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Frankly Frankel: October 18, 2014

18 Oct

The New York Jets lose in the most typical fashion imaginable, then make a highly curious trade for Percy Harvin. The Kansas City Royals have no chance in the World Series, and the Phoenix Suns owner complains about the Spurs not playing its starters in a pre-season game. This is Frankly Frankel on this Saturday October 18, 2014.

  • The New York Jets lost in the most predictable way possible Thursday night 27-25 to the New England Patriots. I knew the Jets would keep it close and find a way to lose, I just didn’t know how.
  • The Jets statistically dominated the game, except for the scoreboard. The Patriots had the ball for over 20 minutes less than the Jets, had 100 fewer yards, and were out-rushed 218-63. If you just looked at those numbers and not the final score, it would be almost inconceivable how the Jets lost that game, and the fact they didn’t turn the ball over either.
  • The difference in the game was the Jets inability to score in the red zone. The first 4 times the Jets had the ball in the red zone, they settled for field goals. It got to the point where just going for it may have made sense, just because not taking advantage of opportunities against a team like the Patriots is a killer.
  • The very end of the game was so “Classic Jets”. Down by 8 with just over 2 minutes to play, the Jets drove down the field and scored a touchdown, only to fail on the 2-point conversion that would have tied the game.
  • The Jets did get the ball back drove 48-yards in about 1 minutes time to set up a potential game-winning field goal for Nick Folk. Folk’s 58-yard attempt was blocked, and the Patriots won.
  • The blocked field goal didn’t come without controversy. Dont’a Hightower of the Patriots was illegally lined up in front of the center. The official noticed and alerted Hightower to move instead of throwing a flag for a 5-yard penalty.
  • The NFL did say this was standard operating procedure, but it’s head-scratching why the ref would help a player out so they wouldn’t be in position to be called for a penalty. Forget about this being a game-deciding play. The ref should never do this on any play. Their only job is to throw a flag, nothing else.
  • On the day after the game, the Jets decided to trade for Percy Harvin, which if you really think about it makes next to no sense. At 1-6, the Jets season is over. There’s a .000000001 percent chance they make the playoffs, and trading for Harvin now really doesn’t solve anything.
  • If the Jets had signed DeSean Jackson in the off-season or traded for Harvin after week 2 or 3, that would have made a lot more sense.
  • What this sounds like is a desperate attempt on the part of Woody Johnson to keep the Jets relevant. He would do anything and everything just to keep fans coming to the games, no matter what impact it has on the team. It’s the reason he traded for Tim Tebow. Johnson wanted to sell more PSLs. After this season, Harvin is due over $40 million, a hefty price tag for a player that can’t stay on the field.
  • There really isn’t a positive here. If Harvin plays great and the Jets win games, then they will end up with a significantly lower draft pick, and major changes may be put off. There’s also a strong chance the Jets cut him at the end of the year when they realize they don’t want to pay him all that money. If that happens, you’re throwing away a potentially valuable draft pick.
  • The Jets would have been much better off not trading for Harvin, and tanking the rest of the way.
  • A sincere congratulations to the Kansas City Royals for making it to the World Series for the first time since 1985. It’s just a shame that Kansas City has no chance to win it all. Here’s the reason. The Royals have next to no postseason experience on its roster, and having 6-days off will absolutely destroy any momentum they’ve built up throughout the postseason.
  • By the time the Royals take the field on Thursday night, it will almost feel like a new season. The same thing happened to the Colorado Rockies in 2007, when Colorado went on a crazy hot streak, only to have a week off prior to game one of the World Series. The Rockies ended up getting swept by the Boston Red Sox.
  • The Royals opponent doesn’t help their cause. The San Francisco Giants are as experienced a team as they come. This is the Giants 3rd World Series appearance in the past 5-years, and players like Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and the starting rotation are as battle-tested as they get.
  • If Major League Baseball has to adjust its postseason schedule because series ended sooner than expected, what’s the harm? But then again, this is all about money.
  • I would be stunned if this series lasted longer than 5 games with the Giants winning.
  • How pathetic is Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver? After the San Antonio Spurs rested its star players Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Kawhi Leonard, Sarver grabbed the microphone with Phoenix up big late in the 4th quarter and apologized to the fans, and told them if they mailed their tickets to the team, they would get some sort of gift in return.
  • Sarver has no right to complain here. This was a pre-season game. Heck, if it was a regular season game he wouldn’t have a right to talk. Gregg Popovich knows he has an older roster, and in order to win he has to keep his players fresh.
  • What Sarver should be more focused on is building a team that can be mentioned in the same breath as the Spurs, so fans will come to see the Suns players, and not the ones that play for San Antonio.
  • Tough news for the Brooklyn Nets with Brook Lopez missing the next 10-14 days with a right foot sprain. With the injury history Lopez has built for himself, especially his right foot history, this is not good news at all and Nets fans should be very concerned.
  • Make sure to tune in next week for another edition of Frankly Frankel, and be sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.
 

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