Does New York Jets owner Woody Johnson really think the NFL uses two-headed coins? It’s hard to imagine a sillier flap than the one Johnson is raising about the NFL’s decision on who gets to play the first regular season game at the new Meadowlands stadium. First of all, if the story is being reported correctly by Daily News writers Rick Cimini and Gary Myers, it was Johnson who came up with the idea of a coin toss.
Second, Woody’s response to the result is nonsensical: “An NFL coin toss has a few fundamental elements that are missing here, most notably the presence of the teams involved. That’s how it’s always done in the league, whether it’s determining the order of the draft or deciding who’s going to kick off the game.” OK, so did Johnson lose Commissioner Roger Goodell’s phone number?
Or does he think that somehow if he had been there he could have willed the coin toss in the Jets’ favor with his mutant-like telekinetic powers?
Third, the plan — that the Jets will host the first preseason game in August, the Giants the first Sunday regular season game, and the Jets the first Monday night game — strikes us as pretty fair. But if Johnson still isn’t satisfied, isn’t there a way the Giants and the NFL could resolve the debate in a way that would really make some headlines? Since the Jets are already scheduled to play in the first preseason game in August against a still-undetermined opponent, why not make that opponent the Giants with the winner getting their choice of the first Sunday or Monday night game? If that isn’t doable, how about a softball or basketball or even touch football game on an ESPN channel? It would sure get more viewers than a rerun of the World Series of Poker.