After issuing a statement congratulating the New York Giants on their Super Bowl win, Woody Johnson and the New York Jets have brought the brotherly love (?) to the next level by taking out a full page ad in today’s edition of the New York Daily News.
The ad acknowledges the Giants, the Mara and Tisch Families, Tom Coughlin and Jerry Reese on their successful season, and reads :
“You played with passion and toughness, capturing a hard-earned and well-deserved championship.”
Darren Rovell, he of controversial and highly offensive tweets, felt the move was in poor taste, tweeting, “I understand the idea of sportsmanship, but most Jets fans don’t want to see the team publicly acknowledging the Giants win.”
Others have expressed their feeling that the move is over the top and a bitter reminder of the Jets “failed” season.
Me? I like it.
The rivalry between these two New York teams is long-standing and, depending on who you ask, bitter and contentious. But the fact remains that we share a city and a stadium and there is a time and place to step aside and give due respect. I would rather see these two teams (and their fans) celebrate one another’s success than argue, name-call and heckle.
I feel this ad sets the “tone” (pun intended) for how we should all strive to interact. Sports rivalries are a fun and undeniable reality, but it doesn’t hurt to also be a “good sport” and show class.
I recognize that my opinions differ from others and I would love hear what you think about the Jets move and the ad. Weigh in via the poll below.
How do you feel about the Jets ad?
- It shows class and respect (100%, 13 Votes)
- It was over the top (8%, 1 Votes)
- Nothing to see here (8%, 1 Votes)
- It upset me (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 13