Diary of a Financier

Jets Beat Patriots & the World Is Upsidedown Today

In Idiosyncrasy on Mon 17 Jan 2011 at 09:44
  • NY Jets defeated NE Patriots 28-21 in the AFC Divisional Playoffs last night.
  • The world just doesn’t feel right today.

In their 28-21 win last night over the New England Patriots, the New York Jets took away more than just my team’s season, they took away my sense of right & wrong.  This morning, I feel like I’m navigating through a blizzard with vertigo.  Last night, Earth was turned on its ear.  The loud-mouth Jets hyped this game shamelessly like a Don King.  They baited the Patriots like an eight year old baits her older brother.  They were brash and classless in a way that sports has scarcely seen in such a coordinated campaign.

As if I wasn’t sick enough to have stomached the Jet shenanigans before the game, the Patriots responded with impotence during the game.  It’s not so much that the Patriots didn’t perform, it’s that the Patriots were stuck by uncharacteristic, timely flashes of stupor. The Patriots actually outplayed the Jets.  The box score tells that story–a different story than tells the scoreboard:

Team Stat Comparison
NYJ NE
1st Downs 14 26
Passing 1st downs 8 19
Rushing 1st downs 5 6
1st downs from Penalties 1 1
3rd down efficiency 6-13 5-14
4th down efficiency 0-0 0-2
Total Plays 54 78
Total Yards 314 372
Passing 194 259
Comp-Att 16-25 29-45
Yards per pass 7.8 5.8
Rushing 120 113
Rushing Attempts 29 28
Yards per rush 4.1 4
Red Zone (Made-Att) 4-5 2-4
Penalties 3/35 6/44
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles lost 0 0
Interceptions thrown 0 1
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 25:04:00 34:56:00

Perhaps the Pats were shaking with such angst that they lost control.  (Sometimes you try so hard that you actually get in the way of your own success.)  In the end, the Patriots lost. They were classy, and they lost.  Made me think of Zinedine Zidane.  I hope this isn’t a brave new world for sports or otherwise.  Top to bottom, these Jets aren’t like the heroes portrayed in storybooks, in movies, in the playoffs of my youth.  While life isn’t always fair and it isn’t a storybook, I’ve never seen the bad guy triumph like this.

Maybe we haven’t seen the last chapter though: karma is a bitch.

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