Saturday, January 2, 2010

Last Call In Jersey

Tomorrow night's Jets-Bengals game will be the last at Giants Stadium, barring a miracle. Above, legendary Jet fan "Fireman" Ed Anzalone leading his popular "J-E-T-S" chant. (Photo courtesy of New York Daily News)

One thing is for sure: There will be history made in the swamps of Jersey tomorrow night.

There has already been controversy in East Rutherford in the aftermath of the decision not to sell beer during tomorrow night's Jets-Bengals game at Giants Stadium, which ultimately does not make sense when you consider that the bulk of those in attendance will have access to alcohol via the pregame ritual that is tailgating, but does in a way because enabling and inciting what could be an aggravated fan base during a game that may not have the best result would only make the situation worse.

Back to the game at hand: For the Jets, it's simple. All Gang Green has to do is win and they are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006. Ironically enough, then-Jets coach Eric Mangini was in his first season at the helm, just as current head man Rex Ryan is. Should the Bengals prevail, however, it will bring about another winter of discontent for the long-suffering Jet fan base, a group that includes such luminaries as WFAN's Joe Benigno, frequent radio show caller Ira from Staten Island, and Ed Anzalone, (pictured) better known as "Fireman Ed."

Throw in the fact that the "Same Old Jets" have a tendency to give fans an emotional roller coaster ride; coupled with the fact that Giants Stadium will most likely be closing its doors for good after tomorrow night unless the Jets defy the odds and somehow host the AFC championship game, not to mention the much-maligned PSL plan unveiled by the organization in late 2008, and some Jet fans could be seeing their last game.

Tomorrow night will indeed be historic for better or worse, and Jet fans are hoping that their four decades of history does not repeat itself.

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