in twelve years.
The New York Jets were once again defeated by the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. This defeat really stings. But it is precisely at this low point that we should count our blessings and realize that after four long years, a playoff berth is eminently achievable, even likely.
Led by a bruising running back and veteran wide receiver, the Jets are seeing success they haven't seen in years. Here are some of the Jets heroes from the first quarter of the season.
It took a long trip to get it done, crossing over five time zones, but the New York Jets got it done. The Jets were clearly the more prepared team, getting out to a big lead early, and holding on to take down the Miami Dolphins 27-14.
The New York Jets came in flying high, but have come back down to Earth, falling on Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 24-17. The Eagles broke out to 24-0 lead and a late comeback fell short, as the team fell to 2-1.
The New York Jets return home on Sunday, flying high off of their 20-7 victory of the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets are feeling good with their season starting off at 2-0, and they play host to a reeling Philadelphia Eagles team that has begun the year at 0-2.
The New York Jets are flying high at 2-0, and looking forward to playing at home this weekend. Sunday, the Jets take on Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles, who come into the game reeling at 0-2, trying to find their way with a big bunch of new pieces.
The New York Jets are flying out of the gate in 2015, making the hire of Todd Bowles look like the best hire the franchise has made since Bill Parcells.
Good news: Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah, announced that his horse would not be retired and would finish the season at the Breeder's Cup running in the Classic.