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Bart Scott to join CBS' 'The NFL Today'

Bart Scott understands he may be cut by

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CBS announced Monday that former Jets linebacker Bart Scott will join the revamped panel of analysts for its "The NFL Today" pregame show for the 2014 season.

Previously the network said Tony Gonzalez would join the show, while Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe left.

Scott and Gonzalez join the returning James Brown, Bill Cowher and Boomer Esiason.

Scott, who last played in 2012, drew...

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Kate Upton three-peats (sort of)

Kate Upton and I go way back, to the spring of 2011, when we rapped about her being a fan of the Yankees, Knicks and especially Jets, thanks to her sister working in client relations for the team.

But we both were younger and more innocent then. In the ensuing years she has become an international star, with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers, joining Christie Brinkley...

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Giants, Jets are second-rate on TV

Quarterback Eli Manning of the Giants looks over

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New York usually trails smaller, less cosmopolitan markets when it comes to sports ratings, especially for football, and 2013 was no exception.

Average local ratings for both the Giants and Jets dropped for a second consecutive season as the Super Bowl co-hosts finished 30th and 31st in that category among the 32 NFL teams, according to Sports Business Daily.

Giants games averaged 15.3...

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No one home at Super Bowl

Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino attired in tee-shirt

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Never before have the odds been better for a team to play a Super Bowl in its stadium, what with two options this season, and yet . . . nope. The two top playoff seeds aren’t even from the same half of the continent as MetLife. Sad.

Twice, teams have played the big game in their home markets, though: the Los Angeles Rams in the Rose Bowl in 1980 and the San Francisco 49ers in Stanford Stadium...

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Jets, Giants to play simultaneously for fourth time in five seasons

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, right,

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The Jets and Giants went a quarter of a century, from 1984 to 2009, without playing at the same time in the regular season – other than against each other. But Sunday they will do so for the fourth time in five seasons.

It occurred twice in 2009, the first time to avoid a conflict for Jets fans observing Yom Kippur, the second to avoid having the Giants visit the Eagles too close to the start...

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Book: Rex Ryan fined thin-skinned players, coaches

New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, left,

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Nicholas Dawidoff’s behind-the-scenes book about the 2011 Jets, “Collision Low Crossers,’’ was released Tuesday but written well before then – and before the recent bullying controversy that engulfed the Dolphins.

In light of that episode a passage on pages 72 and 73 is particularly timely, and revealing.

Dawidoff tells of a team-bonding game of “Jets Pictionary’’ in which...

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'Heidi Game' turns 45

JOE NAMATH 1965-1976 136 games (126 starts), 60-61-4

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Forty-five years ago Sunday I was worried some silly football game would delay the beginning of “Heidi,’’ which I and many of my fellow 8-year-olds were very much looking forward to watching.

Happily, NBC executives left the Jets-Raiders game right at 7 p.m., and all was well! Kind of.

As it turned out, there were many football fans less than enthusiastic about the move, especially after...

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Special addition to SNY team: Mike Westhoff

Tim Tebow talks with special teams coordinator Mike

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One negative of the Jets’ surprising start is that it has put a damper on SNY analyst Ray Lucas’ colorful postgame emoting, which late last season was becoming more entertaining than the games themselves.

But that is not the only reason the postgame show has taken on a different tone this season. With Adam Schein and his, um, distinctive voice having left for CBS Sports Network, SNY has used...

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