Two weeks ago, the New York Jets strolled into the New Orleans Superdome as an undefeated football team.
You could almost see the confidence hovering above the green and white helmets, like a cloud of smoke slowly rising from a group of smokers that have been banished to the street in front of your local sports bar.
But then reality set in.
The Jets were handily defeated by a far superior New Orleans Saints football team, and “Broadway Mark” finally looked like, well, a rookie quarterback.
The Jets have not been the same since returning from the Big Easy.
It’s almost as if they went into the Superdome, caught a case of the losses, and have been unable to shake it since.
The Jets lost to the Dolphin’s last week on Monday Night Football and suffered an embarrassing defeat at home to the 1-4 Buffalo Bills yesterday afternoon.
Sanchez went into the Super Dome as the new prince of New York, and came out as JaMarcus Russell.
One could not help but think of a gentleman by the name of Ken O’Brien yesterday afternoon while watching Sanchez toss five interceptions.
You remember O’Brien, don’t you?
You know, that guy the Jets drafted ahead of Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft?
The No. 7 jersey that you still occasionally see comical Jet fans wearing, much like you’d see one of those wannabe "funny guys" wearing a Cosmo Kramer t-shirt to a fancy restaurant?
Perhaps the New York Giants learned a lesson from their houseguests and decided to get flu shots before heading to New Orleans just in case they too were to catch a similar case of the losses.
Brees threw for 369 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-27 trampling of the New York Giants.
The Giants will be attempting to avoid a team outbreak of whatever the Jets caught in New Orleans as they take on the 3-2 Arizona Cardinals next Sunday, while the Jets will head to Oakland and hope that some nice warm California rays will be just what the doctor ordered to rid themselves of their terrible case of the losses.
Whatever the outcome, both Jets and Giants fans are just hoping that their dreams of a successful 2009 football season didn’t die in the New Orleans Superdome in October.