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518-JeTS-FaN Icon : (21 March 2015 - 03:34 PM) how is he the ass clown? it was jets fans who attacked the dude .
ROBJETS Icon : (21 March 2015 - 08:46 PM) And that is why I said Villanova and Wisconsin didn't deserve a #1 seed. Nova owns a team gifted a spot in the tourney then gets owned buy a team not even ranked in the top 25 in the next round
ROBJETS Icon : (21 March 2015 - 08:49 PM) By schedule end of season rankings. Nova split games with #22 Georgetown and beat #24 Butler and #25 VCU.....not much of a resume for a #1 seed only facing ranked teams only ranked in the 20`s
ROBJETS Icon : (21 March 2015 - 08:52 PM) Wisconsin was even worse against ranked teams. Lost to # 4 Duke Lost to #12 maryland and beat #23 Michigan state twice. Not much f a resume for a 1 seed
ROBJETS Icon : (21 March 2015 - 08:56 PM) As I stated before Virginia and Arizona shouldve been #1 seeds. Vrinia only lost to one ranked opponent. Duke. and Arizona beat all their ranked opponents. and all their ranked opponents were top ten and top 15 ranked. Don't know wtf the NCAA was thinking gifting Nova and Consin 1 seeds with shitty ranked opponents wins and losses.
ROBJETS Icon : (21 March 2015 - 08:59 PM) Losing to Duke is one thing but Wisconsin losing to two ranked teams and one of them ranked 12 shouldn't have give them a 1 seed. Bye Bye Nova
ROBJETS Icon : (21 March 2015 - 09:01 PM) Wisconsin has skill and size though I want Az and Consin to face each other in the elite 8 to see who is tougher
ROBJETS Icon : (21 March 2015 - 09:05 PM) Im proud od the Pac 12. Like everyone else I didnt feel UCLA deserved to be in the tourney. They got owned a good bit in the regular season but only 4 Pac 12 teams made it and 3 have moved on to the 16 so far. If Oregon beats Wisconsin tomorrow all 4 teams will be in the sweet 16.
RetireChrebet Icon : (22 March 2015 - 01:26 PM) What was that we were saying about Virginia and a 1
RetireChrebet Icon : (22 March 2015 - 01:26 PM) seed?
RetireChrebet Icon : (22 March 2015 - 01:28 PM) Haha I'm jk man, but my point was if you've never seen virginia play you would know they weren't going anywhere. Their offense is just painful to watch.
ROBJETS Icon : (22 March 2015 - 03:46 PM) Lol....point taken. But a couple of things. 1 you do realize Nova and Va are in the same bracket right? 2 at least Va lost to a top 25 ranked opponent. Nova lost to an unranked.
ROBJETS Icon : (22 March 2015 - 03:49 PM) Also VA beat some good teams. Lost to Duke,beat Maryland and split games with NC and Louisville. Their wins against quality and ranked opponents was higher and better than Nova.
ROBJETS Icon : (22 March 2015 - 03:55 PM) NC State didn't even get one vote to be in the top 25
2JBallar01 Icon : (22 March 2015 - 10:53 PM) @RichCimini: Random contract note: Antonio Cromartie's 4 yr/$32M deal with Jets includes only $7M gtd - $5M base + $2M roster bonus at signing. #nyj
Mr_Jet Icon : (23 March 2015 - 11:45 AM) January - February - Izzo - April - May
2JBallar01 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 01:09 PM) @MMehtaNYDN: Jets announce that they have signed DE Stephen Bowen. #nyj
2JBallar01 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 01:09 PM) @DrewfromJersey: Coples days as an OLB are over. He'll be back to DL. Good for the #Jets. Pretty bad news for NFL players and their heads. #Jets
2JBallar01 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 01:10 PM) @DWAZ73: #Jets busy today, signing DE Stephen Bowen & OT Corey Hilliard, and making signing of DE Kevin Vickerson official.
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 03:23 PM) Mike is building some depth and competition
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 03:23 PM) I like it
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 08:10 PM) Jets file tampering charges against Patriots for Kraft's comments
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 08:10 PM) lmao
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 09:53 PM) Jets signing Kellen Davis, TE
Jetsfan0099 Icon : (24 March 2015 - 10:00 PM) Hes a good blocking TE
JSOTF Icon : (25 March 2015 - 06:02 AM) So, the question is.......Do I invest to go see the Jets vs Fish in England this season????????
HarlemHxC814 Icon : (25 March 2015 - 07:10 AM) I'm considering going
HarlemHxC814 Icon : (25 March 2015 - 07:10 AM) My brother is moving to London next year...so I have a reason to be over there
HarlemHxC814 Icon : (25 March 2015 - 07:10 AM) This August I should say
Smedsthejet Icon : (25 March 2015 - 02:59 PM) You both should do it...I'll buy the first (overpriced) beers as well! Got my ticket back in January
HarlemHxC814 Icon : (25 March 2015 - 03:02 PM) Smeds if I come over I'll be sure to check you out
santana Icon : (25 March 2015 - 09:58 PM) FIRE FIREMAN ED
JSOTF Icon : (Yesterday, 03:58 AM) Well, I now live accros the pond and maybe some of us could meet up there?
JSOTF Icon : (Yesterday, 03:59 AM) Smeds, where did you get your tickets?
ROBJETS Icon : (Yesterday, 05:56 AM) Az bitches!!!
ROBJETS Icon : (Yesterday, 06:01 AM) I dont know about all that. As bad as we get over sports the Brits get far worse. You might suffer a huge beat down if you say the wrong thing there. Well maybe not being its televised to the U.S.. Security probably be pretty tight.
ROBJETS Icon : (Yesterday, 06:03 AM) Well...... the good thing is I know who to mooch off of now if I go to London.
JSOTF Icon : (Yesterday, 06:47 AM) hahahaha, it isnt European Football!
ROBJETS Icon : (Yesterday, 07:04 AM) Ive seen a lot of videos. Most countries go psycho over their soccer teams. Ive seen some serious very bloody beat downs. Fans stabbing the players and refs,etc. And they say we are bad in the U.S. not even close to that.
ROBJETS Icon : (Yesterday, 07:06 AM) I think one was in Africa....a fan stormed the field and was knifing everyone in sight after his team lost
ROBJETS Icon : (Yesterday, 07:08 AM) Hell even in mma when the Brits come over they are all cocky as hell. Big time cocky like they are going to easily destroy everyone they face cocky.
JSOTF Icon : (Yesterday, 07:36 AM) hahahaha
JSOTF Icon : (Yesterday, 07:36 AM) damn Europeans!
JSOTF Icon : (Yesterday, 07:37 AM) They havent fucked with a disgruntled, lifelong Jets fan!!!
Smedsthejet Icon : (Yesterday, 02:49 PM) Got my tickets from Ticketmaster the day they went on general sale
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Article On Dkny- Great Read! Dunked on Greg Oden???

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Post icon  Posted 27 November 2008 - 10:52 PM

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A Jets Rookie Is Smashing Doubts and Ping-Pong Balls

By GREG BISHOP
Published: November 27, 2008

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. Executives left their offices at the Jets' headquarters on a recent afternoon, drawn to a hallway by the sounds of trash talk and bouncing Ping-Pong balls.

With his body coiled into position, Keller turned on the ball and smacked a forehand. The ball bounced over the head of the rookie running back Jehuu Caulcrick and echoed down the hallway. As Caulcrick retrieved the ball, Keller hollered, "It's not even fun anymore, is it?"

Keller turned to table tennis as a hobby back in grade school because he found that dominating basketball games at the local Y.M.C.A. in Lafayette, Ind., came too easily.

Reminding himself of Forrest Gump, Keller beat his brothers at table tennis until they refused to play him. While in college at Purdue, he bought a table for his apartment. He told his coach he might go pro after he destroyed teammates so badly they broke his paddles.

"Ping-Pong is like most games," Keller said. "People just don't want to play me anymore."

It is this kind of confidence that allowed Keller to brush off the boos he heard on draft day to become at once the Jets' table-tennis champion and one of Brett Favre's favorite targets.

Keller does not exhibit confidence so much as he exudes it. He reminds his brothers that he dunked on Greg Oden, the Portland Trail Blazers center, in high school, twice. ohmy.gif He talks constantly while competing, in table tennis and pool and video games.

Even at age 8, when Dwight, his older brother by 10 years, played pickup basketball with friends, Dustin always tagged along. Dwight remembered that his brother held his own against high school seniors, never turning the ball over, always jumping in the older players' faces.

"Confidence is pretty much a family trait," Dwight said.

Sandwiched between two older brothers and younger twins, Keller needed that confidence to be noticed.

The boys were a basketball-playing bunch, all point guards except for the middle child, who was the tallest at age 15. Most evenings, they gathered at a neighbor's basketball hoop, where they would play until those neighbors came downstairs and told the boys they were trying to sleep.

"Each and every one of them will tell you they're the best at basketball," Keller said. "But I will, definitely, without a doubt, say it's me. And I'm going to be correct."

Maureen Keller raised them as a single mother who went to college and sometimes worked two jobs. Yet she still shuttled five children to games and practices, still found time to bake cookies and cook pots of chili for them and their friends.

Sometimes, she returned home to find the walls marked up from a mattress that the boys had been riding down the stairs. Once, she noticed the laundry chute had been damaged. Apparently, Dustin had become stuck while sliding down. Instead of removing him right away, his brothers tickled his feet.

"All kinds of mischief went on," she said. "They didn't tell me until it was too late to punish them."

During tough times, Maureen Keller turned to a familiar saying: One day we'll look back at this and laugh.

She said it when they ate tuna casserole for the third night in a row. When she accidentally bought one of the boys women's basketball shoes. When she took them to school in her old car with a drooping ceiling held together by thumb tacks.

"Looking back on it, I really don't know how she did it," Dustin Keller said. "I don't know when she had time to sleep."

In high school, his mother brought him to volunteer at homeless shelters and to her job working with people with developmental disabilities. Those experiences exposed another side of this confident middle son, a tender one.

He befriended one man with Down syndrome. Each year on that man's birthday, Keller escorted him to Purdue's football offices to meet the players and the coaches. Another woman who also had Down syndrome accompanied the family to every football banquet, calling Keller and his brothers her bodyguards.

"These people we had the opportunity to get to know, they don't care how much money you have or what you look like," Maureen Keller said. "They know immediately if they can trust you. They know what you're all about."

If the boys learned caring from their mother, they took their confidence from their father.

Willie Keller Jr. was a playground legend in Lafayette, a basketball star who Maureen said would be the first to tell everybody so. They divorced when the boys were young, and not long after, Willie Keller Jr. died. Hundreds of locals, including the mayor, attended his funeral.
The family prefers not to talk about the events that led to his death. Maureen Keller said that people sometimes overcome mistakes and sometimes succumb. "Unfortunately," she said, "that's what happened with him."

Keller experienced his share of loss. In high school, his good friend died from cancer. They had played together on different teams, in different sports.

Maureen Keller guided her son through the losses, reminded him that he was his father's legacy, that he would accomplish all the things Willie Keller Jr. did not.

Even now, when she looks at her middle son, she sees his father, all outgoing and charming and athletic. But the confidence, the kind that would not allow Dad to admit he had lost to one of his sons in basketball, stands out more than anything.

It was there when some fans booed Keller back in April after the Jets had traded up to draft him. It was there against New England in overtime, when Keller caught a 16-yard pass on third down that led to the winning field goal. And it was there against St. Louis when he gained 107 receiving yards.

"I wish I had him when I was younger," Favre said. "He's going to have a lot of 100-yard days, a lot of big plays. He has no idea how good he can be."


Earlier this week, after her sons bought her an iPhone, Maureen sent Dustin a text message. She reminded him of the dandelions he used to pick for her, and of the dozens of cards that she kept from him over the years.

Even though her son had been invited for Thanksgiving at the home of a Jets employee, she considered sending food overnight anyway turkey and ham, stuffing and mashed potatoes and Dutch apple pie, Dustin's favorite.

For his part, Keller has been paying her back. He is covering the cost of graduate school, so she can teach students with special needs.

And earlier this year, after church around Mother's Day, the boys took their mother outside and pointed to a shiny silver fully loaded BMW. Dustin remarked at how nice the car was, and his mother made a mental note to remind him not to become too materialistic.

Again, the boys pointed at the car. Then Dustin handed her the keys.

"She might have just now stopped crying from that," he said.

Mostly, when the Kellers look back now, they laugh the way Mom always said they would.

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 11:14 PM

good read.Cool about the Oden dunk.I kind of doubt he could do it now though.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 11:18 PM

ughh he was on 1st and 10 and they were asking about his playing days back in hs.

from the interview he couldnt even really remem if he played against him. or what happened. so its nonsense. i doubt he dunked on oden and if he did he surely didnt remember during the interview.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 11:45 PM

Dustin Keller is becoming the true first down maker, 33 catches this year. 24 of those are for first downs. He is becoming that clutch target on 3rd downs. He is what this offense was missing, we needed a 3rd target. We finally got one! I like how during the Titans/Jets game at one point it was like this. Cotchery-6 catches Coles-6 catches Keller-6 catches. I mean I don't like the number 6-6-6, but its cool how they are spreading the rock through these 3.
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