The New York Jets And One Crazy Monday Night

By Craig Hoffman

Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

As day turned to night on Monday, I like most other Jets were excited about the game. The computer was charged and I was ready to write my Quick Hits column during the game just like every week. As the game played out and we all saw the potential of Geno Smith become reality, things were coming into focus. Then the Falcons scored two touchdowns to take the lead with less than two minutes left and Geno was given one more chance. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see it because I suffered a seizure during that two minute drill.

A seizure is defined by as-uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, which may produce a physical convulsion, minor physical signs, thought disturbances, or a combination of symptoms. In my case I don’t truly know what happened. I know I blacked out from the point of Stephen Hill’s second catch on the drive to Keyshawn Johnson talking on the post game show, which was about 20 minutes. I know I bit down on my tongue because that is black and blue as well as had convulsions because my body felt like it was in a 15 round fight.

When I first came to I had no idea what had happened and was a bit disoriented but I was happy when I saw on the screen that the Jets pulled it out. The next thing that crossed my mind was that I didn’t publish the Quick Hits column so I finished it to the best of my ability and got it ready despite being a bit late. It was only then after the adrenaline wore off that I figured out what happened. I haven’t had a seizure in 15 years and after Monday night I hope this is the last one I ever have.

I was very lucky. The seizure could have been much worse and having it in my own living room is much better than having it while driving or doing something dangerous. I will make a full recovery and will be ready to have “Quick Hits” this week then “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly” on Monday this coming weekend. Nothing softens the blow of something bad like a Jets win and the promise of another game is an impetus to heal. See you all Sunday.