Geno Smith and the Jets can’t even lose correctly. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NY Post – Sports aren’t supposed to be this exhausting, this conflicting, this confusing, this schizophrenic. …
All day, back and forth, your heart arguing with your brain, the fan who pays rent in your soul at war with the realist inside your skull. You are a Jets fan, so you want them to win every game you watch. You are a Jets fan, so you want them to lose every game the rest of the way. …
No NFL game had ever ended 16-11. This one would. The Jets would win it. Of course they would … with a win that was really a loss, one that probably puts Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in another team’s uniform next year.
“Tough,” Rex Ryan said.
The poor Jets. I swear if I was capable of actual human emotions I might almost feel bad for them. You keep thinking this franchise has hit rock bottom, then it falls off the continental shelf, drops down into the Marianas Trench and start drilling further down.
Consider Sunday. Here the Jets could finally put their genius for losing winnable games to good use. They could have joined Jacksonville, Oakland and Tampa as the only 2-12 teams in football and given themselves a puncher’s chance of getting Mariota with the No. 1 pick. But they just had to go and blow it with a win that doesn’t help them in any way. They can’t even Suck for the Duck. Now about the best they can hope for is that they lose enough in the last two weeks to get Jameis Winston. Or hope everyone else is so scared off by Winston that they pass on him, he falls into their lap and becomes the latest in their proud traditions of failed franchise quarterbacks.
Come to think of it, given Jameis Winston’s history at Florida State, he’s probably the perfect fit in New York. So while this win is a loss for the Jets, that Jets loss is a win for me. They may have dropped the ball on Suck for the Duck, but they still have a shot at Race to Jameis, and that’s even better.