Sunday, January 09, 2005
# Posted 1:31 AM by Ariel David Adesnik
Last week, the Jets backed into the playoffs by blowing their game against the Rams in overtime. Fortunately, Buffalo also lost, so the Jets got a wild card.
In the first quarter of today's game, the Jets began by missing an easy 33-yard field-goal -- a field goal that would seem very important when the game went into overtime.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Jets were up by 10. Then by 7. Then the Chargers had the ball on the Jets' goal line with less than a minute to play. The Jets held off San Diego for three straight plays, to bring up 4th and Goal on the 1.
This being the Jets, I naturally expected them to collapse. But did they have to do so in such spectacular style? The defense stuffed the Chargers, only to have one idiot get called for a completely unnecessary roughing-the-quaterback penalty. The Chargers got the TD and sent the game into overtime.
Blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter in the playoffs. That's so....that's so...Michael Dukakis.
In overtime, the Chargers drove to the Jets 20. Perhaps because God hates the Chargers even more than he hates the Jets, the Chargers missed their shot at a field goal. The Jets hit theirs.
For non-football or non-Jets fans, this all may seem somewhat banal. But the weight of history made it all seem so crushing while I watched. Although Joe Namath was our Bill Clinton, we have only had Mondales and Dukakises ever since.
Next week, we're probably going to lose bad against either Pittsburgh or New England. I just want hope we can do it in a way that is dignified.
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