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A Week Ahead That’s Strong on Past, Present

Posted by Randy Lange on October 18, 2008 – 12:43 pm

We set aside our Special Teams Saturday theme this week to tell you about the big week ahead here on the Radar.

It’s time to honor the Jets’ past again, but this time, no, fans, it’s not with navy and gold. It’s with the Green & White that 40 players wore as they shocked the world four decades ago.

The Jets’ Super Bowl III team will be celebrated all week long in advance of ceremonies to honor that band of Colt corralers at halftime of the Jets-Chiefs game at the Meadowlands a week from Sunday.

Eric Allen has been tireless in talking to many of those players on the 1968 Jets and researching the events of long ago. The fruits of his labor will be on display all this week in stories on our site.

You’ll be able to relive the moments in a story on Joe Namath, reminisce with players on the late, great head coach, Weeb Ewbank, return to two pivotal moments in that Super Season with center John Schmitt, and meet up again with Frank Ramos, the longtime public relations director who famously counseled Namath, "Joe, you need to go to the Miami Touchdown Club dinner."

And for the fans who remember the games (and for the fans who don’t), we’ll have our own trip down memory lane for you all week in the form of 16 Radar blogs, one for each of the 14 regular-season games — including the infamous "Heidi" game — and the two postseason epics in that hallowed year.

Each blog will have a recap of the game, the score by quarters and scoring plays, newly researched trivia for each game and quotes from then and now on the men who made it all possible. And the package will be augmented with audio entries from Broadway Joe himself and slideshows bringing back the images of the time.

I’ll post two 1968 game entries every day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, beginning Sunday morning before the current Jets’ important battle at Oakland. The ’68 AFC Championship triumph over — wow, how’s this for timing? — duh Raiduhs and the SBIII crunching of the Colts will go live a week from Sunday morning before the kickoff against Kansas City.

And while all this is going on, we’ll keep you posted on the stories on the preparations for the Chiefs and developments in the Coaches Club Auction, which also begins tomorrow and runs through Oct. 27.

All in all, not a week for the weak of heart, but very strong in content on the Jets of the past and present. We hope you’ll enjoy it.

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5 Responses to “A Week Ahead That’s Strong on Past, Present”

  1. By Howard on Oct 18, 2008 | Reply

    cant wait to read these blogs on the 68 team,should be very interesting to see some of the stats from those games

  2. By Moshe on Oct 18, 2008 | Reply

    Sorry off topic: If anyone wants to see a video of Leon Washington wired in last Sunday’s game, got to the nfl.com video page, click “teams”, and then click “New York Jets”. It should be there.

  3. By Drew on Oct 19, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Boys….Landed and got settled in Shanghai (it’s 10:00pm Sunday night!!) Hoping I can get some sleep and get up in 6 hours for the game. Hey Randy keep me posted buddy. If I cant get the game online you’re my only source to give me the scoop…..By the way…… horrible experience so far here

  4. By Ray on Oct 19, 2008 | Reply

    Drew, no matter what it looks like, just keep telling yourself it’s really chicken!!

  5. By mike ex jet fan on Oct 19, 2008 | Reply

    ALL i CAN SAY IS HORRIABLE like i said raiders are coming at us with everything but the kitchen sink … did mangini game plan it nope … Tj’s finally making runs over 10 yards per .. So what do we do throw 5 yard passes with 10 or over to go..This is the most uninspired boring team to watch .. IT”S THE COACHING

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