Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sanchez's antics still eats at Raiders
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders clearly haven’t digested Mark Sanchez’s infamous Hot Dog caper of 2009.
Oakland coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday he wasn’t focusing on the memory of Sanchez, then a rookie, discretely putting mustard on a hot dog and then eating it on the sidelines late in the Jets’ 38-0 laugher at Oakland two years ago. Sanchez and the Jets visit Oakland on Sunday.
Still, Jackson, who was not part of the Oakland organization in 2009, relished the opportunity to grill Sanchez over the non-meaty issue. Jackson showed his team the frankfurter footage this week to, apparently, get his team steamed to face Sanchez.
“I don’t eat hot dogs during the game,” Jackson said told reporters Wednesday. “It sounds like somebody did. So, that was his prerogative back then. I wasn’t here. I hope we can make it more interesting for him so he doesn’t have to eat hot dogs. Hopefully, we can take the mustard and the relish and the onions and all that and put it away and play a little football.”
Fresh off the seeing of the video, Oakland defensive lineman Tommy Kelly has more motivation to knock the scrambling gourmet on his buns.
“Yeah, coach showed (the video) to us,” Kelly said. “It was just a reminder. We’re going to remind him of that during the game.”
Hot Dog-Gate an amusing sidebar to the main course, but the Raiders must make sure Sanchez doesn’t make them eat their words come game time.