Getting Caught Up

Good evening one and all. It has been a while since I have been on here. Getting my first job in retail to pay the bills has been more tiring than i thought. But a paycheck is a paycheck these days. I am sure I do not have to say anything about the Jets season so far. Rex Ryan said they were a 4-5 team right now on the Michael Kay show on 1050 ESPN Radio this week. The Jets in my opinion have been the same old Jets. All hype and no bite. This roller coaster seems to have more valleys that hills to climb. Guess it is just a little to hard to get over the hill right now. Sanchez needs to step up his game and sharpen his game. Too many interceptions and blown chances. Even with Edwards, the receiving line is hurting. No one is stepping up their game. Let us all hope at some point they can make us all proud to be Jets fans.

Filming at the games has been limited this year due to rain. Anthony and I finally got to our first game this past weekend. Good stuff and as always we were at Sal and Carmine’s. They set up for Thanksgiving dinner at the tailgate. All the trimmings plus some of the usual tailgate food. The fried bananas were great! Received an e mail from the Jets yesterday extending an invitation to take a tour of the new stadium. They have been setting up tours for those interested in getting seats in the new stadium. I am using this as a chance to not just see it, but to film it. They also promised 2 tickets to a game this season. If they can not sell them, why not give them away. Great opportunity at a great time.

Going to be sitting down with Sal and Carmine in the next few weeks. Will also have updates from people I sat down with last year. Have to get into post production mode on a few things and get some others started. Will also be working on some new projects soon.

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NY Jets Have Trouble Selling NON PSL Seats

Thought this would be an interesting piece of information for everyone. Being a season ticket holder for the New York Jets, they contact you first for the seats in the new stadium. I get a call yesterday from the Jets organization ticket representative Ryan again asking if I would be interested in a PSL. I am then told was my turn in seniority for the NON PSL seats as they were still available. Yes, the New York Jets still need to sell both PSL and non PSL seats. Amazing isn’t it?
Even with no PSL’s in the upper bowl of the new stadium they can not sell those seats. Woody Johnson keeps saying he sees a turn in the economy very soon. Unfortunately, not soon enough for some fans. Woody has also said in some media outlets that with time to go until the opening of the new stadium, he feels all seats will be sold. We will see if that will hold to be true.
Other season ticket holders have gotten 2-3 calls as well ovr the past few months. I find it amazing that the Jets are advertising for 2009 season ticket packages for the first time I can remember and they want people to think that PSL sales are going well. Not great, but well. Just once I would like some truth from a private company. It would show some integrity.

New York Jets rally Videos NJ Training Center Sept 12, 2009

Well, I went to the New York Jets training facility in East Hanover this morning.  I got there nice and early to wait with other Jets fans outside the gates.  Had a chance to speak with Fireman Ed who was there to show his support for Gang Green.  We had a chance to talk about the documentary and might be sitting down to go over the Jets soon.  The rain did not damper the spirits of the fans that came out.  Many of the kids were able to play and bounce on several of the inflatable play areas.  The Hanover Park High School marching band was there to provide the music.

Several hundred fans lined up in two areas to create a “tunnel” for the Jets to run down and slap everyones hands.  Everyone was stacked up shoulder to shoulder.  Some little kids managed to squeeze their way in to see the players.  Dustin Keller was one of the first to come down the tunnel followed by Rex Ryan, Thomas Jones, Nick Mangold, Kellen Clemens,  & Ryan Sanchez to name the ones that passed me.  They gave out free lotto tickets, key chains, and other promotional related stuff.  Everyone who came out had a great time and could not have spent a better rainy morning.

Fans coming in, Jets inflatable play areas, and the band

Kids playing, or waiting to play

Kids being kids…..hitting each other with inflatable sticks

Long time Jets fan Fireman Ed gets the fans psyched for the players

Bob Wischusen & The NY Jets Flight Crew prepare the fans

Bob Wischusen, Rex Ryan, and Kerry Rhodes speak and then the Jets give the fans what they wanted, the team! Dustin Keller, Rex Ryan, Nick Mangold, Kellen Clemens, and Mark Sanchez are a few you will see.

Week In Review

Good morning one and all.  Glad some of you decided to come back and check things out.  Thank you.  The past week has been a crazy one on so many fronts.  I heard back from the New York Jets, saw Dorney Park for the first time in well over 15 years, and Gina and I went to the mecca of hunting and fishing that is Cabela’s.  Plus not to mention my own thoughts and outlook on things that are going on.  Just glad Brett favre has given up on coming back.  If Brett really needs that much attention, I am sure some TV station could use a former QB as a football analyst..

OK, let us begin with Bruce Speight and the New York Jets. I am home from work last Friday and Gina and I are cooking on the grill.  I get a call about 6:30 from Bruce saying that have no issue with me filming at the Meadowlands at no cost.  That is right, they have ZERO issues with me filming at Giants Stadoum and not having to pay fees to the NJSEA.  I know the NJSEA is out to make a profit, they are a profit business.  But I am NOT out to hurt the NY Jets like they think.  I am a storyteller looking to tel the stories of NT Jets fans.

I am also going to report on the truths that have been in the press the past year about the NY Jets.  I am not going to turn any information around or take peoples information and put it into a light that will make the Jets look bad though the power of editing like many do.  People can find a lot of the information I have on their own, the truth has been out there a while on everything.  From waiting until the NY Giants announce their PSL rates all the way up until the Jets calling season ticket holders 2-3 times to try and sell their PSL’s.  All I do is sit back and the powers that be write my material for me.  I am just the one filming it all and reporting it.  I am not CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, MSNBC, etc.  I do not have to air only 45 seconds of a 45 minute minute interview.  I can report it all.

OK, I will be coming back to the NY Jets and the rest soon.  On Sunday, Gina and I went to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom for 2 days.  Was a nice ride out.  But first we went to Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA.    The largest mail-order, retail and Internet outdoor outfitter in the world.  I will have some footage up this weekend.  Gina and I decided to go after seeing the place on the Travel Channel.  When you see this place from Rte 78, you have no clue what it can be.  The place is HUGE.  Huge may not be the right word for a store that is 250,000 sq ft in size.  From live bait & an aquarium to beef jerky & a militia arsenal they have it all for anything outdoors.  In the middle of the store they have a mountain that has a different face on every side.  One side had ice and polar bears, one had deer and bears, and there were 2-3 other sides.  A bunch of different animals stuffed all over the place in many different scenes.  The food there was great too.  Yes it is a roadside stop oof sorts and you can eat there as well.  We enjoyed a lunch of homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, salad, and biscuits. Go to  www.cabelas.com for more information.  Leave comments if you like what you se.

On Monday we ent to Dorney Park and walked around Wildwater Kingdom.  A big bonus was having a Dunkin Donuts right across the street from our HoJo.  When I say across the street, I MEAN across the street.  We could open our curtain and see the front door staring us in the face.  How can we not enjoy their coffee and latte’s on a daily and nightly basis.  Now, I remember Dorney as a place that had some great roller coasters.  They were supposed to have some great wooden ones, but didn’t.  They had the Talon, Hydra, Possessed, & Steel Force.  I am not talking about the Thunderhawk because it was not in the same category of roller coasters as the others.  Hydra and Talon are their “big ones” designed to give you that big league roller coaster rush.  I did not get that feeling.  I thought they were good, but not great.  Possessed was like a boomerang and only thought the initial take off was the best part.  Steel Force was the best one, built with steel but the feel of an old wooden coaster.  The best of the lot.  Talon and Hydra may have loops, twists, and you hang beneath the track but Steel Force had the dips and speed for a true coaster enthusiast .

I went on very few rides like Enterprise and a a sky shooter ride but that was it.  We walked around the park most of the time.  Just felt Dorney Park is more for kids and teens than it is for adults.  Over the years I think it has moved from adult tastes.  Cedar Point is hurting and they need to find a way to get adults interested again.  The highlight was lunch at their Game Time Sports bar restaurant.  Was enjoying lunch in air conditioning and enjoying SportsCenter too.  How can you beat that?  Could of had a beer but not for the price of a 6 pack.  Did not do Waldater Kingdom as their were hundreds of day camp kids there and they made lines hard for some rides.  We got on every coaster we wanted to before noon.  Dorney Park opened at 10 AM and we were right down the street from the poark, big bonus.  I would go back to Dorney with kids so it is a more enjoyable experience.  If I want to go to a park for adult riders, I will go to Hersheypark or Great Adventure for the close parks.

I will give Dorney Park their due though as they have a very clean park.  It was kept very neat and clean.  It was a pleasure being in a park that toook care of itself.  Some good shops to walk in too.  They have Snoopy Country for the little ones which was fun to walk around.  DO not get me wrong, I am not saying Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is a bad amusement park, just not for adult park enthusiasts.  So now Gina and I are home and getting ready for a few days along the beach on Long Beach Island.  Not going to have internet so a bunch of updates to come this weekend.  Can follow my updates on Twitter as that will be my only chance to get info out to all.

Well, time to get a move on.  Gina is waiting for me to get my ass in gear and finish what we need to do. Will have more on the above topics this weekend.  Time to start part two of this vacation.  Hope it does not rain down the shore as much as it has been the past week.  That will put a true damper on the rest of the week.  But I am remainging positive.  Later al.

Decisions, Decisions

I’m back, back in the New York Groove.  OK, I know, lame.  It was either open with that or Air Supply, what would you choose?   And these days that reference is considered “classic rock”.  Can not believe it has gotten to that point, and for a while now.  Starting to become “that guy”.  It had to happen at some point, just not now.

Tomorrow I have a call with the NY Jets scheduled.  Let’s see if the conversation even happens.  Took them so long to get back to me about siting down, what is another 6 months.  Hate to push off filming but what can I do.  About to say screw it and comprimise my location just to get shots in.  Never know what can happen before preseason though.  I am hoping for the best.  Always need to believe these days.

Damn 3-3 tie.  May only be the All Star Game but I still support the AL.  I am a Yankees fan along with the not so obvious New York Jets fan.  As far as the other of the “Big 4”, I am a NJ Devils fan and sorry to say not a basketball fan.  I get looked at like i have three heads for that one.  Just could never get into it.  Not my sport.  MMA, now THERE IS A SPORT!!  Give me a good fight anyday.  But football will always be my all time number one.  Just wish the Jets would get there someday.

No One Wants Me

Well, once again I have a roadblock in front of me for Gang Greed.  I call the NJSEA to get permission to film on the Stadium property.  Couple weeks back, Anthony and I were politely asked to not film and get permission before we do.  Not a problem.  I call over and talk to a women named Carol.  I was told i would have to pay $1,200 AN HOUR just to use the parking lot for about 2 hours.  Two people, one car, maybe 2 parking spaces on a Saturday afternoon with nothing going on.  Guess they must really need the money in this economy.  Just kidding.  I know there are costs involved but that much to take up so little is crazy.

I knew before doing this I might encounter some obstacles.  I called Bruce Speight at the New York Jets to see if I could get a little assistance.  He could not promise anything which is fine.  I had to contact a VP at the NJSEA to “plead my case” and see if I could get the fees waved.  This is why I called Bruce in.  The NY Jets may not want to sit down with me, but that does not mean they can not be a helpful referral source.  I am not putting this documentary together to hurt the Jets, I am doing it to show how these big organizations are leaving a long time fan base out in the cold.

Here you have long time season ticket holders wanting to keep their season tickets in an economy that is making it hard for some, impossible for many.   I am one of the impossible ones.  I had a friend buy them off me this year.  I am done.  I can not afford any more season tickets unless by some miracle I either win the lottery or get a great paying job.  Everyone knows the tickets are a luxury.  But when some have had them in the family for over 45 years, they are hard to give up.

I never give up at what I set out to do.  I started this documentary and I am going to see it finished.  I do not care if it is a cinematic masterpiece or the worlds biggest flop.   I know I still need to get distribution and all the other business.  But it will be a big accomplishment for me to finish this project.  But when one gets under way, another project begins.  Can not talk about this one yet.   A cliffhanger in a blog, how rare.

A great interview hearing about Joe "Willie" Namath

A great interview hearing about Joe "Willie" Namath