On last week’s show, Brian and I bandaged the wounds from the Patriots and got ready to bring on the Bills. Sal Maiorana, who covers the Bills for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, called in to help preview Week 3, and the guys looked for just a little success in The Forecast.
On last week’s TJB Podcast, it was Patriots Week! Patriots Day! Brian Bassett and I wrapped up Week 1 and previewed Week 2. CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom Curran called in to help break down Jets/Pats, and The Forecast got all kinds of interesting…
On this week’s show, Brian and I talked Jets West and JetsBlog West. SNY’s Brian Custer also calls in to chat about all the craziness that comes with covering Gang Green, and what goes on behind the scenes.
Obit of the Day: All-Pro Punter
In 1979 and 1980 the New York Giants had one All-Pro*. It was their punter Dave Jennings. Although that’s great news for Mr. Jennings, it was bad news for the Giants.
Mr. Jennings was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 1974. He played his college football at St. Lawrence University where he walked on as punter and more significantly, never played any football in high school.
During Mr. Jennings first seven seasons with the Giants the team never won more than six games. It was during this time that he set the Giants single season record for punts (104)^. (For those unfamiliar with football, the more you punt, the worse your offense is.) He was not only named to two All-Pro teams but also selected to four Pro Bowl teams (1978, 1979, 1980, 1982).
The most prolific punter in Giants’ history Mr. Jennings had 931 career punts and nearly 39,000 punting yards. He had over 4,000 punting yards for three different seasons (1979-1981) and averaged 44.8 yards per punt in 1980.
After his eleven seasons with the Giants, Mr. Jennings simply changed from blue to green and punted for the New York Jets for three seasons.
After he retired following the 1987 season, Mr Jennings headed to the broadcast booth for both of his professional alma maters. From 1988 until 2002 he was in the Jets’ radio booth offering color analysis. He then joined the Giants’ broadcast team from 2002 until he left the booth in 2007.
Mr. Jennings, who passed away on June 19, 2013 at the age of 61 (just eleven days after his birthday), died from complications due to Parkinson’s disease.
(Image of Dave Jennings punting the ball, October 24, 1976 versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. Copyright Walter Iooss, Jr./Sports Illustrated)
* The best player at a given position in any season.
^ Brad Maynard broke Mr. Jennings’ record in 1997, punting 111 times. Oddly enough the Giants were 10-5-1 that season.
Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum calls in this week to talk everything Jets with Brian and I. We also talk about Gang Green’s offseason, the draft, the Revis trade, the Sanchez contract, Mike’s time running the team, and what he’s doing now.
This week’s episode continues with more OTA talk, including which position battles are most intriguing. Plus, Brian and I chat with Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth about Joe Namath’s big mouth and Chris Ivory’s excellence as a fourth-string running back.
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