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New York Jets Fans Cope After Another Super Bowl

The past two weeks I have not been as excited for the Super Bowl I guess as I should be.  Even a fellow fan John Allen passed along the same comment.  He was thinking that for some reason his favorite team should be playing this past Sunday, but for some reason, they ended up losing to the Steelers in the AFC Championship game.

The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday night. Aaron Rodgers won his first Super Bowl and it is tough to believe he can’t win another.

The Steelers jumped out to a quick 24-0 lead over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship, but fell behind a quick 21-3 to the Packers on Sunday night. At the end of the night, Clay Matthews was throwing a WWE championship belt over Rodgers’ shoulder.  Ric Flair is taking credit for having the WWE send the belt to him, as told to ESPN,  to use if they won the Super Bowl.

How do us Jets fans feel now?

No one can really say what the result would have been on Sunday night had the Jets been playing in the Steelers’ place. Jet fans may feel like they definitely would have won the game, but again, we cannot say for sure. It’s hard not to feel disappointed these last few nights.  One never know what their team would do if they were never in that situation.

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The Super Bowl was right there; it was in our grasp. The Canyon of Heroes was ready for the parade that should have been filled with streamers and fans jammed in to see Gang Green. Everything was going as planned, just for it all to come crashing down.

Just imagine: Rex Ryan could have been saying “I told you all we were going to do it, AND WE DID IT!” on that podium Sunday night standing next to owner Woody Johnson, GM Mike Tannenbaum and Mark Sanchez.

Bart Scott could have been having another postgame interview that would go viral on the Internet. “WORTH THE WAIT,” he could be yelling in Sal Paolantonio’s face.  Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery could be running all over Cowboys Stadium with their arms outstretched like airplanes while wearing their “New York Jets Super Bowl Champions” caps and t-shirts.

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Nick Mangold and Dustin Keller could be racing to their cell phones to be the first Jets to tweet about the win.  Antonio Cromartie’s kids could be dogpiling him in the end zone.

Shaun Ellis would then join the team on the podium to get his fingerprints on his Lombardi Trophy and press his lips against its mirror-like surface.  He has waited long enough to get his hands on that trophy after being with the team the longest.

To me Super Bowl Sunday was just another day of football.  I did not put on my Jets jersey.  No Jets shirt or hat to be worn.  Not even my trusty Jets boxers I wore every Sunday the team played.  Two teams were playing that were not my team.

The Jets were deserving of a Super Bowl this season. Anyone who is not a Jets fan will instantly contest this, because everyone else HATES the Jets. I can’t blame them. The Jets have a bunch of big mouths and a coach who has no filter. But the fans take on the personality of the team, and I can safely say we had a lot more fun than many others did.  Even the Jet fans who are haters enjoyed themselves this season.

Gang Green fought through all the criticism this season. After a bunch of close games that should not have been close and after some bad losses, the Jets showed everyone who they really are in the playoffs.  It does not matter how you finish the season, it is how you finish in the playoffs.

They took down Peyton Manning after he made them look bad in last year’s postseason. They took down the Patriots who were already being crowned champions. They forgot to show up for the first half against the Steelers, but almost pulled off one of the greatest playoff comebacks in history.

I am not trying to take anything away from the Packers or the Steelers by saying this. Both were much more deserving of a championship after the way they have played in the playoffs. Just because the Jets were a worthy candidate does not mean other teams were any less deserving.

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Things get even harder knowing there might be a lockout on the horizon. Knowing that there is a possibility the Jets will not get a chance to play in the Super Bowl in 2012, nor will any other team, is a tough reality to face.

I could go on about this, but all football fans are feeling the same way about this except maybe Packers fans that have the privilege of enjoying a championship for two years if there is a strike, but I am sure even they would rather lose than not have football.

Knowing that we will all be at least a year older before the Jets get another shot at a Super Bowl run is a feeling that I have felt time and time again. I have always hated the offseason because of how long I have to wait for Week 1. I hate the offseason because of how long I have to wait for the AFC Championship. Again, no guarantees that they will make it again, but it’s tough to feel like the Jets would fall short again.

It seems as Jets fans we are always waiting.  Always waiting until next season hoping that will be the season the Jets win it all.  If there is no next season, we just have to wait longer.  Easier said than done.

Jets Fans Love To Hate Their Team

Once again, this weekend the Jets proved many wrong, including their own fans.  Many had the Jets already losing even before they hit the field.  The Jets did their trash talking and backed up their words.  This was one game they knew they had to win.  Going back up to face New England on their home turf they could not have an outing like last time.  They outplayed and out-coached the Patriots.  They sacked Tom Brady for a record five times and shut down his passing game.  That was a big issue they needed to overcome from their last meeting.  An issue that was not a factor that is making them look to Pittsburgh and a 2nd AFC Championship game in two years.

Jets fans are on a high right now.  One they would like to ride all the way to the Super Bowl.  But some are not feeling the rush.  Some still feel they will blow it against the Steelers.  From the start of the season through the Patriots playoff game, many Jets fans always have doubt in the back of their minds.  For some reason, they feel they will return to the Jets team we have all grown accustomed to.  No matter how much they win we still have not gotten used to them as a franchise that wins.  I think maybe until they actually win a Super Bowl, then the fans might just think differently.

Many fans I have talked to always get behind the team.  But for some reason, when the team has one or two down games, then the bashing comes out.  Almost like Randy Quaid’s character in Major League 2.  He starts off the season as a die hard Cleveland Indians fan, but the minute things go south, so does he on the team.  By the end of the movie, he keeps saying how the team will blow the divisional series, blow the game in the ninth inning and so on.  But once Wild Thing Vaughn got his old haircut and attitude, he came back around.  Jet fans have the same demeanor.

We constantly think the Jets will blow whatever opportunity is presented them.  If they win, we say we knew they would win.  If they lose, we say the same old Jets showed up.  As it stands now, many fans are riding the high that are victories over New England and Indianapolis.  Something that has been done one other time in the past eight years.  Many sportscasters and commentators even though the Jets were going to lose.  Joe Benigno, a die hard Jets fan,  from WFAN even said the Jets were going to lose against New England.  As Jets fans,  we have a problem picking them to win in the biggest of games.

For as long as I can recall, many Jets fans have been doubters.  Season after season of disappointments.  Close calls in 1982 and 1996 AFC Championship games.  Even in previous seasons of great hype, the fans never believed it.  There has always been a collapse at the end of the season.  Or an early elimination in the playoffs.  But this year, there is a new spark.  A new fire that has been lit that seems to grow stronger with each game.  The fans keep feeding that fire.  For the first time I can recall, fans have one thing they have not had previous years, hope.  They believe in a team that believes in them.  That is what has driven this years team to where they are.

Jets fans will always be skeptical of what team shows up on the field.  Many are expecting the Jets to beat Pittsburgh and face destiny in the Super Bowl.  Others, will expect them to lose, blow the big game like the Jets always do.  But this is not your father’s New York Jets.  This is a new determined team.  One that is tired of the old labels the media has put on them.  A team that has shed the stigma of the losing seasons of old.  But some fans will never let them forget.  NEver let them go back to what they were, and what could be.  The fans, especially the management, do not want the same old Jets ever again.

New York Jets Pep Rally at the Atlantic Health Training Center in Florham Park New Jersey

New York Jets Pep Rally Atlantic Health Training Center Florham Park New Jersey - Fans

Today was absolute madness. I arrived at the training center around 8:30am and already the fans were starting to line up. Im hurrying up to edit video of the event so here are some pictures for you guys to start off but keep checking back or follow me on twitter and I will notify you when the video of the pep rally is up. thank you all your fans for your kind words and support of my site. Please make sure you also visit http://www.levysbakeryproductions.com hes one of the most die hard jet fans I know and the Producer of all our content for the Jets.
New York Jets Pep Rally Atlantic Health Training Center Florham Park New Jersey - Fans

New York Jets Pep Rally Atlantic Health Training Center Florham Park New Jersey - Fans

New York Jets Pep Rally Atlantic Health Training Center Florham Park New Jersey - Fireman Ed

New York Jets Pep Rally Atlantic Health Training Center Florham Park New Jersey - Fans

New York Jets Pep Rally Atlantic Health Training Center Florham Park New Jersey - Fireman Ed