Fans Not Allowed to Take Pictures of Giants Stadium

I was hoping to come on here finally and have some good news only. But, that is not going to happen tonight. Everything started over a week ago. I have gotten friendly with a certain group of workers over at Giants Stadium. Not going to say who as these guys have done me some wonderful favors. Not going to get them in trouble or lose work. They said to come back last week during a nice day. So I went back the day of the demolition, Wednesday May 19th. Little did I know what that day and the next two days had in store for me. Not to mention the rest of the Jets and Giants fans who take pictures.

I gt to the stadium in the early afternoon on Wednesday. I meet up with one of the workers who had some safety gear and a vest around. I put it on and was brought onto a section of the work area. From the view I had, I had a perfect shot into many areas one can not see from the parking lot. Even in the tunnel that goes under the stadium there is still a huge Jets helmet on the wall. Seats over-piled and hanging on for life. They are cutting them with chainsaws so they can not be sold or taken by anyone. Was able to snap some shots of Section 226, my old section. That was pretty much what I wanted. A final shot of what my seat looked like, even if it was not there.

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I thought my day had ended. Around 4 PM I get a call from one of the workers. He tells me they are bringing down the Press Box at 8 PM. I get a second call from another worker around 7 PM. I head over with an associate around 7:15. I park close and was approached by some security. I was asked if I had credentials. I said I was freelance and I was asked to move by the Timex building. I looked at them like they were nuts. No way I was moving that far back. They said they had to keep bystanders at a safe distance. Those with credentials like Channel 4, 7, FOX, News 12 all had close positions. NBC was running late. They drove over a median and sped though the parking lot to get into position. Credentials are the free pass.

I ended up just driving to the back of the lot by the old Gate D. Other bystanders were by us. Many others were able to park close. They either did not get approached or were friends and family of crew. Even at this little function there was a separation of fans. I understand insurance issues since I was in insurance. The safety distance should have been in effect for all the people who did not have credentials, even if they were friends of people who worked there. Not sure about the story on that one. I managed to get some good video footage which you have seen already on this site. I waited for everyone to leave then approached the fallen box to get pictures. Asked once again for credentials and asked to leave. I made it a plan to go back early the next day.

I get there early Friday morning, around 9:30. I get some nice shots of what is left of the fallen press box. I finish off in the area by the old Gate B, next to the new stadium. I am approached by a construction foreman in a ATV. He tells me I can not do that. By that he means take pictures of the old stadium. Apparently, they do not want people coming and taking pictures of the old stadium coming down. Said the organizations feel there are too many pictures on the internet. Mentioned that if I was caught taking pictures or someone saw me I would be asked to leave immediately. I found this puzzling, then I left. Too many pictures on the internet? Once again, here comes control over what fans can and can not do.

They may have thought there would not be much of it out there. But now that there are pictures everywhere they want to halt fans from taking anymore pictures. Do they want to put a collection of it together for a DVD or book so they can make a buck off the fans once again? If there is too much on the internet, it makes that impossible. It is just a thought, but a good one. I decide to press my luck and I went back on Friday morning. I manage to snap a few quick shots. I tell two other fans who were there taking pictures as well what happened to me yesterday. They go their way and I headed for my car. The same foremen on the ATV sees me once again. I thought I would be in and out and not see him. He drives past me and then drives back around as I am in my car. Guess he did not see the other fans, just me because he warned me already. I headed off after seeing this.

They can not be there 24 hours a day. Was over there today and not much has changed since Thursday. The fans have a right to see it come down and take their pictures. If they do plan to put out a book or DVD and try to make fans pay for something they could have taken with their own cameras for free, shame on them. When will it be enough and just once give back to the fans and not charge them. Is the word “free” not allowed in big business? Or just like another four letter work that begins with F and should be kept silent?

It was not my intention to keep coming back and speak like this about a team I have loved since I was born. But the current management just keeps digging themselves deeper. I do not have to paint the New York Jets in a bad light regarding my documentary. They make their own press. I am just going to report truth and not cover anything up. I do not have to lie about anything. People read the press and are angry with them already. They really need some good damage control. I want them to win a Super Bowl. Just make sure you thank the fans first, even the ones who did not buy a PSL.

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Meadowlands Stadium Is Woody Johnson’s Country Club

It seems the closer it gets to the 2010 season the more the Jets do to lose their trusted fan base.  I am reading articles on NJ.com, Newsday, The Jets Report, ESPNNewYork.com, and so many other websites.  Woody Johnson promises all PSLs will be sold by the home opener.  Fans outraged by not just parking prices, but a hierarchy in parking as well.  Ben Gray, a 20-year season ticket holder of the team, reached his breaking point this week when he learned that the hierarchy in PSL class will be busting up his tailgate party.

As Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger explains it, “Gray and his friends have been tailgating in lot 13-B for years.  Just like The Jets Pack, Sal & Carmine, Frank Conway, & others do in other sections around the stadium.  And as anyone who regularly attends NFL or college football games knows, the tailgating can even become bigger than the game itself, with carefully crafted menus and a unique brand of human bonding.  But because some of Gray’s friends didn’t buy PSLs, they can’t park in lot 13-B, which is reserved for those who paid for the right to pay for their tickets.

“We just feel like we’ve been taken to the woodshed again and again,” Gray said. “Going to a football game should be something you enjoy, but these guys just see dollars.”

But for Gray, his upgraded experience includes breaking up the group with which he had spent years tailgating.  And it’s possible that Gray has had enough.

“This was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Gray said. “I keep wondering, ‘How are they going to get us next?'”

Muke Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com reports:

“Though the Jets have a plausible explanation, fans who have a Rain Man-style obsession with their game-day routines don’t care about “plausible.”  They want things to stay the way they were.

“For those people who committed to the PSLs and the luxury suites, we want to do whatever we can to provide a much better experience,” Jets executive vice president for stadium development Thad Sheely told Politi.  “I don’t see it as a restriction,” Sheely said. “I see it as an upgraded experience for people who have paid for an upgraded experience.”

They consider it an upgraded experience.  Many consider it robbery.  I would love to know if any of the New York Jets employees personal family or friends have thought about opting into the PSLs.  Did the Jets employees try to use the corporate rhetoric on them to get them to purchase them or were they sympathetic if there were cost issues?  If they talked their family or friends into it then they should be ashamed to even be a business.  Thad Sheely is a paid employee of the Jets so of course he would defend the PSLs and those who bought them.  Get him alone away from the press and see if he changes his answer, as long as none of the Jets Management is around.

I know the Jets want everyone to think the more you pay, the more benefits you get.  But when does the New York jets Country Club stop basing membership on how much money someone should spend?  Do they only want those who will spend or those or just want tow atch a football game then leave?  They can not have it both ways.  They have turned off so many fans and have attracted so much bad press how much damage control can they do?  If prices keep going up and get too costly, who will afford to keep going?  Do they really expect their long time blue collar fan base or families to keep going to their games?  This season, take a good look at who will be sitting in those PSL seats.  You will see a younger crowd, less families, and those who made out on Wall Street while others lost their jobs or house.  The Jets do not care about those fans, just the paying ones.  They know even those at home will still buy merchandise.

The New York Jets are a private company and do not have to tell anyone how many PSLs are left.  All they want to do is sell every one, have sold one games, and make a profit every time.  That is it.  They can say they are sympathetic to the fans and want to give those who paid an upgraded experience.  Look at the NFL Draft Day party they had there.  If that is any indication of how they treat their loyal paying fans then the PSL holders are the only ones they care about.  The non PSL holders to them are basic peasants.  Charging $9 beers while Giants PSL and non PSL holders get everything for free.  It shows the New York Jets do not care about the non PSL paying fans, only their checkbook.  I am sure if they wanted to upgrade to a PSL seat then they would care.

I know I am ranting here but it gets me angry to see loyal fans for so many years get shafted only because they do not want to pay for a PSL.  It is like gambling at a casino.  The casino takes care of their high rollers while everyone else gets a free drink while they play.  But if the average Joe spends more and made more from them, then he gets taken care of.  They only care about the dollar coming in and keeping you there to spend hat you have.  Just like the new Meadowlands Stadium.  The Jets organization have better spin doctors working for them than the government.  They will try to make any bad situation into a good one just to sell seats.  But the fans know better.

I have had some in the Jets organization ask me to change the title of my documentary, “Gang Greed”.  They think I will paint them in a bad light.  I do not have to do any of that.  They create their own press and how much of it has been good for the Jets?  Not much.  Even Fireman Ed quoted that term when talking about the Jets organization.  They write their own story.  If they wanted to be seen is a positive light then they are the ones who need to change their image.  Change it with the fans and understand they are the ones who support them, not sponsors or celebrities.  The gang is greedy and how much is enough?  Only time will tell.

I hope Woody Johnson is proud of what he did to a loyal fan base who stood by the team for over 45 years.  At least Leon Hess had Hess oil as an advertiser and supported the fans.  I never saw a Johnson & Johnson ad or sponsorship for the Jets.  Maybe he should come out of his box once in a while and sit where they loyal fans are to really get to know what the fans want.   Not just walk around the parking lot during tailgating for a photo op to show fans that “he cares”.  Even in Rich Cimini’s interview he skirted around the PSL issue.  He knows they are in trouble and does not want to admit it.  Not a good poker face Woody.

I think that is enough for tonight.  The more that comes out the more I will have to say about this issue.  I am glad more fans are coming out and talking about their issues with the Jets.  We will not go quietly into the night.  More fans need to speak up about this.  Show you have a voice that will not be silenced.  The Jets will say the PSLs were a great idea, fans are on board, the economy is not affecting the sales(which they later detracted), and whatever it takes to get them sold.  I will finish with this.  In September of 2008, Woody Johnson was quoted by News 12 New jersey that if the Jets charged more for the PSLs, the fans would pay it.  I hope he likes how his foot tastes.  Here is what remains of the Jets former home.

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Giants Stadium Demolition: Inside & Above The Destructoion

Made it over to Giants Stadium everyday so far since Sunday.  Things are really happening fast over there.  Complete sections coming down in a few days rather than a week.  Now that they have the area cleared around the new stadium the destruction is moving along.  A complete section with the NJ Lottery, Budweiser, and Verizon ads came down that included the large  video screen.  When I went yesterday in the fog and rain it looked like a war zone.  What I mean is, in that bad weather it looks worse than it does.  Feel even worse for the workers out there in that mess.  Hope the pay is worth it to those who have to work in those elements.

Today though was a much better day.  Sun shining, comfortable out, and getting a birds eye view above the destruction zone.  I start off in my usual place by Gate A and D.  I head over to the other side when everyone was taking their lunch.  I park, over to the area where you can see in inside and start to snap some shots.  I then hear a voice behind me say “I am about to make your day”.  I spin around not knowing who was behind me or what was going to happen.  My mind was thinking 100 situations at once.  Next thing i know one of the construction workers hands me a hard hat, harness, and takes me up in one of the crane lifts.

I do not want to give away his name.  Not looking to put someone’s job in jeopardy.  It was a great opportunity to be there at the right moment like that.  This worker, let’s call him Brian, was gracious enough to get me in position to get some of the best pictures I have taken there.  The ones that show the inside bowl, the former playing surface.  I did not take any tours there or attend any events so far where one could easily take pictures from the new stadium.  This really was my only opportunity.  If an opportunity is presented, do not hesitate.  The minute you think about it too long is the minute you can lose that opportunity.

Read reports today the Jets still have about 10,000 PSL’s left to sell.  Woody Johnson will not confirm that number but others rumor it to be there.  First time Jets home games could be blacked out since 1977.  O a, sure Woody can go into his collection of phone numbers and call some friends.  I mean, it is Woody’s Clubhouse.  I read a fan’s account of the Jets Draft Day party and was surprised by the Jets attitude towards their fans.  He has no right to force fans to buy PSL’s and threaten blackouts of games.  You are the one who put the fans into this mess and you should be the one to get them out.  Better yet, dig into your own pockets to cover the fans.  I am sure you can do it several times over.

Do the Jets hate their fans more than any other team? It is seeming like that.  I really hate to say it.  We are Jets fans but they make it hard for us to cheer them.  I always say I root for the team, not always the organization that owns them.  Tough to do these days.  The PSL situation should be investigated. For now I look at the remains of an era, gone but not forgotten.  An era where the focus was on the field, the players, the game.  Not the new Country Club, VIP’s, the owner, & the mistreating of it’s fans.  The team was followed first and foremost by the blue collar worker.  The only blue collars affording the best seats are worn under suit jackets and ties.

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Giants Stadium Security & A Revolution in Football?

The past week has been kind of a blur.  I mean a lot has happened and it all went by so fast.  Let me start with last Thursday.  I had the opportunity to have Matt Nackson work with me on an interview.  I met Matt through Twitter (@MattNack) as he is a recent film school graduate and wanted to help me in filming my documentary.  He had the opportunity to use his Cannon t2i as we interviewed Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone of Bayonne.  Assemblyman Chiappone is also running for Mayor of Bayonne.  The Assemblyman along with two other Assemblyman are sponsoring a bill before the NJ Legislature which is a “Personal Set Holder’s Bill of Rights”.  The Bill comes at a time when the teams are already willing to make deals and other concessions to fans.

Saturday night was my first time seeing an indoor football game.  I was at Mennen Arena in Morristown to see the New Jersey Revolution face the Reading Express.  I was there to film the game and the NJ Revolutions.  I acted as their “NFL Films” or “Hard Knocks” for the day.  I want to show there are alternatives to the NFL.  It may not be at the same peak level, but there are alternatives where the guys play just as hard.  Rob Tester who is GM and majority owner of the NJ Revs has bent over backwards to have me there.  I want to thank Rob and everyone at the Revs for their time and hospitality.  Rob, Coach Al, Coach Chris, the team, the Rev It Up Girls, all practice hard and give the crowd what they came to see,great football action & fun family entertainment.

For the first time I was filming a football event and had to cover the entire game from so many locations.  I stood in the stands, with the players, the opposing team, the cheerleaders, and anywhere else I thought I could get a prime shot.  My boom operator Sixto was right behind me as johnny on the spot and was a great help.  Covered them in the locker room meetings, practice, and the coaches reactions.  Ton of F bombs were dropped so I guess it will be rated R for language.  Definitely need a second cameraman there.  Too much to cover and could use some reverse angles the next game.  This is the still I am learning as I go, but it is fun learning.  Will be going back on May 29th so now I know what to look for.

I will have more about the NJ Revolution in future posts.  I see potential there.  A lot of the players have a ton of passion and heart.  A few of them can go to the UFL or a NFL tryout.  Past couple of days I went over the Giants Stadium.  Went to my usual spots and took pictures.  Sunday was a perfect day to go, Mother’s Day, no one was there.  Between today and yesterday a new section has been ripped into the side and part of the Spirals at Gate A are gone.  Most of the concrete from the inside has been removed to leave a shell to tear down.  Matt Nackson came with me after interviewing Assemblyman Chiappone last Thursday to take pictures.  Felt good to have someone along for the ride.

Had a security guard stop me over b y Gate A today.  HE recognized me from last Thursday and called one of the offices.  Told me to go to the security trailer to get permission to take pictures.  Even though I knew it was a waste of time I went as he was only doing his job.  A worker in the trailer he sent me too said not to worry.  Even the worker takes pictures inside and had no issues with me.  Different would we live in today.  But it is not like I am going to blow up the old stadium.  Already done.  Just a matter of time before the land is all one big parking lot.  Just another faded memory for some.

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Giants Stadium Demolition: Budweiser/NJ Lottery Get Free Advertising

What a week it has been over at Giants Stadium.  Seems every 4-5 days a major section comes down.  When I was there last week, the 2nd in the four spirals was to come down.  I was told it was going to be done either today or tomorrow.  I ask today about it and I was told it would be done once the stadium was down completely.  I think the Skanska guys know more than they let on.  I was then told by an associate at the NY Post that they signed forms not to talk about it to the press.  Well, since I am not the press I have been able to get small amounts of information.

As it turns out there are many crews working in so many areas.  A few guys got to NJ yesterday from Chicago to work on the old stadium.  The spirals from what I was told could come down anytime and plans change.  One of the workers informed me they mainly bring down the huge sections after 5 PM.  The wrecking ball drops through the sections where the seats were to get rid of the concrete.  They then knock it down inward into the old stadium.  They then clear it all just to do it again.  I am hoping to get shots of them tearing down sections or spirals.

Last Friday, the construction foreman told me he wished he could get me into the new stadium high enough to get some overhead shots.  He then told me to wait and see if he could get me closer but did not return.  I do the best I can given the parameters around the old stadium.  One of the crew that is working on the parking lots informed me that the seats from the stadium are being destroyed.  Seems only very few were saved for sale.  The rest were left in the stadium and either destroyed or dumped into garbage bins.  He let me know that they cut out sections shaped like a “V” in the back of each seat so no one could take a seat or sell it.  Not air if you ask me.

I was there for about two hours today.  Walking around and surrounded by cranes, dump trucks, wrecking balls, and other equipment I should have a hard hat for.  Seems many come by to take pictures, but I am the only one documentating its fall.  One of the crew asked if I wanted a rock.  I asked for a seat instead.  Didn’t get it, obviously.  These guys are working 12-14 hour days just to get this thing down.  Can tell some do not care about what info they talk about.  To them this is just another job.  Below are pictures taken over the past week.  You will be able to see the changes by the old Gate A that have happened.

The new stadium plays host to a soccer game this Friday night.  Kiosk workers and others were going through orientation and training tonight.  Also, more Jets fans were visiting to check their seats out.  Construction crews were finishing up away from the new stadium.  I did not get any shots when I went back over.  Camera issues.  But I will be back and hopefully get those shots.  Only so many places to stand and snap pictures anyway.  Not many good angles.

Thursday I will be sitting down with Bayonne Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone.  The Assemblyman and some colleagues are behind a Bill that would provide a PSL holder a “Bill of Rights”.  Hoping to give PSL holders more options than the team will allow.  After that, it is off to Mennen Arena in Morristown, NJ for the New Jersey Revolutions practice.  The New Jersey Revolution of the American Indoor Football Association (AIFA) will face the Reading Revolution on Saturday May, 8th at 7PM.  At least I will be getting some football footage for the documentary.

Funny note.  As I was headed to Giants Stadium today, 101.9 WRXP played John Cougar Meloncamp’s  “And The Walls, Came Tumbling Down”.

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Giants Stadium: Visiting VIPs & the Crater

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The new Meadowlands Stadium sure has been busy.  The New York Jets have been letting PSL and non PSL buyers visit their seats.  Everyone is getting their first inside the new stadium completed.  Some same it during college lacrosse but many mroe have had their first glances.  I heard a story one non PSL buyer made a hasty decision and moved from the upper desk and invested in three PSL’s totaling $18,000.  He second guessed the decision and made some deals with friends on the seats.  That is what the Jets wee hoping for.  The chance some, if not many, would want to upgrade to better seats.  They need this right now since all PSLs and non PSL seats are not sold.  One has to wonder if all the new additions, rest areas, lounges, bar’s, etc will take away from people watching the game.  You may be able to say you were there, but would you rather say you were in your seat to see the big play or on TV in the lounge?

Many people have been saying they did not like Giants Stadium.  Saying how it was not the true home of the Jets and they did not like going there.  Well, if you do not like a place then do not go.  But then the argument that comes next is Giants Stadium is where the Jets play.  Well, you can not have it both ways.  Yes, it may not have been “their” home but it was the home for many great Jets moments, far and few in between.  I did not have the hate for it it appears many have.  I am one of the few I guess sad to see it go.  I grew up watching Jets games there so I will have a reason to miss it.  The new stadium may be a colossal conquest of riches but it will just not share the same place in me.  Sometimes a sport is just best watched with no distractions, just the game and the spectator.

I guess at some point I should embrace the new stadium, but it is hard for me to.  As long as I can still see into the old stadium it is hard for me to focus on the new one.  And that time is soon.  Between that and Xanadu it looks like a different area completely.  In some of the pictures, you can still see rows of seats falling over each other.  Resembles a condemed stadium that should have been torn down years ago.  But I guess many will have their way soon, out with the old and up with the new.  So for now, enjoy some pictures of what is left.
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The Fall of Giants/Jets Stadium

I just got back from Giants Stadium.  I wanted to see how it looked over there, not because of the construction on the new stadium, but to see the razing of the old stadium.  The facility where many memories and moments will remain in peoples minds and hearts.  The grounds on the side where Gates C & D stand is no more.  All torn up so they can lay down a new parking lot.  Gate D has been completely removed from the escalators to the spirals.  The Giants Stadium signs on both sides have also been removed.  All that stands now is a nameless facade.  An old home to many great sports legends & teams.  Not just the Jets and Giants, but the Red Bulls, Metrostars, Knights, Cosmos, and other sports franchises.  Can not forget memorable performances from Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews, Pink Floyd, Genesis, and countless others.

Today, the stadium stands in the shadow of its younger brother.  A new stadium destined to outshine the old one.  Offer more and go beyond what any Jets or Giants fan could ask for.  But the old home will always have a special place for many.  It will always be the stadium where my father and I bonded.  Where we would cheer the great plays and curse out the bad ones.  I will always have a special place in my heart for Giants Stadium.  While driving around it today, I could not help but want to go inside one last time.  That will never happen, especially not now.  Only the faint echos of Jets and Giants chats can be heard, if you listen close enough.

Here are some pictures taken today.  I will have more in the coming weeks until the last brick has been removed.  Some before and after pictures that were taken today and from the beginning of the 2009 season.

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Clear Thoughts & Random S**t!

I always come on here and talk about the New York Jets.  Either about the documentary, the team, the organization or to even post other articles from various sources.  I feel that no one is really caring about what is going on to sports fans in this country.  Seems many are aware and do not care.  Do not care that they and their families can not afford to attend sporting events on the professional/major league level.  A lot of people I interview say one thing and try to be the proud fan and not go with what the team/organization wants.  Next I see them with their tail between their legs, head down, and caving in to what the team wants.  So people know they are sheep are will always go with the herd, even if the herd turn out to be lemmings.  It is hard to find those who stick to their beliefs and do not cave in to peer pressure.   I have more respect for those who stick to their guns than those who feel they have to be a part of the majority and feel that is the way to be accepted. Those who have the disposable income will argue this.  Just because one can afford certain luxuries does not make you a better fan than someone else.  Takes a bigger person to be humble than egotistical.

OK,  I had to get that off my chest.  Not aiming it at anyone specific.  Just feel there are so many football fans out there willing to go quietly into the night.  We all have a voice in this country and we all deserve to use it.  I do not care if no one reads this I just feel the need to get certain things off my chest.  I do not get hundreds or visitors here, not even an average of 10 people a day come here.  I do not care.  Eventually, when you make enough noise someone will hear you.  I can scream and make noise until the day I die.  I hold back a lot and do not let my true opinions be heard.  I just felt the need to be 100%  open on so many things.  A lot may come out rambled but hey, this is my blog and I will do it however I feel like it.  So used to holding back and not speaking my mind.  Following rules and doing what it takes to make other happy.  I have not been doing what it takes to keep myself happy.  I have so much pent up inside the Incredible Hulk is about to come out, without the devastating destruction of course.  Just want my mind and soul to be free of a lot of opinions and thoughts. So here goes..

I liked doing the insurance thing.  Felt good to help people.  I did not like being one who relied on commission for my income, was not me.  I need that steady income ocming in from a base salary or even a contract job.  At least you have something in writing or a guaranteed check coming in.  I worked with people who did certain things just to make that commission though.  Some did underhanded things because they knew the size of the commission they would get.  Some did not even have the proper licensing to give the advice they were giving.  At the company I worked for, they prayed on the weak minded and ill informed about their portfolios just to sell them certain products.  If I saw a person was in good shape or could not afford something, I would not sell them something.  I would not sell to someone just for that commission.  Some did just to make that commission, even if it was not good for the client.  Sometimes it felt I was one of the only people with a conscious in that place. Some did everything they wanted to do just to get ahead.

I was in some trouble in the late 90’s, nothing major.  I needed an attorney.  There were a few others with me at the time who knew first hand what happened.  I covered for one of them and changed my story with my attorney to protect one who I thought was my friend.  When I asked them to talk to my attorney to give their story to help me, they wouldn’t.  They gave me excuse after excuse.  One said he could not even get to a phone to talk to my attorney.  hiding down the shore during a project claiming there was no phone to get to.  I told very few others about what happened and those not involved offered to help.  They offered to help pay my attorney fees but I said I would take care of it.  Others even wanted to go after those who were involved and didn’t help me when needed.  I told them I appreciated it and I knew if they went after them, they would not be walking.  If this same incident had happened to someone else close to the ones who did not help me, both of them would have helped.  To me, the guys who were with me that night were cowards and not my true friends.  They hid and did not want to be involved.   If they considered me a friend, they would have helped me out.  Instead, they let me to rot and could not even help me in a time of need.  Even when both came out form under their rock, neither offed any assitance.  I know if it happened to other mutual friends, they would have been there for them.  No matter what excuses they gave me, I will never believe them in my life and they will always be liars and pussies in my book.  Karma is a major bitch and as Roddy Piper said in They Live, he is back in heat.  I am sure she had multiple orgasms over this.

First time I got that out to someone other than my wife.  My hands even shook a bit as I typed it.  Guess I kept that down in me long enough it just felt good to let it out. I really do not know why I felt nervous.  Not like I am going to screw over a friendship.  Maybe nervous because for the first time I am actually writing from the gut.  Getting out true emotion I kept down and never got off my chest.     I knew the aforementioned guys form professional wrestling.  I was back stabbed and screwed over so many times when I was involved in professional wrestling.  I was naive and gullible, some took advantage of that early on.  plus I was not the most mature person.  Only later I would smarten up and be mature.  Took too long to get there.  The only true friends I have from wrestling I can count on one hand and I knew MANY.  The only way to really survive is if you have TRUE talent or willing to back stab your way to the top.  Nice guys like me never see the finish line.  Too much drama in wrestling too and I am talking about behind the curtain.

I always push off writing.  I look at my laptop and tell myself later.  Well, later is here.  I know I need to write more often and keeping myself to a structure is not working for me.  I guess from now on, anything goes.  Whatever I feel like writing about I will.  If I manage to anger someone or piss someone off, then I guess someone is actually paying attention to what I write.  At this point in my life, I do not care who I piss off anymore. No more holding back.  Some truths or opinions need to be told.  At this point, any attention is good attention.  Might have to add to this later.   Reminds me of what the Joker (Jack Nicholson) said in Batman, “it feels very liberating”.

Not Your Father’s Jets

The past few days I have been thinking about the Jets season, as improbable as it may have been to some.  I have been thinking about Mark Sanchez as a rookie QB leading the team.  Darelle Revis coming into his own as CB, being the shadow of many great Wide Receivers and shutting them down.  Three great running backs in Thomas Jones, Shonn Greene, and Leon Washington when healthy.  All three of these guys are capable of 100 yard games when they step out onto the field.  Nick Mangold and the offensive line have given Sanchez time to throw and opened holes for the running game.  The Defense, ranked Number One in the NFL, has been a stand out all year thanks to Rex Ryan.  Braylon Edwards is due for a breakout year.  The Jets have the right pieces and the puzzle finally came together at the end of the season.  I am only 35 and I saw a different Jets team than I ever have.  This is no longer my father’s Jets.  They are no longer the team that plays second fiddle to the Giants in the New York market.  The Jets have finally got their due and respect.

I have sat in the stand and even at home listened to my father say “same old Jets” everytime a game or play would not go their way.  When the Jets would fall behind or not even make the playoffs every Jets fan was used to that.  For so long we put up with losing seasons, injured players, bad coaching, etc.  Yes, bad coaching.  From Bruce Coslet, Joe Walton, Rich Kotite, Lou Holtz, former USC and now Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, Mangini, Charley Winner, and hell, even Lou Holtz!  Bill Parcells, Al Groh, and Rex Ryan are the only coaches in New York Jets and Titans history with winning records.  Even the great Weeb Ewbank had a 71-77-6 records while coaching the Jets.  Rex Ryan has given new life to a team that had to escape its own stigma of losing.

Woody Johnson has spent enough money on this team, including the $12 million on Brett Favre, to create a team worth watching.  It took years to find a QB that was right at the helm.  It took time to get a balanced receiving core & land a potential star in Edwards.  Even Dustin Keller hs shown the Jets can have an outstanding Tight End.  The pieces are coming together and the Jets just need to complete the puzzle.  The draft has been key the pst few years as the young guys are the ones making the team better than it has been.  For the first time I look at the Jets and see a team that doe not resemble the teams I saw when I was growing up.  The teams in 1998 and 1982 that made the AFC Championship though gave the Jets fans hope that their team would not just been seen differently, but play differently from now on.  They didn’t after those seasons.  I think this might be the first year the team we saw play the Colts will be the same team that starts the 2010 season.

I guess what I am trying to say is I am finally looking forward to a Jets season where we all know they can win and have a true shot at making the Super Bowl.  This past year though has been tough because of the documentary.  As a Jets fan I was hoping they would beat the Colts.  My heart was pojnding during the game hoping they would maintain the lead and win the game.  Asa filmmaker, I was looking for the Jets to sputter and show Jets fans they were the same old JEts.  Even though they lost the game they are not the same old Jets and proved me wrong.  I can not wai to see what the Jets do in the off season and hope Kerry Rhodes is ready for the 2010 season.  I think everyone is finally proud to be a Jets fan.  I know my father is happy, smiling, and watching everything from the best seat in the house.  Maybe screaming at the TV in heaven when Sanchez throws an interception.  That is my dad.

New York Jets Pep Rally in Times Square

Morning Jets fans.  My friend and associate Anthony covered yesterday’s pep rally in Times Square to pump up the troops for the Jets battle against the Indianapolis colts in the AFC Title game.  Here are some videos from yesterday’s event.  I will not be able to to the rally at their training facility in Florham Park, NJ so once again Anthony will be there for both of us.  You can see mropictures on his website Quintano Media.

New York Jets Pep Rally in Times Square from Anthony Quintano on Vimeo.

New York Jets Pep Rally Times Square Part 2 – Gov. Paterson and Jason Derulo performance from Anthony Quintano on Vimeo.

I should have some pictures this weekend to go with a game preview.