Jerk – With this term, the speaker assigns responsibility for the botched play primarily on Sanchez. Which is fine. But calling him a “jerk,” or some other words that shouldn’t be posted on an SNY blog, implies that Sanchez had intent in his screw-up, which is total nonsense.
Moron (see also: “idiot,” “stupid,” or, if you’re Jewish, “goyisha kopf”) – These kinds of outburst, which are my go-to angry words, assign blame for Sanchez’s mistakes on his perceived lack of intelligence. If only he were a little bit smarter (or as smart as us, sitting on our couches watching the game), we’re saying, he would’ve seen how open Plaxico Burress was and thrown it to him, instead of into the arms of a defender. This word is typically used by those intellectual types who haven’t played a game in their life and think football is just a 3D version of chess.
Worthless – Another favorite of mine and another example which has a number of four-letter variants. Here, Sanchez’s mistake instantly strips him of all value. In the moment he chose to let the ball strip from his hands, he went from being a halfway-decent professional football quarterback to being a bumbling fool with no business coaching a peewee team. And at that moment, he probably feels the same.
Markita Sanchita – This insult probably has more variations than any other and they all involve attacks on Mark’s masculinity. Typically used to describe Sanchez’s overall performance as opposed to specific plays, as it’s difficult to call someone a woman when he’s shrugging off yet another body blow.
Note: Each of these terms becomes much more fun to say when preceded by a certain swear-based gerund.
Note: If you're looking for a recap, look at the live-blog below. This was intended to be a light-hearted post following a feel-good late comeback.