The new $1.6 billion-plus stadium, opening this season, the teams will share will not be Edifice Rex (Ryan), at least not for its inaugural game, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. That has Jets owner Woody Johnson irate, according to the story, especially because the league conducted a coin toss to decide who would get the first game at the new digs for the New York football teams and the Jets didn't even have a representative present.
Wow, you'd think after splitting the cost of the stadium with the Giants the J-E-T-S would at least get a chance to be present for the coin flip. There is no word as to if the NFL and the Giants used a double-sided coin like the Batman villain Two-Face.
Not a great week for the NYJ, but at least they have an LT now.
Update (5:15 p.m.): Now trying to save face the NFL has announced both teams will play at home on opening weekend. The Jets get a Monday nighter on Sept. 13, the day after the Giants open the new stadium.
...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.