Our congratulations one last time to Antonio Cromartie and LaRon Landry for their participation in Sunday’s Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.
Of course, it was a long Hawaiian afternoon for anyone associated with the AFC’s pass defense as the Nationals racked up 420 passing yards, six TDs to one INT and a Pro Bowl-record 62 points in the pullaway over the Americans. But Cro and LaRon, playing as secondary backups and on special teams, did make their positive contributions as well in the annual all-star game.
Cromartie had three first-half solo tackles in the game. The first came after a 5-yard first-quarter reception by none other than Giants WR Victor Cruz. The others came after receptions by Vincent Jackson and Larry Fitzgerald.
Cro also had an offside on a field goal attempt that wiped out an AFC interception-return TD, but that sounds a little more devastating than it was. He was premature in timing the field goal snap on the first play of the fourth quarter. NFC holder Thomas Morstead, with No. 31 closing in, picked up the snap and tried to pass to eventual Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph, but Eric Berry picked the pass and took off for an 86-yard score.
Cromartie also couldn’t handle a kickoff-return pitch from Joshua Cribbs late in the third quarter, with the fumble being charged to Cribbs and the NFC recovering at the AFC-11 to set up the above nullified field goal. But Cro also later took a lateral from C.J. Spiller on another kickoff return for 23 yards to start the drive that ended with A.J. Green’s third TD reception and the game’s last score.
Landry had one solo tackle, also after a Cruz catch, but otherwise had a low-key game.
Hot and Cold
The weather was a cloudy, breezy 78° for the Pro Bowl, a far cry from this morning in North Jersey, where it’s 28, snowing and with the threat of freezing rain continuing through midday. Last Friday it was 7° in the neighborhood surrounding the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center, and after a brief spring fling Wednesday with temps expected to rise to 60, it’s back into the freezer into and through Super Bowl Sunday.
Which naturally raises the question about the weather exactly a year from now, when the first outdoors Super Bowl in the Northeast will be played at MetLife Stadium. The NFL and the region did a little preview of Super Bowl XLVIII last week but what about snow, freezing rain, winds?
What about the cold? Let’s start with that. It seems Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league are embracing a cold-weather game most of all. It would harken back to the good old days of NFL championships on “the frozen tundra.” Here are the “unthawed three” big games in league history, along with some coincidental notes on wind-chill at each of the games (home teams in CAPS):
Dec. 31, 1967 — PACKERS 21, Cowboys 17, Lambeau Field.
Temp: –13° F. Wind: 14.5 mph. “Old” Wind-Chill: –48.
“The Ice Bowl” has always been the NFL’s cold standard, the game when officials shouted rather than tweeted so their metal whistles wouldn’t bond to their lips, a fan in the stands died of exposure and several players were treated for frostbite. The agreed-upon temp at the 1 p.m. CST kickoff has always been minus-13, may also have been at the end, and so it is altogether appropriate that Packers QB Bart Starr sneaked over the goal line with 13 seconds to play for the TD that won the NFL’s ’67 championship.
The 48-below-zero wind-chill is also legendary, although the National Weather Service switched to a more scientific and realistic wind-chill equation in 2001. In NOAA’s online feature on the game, the “new wind-chill” for the game was –36° at kickoff, and during the game it ranged from –37 to –33, getting slightly “balmier” in the third quarter.
Jan. 10, 1982 — BENGALS 27, Chargers 7, Riverfront Stadium.
Temp: –9°. Wind: Northwest, 20-35 mph. “Old” Wind-Chill: –59°.
“The Freezer Bowl” was the quintessential game demonstrating that West Coast teams don’t like traveling to the frozen Midwest/Northeast. This AFC title game has always been held up as the wind-chill winner at –59, but that had to be taken near the opening kickoff with a 27-mph wind gust. NOAA’s readings from the nearby Cincinnati airport showed temps rising slightly and the winds staying steady at 23 mph. Translated to the “new” readings, the wind-chill that day fluctuating between –37 and –23. Not cold enough to force those Bengals O-linemen to put on long sleeves, yet still, in NOAA’s opinion, “arguably the most brutal football weather in NFL history.”
Jan. 20, 2008 — Giants 23, PACKERS 20, OT, Lambeau Field.
Temp: –1°. Wind: West 12 mph. Recorded Wind-Chill: –23°.
On the way to their first Super win over the Patriots, the Giants had to vanquish Brett Favre and the Pack in their frozen Lambeau shrine. Favre played like a 78-year-old guy in search of his heated blankie rather than the 38-year-old master of the tundra that he used to be, with a horrid fourth quarter and a game-chilling interception to Corey Webster on the second play of overtime. The wind-chill for this game was listed as minus-23 but we’re not sure where that came from. The recorded temp and wind at kickoff produce a minus-19° wind-chill. Still pretty darned cold.
To bring it all home for the Jets, here are the three coldest games we know of in Green & White annals:
Dec. 26, 1993 — BUFFALO 16, Jets 14, Rich Stadium
Temp: 9°. Wind: WNW 23 mph, gusting to 30 mph. Stated Wind-Chill: –28°
This appears to be the Jets’ coldest game ever. Just ask Cary Blanchard, who tried three times to put a leather rock through the uprights, from 27, 41 and 42 yards away, for the points that might have won this game, only to have each kick pushed wide left by the Western New York winds. Again, not sure for the source of the official wind-chill. With the old formula, it would’ve been –32, with the gusts dropping it to –37. Under the new formula, the WC would have varied from –13 to –15.
Dec. 17, 1972 — Browns 26, JETS 10, Shea Stadium
Temp: 24°. Wind: WNW 40-45 mph. “Old” Wind-Chill: –15°
The season finale at Shea between the Browns, who had already clinched the AFC’s one wild-card slot, vs. the Jets, who were shooting for 8-6 but were out of the running. With Joe Namath and Al Woodall sidelined, Bob Davis started at QB and completed five of 12 passes for 44 yards (24 net after losing 20 yards on three sacks). Winning QB Mike Phipps was more effective in the gusts, although not much more accurate at 7-for-17. The new wind-chill hovered around 3° to 4°.
Dec. 23, 1989 — Bills 37, JETS 0, Meadowlands
Temp: 16°. Wind: NNW 13-20 mph. “Old” Wind-Chill: –11°
Another cold, frosty one poured against Buffalo, this one at home, and another bitter defeat, not only due to the atmosphere (new wind-chill from 1 to –2) as Joe Walton coached his final game for the Jets before being dismissed.
That regime change, to GM Dick Steinberg/HC Bruce Coslet, didn’t generate much more warmth in the ensuing four seasons. Now, after a 2012 season-finale loss to the Bills (15° wind-chill), it’s up to the semi-new regime of John Idzik/Rex Ryan to generate traction. Super Bowl XLVIII? Not even going there at this time. Let’s get through XLVII in balmy New Orleans (expected game-time weather inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome: 70°, wind of 0 mph), then take on one day at a time, one game at a time in ’13 en route to becoming an all-weather perennial contender.
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Updated, 10:07 p.m. ET
Brandon Moore and the Jets got a small bit of good news tonight on this NFL Championship Weekend. They learned that Moore is finally an all-star.
The NFL has announced that Moore, the Jets’ long-time right guard, a second alternate at the AFC’s guard position, has been named to the conference’s Pro Bowl roster, replacing Brian Waters of the New England Patriots, who are playing in Super Bowl XLVI in two weeks.
Moore will be joining fellow Jets O-linemen Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson and cornerback Darrelle Revis in Honolulu, Hawaii, this week for Sunday’s Pro Bowl Game, to be played at Aloha Stadium.
Moore, who just finished his ninth season as a Jet and his eighth as their starting guard, has been one of the unsung heroes of the Green & White line.
But in part with the support of head coach Rex Ryan, who has called him the best right guard in the game, and in part because of his high consistency of performance, Moore joins “Nick and Brick” plus Alan Faneca as Jets O-linemen have now claimed 10 Pro Bowl berths in the past four seasons.
Moore becomes the fourth Jets guard to reach all-star status, joining Bob Mischak of the New York Titans (1960-62) and Dave Herman (1968-69) as AFL all-stars and Faneca, an AFC starting guard for the Jets in 2008 and ’09.
Moore’s ironman qualities are well-known among line aficionados. He has started 121 consecutive regular-season games since 2004, the most among all active NFL guards, and his 121 straight games played is second among all active guards behind only the 124 of Tennessee’s Jake Scott.
Then an independent NFL analysis service determined that Moore gave up no sacks or hits on quarterback Mark Sanchez this season.
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Who will be the Jets’ newest Pro Bowl participant in January? Linebacker David Harris? Tight end Dustin Keller? Kickoff returner Joe McKnight?
It would be neat to turn some of the Green & White’s top stars into NFL All-Stars this season, to have them add their names to the list of Pro Bowl players that includes current Jets Darrelle Revis, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. And Jets fans can help bring this about by casting their ballots for their favorite Jets on newyorkjets.com/probowl
It’s that time of year for the NFL and all its teams to get out the vote for the 2011 season’s Pro Bowl, which will be held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Sunday, Jan. 29. Fans, players and coaches each supply a third of the vote that establishes the players who make the initial AFC and NFC rosters.
And the Jets have become one of the league’s top teams at landing players on the AFC roster and sending them to the annual Pro Bowl. From 2008-10 they’ve filled 15 berths on the conference Pro Bowl team.
Three current Jets have sampled the poi and sipped the mango-ritas in Honolulu (and in South Florida in early 2010), and all are off to great starts in ’11.
After seven games, Revis (three-time Pro Bowler) has a team-high four interceptions, one returned for a 100-yard touchdown — the longest home INT-return TD in franchise history — against Miami, and blankets opponents’ No. 1 wideouts on “Revis Island.” Center Nick Mangold (also a three-time Pro Bowler) continues to prevail in the pivot, calling the Jets’ O-line signals and handling the big dogs in the middle of opposing defensive fronts to keep the offense moving. D’Brickashaw Ferguson (two Pro Bowls) has become one of the top left tackles in the game, protecting his quarterback’s blind side from the best pass-rushers in the game.
Will they qualify to return to Hawaii at the end of this season? And who among the Jets will join them?
“Hitman” Harris rules the roost in the middle of the Green & White defense, posting great tackle numbers and supplying timely blitz pressure on enemy QBs.
Keller, who last year became the first TE to lead the Jets in receptions since Mickey Shuler in 1985, is at it again, topping this year’s offense with 25 catches and 372 receiving yards as one of Mark Sanchez’s favorite targets.
McKnight erupted on the scene with the longest play in franchise history, his 108-yard kickoff-return touchdown at Baltimore, and leads all NFL kickoff returners with a mind-numbing 40.0-yard average on each runback.
And in the coming weeks, other Jets are sure to catch the eye of fans and voters in the New York area and across the nation. CB Antonio Cromartie supplies the athletic coverage against other teams’ wideouts on the side of the field opposite Revis. Head coach Rex Ryan has said LB Calvin Pace is having his best season since Ryan arrived as the Jets’ football boss in 2009.
On offense, Sanchez continues with his growth curve, posting the best regular-season completion percentage and passer rating of his three-year career. WRs Santonio Holmes and Plaxico Burress have the skills to erupt at any time for weeks at a time. Shonn Greene ran with his most authority yet in the comeback win over the Chargers. And Ryan has always felt that the indestructible Brandon Moore “is the best right guard in the game.”
Not to forget the specialists, Nick Folk has yet to miss a field goal or placekick, and he and his coverage team have combined to lead the league with 14 inside-the-20 kickoffs. And Eric Smith not only is a regular starting safety for the first time in his career and the Jets’ leading tackler on defense, but he is still a monster in all phases of the Jets’ special teams.
Fans can vote for any of the above Jets, all of them, or any Jets not mentioned on the NFL’s official Pro Bowl fan ballot on their PCs or via their iPads or mobile devices. Once on the ballot, fans can elect to fill out the entire ballot or just vote for one or a few of the players of their choice.
Voting will conclude on Monday, Dec. 19, following the conclusion of the Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and 49ers. The Pro Bowl teams will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. ET on the special “NFL Total Access 2012 Pro Bowl Selection Show” on NFL Network.
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We’re not there to document it for you this year, but from all accounts Darrelle Revis and D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets’ two Pro Bowl players this year, are enjoying themselves in Hawaii.
Revis and Brick (Nick Mangold stayed home with a hamstring pull) wrapped up their week of practices and fun in the sun Saturday and both will be starting for the AFC squad in tonight’s annual Pro Bowl, back at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu after a one-year hiatus.
That year was spent in South Florida last year, when Revis made his second trip to the all-star game and Brick stepped in for injured Dolphin Jake Long for his first Pro Bowl appearance.
Now there is just a touch of irony in that Ferguson will start at tackle next to guard Logan Mankins of New England while Revis split practice time with Patriots rookie Devin McCourty in the secondary. Jason Kaneshiro of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported this past week for ESPNBoston.com on the relaxed AFC East rivalry.
And Revis chatted with Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald about the “copycat NFL” that may be all over the way the Jets defended against Tom Brady and the Patriots offense in the AFC Divisional Round Game just two short weeks ago.
“We felt confident in what we wanted to do,” Revis told Guregian. “We just wanted to make those guys uncomfortable. If you look at the Indianapolis game before that, Peyton [Manning] wasn’t himself. He was a little jittery back there. That’s what our coverage did. Tom was confident, but we just got to him, and got sacks and made him turn over the ball.”
We have a couple of photos courtesy of The Associated Press that will accompany this blog, one showing Revis during a break in the action from Saturday’s practice at Kapolei High School on the southwestern side of Oahu. In the other, Ferguson is about to be presented with a lei on Friday at the sumptuous Ko Olina Resort, with Mankins and Colts DE Robert Mathis (98) in line behind Brick.
Tonight’s game will kick off around 7 p.m. EST on Fox, one week before the Steelers and Packers meet in Super Bowl XLV at Cowboy Stadium.
For the second consecutive year, the Pro Bowl will be played the week before the Super Bowl. The 2010 Pro Bowl on ESPN was watched by an average of 12.3 million viewers, the most for a Pro Bowl since 2000 (13.2 million) and a 40 percent increase from the 2009 game (8.8 million). The 12.3 million viewers also marked the largest viewership for an All-Star game in any sport on cable television.
For those who keep track of such things, tonight’s game is the 41st between the AFC and the NFC. The AFC evened the series at 20-20 with last year’s 41-34 triumph.
We’ll have a report for you on how Revis and Ferguson fared and other points of interest after the game.
Thank you to all our old and new Tweetahs (Dustin Keller term) who are now following us at twitter.com/nyjets. We just cleared 100,000 followers on Friday and are No. 1 in Twitter followers in the NFL. Quite a climb from the 74 followers we had when we started posting Jets news on the social networking site beginning with the 2009 veteran minicamp.
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Even at the Pro Bowl, you knew music impresario Thomas Jones would be a little bit about the tunes.
"I had a pool party during the week and it was great," said Jones, the Jets running back, from the final walkthrough today at Aloha Stadium for Sunday’s all-star game at the same venue. "All the guys came, and we had a couple of celebrities hosting it and DJ-ing it. Everybody had a good time and enjoyed themselves."
But Jones is also very much about the football. He’s enjoying himself this week doubly because he was able to end his embargo of the Hawaiian Islands because he was voted to a Pro Bowl roster for the first time in his ninth NFL season.
"Everything’s going great," he said between the AFC and NFC practices amid the joyful noise inside the colorful Honolulu stadium as thousands of fans were admitted free to watch these final tuneups. "Just being around all these good guys, being in this environment, and having all my family over here and enjoying Hawaii has been a great experience."
TJ agreed with the premise expressed some of the five other Jets playing in Sunday’s game that this Pro Bowl is not just an end to ’08 for the Green & White.
"To have this many guys over here playing on the team, it means a lot," he said. "It says a lot about your team and about the caliber of guys you have on your team. We had a lot of other guys who could’ve made it this year. Despite not making the playoffs we had some great individual efforts. So we’ve got to take this and run with it going into next season."
Which is what Jones had been doing all of this season. Jones is the AFC’s starting tailback, heading a depth chart that now includes fellow AFC East backs Ronnie Brown of Miami and Marshawn Lynch of Buffalo. (Tennessee rookie Chris Johnson withdrew due to injury.)
The starting nod is only right, since Jones led the conference with 1,312 rushing yards and set career highs with 13 rushing TDs, 15 total TDs, 1,519 yards from scrimmage and 75 first downs. But the chance to continue that damage against the best of the best that NFC defenses have to offer is not foremost in his thinking.
"I’m just going to have fun," he said. "I’m going to go out there, enjoy myself, play the game I love to play, just play with some great players, and I’ll see how it goes."
Rhodes to Hawaii
Who should show up in the end zone to watch the AFC’s practice this morning than Jets S Kerry Rhodes? No, KR was not a late, late injury sub for the Americans. Actually, he flew in Wednesday to assume a journalist’s role for the game — he did some interviews today for MTV, which he said plans to air his reports as part of its MTV News package in the coming week.
Kerry watched from the end zone and checked in with his teammates in the game as each came by and gave him a hug. NT Kris Jenkins, of course, had the liveliest hello. After their embrace, he dropped back and threw a few playful left jabs and right hooks at his backfield mate. None made contact.
Rhodes told me he has spoken with new head coach Rex Ryan.
"Rex told me in his first call to me that he had wanted to get me [for the Ravens] back when I was drafted, and now he’s finally got me," Rhodes recalled. ‘The things he’s talking about for us, it sounds like it can be real good."
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A week in Hawaii sounds like fun. But it can be hard work as well.
I’m not talking about myself. Sure, I’m hiking 30 miles from Honolulu to Kapolei and Ko Olina and back every day to bring you some inspirational stories of the half-dozen Jets participating in Sunday’s Pro Bowl.
But that’s nothing compared to the schedule for Ryann of the Jets’ Flight Crew as she and 25 other NFL cheerleaders prepare to perform at the final game of the 2008 season.
"We got here Monday around 4 o’clock," Ryann said when our timetables finally coincided late this morning. "All the girls got together to get to know each other a little bit. Tuesday was our first rehearsal. It was a nine-hour rehearsal that was definitely intense. We worked out and learned all the routines.
"Everything changes on a day-to-day basis. Yesterday we visited a military base and some of the other girls made hospital visits."
How about tonight and Saturday, the day before the game? Any down time there?
"Tonight we perform at ‘Sunset on the Beach’," she said of a Pro Bowl activity put on by the Waikiki Improvement Association and the city and county of Honolulu. "On Saturday night we’re performing at the Pro Bowl All-Star Block Party in Waikiki."
But Ryann’s not complaining. She, like all the Flight Crew members I’ve met and no doubt all of the similar outfits around the NFL, seem to thrive on the blend of practice, dance, performance and service. They are truly outstanding young women.
"Actually, I’m having a lot of fun," she said. "Honestly, it’s so amazing how well we all have gotten along. We came from all over the U.S. here and after one or two days, we’re already a team, like we’ve been a team for years. And it’s just great to meet people from all over the world."
Ryann has had some spare moments. This morning she and some of her teammates got out onto the Oahu beach. Her mom and uncle flew in Thursday, as did some cousins from Las Vegas. And she won’t be leaving the Islands late next week.
But before next week comes Sunday. The Pro Bowl is an important stage for the state of Hawaii, and it’s a national stage with the game being shown on NBC. Yet Ryann is handling the buildup to the big day just like she and all the Flight Crew members handled buildups to Sundays at the Meadowlands.
"I don’t believe I’ll be nervous-nervous," she said. "I think we all have nerves before we go out and perform, but it’s more out of excitement. There will be energy pumping through our veins, and it’s an honor to be here and a wonderful experience."
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I’m in one of five or maybe six vans transporting all of us cheerleaders to Aloha Stadium and the Pro Bowl. I’m a little bit nervous, but I’m also really excited. This is a day that we’ve prepared for all week and it’s finally here. It’s game time!
We’re all 100 percent ready for this. At promotions this week, we performed all the routines that we’ll perform at the game today. We all know what we’re doing and don’t even have to think about it anymore.
This game is about having fun and representing the Jets. This is our time to shine and have a great time. I am honored to have this opportunity. If you told me at this point last year that I’d be in this situation, I would never have believed it.
Our game faces are probably a little bit different than the players. We have the music on and we’re dancing. This is not a serious environment at all. We’re looking forward to everything that is going to happen today.
We’ve all talked about how fast this week has gone and how much stuff we’ve done. We have our last dinner tonight together as a team, and then tomorrow morning we’ll have one last breakfast together. That’s going to be a tear-fest and just thinking about it is making me upset, but good things must come to an end.
Today, though, is a beginning for our whole Jets Flight Crew. I am fortunate to represent the organization, Denise Garvey, our choreographer, and all the girls back home. We’re truly a close team who had an amazing year — any one of us could be here and the support would have been the same.
I’m flying out tomorrow with my parents (who I actually shared a cup of coffee with yesterday) and will catch up with you guys from the airport.
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It’s early morning here in Hawaii and the sky is still dark before sunrise. We’re going to practice at Aloha Stadium today for the first time and then visit the Aliamanu Military Reservation (AMR) later this afternoon.
We had some “free time” Wednesday and went into town to get Pro Bowl rings. My group is AFC-2 and it includes Nicole (Buffalo Bills), Aisha (Cincinnati Bengals), Lauren (Miami Dolphins), Jennifer (Oakland Raiders) and Jenn (Denver Broncos). We were joined by NFC-2 while the other two groups (AFC-1 and NFC-1) visited a local hospital.
In regard to the rings, each girl had different options in terms of design (flowers and leaves) and metal (gold and silver). I had “Pro Bowl” carved onto the outside of my ring and on the inside “Linda, 2007 New York Jets Flight Crew” was engraved. We’ll get them before we leave and might have them for the game.
Before we picked out our rings, all the cheerleaders were introduced at a kickoff rally in Bishop Square — a beautiful outdoor park right in the heart of downtown Honolulu. Everyone was presented by name and by team. Then we did a little performance and right when I walked out, I saw my dad wave (my mom was next to him), so that was really fun to see my parents there. A lot of the other girls had family members and/or friends in attendance as well. It’s nice to be able to perform and still have people there you know even though you’re not on the mainland.
Speaking of my parents, I haven’t really talked to them since the plane touched down. I woke my mom up yesterday morning to tell her about the rally and that was the last time I talked to her. So that kind of lets you know how busy we are here.
Last night vans took us to the hotel the players are staying at for the Pro Bowl Welcome Party/Luau. There were probably like 1,000 people at the party and more food than you can imagine. Hula dancers and fire dancers performed and they put on a good show.
The fire dancer was absolutely amazing. He was twirling two batons of fire — it was absolutely insane. I would have set myself on fire in two seconds and he was doing things I couldn’t imagine doing. It was the most impressive thing I’ve seen.
I definitely feel well-protected because we have plenty of security. You turn your back and think you’re alone, but they’re always watching us. Last night at the luau, they were all in headsets and followed us around. It’s kind of funny.
After a nine-hour practice day, we scaled back on Wednesday. There was a two-hour practice in the morning and then just an hour practice after the rally, so it wasn’t bad at all. We learned the halftime routine in the a.m. and then we went over it again in the afternoon. During the actual halftime, Lifehouse is going to play one song before we perform. The second song — “First Time” — we’ll actually get the chance to go on stage and dance with them.
What’s on tap for today? We have breakfast at 7 a.m. followed by a field rehearsal at the stadium. My group visits that military base and we’ll probably be there until 6 p.m. We’ll come back here at 7 p.m. and then scoot over to Dave & Buster’s tonight just to relax and hang out. Some of the girls have a huge five-hour break today, so they’re going to go to the beach and get their rings. Everyone is doing different things. It will be another busy, busy day.
We’ve been practicing in the hotel in like a grand ballroom, so this will be the first time we’ll be on the field for practice. When we were driven to the luau yesterday, we actually passed the stadium. It’s cool-looking so I’m real excited to dance there.
Sun’s out! Gotta run.
(Editor’s note: On Friday, in addition to Linda’s next Radar entry from Hawaii and the Pro Bowl, she will be making a radio appearance back here in the slightly chillier Northeast. She is scheduled to be a guest on the Max Kellerman Show on 1050 ESPN New York, probably at 10:40 a.m. EST, although she could be rescheduled for 12:40 p.m. You can click here to get to the ESPN Radio Web site, and we will have the interview available on our newyorkjets.com’s Multimedia Home page in the afternoon.)
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