I hate the time in between home games. I think some season it is too long. The first week of the season was great, two homes games within a week. The Jets have their home games spread out too far this season. There are a lot of fans who feel the same way. Others just go to those away games and tailgate there if they can drive to them. The ones one has to fly to are not as easy to tailgate at. Makes it hard to check your grill and cooler in at the terminal. But some fans are so die hard they will follow their team anywhere.
All this time between games is hard when one loves to tailgate. Yeah one can have friends over the house to watch a game on TV and barbecue but it is not the same. It is never the same experience when you are not at the game. I know many fans are experiencing it for the first time this season, not being a season ticket holder. All because of not wanting to purchase a PSL. Many of those fans had their seats for several years. I am not talking about the ones who were only at Giants Stadium. I am talking about the ones who came over from Shea Stadium and the Polo Grounds. The ones who were there for the team and gave their hard earned money to support them when no one else would.
I am a big fan of Pink Floyd. Great music, great stage shows, and their lyrics tell a story not too many know about. Pink Floyd were formed in 1965, and originally consisted of Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and Syd Barrett. In 1968, David Gilmour joined the line-up. Barrett was soon removed, due to his increasingly erratic behavior due to his continued abuse of psychedelic drugs. Once Barrett left the band, the other continued on to great worldwide success. But it was Barrett’s songwriting ability and use of sound composition with Nick Mason that helped to develop what Pink Floyd would be without Barrett. Once David Gilmour rook over for Syd Barrett, Roger Waters became the main songwriter. The sound developed and all of the songs were dedicated to Syd Barrett.
Syd Barrett helped define who Pink Floyd would be. If it is was not for his influence, there would be no albums like Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here among others. They went on to dedicate every album, performance, and song lyrics to him. They always wanted Syd to be there and be a part of the band. But Syd sank deeper into his own self and psyche. Pink Floyd never lost track of who helped to get them started and noticed for their music. They always loved their friend and never lost sight of who they wanted to thank for their music. Every concert began with them saying :”For Syd”. Every album, every song has hidden meaning in wishing Syd was with them.
The New York Jets and other professional teams should learn something from them. Thanking those who have been with you since the very beginning. Helping you get to the point where you are at now. If it was not for the fans buying those season tickets for the Titans of New York games in the AFL, there would be no New York Jets today. Those fans stuck with their team no matter what and were there for them and continued to buy those season tickets. You will never see a fan be inducted into the Jets “Ring of Honor” and Fireman Ed does not count. I am talking about the fans like Tommy Wilson, The Jet Pack and countless others who have been with the team for over 45 years. The ones who have been fans longer than anyone has worked for the team. Even longer than Woody Johnson being the owner.
The thank you does not need to come in a commemorative ticket holder to showcase your season ticket for being the first to have a PSL in the new stadium. That goes out to everyone. EVen stockholders get dividends if a company makes a profit. Being a PSL holder in a way makes one a stockholder. You paid your money to hold a seat and pay for the new stadium. Ever PSL holder has stock in the new stadium. Every PSL holder deserves a vote and a piece no matter how much they paid for one. Instead, the team thanks the ones who pay more than those who just paid. The Jets need to realize a thank you needs to be done on a more personal level. I am sure Woody Johnson does not know or did not thank the dedicated fans who kept their seats since the 1960’s, since their “records only go back to 1977”.
Mark Cuban as an owner even sits court-side by the fans and not up in his box. When was the last time a Jets owner sat down with the fans? I am not talking about Woody walking through the parking lot during tailgating because it is a nice PR moment and “shows” he cares. I am talking about Woody Johnson sitting in the seats along the 50 yard line or in the end zone to see who the true fans are. When was the last time he had a 40 plus year season ticket holder in his box as a thank you for all the years of dedicated to the team? I am sure never. That is something you will never see. A team owner bringing regular fans into his owner’s box as a good gesture of thank you. Only the ones who are high profile client’s, high profile friends (Michael Douglas), or anyone else that looks good on camera. If he has brought up sick kids or ones associated with a charity then that is a good sign.
I guess what I am trying to say through all this and the Pink Floyd reference is that I do not forget those who helped to being the New York Jets to where they are today. This documentary is about them and their dedication. I am not giving them just one day or thanks but a film dedicated to them, and my father. Thanking them for their years of service to a team who has not won a Super Bowl in over 40 years. The Jets have the longest drought of winning a championship than any other New York area professional team. The Nets won the ABA championship in the 1970’s and I am counting that. A highlight reel with their moments, something no professional team has ever done for fans.
I do not think any team, including the Jets have a fan relations coordinator. Someone who is the link between the fans and the team. This is something that is needed. These teams need to keep in mind if there were no fans, they would have no one to play in front of. No sponsors, no endorsements, just a bunch of guys playing ball. The fans are the ones who make professional sports a success. They are the ones who should be thanked in more ways than one. Not thanked because of how big their wallet is. I guess it is up to me to thank the Jets fans for their years of dedication. Their years of coming to cold weather games sitting outside when the team was 4-12. It takes a fan to thank the fans.