Is New York Becoming Mark Sanchez's Town?

Kevin DeBenedettoCorrespondent ISeptember 28, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 27:  Mark Sanchez #6 of The New York Jets talks to his offense during the game against The Tennessee Titans during their game on September 27, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

New York is arguably the hardest sports city to play for. A famous story involves Boomer Esiason, driving home after a loss. He sees a car get rear ended, and he stops to help out. When he knocks on the window, he sees the female is wearing an Esiason jersey. Asking if she was ok, she responds "Yes, but you guys (the Jets) are terrible."

Welcome to New York, where you will be praised one week for winning the game, then have your head called for the next.

Mark Sanchez, although a rookie with three professional games under his belt, has taken this town by storm. He has started, and won, all three games as a professional, something no rookie quarterback has done since the NFL and AFL merger.

Quite frankly, he has this city believing in him.

This story sounds familiar to citizens of New York, and with good reason.

I'll take you back to 1996, when a young Derek Jeter carried the New York Yankees on his back and helped win them a World Series. They then went on to form a dynasty, winning multiple World Series in the next few years.

Could Mark Sanchez be taking the reigns from Derek Jeter? It certainly is plausible.

For starters, Sanchez has the personality like Jeter that everyone loves. He isn't cocky, but he is extremely confident. He is a leader, both on the field and off. The fans respect him, and his teammates believe in him, even though he is young.

Also like Jeter, Sanchez has handled the hardest critic; the media and fans. In this town, people will be calling for your head after one game, and it would take a championship for them to calm down (See: Manning, Eli). The pressure hasn't fazed Sanchez, though, who has handled the media. No one can wish for him to be benched when he is winning.

Just like Jeter, Sanchez has another thing that is going for him—good looks. There is a reason he posed in GQ without a single game under his belt. Females of all ages look at Sanchez as being "dreamy" and "cute," something I'm very familiar with.

In order to have a population of eight million to like you, you would need the women to like you, who account for roughly half of that number. For the 3.9 million that don't watch sports, the only way you can get them is with your good looks.

For over ten years, New York has been a baseball town, and in large part, that is due to Derek Jeter. Even with the success of the Giants in the past couple of years, they never had the face to take over.

With Sanchez, it is possible New York becomes a football town again.