I know. It stinks.
And so it begins.
Fans and analysts alike are calling the forthcoming Giants-Patriots Super Bowl a Jets fans ” worst nightmare.” In fact, I have seen several Jets fans vow that they will not watch the Super Bowl and that is an understandable reaction. But I think it’s time that we agree that of all the horrible things that could happen in the world, a Patriots-Giants Super Bowl, while seemingly insufferable and slightly annoying, is nowhere near the “nightmare” it’s being billed as.
I don’t want to get to soapbox-y, but here I go : I think this whole thing is silly.
Yes, I am a Jets fan, but I am also a football fan. And I will watch the Super Bowl and I will likely pick a team to root for because that makes it more fun and exciting for me. Many of my dear, dear friends are Giants fans and it’s pretty likely I will watch the game with them and inevitably celebrate their victory or defeat, whatever the case may be. Does this lessen my commitment to a team that I love? I don’t believe so, but to each his own.
Moreover, it’s football. There are real “nightmares” in the world and not a single one of them has anything to do with football. They involve real problems like hunger, sickness, disease, natural disasters, the list of real problems goes on.
Am I upset that the team I follow fell short this season? Yes.
Am I upset that I have had to spend the last 3 weeks listening to the team get roasted by the local and national media? Yes. And I am even more upset that I have had it be fueled by members of the team itself.
Am I upset that I had to watch the Patriots earn another trip to the Super Bowl off of a botched field goal attempt? Hell yes.
But I will still watch.
I make jokes about disliking the Patriots because I am a Jets fan and it’s fun, but I respect the team and the players. As for the Giants, I understand that there is a tenuous rivalry between these two teams over who is the big or little brother, but I, for one, have never really understood why, at the very least, we couldn’t, in some way, support the other team that shares our stadium, and our city, especially after we “have no horses in the race.”
But at the end of the day, it’s just a game that is intended to entertain the masses and give life more enjoyment. And that is how I think of it. And it makes life a lot easier. Please understand that I won’t tell you how to be a fan. I hope you will do the same for me.
Now, to be fair, it does seem like the Giants are rather enjoying poking fun of their Big Apple rivals, and they took to their official Twitter account to talk a little smack.
This, from the Giants official Twitter last night:
I guess you can interpret it as you want. The folks at Pro Football Talk thought it was a slap in the Jets face.
I’ll just let them have this moment and hope that one day (soon), we get ours.
Rex Ryan and Mike Tannenbaum held a conference call with season ticket holders on Friday. Ryan and Tannenbaum addressed most of the major bullet points from the still-young off-season, including new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, quarterback Mark Sanchez, and a reduced cost in ticket prices. The consensus is that they didn’t say much that hasn’t already been said.
However, after concluding the conference call, Ryan made an appearance on WFAN radio with Mike Francesa to discuss all the hot topics.
Francesa has always been very critical of this Jets team, so much so that it’s a rare occurrence that a member of the Jets organization is even on his show. Francesa was dying to take cheap shots and Rex didn’t give him the opportunity. It was an excellent interview from Rex and, after listening to him talk for several seasons, there seemed to be a slightly different tone to his words.
One of the most interesting part of the interview? Rex admitting that his Super Bowl predictions may have hurt the team.
(The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem).
You can listen to Ryan’s complete interview on the WFAN website here.
Late last week, the Jets and Todd Haley came to a mutual decision that he will not be joining the team. However, according to Jenny Vrentas, the Jets would like to get someone in a passing-game coordinator type role.
File this under for what it’s worth : Adam Schefter reported vis his Twitter on Sunday morning that the Arizona Cardinals, along with the Jets, Dolphins and Redskins, are “expected” to be interested in Peyton Manning. This is about as vague as anything you will see but I just thought it was worth sharing, in case you missed it.
Lastly, guard Brandon Moore has been named to the 2012 Pro Bowl roster, as of this morning.