P.T. Barnum speaketh.
Jets owner Woody Johnson was the latest to deny what is often described as a circus atmosphere.
“We’re deadly serious about what we’re doing here,” the Jets’ owner said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.
Johnson dropped by practice and talked to reporters after coach Rex Ryan said “The circus thing is kind of a little old for me.”
“[We’re] trying to win games and trying to represent our fans as they expect us to represent them,” Johnson said. “We learned this in 3rd grade: sticks and stones and all this stuff about calling people names, that’s what that is. . . . I’m not in this to create a circus environment.”
Johnson also suggested that last week’s “You can never get too much Tebow” remark was a joke.
“It was, . . . I thought, a fairly humorous quote. We’ve got 53 guys on the varsity here, everybody’s important including Tebow,” Johnson said. “We’re glad to have him but we’re glad to have the other 52 as well, including [Mark] Sanchez and the rest of them.”
Johnson also said he wouldn’t comment on the job security of Ryan or General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, though he did say “I’m very confident in Rex Ryan.”
I can sympathize with the plight of the Jets and their personnel and their PR staff. The Tebow thing has gained its own momentum, and will be written about as a phenomenon as much anything that happens on the field.
But Johnson should also know that these things don’t happen accidentally.
You can’t spend years making clownish decisions, and then get mad when people ask you to make a bicycle out of a balloon.