Jun 11, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the New York Jets minicamp session at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Why Are the New York Jets So Un-Loved Around the Nation?

Apr 26, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Jets fans Steve Destefano (left) , Christian Baladaccini (center) and Joe Legotti wait for the thirty-ninth overall pick to the New York Jets during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets have the most passionate fan base in the country. OK, maybe that is my biased opinion, and one that we all share, but that’s fine too. How could we not be the greatest? OUR TEAM HASN’T WON A CHAMPIONSHIP IN OVER 40 YEARS! We have to have passion, or we wouldn’t be around the team anymore.

But, you look around the country, and we have a pretty hated team. Everyone likes to use derogatory terms like the “circus”, among others, when describing our team. Leave the NY area, and there isn’t a great amount of respect for the New York Jets. Have you noticed? The Jets are not looked upon favorably.

As you know, I have been off the grid for a while, due to my health, just getting back over the last few days. The best therapy for someone like me, while I was in the hospital, was thinking about our team. I found myself thinking specifically about this question. “Why are we so un-loved around the country?”

It’s certainly not because of our propensity to win titles. I mean, we must admit that some of our problem with the New England Patriots is that they win all the time. I know that it is mine. A lot of times, teams that win all the time are hated, unless you root for that team. Take the Yankees. Not a team that is loved all over the nation, aside from NY, or with people originally from NY.

As we discussed before, we haven’t won in over 40 years. That isn’t the problem. So what is it? I have a couple of ideas.


What do I mean, it’s easy? People have enough to do rather than worrying about our team.

What I mean is, when a team is always out there, it’s easy to hate them. When you are outside of the NY area, you see what our team has done, and said over the years, and it becomes frustrating. Despite everything else going on in the league, the outsider’s perspective is that is always Rex this, Jets that, Tebow this(last year). If you don’t want to watch our team, and you are forced to, it’s easy to resent them.


Whether we want to believe it or not, Rex Ryan is just as polarizing a figure as coach Belichick. Think about it for a minute.

Why do we hate coach Belichick? Well, we hate the way he talks to the media. Don’t we? Don’t we think the way he carries himself shows his take that he is better than everyone else? He mumbles for 10 minutes to his media group and leaves. We hate a perceived arrogance that he has. In New England, he is loved, but nowhere else.

Think about Rex. No, he obviously isn’t quiet. But don’t you think that Rex’s out there attitude annoys their fan base, and others, as much as Bill annoys ours? They both show their arrogance, in their own ways, and it annoys everyone else but us, or New England in Bill’s case.

For what it’s worth, there is my theory as to why we are hated. What do you guys think?

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  • matr dontelli iii

    the jets are hated for more than a couple reasons. fans of other teams don’t like rex, plain and simple. a little deeper than that is the attention we get. we get more attention than boring teams and people resent it. they’re rather be hearing about the nothingness of their favorite teams. i mean really, how could a young raider fan hate the jets? they have absolutely nothing to cheer. nothing. they’ve got tony sparano on their staff! talk about hopelessness. so they hate on the jets. some people hate the entertainment value we provide. if we weren’t trying to root for the jets we certainly would have been rolling on the floor laughing on thanksgiving night. i mean has anybody ever seen a fumble/touchdown like the one mcknight created? has anybody ever seen three touchdowns faster than you can make a post-turkey toilet trip? i’d bet half the haters were in the toilet for that. then the next day when everyone’s talking about the game and they say, ‘oh, i missed that. i was in the bathroom.’ i’d like to know how many people had buttfumbles of their own when they came rushing out of the bathroom without wiping properly during that three touchdown barrage to see what all the commotion was about. no wonder everyone hates us. how ’bout jealousy? how many super bowls have the 49ers won? packers? patriots? steelers? cowboys? giants? and which super bowl gets more attention? III. honestly, how could fans of the browns hate us? chargers? bills? bengals? texans? titans? jaguars? this could go on all night. those teams have absolutely nothing over us. they suck, they have been sucking for quite some time now and they are boring to boot. have i mentioned hard knocks? i don’t know about you but i was on the edge of my seat for the fastest hour of the week each of those wednesday nights. holy crap did that hour fly by. i woulda even enjoyed that show in the dentist’s chair! hbo should just discontinue the series or else turn it into an annual ‘jets on hard knocks’ show. they’ll never top that. has any other team come close to that for entertainment value on hard knocks? no, didn’t think so. ok, now we’re down to the last two reasons. another great american pastime, monkey see, monkey do, but monkey can’t think for himself. how many people get home from work and turn on espn? how many of these same people listen to espn in their cars? and how many watch espn on their luchbreaks? yikes, that’s a chilling thought, isn’t it? espn has how many channels now? how many radio stations around the country? anybody ever notice where their link comes up on a goggle search for sports information? you have to deliberately avoid them in order to not bump into them unintentionally. and how much do they talk about the jets? and how often does that talk even approximate insightful or intelligent talk? i mean skip and stephen a are universally recognized for their insight and thoughtfulness, aren’t they? no, maybe not. they have radio stations across the country. remember, before mike became benedict mike he was a jet fan, and he shoved it down the country’s throat every morning before, during and after football season. and now? he’s telling everyone what’s wrong with the jets. and everyone’s listening to him because he’s the ‘logical’ mike. yeah, he’s the logical mike alright. espn, the world-wide leader in sports! and the final reason? buttfumble envy. everybody has seen it over and over. it’s the greatest sports blooper ever. it’ll never be done again. and it’s ours. forever. and everyone else is jealous.

    • TheJetPress

      Now I know I am officially back in the saddle here, with a full fledged Matr rant under my belt, and I loved every minute of it. All of it makes sense, you make all fair points as usual. I didn’t want to go too far, if I write an article too long nobody will want to read.

      • matr dontelli iii

        thanks alan, but on the contrary, i would say the one thing i dislike about this site is that the articles are generally on the short side. remember, people reading here are, for the most part, more insightful than the readers of the mainstream media. i think i speak for many of your readers when i say i stay away from the daily news, yahoo, espn and other media sources which are lacking in insight and generally buffoonish. i haven’t read the daily news in months. it used to be my ‘go to’ paper. i tread lightly on the post’s site. i check out dick cimini once a week and read only what i think might not be polluted. avoiding those news sources has left an opening in my reading time. i think many of your regular readers would be delighted if your articles were longer (this, of course, is assuming you have the time to write more) and one thing you have over the other blogs is that you generally have more new articles posted per day than the ‘other guys’. in any event, longer or shorter, keep it up, we love your site. and please keep taking care of your health. nobody else will do it for you. as an aside here, i’m wondering how many of the ‘regulars’ go to games during the season. i’d kinda like to meet yourself and some of your regular readers. you’ve got a nice little group here despite the occasional troll. truth, justice and the american way!

        • TheJetPress

          I appreciate the feedback on the article length Matr….I really do, and will keep it in mind. Thanks for the love as always.

          As far as going to the games….I get to maybe one per year, Sean doesn’t live in the area…….not sure where the other guys stand, how often they go..etc

  • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

    As a Pats fan, I love Rex Ryan and think he gets unnecessary hate. Ryan is a pretty good coach, and I enjoy his humor and confidence. The reason why I dislike the Jets is pretty obvious, but I will say that much more people hate the Pats than the Jets. People make fun of the Jets, but they are like the lovable losers of the NFL right now. The Pats, on the other hand, have the most trolling directed at them, and it’s always the same, annoying broken-record stuff.

    • TheJetPress

      I still think you are in the minority calling us lovable but thanks.

  • Kyle Phelps

    The Jets aren’t hated around the nation, they just have absolutely no respect around the nation. The Jets aren’t relevant enough to be hated. People don’t bother to hate the Jets because beyond ripping on them for fun noone really cares what they do because they aren’t a threat. People hate the Patriots because they’re successful and are arrogant about it, and that frustrates people. People respectDon Shula because he’s successful and was not arrogant about it, because people typically respect humility. People disrespect the Jets because they’re arrogant and don’t back it up, because people always need a punching bag that can’t defend itself and they enjoy doing that to someone they believe “deserves it” like someone who is arrogant. People take shots at teams like the Chiefs, Jags, and Bucs too but it’s alot less often because those teams aren’t constantly in the public sphere with a piss poor attitude.

    It’s generally seen as distasteful to pick on someone who isn’t picking on others and is weak (Chiefs)… but someone who is weak and a loudmouth (Jets)? People love shutting them up and noone has much of a problem with it. Someone who is strong and a loudmouth (or generally arrogant… Patriots)? Well people hate them but can’t successfully fight them… people will take cheap shots at them but they can’t really hit them where it hurts. Someone who is strong and quiet (Don Shula)? Well you would just be plain stupid to fight them… no hope of winning and no reason to try in the first place.

    • TheJetPress

      Fair points Kyle. Makes sense

  • Paul Newbold

    Hell our organization is easy to hate! I’ve been a fan since the beginning, trust me there have been plenty of times I’ve hated them! Currently the hate quagmire is full scale it seems. The trade for Tebow and his subsequent use infuriated many, both Jet fans and others. Rex Ryan’s mouth in the media has done the Jets no favors either! Add to that things like a strength coach who trips a player on the field, an QB sending nude pics to cheerleaders, players being arrested, players speaking “anonymously” and the New York Media making sure its all national news, and its easy to dislike or even hate this Organization
    In my opinion Idjik’s job is primarily to build a team and change the organizational front office, but his biggest hurdle may be in changing the hostile environment surrounding this team.! And just my 2 cents….he failed miserably when he didn’t let Goodson go after his arrest! Public Relations Department??? The Jets have fallen short for yrs in that department!

    • TheJetPress

      Totally agree Paul. If you aren’t from here, or even if you are, some of the antics are quite infuriating. Idzik has a tough road ahead in order to change the culture.

  • FrankMcMullin

    I don’t think the JETS are hated , but they are ridiculed , especially under Rex Ryan

    Patriots are hated just like the Cowboys used to be hated , because they’re winners. Belichick is as arrogant as Tom Landry or Don Shula or Parcells, coaches who have no patience for stupid questions

    • TheJetPress

      fair points

  • Jeff Minnus

    I think the only people who hate the Jets are Jets fans. I know because I am one of these people. Sadly, I’ve been one for all of my life. It’s my dad’s fault. I would honestly love to give up on this team. Maybe this year I’ll finally cut the cord. I swore at the end of last season that if they start Sanchez I quit.

    And we all know they’re going to start Sanchez. I guess I’ll just become a Bucs fan or something.

    • TheJetPress

      Don’t give up Jeff. Hang in there, we need all of our fans

  • bryant ardila

    I love my jets. I cant stand seeing them lose. I think we have a new GM who is staying away from that “circus” way of running things. Rex is great I love him too! He just needs to round his troops together to win these games. I believe sanchez is the one to blame because he repeats the same damn thing time in and time out and old management started him. Old Rex didnt have a fire under his a** so expect the new rex to have a no bs policy. But my greatest thought is that were a NY team and no other market will ever love us but our own fans. Everyone always needs a team to love and hate. Im not expecting championship this year. I expect good decisions that put our team in the best position to win. I really enjoyed your article!

    • TheJetPress

      Thanks Bryant. Keep reading, if you liked this one there is more where that came from.
      Very true on the NY thing, just being in NY does get a bunch of hatred from other teams.