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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.

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.

Giants Stadium: Now Without Walls

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Good morning again all.  Yesterday I set out to Giants Stadium once again.  Now, I did not know what to expect when I got there.  I started as I always do in Lot B.  The one that faces Route 3 and the Giants practice facility.  I snapped some pictures from that side and saw there was not much that had changed.  The minute I got to the side that faces 120, WOW!  There was not a small hole in it like last week, but a large gaping hole that is about 12% of the stadium’s facade.  You can see everything now.  Where the seats were, where you would walk along the inside, as well as right through the box seat windows.

I drove around on some roads I know I should not have been on, but did anyway.  All the press and media seem to cover is the new stadium and al its bells and whistles.  What about the old one so many memories still remain?  It is coming down right next to it and no one seems to care.  Texas Stadium had one last tailgate for their fans to show appreciation.  Did the New York Jets, Giants, or even the NJSEA offer that to the faithful Meadowlands Minions who came to the stadium every Sunday?  No, they didn’t.  Fact is all the attention is going to the new facility while the one just sits there waiting for its demise.  Pretty sad if you ask me.  I go back every week because I want everyone to remember what a great stadium it was.  It was the stadium for the fans.  The new one is more for friends of the teams, corporate groups, business partners, corporate sponsors, Woody’s friends, or anyone else with a disposable income.

I am not bitter, far from it.  I just feel the true blue collar fans got the short end of the stick.  If my father was alive, I would be taking him on every trip I make to the stadium.  He would sit there, gaze over and bring up all the stories of us at the stadium.  As I would be driving around looking for the perfect shot he would sit there smiling and laughing at our adventure together.  I keep my father in the back of my mind to remind me why I do this.  Everyone should see and know what is happening to the old stadium.  I will have more pictures up tonight once I water mark them.  Finally figured out how to do that.  For now, enjoy and remember.

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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 On Non Stop Road To Destiny?

As the New York Jets were putting the finishing touches on Sunday’s remarkable 17-14 upset of the Chargers, you probably were wondering what the Colts were thinking about all this.  You know, the Colts team that helped create this green-and-white monster in the first place by rolling over and playing dead — aka resting their key starters — near the end of a 29-15 Week 16 victory by the Jets that helped them get into the playoffs.  Let me be the first to tell you that this has come as no surprise to the Colts.

And here it is: Jets-Colts Part II. For the right to go to the Super Bowl.  The Jets’ defense pounded Philip Rivers and the Chargers into submission and their “ground-and-pound” offense buried Shawne Merriman & Company in scoring another spectacular playoff knockout in front of a stunned crowd at Qualcomm Stadium.  Team of destiny? Sure is starting to feel that way.  The Colts played a big hand in giving the Jets the chance to get here by sitting down Peyton Manning with 5:36 remaining in the third quarter while holding a 15-10 lead. Colts coach Jim Caldwell passed on a chance at an unbeaten season, throwing in rookie Curtis Painter and opening the back door to the playoffs for the Jets.  I do not think anyone will forget his first snap and fumble.

The next week, the same thing happened. The Bengals rested several key starters and the Jets routed them to clinch a playoff spot.  More bad karma for the Colts? Well, the Bengals certainly paid with last week’s loss to the Jets. Might the same fate await the Colts? After what we’ve seen out of the Jets ever since they bottomed out at 4-6, there is no telling how far they might take this thing. They’ve won seven of eight since then.  The moment is now.

With the Jets forcing Rivers into two interceptions and the offense again grinding it out behind the running of Shonn Greene and some timely throws by Mark Sanchez, the Jets produced one of the biggest wins in franchise history — bettered, perhaps, only by the most magical moment of all in Super Bowl III more than four decades ago.  Same Old Jets? Sorry, not this time.

“We’re hoping we can change the DNA with this team and in this city,” linebacker Bart Scott said. “This isn’t Same Old Jets. We want people to understand this is a new era.”  An era that is beginning with one of the most delectable playoff runs in franchise history. And maybe their best chance at winning it all since Joe Namath wagged his finger into the Miami sky 41 years ago.  Another appointment with destiny in Miami next month?  Could be.

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

AFC Divisional Round Preview: New York Jets at San Diego Chargers

If the Jets backed into the playoffs then the Chargers made a dead out sprint into the postseason, running the table after their 34-23 loss to Denver back on Oct. 19. This may be the ugly duckling of the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs with the underwhelming Jets headed into San Diego as nine-point underdogs. However, the AFC Championship Game matchup will not be settled until the Jets and Chargers tangle at 4:40 p.m.   in Qualcomm Stadium.

Rookie coach Rex Ryan and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez were gift wrapped a trip to the playoffs after the Colts and Bengals laid down in the final two weeks of the season. However, there was no laying down last week when the Jets defeated the Bengals, 24-14, on the road in the Wild Card round. The win impressed a lot of people, including the fans who have been skeptical if the team would even make t to the playoffs.   Bookmakers moved the longshot Jets from 45-1 to win the Super Bowl to 14-1 after just one round.  The Jets defense and running games proved to odds makers that the Jets could be contenders, if they wanted to.

Sanchez is returning home to Southern California where he made a name for himself in his one year starting for the USC Trojans. He is garnering a lot of attention as the Jets make another stride this season, but the real reason the Jets are still playing football this late into January is their defense and their ability to run the ball.  So Sanchez will really have to prove himself in his home state that he can really lead the Jets to victory and not just Thomas Jones or Shonn Greene.

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The old formula for success in the NFL, running the ball and playing defense, has been lost by most teams but the Jets are the team in the playoffs with the best total defense and best rushing attack (172 yards per game). Of course, there is a reason the Jets are nine-point underdogs and the No. 5 seed. They are second to last in the league in passing but they are not the only one-dimensional team in this game. The Chargers rank second to last in running the ball and they will lean heavily on the arm of Philip Rivers in these playoffs.  LT has not been himself over the past 2-3 years.  The Jets defense has been spectacular against the run so expect LT to make little impact on Saturday.

It’s clear what the Chargers will be trying to do — pass the ball — and what the Jets will be trying to do — rush the ball. If the game comes down to that, and it very likely could, the Jets could actually even the playing field a little bit.  Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been the definition of a shutdown corner this year. Let’s not get into the fact he was snubbed for the Defensive Player of the Year.  He will likely get the task of shutting down Vincent Jackson much like he shut down Chad Ochocinco last week. That could open things up for tight end Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd. Gates surpassed 1,000 yards receiving this year and Floyd was third on the team with 776 receiving yards.  So the Jets secondary will be very busy in both man to man and zone defense.

Add in Darren Sproles (45 receptions for 497 yards) and LaDainian Tomlinson (20 receptions for 154 yards) and Rivers should have plenty of options, even against the league’s best pass defense. For the Jets, the responsibility on offense will be shared too. Thomas Jones is a major impact player in this game for the Jets. He rushed for over 1,400 yards this season. Shonn Greene came on strong late in the season and in the Cincinnati win and Leon Washington (when playing) and Brad Smith are dangerous out of the wildcat package.  Remember, Brad Smith can play QB, TE, WR, and whatever else Brian Shottenheimer has planned.

From a wagering standpoint, getting points in this game is ideal. The Chargers have strung together 11 consecutive wins to close out the regular season but they were involved in countless nail biters including a one-point win at the Giants and three-point wins over the Redskins, Bengals and Cowboys.  The Jets have won their last 3 games and against top teams.  It might have been against second stringers in some cases, but the Jets did not back down in each game.  It is oging to be a tight game.  Maybe fate will come to the Jets and give Jets fans what they have wanted for the past 40 years, an AFC Championship game at home.  But for the last game, it will truly be Jets Stadium…….if it happens.

Westchester man Tom Schonberg who named son after New York Jets believes he helped end team’s curse

Credit:  BY Kevin Deutsch, Matthew Lysiak and Elizabeth Hays
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

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Super Jets fan Tom Schonberg named his son Jake Edward Thomas Schonberg (J.E.T.S.) to bring luck to the losing team last February. He believes it worked.

Oh baby - now that’s a Jets fan!

A die-hard Jets fanatic from Westchester named his first-born son after his beloved Gang Green last February as a way to breathe new life into the losing team and reverse its cursed streak.

Now, with a string of wins under the team’s belt – including Saturday’s wild-card playoff victory – Tom Schonberg, 39, has no doubt his plan is working.

“I honestly think the curse is legitimate and this has reversed it,” said Schonberg, 39, who named his 11-month-old son Jake Edward Thomas Schonberg – or JETS.

“My wife thought it was a little crazy, but she knew how much the Jets meant to me,” said Schonberg, an insurance broker from Mount Vernon. “I’m there for the Jets. I’ll do anything I can to help.”

During the week, the family calls the adorable blue-eyed, blond-haired youngster Jake, as a compromise with his wife, Angela, who thought it was going too far to name their baby after a team.

But each Sunday, when the couple dresses the boy in full Jets regalia to watch the game, they call him “Jet.”

“I’m very passionate about the Jets,” said Schonberg, who commissioned a Jets ice sculpture at his wedding four years ago and even postponed his honeymoon for a day so he could squeeze in a game.

“I probably take it a little too far.”

Angela, 34, a physical therapist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, seemed to agree. “At least football’s a short season,” she quipped.

Schonberg – a third-generation Jets fan who grew up surrounded by Giants fans – said he got the idea for his son’s name after his friends convinced him he had personally cursed his beloved Jets by being born. Schonberg was born in 1970, a year after the team’s last Super Bowl win, a detail not lost on his friends.

“My friends think I’m a living jinx,” he said. “So I needed to do something to change it up.”

Naming his son after the team is just the beginning. Though not even a year old, “Jet” already owns a roomful of team paraphernalia, from onesies to towels and toys. And the youngster’s first words may very well be the Jets’ famous cheer.

When Schonberg flew home triumphantly from Cincinnati Sunday, the first thing he did was pick up his son – decked out in his full mini Jets gear, of course – and bounce him on his hip as he led his extended family in the chant.

“J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets,” he cheered as he gave his son a big kiss and added proudly: “We did it, buddy.”

ehays@nydailynews.com

Had to repost this.  great article on the Daily News

Gang Green Holding Their Head High

Afternoon everyone.  I am sitting here watching the Baltimore Ravens wallop the New England Patriots.  Well, maybe wallop was not the best word to use.  The score has been 24-7 for a while.  I am still in shock over the New york Jets victory yesterday.  I am not an analyst or in depth sports writer to get into all the stats.  So to refresh your memory of yesterday’s game, you can pay a visit to the NFL website to get a review.  Funny things about the Jets is, they played like the Jets.  This is how they should have been playing for years.  It seems the Jets had a moment of clarity at the end of the season.  The Jets talked about their Defense and their smash mouth, “all purpose” offense. How many sportscasters have laughed & shook off the Green Machine as true playoff contenders?  . It seems the plan is finally coming together and they will make the Playooffs a tough one this year for other teams. From Rex Ryan has been confusing  opponents and Brian Schottenheimer has been sending in very creative offensive plays.  Many opposing defenses have been confused & the Gang is marching along taking no prisoners.

Do not get me wrong, the Jets will be tough and not just let anyone run over them.  Cedric Benson and his 169 rushing yards was an exception since Carson Palmer did not do anything in the air. How many times has anyone seen the Jets defense been this strong and man handle offensive lines?  Even Mark Sanchez is showing one can move outside the pocket and run down the field if need be.   I think 1998 was the last time Jets fans have been proud to be a fan of the Jets, the fans have waited a long time to get behind the team.  The Jets have a shot to go along way, finally.  There is no fluff here, no big stars, no one guaranteeing anything, just a team of guys will hope on their side and a lot of determination.  Jets fans, like myself, have waited long enough to finally be proud to be a Jets fan.

I have to say Mark Sanchez played one of the best games he has played yet.  anchez deserves a lot of credit for hanging in there all year and for shining when the spotlight was on him the most. Except for eating that hot dog. The Jets are high on Sanchez and expect a lot from him in the future.  He has a bright future as long as he can play at this level. Braylon Edwards was supposed to be this great trade at wide receiver.  He has yet to truly be a wide receiver.  What I mean is, how many receptions has he had on the Jets?  Edwards is another player with a good future, just not so many dropped balls and mistakes.  The offensive line played damn near perfection.  They were pushing that defense around to open up hols for Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene and the Jets running game showed why they were #1 in the NFL.  A rookie back with 21 carries, 135 yards, & a touchdown was worth what the Jets needed to do to get him in the draft. With Jones and Washington already in the backfield, Greene definitely adds a surprise element.  He is one of the Jets bright spots for the future.  Jay Feely is the Player of the Game!  Steve Weatherford had an irregular heartbeat.  Rex Ryan found out right before the game and approached Feely to be punter.  Kudos and props to Jay Feely for stepping up his game.  Ochocinco, Revis had your number, and your reception!

The Jets are at a point where the fans are finally behind them.  If the Jets play to their potential against San Diego then the Jets could be for real.  If the Jets revert back to the “same old” Jets, then we know it was too good to be true.  Jets fans are skeptical, even when they win.  But for now we do have something to cheer for.  The fact Gang Green is still in the playoffs, and Pat the Patriot isn’t.  Today I stand proud to be a Jets fan.  I helped my mom move earlier today and Gina and I were decked out in so much green you could have smoked us.  The days of being looked down on for being a Jets fan may finally be behind us.  But for now, you can hold your head high.