NEW YORK (WFAN) – The Jets, losers of two straight AFC Championship games, have come up short again. Rex Ryan, who called his team the football Giants’ “big brother,” caught some revenge from San Francisco.
The baseball Giants took home SportsBusiness Journal’s Team of the Year award Wednesday night at the Marriot Marquis in Manhattan, leaving fellow finalists, including Gang Green, in the dust.
“They won the World Series. That’s a big deal. That was the difference,” Jets owner Johnson said. “That’s a pretty amazing accomplishment.”
According to the SportsBusiness Journal, finalists were “evaluated on excellence, growth, creativity, innovation, sound planning, implementation and outcomes.”
If sheer volume of franchise scandals were taken into account, the Jets would have been a shoo-in.
Sal Alosi’s “Tripgate,” the Jets’ locker room treatment of TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz, Ryan’s alleged foot fetish videos, HBO’s obscenity-laced “Hard Knocks,” Deadspin’s texting saga between Jenn Sterger and Brett Favre, Antonio Cromartie’s profane rants toward Tom Brady, Matt Hasselbeck and the players’ union — the list goes on.
“Considering the Giants are one of the most innovative teams in sports, their winning the award is recognition of all that they’ve done on and off the field,” said Matt Higgins, New York’s executive vice president of business operations. “It’s great to see your colleagues get well-deserved recognition.”
The New Meadowlands Stadium also lost out in the Sports Facility of the Year category. Target Field in Minnesota instead took home the honors.
No word yet on whether Ryan has guaranteed next year’s win.
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