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ROBJETS Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:36 PM) If someone calls me an idiot or moron or stupid over a football debate it doesn't bother me in the slightest. But when you make things personal like with racist things or family crap its a whole different level
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:36 PM) I felt my FLiHi remark was as "harmless" as you did calling another person a Moron and stupid because they didn't agree with your opinion
ROBJETS Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:38 PM) my friends and I call each other morons and stupid an laugh at each other when we do something stupid like when we are drinking. It means nothing. and we laugh about it because its harmless. I'm trying to tell you this is a big difference between what you say to people and what others do.
ROBJETS Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:40 PM) Heck 115 rags me a lot and it doesnt bother me in the least. i rag him too. Same with GG2003 and SHJ. There is a difference between friendly banter and disagreements and crossing the line
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:44 PM) So your opinion of the line is right and my opinion is wrong? Is that what your saying? I don't know you. I'm not a drinking buddy of yours. Maybe you should learn some social tact.
ROBJETS Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:47 PM) you felt it was harmless but you were the only one. Everyone else understood why I got was extremely offended about it the first time because you cross the line with what you say to people. Apparently you realized it enough to send me a long pm apologizing and having communication problems that get you in trouble sometimes. But now you cant understand the difference?
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:48 PM) I understand why. What I'm saying is if you take a jab people will jab back. Have you heard that saying " dont throw rocks when you live in a glass house?"
ROBJETS Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:49 PM) The way you understand things if I call you an idiot about not wanting to trade for a high end qb its no different from me disrespecting your family. Thats what Im getting from you. So the way you see things everything is equally personal
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:50 PM) From complete strangers on an Internet forum? Yes. Man up
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:51 PM) Nod the debate was if he is a "high end" player. I thought he was well above average but not worth a 6th overall pick
ROBJETS Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:55 PM) Not worth my time to even acknowledge anymore. Just going to ignore you like I do Mr. Jet. You have a lot of mental growing up to do.
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:57 PM) That's funny coming from a guy who went butt f*** crazy a couple hours ago
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:57 PM) Meanwhile you can't seem to respect that others opinions are different than yours
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 08:59 PM) You are emotionally weak. You went through some serious shit growing up and you can't adjust. You take it out on your keyboard.
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 09:00 PM) When someone challenges your immaturity you have a complete crazy freak out and act like a girl on her first period
azjetfan Icon : (15 April 2015 - 09:00 PM) Hence the "go wipe your pussy and man up comment
Mr_Jet Icon : (15 April 2015 - 10:16 PM) Please Rob, leave my name out of your little bitchfest.
ROBJETS Icon : (15 April 2015 - 11:46 PM) My bad. You have been respecting my request to you I had a while backI made to you by us not commenting to each other to keep peace between us. I was totally in the wrong for bringing your name up at all and into an argument with member that has issues. I got furious furious with a child. I should've just ignored him like I do the other immature kids on some game forums and sites I belong to. Wont happen again. My apologies for bringing your name into it Mr. Jet.
azjetfan Icon : (16 April 2015 - 07:04 AM) Dude.... Get back on your meds.
blk_orion Icon : (16 April 2015 - 07:47 AM) WTF? Really???
blk_orion Icon : (16 April 2015 - 07:48 AM) Now back to our regular scheduled program......
HarlemHxC814 Icon : (16 April 2015 - 08:08 AM) Lol that escalated quickly
azjetfan Icon : (16 April 2015 - 10:24 AM) Rex is chirping again.
azjetfan Icon : (16 April 2015 - 10:26 AM) He said he is going to try and kick the Shit out of the Jets
azjetfan Icon : (16 April 2015 - 10:26 AM) http://sports.yahoo....l8xBHNlYwNzcg--
azjetfan Icon : (16 April 2015 - 10:26 AM) I still like the guy. He's entertaining
Jetsfan115 Icon : (16 April 2015 - 01:25 PM) i miss rex. love his demeanor
Jetsfan115 Icon : (16 April 2015 - 01:26 PM) i'd be happy if he kicks the shit out of miami and NE every year
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (16 April 2015 - 09:56 PM) I
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (16 April 2015 - 09:56 PM) I'm excited for the new coaching staff
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (16 April 2015 - 09:56 PM) Rex wsa fun, but he was too much with the defense instead of the entire football team
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (16 April 2015 - 09:57 PM) also he didn't always hold players accountable. I think Bowles will make the team more disciplined.
santana Icon : (Yesterday, 02:50 AM) I don't have any faith in bowles
azjetfan Icon : (Yesterday, 08:15 AM) “San Diego Chargers will ultimately make a deal with the Tennessee Titans for the number two overall pick. As part of that trade, the Chargers will send the number 17 overall pick and Philip Rivers, just as a start, for the number two pick.”
azjetfan Icon : (Yesterday, 08:15 AM) Damn... Who called it? This guy.
azjetfan Icon : (Yesterday, 08:16 AM) http://national.sunt...s-mariota-trade
MikeGangGree... Icon : (Yesterday, 10:13 AM) So we would now lose out on maroita and rivers
MikeGangGree... Icon : (Yesterday, 10:13 AM) Ain't that super
Jetsfan115 Icon : (Yesterday, 01:39 PM) do we make a trade for AP?
santana Icon : (Yesterday, 02:41 PM) I believe the rivers stuff is all speculation
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (Yesterday, 03:38 PM) So a top ten qb and the 17th pick for the 2nd overall as a start? Makes sense
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (Yesterday, 03:39 PM) So Many smokescreens this time of year
Jetsfan115 Icon : (Yesterday, 04:08 PM) only 2 more weeks before we find out. draft day will be exciting
Jetsfan115 Icon : (Yesterday, 04:09 PM) my money is we'll take a pass rushing OLB
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (Yesterday, 08:08 PM) Yup, unless they trade up.
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Great Article On Woody Johnson

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Posted 22 November 2008 - 01:54 PM

This is an article from Business Week

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Case Study: Woody and the Jets — The J&J Way
Owner Woody Johnson applies his grandfather's famous credo to running the New York Jets, and now his big football bet is starting to pay off


Every time the New York Jets are playing at home, an hour or so before kickoff, Woody Johnson wades across the parking lot towards the football stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. As the team's owner works his way through the sea of tailgaters dressed in green, they stop to greet him. They ask him questions about their season tickets, about the new stadium. He listens. They offer him a burger or a beer. They wish him luck against the day's opponent. He thanks them for their support. Since he bought the Jets in 2000 Johnson has performed the ritual as a way to get a sense of what's up with the fans, his customers. It shows them that they're important. He says it's what his grandfather would have done.
In 1943, just before taking Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) public, Robert Wood Johnson II, Woody's namesake, wrote a credo for the health-care company. The business, he declared, was beholden to four constituencies: customers, employees, communities, and stockholders. Woody Johnson has tried to adhere to that same pledge as he's led the Jets from the basement of the National Football League toward being one of its most valuable franchises. He's retooled the corporate structure. He's installed proven executives in top management. After an initial setback, he's invested in new facilities, which should greatly boost revenue and the team's value. And garnering the goodwill of his most important base, the customers, he recently gambled $12 million to hire quarterback Brett Favre away from the Green Bay Packers.
Shareholders—in this case, that's just Robert Wood Johnson IV, aka Woody, and his immediate family—feel well-treated.
But unless Favre can turn the perennial losers into champs—lifting TV ratings and ad revenue—Johnson could end up with little in return. "If the marketplace is stable, he'll be just fine," says Marc Ganis, president of SportsCorp, a Chicago-based marketing outfit. "If the marketplace comes roaring back, he'll do better than just fine. But if the marketplace continues to deteriorate, it will cause even Woody concern."

A Pricey Purchase

Johnson, 61, has spent a lot to get this far, perhaps too much. In 2000, he paid $635 million for the Jets. The price was more than double what some analysts estimated the team was worth. The club's former owner, oil baron Leon Hess, had never treated the team as a business. Hess kept ticket prices low. He stuck the club with a costly stadium lease and ignored chances to pump up income by marketing the team to potentially millions of local fans. The team's lousy record—the Jets won only four games in 1995 and 1996—didn't help.
A billionaire, Johnson says his reason for paying such a premium was simple: "It was a New York team. When these things become available, you do what you can to get it." The new boss immediately set out to get his money's worth. His first priority was to make winning everyone else's priority. His role models? Johnson mentions Joe Namath, the celebrity quarterback who took the Jets to victory in Super Bowl III. "Here's a guy wearing furs, sunglasses. He's got a swagger," he says. "He guaranteed a win, and he came through." Johnson also brings up Favre and longtime Miami Dolphins head coach Don Shula as others who have that winning confidence. "These are guys you can trust to get the job done," he says.
Johnson then took another cue from his grandfather. Johnson & Johnson had been set up as a collection of virtually autonomous companies. Figuring that a decentralized structure would make everyone from top to bottom feel more in charge, Woody broke the Jets into three smaller entities: stadium, business, and football.

Community Focus

He looked for men with the same drive, and Namath-like egos, to run each. He hired Thad Sheely, a Stanford MBA, from pro basketball's Miami Heat in 2001 to oversee the stadium and related finance operations. He brought in Matthew Higgins, former press secretary to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, as executive vice-president for business operations in 2004. And he promoted Mike Tannenbaum, a sports lawyer and longtime Jets employee, to general manager of football in 2006. "You can't run a business in Paris if you aren't Parisian," Johnson says, quoting his grandfather. "These are the guys who know the business. They're the experts."
Their workdays are unusually long, because Johnson requires all employees to be active in the community. "It's part of the job description," Johnson says. "It makes us all better citizens." So after hours, executives and players alike often host events for causes like fighting lupus, one of Johnson's pet philanthropies, or childhood obesity.

Long Road to New Stadium

Johnson also has found the Jets something they've never had in their 48-year history—a home of their own. After leasing Shea Stadium from the New York Mets, the team began renting Giants Stadium in 1983. The deal is widely regarded as the worst in pro football, from a renter's perspective. For use of the stadium, the Jets must pay 10% of gross ticket proceeds, or about $7 million annually. What really hurts is that the Jets can’t fully tap into arena revenue—concessions, parking, naming rights, leasing the space for outside events. Ganis says owning a stadium would boost the franchise's value by $500 million.
It has taken the J&J scion a lot longer to build a new stadium than he had thought. He initially proposed constructing a $1.4 billion sports complex in Manhattan, in tandem with the city. But neighbors and other businesses blocked him. After fighting for three years, he conceded and turned to the New Jersey Meadowlands, where he teamed up with the New York Giants to erect and co-own a $1.3 billion stadium next door to Giants Stadium.
Already Johnson has doubled the club's revenue, to more than $200 million. He has had to be creative to get this far. Five years ago, for instance, the team took their radio rights in-house, giving the Jets the leverage to sell packaged sponsorships in radio and TV. Since then, a quarter of the league has copied the Jets, including the Philadelphia Eagles and the Seattle Seahawks. Even so, the team remains in the bottom half of the NFL in revenue. The new stadium will lift it to the top immediately. When the facility opens in 2010, the Jets and Giants will trail only the Dallas Cowboys in value, consultants say. "It will be a life-changer," Sheely says.

New Practice Digs

The stadium isn't Johnson's only capital project. For years, the Jets had practiced at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., spending about $1.5 million annually for rent, utilities, and upkeep. The team also spent too much time simply reaching the out-of-the-way Long Island facility. After home games, it could take the Jets two hours to get back there, since they had to travel from one side of metro New York to the other. "Opposing teams would get home before we did," Johnson says.
The team now works in a $75 million, 27-acre complex that Johnson built in Florham Park, N.J., 20 miles from the Meadowlands. Higgins was even able to sell naming rights on the new facility to Atlantic Health, creating an annuity that other clubs may try to imitate.
There are subtle tributes to J&J in the combination athletic center/medical facility/head office. Johnson points out the two entrances to the building. At most pro sports headquarters, executives and sales personnel are welcomed through a big, plush lobby, while players and coaches must squeeze through a utilitarian door in the back. "We've made each entrance exactly the same," he says. "Everyone is valuable here."

Hot Commodity: Favre Jerseys

Johnson has spent money for on-field talent, too. In August, the Jets surprised football fans by snaring Favre. Johnson says he didn't know until the last moment whether the 18-year veteran quarterback would accept the Jets' offer. Tannenbaum had pitched Favre on the team's new practice facility, its fan base, and the team itself. Then the club waited for him to call back. "We didn't know what Brett liked and didn't like," Johnson says. "We didn't really know what he was looking for." After midnight, Favre called Tannenbaum to say he wanted to be a Jet. Johnson picked up Favre's $12 million salary for this season, more than 10% of the team's overall total payroll expense, making him the highest-paid Jet by nearly $7 million.

Favre has generated the most excitement about the Jets in decades, and has stolen the spotlight from the Super Bowl champion Giants. Reebok sent 60,000 Favre Jets jerseys into the marketplace. The team sold 3,800 on jetshop.com in the first 24 hours, a single-day record. "Everything that we've been working on for the last eight years is coming into place," Johnson says. The owner feels like one of the Gang Green tailgaters outside the stadium on game day. "I have the same optimism they do," he says. "The Jets are their team just like they're mine."

“We know we’re better than you, we don’t give a f*ck if you know it or not, we don’t give a sh*t if you give us your best game, we’re gonna give you our best game and we’re gonna beat the f*ck outta ya. How’s that?”

-Rex Ryan, Hard Knocks
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:09 PM

Wow nice read. I really like the direction this team and organization is heading.
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