Saturday, June 28, 2008

Welcome Private Seat Licenses!

The Giants spilled the beans today, admitting that there will, in fact, be PSL's at the new Meadowlands stadium. Here's an excerpt from the letter that the Giants sent to season ticket holders.

“We are working very hard to develop a program and process for the purchase of PSLs that will provide a broad range of choices to Giants season ticket holders. Here are a few things we can tell you now. Each seat in the new stadium will have a PSL. Over 90 percent of the upper level seats will have a $1,000 PSL. Less than 5,000 seats in the lower level will have a $20,000 PSL, which will be the most expensive PSL at the new stadium. The pricing of the PSLs for the other seats in the new stadium has not been finalized, but we hope and believe that you will be pleased with the options when we send more detailed information on the stadium’s PSL programs.”

There goes the lower class buying tickets. Good bye to much of the middle class as well. It's a raw deal, but the vast majority of recent stadiums have had PSL's, so they were essentially an inevitability. The only way out is if Jets fans fight the installation of PSL's so much that it's not worth it for them. The chance of that is virtually zero, but it's the only option left for fans. Screwed by big business again!

Friday, June 27, 2008

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

News: Training Camp Begins July 16

The countdown can now begin! Rookies report just twenty days from now on July 16, and veterans report July 23rd. Mark your calendars.

June Dog Days

Just wanted to take the time to say that I'm an idiot for starting up the blog in June. This is the heart of the dead time before training camp begins. There are no stories, there is no news, and there is no reason to talk about the NFL. Eric Boland's last blog post was about how Jets players play golf. While that might be easy to make fun of, I kind of enjoyed it, so more power to him.

This is always the time of the year the Jets message boar I go on, www.theganggreen.com (which I will often call TGG, so get used to it), does its annual "Best Jet Ever" polls at each position. The only Jets news in the past month are the signing of AJ Schable, the release of Shawn McMackin, and this one tidbit I saw on rotowire.

The Jets are expressing some interest in former Lions runningback Kevin Jones, watching him work out. Jones is a good runningback when he's healthy, however rare that may be, but why would the Jets look at another back? Is he going to replace Jesse Chatman? Leon Washington, Thomas Jones, and Tony Richardson are locks to make the team, while Chatman and Musa Smith are likely going to fill out the runningback corps. Do the Jets really need more competition there? I won't complain, but it's curious.

By the way, the Jets aren't going to sign Kevin Jones. They may have no interest, but I would be shocked if he was brought in. Hopefully I don't screw that guarantee up because that would be an awful way to start a blog, but so be it.

I'll post another article I wrote off Bleacher Report soon, about how the Jets could have a top five defense next season. Imagine that.

Update: (1:06 AM) By the way, Joba Chamberlain all of a sudden is the Yankees ace. Moving him to the rotation looks pretty good now, doesn't it?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Chris Baker: Completely Out of Line

Don't let the mainstream media fool you.

While the New York Jets may have mishandled the Pete Kendall situation last season, don't let them convince you they're doing it again with tight end Chris Baker.

To refresh your memory, Kendall got in a verbal dispute with Jets management last season. After restructuring his contract the year before, he believed the Jets told him they would give him a raise, but the Jets would not budge. He took the case public, and an ugly situation brewed, finally ending with a trade to Washington.

One year later, on the surface, it would seem as if the Jets were not treating their employees correctly. Baker restructured his contract last season, and now he, too, believes the Jets offered to give him a raise the next season.

Let's delve a little deeper and take a look at the facts.

The restructuring of Baker's contract last season involved fronting $700,000 of his contract, which did not exactly take a toll on Baker. With two years on his contract, Baker might think he's underpaid, but at the same time, he signed the contract. Average tight ends don't get to make outlandish claims and be disruptions.

Despite Baker's claims, it appears like he planned this. After all, the conversation that he alleges GM Mike Tannenbaum had was with his former agent Cliff Brady. Baker fired Brady this offseason in favor of Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, the same agents Pete Kendall had last season. Baker wanted to get a raise, so he hired agents that he felt would cause a stir.

But, the strangest thing about this whole dispute is that Baker has absolutely no leverage. He had re-signed with the Jets in the spring of 2006 after not generating much interest in the open market. He is the third highest-paid tight end on the roster, with Bubba Franks making slightly more and Dustin Keller slated to sign for even more than that.

That competition actually hurts Baker's leverage. With Keller and Franks in the fold, as well as third-year pro Jason Pociask, the Jets can replace Baker. No one is as well rounded as Baker, but Baker is a JAG (just another guy). He can block and catch, but he generates no separation and doesn't get open enough.

Entering his seventh year, Baker is most likely what he is. It's not likely that his production will spike, in which case Baker is making a pretty fair contract for his numbers. Last year's 41 catches and 409 yards set career highs, but a lot of that had to do with the ineptitude of the offensive line and the receiving corps, outside of the starters, forcing check-downs.

Besides, if the Jets won't budge for Kendall, who filled a need at a position the Jets had no replacement, why would they budge for Baker?

So Chris, if you want to try and cause a distraction in camp, go ahead. Just don't expect many people to back you up.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/32031-chris-baker-jets-tight-end-completely-out-of-line-in-contract-dispute

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Welcome to the blog!

JetsDaily is the new home of my rants on the Jets. I'll use this to post previews, reviews, predictions, and breaking news as it comes to me about the New York Jets, and who knows, maybe I'll sneak in an occasional Yankee or basketball post.

I'll post some articles I've written lately on www.bleacherreport.com and on my older blog, macknova.blogspot.com.

In the meantime, feel free to catch me posting on theganggreen.com, nets247.com, nyyfans.com, pr yankees.lhblogs.com, home of Peter Abraham and his thoughts on the Yankees.

I would have just used a possessive verb, but my apostrophe key is broken.

Oh well, hope you all enjoy the blog!