Last week, after another dismal performance from quarterback Mark Sanchez, Jets coach Rex Ryan benched the former first-round pick for Greg McElroy. New York eked out a 7-6 win over a hapless Arizona outfit, but Sanchez's three-interception afternoon wasn't enough to keep him on the sidelines for long. After some disagreements within the organization, Ryan named Sanchez as his guy this week against the Jaguars.
And now the Jets' never-ending quarterback conundrum is officially more than a sports story; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has happily weighed in on the circus.
"Coach Ryan, he's got a problem. He has three quarterbacks: Sanchez, he's got Tim Tebow, he's got a guy by the name of McElroy," Reid recently said on the Senate floor, via the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg (by way of NFL.com). "He can't decide who their quarterback is going to be. That's the same problem the Republicans are having. (Mitt) Romney's gone, but he's still in the background. We have (Mitch) McConnell and we have (John) Boehner. Who is the quarterback, Mr. President? Who is the quarterback?"
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In related news: Jets owner Woody Johnson is a Republican, served as a delegate for former presidential nominee Romney, and said in October that a Romney victory was more important than a Jets victory.
But Reid's not a partisan -- at least when it comes to sports-related issues. In 2009, when Democratic congressman and former Redskins first-round draft bust Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) opposed his party's stimulus package, Reid spokesman Jim Manley had one (very rhetorical) question:
"Let me get this straight -- this is coming from a guy who threw more than twice as many interceptions than touchdowns?"
Manley wasn't kidding; in 29 career games, Shuler had 15 touchdowns and 33 interceptions. Upside: if history is any guide, Sanchez should have a future in politics after his NFL career is over.
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