One far-out fortnight is ahead for us here at newyorkjets.com and for you Jets fans who have been with us on the Radar for the last year.
We’ll have a lot of draft stuff for you this week, augmented by Real Football Services’ reports (next one, on trade rumors at the top of the draft, due on the site Tuesday morning) and Real’s last mock draft. Then comes the draft on Saturday and Sunday and the rookie minicamp, this year coming one week after the draft.
But there are a few non-draft items that are coming up on the calendar as well, and one of them comes up the day after the draft in Jets Night at Shea a week from today.
And in regard to the celebration of the Green & White’s 20 years at that big apple orchard in Queens, I have this bit of late-breaking news:
Don Maynard will be on hand for the festivities.
Yes, Maynard, No. 13, Jets Hall of Famer, one of Joe Namath’s two favorite receivers, is coming in from his idyllic Southwestern stomping grounds to be a part of the night of reminiscing along with the Mets, who are playing their last year at Shea Stadium before moving over to next-door Citi Field in 2009.
Maynard makes it a touchdown (minus the PAT) of former Jets who used to ply their trades on the floor of Shea from 1964-83 and will be on hand for this special event — Joe Klecko, Wesley Walker, Greg Buttle, Randy Beverly and John Schmitt.
I can also report that according to my sources, Mr. Met is getting into the spirit of the night and may have a sartorial surprise for the Mets and Jets fans in the stands for the Amazins’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers — I mean Pirates — that night.
There are a few other wrinkles for the occasion. The 12-by-10-foot Jets flag that has been displayed at Jets Welcome Home luncheons will fly from one of the center field flagpoles that night.
And the Shea Countdown counter will be flipped to the number "69." That’s the number of games remaining, including that night’s game, in the Mets’ Shea tenancy. It also happens to be the last two digits of the calendar year in which the two teams, once joined at the hip pads, won celebrated championships — the Jets for their historic Super Bowl III conquest and the Mets for their 1969 World Series triumph.
For information on Jets Night at Shea, you can click on the news release here.
Brian’s Song for a Wider Market
Congratulations are in order for Brian Bassett, a friend, supporter of newyorkjets.com and follower of the Green & White who has been one of those dastardly bloggers at TheJetsBlog.com. Bassett was recently added as a partner to SportsNet New York’s Web site. And this week he’s begun in his new temporary role as a guest blogger for The New York Times’ Fifth Down. Hopefully, Brian, working for the print media won’t destroy your new street cred.
Tags: Don Maynard, Greg Buttle, Jets Night at Shea, Joe Klecko, John Schmitt, Randy Beverly, Wesley Walker
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