I've been to every Jets home game since I was six years old; now, with 30 staring me right in the face, I've never loved them more. Our beloved Jets have always been the underdog, from the days of the Titans to the guarantee to playing in "Giants Stadium."
That reason alone is why I love the Jets, and I believe that holds true for many of my fellow New Yorkers.
In many "football" towns/cities, you either root for your team or jump on a bandwagon. Ever since the Jets' inception, they had immediate competition, not just on the field but off the field to increase their fan base. The stereotypical Jet fan has always been the "blue collar" guy, but I think that is more of a reflection of the Jets organization.
Sure, it'd be easy to root for the Giants, and I know many who jump back and forth. We all know who true Jet fans are.
I still remember my first game like it was yesterday, I could not get over how green the field looked and how huge the players were in person. What's great about season tickets for football games is you develop a comradeship with all the familiar faces that you see week in and week out for years.
At my third game, we played the Dolphins, and all of you that have been at a Jet/Dolphins game know how crazy it can get. One of the lovely Dolphin fans drunkenly bumped into my six-year-old body and thought nothing of it. Then, good ole Marty that sat in front of us happened to pour his beer all over himself on a not-so-warm day.
Nonetheless, from that day on, I knew I'd found my home away from home.
I could go on and on with stories like that, some gross, funny, sad, and flat-out cruel. The "Jetship" that evolves over time just adds to the excitement of the fan. Sure, I would love to see them win, and even better, become a dynasty. In a weird, jealous boyfriend type of way, I'm almost dreading that day. I wish I could be the driver of that bandwagon, so I could kick everyone off.
My fiancé thinks it's a unhealthy obsession, and she may be right. I'd rather be addicted to football and the Jets then to be a crackhead or something. Over the years, we've come close to getting that trophy, but not quite yet, though every year is a enjoyable ride.
Except for maybe a 1-15 season, that's just outright Prozac depressing. I do wonder about the day the Jets finally do win...will it take some of the excitement out of rooting? In response to that would be a resounding "Hell No!" The party that would ensue after the win would leave green and white scars all over New York.
The tickets have been in my father's name for 22 years, and a big moment in my life occurred when he passed the baton and signed them over to me this past season. My father is a diehard Jet fan and forever loyal, but was just too angry about the PSLs to pay.
I told my dad to not worry about it because of all the years he has paid for tickets, jerseys, knishs, and more jerseys. I always root for the underdog Jets, too, and they always get traded. We have two tickets, and it may sound crazy, but I am glad to pay my $10,000 per seat. I feel like I own part of the Jets and it just makes me feel even more involved.
I do not know what the future holds this season, or in the many seasons to come, but I can promise to be loyal and never boo. The Jets have disappointed many over the years and some hold anger and resentment toward the team. In reality, it is just pointless...do you think booing will help?
Sorry, I got off track there for a minute. I'm sure many other Jets fans have some great stories, and I hope you share below. Which brings me to my final point.
I'm new to the Bleacher Report and loved the concept of true sports fans from all over the world having a chance to write about anything sports-related and have their voice heard. There are plenty of Jets fan sites that offer a similar outlet, but this is unique, as you can get input from many others.
As you can tell, I'm no English major...I was always a closet computer geek. Of course, I did play semi-pro basketball, as long as you count the junior college basketball team as semi-pro.
So, with B/R's recent announcement of syndicated writers and such, I don't feel like they are holding true to what was the original plan. If B/R wants to be espn.com, then do so. They want to reap the benefits of skilled writers in the B/R community and give nothing in return.
I loved the fact that articles showed up on news.google.com; actually, that's what drew me here in the first place. A writer isn't syndicated because he doesn't meet B/R's expectations? That's BS.
No big deal, though. It's back to Gang Green for me, where nobody has sold out yet.