Written by Joe Scotchie: email@example.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00
Following the earlier and equally stunning news that future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning would sign as a free agent with the Denver Broncos, Tebow, a Heisman Trophy winner, found himself on the trade block. The Jets swooped in and acquired the lefty, while surrendering two mid-round draft picks. So, what’s the early verdict?
A good place to find opinionated sports fans is always the corner deli. Anton Community Newspapers found plenty of them at an establishment in Mineola.
“I don’t think they need him [Tebow],” said Bill a deli customer. “He’s not the answer.”
“I’d love to see him as a tight end,” Bill continued. “He’s a gamer, a great person to have on the team. But he’s not a quarterback. That’s not the spot for him. Tebow will bring something [to the team], but only for five or six plays a game.”
Mike Smerechniak, the “Deli Lama” of Long Island Gourmet, disagreed.
“Tebow brings versatility,” he said. “Teams will have to practice and prepare for the pro set offense that you get with [Mark] Sanchez and the wildcat set you get with Tebow. Look at the Jets. They couldn’t handle Tebow,” he added, referring to a defeat the Jets suffered at the hands of Broncos last year.
Bill and Mike had their disagreements on Mark Sanchez, who remains the team’s starting quarterback.
“Sanchez isn’t that good,” Mike claimed. “This [the trade] will push Sanchez.”
But Bill noted Sanchez’s past success.
“He’s good enough to get you where you want to go,” added Bill, referring, of course, to a Super Bowl appearance and victory, the ultimate for any New York football team.
Rob Shaver, head football coach at Plainedge High School knows the game pretty well. He led Plainedge to another winning season in 2011. He, too, sided with Sanchez on the quarterback situation.
“It [the trade] causes more controversy than they [the Jets] need,” he said. “They already have a quarterback. Plus, they just signed him for five years. This is not good for him,” he added, also speaking of Sanchez.
The negative view of the trade remains prevalent, as anyone can tell by listening for just a few minutes on any sports call-in program right up to the opinion of Jets legend, Joe Namath.
“No matter how much money the Jets give Tim Tebow, they will never start him,” said Dom Morales, an East Meadow resident and a Newsday All-County defensive tackle at East Meadow High School. “They are in love with Mark Sanchez and will never bench him. Tebow will be used primarily as a backup quarterback and will only be called to certain situations as offensive packages will be set up for him.”
Another fan, Elliot Duffy, was even more pessimistic.
“I think the Jets are a pitiful organization,” he said. “When they could not get Peyton Manning they extended Mark Sanchez’s contract only to go trade for Tim Tebow. They are seriously disorganized and need a new general manager.”
Last year was a disappointment for the Jets. After winning a string of playoff games and making it to the AFC championship game in both 2009 and 2010, the Jets, in 2011, slumped to an 8 and 8 record. Sanchez has been the quarterback since his rookie year and led the Jets to two winning seasons. Still, New York is a win now town and so with the trade, the Jets both grabbed the headlines from the Super Bowl Champion Giants and set up the 2012 campaign as a key juncture in the team’s current history.
In his undergraduate career at the University of Florida, Tebow helped the Gators win two national championships. In 2007, he won the coveted Heisman Trophy. He is also the only two-time winner of the Maxwell Trophy in college football history.
But the pro game is different from college. The National Football League is a quarterback-driven league, but that has always meant a passing quarterback. And since Tebow made his mark as a running quarterback, that is where the controversy has been focused and will remain until the games begin.
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00
Submitted by Manhasset Post 304 American Legion
Matthew Falcone, commander of the Manhasset Post 304 American Legion, and James Brooks, parade chairman, have announced the parade order and schedule for the 2013 Manhasset Memorial Day Parade and Memorial Services. All Manhasset residents, their families and friends are invited to join the Legion in this remembrance of the great sacrifices of our American heroes. The theme of the parade this year, “Honoring Those Who Serve in Special Operations,” is a reminder that, while Memorial Day honors all deceased veterans, the intention is to remember service personnel engaged around the world in an effort to preserve American freedom and way of life from global terrorism.
A memorial service in honor of Manhasset’s war dead will be held at the Community Reformed Church, 90 Plandome Rd., on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. Pastor Steven D. Pierce will officiate. All are urged to attend and to join with the Legion in the remembrance of the great sacrifice of our military.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
That first meeting, culminating in the May 2 ribbon-cutting for organic vegetable and herb gardens at all three Manhasset school campuses, was in September 2012.
Two organizations, both formed under the auspices of the SCA, were involved: Planet Manhasset, which under president Angela Classi and officers Merilyn Donnelly, Zari Ginsburg and Connie Parsons, spearheaded the construction of each site and Project Share, the which will distribute the produce raised to families in need. Classi, during the ribbon-cutting, told the students they were limited only by their imagination, and encouraged each one to embrace the secondary school garden as their own.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Gymnast Alexis Stern, an eighth-grader at Manhasset Middle School, represented New York State in the Junior Olympic National Championships held in the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, MI the weekend of May 3. Competing against the top Level 9 gymnasts in the country, Alexis took home a bronze medal on the balance beam with a 9.45 and finished 12th in the country with an impressive 36.80 all around score (bars, beam, floor, and vault). Alexis earned her spot on the Junior Olympic team with a third place finish at the Level 9 North East USAG Regional Championship held in Springfield, MASS and was also recognized as one of New York’s top Level 9 gymnasts. Alexis trains five days a week at Gold Medal Gymnastics Center in Greenlawn under the tutelage of Hall of Fame Coach Tammy Marshall.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
On April 7, the Manhasset High School Crew Team held its first 5K Walk/Run fundraiser, which started and ended in the Flower Hill Village Park. More than 300 participants came out to race or stroll through Flower Hill, while raising funds for two great causes.
Proceeds from the event will fund additional equipment for the growing MHS crew team, with 10 percent of monies raised contributed to the Manhasset UFSD Fields Initiative, a fund created to re-turf the MHS Stadium Field and create a new field at Shelter Rock Elementary School. Barbara Thermos, who organized and coordinated the 5K event, noted, ”It was a great way for the community to come together for these causes, connecting with neighbors and friends while getting some exercise on a gorgeous, crisp sunny morning. Both causes support healthy athletic opportunities for Manhasset’s youth.”