New York Jets: Fans need to put DeflateGate behind them
The picture above is one every single fan of the New York Jets despises. Tom Brady has long been a hated player in Jet territory. I dislike the guy as much as the next guy, but it’s time to move on, and focus on Jet football. Yesterday was a tough day for me personally on Twitter, as I made the mistake of calling on Jet fans to drop the nonsense. I get it, few like Brady in NYC.
I know this article is not going to make me the most popular with Jet fans, but I’ve always been a guy who calls them as he sees them. When the NFL announced that Brady’s appeal was rejected by Roger Goodell, Jet fans celebrated as if we had just won a Super Bowl! That’s the part I don’t get.
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Like him or not, Brady has had an illustrious career with the New England Patriots. Like it or not, he’s likely to go down in NFL history as one of the most prolific quarterbacks to ever play the game. This suspension will do little to keep him from his proper place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Again, its not a popular view among Jet fans, but is the truth.
There will be a court battle with the NFL firing the first volley by suing the NFLPA in Manhattan, asking the court for what is known as “declaratory judgement” under the Federal Arbitration Law. The NFL seeks the court to uphold Goodell’s ruling. Brady has authorized the NFLPA to challenge his suspension in court as well. This is likely to turn into a very ugly dispute. Jet fans need not bother themselves with any of this.
Jet fans however need to drop all this hatred of Brady and the celebratory nonsense after he was suspended. Jet fans hate Brady because he has dominated the AFC East for what seems forever. They want him taken down by the NFL, because quite frankly the Jets haven’t been able to. The Jets are building a team currently that may do just that in short order. Fans need to keep their focus on the Jets and forget about Brady.
First off, DeflateGate has nothing to do with the Jets or its fan base. The game in question was the AFC Championship Game, and let’s face it, the Jets were nowhere near going to that game last year whether Brady had the footballs deflated or not. That’s the truth. Secondly, Brady’s suspension has no effect on the upcoming season for the Jets. They don’t play the Patriots until Week 7 and Brady will be back by then.
Jan 18, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the third quarter against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports
Look, I understand the distaste many Jet fans have for the Patriots and Brady. This is sports though, if you want to shut them up, you have to beat them on the football field. Let’s all unite behind the Jets and let this work itself out without us. The insults and nasty comments I received yesterday for pointing this stuff out on Twitter was reminiscent of the ugliness we suffered through last season.
Let’s focus on our football team and not get caught up in this mess. We are on the verge of what promises to be a very successful season as we don’t need to distract ourselves with this issue. Training camp is upon us so let’s enjoy the competitions and prepare for the season.
I don’t expect many to agree with my analysis here. The comment section is your place to chime in your own thoughts. Let me know what you think of my take on this issue. I don’t claim to be right, but I’ll continue to call them as I see them. Let’s Talk Jet Football!!
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