NJ Jets: Why They and Their Fans Are so Easy To Dislike

John BartramCorrespondent IIOctober 26, 2011

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Let me start by saying I have been a Kansas City Chief fan for 50 years.  Despite that, however, I have lived in Monmouth County, N.J. for that entire time, a mere 50-minute drive from the New Meadowlands Stadium.  This gives me a valid opinion to write on this subject, a bird's-eye view if you will.

Keep in mind, I have no dog in this fight.  This comes from simple observations over the last few years and quite frankly, frustration and a bit of humor.  Also, I am not referring to every Jet fan in the world, just a very large percentage of them.

What this means is I live in the New York City metro area and am often forced to watch both teams and listen to the radio talk shows filled with nothing but fans talking about the local N.Y. area teams, all 304 of them.  This can become very tedious for a fan of a team from anywhere but New York.  Actually it becomes tedious for anyone.

The point of the article, however, is the Jets and their fans.  This is a special group.  Never in the history of sports has there been a group that has felt their team should simply be anointed champions, just because.

There is no question it started with their blowhard head coach, Rex Ryan.  Don't get me wrong, I think Ryan is a good coach, but he talks too much.  Incredibly, most Jet fans actually believe everything that comes out of his mouth.  As my father used to say, "mind in motion before mouth in gear." Rex certainly never heard that expression before.

The Jet fans forgot there is process to go through in football.  First, teams win regular season games; winning the division is helpful, though it's not a requirement.  Then you go to the AFC Championship game, and here's the thing, win it.  Following that, you get to actually go to the Super Bowl and if you win that game, there you have it, you are actually champions.




I know the Jets have had a inferiority complex for a long time.  First it was the Giants.  They've had to play in their stadium, and the Giants have won three Super Bowls and had a lot of success while the Jets sucked. 

On top of that, they've had the misfortune of playing in the same division with the Tom Brady-led Patriots.  That's no easy feat for anyone. 

Then there's "Fireman Ed."  I know that may be sacrilegious, but please.  When watching a Jets game on TV, we see as much of him as we do Mark Sanchez.

If you live anywhere in this area and listen to sports radio, you no doubt listen to WFAN.  There you will find the Jets' favorite sports personality, Mike Francesa.  They have what you might call a hate-hate relationship. 

The Jets fans hate, hate him.  They think he's bias against the Jets and any criticism against their holy squad is inaccurate.  Well folks, that's not true.  He's actually one of the better ones in the business and half the time, he's playing with you and you fall for it time after time.

I live here.  I know many, many Jet fans.  I listen to the radio.  I read, I write, I'm fairly well informed.  The Jets fan thinks they can do no wrong, that they should win the Super Bowl every year and if they don't, someone screwed them out of it.  Well, you're wrong. 

Lastly, I think the Jets are a good football team.  They're just not as good as you think they are.

See you in December, wink.