VITALS THE LINE: Jaguars by 6 1/2 TV: Ch. 2 (Dick Enberg, Randy Cross) RADIO: WABC 770 AM, 1050 WEPN (Bob Wischusen, Marty Lyons), Nationwide on USA Radio Network (Howard David, Tim Pernetti) FORECAST: Partly sunny, around 80, with 10 mph winds. INJURY IMPACT The Jaguars will be without DT Marcus Stroud for the first time in six years and that's huge for the Jets. DE Marcellus Wiley is also out, leaving the Jags thin up front. WR Matt Jones is also out. RB Cedric Houston (knee) is out 2-to-4 weeks for the Jets. Derrick Blaylock joins Kevan Barlow and Leon Washington in the backfield rotation. OG Trey Teague could be ready to play for the Jets for the first time this season. FEATURE MATCHUPS WR Laveranues Coles vs. CB Brian Williams: Big play receiver Santana Moss killed the Jaguars last week and Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio is very concerned about Coles. Williams usually lines up on Coles' side and takes on the opponent's top receiver. Coles will need to beat the jam … [Read more...] about PLAYBOOK. Jets at Jaguars at Alltel Stadium, 4 p.m.
JACKSONVILLE - Paul Spicer will wait until after today's game to say something to Chad Pennington. He plans to seek him out on the field, shake his hand and express his admiration. "When it's over, regardless of the outcome, I'll go up to him, man-to-man, and say, 'Hey, man, glad to see you back,'" the Jaguars' defensive end said this past week in a phone interview. "I can appreciate what he's done." The big fella paused, perhaps sensing he was getting a bit mushy. "But Chad knows I'm going to be coming after him," Spicer added, turning serious. "And I plan on getting there, like I did last year. I'm not going to stop, just because of what happened." You could almost hear him smiling in anticipation. The lives of Spicer and Pennington intersected last Sept. 25 at Giants Stadium. It happened at 2:15 p.m. on the Jets' 19-yard line, where the 296-pound lineman blindsided Pennington, yanking his arm backward with a clean, but gruesome hit. It was the best day of Spicer's … [Read more...] about PLAYBOOK. Jets at Jaguars at Alltel Stadium, 4 p.m. LOOK OUT! Jags are blast from the past for Chad
Verizon Wireless has agreed to buy Alltel Corp. for $5.9 billion, which would make it by far the largest cellular carrier in the U.S. Verizon Wireless would also assume $22.2 billion in debt in the deal, bringing the total value to $28.1 billion, the parties said Thursday.The deal comes just seven months after Alltel was taken private by TPG Capital and a unit of Goldman Sachs Group. They paid $24.7 billion for the stock and took on $2.7 billion in debt, bringing the value of that deal to $27.4 billion.Alltel has 13.2 million subscribers in 34 states, mainly in rural areas away from the coasts. Added to Verizon Wireless 67.2 million subscribers, the size of the combined company would surpass the current U.S. cellular leader AT&T Inc., with 71.4 million subscribers.The parties expect the deal to close by the end of the year, pending regulatory approvals. The deal is likely to face scrutiny by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, but analysts expect it to … [Read more...] about Verizon Wireless agrees to buy Alltel for $5.9B
The Arkansas Development Finance Authority bought Building 4 on the former Verizon/Alltel campus at 1 Allied Drive from Alltel Corp., an affiliate of Verizon Communications Inc. of New York. Don’t Miss Out Real Deals, Whispers and select cover stories are available only to print subscribers. I am a print subscriber. Login to access this story in a digital copy of the print edition. I’m not a print subscriber. Subscribe now and be the first to read each week’s Real Deals, Whispers and cover stories. You'll also get immediate access to this story in a digital copy of the print edition. … [Read more...] about Former Alltel Properties Dial Up $26M Transaction (Real Deals)
DESPITE A MUCH-IMPROVED offense under the new coaching staff, the Jets have continued a maddening and perplexing trend that began early last season - 18 straight games without an offensive touchdown in the first quarter. The streak began last Sept. 25 against the Jaguars, whom they face Sunday at Alltel Stadium. The Jets will enter the game as one of only three teams that have yet to score an opening-quarter point in 2006. Is it a statistical anomaly or the root of a real problem? Evidently, it's a touchy subject. "I do have my theories, but I won't speak upon them because they might not come across too well for some people," wide receiver Laveranues Coles said yesterday, making an obvious reference to the coaching staff. When a team is consistently outplayed in the first quarter, it often suggests that something is lacking in the mental and/or physical preparation - an indictment of the coaching. No one on the Jets took it that far, although a few players said the offense was … [Read more...] about JETS SEEKING ‘FIRST’ AID