The New York Giants do not seem all that impressed by the New York Jets trading for quarterback Tim Tebow. Co-owners Steve Tisch and John Mara have been taking subtle jabs at the Jets and their new backup quarterback, especially the amount of media attention Gang Green has been receiving over the past couple of days.
The Jets held a press conference for their newest team member on March 26th, following a trade with the Denver Broncos to acquire the former Heisman-winner and media sensation.
Some pundits believe the trade was simply an attempt by the Jets to steal attention away from the reigning Super Bowl champions, rather than a move to improve the Jets for the upcoming season.
The Jets certainly have a pension for stealing away some of the Giants thunder, especially through all of Rex Ryan’s antics and championship predictions over the last few seasons. The last time the Giants won the Super Bowl, in 2007, the Jets made another big splash in the off-season by trading for Brett Favre. The former Green Bay Packers quarterback helped the Jets take some of the Giants spotlight away, especially after gracing the cover of Madden 08.
“My feelings are that I may attend a Jets game.” Tisch also told the Daily News “Well, they are getting a lot of attention, so if that was one of their goals, I think they have been successful.”
The co-owners did not stop there, as Mara went on to say “The David Carr press conference will be [Monday] too.”
Perhaps it is not fair to put Carr on the same level as Tebow, seeing as how Carr did not throw a single pass last season while Tebow led Denver to the AFC Divisional Round. However, the idea of holding a massive press conference with over 350 media credentials handed out does seem rather unique…and overblown.
To put the conference in perspective, compare the Tebow acquisition to another backup quarterback signing this offseason: the Dallas Cowboys' signing Kyle Orton. Orton is no David Carr, as he had a higher quarterback rating than Tebow, and had more passing yards in fewer games played. Yet when Orton was signed, no conference was held.
While some fans may argue that the Giants co-owners should be more focused on winning another championship rather than worry about the media attention of a team that missed the playoffs, it is refreshing to see candid owners for the Giants. Mara and Tisch are saying what they feel, and finally being just as outspoken as Ryan and the rest of the Jets organization.
Chester Baker is a student at Fordham University in Pennsylvania and an acting intern at Sports Media 101. The views and opinions expressed by Chester may not be those of Giants 101.
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