Cooling Their Jets: Is a History-Long Curse Finally Broken in New York?

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 24:  Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts during the fourth quarter of the game against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 24, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  The Colts defeated the Jets 30-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Curses, they come and go in sports.  The funny thing is, for some teams they are either kept or broken, like God himself has predetermined the fate of every team and has the ability to end a curse at a moments notice.

If you were to ask me who the most cursed sports team is of all time, I'd give you one very simple answer: the Chicago Cubs.

Maybe it's the St. Louis Cardinals fan within, but something tells me that the day the black cat ran onto Wrigley Field marked a day that every Cubs fan would like to forget when it comes to their deemed "cursed" franchise.

However, when it comes to football, perhaps one of the more storied teams that has been struck by a curse or two is the New York Jets.

Since the glory days of "Broadway" Joe Namath in the 1960's, things have slowly but surely spiralled south for the green and white into what has become, for some fans, an almost laughable situation.

For those of you that know a New York Jets fan personally, I am sure you would have heard him or her discuss the so-called "curse" that has hung over this franchise.  At times, New York Jets fans have felt some glory from their team, given a handful of promising postseason appearances that have ultimately resulted in nothing.

But aside from the disappointment, at the end of the day it just seems that the poor old New York Jets aren't meant to win anything soon.

That is until now.

Yes, as we all know the New York Jets are a new franchise.  They have a new quarterback, they have a new coach, and most importantly they have a new outlook on football that finally looks promising enough to lead them to the glory land that they have so much desired.

Although, as promising as this all looks, is it really enough to lift the curse and rid the Jets not only of years of torture, but also rid their supporters of season after season of "close but no cigar" type performances?

Well, if you asked any New Yorker right now that isn't a Giants fan, the solid answer you would get back is yes, the New York Jets can lift the curse. 

Seeing as though the team has taken effective strides toward the top, the logical answer that can be given toward this question is obviously a positive one.  Not to mention the fact that Mark Sanchez does have a promising future ahead of him, and the AFC Championship Game in 2009 definitely showed some promising signs.

Of course though, this isn't the only thing that has changed for New York.  As of this season, the Jets are set to once again share a stadium with the New York Giants, except this time the words "Giants Stadium" won't be featured on the front, and the old but fashionable days of Giants Stadium are well and truly gone.

For those of you that aren't as superstitious as I am, the new stadium notion may not be enough to grab your attention.  But if you are a New York Jets fan, it is enough to get your hopes up a little about the future.

In case some of you are unaware, much of the Jets' cursed ways were blamed on Giants Stadium.  Not only did the name make it appear that the Jets were the second-best franchise in the state of New York,  the stadium also somehow took a mental shine to the Giants, and more or less hated the Jets, particularly in big time games. 

What games am I talking about?

Any big time Jets fan will recall the 1998 AFC Championship Game which saw the Jets lead 10-0 early in the third quarter.  Things looked to be going well, but the curse again appeared. Denver scored a touchdown to make the score 10-7, and was kicking back off to the Jets. However, a miraculous gust of wind affected the kickoff, and the Broncos recovered the ball. The huge momentum swing was part of 23 consecutive Broncos points.

Is that not enough to convince you?

Well how about the trading of John Riggins to the Washington Redskins?  Maybe if the Jets had kept him, the Redskins wouldn't have won it all in 1983.

As for the Jets of new, the curse is almost a distant memory.  The team seems to have overcome that, and finally the smog is clearing and we are able to see the green and white jerseys for what they really are.

Much of this could be credited to Rex Ryan's hard work, after all, his recruiting has been at an A-grade level in the past year and a half.

However, some credit also has to go to the players, as all this hard work from past and present generations has finally resulted in some positive signs.

Let's not get to excited just yet, we have been disappointed on more than one occasion with this team.  But looking at them on paper, you can't help but like their chances.

Hopefully by this time next year, the Jets won't be touching wood, they'll be touching the Lombardi Trophy in their more than deserving fingers.

Ryan Cook is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report . He is also an NFL columnist for Real Sports Net and a Green Bay Packers writer for Fan Huddle and PackerChatters . Don't forget to follow him on Twitter .