The Julio From NY Show Episode 52: Back To Audio Diaries


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Show Notes for Episode 52: Back to audio diaries
-Decided to use WordPress.com for homepage and have been tweaking it nicely as of late
-Been Blogging a lot more
-We’re now on Stitcher!
-Feeling despair
-Sarah Palin got added to Fox News and Brit Hume’s stupid remarks about Tiger Woods
-Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien debacle

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Nothing Like Good Old-Fashioned Escapism

These past few weeks I was feeling a bit bleak due to my financial woes. This feeling was further besotted with my chronic cold and throat infection that always likes to rear its ugly head whenever I feel a surge of productive energy within me.  I thought I had already fought it off sometime this past November. But I guess it wanted to give me a two-fer of bed-ridden misery. So I did the only thing I could think of to ease my plight and cheer up my disposition. I grabbed a nice fantasy epic that I never had a chance to finish.  The epic in question is “Bone” by Jeff Smith.

Sometime in 1992 or so, when this comic was in its 2nd year, I read some reviews on it and immediately fell in love with the story and started collecting Bone.  Alas, it only came out every two months or so and by issue 21 I had financial woes once again and had to give up my once great past-time of collecting comics.  Luckily for me, unlike most comic books, that are like soap-operas, this story had an ending and the saga eventually was complete.  So with a Barnes & Nobles gift card I finally ordered it up in one big volume. It took me two days to fly through it and it was as wondrous an epic as I remembered.  There’s just nothing like a good tale, to take you to another world of wonder and awe and make you forget all your troubles. At least that’s how I feel. Now that I’m finished with Bone and I’m also feeling better, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things with my normal happy-go-lucky-self renewed.  Of course I’ll be re-reading another great epic from my childhood as well.  For any fans of The Lord of the Rings or a fan of fantasy in general, I high wholly recommend Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles.  It’s quite a remarkable 5-book saga. Now on to adventure!

This feels like 1998 all over again.

Of all the NY Jets teams, of all the seasons, of all the history of the NFL, this one had to walk into my life. This past Sunday’s 17-14 win against the AFC favorite’s San Diego Chargers was as unlikely as I’ve ever seen.  My emotions are torn between elation and a foreboding of devastation to come. Once again the Jets are in the AFC Championships and they are just one win away from the Super Bowl.  The last time they had this chance was in 1998, when my fandom was still in its infancy.

There are some similarities between both teams.  Both quarterbacks were interception prone, both had brash-smart-talking-defensive-minded coaches and both had a pretty dominant running game and intimidating defense.  But that’s where the similarities end.  The 1998 Jets were at the top of AFC East, got a bye-week and considered the favorites by some. Their veteran quarterback, Vinny Testarverde’s career resurged in joining the Jets and he even made the Pro-Bowl that year.  On top of Curtis Martin for a running back, the Jets also had the amazing tandem of Wayne Chrebet and Keyshawn Johnson at wide-receiver.  This year’s Jets have rookie quarterback, Mark Sanchez at the helm, a struggling wide-receiver who they’ve acquired from the Browns in Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery who is still just a decent second-string WR that hasn’t been able to help take the pressure off Braylon Edwards.  Not only that, but it took an amazing amount of chances on top of winning the last two games of the season to even make the Wild Card.  Now that they are here, they’ve played the best football I’ve seen them do all season.

Despite this amazing post-season I still can’t help but feel a little wary of expecting more. I say this because I still remember the Jets of 1998 in the AFC Championships.  Even though they had an amazing team and were even leading the Denver Broncos 10-0 at the end of the first half. Despite all those odds in their favor, a few turnovers later, the Broncos came back from behind and went on to winning the Superbowl, making them reigning champions.  The following season, Vinny Testarverde had a season-ending injury and they weren’t close ever again. That is until now. 11 years later, the Jets are back in the AFC Championships.

The fan in me wants this Cinderella story to continue, but the newly formed skeptic in me, raised and nurtured by 11 years of frustration, doesn’t believe this charade can possibly continue.  Yeah two years ago, the Giants had a similar experience and won the Super Bowl. But even those Giants had a No. 1 receiver in Plaxico Burress. They had the three-headed running game machine with Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward. Even their quarterback had a number of seasons under his belt and wasn’t a rookie anymore.  These Jets really only have moxie and the attitude of their coach leading them on to victory to complement their No.1 defense and dominant running game.  The Colts have all their guns at every position lock and loaded.  Is it possible for the Jets to pull two more upsets with the odds stacked against them as they are? I guess time will tell. I’ll keep rooting for them as I am a fan after all. But no one can fault me if I’m also bracing myself for the anticipatory crushing-defeat that has been a Jet tradition for all these years.