Tonight, while watching the closing seconds of the Jets-Steelers game, it hit me that I’ll likely die without ever seeing my team win a Super Bowl.

Covering sports for so long, I haven’t kept most of my rooting interests. But, for some reason, I continue with the Jets. They were my boyhood passion—and merely by accident. When I was 6 or 7, my older brother told Dad he liked the Giants. I was left with the Jets.


I worry that the Jets are about to become the Mets of a few years back—on the verge of greatness a couple of years, then haunted by being on the verge, but never able to move forward. Mark Sanchez is fantastic, and the offensive line is as good as it gets. But the Jets have some serious holes—Braylon Edwards is likely gone, and they desperately need a pass-rushing defensive end.

Man, this one hurt.

7 thoughts on “J-E-T-S”

  1. Eagles fan here. I feel the same way about my team.

    I guess it could be worse. My baseball team is the Orioles. They might not even have a winning record again before I die. (And I’m 34.)

  2. My stepdad despairs of ever seeing the Jets make it to the super bowl in his lifetime.

    I can just imagine the weepfest he’s having tonight. 🙁

    Conversely, I found myself somehow rooting for the Steelers today–the little dude I saw the game with has no concept of regional team loyalty. 😐

    And the Jets lost.

  3. Don’t be so pessimistic Jeff. They have been to the AFC championship game 2 straight years and are not the “Same old Jets” of a few years back. As another long suffering fan, I look forward to the day the Jets meet the president at the White House.

  4. It would be easier to sympathize with Jets fans if Rex Ryan wasn’t so dislikable. Can’t argue with his coaching results, but I went from not caring about the Jets to actively disliking them as soon as he started opening his big mouth.

  5. Never give up on dreaming for your Jets. I expected to die without ever seeing the NY Rangers win the Stanley Cup, and then they did.

    That said, it’s been ~17 years since then … I now expect to die without seeing them win 2x, even though I’m only in my 40s and in reasonably good health.

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