Sunday, September 9, 2012

Week 1 of the 2012 NFL Season And Our Panini Sticker Album

Before I start writing about this weeks NFL games and Panini stickers I want to congratulate everyone who entered the “early adopters” phase of our 2012 Panini America NFL Player of the Day promotion, getting bonus entries for prizes and a chance to win some Panini exclusive cards and an autograph from this year’s National in Baltimore.  Not sure what I am talking about?  Well use this link and read the ENTIRE post to find out. 

In the past I have formatted these posts that accompanied the week in Panini NFL stickers with players to watch.  I will be returning to that format next week, tying it in with an All About Cards mini version
of Fantasy Football, giving you a chance to play along and earn additional entries in the NFL POD promotion.  But this week is going to be a little more personal.  I’m going to talk about my team, the New York Jets. 
Why am I doing this?  I’m doing this because for the first year in a long time that I am completely, devastatingly apprehensive about the team.  I figure it could be an incredible, sometimes unbelievable season or it could be a dramatic football fail.  There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground this year.  So while hope is still in the air, I’m going to concentrate on my team.  I can do that because... well... it’s my blog.

Here are this week’s featured stickers.

Curtis Martin, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow

I’m starting with recent Hall of Fame inductee Curtis Martin because I’m one of those “good news first” kind of guys.  Martin will honored by the Jets today by retiring his Jersey Number, 28, at MetLife Stadium as they open their 2012 regular season against the Buffalo Bills.  I will be wearing my Martin Jets jersey for the occasion.  That is the definitely good news.  Now let’s deal with the “could be good news, could be bad” news.

Sanchez and Tebow, two quarterbacks, two different offenses, one hot mess. As if we haven't had enough problems with the Quarterback position since Joe Namath led the team, we now have to deal with a duo of QBs.  I have been vocally critical about Sanchez even though he is from my alma mater and the leader of my favorite team.  For the past few years I have looked at the Jets roster and felt Sanchez is the weakest link.  As for Tebow, I was a fan of his during his Denver days.  I was in Miami last October when he pulled of an incredible win.  But now that he is with the Jets, it somehow doesn’t feel right.  Add Tony Sparano to the mix and my stomach starts turning just thinking about it.  So this will either be one of the most brilliant moves in NFL history as the Jets become an unstoppable two-headed monster or I will be forced to attempt the dreaded double face palm throughout the season.

Here are the other stickers that will be added to our 2012 Panini Sticker Collection album this week.

NFL Players Association, Mario Williams, Jake Long

Jerod Mayo, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold

LeRon Landry, Vonta Leach, Geno Atkins

T.J. Ward, LaMarr Woodley, J.J. Watt

Robert Mathis, Jeremy Mincey, Marc Mariani

Jacob Tamme, Eric Berry, Rolando McClain

Eric Weddle, Brandon Carr, Justin Tuck

Jason Babin, DeAngelo Hall, Julius Peppers

Kyle Vanden Bosch, B,J, Raji, E.J. Henderson

John Abraham, Charles Johnson, Roman Harper

Aqib Talib, Calais Campbell, Aldon Smith

Quintin Mikell, Chris Clemons, Divisional Playoff - Ravens vs. Texans

Be on the look out for more additions to our sticker album next week along with the official start of our 2012 Panini America NFL Player of the Day promotion.

To see the first few stickers we put in our album and get the basics on how to collect 2012 Panini NFL stickers, use this link.

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