A followup by: Bleacher Report Columnist Bob Mantz
Brett Favre is a New York Jet today for better or worse. It couldn't be any better for the Bleacher Report. While no one was talking seriously about Favre and the Jets - we scooped it here on July 15. Yes, some bloggers would write that the Jets should get Favre or even that their sources said 'there is a potential trade out there that makes sense. Jets - Packers.' But no one said the Jets were possibly already talking with the Packers as we did.
I did an opinion piece 3 days later where I wrote, "The depth chart would look like this: Favre, Kellen Clemens, and Erik Ainge. It would also open up possible trade options for Clemens if he does not want to carry the clipboard for two more years." And that's how it is going to look.
We were confirmed on July 22 by WFAN's Mike Francesa, ESPN, et al. that the Jets were indeed interested in Favre despite every single New York Beat Writer saying otherwise. Rich Cimini was foremost against what we were saying. I wrote on July 24th: Cimini wrote that, "[Vernon] Gholston will show up eventually, but not Brett Favre, the aforementioned elephant. Even though the Daily News has reported the Jets aren't interested in a trade, the Favre rumors are rampant, and they won't die in part because the Jets won't address the matter publicly. GM Mike Tannenbaum, through a team spokesman, declined to comment, citing tampering rules.
But as Cimini incorrectly interpreted Tannenbaum's statements, Bleacher Report had it right. We said, If the answer was no - we (The Jets) are not interested - tampering would not be a concern. Bleacher Report scooped the story that the Jets might be talking internally about Favre way back on July 15. So one would have to assume that they are indeed exploring the Favre option. I even added the quip, "So, based on Tannenbaum's use of the tampering excuse - I still believe that the Jets are discussing bringing #4 to New Jersey. If backup punter Joe Smith is willing to give up his jersey."
Sportsbook.com had the Jets listed at 35/1 before the trade and has since made New York’s odds to win the NFL’s title game 10/1.
Several Jets sites picked up our report. They included:
And to them I am thankful.
There has been a lot of writing going on over the past few weeks about the power of internet websites to move quicker than the mainstream press. We certainly kicked their butts with this one. And, yes, I feel pretty damn good this morning. I might just use my Jets 3rd row season tix for one more year too. Bleacher Report - Top of the World.
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