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Patriots Cheerleader Fired Over Penis Scandal

Posted Nov 5th 2008 1:02PM by TMZ Staff

The New England Patriots are none too fond of cheerleaders who draw penises, swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs on drunk people.

18-year-old Caitlin Davis got the boot from the football team's cheerleading squad, the Boston Herald is reporting, after several inappropriate and downright offensive pictures featuring Davis cheifing* a drunk person were found on her Facebook page. Doesn't anyone set those things to private anymore!?

FYI -- Davis recently dressed up as an angel for the team's Halloween celebration.

*cheif -- to write, mark, shave, sud or otherwise vandalize an individual who is comatose due to over consumption of alcohol.

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Brett Favre's story is getting shorter

By RICH CIMINI

DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Wednesday, November 5th 2008, 8:50 PM

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Brett Favre says he can have a ball with Eric Mangini's conservative game plan, as long as Jets are winning.

Brett Favre had to push the word off his lips, the "M" word. For as long as he can remember, it's always been tough for him to get it out: M-m-m-anager.

As in, game manager, the trendy description for a quarterback who operates a low-risk offense.

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"I don't manage," he said Wednesday, sounding like a famous chef being assigned the pedestrian task of grilling hot dogs at a backyard barbecue.

Favre paused, then smiled.

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"But I managed the game the other day, as bad as I hate to say that," he said.

Managed it well, too.

With his interception total growing, Favre, probably following orders from the coaching staff, played with extreme caution in the Jets' 26-17 victory over the Bills. He attempted only one long ball (incomplete), throwing mostly underneath. His stats weren't gaudy (only 201 yards and no touchdown passes), but he made only one big mistake - an interception returned for a touchdown.

That was an improvement, considering his recent performances. Even though it's against his daring nature to play conservatively, Favre insisted he's okay with the small-ball approach.

"I've got no problems doing whatever it takes to win, believe me," he said. "That felt really good the other day. I'd love to throw 70-yard touchdowns, love to throw six (touchdowns) every day, but I'd much rather win."

Perhaps Eric Mangini and Co. have come to the realization that Favre needs to be on a tight leash. They were criticized early in the season for not letting Brett be Brett, but the dynamics have changed. Thomas Jones is the second-leading rusher in the AFC, and the defense is showing the potential to control games, reducing the need for Favre to take chances.

"He doesn't have to win games for us," tight end Chris Baker said. "We have enough guys to make plays. That's why they want him to be a game manager, because we have the talent to win games as a team."

Can they stick to that philosophy? Their will power will be put to the test Sunday at the Meadowlands, where the Jets will face the defensively-challenged Rams (2-6). After studying the Rams-Cardinals tape from last week, the Jets will be tempted to wing it. The Cards spread out the Rams' secondary with a four-receiver attack, and Kurt Warner passed for 342 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-13 victory.

That would seem to be the way to go, but you never know with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. Two weeks ago, against the Chiefs' dreadful run defense, the Jets came out throwing. And throwing. The result was three interceptions and an escape win over a bad team.

Favre's interception streak is at seven straight games, bringing his total to 12picks - 300 in his career. When he throws long, it's usually euphoria or disaster. On attempts of at least 30 yards, he's 2-for-8, including two touchdowns and two interceptions, according to STATS, LLC. Throwing safer passes would seem to make the most sense, especially if his right shoulder is hurting, as some suspect.

"I hope he keeps doing that," said Rams coach Jim Haslett, who called Favre "probably the greatest quarterback that ever played the game."

Favre said he joked Saturday with Phil Simms, who worked last Sunday's game for CBS, about the whole game-managing thing.

"I told him I never really believed in that," said Favre. "I think you play the game. Whatever's asked of you, you do."

KICKING BACK: PK Mike Nugent, sidelined since Week 2 with a significant thigh injury, returned to practice on a limited basis. ...NT Kris Jenkins was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week. ... S Abram Elam will likely start again for Eric Smith (head), who didn't practice.... Rams RB Steven Jackson (thigh) didn't practice. His status is uncertain.

The Jets made a splash by bringing in Brett Favre. The future Hall of Famer has Gang Green at 5-3. Rich Cimini has posted his grades; how would you score the first half?

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After surgery, Harris is grounded Jet

There's a hole in the wall that has become the Jets' run defense.

Inside linebacker David Harris, their leading tackler, underwent groin surgery yesterday and will miss at least two or three weeks, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Harris was hurt two weeks ago, landing awkwardly while making a tackle against the Chiefs. He didn't play last week with what was believed to be a pulled or partially torn groin muscle. After two visits to a specialist in Philadelphia, he opted for surgery.

It's bad timing for the Jets. After the Rams, they face the Patriots and Titans, two of the NFL's top rushing teams.

Eric Mangini refused to give details, but his cryptic remarks made it seem ominous. Asked if Harris had suffered a setback, Mangini said, "(There are) just some things that we're doing, so he's a little bit of a longer shot" to play Sunday than last week.

Harris will be replaced by David Bowens, who made his first career start at inside linebacker last week. After blowing a coverage on the first play, Bowens settled down and finished with four tackles and a sack.

- Rich Cimini

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Jets' Favre doesn't mind playing conservatively-BY ERIK BOLAND | erik.boland@newsday.com

November 6, 2008

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Putting the four words in the same sentence seems strange, maybe even absurd.

Brett Favre, game manager.

"That hasn't been his forte throughout the years," safety Kerry Rhodes said yesterday with a laugh.

But recently it has been, and Favre even joked about it with CBS' Phil Simms before last Sunday's 26-17 victory at Buffalo. Favre rarely looked downfield in the game - and he hasn't done that all that much in the last several weeks - going 19-for-28 for 201 yards with one interception. That came on the one semi-deep ball he did attempt, which the Bills' Jabari Greer picked and returned for a touchdown.

"I joked with Phil Simms the day before about managing the game," Favre said. "I kind of joked, I said I never really believed in that. I think you play the game. Whatever's asked of you, you do. I don't manage. But I managed the game the other day, as bad as I hate to say that."

Favre smiled when he said the last part, though he was serious. "I've got no problems doing whatever it takes to win, believe me," he said.

Interim Rams coach Jim Haslett was the Saints' coach from 2000-2005 and saw plenty of Favre in the NFC. Haslett said he hasn't noticed much different about Favre.

"I'm kind of biased on him," Haslett said yesterday during a conference call with the New York media. "He's a guy that if people ask me, if you ever started a football team with anybody that ever played the game, who would it be? I would say Brett Favre. To me he's the greatest quarterback that's ever played the game. If he isn't the greatest, at least he's the most competitive. I love the guy."

Haslett disagreed with the notion Favre can't throw the deep ball as well anymore, but said he would welcome a slew of short throws to check-down receivers Sunday.

"I hope he keeps doing that," Haslett said. "He can make all the throws. He's unbelievable. The guy still has it."

He just hasn't shown all of "it" recently, at least in terms of what makes Favre Favre. Of course, Favre, who again stressed his arm isn't bothering him, threw seven interceptions in his previous three games. Game plans have been inconsistent, from too much running against the Raiders to not enough against the Chiefs.

"No doubt we're still trying to lock in on our identity and what we're trying to do," Favre said. "The one thing that is obvious is what's in front of us, what we have to do to get it."

Meaning, game manager or not, the Jets are 5-3 and in a three-way tie for first in the AFC East. "It's a good position," Favre said. "It obviously is fun for everyone. There are a lot of teams that are out of it at this point. There's no fun in that."

And Favre, who owns most of the league's career passing records, insisted the only fun he derives from the game now is winning.

"I tell people this all the time," Favre said. "At this stage in my career, there's not one thing left out there for me to achieve, not one thing that I set as far as goals, other than if I'm going to come here and play for the Jets, to win here. That's it."

Beating the Bills changed how people look at these Jets, and, by extension, Favre.

"This team is tied for first place," he said. "That's not too shabby. Could be better. I could be better. But in my 17 years of playing, 17 and a half, I could have always been a little better. I'm always trying to achieve being perfect. That's never gonna happen. I don't know if anyone's ever been completely perfect, but I'm still trying to achieve it."

Sunday

Rams at Jets

1 p.m.

TV: Ch. 5

Radio: WEPN (1050)

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Jets look ahead Thursday, November 6, 2008

Jets (5-3) vs. Rams (2-6)

Giants Stadium, Sunday, 1 p.m., TV: Ch. 2

Early line

Jets by 8 1/2

The Jets are facing what is known as a divisional-sandwich game, hosting an NFC West team after beating AFC East rival Buffalo and before visiting New England four days after this game. The Jets are 1-2 overall and 2-1 against the spread under Eric Mangini in such circumstances. The Rams received a spark when interim coach Jim Haslett took over last month and played well in their first three games under him, but returned to form Sunday in a 34-13 home loss to Arizona.

On the hot seat

Dwight Lowery

The rookie from San Jose State was impressive in training camp as well as early in the season, and has started every game opposite second-year player Darrelle Revis. But Lowery was pulled Sunday against Buffalo in favor of veteran David Barrett after Lowery had been beaten several times, and coach Eric Mangini indicated he may use a rotation at Lowery's position.

Game plan

St. Louis allows a whopping 4.9 yards per carry, so the Jets should be able to take advantage of the Rams on the ground and again use a more controlled passing attack under Brett Favre, who suddenly has turned into a game manager. The Jets must stop St. Louis RB Steven Jackson. He is dynamic when healthy but has been troubled by a nagging thigh injury and had only 17 yards rushing against the Cardinals. In that game, Haslett considered yanking QB Marc Bulger, but didn't. Bulger could be on a very short leash against the Jets, who had two interceptions against Buffalo after going without a pick for three straight games.

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AFC East Breakdown: Up One Week, Down Another

Eight games in and still no favorite

Posted on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 6:47 PM

by: Bob Bonett

Tagged as: NFL , New York Jets , AFC East Breakdown

Looking for a division that's impossible to handicap? You've found it. Undefeated headed to Week 5, Buffalo has dropped three of four. Miami's one game back of first, and has registered wins over both the Bills and Patriots. Eight games in, New England is 2-3 against quality opponents. And the division-leading New York Jets have just one convincing victory, and have managed to drop a game to the JaMarcus Russell-led Oakland Raiders.

Let's break down the AFC East:

1) New York Jets (5-3)

As out of sync as Brett Favre and the offense may still be, the defense is rockin' and rollin'. Kris Jenkins is a surefire Pro Bowler, and his big body at nose tackle has single-handedly thwarted the running attack of every Gang Green opponent this year. Darrelle Revis continues to make late-game interceptions, and is starting to develop into a real game-breaker, similar to what Kerry Rhodes brought to the table two years ago. The linebacking corps has been great, too, with guys like David Bowens stepping up and making an impact.

On offense, though, New York is still in a bit of a fog. Leon Washington is clearly the best playmaker on the team, but is for some reason still playing second fiddle to Thomas Jones. Meanwhile, Favre continues to look lost along with his receivers. While the defense can carry the team against average opponents, some sort of offensive presence is needed against contenders.

Next up for New York is a home game against St. Louis, before a brutal stretch against the Pats, Titans and Broncos. Be wary of a trap game at the Meadowlands on Sunday.

2) New England Patriots (5-3)

Are the Patriots molding into the AFC's version of the Cowboys? Injury after injury continues to plague New England, leaving Kevin Faulk and Matt Cassel to run the show — not exactly Foxboro's version of Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook.

For the remainder of the year, New England will succeed or fall on the backs of their defense. It has become clear, however, in the last two weeks — a scary seven-point win over the Rams, and a loss to the Colts in primetime — that opposing defenses have figured out the Pats. That being said, don't be surprised if the "Evil Genius" has some tricks up his sleeve.

New England next hits a three-game divisional stretch, starting with back-to-back home games against the Bills and Jets. Looks like come Week 12, this division may finally be taking shape.

3) Miami Dolphins (4-4)

The Wildcat offense, finally, was figured out. So who did the 'Phins turn to? Reliable ole' Chad Pennington. Shockingly enough, putting the weight of the season on the former Jets' tender right shoulder has actually worked.

Penny managed to throw for 595 combined yards in back-to-back wins over the Bills and Broncos to even Miami up at 4-4. He's avoided mistakes — just one interception in the past two games — and has done a great job helping the Dolphins control the game clock with his sky-high 67.4 completion percentage this year.

Seattle and Oakland both head to Pro Player in the next two weeks. Can you say "6-4"?

4) Buffalo Bills (5-3)

Granted, a Marshawn Lynch bellyache didn't help, but Buffalo was not on the same level as the Jets last Sunday, showing that QB Trent Edwards cannot be relied upon without a viable running attack.

The Bills have a myriad of problems, starting with a flawed offensive line. Football games are won and lost in the trenches (just look at the Giants). Until the front five are shored up, Edwards will continue to be flustered in the pocket, meaning the team's top playmaker, WR Lee Evans, is neutralized, as was the case against the Jets.

Buffalo's remaining schedule isn't too bad. Outside of the four divisional games, they have Cleveland, Kansas City, San Francisco and Denver. Translation: despite recent tough times, don't count out head coach Dick Jauron and Co.

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Has Brett Favre developed chemistry with Jets?

by Frank Della Femina/NJ.com

Chris Faytok/The Star-LedgerBrett Favre's struggles with the New York Jets' playbook were obvious from the start, but is the future Hall of Fame quarterback in the process of finding his groove with the Jets?

Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post says Brett Favre's chemistry is "sizzling" with the Jets right now. His reasoning?

One of the biggest reasons this chemistry experiment is working so well for the Jets can be directly linked to Favre, and his demeanor from the start.

He came in as an iconic figure in the NFL, a player who won't have to pass "Go" and can head directly into the Hall of Fame when he's finished playing, and who insisted he simply wanted to be "one of the guys."

Maybe being one of the guys is all it took. After all, Brett has already proven this season (and in the past) that he likes to keep things light in the locker room. And while his brand of funny may not come off as typical, like leaving bloody carcasses in the lockers of teammates, evidence would suggest Favre has won the guys over.

Jets' tackle Damien Woody agrees that the chemistry is there. The former New England Patriot has been part of championship teams before and says Brett has just what the Jets need:

"Every championship team that I've ever been on, the one constant was that the chemistry was there," he said. "You've got to have the right chemistry in the locker room. I've been on teams that have been talented but we didn't have the chemistry and it just didn't come together.

"That's one thing I love about this locker room. We've got really good chemistry and it's only going to get better and I think that's going to carry us a long way this season."

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LOWERY GETS WAKE-UP CALL

CB Dwight Lowery admitted he took his benching last week to heart. The rookie was lifted in favor of veteran David Barrett in the second quarter after ineffective play. Lowery, who returned for a few plays before hitting the pine again, has struggled in recent weeks with opponents targeting him rather than Darrelle Revis, who is developing into a shutdown cornerback. Lowery admitted "a different person comes out" when he's challenged.

"Any time I've had some type of challenge -- some type of obstacle -- I come back harder," Lowery said. "When I got pulled out -- when something happens to you on the field -- if you don't take it personally, you're never going to improve. Some guys look at it as if (they're) not good enough. Some guys look at it as (their) time is over. But the best guys take it to a personal level. I can take a lot out of the (benching). Obviously, it's motivation."

Mangini was noncommittal about whether Lowery would strart this week. Lowery and Barrett shared the first-team reps in the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday.

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CHEMISTRY SIZZLING WITH FAVRE- NY Post- Cannizzaro

Favre is One of the guys.

Posted: 4:21 am

November 5, 2008

IF the first half of the JetsNew York Jets ' 2008 season has been anything, it's been a wild ride - an unpredictable ride.

It hasn't looked great a lot of the time, particularly in Oakland three weeks ago. But the end result after their win in Buffalo Sunday is this: They're tied for first place in the AFC East, and who among you wouldn't have signed up for that at the beginning of the season?

They've won four of their last five games, which makes them as hot as any NFL team other than the Titans and Giants.

Credit for the turnaround from 2007 (when they were 1-7 at the halfway point) must be spread out, going from everyone's MVP offseason acquisition, nose tackle Kris Jenkins, to free agent linebacker Calvin Pace to the revamped offensive line and more.

Not enough credit can be doled out to Eric Mangini and Brett Favre for, on the fly, getting Favre to learn the system, his new teammates, etc.

This had potential to be a very disrupting force in the Jets' locker room, but Mangini and Favre haven't allowed it to be.

One of the biggest reasons this chemistry experiment is working so well for the Jets can be directly linked to Favre, and his demeanor from the start.

He came in as an iconic figure in the NFL, a player who won't have to pass "Go" and can head directly into the Hall of Fame when he's finished playing, and who insisted he simply wanted to be "one of the guys."

Considering his resume and profile, that seemed like a pipe dream.

Yet, it couldn't have turned out to be more true.

"He just does a good job of being him," safety Kerry RhodesKerry Rhodes said. "I don't think he worries about being one of the guys; he does it naturally. It's not him trying to do it, it's just what he is, what he's about."

Tackle Damien Woody, who played with Tom Brady in New England, said both players are similar in that they are "just one of the guys."

"That's the one thing that really sticks out about both of them," Woody said. "Some players like that you could get the feeling that they're above the team, but both of those guys are just one of the guys, another piece to the puzzle."

Woody conceded that, for the likes of Favre and Brady to be "one of the guys" is a delicate balance.

"The one thing about both of those guys is the chemistry they have in the locker room, the way they interact with teammates," Woody said. "The joking around (with Favre) never stops. With both Brady and Brett, it's the same thing: The guys love football; they love the atmosphere. You've got to appreciate that. You want to play with guys like that."

The chemistry, according to Woody, has permeated its way throughout the Jets' locker room.

"Every championship team that I've ever been on, the one constant was that the chemistry was there," he said. "You've got to have the right chemistry in the locker room. I've been on teams that have been talented but we didn't have the chemistry and it just didn't come together.

"That's one thing I love about this locker room. We've got really good chemistry and it's only going to get better and I think that's going to carry us a long way this season."

Left guard Alan Faneca, like Woody one of the free agent newcomers who has Super Bowl experience, called it "a good locker room" that can do nothing but foster more success.

"Some of the teams I've been on, as far as knowing you're a good team, sometimes you don't even know it until it's upon you. It just hits you," Faneca said.

As for the man at the center of the mix, he knows chemistry is key.

"Chemistry, to me, is the most important aspect of being a winning football team," Favre said. "It's not the most talented teams. It's chemistry. I think this team has a lot of potential as far as chemistry is concerned. I see that getting better each and every day."

mark.cannizzaro@nypost.com

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The Tennessee Titans have announced their plans to pursue legal action against the New York Jets for the official rights to the "Titan" moniker. Citing unfair practices, and seeking over $400 million in damages, the Titans are hoping for justice outside of the NFL. LOL

Over the past two seasons, the New York Jets have taken the field four times with uniforms that do not identify their team of the last 40 years. The coaches wear shirts that read "Titans of New York," and the players are dressed in navy blue and gold to honor a history the team abandoned.

Leon Hess changed the team’s identity and uniforms when he purchased the organization in the early 1960s. The Jets were named for the sound of jet engines, given their proximity to LaGuardia Airport when they called Shea Stadium home.

"I’m not sure who these Jets think they are, but the Titans name belongs in Nashville," stated Titans’ GM Mike Reinfeldt in a brief meeting with reporters.

The Titans believe the Jets intentionally sought to confuse NFL fans in an effort to profit from the name that’s belonged to Tennessee since the late 1990s. Fans looking to purchase Tennessee Titans memorabilia were given Jets items instead because of the shared names.

"From now on, nothing goes down unless we’re involved," declared Titans’ owner Bud Adams. "No jersey sales, no bobble-heads, no nothing.

"A child’s pajama set gets sold in the park, we want in. Kris Jenkins got fat off the Titans’ name. Now it’s LenDale White’s turn."

The Titans cite the acquisition of Brett Favre as the move that forced them to take action. After being traded to New York, Favre’s replica jersey established new records for numbers sold—a record the Titans believe wouldn’t have been achieved as easily if their name hadn’t been used.

New York Jets’ owner Woody Johnson responded to the allegations, claiming the team had intentions to revert back to the "Titans" name when Bill Parcells came to New York and changed the uniform.

"The organization knew it wasn’t 1964 anymore," said Johnson. "[Jets’] fans are no longer impressed by the sounds of roaring engines flying overhead. We wanted to update our identity for the future...and what better way to do that than with the name that’s our birth right?"

"Let the Oilers sue," challenged Jets’ head coach, Eric Mangini. "What kind of Titan wears baby blue, anyway?"

Tensions will be even higher on Nov. 23 when the Jets travel to LP Field to face the Titans. Not only will New York be fighting to cement their playoff hopes, but the contest now has the added element of integrity, pride, and honor for the long-standing franchises.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/77712-tennessee-titans-looking-to-sue-new-york-jets-for-sole-ownership-of-name-humor

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The Tennessee Titans have announced their plans to pursue legal action against the New York Jets for the official rights to the "Titan" moniker. Citing unfair practices, and seeking over $400 million in damages, the Titans are hoping for justice outside of the NFL. LOL

Over the past two seasons, the New York Jets have taken the field four times with uniforms that do not identify their team of the last 40 years. The coaches wear shirts that read "Titans of New York," and the players are dressed in navy blue and gold to honor a history the team abandoned.

Leon Hess changed the team

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