Fans of the New York Jets should know that my perspective is that of a fan: I seek the positive as much as possible and place criticism in the context of praise.
Praise is in short-supply generally in New York sports reporting, even when clearly warranted (e.g., Sandy Alderson). So this viewpoint about the New York Jets should set this column apart.
Of course to opt for praise should not be to opt for fiction. Monday night’s game provides a particularly challenging case. Where does one find something praiseworthy in a 41-10 drubbing at the hands of the Indianapolis Colts? How does one stave off resentment at paying to sit in the cold to watch the unwatchable?
We might start at the beginning: the National Anthem was beautifully sung and the State Trooper helicopter flyover simply awesome. We had seats in the 210 section and the view of the field–supported by several enormous video screens–is nothing short of remarkable.
Being so close to the Chase Club cannot be underestimated in its importance either, especially on such a cold night. The club offers warmth, light, and food on a cold, dark and bitter evening. Such solace is surely a gift (one severely paid for I’m afraid, but a gift nonetheless). And I am most grateful for my fellow Jets fans who braved the cold and remained in generally good spirits throughout, despite the uncharitable ways of the visiting team.
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So while it is difficult to find things praiseworthy upon which to comment, it is not impossible. Indeed, it is perhaps especially important to make the effort during the Christmas season, that season devoted to generosity and gratitude. Sadly, however, I have left out the Jets players in this attempt and that is unfortunate. Perhaps the challenge is too great? Can we rise to it? Who is it that did their job as much as they were able? Who stood tall in defeat?
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I’ve got it: The kicker. The kicker played well. He had two scoring opportunities: a field goal and a PAT. He made them both.
Well done Mr. Nick Folk; well done.