What it Takes to Be a Jets Fan

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Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets fans from left Nick Marcello , Anthony Forte , Wayne Mitchell , Mike Forte and Scott Lissner pose for a photo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

Today is my ninth wedding anniversary. With that, it got me thinking about my other love, and I am sure the love of anyone reading this, the New York Jets.

We are an interesting breed, aren’t we? It certainly is not easy to be a Jets fan. We have put up with a lot over the years, too much. If any group of fans deserves a championship, we do.

So, what does it take to be a Jets fan? Here is my take.


At least for me, that has been the most important part, for a few reasons. As much as the Jets talk, Giant fans talk to us when they win. I have spent the better part of my life getting it from Giants fans all around me. Personally, there are a lot of Giants fans in my family, so it doesn’t make it any easier. For all of the futility we have dealt with, it takes a thick skin to be able to take all of the abuse we get, doesn’t it?

The other reason a thick skin is important, has to do with the teams we like. What baseball team do a lot of us Jets fans root for? The Mets, that’s who! There aren’t a lot of Jets fans that are Yankees fans, or at least I haven’t met them. I am certainly not one either. The punishment doled out to people that are Jets fans and Mets fans is tough. Without a thick skin, we wouldn’t be able to watch our sports teams after all of these years.

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  • http://www.arthurspools.com/ PoolExperts

    Well the way I see it, you have New York….New York Jet fans, who take this all very personal. And then you have guys who are a fan of the team.
    I am a 49er faithful, but I have been a fan of the Jets since Willie Joe had the audacity to pronounce the superbowl win. And it has always been when the team showed audacity that I liked them best. 
    This year the audacity is at a high level, Rex Ryan….svelt and decently coiffed…looks like he’s ready to eat fire are fart smoke. And who…is more audacious than the second strong quarterback/Fullback/tailback/ et al, our boy Tim Teebow. This week Rex said he was going to re-establish the run game, and having Teebow in the mix gives him the ability to just that. I love the fact that the defense will not be able to come off their coverage if he swings out….which means a better run.
    I am looking forward to this season and would love to see a 49er Jet Superbowl

    • Alan Schechter

      Very true on all accounts. I am one of those that take everything the Jets do very seriously. Henceforth, the blog. A SF Jet superbowl would be awesome. They had better be able to manage the Tebow situation though.

      Thanks for reading