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September 21, 2012

Why the Jets are the Stinkin' Jets to me; plus 1 Dolphin and 3 Jets on most-overpaid list, Beinfest, Melky, secret life of Ed Hochuli & more

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DOLPHINS TO UPSET STINKIN' JETS: The Dolphins will upset the visiting Jets, 20-17, Sunday. Click on Week 3 Gems for all our latest picks, and on Attention Misdirection for my Friday Page NFL column. But I'm not here to restate why Miami will win. I'm here to explain why the Jets, to me, are the Stinkin' Jets. 1) It is good-natured hatred, if that's possible. Part of it is simply to tweak and antagonize in the spirit of civic sparring, I'll admit. This is a great 1aa1firemanedrivalry, Miami's best, fueled by the many transplants among us. Those same New Yorkers/Jets fan must constantly be reminded of the irony that they think New York is so damned wonderful and yet they choose to live in South Florida. Hmm. Actions and words, baby. 2) Jets fans have a spectacularly unearned arrogance about them. This is not a blanket criticism of New York fans. Yankees fans should be arrogant; their team's history justifies it. But Jets fans!? The Jets won their only Super Bowl following the 1968 season. A touch of humility would serve them well. Especially the ubquitous fat guy in the stretched-out Gastineau jersey. 3) Jets superfan "Fireman Ed" (pictured). Because nobody better personifies the aforementioned attitude of the NYJ fan-breed. 4) Coach Rex Ryan. Who better to represent and speak for Jets fans than an unapologetic blowhard? How are all those Super Bowl guarantees workin' out for ya, Rex? 5) Quarterback Mark Sanchez. I think Mark leads the NFL in GQ covers. He has the right media market and the right appearance to be a big star. If only there was any evidence of commensurate talent. So this is why the Jets are the Stinkin' Jets to me. I could go on but I gotta run. FedEx Office just called to say my order is ready. But now I'm concerned. Will 10,000 "We Want Tebow!" placards fit in a car trunk?

Poll result: Call Jeff Ireland Mr. Unpopularity: In the previous blogpost we asked your impression of Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland and 70.9 percent voted unfavorable vs. only 12.0% favorable. The other 17.1% said too-soon-to-say. Timing is everything in polls, and this one came on the heel of the controversy in which Ireland called a fan an "asshole." Then again, balancing that, it also came in the wake of a big home-opening victory. In any case, suffice to say Mr. Ireland could use an image makeover.

KARLOS DANSBY, 3 JETS ON 'MOST OVERPAID' LIST: Call Jets-Dolphins the Overpaid Bowl. Forbes 1aa1dansbyk(which loves lists) has a new one for NFL's Top 10 most-overpaid players of 2012, and 1-2 are Jets linebacker David Harris and Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby (pictured). List also includes Jets WR Santonio Holmes and CB Antonio Cromartie fifth and seventh. It's based on a look at the 169 players making at least $5 million this season, and their salary vs. productivity. Click on Easy Money for the Forbes piece. Dansby is a productive player. But I must admit life is good when one can make $10.7 million this season after having never made a single Pro Bowl.

GOOD FOR MELKY: Melky Cabrera, the San Francisco Giant suspended 50 games for PEDs, did a good, smart and unexpected thing today in withdrawing himself from consideration for the NL batting title -- which he was eligible to win despite his suspension. It is tactically smart, a way of fully admitting his wrongdoing and moving on. So many others have not been as smart.  

LORIA'S NON-DENIAL OF BEINFEST REPORT: USA Today reports Marlins president of baseball ops Larry Beinfest will be replaced and club owner Jeffrey Loria responds by saying he won't comment on a "ridiculous" rumor that has been "fabricated." Hmm. He could have simply said, "It isn't true." Instead he huffed and puffed over a report he'd have preferred not to have been published, but did not specifically deny said report. Beinfest will be a scapegoat for this awful season. He spent most of a decade making the best of shoestring player payrolls but won't survive the one year he had money but couldn't buy a winner.

1aa1edhTHE OTHER LIFE OF ED HOCHULI: The ongoing labor dispute that has the NFL using replacement officials has robbed us of seeing in action the league's best-known referee, Ed "Guns" Hochuli. So we bring you Ed in his other life, as a defense attorney. He is pictured here (in white jacket), alongside a lawyer friend of mine, Brad McCormick, at a conference this week in Phoenix. Given the impasse keeping him off football fields, you'll find ironic the title of the talk Ed presented, as per my friend: "Ethical Considerations In Mediations And Negotiations." Kid you not.

THE LADY AT THE CHEVRON: Filled up at the local station yesterday and about to drive away when I hear a rap on my window. An elderly lady is asking if I would pump her gas for her. Of course I would, and did. She was visibly distraught. I asked if everything was OK and she said she was 86, had just lost her husband of 61 years three months earlier and was so depressed. I mentioned my own mother was about her age and we'd lost my father and that things do get better -- realizing even as the words came out that everybody says that. Anyway, I told her to have faith in better days, she thanked me and I drove off. Later I had regrets. I wished I had asked if she had family in town. I wished I had given her a business card with my cell phone number and invited her to call me for any reason. I had learned a lesson. Sometimes it isn't enough to do a good deed. Sometimes you have to do a little more.

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