I am a Jets fan. I’ve made that clear on several occasions. Hell, I even have a blog dedicated to my fandom of three teams, one of which is the Jets. But football is a curious sport. I came around late on football, although I always followed the Jets, it took me a long time to get into the rivalries and playoffs implications and having to pay attention to what other teams do. Football is really for the ADD addled masses of our society. It’s a one day thing (potentially spilling over to Mondays), and it gives you an excuse to drink beer, eat wings and go to bars on Sunday. Not that a nice girl like me does things like that.
Okay. You can stop laughing now.
Anyway, my point is, I never got Jets and Giants hating on each other. I mean, whatever, I don’t dislike the Giants, I don’t exactly go out and buy their logo-emblazoned stuff, but I know many Giants fans and always am happy to see them happy. This year, while watching Jets/Giants, I was at my mom’s. Her boyfriend is a Giants fan (though if you ask me, he’s just a big NFC guy, he’ll make a special exception to the Baltimore Ravens because he likes their stadium. Go figure). She asked me what it was like watching a game with a Giants fan. I shrugged. He isn’t an idiot on Twitter, talking shit like they won the fucking Super Bowl. But I was fine with it. Besides, I knew the Jets season was over, win or lose. It could have been, I dunno, the Packers for all I cared and I still would have felt “whatever” about it.
So now, I am walking around New York City, and EVERYWHERE I look, there is some kind of Giants thing around. Whether it’s a booster, or someone posting a photo of Times Square, the Empire State Building…it’s everywhere. This isn’t sour grapes or jealousy, it’s just something I thought of. I was either ignorant to it or just maybe I was thinking of not jinxing anything (Yeah, remember what I said about the whole neuroses of sports fans earlier? I didn’t eat ANYTHING that was remotely Boston related when they played New England last year, and I also wouldn’t eat Heinz ketchup during the conference championship against Pittsburgh…yeah, I know)…but I don’t remember all this hullabaloo last year.
Yes, I know that the Jets practically “guaranteed” a Super Bowl entry. I also like to point out that Mark Messier “guaranteed” a Rangers win almost 18 years ago, and ever since then, EVERYONE has “guaranteed” a win of fill-in-the-blank. So whatever haterade coming towards the Jets is deserved. But I seriously don’t remember such a big deal being made over the Jets last year. I’d have barely known about it, except, I was a fan and the bar around the corner had beer specials.
I was talking to my Jets blogging touchstone, Jon Presser, earlier on Twitter, and we started off talking about the Mets, then I asked if there was this much attention being paid to the Jets last year.
@Coopz22 if i understand what ppl have said the last few years, a giants loss on sunday means they didn’t do anything this year, right?
— Jon Presser (@metsjetsnets88) January 21, 2012
I got a kick out of that. After all, I’ve seen it myself. I really don’t get it. Football fans can hate whomever they want, but I’m sure there are teams that Jets fans should hate, and they’re not in the NFC. I also don’t mind when Jets fans root for “New York,” though I don’t particularly do that myself. Depending on the matchups, I decide who I am rooting for. But that’s besides the point. My issue is that Rex Ryan has said he doesn’t want the Jets to be “little brother” in this town. They fell short, but I see what he means. It wouldn’t have friggin mattered if the Jets went to the Super Bowl or won last year. Because they didn’t make it this year, and the Giants are one game away from it, well, that is everything. I know, woe is us, but I can’t catch a goddamn break with my teams. UGH!
When I said I didn’t dislike the Giants or their fans, yet it seems there’s an incredible amount of hatred towards the team in green, this was the response I got.
@Coopz22 yep. i couldn’t care less about who wins the NFC game, but their hypocritical bullshit would be in full force if they lose. so idk
— Jon Presser (@metsjetsnets88) January 21, 2012
Well, look, here it is. I wish my friends who root for the Giants the best of luck. All I know is I will be a happy camper-ette if the Patriots lose. Like Jon said, would the hypocrites come to roost, or because the team wasn’t expected to “do anything” this year, and they’re in the championship game, does it mean it was a success?
IDK. But according to those same folks, the Jets not making it past the AFC conference game two years in a row meant nothing. Well, I have to agree. I would have liked it to go further and they didn’t do shit this year. But if NYG’s don’t make it to the big show after Sunday, I don’t want to hear it. Goddammit, anyway.