Last week, we began the onerous task of helping a reader find an NFL team to cheer for. Karen has informed us that she has narrowed down her options to the Pats, Saints and Ravens. But Karen, before you make a decision, please consider a fourth option: the New York JETS. Games Mistress takes the handoff after the jump.
OK, I’ll be honest: being a Jets fan isn’t easy. We haven’t won a Super Bowl in 40 years, we’re the second class team in our own city (we don’t even play in our own city), and we may be the all-time NFL leading team in Pyhrric victories (This year’s example: beat the Oakland Raiders 38-0, lost our best kick returner and second string running back to a broken leg.). There’s a reason why the acronym SOJ (Same Ol’ Jets) is well known around the New York metropolitan area.
Still, there are lots of reasons now is a good time to become a Jets fan:
We have a hot rookie quarterback who has shown flashes of becoming the franchise quarterback we’ve long needed (Editor Bee’s Interruption: though, sadly, he injured his knee because he didn’t follow Yankee skipper Joe Girardi’s good advice on sliding. Kellen Clemens will guide the Gang Green in Tampa this weekend.)
The Jets defense, on the other hand, is often a unit of absolute beauty. Meet Darelle Revis:
And corner Kerry Rhodes…
(Ed. Bee’s note: despite this, we hope to see more of Kerry soon!)
When I adopted the Jets as my team after moving to New York in 2002, I did so because 1) we had a young, cute, quarterback (although that one also had an adorable Southern accent), 2) a candid head coach, and 3) I have a blinding hatred for Jeremy Shockey (who played for the Giants at the time). Now we again have a young, cute quarterback, a candid (and hilarious) head coach, and Jeremy Shockey plays for this year’s bandwagon team, the New Orleans Saints. Beat the bandwagon fans; pick a team with lots of potential and LOTS of bonus eye candy. Pick the New York Jets.
Many thanks, Games Mistress! I heartily endorse this selection, though perhaps a Part 3 may also be in order. I hope we’re not making this decision difficult for you, Karen.
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