In this post, I would like to share what the past week has been like after the Jets lost in the AFC Championship last weekend.
Something we have all had to deal with this week is a bunch bitter fans of other teams. I’ll make this one point clear: just because we did not win the Super Bowl does not mean we are in the same boat as your team that did not make the playoffs. If believing this will help you sleep at night, then so be it. The Jets made the AFC Championship game for the second season in a row. There is no fan out there that would rather that his or her team got a top five pick than make the conference championship. I would not go out and brag that the Jets lost the AFC Title game, but in no way would I consider that worse than having a top five pick. If you are a Steelers fan and you still feel the need to talk down on the Jets, then you need to get your priorities straight because your team did all the talking that was necessary and you should be looking forward to the Packers.
It has not been easy to watch ESPN this week. We have been constantly flooded with Super Bowl talk and highlights from conference championship weekend. We are reminded each day why the Steelers were able to beat us last week. We all know why it happened; they wanted it more and played the better game. This does not make it any easier to watch it again and again and again though.
It is truly a terrible feeling to know we were so close again and that the team let it slip away. This is no reason to hide your fan hood. If you come into my apartment, you will see all of my Jets stuff (jerseys, newspapers, posters, etc…) still covers the walls and anything Jets is still out in plain view. Jets fans should still be proud of this team. There is no reason to be embarrassed that your team just lost this late into the playoffs. Sure, it is now time to start focusing on your favorite teams in other sports, but there is no reason for your Jets stuff to be put in a box that won’t be opened until September.
One of the worst feelings that I have felt this week is the fear that there could potentially be a lockout for the 2011 NFL season. Whether or not the Jets sign the right free agents and make the right moves in the NFL Draft in April, any football, good or bad, is better than no football at all. The Jets were built to win this season, and barely fell short of their goal. We hope that they will once again be built to win now again in 2011, but we also need a season for them to have the chance. Who knows how everything will work out this offseason, but I can honestly tell you a potential lockout haunts me in my sleep.
There has been some conversation in Jets Nation about whether or not to watch the Super Bowl next week. As football fans, we should all watch the game. Being bitter about the loss may make it tough to watch, knowing the Jets very well could have been playing next Sunday night, but that should not be a reason to miss the biggest game of the year. No championship has an atmosphere like the Super Bowl. It is the Mecca of all sports championships. Even if you can’t bring yourself to root for either team, there is always some money to be won on the Super Bowl. So if you really need an excuse to watch, there it is.