Jets Keep Winning, Veteran Fans Debate Future Tailgating

This past Thursday night, the Jets gave their fans a true win to celebrate over.  On Thanksgiving night, they beat the stuffing out of those turkeys called the Cincinnati Bengals.  Three wins in under a year.  The Jets defense came alive when the team needed them to the most.  That was a key piece missing the past few weeks.  Sanchez and the offense was picking up the slack for the defense.  But Revis and the Defense proved they want it just as bad.  Two interceptions, a fumble recovery, three sacks, and a safety kept their juices flowing.  It was great to finally see the Jets have a decisive win that they did not have to pull out in the final seconds of the game.

Where has Brad Smith been hiding his potential?  For weeks now he has barely cracked double digits when running the ball or in the Seminole package.  Mr. Every Position sparked New York to its second-best start after he scored on an 89-yard kickoff return — during which a cleat slipped off — and also had a 53-yard touchdown run.  Brad Smith is showing why he is an integral part of the Jets offense.  It seems when guys are needed on the team, they come to life.  I think some are still waiting for Joe McKnight to come around.

Now the Jets may be 9-2 and that gives many fans a reason to celebrate.  Everyone will.  Many younger fans have not seen a Jets team like this and older veteran fans have not seen a team this good in decades.  But it is still not enough to keep some long time tailgaters happy.  Long time tailgaters The Jet Nuts, Jet Pack, and a few others have considered putting a halt to their mass crowd tailgating ways.  They are not seeing the people they once saw come to their tailgates to pay.  Many blame it on friends opting out of the PSLs and continuing their season tickets.  The groups that charge per head is not seeing the same income come in to help fund a large tailgate party each game.

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Caesar who helped create the Jet Pack back in 1967 said over 80% of the crew did not continue their season tickets.  Now, they tailgate in two separate groups and do not really have the bond they used to have.  Cesar has tried to get Robert Parrin over at the other group to come over to no avail.  One group has about eight while the other has about a handful.  Really down from the dozens I have seen at their combined tailgate before.  To them, the game is not the same experience without being able to tailgate the way they used to, with their friends.

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The Jet Nuts though have a larger tailgate.  Sometimes catering to over 100 fans, depending on the game.  But this season has seen a considerable drop.  They say the crowds are not coming to them like they used to.  They are putting out more money and not seeing much of a return.  Not to mention the bus they drive up from Port Redding with the TV’s, industrial sized grills, and generations of family members.  The Jet Nuts are thinking this could be their last year of group tailgating.  They have been a focus on Jets tailgating for years and they are on their forth bus.

Some could argue the economy still has a hold on some, only paying for the essentials when it comes to the games.  Spending what they had on the PSL, parking pass, and tickets.  Maybe some do not have the $20-$30 per game for a tailgate.  IF you have a family, that can add up.  So it could be cheaper to do a few burgers and dogs yourself.  But people will always party in the parking lots.  You will always see the few and the many.  The groups who take up 4-5 spots who will cook for a few dozen friends.  Not to mention Lobel’s of New York and Weber Grills teaming up to do your tailgating for you, for a price.    They will offer grills to rent in the future.

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As long as the Jets keep wining, the fans will find a reason to celebrate.  But at the home games, not everyone will celebrate together.  Some are doing it by their cars, while their friends are doing it for the first time from their couches.  Many fans note he inside of the stadium has changed.  Not just the building, but the fans inside as well.  It is a different atmosphere all around.  From parking, to the building, to the fans seating around you, to how you leave the stadium parking.  Everyone sees a difference inside when attending a game.  But the biggest difference is how many new younger fans there are compared to the old regime of fans who were with the team since the New York Titans days, or even Shea Stadium.

Even if the Jets win the Super Bowl, it will not bring back the fans who have already left.  They will continue to cheer on their team.  Just no longer from seats inside the stadium.  But from the ones in front of their TV or at their favorite sorts bar.  Sometimes a bigger better stadium does not mean your fans will be better.  You never hear too many people recall memories from walking around a stadium, from visiting VIP lounges or suites.  Sitting at the stadium bar or carving station.  Not even from what concession stand they get their beer from.  They recall the memories of the game itself, memorable plays seen on the field watching with their friends.  Memories recapped while tailgating in the parking lot, passing those memories on to the next generation.

Bing National Tailgating Competition Fires Up Jet Fans

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Not only did the New York Jets pull out a win in the final seconds of the game, but there was another winner at the New Meadoalwands Stadium.  A winner in Bing’s National Tailgate Competition.  This morning at 10:30 was the national competition being held in seven locations across the country sponsored by Bing.  Today’s stop in New Jersey was the third stop on the circuit.  It will end on Thursday February 3rd in Dallas during Super Bowl week.  All the winners will go head to head to see who is the best tailgater in the country.

Sixto, Anthony Quintano, and myself got there early enough to stop by the L7 Tailgate who got together via Twitter.  They had about 40 or so Tweeters there and I missed out on the Rex Ryan for another week.  DAMN!  By the time we got to the Bing.com set up we were presented with free scarves and wool hats bearing the Bing.com logo.  There were four groups vying for best tailgater.  You had Franks Lot 11 Flagmen, Lenny’s Lot K Tailgaters, Gang Green Grillers, and the Winters Brothers.  Each group had not just their own set up, but they had to stand out from everyone else.  The Winters Brothers had their Jets bus behind them.  Frank Conway had 28 flags flying on 14 poles.  The Grillers had a tiki bar, Revis Island, and ice sculptures.  Lenny’s had a kosher grill and his famed Lenny’s burgers.

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There were also social media photo booths with wall mounted touch screens provided by SMART that allowed guests to immediately Tweet, Facebook or email photos right from the event.  Or just play the bean bag toss or football throw on your own/  Even a couple of stations where you could try out Bing if you were unfamiliar with the website search engine.  DJ’s not just from Bing were playing music, but from every tailgate.  You could not walk anywhere without being blasted by some kind of music.

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Before the event started, we were introduced to the judges.  First up as “Crazy Legs” Conti.  The green bean eating champion and a regular on the competitive eating circuit.  You can see him in his dreadlocks every year on the Natahan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.  Next up was SNL Alum, comedian, actor,  and fitness magnate Joe Piscopo.  Even though he is a Giants fan, he had a blast being amongst the Jet faithful.  The third judge is no stranger to Jets fans.  Two time Pro Bowl player, inducted in the Football Hall of Fame, and Wide Receiver for the Jets from 1977-1989 was none other than Wesley Walker.  The final judge is the Commissioner of Tailgating and head of the Tailgating Institute of America, Joe Cahn.  Four men brought together for their love of food and football.

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The teams were judged on their tailgating game skills first.  A bean bag toss and football throw was up first that was not easy for all those who competed.  I can not post all the pictures here so check out the slide show at the bottom of the page or on my Flickr page.  Next the judges went around and had to taste all the food.  What would a tailgating competition be without eating?  Lenny had his special Lenny Burgers with the cheese inside.  Wesley Walker could not put his down.  The Winters Brothers had a menu all prepared with Jets players names accompanying the dishes.  The Flagman Frank had some nice steaks prepared that tasted great.  The Gang Green Grillers had, well, about everything as their special!  Was hard to keep track of all the food.  Some had great shrimp, turkey legs, fillet mignon, and anything else that would make the Homer Simpson in us drool.

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We wanted to eat more than we did.  Which was not enough.  We had to do a lot of interviews and film the event so there was not enough time to eat.  I will say the coffee flavored Patron is very good though.  Beers to the left of me.  Beers to the right of me.  Would have been nice to have had one but we had to stay focused.  By this time I was able to talk with Wesley Walker.  Wesley loved being amongst the Jets fans who had not only watched him when he played, but even the younger fans who were introduced to his greatness.  He did say he was such a great receiver that he would be able to escape Revis Island every time jokingly.  Wesley does enjoy watching today’s players as he sees an intensity now that was still around when he played.

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There was one aspect of Wesley Walkers career I had to find out about in depth.  Wesley is legally blind in one eye.  He was able to make it past the physical back then as there was no vision test.  He knew what he needed t do to compensate for that vision loss.  It made him step up his game and be that much of a better player.  It was after a while that the team had found out about his vision.  Wesley says it was because of that they started doing the combines, to make sure players were 100% in all areas on the field so they would not play with any limitations.  I myself have a loss of central vision in both my eyes that forced me out of wrestling in high school.  So it was a unique experience to be able to find out from an NFL Hall of Famer what he did to make sure his “handicap” did not stop him from what he loved to do.

As the competitors were trying to grease the palms of the judges with their burgers, chicken, and ribs, I managed to get some words with Bing.com representative Kari Dilloo.  Kari talked about Bing’s abilities to search anything football like Bing’s Sports Compare & Bing Instant Answers.  Bing is doing what they can do make their search engine so football user friendly that you can find anything on football.

Multiple stations set up throughout the event to allow guests to try their new software.   “Bing Sports Compare” which creates a direct side by side visual comparison of NFL players and “Bing Instant Answers” which provides instant and accurate information at your fingertips – both perfect for brushing up on football stats prior to tailgate and game time. Also on display was “Bing Travel” which is perfect for the next time you are looking to follow your favorite team to an away game as Bing not only allows you to see hotel and flight price comparisons but also lets you know when would be the best time to book your trip.

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The final contest of the day was the trivia contest.  Each team sent their best man to the stage to answer questions on everything Jets.  From questions ranging from where was Super Bowl III played to where did Nick Mangold go to college.  Every team had their strengths and weaknesses.  But only one team could walk away the best Tailgater in NJ and move on to Dallas.  Joe Piscopo said he has never really tailgated before and wished he could send them all.  He enjoyed his time there even though he looked like a fish out of water.  He provided the comedy element for the day.  Joe said he would rather be escorted into the stadium via a side door than go in through the fans in the parking lot.

But in the end just like in the Highlander, there can be only one.  Everyone did what they could to come out on top.  As the judges tallied their votes they all settled on one winner.  The Winters Brothers took the trophy and title of Best Tailgater in NY.  They will head to Dallas during Super Bowl week to compete for best tailgater in the country.   All in all it was a success and everyone that participated enjoyed themselves, especially the Winters Brothers.  I will have more details up soon along with videos of the event and interviews with the judges.  Next year will bring about more competitors and Jets fans.  No one left unsatisfied, or with an empty stomach.

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Jets Fans To Compete In National Tailgating Competition

Here we are, at the midway point of the football season.  The Jets are 7-2 and look more like 4-5.  Games against Denver, Detroit, and recently Cleveland have not had the Jets looking like Super Bowl contenders.  More like playoff hopefuls.  They have to perform more convincingly if they want to get further than the first round of the playoffs, if they make it there.  They definitely give their fans not just sometime to cheer for, but heart attacks as well.  I needed a defibrillator the past two weeks from the way they had been playing.  Ken Pikowski asked me at the last jets home game if I wanted to go out to the Cleveland game with him and some friends.  They were riding out in this tractor trailer sized camper and offered me a ride.  Would have loved to have gone, but work duties kept me here at home.

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The football season is too short.  There have been four home games and only four left.  Not enough time to tailgate for a football season.  I do not count the preseason in there.  If the Jets have a home playoff game then that is a bonus.  Fans will not only celebrate a home playoff game, but party like hell in the lots and tailgate even harder.  Seems when a team is doing great or making a great playoff run, the tailgating gets more serious.  The groups are crazier, chants are louder, but the food is always delicious.

This coming Sunday at the Houston Texans game, I will be trying a once in a lifetime tailgate food.  The L7 Tailgate crew who came together on Twitter has a food they call the “Rex Ryan”. A hot dog, wrapped in a cheeseburger, wrapped in bacon.  I will have a Lipitor and a Vytorin on me just in case.

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I will also  be covering the Bing.com National Tailgating Competition.  It is being held at 10:30 AM before the Jets take on the Texans outside the Pepsi Gate.  Tailgating, for most football fans, is way beyond just cooking a few hot dogs in the parking lot before the game. This is certainly the case in Houston, Denver, New York, Phoenix, New Orleans, Seattle, and Dallas/Fort Worth, the seven cities Bing.com will be visiting with this competition.

Because of this passion and the social nature of tailgating Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating, and Bing, the decision engine from Microsoft, have teamed up to host the first Bing National Tailgating Championship. Houston will serve as the official kick-off with a regional competition taking place at Reliant Stadium before the Texans/Chargers game. With the Bing National Tailgating Championship, tailgaters from around the country will have the opportunity to compete for the first-ever title of “America’s #1 Tailgater.” In addition, this competition gives fans the chance to prove that Houston is worthy of being titled one of the country’s “tailgating capitals.”

Starting at 10:30 a.m. anyone can come by the Pepsi Gate to watch the region’s best tailgate teams compete for a shot at the national title.  The visitors will receive prizes and a chance to see four tailgating teams compete in four categories including:

1) Cooking: Originality, presentation, regional flair and taste

2) Tailgate Spirit and Environment: Includes tailgating set-up and team flair

3) Parking Lot Agility: bean bag and football toss

4) Team/Sport Knowledge: Trivia challenge

Local judges will be on hand to determine the winning team including football legend Wesley Walker. And of course, Joe Cahn, the Commissioner of Tailgating will be on hand to officiate the competition.

For tailgating teams that would like to throw their BBQ tongs in the ring for a chance to be crowned the nation’s best, please visit:  www.tailgatinginstitute.com/bing.  So come on out to see the best Jets tailgating and how Bing can help fans make your game day decisions.

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Tailgating has become more than just arriving before a game to eat and have fun in the parking lot.  It is a time to share memories with friends.  To make that game day experience one step better.  When I walk around the lots, I see more people than ever taking pictures.  There was a time you could not get too many pictures inside the stadium.  With the advent of camera phones though it makes it easier to snap off a few pics and capture some shots.  My friend Jason must have a new picture up on Facebook after ever Yankees game he goes to.  My point is people want to capture more about what goes on outside the stadium as well as inside it.  Tailgating is not an important part of that game day experience.

Everyone has a memory they will always remember.  Many will remember the Monday Night Miracle, Dan Marino’s fake spike, Dennis Byrd getting hurt and many other on field moments.  Others will have countless memories off the field.  Ones that happen in the lot during tailgating.  A place where birthdays are celebrated, anniversaries, and other events where friends and family can celebrate.  I interviewed one couple who met at a Jets game while tailgating.  They were also married on a Monday.  Right after their wedding they attended a Monday night Jets game.  You can not make a better game day memory than that.

Do PSL’s Really Make Football Better? Or Worse For Fans

Since August of 2008, I have been filming a documentary about the New York Jets PSL situation and how the fans have had their ups and downs with it.  Over this past season, many fans have kind of settled into new positions in the new parking structure.  Set up like the hierarchy of rings that used to exist in medieval times.  Where the royalty would be in the middle close to the castle and the further you went out, the lower in class it became.  The higher priced parking passes are closer to the stadium.  Ones with non PSL seats have to park over by the Izod Center.  You tell me what type of message the Jets are sending to their fans.

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Many long time season ticket holders who have had tailgating groups for years feel cheated by not just the new parking system, but from the PSL’s as well.  Many were not able to get seats next to friends like they have in years past.  Those with cheaper PSL’s or NON PSL seats can not sit with those in the lower bowl.  Also, Mary Lou Wilson who parks in the Green parking said some long time friends they tailgated with in old section 13A have the non PL seats do not want to bring all their gear over to the green parking.  Even though Mary Lou and her kids can park over there, they still have friends in the green parking to tailgate with.  Who wants to lug all that gear and waste time just to have to drag it all back early?

Bruce Speight, Senior Director of Media Relations, told me they did what they could to appease fans.  But you can not please them all.  I wonder what true steps they took to find out what the fans wanted.  I know they did send a survey out via e mail two years ago.  But did anyone from the Jets organization act like the Census and go from tailgate to tailgate to get the fans opinions.  Probably not.  They do not mind sending face painters out there to charge for face painting.  Maybe if the team spent time walking through the lots talking to fans and truly got to know what they wanted, sales could have gone faster.

This is something sports writers do not cover, especially sports beat writers.  there is always a focus on the players, coaches, on and off the field events, and even trades.  There are not many sports writers that cover the business decisions teams makes, how it affects the fans, or even the fans in general.  Occasionally, there are stories that appear about fans.  But not too often.  They mainly come about during the season, after a team or player has already made news about an issue.  It may not be front page news, but is it news nonetheless.  If there were no paying fans to show up, it would just be a bunch of guys playing ball.  I guess while filming my documentary I had to take it upon myself to cover them and tell their side so they feel they have a voice.  Fans care about news regarding the teams and their players.  So the teams and players should care about what is going on with their fans.

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Many long time tailgating groups have crumbled and become a shadow of its former self.  I have talked about the Jets Pack a few times, but I have yet to talk about the Jets Nuts.  The Jet Nuts have been coming just as long as the Jets Pack.  You can always tell where the Jet Nuts are by their huge bus they always have.  They are on their fourth bus right now.  They have had hundreds over the years.  But according to the organizers, it has dwindled down significantly.  It is coming to a point where they are laying out more money than they are receiving from fans wanting to share in their tailgate.  Many tailgate set ups charge a small fee to eat and drink at their tailgate.  Rather than shrink it down they just might call it quits by years end.  PSL’s have not just separated fans in the stadium, but even in tailgating as well.

PSL’s, for some, are a necessary evil.  The Jets and Giants never said what other financing options they looked into before settling on the PSL’s as a final option.  If the New England Patriots can do it then any team can.  Even though their stadium is in the middle of nowhere, small screen, no escalators, they still managed to do it all without PSL’s.  Sometimes I wonder if the new stadium was built for the fans or for the teams owners friends to enjoy a lavish place to watch football games and network for more business.  Make it their own upscale country club.  The Jets and Giants had no idea how much they tore their fan base apart.

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Sports teams need to wake up and realize that bigger and better is not necessarily the way to go.  There has to be a happy medium.  The Jets have already doe this and is evident every time I film in the parking lot.  I am here for the fans to be their voice.  Hoping to show other sports franchises what PSL’s can to do their own fan base.  I know some fans do not care, they are willing to spend their money and do what the team says to do to keep going to games.  Others have the kind of disposable income where they can afford to spend and do not care about what other fans think.  It is this kind of thinking that shows team owners win and can do what they want.

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The fans have the real power.  If the fans were all on the same page then the teams would have to change how they set their prices and policies.  The Jets learned this already with the PSL’s and lowered prices.  If the fans kept showing that solidarity, then we all win in the end.  Not just the ones with deep pockets.   Some will agree, others will disagree.  But we all want to enjoy our game day experience with our friends and have that bond for years.  Not to lose it because some friends who used to be able to afford tickets now can not.  Makes me proud to be a reporter of the fans.  Not just because I care, but because I am one of the ones who could not afford to keep my tickets.  The fans are a story and I am the only one who sees it.

Jets Fans Coping With New Parking & Fewer Friends

Today the Jets returned home to the Meadowlands to face the Green Bat Packers.  It was one of the better days for tailgating.  After the abysmal rain and hail from the Monday night game a few weeks back, today was a relief for many.  Not just great weather, but there were an abundance of great tailgates.  Seemed there were a ton of set ups, large and small.  Sixto and I passed by so many that we were invited to stop by and share in their partying.  But we were on a tight schedule with planned interviews and to find some we had interviewed over the past few years,  Also seems some are coping with fewer friends since some did not purchase a PSL while others just tailgate separately now.

We arrived around 8 AM over to the Sheraton across from the stadium to park and then cross over Route 3 to the stadium parking.  I did that the first game as it was close and did not cost anything.  Man did that change.  It appears StubHub now charges $25 for off site parking there and provides a shuttle bus to get across.  I told the parking attendant I was meeting someone at the hotel and he waived me in.  Saved myself $25 as it is crazy to charge parking at every off site location independently.  The hotel next door was charging $20 and many business locations off Route 120 were charging parking at their locations.  Seems many are taking advantage and trying to make a buck off the Jets and Giants parking situation.

We got there early enough to see the guys from the Smoken Pit setting up and those who prefer to start their tailgate even before many are awake.  We made our way over to a bunch who started their tailgate by meeting on Twitter.  The L7 Crew sets up in, Lot L7, obviously.  A group that met on Twitter as Jets fans and decided to have a Jets tailgate group.  Erik Manassey of Jets Twit was there, and Twitter users @L7Tailgate, @JetsBoy, @LaPortal, amongst others.  They have a certain food I really wanted to try, but did not have.  They call it the “Rex Ryan”  A hot dog, wrapped in a cheeseburger, wrapped in bacon.  I brought along a Vytorin AND a Lipitor just in case.  We will be going back to try that and get some words with them as to how Twitter has helped improve their Jets game day experience.

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After there we started talking with a gentleman who was telling me about his PSL issues.  Turns out, the Jets moved his PSL payment due November 1st to next year.  To try and make it easier to sell them, they pushed off peoples payments to next year in order to sell the off faster.  Now this is just one annual payment.  But this is something that will not happen again.  The Jets made certain concessions not just to help fans with payments, but to make it easier on them to offload the PSLs.  The Jets want to come across like they care about their fans, but the fans think differently from what they tell me.  This fan also told me his friends were coming soon and one was a guy named Kevin who drove a Jets hearse.  I met Kevin during the Baltimore game and could not wait to see him again.  Also coming was long time season ticket holder Ken ikowski, who I have interviewed over the past few years.  It is amazing who you run into in the parking lot.

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Sixto and I were on a schedule and we spent some time with Ken and Kevin as they pulled in for a bit.  Always fun to see what Kevin puts in the casket in the hearse.  Now I was not expecting to see some old faces from the Jets Pack over by where Ken was tailgating.  It seems one of the Jets Pack founders Caesar and a few others set themselves up over there, not where Richie and a few others were set up some weeks back.  Seems Cesar never got a straight answer from Richie about where to set up and many tailgate where Cesar has been setting up.  Cesar told me about 80% of the old Jets Pack did not buy a PSL, they did not feel it was worth the investment.  So they get about 10-15 per game now, a large drop.  Where I saw Richie set up there was maybe about three or four.  The PSLs took this longtime group and separated them to a point where their game day tailgating experience is no longer the same.  Cesar looked like it was not as enjoyable anymore.

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By this time we had a scheduled interview with Don LaGreca.  Don does the Jets pregame and post game show on 1050 ESPN Radio along with New York Jets alum Greg Buttle.  Don is also on the Michael Kay show on 1050 during the week.  Now they used to broadcast outside Gate D of the old stadium.  Made it easy to walk right up and talk with them.  With the new stadium, one has to present their ticket just to be able to walk around outside the stadium.  Since I am not a ticket holder, I had to wait outside.  Also, since i have no media credentials as Bruce Speight would say” I am technically not the media”. I could not get even close to inside.  I called Don and he was able to do the interview before going inside which was great.  Always a plus to get some face time with a broadcaster who not just has face time with fans but hears from them while on the air.  He does provide a unique perspective.  I wish more in the media/broadcasting industry would be as open as Don.  I have tried contacting Mike Francessa and got nowhere.

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We met up with Mary Lou Wilson and her son Tommy Jr.  I have written about Tommy Wilson in the past.  He was one of the more die hard Jets fans I have met.  Tommy won a Visa contest to represent the Jets in the Hall of Fame and passed away last year unexpectedly.  Mary Lou thought about giving up the seats but knew Tommy would not have wanted that.  Last year was a hard season but this year is different.  Once again, many people who used to tailgate with them at 13A are not there.  Some did not get PSL’s, others do not have the right parking permits, while others feel it is not the same.  For the remainder of tailgating last year, it was very somber without Tommy.  He was the nucleus that held that tailgate together.  Tommy Jr; got a tattoo to remember his father, even though his father did not like tattoos.  I will have more about Tommy this week along with more about my day in the lot.

We made it back to Ken and his friends not too much later.  Ken had 6 seats in the lower section.  He opted out of being a PSL holder.  Having two kids in college takes precedent over the PSLs.  But that does not stop him from cheering on the Jets.  He does still attend away game and pays less for a ticket there than at the Jets home.  Ken has paid anywhere from $25-$50 for a seat in Buffalo, New England, Miami, Cleveland, and other stadiums around the league.  He would rather pay the travel to take members of his family than the $120 a seat plus to attend a Jets home game.  He said with PSL costs and tickets one can attend an away game for less.  Even Ken’s friends who he tailgated with ofor years opted out of returning for another season.  Ken would never consider being a season ticket holder again.

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I also found the Jets Nuts and where they had moved their bus too.  They are on their 4th bus and may not make it back next year.  A lot more stuff to cover later this week about today.  It seems many people I have talked with in the past are not liking their tailgating situations.  To many, that experience alone made them want to come to the games.  Thre are many who are displaced and feeling like the team only cared about the PSLs.  Many would have liked the old parking structure.  The only ones who like it now are the ones who did not enjoy tailgating.  Maybe if the Jets took the right steps in the past and had an employee who was a liaison between them and the fans, things could have gone smoother.  Teams need to realize tailgating helps people decide weather to buy tickets or not.

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