Hot-Dog Gate, A Scandal Just For A Scandal

David WyattAnalyst IOctober 28, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 25:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets looks celebrates after rushing for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 25, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

I have to say that while I was sitting enjoying a Jets victory for the first time in weeks, I barely took notice when the camera panned to quarterback Mark Sanchez having a quick little snack on a hot dog. I had a little chuckle to myself and commented on it to a few friends, but otherwise I just passed it over as being another sideline surprise.

Just like a few weeks back where during the Colts game, the camera panned to the sideline and Tiger Woods was standing there having a good laugh, invitation by the request of Peyton Manning, the only person who matters in Indianapolis.

So when I woke up on Monday morning, and had a listen to "Mike & Mike In the Morning," and heard them talking about it as if it were Spygate take two, I was a little surprised. Even more so when I learned that Rex Ryan wasn't happy about it (I think that's the first time he has been upset with a hot dog) and mystifies when I was told to watch the post-game apology.


A post-game apology for eating a hot dog discreetly on the sideline. It's disrespectful people said, he was showing up the Raiders, why didn't he eat a power bar? It really took off, and here we are on Wednesday, and it's still an issue.

Although Mark has made somewhat of a nice gesture purchasing 500 hot dogs, and 500 burgers to donate to the local soup kitchen, a nice gesture that just shows what a classy guy he is, and I'm never going to say that giving to charity is wrong, but it is a direct result of Sunday and, to me, it's completely unnecessary.

Anyone would think that Mark Sanchez had walked into Tom Cable's house on Christmas morning and and stole the Christmas turkey.

With all the talk of disrespect, I thought I would go to where people should be most upset about it. Oakland Raiders forums. Guess what? nobody cared, in fact one poster commented that it was the first time all season that anything to do with Oakland or the Raiders got a ringing endorsement.

With so many more pressing issues this week, I find it ridiculous that people are escalating a mundane occurrence like that of what has become "Hot-Dog Gate" and turned it into a national story, taking up time on radio shows, TV programs, newspaper columns. Have we not got anything better to talk about this week.

Is it really that slow?

So please vote in the poll, as I want to see what the fans really think of this, because I'm thinking that nobody really cares.