07.30.06

J-E-T-S Vs. P-E-S-T-S

Posted in Gridiron, Sports Journalism, Sports Radio, Sports TV at 11:28 am by

Finding something a little self-serving about the New York Jets’ various exclusive tie-ins with CotterVision (aka SportsNet NY), the New York Daily News’ Bob Raissman examines the club’s habit of treating the rest of the working media like shit.

D’Brickashaw Ferguson, practicing his postgame routine that will follow every Jets loss, ran away from the welcoming committee of boss scribes.

His actions prove he will fit right in with Gang Gone. Clearly, Ferguson is already a student of Jets history. Perhaps Eric Mangini (above) had Ferguson study film of Woody Johnson’s performance with the media last November following the Jets’ 27-0 loss to Denver in the Mile High City.

Walking briskly toward the exit, Johnson told reporters: “They gave everything they had . . . That’s my last comment.”

Unfortunately for everyone covering the Jets, and the faithful who follow them, that was not – and won’t be – Band-Aid Boy’s final public pronouncement. Moments like these are what those assigned to cover this second banana franchise have come to expect.

Still, there is a strange dichotomy when it comes to the media and the Jets. While the organization routinely has treated the print media like garbage, the current regime is overly concerned with the TV and radio products it controls and produces.

As for the players, well, some of them will oil their mouths up when they are paid for it. Who can forget those memorable words Checkbook Chad Pennington voiced during the 2004 season? “It’s not your right (to cover the Jets),” Pennington said. “It’s a privilege.” This is the same guy who, in 2003, authored his own media blackout, which conveniently did not extend to his paid gig on ESPN-1050 radio.

That’s just the Jets way.

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