There are several reasons why I love being a sports fan. Some of them have to do with the characters who have kept me a fan for such a long time.
The New York Rangers had Chief, now they have Homeboy Larry and the rest of the crew in the 400s. The Mets have had so many characters in their fan base, it’s ridiculous. Cow-Bell Man, Tie Guy, Pin Man, several others. Hell, even Mr. Met is awesome.
Of course, the Jets have Fireman Ed, or “had” because he has retired his fireman’s helmet and will no longer do the J-E-T-S chant at home games. While he’ll still attend “incognito” (I used to know his crew back in the day, so it’s possible I’ll know who he is without the helmet), you won’t have Ed Anzalone to kick around anymore.
To the Jets fans who screamed him off to the point where he did not want to do it anymore, I say – YOU ALL GET WHAT YOU DESERVE.
This shitty team we have. YOU DESERVE IT.
The “little brother” moniker. YOU DESERVE IT.
All the jokes made at the expense of the Jets. YOU DESERVE IT.
Notice I didn’t say that **I** deserve it. I consider myself a mild-mannered Jets fan, if there is such a thing. I will cop to being a loudmouth at times, usually at Rangers and Mets games especially. Jets fans are funny, and I found that I identified with them more than others. Probably because a lot of the roots are from Shea Stadium, a place that I grew up.
What I noticed about Mets fans is that they were working class, they had hearts of gold. Like firefighters. And guys like Fireman Ed.
Being a Jets fan is more than I can bear sometimes. I’ve always kind of liked the culture of being a Jets fan. We have a reputation of being rowdy, uncouth, loudmouths but most of all, we are nothing else but loyal. The amount of infighting though has given me pause. Hell it’s even given Jet Fan #1 Fireman Ed pause.
Being visible gives way to getting a lot of flak. Fireman Ed gets a lot of flak. With great visibility comes the necessity of a thicker skin. And I dunno, I guess he gets it from everyone, fans and non-fans alike. And those on the outside, who consider him a “mascot” or a “shill” or even “how difficult is it to get a cheer down during games,” I had the following from my friend @Swirlywand on Twitter describe what it was like without him.
I never considered Fireman Ed a mascot… and honestly, the year he missed after surgery was a massive fail bc NO ONE COULD GET CHEER RIGHT
— Staci M.(@swirlywand) November 26, 2012
It’s not that hard to know when to do J-E-T-S! JETS! JETS! JETS cheer but in reality, it was .. Without someone starting
— Staci M.(@swirlywand) November 26, 2012
I’ve given my dad lots of shit for making me the sports fan I am today. Though in some ways, I’d be a totally different person (and possibly, way more boring) than I am now. Yet, a Mets fan is one thing (they were at least moderately successful when I was younger). The Rangers another (they have a lot of history, though not exactly one of winning, I have seen a championship in my lifetime which is more than other generations can say).
The Jets? I still cannot believe I fell for it a long time ago.
I have to laugh though. A guy who wears a maligned quarterback’s number to a game, that he PAYS TO GO TO gets abuse from his OWN FAN BASE.
Let me tell you something. I went to Seattle a few weeks back to see the Jets get their asses kicked by the Seahawks. I knew there was a possibility they’d lose (more like a HIGH probability), but Seahawks fans were nice. They bought me drinks. They talked about the game. I felt more at home at a road stadium than I do at MetLife Stadium.
Say what you want about Fireman Ed, that he’s a pussy somehow, that if he can’t take the heat, etc etc. This guy was the heart and soul of a fan base that deserves SO much more from the front office, from the team, from the fucking owner.
I know the Jets are really bad. Like major suckitude this year. But the amount of infighting going on within the fan base is just wrong.
Fuck you all if you need to pick on a figure head of the team. You want a better team? Root for another one. I don’t know what to tell you. All I can say is I am ashamed of some Jets fans right now. This is why we can’t have nice things.