Daily Links: Lucky Number 88

  • Jace Amaro Chooses Number 88 [Gang Green Nation]
  • Calvin Pryor, always a Bone Crusher [The Star-Ledger]
  • Super Bowl XLIX odds: Only four teams are a longer shot than Jets [NJ]
  • Richardson 81st in PFF’s top 100 of 2013 list [PFF]
  • Heckler screams at Vick over dogs at NYC bar [NY Post]
  • AFC East Draft Grades: Jets Rise Above [Jets Official Site]



127 comments
mjj7
mjj7

Don't forget Ken Burroughs #00. Houston Oilers WR.

Malty by nature
Malty by nature

Did anyone else get tingles reading the pryor article? 

privatejet
privatejet

Good choice.  Number 88 is actually a very significant number for me; wouldn't call it a lucky number though.

WW85
WW85

General question. When Laron Landry was hitting hard & patrolling the middle, did offenses change the way they attacked our D? I don't recall things changing much. But Pryor may be a different level from Landry. Not sure. 

gbrownn
gbrownn

Wonder who picked up Nigel Rios?

borisjets
borisjets

Mo Wilk is gonna be in PFF top 100. So our front 3 are all in the top 100. Let's pound Brady HARD into the ground a few times this year!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

My man Chris Algieri fights for the WORLD title 6/14 at the Barclays. It will be on HBO. He is now in Vegas training with the top fighters. He is a huge underdog as he is fighting a monster in Provatnikoff, who would have beat Tim Bradley if Bradley was not saved by the bell. Chris though, is relentless in his training, and will bring back a world title to Long Island baby!    https://twitter.com/ChrisAlgieri/statuses/466210329878614016

tsjc68
tsjc68

"When Tevon Conrad got his first scholarship check, he folded $600 in a sheet of paper, stuffed it in an envelope that he had a friend address - she had better handwriting; that way it wouldn't get lost - and mailed it to his mother back home in Detroit.


Barbara Conrad wasn't working at the time, and the disability checks she received for a painful muscle disease called Myasthenia gravis only went so far to cover her mounting expenses.

When she opened her mail, saw the money and a note that read, Because I love you and I know your struggles, she broke down in tears.


“A complete surprise,” Barbara Conrad said. “I still to this day cry (when I think about it), because we went through so much. His dad passed in 2005, so I was still raising them on my own, so it was a struggle. For that money to come in like that, wow, it was just overwhelming.”


A 6-foot-7, 331-pound offensive tackle who started the last three seasons at Saginaw Valley State, Tevon Conrad's care packages didn't stop there.


He sent money to his mother whenever possible the last few years, eventually graduating from stuffed envelopes to MoneyGram wire transfers. He worked odd jobs out of season, doing security at an off-campus bar or custodial work for on-campus events, to make up for the shortfall in his living expenses. And some point soon he hopes to get a real job - in the NFL - to help his family even more.

Conrad is one of more than a dozen Detroit area draft prospects who'll take part in the Lions' local workout Saturday in Allen Park. He's a long shot to get drafted, but firm in his belief that once he gets a shot he'll make it as a professional football player.


“That's my mentality,” Conrad said. “I know coming from a smaller school, (maybe) they're not willing to draft a player from a smaller school or they might take a chance, but whatever route that I have to take I am more than willing to take it. I am more than willing to go into a camp and show everyone what I can do.”


http://www.freep.com/article/20140425/SPORTS01/304250130/detroit-lions-tevon-conrad

Bent
Bent moderator

88?  Really?


Everyone who has worn 88 since they drafted Al Toon (other than Toon himself) has been a let-down.


Aundrae Allison

Stevie Anderson

Kyle Brady

Anthony Becht

Curtis Caeser

Quinn Early

Bubba Franks

Chas Gessner

Doug Jolley

Konrad Reuland

Sean Ryan

Tony Sweet (During the 1987 strike)


Should have retired the number ages ago.


I wish Amaro luck in attempting to break the curse.

a57se
a57se

@WW85  

Not really but our front 7 was having trouble stopping the run so we didn't see as much passing against us.

Bent
Bent moderator

@borisjets  He might not be.  His grades were below Sheldon and Damon, albeit because he was double teamed more than those two.

williamg1
williamg1

@borisjets Jets are going to help usher in the Jimmy Garoppolo era in NE this season.

__fense
__fense

@Bent  There's a wall at the facility that has every Jets players ever listed by number, so this something Amaro probably knows. 

WW85
WW85

@Bent  Who wore it before Toon? Did Toon break the previous curse or did he start the new curse?

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@Bent  


Maybe Amaro is a big Tony Gonzalez fan...I'd buy that association in a second.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@Bent  Yea, you would think Al Toon being the best jets receiver of all time and all, that his number would have been retired.  Retire it already, maybe something is telling you something Toons number should be up there with number 12.

harold
harold

@Brendan

I have not seen anything for him.  He is not even rated by most services.

Hazard2012
Hazard2012

@williamg1 @borisjets  


Mo Lewis probably thought the same thing when he sacked Bledsoe.   

I, for one, want Brady to stick around for a while...long enough for us to exact some degree of payback.    


I want to see that pained a puzzled expression he gets when things aren't going well...when it finally dawns on him that his best simply can't beat us anymore.   


That's when I want him to retire.        

Bent
Bent moderator

@__fense @Bent  That probably doesn't include Allison and Gessner, who only wore the number in preseason.

a57se
a57se

@WW85  

Thurlow Cooper, TE, was the first  player to wear no. 88.......NY Titans 1960-1962

Can't find anyone in 1963-1964 for the NY Jets

Al Atkinson, LB, was the first NY Jet as far as I can find in 1965...he changed to 62 the next year.

No one in 1966-69

Rich Caster, TE/WR, wore 88 from 1970 - 1977

no one in 1978-1982

Tom Coombs, TE, in 1983

Chy Davidson, Not sure what position, in 1984

Finally Al Toon came along.....

tsjc68
tsjc68

@WW85  Richard Caster... not too shabby.

Bent
Bent moderator

@DarrolRayFanClub  Gessner was a MASSIVE let-down.  If you recall, he was killing it in camp and expected to battle for a starting job but then once preseason began he couldn't catch a cold.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@DarrolRayFanClub  And Bubba Franks was pretty worthless, but at least he was named "Bubba".  That's something.

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@Bent  What about # 7, I think that number should be banned too, it's such an unlucky number, and while were at it ban # 6, lol, Sanchez wore it and Bubby Brister wore it, ughh, lol

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Pablo Bruno @Bent  Seconded.


Let's just hope that 20 years from now, we'll have a joint-retirement ceremony for Toon and Amaro.

gbrownn
gbrownn

Gotcha,thanks, I was curious to see if he was actually on any teams radar. His highlight reel looked impressive (to my eye). Oh well

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

@williamg1 @Zartan @a57se @borisjets  lol, Atleast we know what brady can do, who knows what this kid can do, what's that saying it's better having the devil you know, then the devil you don't know.

__fense
__fense

@Bent @__fense  I don't think it does. There wouldn't be space for that many people a year.

bklyndude
bklyndude

@a57se

I bought a car near Philadelphia and Al Atkinson was the guy who show'd me the car I bought.  Real nice guy and was wearing his ring.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @tsjc68

I guess B & W pictures were still common in 75 though most newspapers were in color by then.....

tsjc68
tsjc68

@a57se @Bent  Bills rocked that white helmet with the charging buffalo from 1975-1983.

Bent
Bent moderator

@johnsec125 @Bent @a57se  Yep, Winnie was not only still on the team when Caster was drafted but still had 4 pro bowls left in him.

a57se
a57se

@johnsec125 @a57se

That sounds right, Geez, I was 13 then....

a57se
a57se

@Bent  

Caster looked a little like Richard Pryor!

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

You are right Bent...that picture comes up when you google Caster.....the Bills helmet looked older to me......

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se  Nah, that's clearly Caster.  

a57se
a57se

@tsjc68 @a57se

Is that AL Atkinson in 65?

Picture looks too old for Caster......

mjj7
mjj7

Don't forget Ken Burroughs. Houston Oilers WR.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Pablo Bruno @tsjc68  Parish was actually 00, but 0 is more common in the NBA these days with guys like Avery Bradley and Russell Westbrook wearing it and Gilbert Arenas before them.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Pablo Bruno @tsjc68 @Bent  Hall of Famer Jim Otto wore "00" for the Raiders (the AFL's rules for numbers were more lax than the NFL's, and they grandfathered him in when the leagues merged).


To my knowledge, he's the last one.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Pablo Bruno @Bent  If teams started banning numbers because bad players wore them, there'd be no numbers left.  (And not just the Jets, all teams.  Every team has had each of their numbers sullied buy a worthless scrub at this point.)


There were rumors that the Raiders had "retired" or at least refused to issue #2 after the Jamarcus Russell disastrophe, but they always maintained that wasn't a team policy.  When they took Terrelle Pryor, he asked for #2 and got it.