The "Madbacker" has officially become part of the Jets Radio team on newyorkjets.com. Bart Scott will star in "Barking with Bart," a weekly program on our home team site that will also include a shorter segment that will be broadcast on Jets TV.
"The subject of the show is to not just talk about football but to talk about the events going on in society and also to give back," Scott said on this week's first installment, which went live on the site Monday evening. "I'm excited that all the proceeds from this show will be given out to charity. We have an exciting format where people can submit their causes and we'll see if we can support that."
Toronto Tourism has hopped on board as a sponsor. Scott and the Jets are scheduled to visit Toronto, Canada, on Thursday, Dec. 3, in a nationally televised affair against the Buffalo Bills and you can book your trip now at seetorontonow.com or by calling Jets Getaways at 212-391-TRIP.
While Scott would love to see many of the Green & White faithful at the Rogers Centre for that game, he's also using the program as a platform to help others. He established *A Son Never Forgets Foundation *in 2006, aiming to help those suffering with paralysis after his cousin, Jeffrey Pippen, was paralyzed in a random shooting at a bar. And now Scott wants people to email him each week — at firstname.lastname@example.org — and he'll select someone to assist.
"We're going to make ourselves a force in this community," he said.
This promises to be an interesting listen as the "Madbacker" covers the Jets, the NFL and topical issues from around the world, and it will all be for a good cause. During his first show, Scott reflected on Rex Ryan's reaction to the Jets' 24-7 stomping of the Houston Texans in Week 1.
"He's a tough guy, he's a man's man, a player's coach. He did get a little emotional — I think we all did because we're against all odds," he said. "Woody Johnson took a tremendous chance in hiring a rookie coach from Baltimore and I think it hit him all at one time for him to get a win like that. Me, Jimmy Leonhard and Marques Douglas were able to give him a little semi-Gatorade bath to commemorate his first win. He brought us over to do the job and we're excited to be part of this tremendous organization."
And just hours after Kanye West spoiled Taylor Swift's night at the MTV Music Awards, Scott weighed in with some advice.
"If I'm Taylor Swift's people, I'm telling him [West] to have some class and stay in his place. They're going to have to start putting him up in the balcony or something where he can't get to the stage. … Next time you got to have your Kanye blocker."
Looking ahead to this weekend, Scott was reminded that the Patriots haven't lost to the Jets at the Meadowlands since 2000.
"I wasn't a part of that. This is the dawn of a new day," he said from the Jets' broadcast studio on the second floor of the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. "That wasn't the Rex Ryan era. Everything that happened before this doesn't matter. This is a new team, new attitude, new philosophy and you're going to have to pay the price. I'll tell you what — this is going to be a straight body-blow game."
Even though the Miami Dolphins captured the AFC East last season, most people still believe the Patriots, with Tom Brady back in the saddle, are the team to beat in the division. After Scott and the Jets' "D" shut out the Texans at Reliant Stadium, they'll test themselves against what many consider to be the best offense in football.
"They're the best in the division and I can't wait to go in and get nasty. We can play this thing in the alley, we can play this thing on a JV court, man, I don't care. It's a tremendous team and it's a tremendous challenge," Scott said. "And if you want to be the best defense in the league, what better statement than to take on the best offense with the most weapons and have a tremendous, tremendous day and get in the face of Brady. He's a pretty boy, the face of the league. Let's get it on, man."
Scott is encouraging fan barks as well. The Jets have created a new email address — email@example.com — so fans can write in to No. 57.
"If your comments are too nasty, I'll come find you," he said. "Don't worry about it. All jokes aside, send them in. How can we improve the show? And also just your general statements, comments and reflections or questions about how the team is doing and where we're going from here."