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New York Jets & Their Fans In Giants Shadow Once Again

Woody Johnson, Mike Tannenbaum, Rex Ryan, and the rest of the New York Jets organization were likely turned off by the New York Giants celebrations.   The Jets always take a backseat to the Giants, and Tuesday they watched the Giants roar through Manhattan and return back to MetLife Stadium to continue the celebration.

Approximately 35,000  Giants fans welcomed home to MetLife Stadium their new Super Bowl Champions.  The crowd boomed as the Giants came through the tunnel and onto the field, and as they did, Justin Tuck took a moment to soak in the color. Everywhere he looked, in this stadium that two teams call home, all he could see was blue.

“Last time we did this it was in Giants Stadium,” Tuck said, as he stood on a stage at midfield, behind the Lombardi trophy. “Now we’re in MetLife Stadium.  “But one thing you can be sure of is whose house this is.”  The whole scene made it seem even more crazy to Giants co-owner Steve Tisch that people once thought New York would soon belong to the Jets.

With those words, the Giants put to rest once and for all the question of who really owns New York — a question that dominated the conversation when the 2011 season began. The entire city has been painted blue since the Giants beat the Patriots, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday night, from the Empire State Building to the Canyon of Heroes, all the way to City Hall.

President and CEO of the Giants, John Mara, spoke at the ceremony at MetLife stadium Tuesday afternoon. He said, “there’s no place like home.”  Justin Tuck ended his speech saying, “One thing you can be sure of is whose house it is.”

Woody Johnson and the Jets might have been sick when they heard these comments.  It is the last thing the Jets franchise wanted to hear.  MetLife Stadium was supposed to be their home as well, and they had to watch the Giants christen the stadium with the first championship in the new building.

If the Giants had any lingering doubts about fan support, they were erased when the Giants’ parade of buses came off the New Jersey Turnpike and drove through a parking lot full of tailgaters at the Meadowlands. It’s a sight Giants co-owner John Mara has seen often since his team began playing here in 1976.  A sight Jets fans are not used.  Being able to tailgate before a rally.

In some ways, seeing it on Tuesday afternoon meant even more to Mara than the parade.  “We just had an incredible experience going through the Canyon of Heroes,” Mara told the crowd. “But I have to tell you, when you pull into the stadium and see all these fans here, you know there’s no place like home.”

Justin Tuck giving fans a chance with the Lombardi Trophy

“To see this kind of fan support when you come out here, it’s hard to put into words,” an emotional Mara added after the ceremony was over. “The whole day is unbelievable. To watch these players come back here to our home (MetLife Stadium) and see this kind of enthusiasm is really the icing on the cake.”

The crowd went crazy when Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning carried the Lombardi Trophy into the stadium, and then Tuck carried it up onto the stage. They all intensely watched their own highlight video on the four scoreboards, before Tom Coughlin thanked them for their unwavering support.

The Jets organization and their fans looked forward to giving the new stadium its first championship.  Mark Sanchez would have carried the Lombardi trophy instead of Eli Manning.  Now, MetLife stadium will be know as the home of the 2012 Super Bowl Champion Giants.  Jet fans will see that distinction every time they visit MetLife Stadium.  There may not be a banner or mural, but it will be emblazoned in their minds.  Jet fans wanted to upstage their “big brother” and show they are one of the NFL’s eite

The Jets started the Giants’ championship run after a Christmas Eve embarrassment. The Jets thought this was their season. They thought that at the end of the year they would be New York’s team.  But once again, they are an afterthought to the World Champion Giants.

What now for the Jets? How does the Giants’ Super Bowl win impact the Jets?  The Jets were already looking to make changes this offseason. They took the first step when they parted ways with Brian Schottenheimer after their season ended.  Now they need to do right by their fans and gain their support rather than losing it.

That will not be enough. The Jets need to stop lying to the public about what their intentions are for the organization. For months we heard the Schottenheimer would be with the Jets in 2012 when everyone knew what the outcome would be.  Jet fans are tired of being looked down upon by the Jets and treated differently than Giants fans.

It is time for the Jets to try to steal the spotlight away from the Giants. What better way than to sign Peyton Manning?  The Jets have already been spoken of as a contender to land Manning, but after they watched Eli Manning parade around with the Super Bowl MVP trophy, it will make the Jets more serious contenders.

Peyton Manning will bring tremendous excitement to the Jets next season. If they don’t sign Manning, they will not have attention on them and will not have made any moves worthy of hype in New York.  Just think of the Brett Favre signing.  The Jets best press seems to come from off the field moves rather than on the field play.

Peyton would provide stories, speculation and expectations for the Jets going in to next season. Without him, the Jets are miles behind the Giants going into next season.  Peyton would be able to close the gap before the 2012 season.  Just the type of press coverage the Jets enjoy.

If the Jets do not have success with Sanchez next season, they will be looking for a change at quarterback anyways. They might consider making the change this season and take a gamble on Eli’s big brother.  Otherwise, MetLife Stadium will forever be known for the Giants championship victory and the Jets looking on as usual.

Giants quotes courtesy of the NY Post, WNBC, & WFAN.

This Sunday, Jets Fans Must Make Tough Decision

Super Bowl XLVI is here. We can’t avoid it, Jets fans.  Regardless of all the promises made and past AFC Championship appearances, we need to get through this Sunday.

Super Bowl 42, the Giants’ historic upset of the then undefeated Patriots was a bit easier to swallow for Jets fans.  I don’t recall many Jets fans, if any at all, cheering the Patriots to cap off the first unbeaten season since the ’72 Dolphins.  Especially since Eric Mangini selling out his former boss in the Spygate scandal sent the Pats on the destroy everything and take no names streak that brought them to the precipice of 19-0. If it took our city rival Giants to knock them off?  So be it, I guess.  Would have been better if it was the Jets, huh?

I may not have been one of the only Jets fans who wasn’t exactly enamored with the fact that the Giants won that game. Here was my rationale: by about Week 14 or so when the Patriots were steamrolling the NFL, I kind of made up my mind that the Pats were going undefeated and winning the Super Bowl. Who thought the Giants, or any NFC contender for that matter,  had a chance?  I had plenty of time to digest it so that when it happened, it wouldn’t have really mattered all that much.  And then when Plaxico Burress caught that pass in the end zone, I thought to myself “Now I have to hear about this from Giants fans the rest of my life.”  The fact the Giants defeated the undefeated Patriots instead of the Jets.

But this year isn’t as clear cut. After the Giants won that Super Bowl, it kind of became a Jet town. I know, I know, the Giants WILL ALWAYS OWN NEW YORK YOU STUPID JET FAN. But, the Jets signed Brett Favre for one weird season (they were Super Bowl faves at 8-3, then collapsed) and the Giants lost in their first playoff game after a great regular season. Then the Jets hired Rex Ryan, drafted Mark Sanchez and made two straight AFC Title games while Big Blue missed the playoffs.  Not your typical New Y0rk football seasons, huh?

And while the Jets have no one to blame but themselves for this most recent debacle of a season, everything was made worse by the Giants making the Super Bowl. Not only have the Giants made it again, their run started by essentially ending the Jets’ season in Week 16. Victor Cruz’s 99-yard touchdown reception sent the Jets one way and the Giants the other. The Giants two Super Bowl appearances basically takes everything a Jets fan could hang their hat on these past few seasons and demolishes it.

Then of course there are the Patriots. The last thing I want, as a New York sports fan, is for another Boston team to win a championship. Any agony of the Red Sox’ hilarious September implosion would be softened with another Patriots Super Bowl win. The Pats are the Jets’ chief rival, no matter if they share a city with the Giants. Had the Jets beaten the Patriots in both of their meetings this season, the Jets would have made the playoffs, so they have no one to blame but themselves for not knocking off New England (as Rex Ryan pleaded for the rest of the league to do). And what makes New England being back in the Super Bowl so unbearable for Jets fans is that the Patriots were so beatable this year.

The breaks both the Giants and the Patriots got on Championship Sunday are breaks that us Jets fans seem to never be on the right side of.  Ask any Jets fan and they’ll tell you that if Tynes was wearing green and white, he would have Cundiff’d it. Billy Cundiff is the new Ray Finkle.   Had Ahmad Bradshaw been a Jet, they would have never called his forward progress stopped, and that surely would have been a fumble. There’s no way a punt returner is muffing a kick and fumbling another one against the Jets in a title game. Of course it sounds like sour grapes because that’s exactly what it is. That’s what us Jets fans have been used to for so long.

There are millions and millions of people who would never not watch a Super Bowl, no matter what. For those fans of the Jets who will still watch on Sunday, who do you root for? There’s no such thing as watching a game just to watch it. Sports fans, no matter what they say, have a rooting interest in every game they watch. You either get a pit in your stomach when you watch a player celebrate a victory or your stomach turns. When Sunday’s game is over and either Tom Brady or Eli Manning is raising the Lombardi trophy, you’ll either wish it was the other guy or you won’t. So who do you cheer for?

If you hate all things Boston no matter what, you root for the Giants. If you have nothing but annoying Giant fan friends who you just want to shut up, you pull for the Pats. Maybe you want former Jets Shaun Ellis & Danny Woodhead to win a title.  Maybe you want Eli to win a second Super Bowl so that Peyton can’t stand the idea that anyone will think Eli is better than him, so he decides to come to the Jets to try to upstage his little brother. Maybe you’ll throw some money down and root for that — totally acceptable.

Either way, if you watch Sunday’s game, you’ll have a rooting interest. It’s a no-win situation for Jets fans. I will cheering on the Giants since my wife and her family are Giants fans.  Plus, I’d rather see a team from New York beat a team from New England.  Or you can be like some and not watch. That’s also acceptable.

New York’s Power Struggle Shifts From The Jets Back To Giants

The New York Jets controlled the big apple during the post season over the last two years. In fact, Jets fans like myself anticipated that the team would finally be the Kings of New York instead of the Giants. After all, since 2008 the Giants hadn’t come close to returning to the Super Bowl, while their former weak sisters nearly went there twice.  The Jets had control for once in New York.

But a whole new season can make a really big difference, considering where New York’s two teams are right now. Not only have the Jets free fallen into the murky abyss, they may have lost their chance to seize control of New York permanently at this rate while the Giants approach another Super Bowl.  Both teams were in control of their destiny this season.  The Giants took control while the Jets let control slide from their hands.

The beginning of the end can be traced back to the Jets-Giants showdown on Christmas Eve, when both teams were battling for the playoff fate.  A win for the Jets would have put them back on track for a postseason berth and another road run towards the AFC championship – while the Giants would have been doomed with a loss and probably cost Tom Tom Coughlin his job.

But the second that the Giants wrapped up a 29-14 victory, the two haven’t stopped going in the opposite direction. The NFC’s New York team won the NFC Championship & a win away from another Super Bowl victory that would give the Giants control of New York.  Meanwhile, the AFC’s New York squad has been revealed as the most dysfunctional in the NFL and is staying home during its utter collapse.

While the Giants prepared to face the San Francisco 49ers for  the NFC championship on Jan. 22, the Jets were dealing with yet another headline on their horrific chemistry in less than two weeks time. This time LaDainian Tomlinson, who already is halfway out the door, told Showtime’s “Inside the NFL” that the Jets had as bad a locker room as he’d ever seen and put the fault on both Rex Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum.  It seems Rex is not the only one who wants to let their voice be heard.

Now, Giants fans proudly wear their NFC Championship merchandise.  One more win and they have their Super Bowl merchandise as well.  Giants fans proudly support their NFC Champs while Jets fans have been waiting too long to be able to wear any form of championship merchandise.  Promises have been made but no delivery date has been set for Jets fans.  Somewhere in Kenya people are wearing Jets AFC Championship merchandise from 2010 and 2011.

Fortunately for them, New York is getting numb to all these ramblings about how bad the Jets were behind the scenes and it has the Giants to focus on. Right now, the Jets are the weak sibling and virtually irrelevant as anything but gossip fodder and a punch line – just like they have been for most of the last few decades. Ryan looked ready to finally turn it all around in the last two years, but now he is imploding right as Tom Coughlin and the Giants have rescued themselves from the brink.  Something the Jets have tried to do but never accomplished.

The Giants had no rally before their first post season game, which was a home game.  Something the Jets have done the past two seasons.  The media hype for the Giants was not as prolific as it has been for the Jets the past few seasons.  The Giants know their mission and what they need to accomplish on the field.  Big Blue didn’t need as much media hype or public events like the Jets have had in order to rally fan support.

The Jets made a nice run at New York supremacy, but it is a Giants town because it actually delivers championships and doesn’t fall to pieces quite like their cross-town rivals do. Right now, the only thing that can turn it around for the other New York team is if they actually land Peyton Manning (Vegas odds have it astronomical), or if the Giants get blown out by the Patriots. Other than that, it seems like the natural order is right back into place in the Big Apple.

Gang Greed: More Than A Documentary Title

When I set out to film this documentary in August of 2008, I set out to tell the fans side.  To let the fans speak about what it means to be a Jets fan.  How the new PSL’s were going to affect their status as a season ticket holder.  Were they going to invest in them or stop going to games altogether.  Now, it seams, no one may be going to any games in 2011.

National Football League team owners locked out the league’s players Saturday, shutting down professional football for the first time in 24 years and plunging the nation’s most popular and prosperous sport into a time of uncertainty.

The owners acted after labor talks with the players’ union collapsed Friday afternoon and players decertified the NFL Players Association, moving the bitter dispute into the courts and ending an era of NFL labor peace that had lasted since players went on strike in 1987.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, joined at left by Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, speaks with reporters as negotiations between the NFL owners and players go unresolved

Decertifying the NFL Players Association enabled the players to file antitrust litigation against the owners, which they did late Friday, with superstar quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees among the 10 named plaintiffs. Lawyers for the players also announced that they are seeking an injunction to lift the lockout.

Some still wonder if all of this was worth the headache.  Not just for the players and owners, but the fans as well.  Both the Jets and Giants issued apologies to the fans for the lockout.  The players feel they did what they could but were left with no other choice.

The team owners will complain they are losing money.  I am sure they will have no issues paying their bills though.  The income is a loss for their business, not them personally.  Some younger players will feel the crunch if they are not playing.  Many veteran players have investments and other business ventures that will help them get by.  But in the end, they will all be on the losing end.

Does anyone really win when this happens?  When the last lockout occurred in 1987, who won that battle?  The players were n strike while the owners went out and hired “scabs” to play out the season.  Will the team owners o the same thing this year?  Probably not.  They all want to get this rectified before training camp begins.  The fans would like it done sooner.

For season ticket holders, they would like to know sooner than later.  Many are pleased only 50% is due and not the whole bill.  It gives some longer to get that money together.  But knowing a season will happen is better knowing now rather than three weeks into a season.  We are on the outside looking in, wondering if a sport many of us enjoy will even happen this year.

Last week Judge David S. Doty ruled that the NFL violated the collective bargaining agreement with its players by renegotiating $4.078 billion in television rights fees for team owners to tap during a lockout even if no games are played in 2011.  Why should the owners be entitled to money if there is no season?  Should the players get paid if they do not play?

Both sides have their issues.  Many players feel the union walked away from a deal that sounded good and met their needs, despite the negative media attention towards the NFL and its owners.  According to that statement the NFL released the latest proposal’s details included:

1. The NFL proposed that the two sides split the economic differences between them, increasing their proposed cap for 2011 “significantly” and accepting the NFLPA’s proposed cap number for 2014, which was $161 million per team.

2. The NFL proposed an entry level compensation system that was based on the union’s “rookie cap” instead of a wage scale that the clubs originally proposed. In this proposal, the players drafted from rounds 2-7 would be paid the same amount of money, or even more money, than they are paid now. The savings that would come from the first-round picks would be reallocated to help veteran players and benefits.

3. After a player is injured, the NFL would guarantee that they would pay up to $1 milllion of that player’s salary for the contract year. This is the first time that the owners have offered a standard multi-year injury guarantee.

4. The following changes would be made immediately to promote player safety:

  • Reduce the off-season program by five weeks, reducing OTAs from 14 weeks to 10 and limiting on-field practice time and contact.
  • They would limit full-contact practices in the preseason and regular season
  • They would increase the number of off days for players

5. The NFL proposed that any change from a 16-game season to an 18-game season would only be made if the two sides agreed on the change. The 2011 and 2012 seasons would be 16-game seasons.

6. The NFL team owners would boost retirement benefits for more than 2,000 former players by nearly 60 percent by funding retirees benefits $82 million in 2011 and 2012.

7. The owners offered current players the opportunity to stay in their current medical plans for the rest of their lives.

8. The owners would allow third-party arbitrators in the NFL’s drug and steroid programs.

9. The owners would improve the Mackey plan (designed for players suffering from dementia and other brain-related problems), disability plan and their degree completion bonus program.

10. The owners proposed a per-club cash minimum spend of 90 percent of the salary cap over three seasons.

Now that you know the particulars of the deal, do you still agree with the NFLPA’s decision to decertify and go to court with the NFL?

    Yes, the negotiations have been messy and well-publicized but progress was made before the recent burning of bridges.  After having half the month of March in extensions of negotiations, both sides were reportedly off by $185 million on how much owners should get up from each season for certain operating expense before splitting up the rest of the revenues with players. That’s a far less amount than the $1 billion difference that separated the two sides earlier in discussions.

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, right, heads into labor talks with the league's negotiators.

    A recent poll by ProFootballTalk.com asked fans to place blame on who is responsible for the lockout and 27,000 have said that the player’s are to blame, barely. Just over 38% say the players are to blame, while 24.8% blame the owners and 36.7% blame both.

    Many say this is the billionaires vs the millionaires.  Two sides who get paid well, fighting to be paid more.  If you own a professional football team, one would think you already had enough.  Some of that may go to team operations and other bills to be paid, but many know where the bottom line ends.  Players put their bodies on the line and should see a little more compensation.  Let’s see Woody Johnson or the Mara or Tisch families out there to battle for that extra compensation.  I think not.

    So while the league and the union continue to bicker like a divorced couple fighting over bank accounts, the fans are the ones who are truly hurting from this dispute, like a child overhearing their parents argument.

    New York Jets Fans Cope After Another Super Bowl

    The past two weeks I have not been as excited for the Super Bowl I guess as I should be.  Even a fellow fan John Allen passed along the same comment.  He was thinking that for some reason his favorite team should be playing this past Sunday, but for some reason, they ended up losing to the Steelers in the AFC Championship game.

    The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday night. Aaron Rodgers won his first Super Bowl and it is tough to believe he can’t win another.

    The Steelers jumped out to a quick 24-0 lead over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship, but fell behind a quick 21-3 to the Packers on Sunday night. At the end of the night, Clay Matthews was throwing a WWE championship belt over Rodgers’ shoulder.  Ric Flair is taking credit for having the WWE send the belt to him, as told to ESPN,  to use if they won the Super Bowl.

    How do us Jets fans feel now?

    No one can really say what the result would have been on Sunday night had the Jets been playing in the Steelers’ place. Jet fans may feel like they definitely would have won the game, but again, we cannot say for sure. It’s hard not to feel disappointed these last few nights.  One never know what their team would do if they were never in that situation.

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    The Super Bowl was right there; it was in our grasp. The Canyon of Heroes was ready for the parade that should have been filled with streamers and fans jammed in to see Gang Green. Everything was going as planned, just for it all to come crashing down.

    Just imagine: Rex Ryan could have been saying “I told you all we were going to do it, AND WE DID IT!” on that podium Sunday night standing next to owner Woody Johnson, GM Mike Tannenbaum and Mark Sanchez.

    Bart Scott could have been having another postgame interview that would go viral on the Internet. “WORTH THE WAIT,” he could be yelling in Sal Paolantonio’s face.  Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery could be running all over Cowboys Stadium with their arms outstretched like airplanes while wearing their “New York Jets Super Bowl Champions” caps and t-shirts.

    Credit: Gang Green Nation

    Credit: Gang Green Nation

    Nick Mangold and Dustin Keller could be racing to their cell phones to be the first Jets to tweet about the win.  Antonio Cromartie’s kids could be dogpiling him in the end zone.

    Shaun Ellis would then join the team on the podium to get his fingerprints on his Lombardi Trophy and press his lips against its mirror-like surface.  He has waited long enough to get his hands on that trophy after being with the team the longest.

    To me Super Bowl Sunday was just another day of football.  I did not put on my Jets jersey.  No Jets shirt or hat to be worn.  Not even my trusty Jets boxers I wore every Sunday the team played.  Two teams were playing that were not my team.

    The Jets were deserving of a Super Bowl this season. Anyone who is not a Jets fan will instantly contest this, because everyone else HATES the Jets. I can’t blame them. The Jets have a bunch of big mouths and a coach who has no filter. But the fans take on the personality of the team, and I can safely say we had a lot more fun than many others did.  Even the Jet fans who are haters enjoyed themselves this season.

    Gang Green fought through all the criticism this season. After a bunch of close games that should not have been close and after some bad losses, the Jets showed everyone who they really are in the playoffs.  It does not matter how you finish the season, it is how you finish in the playoffs.

    They took down Peyton Manning after he made them look bad in last year’s postseason. They took down the Patriots who were already being crowned champions. They forgot to show up for the first half against the Steelers, but almost pulled off one of the greatest playoff comebacks in history.

    I am not trying to take anything away from the Packers or the Steelers by saying this. Both were much more deserving of a championship after the way they have played in the playoffs. Just because the Jets were a worthy candidate does not mean other teams were any less deserving.

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    Things get even harder knowing there might be a lockout on the horizon. Knowing that there is a possibility the Jets will not get a chance to play in the Super Bowl in 2012, nor will any other team, is a tough reality to face.

    I could go on about this, but all football fans are feeling the same way about this except maybe Packers fans that have the privilege of enjoying a championship for two years if there is a strike, but I am sure even they would rather lose than not have football.

    Knowing that we will all be at least a year older before the Jets get another shot at a Super Bowl run is a feeling that I have felt time and time again. I have always hated the offseason because of how long I have to wait for Week 1. I hate the offseason because of how long I have to wait for the AFC Championship. Again, no guarantees that they will make it again, but it’s tough to feel like the Jets would fall short again.

    It seems as Jets fans we are always waiting.  Always waiting until next season hoping that will be the season the Jets win it all.  If there is no next season, we just have to wait longer.  Easier said than done.

    Jets On The Road To Lead Fans To Super Bowl?

    Well, it seems the Jets beat The Stomach.  It was their year to beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in the playoffs.  The Jets did what they needed to do.  The ran the ball and forced their defense to stop them on the ground.  Darelle Revis held Reggie Wayne to just one yard.  Revis Island was more like Revis Prison.  Even though Manning was not sacked, intercepted, or blocked in any way, his presence on the field did not deter the Jets from accomplishing the first step in their goal, going to the Super Bowl.  Most importantly, Nick Folk stepped up and kicked the Jets into the next round against New England.  He showed he wanted to be an integral part of the team.

    So the Jets are rolling in the playoffs for the second year.  The only thing that can stop them is themselves.  Many fans, including Fireman Ed made they way out to support the Jets on the road.  The main drawback to playing all road games is no Jets season ticket holder gets a chance to get those tickets first.  One has to see how they can procure them on the open market.  For the second year in a row, the Jets are in the playoffs and no home games.  So as you invest in the team with your PSL’s, it does not guarantee you a dividend of playoff tickets unless there is a home game.  They can play on the road every year and no Jets season ticket holder will have first access.

    For many, they can not make it to away games, especially playoff games.  Getting time off from work, family, and other commitments make it difficult for some.  Some love to go to away games and factor that into every season.  For some, they feel it i cheaper to go to an away game.  Tickets are less.  Yes one has to pay travel and hotel expenses, but that can cost less that investing in a PSL and season tickets.  Ken Pikowski is one of those fans.  He talks about how ticket prices are cheaper in other stadium he attends.  This coming form someone who used to have six season tickets along the 50 yard line in the old stadium.

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    Foxboro is not as far as Indianapolis, so there might be more Jets fans willing to make the trip.  Always a good feeling for the away team to know their fans are in the stadium to cheer them on.  It is that little extra motivation that can help a team win away from their home.  For those who have the buses, Winnebago’s,   campers, trailers, and any party vehicle on wheels, it makes the tailgating experience a little easier.  One gets to bring a little bit of home with them to away games.  But nothing beats sitting in the seats you sit in every game at your home stadium.

    Many fans are hoping the Jets can win their division or get at least one home game in in the future.  Getting those post season games as a season ticket holder makes the season bearable.  When many invested in the team, they were hoping the Jets would get some playoffs games in the New Meadowlands Stadium.  But when ones makes an investment and it pays no dividends, why keep that investment?  I have said many times, many keep it to pass down to their kids.  But what about the ones who hope to sell them.

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    If the Jets were a team who had home playoff games and fans knew they could count on those tickets every year, people could sell the PSLs at a higher profit margin.  Fans would want those tickets more than the season tickets.  For some reason, the playoffs just bring out more in a team.  Playoff tickets go for big bucks on their own.  Imagine if the Jets were a team, who won their division several times like other teams, and someone sold the season tickets knowing he could up the price because they were a home playoff team?  Look at New England, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and other NFL teams.  Their fans know that when their team is strong, home playoff games are on the horizon.  Jets fans want the same thing.

    So it seems this year is a year many fans will remember.  Not just because Rex Ryan made a promise to beat Peyton Manning and did, but because of a new era with a new stadium.  It was a new season that had many firsts, from designated parking to social media interaction.  The Jets stock price is slowly climbing.  But the parking stock has already skyrocketed.  Keep in mind, both the PSL’s and parking passes are investment.  They do not come together as an investment.  If you have them together, now you have a Jets portfolio.  Not easy to invest in a team in this new era of sports.

    Not All Jets Shareholders Created Equal

    This coming Saturday marks the second season in a row the Jets will face Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.  It seems Rex Ryan and Peyton Manning have this little feud.  Rex tries to figure out Manning and Manning can figure Ryan out.  But this is different year. The Colts rank 29th in run defense and are riddled with injuries.  This is the Jets year to beat the Colts.  Much like it was the Fink’s year to beat The Stomach in Meatballs.  The tools are there for the Jets.  Now all they have to do is be the team that was on the field against Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

    This was an up and down year for the Jets organization.  Even though the team is in the postseason, it does not mean sales and merchandising stops for the team.  This is where they hope to make a little extra.  The Jets are expecting sales of merchandise, Jets themed party favors, and other branded goods to be purchased so fans can show their Jets pride.  For some reason, some always feel the need to have something new.  Could be a hat, t shirt, jersey, or even a coffee mug.  There is that need to buy more and show how big of a fan you really are.  Not like the one who has the most Jets merchandise is the biggest fan.

    This past week I spent time with many Jets season ticket holders, new and old.  Some I met for the first time and others I was catching up with.  Many agree that for the money they spent, or invest in their team they do not see much of a return on their investment.  Many still complain about the parking, the look of the stadium, the lines,and other small items that seem to range from tailgate to tailgate.  It just shows that no matter what the Jets do, they can not please everyone about everything.  They do try.  But depending on who you ask, they do not try hard enough.  That the team only tries to cater to those willing to spend major bucks on Coaches Club seats and suites.

    Seems the more you invest in the team, the better your return.  When one invests in stock, no matter the amount, they always get the same dividend per share.  It does not matter how many shares you have.  Weather you have one share or a thousand, it is the same dividend per stock certificate.  The onlt difference is how many votes you have and say in company business.  With PSL’s, the more you spend, the better your experience.  So the guy upstairs get what he pays for, very little.  So even though you have a seat, the ones who paid more for theirs, have a better experience.  But according to some I talked to, they would rather sit upstairs that down stairs.

    Some younger fans, the ones who are just happy to have season tickets are glad to be in the upper deck.  They have complete view of the field, screens, and everything that goes on.  Some of those fans also said that the downstairs seating has such a sloped seating structure that you can have obscured sight lines if there is a tall person in front of you, people stand, etc.  While upstairs, the seating is steeper so your view is not obstructed by anything.  They feel it makes for a greater experience and would never pay more for a lower seat.  Others are the opposite.  They want to be as close as possible to the game no matter who is in front of them, as long as they have a close seat.

    Keep in mind, everyone will have a complaints no matter what stadium they go to.  They can not please everyone all of the time.  There will always be people saying how something is not fair, how prices are too steep, or how their coffee is too hot.  But when it comes to season ticket holders, they are the teams investors and they should all be listened to.  There really is no more waiting list, people can get seats and PSLs if they want to now.  So the demand is not there like in seasons past.  The team would be wise to listen to its stockholders from this point forward.  And not just the ones who stand 15 feet from the teams bench.

    So with the Wild Card round coming up soon, Jets fans are salivating at getting revenge on the Colts from last year.  Those who go to Indy will have a grand time, just like they did last year.  Those or here at home, will be rooting from the comfort of our living room or local watering hole.  There is an advantage to not seeing a game at the Meadowlands, but rather at home, restaurant, or bar in New Jersey.  That would be cheaper beer prices, better food, and the ability to sit with your friends.  I know beer prices in New York can be steep.  IS the investment worth eight games a year, not counting preseason?  That is still up for debate.

    That Was One Hell Of A Ride!

    As I sit here I keep thinking about the Jets 30-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts today.  The Jets proved to many they are one of the NFL’s top teams.  Mark Sanchez completed 17 out of 30 passes for 257 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.  They did more in the air than on the ground, and that includes scoring.  Darelle Revis kept Reggie Wayne in check for most of the game and the Jets defense was doing what they needed to do.   But early pressure on Manning didn’t hold up and he showed why he won an unprecedented fourth MVP award this season, working with Pierre Garcon, a sixth-round pick from last year who caught four passes in his first season, and rookie Austin Collie, a fourth-round pick. They looked like perennial all-stars as Manning completed 26 of 39 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns with Garcon (11 catches, 151 yards) and Collie (7, 123) combining for 274 yards against the league’s No. 1-ranked defense.

    When the Jets lost nickel cornerback Donald Strickland to a groin injury early in the game, the Colts immediately went to three-receiver packages, confident their youngsters could win against the bottom of the Jets’ depth chart. The Colts also adjusted with three-step dropswhich gave Manning mroe time to throw the ball and open it up in the air.  Also, with Shonn Greene hurting his midsection Thomas Jones had to be the lone back for a bit.  The second half proved to the be the Jets unraveling.   The Colts seized control in the third quarter. A 4-yard touchdown pass to Garcon put Indianapolis ahead 20-17. A 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dallas Clark early in the fourth quarter put the Colts up 27-17, and they tacked on a Matt Stover field goal to make what had been a competitive game look lopsided and send first-year head coach Jim Caldwell to the Super Bowl as just the fifth coach in league history to make it to the big game in his rookie season.  Even with Jay Feely’s two missed field goal’s, the Jets still needed more on offense.

    The Jets hung in there and showed they can hang with the more experienced teams in the league.  For the first time in a long time, they were taken seriously.  Even after finishing the season 9-7 and people saying they backed into the playoffs, they showed they deserved to be there.  Teams with Number one ranked defense’s,  great rushing, creative offsive should be in the final four and the AFC Championship game.  It does not matter how you finish the season, it is the impact you make in the postseason that matters.  Rex Ryna talked the talk and had a team to back up his words.  Today’s only problem was, they were facing Peyton Manning.  Rex needed to change up the defense in the 2nd half.  For Rex’s first year he did a better job than many previous Jets’ Head Coaches.   He has a team willing to back him up in any situation, something the Jets have been missing from their players in the past.

    Next year will be a new year and a building year.  They have a lot of success to build on and they can go a long way next year.  New year, new stadium.  Jets fans have a reason to be proud about this season.  They silenced the doubters.  I sat here nerbous and wanted them to hold onto the lead.  My heart was pounding and believe me, I was hoping they would pull it off.  Once Manning got on a roll, I knew we had a great ride and the Jets did their fans proud.  We have nothing to be ashamed of.  We know in 8 months there is a new season and new possibilities.  The Jets will have a great year next year and once again make us all proud to be Jets fans.

    One quick story.  My father was on his way to the AFL Championship game in 1968.  He was speeding and ended up getting pulled over.  He waaround number 12 in a line of cars pulled over for tickets.  My father knew he was wrong and was going to be late for kick off.  He called a cop over and said he knew he was speeding and deserved the ticket.  He then told the officer he had tickets to the Jets game and showed him the tickets.  The officer said he would be back.  About 5 minutes later my father received his ticket before the other cars pulled over.  He zoomed out of there and made it to Shea before kick off.  Now to finish watching overtime of the Vikings/Saints game.   Looks like the Saints will face the Colts.  That did not take long.  Brett Favre, serves him right.

    Jets Shock Chargers (Ha Ha I know)

    New York Jets’ improbable run continues.  The Jets rattled off 17 unanswered points in the second half and kept the Chargers’ high-powered offense in check, escaping with a 17-14 victory over San Diego yesterday in an AFC divisional game at Qualcomm Stadium.  Might I add an offense who averaged over 21 points a game.  Next, the Jets will get a highly anticipated rematch with Peyton Manning, who is playing by the way, and the host Indianapolis Colts on Sunday with a berth in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami on the line.

    Shonn Greene’s 53-yard touchdown run up the gut – the longest run in Jets postseason history – provided the Jets with a 17-7 cushion and silenced the crowd.  Nate Kaeding missed a 40-yard field goal on San Diego’s next possession, his third straight miss in the game after making his previous 20. Philip Rivers’ 1-yard touchdown on a quarterback keeper with 2:14 left whittled the Jets’ lead to 17-14.  Keading broke his streak on what could have been a Chargers’ victory.  Kerry Rhodes recovered Kaeding’s onside kick at the Chargers’ 38 with 2:13 to play, and the Jets ran out the clock when Thomas Jones converted a fourth-and-1 opportunity at the San Diego 29.

    Trailing by 7-3 heading into the fourth quarter, the Jets cashed in a Jim Leonhard interception of Rivers, needing four plays to grab a 10-7 advantage. Sanchez hit Dustin Keller in the right corner of the end zone on third-and-goal from the 2, lifting the Jets to the 10-7 lead with 13:35 left.

    It was an improbable comeback for the Jets, considering they were down by 7-0 at the half and never got into any kind of offensive rhythm, only four first downs and punting the ball to end each of their six first-half possessions. But a 46-yard Jay Feely field goal with 10:45 left in the third quarter finally got them on the board, and they were back in business despite mustering only 99 yards of offense in the first half.  By this point I was hoping the Jets would not come into the second half of the game the same way they played the first half.

    They escaped even more trouble after Sanchez made a critical mistake on the Jets’ second drive of the second half. He threw into quadruple coverage looking for Braylon Edwards, and Quentin Jammer came up with the interception, quickly halting any momentum the Jets had gained with Feely’s field goal.  Everyone knew the turnovers might be the undoing of Sanchez.  But the Jets got it right back when Darrelle Revis intercepted a ball that rolled off the body of Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson.  That makes two interceptions in two games.  Standing alone on Revis Island.

    The Jets didn’t capitalize on that turnover, but they did after Leonhard picked off Rivers in the shadow of the Chargers’ end zone. They grabbed their first lead of the game four plays later when Sanchez connected with Keller.  I myself just sat there at the end of the game, laughing.  I just could not believe the Jets won the fame.  When you are so used to a team losing and falling apart on you, it is hard to react to success.  Gang Green has my full support against Indy and hope they can give every Jets fan what they want, a trip to the Super Bowl.

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    Just thought I would pop a random Jets pic in the mix