Like many people chomping at the bit for some football that actually counts, I turned on the first MNF game of the year to check out the new Meadowlands Stadium. The ESPN broadcast could have been aired on HGTV because all anyone wanted to see was the new home for the Jets and the Giants.
After the 2008 season, Rex Ryan was granted a head coaching job with the New York Jets and since then he has become a very popular figure (insert fat joke here) in the big apple. Apparently not only was Rex scouting some Ravens to bring to New Jersey, he also dabbled in some interior decorating and stole the EXACT tunnel entrance design from the Ravens.
“Play Like A Raven” was introduced to Ravens fans in Westminster during training camp for the 2009 season. This motto was plastered all over Baltimore for a year and became a phrase that really grew on me. Tonight, upon the entrance of “Nacho” Sanchez, “Play Like A Jet” ran completely across the guardrail near the player entrance. Not only is this the exact phrase used the Ravens the previous year, they even used the same damn font.
After seeing this blatant form of plagiarism, I decided to do some research. Apparently, Rex Ryan coined the term for the Ravens and brought with him to the big apple along with Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard. The old-new phrase has been mentioned multiple times in the New York Post and both Bart Scott and Rex Ryan have commented on the phrase.
“I should have patented it,” Ryan said earlier this year. “It was something I strived to do, and I think our guys bought into that. It’s what we’re trying to have here: to “Play like a Jet.”
Former Ravens linebacker, Bart Scott, was asked particularly what the phrase means. Scott said, “It means playing physical, fast, intelligent, a high football IQ, relentless, all those good things,” linebacker Bart Scott said. “Before I was playing like a Jet, I was playing like a Raven. It’s something that we brought over.”
Personally, I think the motto shouldn’t be used by either team. Even though it was created by their head coach, the Jets shouldn’t use it based off of the Ravens marketing efforts last year. I also believe that if Rex Ryan was so instrumental in creating this motto for his team, the idea should have left when he packed his bags as well. The Ravens franchise had almost six months from the time Ryan and his appetite left Baltimore to create a new motto.
The national attention on the Jets is higher than it ever has been. The attention they have received for signing washed up superstars and being featured on the HBO series“Hard Knocks”, now is the time for them to create a new identity, not just changing a team name from the previous season.
Given Rex’s extensive vocabulary from Hard Knocks I would like to suggest a couple new mottos that would look a lot better across the Meadowlands.
1.) This F**King stadium F**King costs a lot of money!
2.) J-E-T-S F**K F**K F**K
3.) What the F**K is a F**King [Expletive]?
4.) We know we’re better than you, we don’t give a F**K if you know it or not! (from Hard Knocks)
5.) We’re gonna beat the F**K out of you! (from Hard Knocks)
Please feel free to include any suggestions in the comment box below.