It’s Halloween night, and hopefully you all are enjoying yourselves, safe from the troubles of earlier this week. I was thinking about how we could talk Jets, and still relate it back to Halloween, and then it came to me.
It’s tough being a Jets fan, is it not? We have to endure our head scratching moments, and they never cease to appear, year after year. Sometimes, they are downright scary. So here is a list of scary moments for Jets fans, in no particular order.:
March 21, 2012-The Acquisition of Timothy Richard Tebow
Before all of the Tebow fans get on my case, let me explain. My including this on the list has nothing to do with my opinions of his abilities. It is scary because we didn’t know what was going to happen. What were his legions of fans going to be like? Would there be #15’s scattered all over and dominating MetLife? How will Mark Sanchez react? How will they use(or not use) Tebow? That date was a date we headed into very uncharted territory, so therefore, it gets included.
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF 1986 SEASON: DOUBLE OVERTIME LOSS TO THE BROWNS
This is one not everyone will remember. The Jets were leading the Browns by 10 points late in the game, and were headed to a date with the Broncos in the AFC Championship. A late hit on Mark Gastineau, and the lead was quickly gone, and they lost in double OT. A very “only the Jets” type of moment. Agreed?
SEPTEMBER 25, 2005 CHAD REINJURES ARM, COMES BACK INTO THE GAME
Chad Pennington had the worst luck of anybody, yes? I can’t think of anyone that had harder luck. Whenever he was healthy for a whole season, the Jets made the playoffs, but the injuries were just so tough. Remember this game in 2005? Chad reinjured the arm, but then the worst happened, backup quarterback Jay Fielder was hurt as well. Somehow, Chad talked himself into the game, as Herm Edwards relented. It was pretty scary to see him come back in the game, basically with his arm falling off, and still almost pull out the win.
FAKE SPIKE GAME, MIAMI DOLPHINS VS NEW YORK JETS
None of us will forget this one. Miami being led down the field by Dan Marino, looking for a come from behind win over the Pete Carroll-led Jets. Marino motioned as if he was going to spike the football, to stop the clock. The Jets stopped, but Marino and Mark Ingram did not, and they connected on the game winning touchdown. The Jets never recovered, and that welcomed in the Rich Kotite era.
THE DENNIS BYRD INJURY
No moment ever got scarier than that. Scary from a Jets fan perspective, and scary from a human being perspective. It’s a true miracle that Dennis Byrd is walking today, and a tribute to his work ethic. What a recovery, but definitely a scary moment.
There are countless others, as we all know. But here are five, for your Halloween entertainment.