Who cares whether the Giants play before the Jets opening day, right? Well… Woody Johnson cares — he owns the Jets and feels like the Jets got snubbed by the comish with a “secret” or “invisible” coin toss that decided the Jets will host the first Monday Night Football of the Meadowlands’ new stadium come September, while the Giants debut the new digs on Sunday afternoon.
And Johnson is not keeping his mouth shut about it, either.
But beyond the spectacle that is one very rich guy calling out another one… there is another issue that may or may not come to a head with the timely release of Johnson’s blow up. The Meadowlands may now be out of the running to host the Superbowl in 2014.
Gary Myers of the Daily News has the following:
It’s astounding they’ve constructed a $1.7 billion stadium as 50-50 partners and have worked together to position New York-New Jersey as the favorites to get the 2014 Super Bowl when they couldn’t even agree on who would play their first regular-season home game on the opening Sunday of the season and who would play on Monday night.
The Giants won the toss and they elected not to defer. Johnson said in a statement last night that when Goodell could not resolve the issue on the “merits,” the owner “suggested a coin toss as the fairest way to resolve this issue. The league rejected that idea. Then, I was told on Friday that a coin toss had taken place at the league office and that the Jets had lost. We rejected a process in which neither team was present.”
Johnson mentioned how both parties have always been present when the NFL flips a coin, whether it’s breaking ties in the draft order or kicking off a game. When Goodell couldn’t break the stalemate, he decided to toss the coin.
Now Johnson has tossed him under the bus. It will be interesting to see if that affects Goodell’s relationship with Johnson and whether he will be quite so vocal discussing the positive aspects of a New York Super Bowl that Johnson wants so much.
It would be a shame after all this time, city after city dropping out due to the economic crisis — after being labeled the favorite to take the Superbowl 2014 final bid…. that it all becomes moot because of a stupid, ridiculous, childish, and totally insignificant in the end….. coin toss.