Jets’ surprising month

Many Jets fans were down in the dumps when November began as their team was mired in yet another fruitless season with a wretched 1-6 record. The brown paper bags over faces, long a symbol of sports fans who are humiliated by the play of their beloved team, were broken out when the Jets were beaten by the previously winless Dolphins on Nov. 3.

The Jets began to turn things around by beating their equally inept MetLife Stadium co-tenants, the Giants, 34-27 and followed up that win by beating those perennial NFL dregs, the Washington Redskins, 34-17 the following week in Landover, Md. While no one would confuse either the Giants or Redskins with the Jets’ perennial tormentors, the Patriots, wins are wins, and Gang Green fans couldn’t afford to be fussy about whom their team beat to get them.

All of which made Sunday’s 34-3 win over the Oakland (soon-to-be Las Vegas) Raiders very satisfying, marking the first time this season the Jets beat a team with a winning record.

Jets quarterback Sam Darnold showed the same poise that he displayed against both the Giants and Redskins as he beat the Raiders with both his arm and legs. There’s little doubt the Jets benefited from the damp weather for which the Raiders, who play in balmy California, were not adequately prepared. After their receivers dropped passes in the first quarter it appeared as if the team mentally checked out.

Speaking of teams not showing up to play, the Knicks enjoyed a rare easy win last Monday as they lambasted the Cavaliers, who seemed to want to be anywhere but Madison Square Garden based on their putrid free throw shooting, poor passing and sloppy defense.

Shooting guard Dameyan Dotson, who was chosen by the Knicks in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, always seems to create instant offense when he’s on the floor and yet appears to be under the radar screen when it comes to recognition.

Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson knows that his job is to not only win the next game but to make sure his players are not fatigued later in the season when playoff spots are on the line. He stated before Friday night’s game with the Sacramento Kings he is well aware of the cumulative wear and tear of playing minutes, which is akin to the accounting concept of depreciation vis-a-vis long-term assets.

He said he has to be judicious given the injuries to Brooklyn’s best players, Kyrie Irving and Caris LeVert. Fortunately for him, guards Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris and Garrett Temple have provided solid offense and defense to compensate for the absences.

It’s no secret San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is not a big fan of President Trump, and he used the president as a comedic foil during the team’s recent losing streak.

When San Antonio Express-News sportswriter Mike Finger asked Popovich if this was a tough time for both his team and himself given the early struggles of the Spurs, Popovich quickly responded “That’s bulls--t. We’re kicking ass. This is fake news. It’s a conspiracy theory! Whoever started this rumor that we’re losing games, it didn’t happen. It’s not true. It’s a witch hunt!”

The sports website the Players Tribune, which was started by Derek Jeter as a way for professional athletes to communicate directly with their fans without those pesky intermediaries known as sportswriters, was sold last week to an Israeli company, Minute Media, after years of bleeding money.

The concept never resonated with the public, and it was an open secret that ghostwriters were really writing the articles as opposed to the athletes themselves.

Life and style

Wedding Salon, the quarterly trade show on all things relating to nuptials and honeymoons, had the expected formalwear exhibitors as well as representatives of glamorous resort areas such as Mexico’s Cabo San Lucas, the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana, Aruba and the Bahamas. A Bahamas rep told me that Grand Bahama Island is recovering from Hurricane Dorian and that most of its hotels should be up and running by mid- to late winter.

Closer to home, a Catskills resort, the Kartrite, located in Monticello next door to the Resorts World Casino, that many over 50 years of age will remember as the site of the Concord Hotel, was promoting its indoor water park as a place for wedding party fun. While skiing is big in the winter in Sullivan County, a representative from the Kartrite told me that many like to put on their bathing suit and hit the water because it’s a balmy 84 degrees year-round at its indoor water facility.

One doesn’t normally associate massages with weddings, but according to a representative from Manhattan’s Oasis Day Spa, the spot has become a part of many wedding receptions. The spokesperson also told me that hand massages are becoming increasingly popular because of daily routine texting and computer work.

A talented violinist and singer from Orlando, Fla., Charleene Closshey, promoted her new album, “Christmas Time is Here,” with a media performance last week at Manhattan’s Essex House.

The title track is from the 1960s animated holiday special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” whose composer was the late Vince Guaraldi. For some unknown reason the piece has rarely been covered by other artists. The rest of the tracks are quite good as well, with Closshey getting a chance to show off both her Irish heritage pride and fiddling skills on “Christmas in Killarney.”