Never has a first down been celebrated this much.

Did you watch CNBC this morning?

Unless you like subjecting yourself to endless amounts of political blather surrounding the American Presidential election then that’s probably a no.

The twitter destroying news of the day surrounds Jets owner Woody Johnson’s appearance on the network. He was shilling for Republican nominee Mitt Romney again, and made comments regarding the messiah turned pariah turned messiah again Tim Tebow.

Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense were the victims of another incredible performance from J.J Watt and the Texans defense Monday night. Sanchez’s numbers — 45 pernt completion rate, 230 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions — weren’t terrible, but his penchant for debilitating turnovers was on display again. Rex Ryan continues to state Sanchez is still his guy, but the calls for Tebow are growing.

Johnson hasn’t hidden his fondness for the former Broncos QB. As I mentioned last week, Johnson knows the spectacle that would surround Tebow’s ascension to the starting role would generate the ticket sales and media hype he craves.

During his appearance on the network that continues to employ financial gasbag Jim Cramer, Johnson sent the New York media into a frenzy once again:

“Will we keep Tebow? Absolutely,” Johnson said. “He’ll be with us for three years, and I think he’s going to be a real valuable asset in terms of helping us win games.”

Tebow’s contract has him in New York for three years, anyways, but Johnson’s tone during the interview is worth noting. Sanchez’s contract — extended in March — has him in New York until 2016, however it’s not guaranteed after the 2013 season. He also stands to earn a shit load more than Tebow, something Johnson and his money guys surely know.

Going forward two things are clear. The Jets are struggling to remain relevant in a market with a bevy of options for the New York sports fan. Second, they aren’t setting the world on fire with Sanchez as the starter, which means Tebow will eventually get the call. Depending on how the next two weeks go — home vs. Indianapolis and away vs. New England — an Oct.28 at home versus the Dolphins may be the beginning of the Tebow era.

If you’re starting Sanchez as your number one fantasy QB, hospitalization is your best bet. But Tebow’s running ability makes him worth a play if you’re stuck in bye week limbo. Realistically, any and all members of the Jets offensive personnel should be purged from your roster.

Johnson added this gem about Watt later in the interview:

“Essentially, don’t throw in that area or throw extremely high,” Johnson said. “He’s 6’6, can jump 30 inches, so he’s probably like 15 feet by the time you add it all up.”

Well done, CNBC. You nearly ruined football for me.

And now the links part of the links post…

  • Contrary to popular belief, Jay Cutler really likes Mike Tice. [Sun-Times]
  • Tom Coughlin isn’t satisfied with the Giants pass rush. [NJ.com]
  • Kenny Britt felt more confident in practice yesterday than he has all year. [Rotoworld]
  • RG3 is expected to participate in practice today. [Washington Post]
  • Jim Harbaugh is worried about Alex Smith’s finger injury. [SF Chronicle]
  • From doghouse to penthouse. Giants coaches are ‘excited’ about David Wilson. [NY Daily News]
  • Julio Jones is dropping too many balls. [ESPN.com]
  • Mike Florio doesn’t think Chris Johnson will be a Titan in 2013. [PFT]
  • The Antonio Cromartie WR experiment will continue according to Rex Ryan. [Twitter]