Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Mark Sanchez is flying high after Sunday's convincing win over the Buffalo Bills and won't let doubters or even cartoonists get him down.  Last night the New York Jets quarterback and a couple of Flight Crew cheerleaders hit a promotional event in Manhattan and Sanchez even joked about being caricatured as a clown in a newspaper NFL guide.

Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Rex Ryan were drawn as clowns in a car in The New York Post NFL 2012 guide last week — a poke at the circus-like atmosphere surrounding the team.

On Sunday, Sanchez made a statement on the field.  Last night, he said he didn't mind the drawing and, if the nation's Commander-in-Chief could take a jab, so could he.

"I mean it's a cartoon," Sanchez said last night.  "Do you think President Obama feels bad when they make political cartoons about him?"



The much-maligned quarterback said if he couldn't take a joke, then how could he take any hits from opposing defenders on the field.

"It's part of the deal if you're gonna play in New York," he said. "If you can't handle that, how are you gonna handle getting ready for [James] Harrison, [LaMarr] Woodley and Troy Polamalu?"

"If you can't handle that stuff, you can't play," he added.



Sanchez had another reason to feel presidential.  After the 48-28 rout of the Bills, he was spotted celebrating the win with his new flame — actress Eva Longoria.

While Sunday's win was a nice start to the season, Sanchez knows it going to take more than thick skin and the gaze of a beautiful woman to keep his mind off of his critics.

"It almost seems like people are looking for us to feel vindicated or, 'Oh, he's proven something now,' because the preseason didn't go the way we wanted to, but the reality of it is it's one game," Sanchez told The New York Post.

"Did we play well?  Absolutely. No doubt," he said.  "But that's nothing to hang your hat on.  That's the most important thing for our guys moving forward, just to realize that.  As soon as your head hits the pillow tonight and, really, last night, that one's over."

Now that the cat is out of the bag about Sanchez's relationship with the "Desperate Housewives" star, can the Wildcat follow suit?


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