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'Game of Thrones' Creator

Geno Smith Sucks

11/11/2014 7:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-george-geno-getty-01He lost 7 games in a row. He lost the starting job. And now Geno Smith has lost the support of a HUGE NY Jets fans ... "Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin.

Martin is such a big Jets fan, he writes a blog about the team -- and in his most recent post, George took some shots at the sophomore QB ... basically saying he sucks and it's time to move on.

George was waxing poetic about the Jets' victory over the Steelers ... writing, "For the moment, I will enjoy the win and wonder what might have happened if Rex [Ryan] had only benched Geno Smith earlier. (I was distressed to see Geno back as second string and Matt Simms inactive. Simms showed more in his brief appearance last week than Geno has all season)."

He continued ... "Gang Green DOES have some good players, if only they could get a quarterback."

Martin also muses about the downside to winning games so late in the season.

"It is certainly more fun to watch the Jets win than to watch them lose, but if they start racking up victories now, all it will do is ruin their chances of getting a real franchise QB in the draft."

Haven't seen a prodigy fall this hard since Bran Stark.

Michael Vick

DROPS BLUE STEEL

... After Dropping Steelers

11/11/2014 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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11114_michael_vick_launchThe NY Jets felt SOOO GOOD after beating up on the Steelers on Sunday ... the team hit the catwalk 24 hours later, busting out their best Zoolander impersonations for a NY fashion show.

Mike Vick -- along with guys like Nick Mangold, Eric Decker, Calvin Pace, Quinton Coples and more -- strutted his stuff Monday night at the Taste of the Jets charity event at the World Trade Center.

The event raised money for Food Bank for New York City to fight hunger -- and the guys took their modeling jobs pretty seriously ... at least judging by the way they dominated the runway.

#Work

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Rapper Joell Ortiz

BRING JOHNNY MANZIEL TO THE JETS

11/8/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

110514_joell_ortiz_launch_v2 Rapper Joell Ortiz -- 1/4th of the supergroup Slaughterhouse -- says he has a plan to SAVE the NY Jets ... and it centers around Johnny Manziel

The Brooklyn rapper -- who signed with Eminem's Shady Records -- was out in NYC last night and had a message for Jets Nation ... DON'T GIVE UP HOPE!!

Take a listen to Joell's plan ... it could be his audition to be the next NY Jets G.M.

NY Jets Fan

KO'S BILLS FAN

In Brutal Stadium Fight

10/27/2014 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A fight between a NY Jets fan and Buffalo Bills fan at MetLife Stadium this weekend ended in a savage knockout ... with the Bills fan slumping into his seat after being knocked unconscious.

TMZ Sports has the shocking footage -- which shows the two men tussling in the stands during the 2nd half of the Bills vs. Jets matchup ... right after the Bills started pulling away.

You can see the Jets fan take a swing -- and he connects right to the head of the Bills fan ... and the guy immediately is out cold.

According to witnesses, the Jets fan left the scene before security arrived.

One witness tells TMZ Sports, "The Bills fan had been shooting his mouth off before the fight and the Jets fans took exception."

You can see the Bills fan being tended to by other fans -- including another man in a Jets jersey.

We spoke to the NJ State Police who tell us ... the Jets fan was apprehended as he fled the scene and was arrested and charged with simple assault. 

We're told ... at the scene, it did not appear the Bills fan suffered "serious injury."

The State Police also tell us they have "very good footage" of the entire incident from their state-of-the-art surveillance system -- and warn others, "Anyone would be a fool to commit a crime inside MetLife Stadium."

Joe Namath

My First Broadway Show

... Was About 'The Jets'

10/18/2014 12:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Namath is so New York ... even the first Broadway show he ever saw was all about The Jets.

The NFL Hall of Famer was out in NYC this week and we had to ask ... with a nickname like "Broadway Joe" -- what was the first Broadway play he ever saw.

Namath gave the only answer you'd expect a NY Jets legend to give ... because when you're a Jet, you're a Jet all the way ... right?

Giuliani to Jets Fans:

DON'T BLAME REX

... Blame His Players!

10/17/2014 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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He may be a huge NY Giants fan, but Rudy Giuliani has message for Jets Nation -- DON'T GIVE UP ON REX RYAN ... it's not his fault!!! 

Rudy was out in L.A. last night -- and RAVED about his G-Men ... and even said he'd rather have Eli over Peyton if given the option!! 

But when we started talking about Gang Green and their pathetic 1-6 record -- Rudy explained why Jets fans shouldn't blame Rex ... they should blame his players instead. 

You listening, Geno?

Rex Ryan On Arrested WR:

Big Difference Between

Accused & Convicted

9/5/2014 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

090314_rex_ryan_launchNY Jets coach Rex Ryan is saying the team is keeping a close eye on rookie WR Quincy Enunwa -- who was arrested for domestic violence Sunday -- but says there's a big difference between "accused" and "convicted."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Enunwa was busted at a hotel in NJ, where he allegedly got violent with a woman during a heated argument. Enunwa plead not guilty to the domestic violence charge. 

Coach Ryan addressed the issue during a media conference Thursday and said, "We are aware of it. This is something we take very seriously, obviously."

When asked if he would allow a player to remain on the team after he was convicted of domestic violence, Ryan said ... "There are different things. But, obviously there is a big difference between being charged, allegedly charged, and being convicted."

Ryan initially said the team knew about the arrest before they signed Enunwa to the practice squad this week -- but then backtracked and said:

"You know what, I said that before about the practice squad, I can’t really remember the timetable. I have been so focused on the Raiders. I am not going to get into the specifics of it. I don’t want to give you false information. Quite honestly I don’t remember if it was before the practice squad or not."

As for Enunwa, he's still on the practice squad ... and his domestic violence case is ongoing. 

NY Jets Def. Coordinator

Accused of Slapping Woman

... at NJ Restaurant

5/16/2014 11:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NY Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman is under investigation for allegedly SLAPPING a woman at a New Jersey restaurant earlier this week ... this according to a police report obtained by TMZ Sports ... and we obtained photos taken during the heated exchange.  

A 28-year-old woman has filed a police report with the Morristown PD, claiming she was at the outdoor bar at Pazzo Pazzo restaurant on Wednesday afternoon when she encountered Thurman. 

According to the report, 58-year-old Thurman began hitting on her and offering her drinks -- but she made it clear she was not interested. 

At that point, the woman claims Thurman "showed an aggressive demeanor toward her" and then "out of nowhere, Thurman slapped her across the face."

0516-dennis-thurman-main-01The woman says she was shocked and blurted out, "You just hit me."

TMZ Sports obtained 2 photos taken during the encounter -- one of which shows the woman flipping Thurman off moments before the slap ... and another photo appears to show Thurman following through after the alleged slap. 

After the alleged slap, the woman claims Thurman -- who played 8 years in the NFL as a defensive back -- threw his hands up in the air and left the area. 

The woman claims she was not injured during the incident, but filed the report out of concern Thurman would strike other women in the future. 

We reached out to the Jets -- so far, no comment.

Michael Vick

Jersey Number Could Be Huge Problem

In Negotiation with Jets

3/21/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Vick knows his price ... and it might be way too high for the NY Jets ... because he wants the jersey that belongs to the current starting QB -- and it's gonna be an issue during negotiations, TMZ Sports has learned. 


Sources close to Vick tell us ... Mike is very serious about rocking #7 next season, no matter which team signs him. 

Besides the fact he wore #7 in college and all throughout his pro career, Vick also has a clothing line called V7 -- and he's dead serious about sticking with his number. 

Problem is ... Geno Smith currently wears #7 ... and he's supposed to be the QB of the future in NY. 

Now we're told the jersey situation is not an absolute dealbreaker -- but it will be a "big issue" in negotiations. 

In other words ... No number? More money. 

Stay tuned ....

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Mark Sanchez

I'm Ready for My Jets Comeback

... If Jets Want Me Back

3/16/2014 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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031614_mark_sanchez_launchNY Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez says he's ready for battle -- telling TMZ Sports his shoulder feels great and he's focused on winning back his starting job ... if management keeps him around.

Sanchez was leaving a friend's birthday party at Katsuya in Hollywood this weekend when we asked him about the torn labrum in his throwing shoulder that ended his 2013 season.

"Shoulder feels great, already throwing and I'll be ready to go here soon," Sanchez says.

When asked how he would feel about leaving NYC to come play for a West Coast team, the former USC superstar smiled at the idea but says he's committed to NY ... at least for now.

"I do love the West Coast, but I'm a Jet for 2 more years at least on my contract," Mark said ... "I love being there. I love New York. I've had a ball there."

Sanchez says he felt like things were going great before the injury -- and believed he was solidifying his spot as the starter over Geno Smith -- but the injury screwed everything up.

As for his future, Sanchez seems to be realistic about the situation -- "I know management has some decisions to make in the next few days ... so we'll see what happens."

He adds, "Whatever happens, it'll be great."

Ex-NFL Lineman Alan Faneca

Fat Guy Mentor

to Retired NFL Teammates

2/4/2014 3:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Fatness often plagues NFL players after they retire -- but former lineman Alan Faneca tells TMZ Sports he's helping his old teammates win the battle against obesity .... just like he did.

Faneca -- who played 13 NFL seasons while weighing 320 lbs -- has dropped all the way to 213 lbs ... and ran a full marathon in UNDER 4 HOURS this past weekend.

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"There's no reason to be 320 and be walking around post-football," Faneca says ... noting that he made the decision to shed the weight after considering the long-term health issues that have plagued NFL big men in the past.

And now that he's successfully slimmed down, Alan says he's passing along his weight loss secrets to some of his old friends from the Steelers, Jets and Cardinals.

"I have had some buddies reach out that have had trouble and struggled," Alan said while appearing on the "TMZ Sports" TV show ... explaining, "If you dont make that transtiton kind of quick, all of the sudden that 320 turns into an ugly 350."

Faneca says he still gets cravings for chocolate chip cookies -- but says he's managed to ween himself off his most dangerous snack item ... a snack that contained 1,000 CALORIES.

Bart Scott

Richard Sherman Bit My Style

My Angry Rant Was Way Better!!

1/30/2014 9:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richard Sherman's epic post-game rant DOESN'T HOLD A CANDLE to Bart Scott's legendary "Can't Wait" interview back in 2011 ... so says the former New York Jets linebacker himself.

Scott was hanging out with NY Giants kicker Steve Weatherford at Jay Glazer's Super Bowl party at Pranna in NYC ... when they told us why Scott is the undisputed post-game screaming champion.

If you remember, Scott WENT OFF after the Jets beat the Patriots in a crazy playoff game ... and Bart UNLEASHED, trashing his critics and the Patriots defense ... before capping it off with what became his catchphrase.

Seriously, Bart even trademarked the phrase "Can't Wait."

Your move, Sherman.

Adrian Peterson vs. Antonio Cromartie

WHO'D YOU RATHER?

10/17/2013 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1016_peterson_cromartie_ratherIt's a battle of the football baby-daddies!

Here's 28-year-old Adrian Peterson who's reportedly fathered five (or possibly 7) children to date (left) -- and 29-year-old Antonio Cromartie  who famously struggled to remember the names of his seven children on HBO's "Hard Knocks" show (right).

The question is...

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