If you’ve familiar with my blogs, you know I’m a relatively big Jets fan. Father’s from Queens, his father was from Queens, so I’m riding a heavy Jets & Mets cursed fandom for the rest of my days. Needless to say, it’s less than ideal.
HOWEVER, while the Jets & Mets may not provide me with many winning moments, they do give me, and the world, endless HILARIOUS moments. Maybe no moment in the history of sport is funnier than this one.
The day was Thanksgiving day, November 22, 2012. The location was Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The teams were the New York Jets and the New England Patriots. And the quarterback of the Jets was none other than Mark ‘Dirty’ Sanchez.
2012 was the fourth year of the Rex Ryan administration. After his first two years, Ryan and Sanchez were the kings of New York. After two straight AFC Championship appearances, the Jets looked like they had the makings of a perennial contender. Until they didn’t. In year three, they brought in old, washed-up players Plaxico Burress & Derrick Mason and the team took a step back to 8-8. By the time 2012 came around, especially by Thanksgiving on 2012, the Jets were an absolute joke.
I remember watching this game. Hell, I remember what I said at the exact moment. I turned to my Dad and said, “Well, that’s all she wrote.” Because it was at this moment — this very moment — that both Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan’s careers were effectively over in New York.