Oct 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets coach Woody Johnson attends the game against the Houston Texans at MetLife Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jets 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Schechter’s Lecture’s No.12: NFL Player Polls/Hurricane Sandy


Oct 28, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow (15) warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium. Dolphins won 30-9. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Take your seats, school is back in session. This week we have a two part lecture, first talking about these polls that have been in the league news. As the Jets reporter, these player poll results have been in talked about here in NY lately. Frankly, these are some of the most useless, stupid polls I have ever seen, and not because Jets players/coaches led the polls.

First of all, let’s talk about the number of players that were polled. Rex Ryan led the poll of the most overrated coaches, you know the percentage of players that were polled? 6%. Six. For every 100 players, 6 players participated. If you think about the fact that there are 32 teams in the league, with 53 guys on each roster, 6% of the league is terribly small number. Maybe it was the 6% of the league that can read? Nobody has ever accused NFL football players of being Mensa members. Maybe the 94% of the league that didn’t participate couldn’t read the questions/write the answers. Very scientific poll. Not!

Forgetting all of the above, what about the large percentage of players that WANT to play for Rex Ryan? You think they were polled? Nope. Even if the poll only has 6%, it still needs to have an equal number of representatives from each team, otherwise, the poll means, …what is it? NOTHING! That’s what it means.

Now, you want to see how stupid football players are? Tim Tebow led the poll of “most overrated player. Yes, for anyone who reads my posts, they know I agree with that statement. I actually agree with it in spades, but that’s not the point. The point is that the players say that. Why is that stupid? Because this is the same league of football players that put Tebow on their top 100 players in the league list. Now he’s overrated? What happened, did they forget they put him on that list? Or are they just that stupid? It’s a 50/50 shot, one way or the other.

Now to part two of the lecture, Hurricane Sandy. First to all of the national audience, the northeast will be OK. I am sure you all have seen the devastation on the news. It’s bad, but we will recover. You can beat down an NY/NJ person, but you can’t take them out. But back to my point. The league, and the teams around the league, did a great job in supporting the relief effort. The initial donations came out quickly, like from the league, the Giants, and the Dolphins. The tributes around the sport were terrific as well.

By in large, a great job was done for the relief effort. You know the only team that was a joke? Shocker, the New York Jets were it. It took two weeks for money grubbing Woody Johnson to step up and make a donation. Yes, we understand that Mr. Johnson likely was crying in the corner after Mitt Romney lost the election. But, it really took him a long time to get over it apparently. Jets fans were sitting in rubble in New Jersey. They lost everything. EVERYTHING! And the Jets sat there and did nothing. Yes, they finally gave $500,000 for the effort, and better late than never still holds. But, to take that long to make the donation, and only seem to do it because Jets fans are up in arms? Inexcusable. Woody now can’t do the right thing on or off the field, and it is sad.

That’s it for this week. Class dismissed. See you next week.

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