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Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Joe Namath calls Derek Jeter an ‘angel’

Derek Jeter has been described in a variety of ways during his career.

Joe Namath brought something new Monday.

“Knowing the scrutiny that he’s had over the years,” the Jets Hall of Famer said at Yankees camp, “I can’t imagine how the guy could be an angel like this over the years. He’s to be respected for every phase of his life, it seems.” ...

“Over the years, I’ve learned to respect what teammates and coaches have to say about the guys they work with, and I’ve only heard wonderful compliments about him,” Namath said. “And then we get to see him in person or on the television and how he conducts himself away from the game or off the field . . . Many of us fell short with some of that, but you learn to bounce back. It’s human to error, and I know about that. We do our best to come back. Derek hasn’t made many errors that I’ve been able to witness.”

Told of Namath’s “angel” description, Jeter smiled.

“Puts a lot of pressure on me,” he said…

Despite his status as a New York legend, Namath said he cannot relate to Jeter.

“Only if I had a big enough head to try to,” Namath said. “No, he’s special, I can’t relate to him. Some of the things that athletes, people in the public eye [go through], I can relate to a bit. But his career and where he’s been, what he’s done, I can’t relate to all that.

“We accomplished a goal when I was a part of a couple of teams in my career and we won championships. Well, he’s done quite a bit more. So no, I don’t relate to what he’s been able to do.”

The District Attorney Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:25 PM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: derek jeter, football, nfl, religion, yankees

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4666076)
You're drunk Joe. He plays for the Yankees, not the Angels.
   2. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:44 PM (#4666079)
Namath sounds like a Packer.
   3. Boxkutter Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:45 PM (#4666084)
Did he try to kiss him?
   4. Sunday silence Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:46 PM (#4666085)
it's the gift basket thing, isnt it?
   5. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4666087)
Now I REALLY wish I'd bought that BTF Prilosec concession.
   6. PepTech Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4666089)
"Only if I had a big enough head" Namath said
Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.
   7. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: March 04, 2014 at 12:57 PM (#4666096)
I like the Pretenders, but IMO, the Juice Newton version is vastly superior.
   8. PepTech Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:07 PM (#4666105)
Plus, Juice Newton looks a lot more like Suzy Kolber.
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4666134)
There'll be some strings to bind your hands,
if my love can't bind your heart.
And there's no need for you to stand
for it was I who chose to start.
I see no need to take you home,
You're old enough to face my brawn.

Just call me "Angel" in the media, ANGEL
just take the basket before you leave me, baby.
Just call me angel in the media, ANGEL
then slowly turn away from me.

Maybe the sun's light will be dim
and it won't matter anyhow.
If morning's echo says we've sinned,
well, it was what I wanted now.
And if we're the victims of the night,
I won't be blinded by the light.

Just call me "Angel" in the media, ANGEL
just take the basket before you leave me, baby.
Just call me "Angel" in the media, ANGEL
then slowly turn away,
I won't beg you to stay with me
through the tears of the day,
of the years, baby baby baby.
Just call me "Angel" in the media, ANGEL
just take the basket before you leave me, baby.
   10. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4666135)
The Pretenders are, and always have been, awesome. Juice Newton? She sing that "I Saw You Walkin' In the Rain" song?
   11. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: March 04, 2014 at 01:52 PM (#4666146)
I never said that the Pretenders weren't awesome. I just think Juice Newton's voice is better suited for "Angel of the Morning" than Chrissy Hynde's.

And Oran "Juice" Jones sang "I Saw You Walkin' in the Rain." Newton's other big hit was " Queen of Hearts."
   12. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 04, 2014 at 02:10 PM (#4666161)
Oran "Juice" Jones's voice was best suited for "Shaniqua! You got me whooped."
   13. Misirlou was a Buddhist prodigy Posted: March 04, 2014 at 02:10 PM (#4666162)
Newton's other big hit was " Queen of Hearts."


Which was performed better by Dave Edmunds
   14. AROM Posted: March 04, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4666165)
Sure, it's been predicted for the last decade and not come to pass, but at some point Raul Ibanez is going to get too old to swing a bat. Then the Angels could use a DH.
   15. Michael J. Binkley's anxiety closet Posted: March 04, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4666170)
Newton's other big hit was " Queen of Hearts."


Which was performed better by Dave Edmunds


Fair enough.
   16. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 04, 2014 at 02:43 PM (#4666196)
I couldn't care less about the Jeter strugg-a-ling.
   17. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: March 04, 2014 at 03:43 PM (#4666260)
Another thread turns into a violent argument about Juice Newton.
   18. GregD Posted: March 04, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4666261)
And Oran "Juice" Jones sang "I Saw You Walkin' in the Rain.
How could anyone forget such lines as "This is my world! You just a squirrel trying to get a nut!" And "you without me is like corn flakes without the milk!" And "sit on down cause you cold busted!"
   19. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 04, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4666267)
Actually, I still prefer the Merrilee Rush version...
   20. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 04, 2014 at 04:12 PM (#4666286)
Actually, I still prefer the Merrilee Rush version...

this
   21. zonk Posted: March 04, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4666287)
Put me down for the Pretender's version... There's actually not a whole lot of space in between them - but to the extent they're differentiated, I'll take Hynde. That's probably more a function of me being a pretty big Pretenders fan though.
   22. zenbitz Posted: March 04, 2014 at 04:54 PM (#4666335)
What about JGiles' Bands' Angel?
   23. PepTech Posted: March 04, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4666354)
Neither Merrilee Rush nor Dave Edmunds looks ANYTHING like Suzy Kolber. Unless you were drunk, I suppose.

Oran "Juice" Jones is starting to look like Magic Johnson, though. Angel Magic?
   24. Greg K Posted: March 04, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4666363)
I always used to get the Pretenders and the Bangles mixed up [probably a product of only discovering popular music in 1993 or so].

I take it that's probably an offensive comparison to Pretenders fans...but I think the Bangles are pretty happening too!
   25. haven Posted: March 04, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4666378)
Actually, I still prefer the Merrilee Rush version...

I'm a big Pretenders fan, but I like the Merrilee Rush and Juice Newton versions better and about equally. Is that allowed?

Apropos of nothing, I saw Chip Taylor (song's writer) play with Lucinda Williams at Irving Plaza. He looks exactly like his brother (Jon Voight).
   26. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 04, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4666396)
But his career and where he’s been, what he’s done, I can’t relate to all that.


A little intimidated and tongue-tied there Joe?
   27. Srul Itza Posted: March 04, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4666430)
Has Namath been sober for three consecutive hours (while awake) at any point in the last 20 years?
   28. Walt Davis Posted: March 04, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4666491)
The Pretenders had a pretty big impact on my taste in music.

Ms Hynde had a pretty big impact on another aspect of my life.
   29. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 04, 2014 at 08:35 PM (#4666495)
Apropos of #25, I graduated from the same high school as Jon Voight and his brother James (Chip Taylor). Alan Alda and the late Captain Lou Albano are also fellow alums.
   30. Publius Publicola Posted: March 04, 2014 at 10:11 PM (#4666528)
I always used to get the Pretenders and the Bangles mixed up [probably a product of only discovering popular music in 1993 or so].


Whattt?????? That's like getting Daniel Day Lewis and Carrottop mixed up.

Criminy Greg, you're giving me agita.
   31. Publius Publicola Posted: March 04, 2014 at 10:14 PM (#4666531)
Has Namath been sober for three consecutive hours (while awake) at any point in the last 20 years?


He is now.

Let's be nice. He had an ugly divorce and he got depressed being separated from his children. Depression manifests itself in some awful ways. By all reports, he's a good dad. I feel for the guy.
   32. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: March 04, 2014 at 10:18 PM (#4666534)

Apropos of #25, I graduated from the same high school as Jon Voight and his brother James (Chip Taylor). Alan Alda and the late Captain Lou Albano are also fellow alums.



A Stepinac man.

SoSH Sr. went there for a year. And my closest friend from middle school is also an alum.

When did you graduate?

   33. Walt Davis Posted: March 04, 2014 at 10:50 PM (#4666543)
And the Oscar for Best Actor goes to ... CarrotTop for "My Left Nostril"

Man, Susanna Hoffs is 55. I'm old.

And either she's still way out of my league or the web doesn't have any 21st century pics.
   34. Publius Publicola Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:11 PM (#4666550)
I don't know, Walt. She's kind of attractive still. But I don't think I'd look at her twice walking down the street.
   35. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 04, 2014 at 11:32 PM (#4666556)
Man, Susanna Hoffs is 55. I'm old.

And either she's still way out of my league or the web doesn't have any 21st century pics.

she's still hot as a friggin pistol
   36. rr Posted: March 05, 2014 at 01:35 AM (#4666573)
It would have been cooler if Namath had called Jeter a sleazeball and Ian Kinsler had called Jon Daniels an angel.
   37. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: March 05, 2014 at 03:24 AM (#4666591)
Ms Hynde had a pretty big impact on another aspect of my life.

You banged a Kink?
   38. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 05, 2014 at 08:42 AM (#4666599)
When did you graduate?


1975.

Susanna Hoffs is 55. I'm old.


Merrilee Rush is 70. Chrissie Hynde is 62.

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