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As Gang Green Turns: Revis and Butthead

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As the drama continues in the la-la land known as Jets training camp, owner Woody Johnson was the one doing more talking than his coach Rex Ryan. It seems that negotiations between the team and super-talented cornerback Darrelle Revis are going nowhere fast, and Johnson is only to happy to talk about the situation on ESPN.

The problem is that it looks increasingly more likely that Revis will sit-out the entire season. When asked directly about Revis playing even one quarter this year, Johnson said, “My gut feeling is, I would say no.” If that is the case, Woody, can we actually keep up the facade about the Jets being bound for Super Bowl? Can someone, anyone, get Rex Ryan to stop predicting this trajectory as he blathers on about it day after day?

Ryan has to know that the defense is going to suffer big time without Revis. He acknowledges Revis’s absence in camp on a daily basis, but did say that if Revis comes walking through the door, “Somebody will kiss him on the lips probably.” Did you hear that, Darrelle? Rex is carrying around his breath mints, so that alone might keep the guy away for good.

If we want to do a little finger pointing (and why not at this point?), should we blame Revis or Johnson for the stalemate that has taken place? Revis, no doubt taking a page from his uncle Sean Gilbert, who sat out the entire 1997 in a contract dispute with the Washington Redskins, could be the one to blame. We could cite utter greed and total disregard for his teammates and the fans here. No one, especially someone who is struggling each day to get by, wants to hear another spoiled sports player complaining that his million dollar contract is not enough. For a million dollars, I’d put on a uniform and run around the grass all day. Who wouldn’t?

But there is the other side of the story. Woody Johnson doesn’t seem to care too much about the team or its fans. Shouldn’t Johnson want to field the best team possible? Isn’t there something in that family vault that could be pulled out, dusted off, and spent to keep Revis happy and get him out there on the field, moving the team closer to Ryan’s bold promise of a Vince Lombardi Trophy?

Forgive me, but as I think about this situation, images of the iconic MTV idiots Beavis and Butthead keep dancing in my head. In the end, I see this inability to come to terms in contract negotiations as the fault of both parties. Come on Revis, share your remote control, and Woody, don’t be such a butthead. Sit down, watch a little ESPN together, have some popcorn, and then get the job done.

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About Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.
  • Charlie Doherty

    This whole Revis situation will probably affect the whole AFC East playoff picture. So if he sits out 2010-2011, that benefits the Pats, and also Miami and Buffalo as they rebuild. (I’ll have more when if finish my picks soon)

    But speaking of Beavis & Butthead, that show is coming back on to MTV soon. Hooray!

  • http://etierphotography.blogspot.com/ fcetier

    Hmmmm…..Remember when great teams could still win without their marquee players? Team was more important than individual? Am I out in left field here?
    Does the NFL have too many teams now? Darn, when I was a kid, I could name all the starters for the Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Colts, and the Dallas Cowboys.
    Anyway, the Jets won the Superbowl over the Colts and Unitas was hurt — he did play some. But I don’t think the Colts could have won that day even with Unitas at 100%!
    It just doesn’t seem right that one cornerback could have so much impact on the playoffs….

  • http://viclana.blogspot.com/ Victor Lana

    Thanks Charlie and Chip!

    You know, it shouldn;t be this way, Chip, but I think that without Revis one has to question the Jets’ D and, I think it does impact the team and the division the way Charlie mentioned.

    It shouldn’t be that way, but sadly it is.