Why I am a Jets fan


Roughly 30 years ago, when I was 7 and my brother David was 9, we were sitting at the kitchen table at our home in Mahopac, N.Y.

“Which football team do you like?” our father asked.

“I like the Giants, said David.

“Well,” I said, “I guess I’ll like the Jets.”

That was 1979. Over the ensuing three decades, I am quite certain David hasn’t given the Giants, the NFL or professional sports another thought. I, on the other hand, was doomed from that point on to root for a team that would break my heart again and again and again and again and again and again.

During those years:

Giants: Four Super Bowl appearances, three wins.

Jets: Zero Super Bowl appearances.

Giants: Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms, Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, Eli Manning.

Jets: Mark Gastineau, Kenny O’Brien, Curtis Martin (admittedly, a good one), John Abraham, Chad Pennington.

I mean, what the hell did I do to deserve this? Long ago I surrendered allegiances to any other franchises. I don’t root for MLB teams or NBA teams or NHL teams. I don’t have a favorite golfer, a favorite NASCAR diver, a favorite Olympian. But, for some brain-numbing reason, I’ve continued to latch on to the Jets.

So what do I receive for such loyalty?

Bills 16, Jets 13

5 thoughts on “Why I am a Jets fan”

  1. As I read your post, I couldn’t help but nod and sadly agree. I too have wondered if I chose to be a Giants fan as a kid how different everything would be. I never had a real reason to pick the Jets back then, but I did and they will always be my team.

    This team suffers more heartbreaking losses and seasons as anyone else. Today’s horrific loss wasn’t even near one of the most painful games I’ve seen sinc following the Jets. Let’s face it, they either have the wrong head coach, quarterback, or both. But the fans will continue to stay loyal, hoping all this pain will be worth it one day.

  2. I definitely feel your pain. As a Redskins fan, I was ridiculed in grade school for a being a “front runner” when they were actually good. Just one of many reasons I hated grade school. Since 1992 (and a grand total of 4 playoff appearances) things have been so bad I am almost ready to give up…almost.

  3. “As a Redskins fan, I was ridiculed in grade school for a being a “front runner” when they were actually good.”

    Did you live in the Washington area? Is/was your father a Redskins fan? If the answer to both of these questions is “no,” then you deserved the ridicule you received.

  4. No to the first question (Delaware, Eagles country), yes to the second…my angst is not at the ridicule itself, but the reason behind it. I was not a front runner, and unfortunately I’ve been able to prove it.

  5. I understand completely. This is precisely why Paul isn’t my favorite Beatle.

    I grew up in northern NJ and first became aware of sports around 1986, so my favorite teams are the Giants and Mets. Oh well, 1 for 2.

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