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Jets no longer a laughingstock

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Super Bowl media center was sloppy with comedians Friday.

The cast of the upcoming motion picture "The Grown Ups" -- Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, David Spade and Rob Schneider -- made the rounds on Radio Row. Jamie Foxx and Ralphie May also were on the scene.

I caught up with James, a monster New York Jets fan, for a quick interview to discuss his newfound hope for the future because of head coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez. James was 3 years old when the Jets won Super Bowl III.

"Rex he really brought that team together," James said. "Sanchez is unbelievable. He's the franchise. I'm psyched to have him.

"It's just so much promise for next year. They just played their hearts out. The just never gave up. Even thought it was heartbreaking to lose to the Colts, it was like 'You know what? You guys did all you could this year and it just didn't match up.' Next year, I feel great about it.

"For this Super Bowl, I'm not so depressed because I have such hope for next year."

If I wanted to get some counterbalance, I could reach out to Nick Bakay, AFC East blog reader, who co-wrote "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" with James, for thoughts about his hometown Buffalo Bills.

But I'm not allowed to print such ribald verbiage, and it pains my heart to hear Bakay weep.