Warning: this post may turn into a love letter.
First off, I’m a huge sports nerd, especially football. I’m the kind of girl who cares more about who’s winning a game than the newest fashion trends. Second, I am absolutely in love with (times a million) the player I’m about to talk about. This definitely won’t be the last time you hear about him.
Mark Sanchez. In a non-football perspective, he’s like the perfect man. He’s gorgeous, a momma’s boy, he values family, and he can speak a different language – romantic! Not to mention that he and I have a lot in common, from what I hear in interviews of course. He loves wine, soccer, and Broadway. What’s not to love?
Before you say “Oh, she only likes him because he’s a pretty boy” – I actually followed him before I even knew who he was when he was the backup quarterback at the University of Southern California under Matt Leinart. I always wanted to go to USC for film school, so I decided to become a fan of their athletics to prepare myself for when I went to school there. Nope, that didn’t happen. But, I still follow their sports as if I did.
Anyways, Mark is now the quarterback for the New York Jets (much closer to where I live than California). Lately, everyone’s been speculating where Peyton Manning will choose to play since he was released from the Colts earlier this week. One of the options was the Jets. To be honest, I was freaking out because I knew that if they acquired Manning, Mark wouldn’t stay there. The only other team(s) I would’ve approve of would’ve been DC – I live 30 minutes from there – or Pittsburgh. And lets face it, Pittsburgh doesn’t need him…they already have like 5 QBs.
So why the long post about Mark? Well, he signed a 5-year contract extension tonight. In secret. So, that means he’s officially the Jets starting quarterback for at least a few more years and that Peyton is no longer in their interest. Yay, Mark! He deserves the opportunity to redeem himself from last season’s train-wreck. He possesses all of the necessary skills to win a Superbowl; hey, he’s come pretty close the first two years of his NFL career. He just needs the right coaches and players around him so that they can help him improve and become the QB he’s capable of being.
Naturally, because I’m a fan of Mark – and “fan” might be an understatement – I’m a Jets fan. But you should know that my number one team is the Pittsburgh Steelers. That information is for a different post. For now, I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorite moments from Hard Knocks, a mini-documentary from HBO that followed the Jets during their 2010 preseason.