There's really no introduction to make something as pointless as this article sound meaningful, so let's just get right to it. Here's a short list of the best Jets' references in recent showbiz history.
Slow news week included:
Honorable Mention: King of Jets Fans
When Kevin James isn't hanging on the sideline of Jets home games, he's making sure we all know he supports Gang Green when acting on his show "King of Queens." In the show, James regularly wears Jets digs and has different pieces of Jets merchandise hanging around the house, such as blankets.
Honorable Mention: Jet Deeds
In the movie "Mr. Deeds," Longfellow Deeds inherits the Jets' franchise. "That sucks," says Deeds, played by Sandler, when he finds out. In one scene, the team's fictional quarterback, Kevin Ward, obnoxiously demands more money from Deeds, citing his 3,500 yards passing and league-leading touchdown numbers. Deeds proceeds to punch out Ward for using foul language in front of a lady. Then he fires Ward. Ward calls back telling Deeds he wants to live up to his word and win the Jets a Super Bowl. The Jets are still waiting.
Former Jets coach Eric Mangini had a small cameo in the television show "The Sopranos" in 2007. He was eating dinner at a restaurant owned by Tony Soprano's friend. His friend, Artie Bucco, approaches Soprano's table to let him know "Mangenius" is in the house. Mangini is then shown eating dinner with his wife. "It's the Jets coach, sweetie," Soprano says to his own wife. "I should go say hello." Mangini survived the remainder of the episode. Many people didn't.
4. The Jacket
This one is certainly older than "recent," but GWR had to squeeze it in here. We can't leave out Kevin from the television show "The Wonder Years." The dude consistently rocked a classic Jets jacket and had a picture of Joe Namath in his locker. He even got called out by his friend, Paul, for wearing the jacket despite never having gone to a Jets game!
3. The Paul Hackett Drink
At least one of the writers of ESPN's fictional poker series "Tilt" must have been a Jets fan. A couple weeks after one of the characters makes a reference to then-Jets center Kevin Mawae, Jets fan and ESPN anchor/host Mike Greenberg plays a bartender during a scene. Greenberg is asked by a customer what he should drink after getting fired. Greenberg replies, "Let me make you a Paul Hackett. It's three parts failure and one part gin." Hackett was a former Jets offensive coordinator who...um...struggled. (Shout out to @bmull74 for this Jets reference)
2. "G*ddamn Jets"
How perfectly does this one fit in with Ryan's Jets? Ryan's "Let's go eat a g*ddamn snack" speech was made popular via HBO's Hard Knocks, but one little guy was way ahead of the curve... like, 11 years ahead. In the film "Big Daddy," five-year-old Julien 'Frankenstein' McGrath gets asked who he's rooting for during a football game, to which he replies, "The g*ddamn Jets!" Cute kid.
1. CSI Snack
During an episode of "CSI: NY," head coach Ryan and general manager Mike Tannenbaum are getting out of a cab when two regular CSI characters Mac Taylor and Don Flack happen to be walking by. They stop for a brief chat, as Taylor and Ryan apparently know one another. Flack gives Tannenbaum props on fixing the Darrelle Revis holdout ordeal in 2010 and signing Antonio Cromartie, but he makes sure to remind him they blew it on the Danny Woodhead situation. "You solve every crime?" Tannenbaum playfully fires back. Later, Taylor says, "Let's go get a snack."
Nick St. Denis covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @nickstdenis
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