Phelpsian: To perform a remarkable feet; pull of something magical, unbelieveable, never before seen. Michael Phelps will soon find his way into Webster’s dictionary as Brett Favre has already found a way into the hearts of Jets fans all over. Brett Favre stepping onto the field in a Jets uniform for the first time in game action Saturday night against the Washington Redksins was an act of Phelpsian proportions. It was if that touchdown pass to rookie tight end Dustin Keller was 8 gold medals rolled into one.
This is not sugar coating or blowing smoke or misguided optimism. Favre looked good. He looked like himself. He didn’t look sloppy, or rusty, or — and this is directed right at you John Clayton — washed up. He didn’t fall flat on his face or trip over his own feet or throw up any lame ducks. On that night Brett Favre looked alot like Michael Phelps, cool as a cucumber. Is there work to be done? Of course, it was just a pre-season game, but to the Jets and Jets fans it was so much more. It was hope personified.
The night had some other highlights. Brett Ratliff once again looked stellar. To be fair Kellen Clemens came on and had several terrible drops by his receivers but he also had two passes batted down at the line of scrimmage and he tripped twice in the backfield. He did not look good. Brett Ratliff is becoming my new favorite Jet.
Here’s hoping (fingers crossed) that David Clowney makes a speedy recovery. We could certainly use a find like him and he had earned himself the number 4 or 5 WR job on the team. Meanwhile the media continues to slam #6 overall pick in the draft Vernon Gholston. Guys, relax. It’s 2 preseason games. By mid-season Gholston will be a terror.
Mike Nugent? No words for that one. You can poo poo Mangini all you want but you can’t blame him if his kicker misses an automatic like that. Hell, I won a Coca-Cola contest way back when and made a 25 yard field goal on the field at Giants Stadium.