I’m developing an unfortunate sense of resentment for my fellow Jets’ fans. It’s definitely not for all fans, but it is a consistent issue that’s plagued this organization for years.
Somehow, Jets’ fans have been acknowledged as some of the most passionate the NFL has to offer. I do believe that.
We’ve endured a lot of heartbreak together, and have watched our team suffer for many years.
Remaining a Jets’ fan despite the disappointment is certainly an achievement.
But where’s the love for the team on game day? Where’s the screaming, the yelling? Where’s the 12th man on the field that so many organizations can proudly boast when they play home games?
I watched the Arizona Cardinals game with my little brother on Sunday, and even he noticed it. Where did the “J! E! T! S! JETS! JETS! JETS!” chant go?
I’m definitely not looking for something to complain about. The Jets are 2-2, and coming off an impressive victory.
But it comes at the heels of an embarrassing loss in San Diego, where Chargers fans stayed well into the fourth quarter to support their team.
Living in New York for my entire life, I already understand the mentality—we have to beat traffic. But should the prospect of being bumper-to-bumper for an hour or so trump the desire to watch our team through all four quarters?
That’s not intensity, and that’s not passion.
Being more than just a Jets’ fan, I’ve watched so many football games where the crowd is more than just alive. On Monday night, when the Ravens were in Pittsburgh, the Steelers’ fans were deafening! They made it their job to cheer, and get involved in the game. They did their best to make it hostile territory for the Ravens and their rookie quarterback.
In the third quarter of the Cardinals’ games, the Fox announcers made it a point to mention just how quiet the stadium was.
The Jets’ lack of intensity can’t be credited to the losing ways of old. Because even the Cleveland Browns have an impressive amount of crowd noise through their home games in 2008.
Jets’ fans need to wake up. We complain when the team gets off to a slow start, but what about the fans that leave empty seats at kickoff because they’re having one more beer at the tailgate?
We bashed the team for giving up leads late in the fourth quarter when fans are looking for the exit at the start of it!
Show your love for this organization, or give your tickets to someone who wants it at a reasonable price. Stop bringing your friend that insists on wearing his Giants’ jersey because you had an extra ticket.
Can we turn the stadium into a sea of green on Sundays like Chiefs fans do with their red and white? Are the Steelers’ fans doing too much work when they spin the terrible towels?
No one asked you to be a Jets’ fan. You’re not there against your will. It’s time to act like you woke up and made the trip for a damn reason!