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Woody unplugged: Jets owner goes off on coin toss

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, center, claps

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, center, claps while attending a pep rally as running back Leon Washington, right, and Curtis Martin, left, look. (January 21, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Well, it took a while for the Jets to issue a statement about the NFL's decision to flip a coin to determine whether the Giants or Jets would play the first game at the new stadium at the Meadowlands.

But Woody Johnson unloaded on the process that was used to determine that the Giants, and not the Jets, would host the first game at the stadium. In a statement just issued by the Jets, Johnson said:

"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. When the issue of which team would be hosting the first regular season game could not be resolved on the merits, I suggested a coin toss as the fairest way to resolve this issue. The League rejected that idea. Then, I was told on Friday that a coin toss had taken place at the League office and that the Jets had lost. We rejected a process in which neither team was present. The League departed from our time-honored tradition and declined the opportunity to set the matter straight with a transparent process."

It's a clear shot at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who told the teams Friday that he had indeed decided on a coin toss to settle the matter, and that the Giants had won. 

Sour grapes? You bet. 

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