Following the Jets' 28-21 win over the AFC East rival New England Patriots in the divisional round of this year's postseason, linebacker Bart Scott had no trouble expressing his emotion. His post game interview with Sal Paolantonio went viral - a result of Scott's last two words. When Paolantonio commented on the upcoming week's AFC championship game in Pittsburgh, Scott responded with authority: "Can't Wait!". This phrase quickly gained popularity among NFL fans around the country, especially those in the Tri-state area.
The rallying cry wasn't enough to bring the Jets their first Super Bowl appearance since 1969. Bart Scott and the Jets defense gave up 24 points and over 150 yards on the ground. The "Can't Wait!" phenomenon seemed to have lost some of its luster. Apparently Scott didn't think so.
The Southern Illinois alum revealed on Friday that he trademarked his famous phrase. "It really took off on ESPN, it took over on Youtube. My wife said, 'You should trademark it.' Once i started to hear people were trying to make t-shirts, I said, 'I tell you what, if anybody is going to benefit off 'Can't Wait', it should be me.' "
I understand that this is about money. With the possibility of there not being an NFL season next year, players need to do whatever they can to make some money. Bart Scott just happens to be the guy who decides to wrestle and coin obsolete phrases. Teammate Darrelle Revis trademarked "Revis Island". Unlike "Can't Wait", Revis's phrase still has merit: Revis remains the top cover corner in the league. Scott's "Can't Wait!" was meant to be applied to the Jets' next game in Pittsburgh, a game that they lost.
In my opinion, this phrase should have died along with the Jets' Super Bowl hopes in January. Instead, though, I'm going to apply it to something more important. Roger Goodell, DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA, owners: I "Can't Wait!" until you guys agree on terms for a new collective bargaining agreement. Get it done, Friday is fast approaching.