A man-bites-dog story

September, 21, 2011
9/21/11
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Mark Sanchez can laugh about it now. Back then, not so much.

In the final seconds of the Jets' blowout win at Oakland in 2009, the then-rookie quarterback was seen on camera eating a hot dog on the bench. He tried to hide it, but his jaw chomping was impossible to miss. It started a firestorm of criticism -- one of a few embarrassing rookie moments for Sanchez.

The Jets are headed back to Oakland this weekend. You think some of their fans will remind him of Hot Dog Gate? Absolutely.

"It wasn't very respectful to the game and other guys playing, and that's not the way I wanted it to be, and that's not the kind of player I am," Sanchez said Wednesday. "So it's a mistake you learn from."

Sanchez actually bumped into the CBS cameraman at a later date. He said the cameraman apologized.

"He's like, 'Man, I feel bad, that thing turned into a big deal for you, huh?'" he said. "I was like, 'You have no idea.'"

Some good came out of it. A few days later, Sanchez bought a large quantity of hot dogs for a homeless shelter near the Jets' facility.

STUCK IN MUD: After two weeks, the Jets' rushing attack has produced only 146 yards, 28th in the league. Now they're about to face the Raiders, who are giving up an average of 127.5 per game (27th) and 6.7 per carry.

Rex Ryan likes his chances against the Raiders, but it will be interesting to see howthe Jets try to run the ball. The Raiders were gashed last week by the Bills' spread formations. In other words, the Bills spread the field with receivers and ran against the Raiders' nickel and dime packages.

AS THE CRO FLIES: CB Antonio Cromartie was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his two-interception performance against the Jaguars.

INJURY REPORT: Other than C Nick Mangold (ankle), every player on the Jets' injury report is expected to play.

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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