By Marty Alvin
Yes, I that’s what I said: Woody Johnson is a genius; and I stand by that. And here’s why: Woody Johnson, with an almost embarrassing lack of football IQ, and an equal lack of a quality football team, has kept the Jets “The” football story in NY and thereby relevant, when they are, in fact, in the grand, NFL, scheme of things, totally irrelevant. And if you don’t think that’s genius, you don’t know genius when you see it.
Since Woody bought the Jets, he’s been obsessed with one thing and one thing only: getting more attention than the Giants: from lobbying for a NYC, West Side, stadium, to enticing Favre, to firing taciturn Mangini and replacing him with bombastic, Rex Ryan, to luring Tim Tebow, to recently ignoring his media obligations, altogether.
Parcells probably figured that out when he and Woody first sat down to discuss their future together with the Jets. That’s probably why Parcells ran like hell. Probably the same can be said for Belichick. But, hey, who needs football guys like Parcells and Belichick, when you can hire sake-oil salesman Herm Edwards to blow smoke up everyone’s butt?
But, that aside, think about it, who gets all the attention on talk radio, the Giants or the Jets? Who do they talk about more, on ESPN and the NFL Network, the Giants or the Jets? Who do they write more columns about, the Giants or the Jets? Has Woody accomplished his goal, or what?
Now, some haters might say he’s trying to generate all that attention just to sell PSLS, and still hasn’t sold as many as he’d like; and that’s probably true. And some haters might say, if you want to sell PSLS, field a championship team; and that’s probably true, too. But, let’s face it, as far as shoving the Giants out of the limelight, he’s been a raging success; and considering he’s done it with an irrelevant franchise, that, brothers and sisters, is pure genius.
Yep. Said it once and I’ll say it again: Woody Johns is a bona fide, real-life, goddamn, genius!