FanSided’s Fandom 250 is officially out and is a fantastic list ranking the top fandoms across sports, entertainment, and everything else in between. When it comes to the New York Jets, they rightfully failed to make the final cut.
Earlier this week, FanSided published their Fandom 250 for this year and it’s an incredible list that ranks the best fandoms across sports, entertainment, movies, video games, and well, everything you can think of. When it comes to the fandoms for NFL teams, some of the most popular teams made the final cut. Except for well, the New York Jets, but when one thinks about it, it’s easy to see why they failed to make the final cut.
In the grand scheme of things, the Jets haven’t accounted for much of anything in their existence as a franchise outside of Joe Namath guaranteeing victory in Super Bowl III. The problem is unless you were alive to witness the greatest moment in franchise history, the Jets have given their fans a plethora of frustration, grief, and well, heartache.
One can’t describe what it felt like to see the Jets go to back-to-back AFC Champion games back in 2009 and 2010 respectively but to only come out short and miss out. That’s right, the Jets were just a game away from making just their second appearance ever in a Super Bowl with two different opportunities but that “Same Old Jets” mantra came back to bring the team and their fans crashing back down to reality.
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Yes, Jets fans are some of the greatest fans in all of football but the franchise continues to do things backward and test the patience of us all.
How long has it been since they had a franchise quarterback? Will they ever have stability in their coaching and leadership regime? Will their current rebuilding phase even produce consistent and above all else, winning results in the future?
Your guess is as good as mine but one thing is for sure, as much as I and many other Jets fans hate to admit it, there is a big reason why the Pittsburgh Steelers were named the top fandom in the NFL by FanSided. Besides the impact of the Terrible Towel at home games, they’re a franchise that consistently builds a playoff-contending team year in, year out.
They have stability when it comes to their offense, defense, special teams, and of course, their coaching staff and ownership. They have an incredible history that is all about winning when it matters most, hence their six Super Bowl championships.
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The Steelers have a ton of players that are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and more on the way that will undoubtedly wear a golden jacket when their time comes to be enshrined forever. These are just a few of the many reasons why they earned FanSided’s top NFL fandom and why the Jets are and probably will be on the outside looking in for years to come. The Jets can only hope over time they can replicate such success as until then, they’ll be a franchise that produces a lot of hope but no championships to back any of it up.