It was with great heartbreak that I saw the final seconds of the end of the Jet’s season, as Ben Roethlisberger took the final knee to cap a Steelers victory and another trip to the Superbowl. Once again, the Jets where shorthanded in their promise for glory. Of course it didn’t help to start a comeback with a 24-0 deficit. Nevertheless it was a great and exciting Jets’ season all the same.
Mark Sanchez has improved a great deal from his rookie season and he shows poise when the games are at their most intense. He just needs to have more consistency and that will come with time, practice and determination. He definitely seems to have aspirations for greatness so I’m looking forward to the future.
And things will only get harder next season as the Patriots start their second phase of their “rebuilding”. They don’t have a bad start with 8 picks in the first rounds of the Draft. Not to mention that now all their inexperienced players from this season have a whole year to grow from. The Jets on the other hand have to deal with an off-season of debates on who to re-sign, who to let go, etc. Needless to say things could possibly be bleak next season. This season was definitely their best chance of getting a Super Bowl ring.
But enough of what could have been. I want to take a few sentences to remember all the excitement and thrills this season has been. Almost every game was a rollercoaster. They’re wins didn’t come easy. Not even with sub .500 teams. Every week you weren’t sure what Jets team would show up. The most consistent aspects of the Jets this year was their defense and special teams. Because of this most games, especially the last few regular season games and postseason games, would go to the wire. I had many moments of elation, screaming hysterically at the TV and heartbreak.
The AFC 2011 Championship was the biggest heartbreak for a Jet fan this year. But man, what a hell of a ride it was.
One of the post-a-day/post-a-week topics was on hope. I decided to give this topic some thought and here is what came out of it. For 2011, my hopes are small but salient to me.
The first and most present is my hope for the NY Jets to win the Superbowl this year. They are now two games away and things are looking up as they just defeated their biggest obstacle and rival, the New England Patriots. The Steelers, though not pushovers, should be less challenging to defeat especially with Troy Polomalu still not 100%.
My next hope and one that could be very life changing is to find a job closer to home. Currently, I still work in CT and because of this my commutes are long and my nights for sleep are short. Sleeping 4.5 hours a night for the last year or so has drastically affected my health and my mind isn’t as sharp as it used to be. This is also affecting my willingness to do anything recreational besides staying home and watching TV. By working closer to home I can have a normal sleep schedule again. This will give me the energy to exercise, which will make me livelier and want to do stuff again.
The last hope that I have is probably to write more. I’ve taken steps to doing this by getting on the post-a-week bandwagon as mentioned in my last post. I’m also using this free App, called OmmWriter which is supposed to motivate me to write with a nice serene background, meditative music and nothing else to distract me (unless of course I tab to other windows, but that defeats the purpose). So far so good. I used Ommwriter to type up this entry at least. We’ll see what happens next week.
Show Notes for Episode 53: My Chipper Self Again
-Not Surprised by Jets defeat but still happy for how far they went
-Who says I cannibalize my blog and podcast?
-The Black Guy Who tips has his own blog and podcast
-I love escapism
-Check out Keith McNally’s podcast for great insights on music
So once again, after finishing the first half with the lead, the Jets lost the AFC Championships. This time around it was the Indianapolis Colts. Unlike 1998, where the Jets were up 10-0 at the half, the score was 17-13 so it was a much closer game. Because of this, I wasn’t as heartbroken by the fourth quarter the way I was 11 years ago. I didn’t even think the Jets would go this far this year. They’ve accomplished a lot with this rag tag group of players and I’m proud to call myself a fan.
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!
-Sarah Palin got added to Fox News and Brit Hume’s stupid remarks about Tiger Woods
-Jay Leno/Conan O’Brien debacle