Aug 29, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Football fans cheer during the second half of a preseason game between the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles at Metlife Stadium. The Jets won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jets’ fans are a passionate bunch. The only way to stay a fan of the New York Jets’ in the long-term is to be passionate. You cannot endure what we have gone through if you don’t have passion for this team.
We are often a smiling bunch, as are the folks in the picture to the right. But when we lose, it gets ugly in Jets Nation. Not only are we frustrated with our team, we take it out on each other as well. I have talked about this before but it deserves repeating. Following the Jets’ brutal loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the war between Jets’ fans started back up where it left off.
It has to stop, ladies and gentlemen.
People were apparently (I didn’t see it), voicing the opinion to take Geno Smith out of the game and to replace him with Matt Simms. Whether that is a good idea or not is irrelevant. Here are some responses that were on my Twitter timeline (handles being omitted for anonymity)
“This fan base is stupid.”
“If you want Matt Simms to start, I can’t help you.”
I also heard someone say that if you want Simms in the game, it is a referendum on your lack of “football acumen”. There was a whole lot of LOL responses as well.
Come on folks, stop it.
Fans are going to present ideas that we aren’t going to agree with. Everybody is going to have an opinion regarding the New York Jets. That is what happens when you have a passionate fan base like we do.
But, we need to stop with the name calling, and the insults amongst ourselves. What does it prove? We are ALL Jets fans. Am I smarter than you because I write? Absolutely not. We are all Jets’ fans, we are equals. Listen to each other, give each other the chance to speak. We might learn something for one another.
As much as I disagreed with the idea of Tim Tebow last year, not only did I listen to contrary opinions, I hosted a guest post from someone to explain the pros of playing him. I might not have agreed, but he too is a Jets’ fan, with a right to his opinion.
Maybe I have gained new perspective after being in the hospital for a week with a heart problem, but we also have to remember that it is a “game”, folks. It’s not life or death. No matter how passionate we all get, it’s a game. The sun will still rise the Monday after. It’s entertainment, and it’s certainly not worth us calling each other “stupid” over. It’s supposed to be fun.
Let’s try being good to each other, Jets fans. It would be a welcome change.