Of all the quarterbacks with Orange County roots on NFL rosters right now, the pride of Mission Viejo High School Mark Sanchez leads the pack, guiding his New York Jets to a league best record of 5-1. (Santa Margarita's Carson Palmer is next with the 2-3 Cincinnati Bengals, whose backup QB is his brother Jordan Palmer of Mission Viejo High. Mater Dei's Matt Leinart is with the 4-2 Houston Texans, but he's the third-stringer, while fellow Monarch Colt Brennan is currently out of pro ball.) But Sports Illustrated just named Sanchez the third most-overrated player in the NFL, behind Tony Romo and Terrell Owens. And a man has to think about his earning future. So, maybe that's why Sanchez felt compelled to rob a Chase Bank in Manhattan Beach on Monday.
It sure looks like Sanchez in his No. 6 Jets jersey. Check out these side-by-side shots for proof. (And keep in mind this a bye week for the Jets, so Marky does not have an alibi.)
I know this is confusing. Hell, you only have to read this crap, can you imagine writing it? But as the photos above reveal, it's a tough call discerning which is the handsome young NFL stud muffin and which is the old Archie Bunker impersonator.
This much is clear: Sanchez ain't copping to being the bandit.
"I'm being set up. I swear it wasn't me," Sanchez tweeted yesterday afternoon at @Mark_Sanchez, adding, "#worstframejobever."
Visitors were later invited to tweet their best New York Post-style headlines:
@jamescarr89: "Sanchez Sees Future, Demands Raise";
@tenPMstriker "Gang Green Bandit Strikes Local Bank";
@anydee: "JET FAN BANK SCAM";
@jccooper21: "Sanchez Demands a Hand-off";
@GLITZANDBLITZ: "Robber Leaves His Mark";
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@misstweetheart: "Robber Jets away with cash";
@Adam_Greenbaum: "Robber Attempts QB Sneak";
@I_Am_JimboSlice: "That's Nacho Money"