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Jets On The Road To Lead Fans To Super Bowl?

Well, it seems the Jets beat The Stomach.  It was their year to beat Peyton Manning and the Colts in the playoffs.  The Jets did what they needed to do.  The ran the ball and forced their defense to stop them on the ground.  Darelle Revis held Reggie Wayne to just one yard.  Revis Island was more like Revis Prison.  Even though Manning was not sacked, intercepted, or blocked in any way, his presence on the field did not deter the Jets from accomplishing the first step in their goal, going to the Super Bowl.  Most importantly, Nick Folk stepped up and kicked the Jets into the next round against New England.  He showed he wanted to be an integral part of the team.

So the Jets are rolling in the playoffs for the second year.  The only thing that can stop them is themselves.  Many fans, including Fireman Ed made they way out to support the Jets on the road.  The main drawback to playing all road games is no Jets season ticket holder gets a chance to get those tickets first.  One has to see how they can procure them on the open market.  For the second year in a row, the Jets are in the playoffs and no home games.  So as you invest in the team with your PSL’s, it does not guarantee you a dividend of playoff tickets unless there is a home game.  They can play on the road every year and no Jets season ticket holder will have first access.

For many, they can not make it to away games, especially playoff games.  Getting time off from work, family, and other commitments make it difficult for some.  Some love to go to away games and factor that into every season.  For some, they feel it i cheaper to go to an away game.  Tickets are less.  Yes one has to pay travel and hotel expenses, but that can cost less that investing in a PSL and season tickets.  Ken Pikowski is one of those fans.  He talks about how ticket prices are cheaper in other stadium he attends.  This coming form someone who used to have six season tickets along the 50 yard line in the old stadium.

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Foxboro is not as far as Indianapolis, so there might be more Jets fans willing to make the trip.  Always a good feeling for the away team to know their fans are in the stadium to cheer them on.  It is that little extra motivation that can help a team win away from their home.  For those who have the buses, Winnebago’s,   campers, trailers, and any party vehicle on wheels, it makes the tailgating experience a little easier.  One gets to bring a little bit of home with them to away games.  But nothing beats sitting in the seats you sit in every game at your home stadium.

Many fans are hoping the Jets can win their division or get at least one home game in in the future.  Getting those post season games as a season ticket holder makes the season bearable.  When many invested in the team, they were hoping the Jets would get some playoffs games in the New Meadowlands Stadium.  But when ones makes an investment and it pays no dividends, why keep that investment?  I have said many times, many keep it to pass down to their kids.  But what about the ones who hope to sell them.

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If the Jets were a team who had home playoff games and fans knew they could count on those tickets every year, people could sell the PSLs at a higher profit margin.  Fans would want those tickets more than the season tickets.  For some reason, the playoffs just bring out more in a team.  Playoff tickets go for big bucks on their own.  Imagine if the Jets were a team, who won their division several times like other teams, and someone sold the season tickets knowing he could up the price because they were a home playoff team?  Look at New England, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, and other NFL teams.  Their fans know that when their team is strong, home playoff games are on the horizon.  Jets fans want the same thing.

So it seems this year is a year many fans will remember.  Not just because Rex Ryan made a promise to beat Peyton Manning and did, but because of a new era with a new stadium.  It was a new season that had many firsts, from designated parking to social media interaction.  The Jets stock price is slowly climbing.  But the parking stock has already skyrocketed.  Keep in mind, both the PSL’s and parking passes are investment.  They do not come together as an investment.  If you have them together, now you have a Jets portfolio.  Not easy to invest in a team in this new era of sports.

Not All Jets Shareholders Created Equal

This coming Saturday marks the second season in a row the Jets will face Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.  It seems Rex Ryan and Peyton Manning have this little feud.  Rex tries to figure out Manning and Manning can figure Ryan out.  But this is different year. The Colts rank 29th in run defense and are riddled with injuries.  This is the Jets year to beat the Colts.  Much like it was the Fink’s year to beat The Stomach in Meatballs.  The tools are there for the Jets.  Now all they have to do is be the team that was on the field against Buffalo and Pittsburgh.

This was an up and down year for the Jets organization.  Even though the team is in the postseason, it does not mean sales and merchandising stops for the team.  This is where they hope to make a little extra.  The Jets are expecting sales of merchandise, Jets themed party favors, and other branded goods to be purchased so fans can show their Jets pride.  For some reason, some always feel the need to have something new.  Could be a hat, t shirt, jersey, or even a coffee mug.  There is that need to buy more and show how big of a fan you really are.  Not like the one who has the most Jets merchandise is the biggest fan.

This past week I spent time with many Jets season ticket holders, new and old.  Some I met for the first time and others I was catching up with.  Many agree that for the money they spent, or invest in their team they do not see much of a return on their investment.  Many still complain about the parking, the look of the stadium, the lines,and other small items that seem to range from tailgate to tailgate.  It just shows that no matter what the Jets do, they can not please everyone about everything.  They do try.  But depending on who you ask, they do not try hard enough.  That the team only tries to cater to those willing to spend major bucks on Coaches Club seats and suites.

Seems the more you invest in the team, the better your return.  When one invests in stock, no matter the amount, they always get the same dividend per share.  It does not matter how many shares you have.  Weather you have one share or a thousand, it is the same dividend per stock certificate.  The onlt difference is how many votes you have and say in company business.  With PSL’s, the more you spend, the better your experience.  So the guy upstairs get what he pays for, very little.  So even though you have a seat, the ones who paid more for theirs, have a better experience.  But according to some I talked to, they would rather sit upstairs that down stairs.

Some younger fans, the ones who are just happy to have season tickets are glad to be in the upper deck.  They have complete view of the field, screens, and everything that goes on.  Some of those fans also said that the downstairs seating has such a sloped seating structure that you can have obscured sight lines if there is a tall person in front of you, people stand, etc.  While upstairs, the seating is steeper so your view is not obstructed by anything.  They feel it makes for a greater experience and would never pay more for a lower seat.  Others are the opposite.  They want to be as close as possible to the game no matter who is in front of them, as long as they have a close seat.

Keep in mind, everyone will have a complaints no matter what stadium they go to.  They can not please everyone all of the time.  There will always be people saying how something is not fair, how prices are too steep, or how their coffee is too hot.  But when it comes to season ticket holders, they are the teams investors and they should all be listened to.  There really is no more waiting list, people can get seats and PSLs if they want to now.  So the demand is not there like in seasons past.  The team would be wise to listen to its stockholders from this point forward.  And not just the ones who stand 15 feet from the teams bench.

So with the Wild Card round coming up soon, Jets fans are salivating at getting revenge on the Colts from last year.  Those who go to Indy will have a grand time, just like they did last year.  Those or here at home, will be rooting from the comfort of our living room or local watering hole.  There is an advantage to not seeing a game at the Meadowlands, but rather at home, restaurant, or bar in New Jersey.  That would be cheaper beer prices, better food, and the ability to sit with your friends.  I know beer prices in New York can be steep.  IS the investment worth eight games a year, not counting preseason?  That is still up for debate.

Jets vs. Colts – Revisiting Super Bowl III

This morning I received an e mail from Mike Cardano of Xtra Point Football.  He is a fellow die hard Jets fan and was amazed at this past season, like everyone else.  He forwarded me an article from his site about Super Bowl III that was great to read.  Made me almost believe I was at the game from the statistics to the game footage.  For all of you Jets fans out thre, he is your chance to revisit Super Bowl III:

Written by MC3 Sports Media
superbowliiiIn talking to my kids yesterday I realized that while they know that Joe Namath and the NY Jets won Super Bowl III, they don’t really understand that magnitude of the game and what it meant to football today as we know it.I don’t know how many of you actually saw the game, or remember it if you did. I was just a little kid at the time and while my dad told me I saw it, anything I remember is from highlights I saw through the years. I’m going to be 43 this year and I realize from listening to sports talk radio and going to the games that I’m actually older than many of the fans, so there are many of you who have likely never seen the game.

I know almost everyone has heard about the game, but for all of you (even if you are not a Jets fan) who have never seen the game that changed football here it is in all its glory……

You’ll notice a few things from watching the game that are drastically different than today’s NFL games.

  • No headsets in the QB’s helmet. (For the younger generation) Peyton Manning isn’t the first one to call his own plays, all the QB’s used to have that responsibility. The coach put in the game plan during the week of practice before the game with the play choices that should be used and the QB called the plays on the field as he felt appropriate.
  • Kickers all used the straight on style and not all teams even had players that specialized in kicking. Very often “The best player who could kick” handled the kickoff, filed goal and punting duties. It was not uncommon to see a lineman kicking the ball.
  • The goal posts were on the goal line. An extra point that would normally be spotted on the three yard line and put down by the place holder on the ten yard line was a ten yard kick, not a twenty yard kick. So that 61 yard field goal that Sebastian Janikowski kicked from his own 49 yard line a few weeks ago would have only been a 51 yard field goal. A 61 yard field goal would be from your own 39 yard line!
  • The hash marks are spread outside the goal posts (college and high school are still like that today). You’ll notice when Jim Turner of the Jets has to kick a short field goal from the left hash mark it creates some unique problems.
  • No net catching the field goals as they come through the uprights and apparently no such thing as NFL security either (sign of the times) as the ball just goes through the uprights and fans and children kids come running on the field to fetch the ball.
  • While there may have been some trash talking in the trenches (it was football), there was no end zone dancing, no first down celebrations, no sack dances or anything of the like that could be misconstrued as unsportsman-like.
  • And watch the referees. There would never be a blown call in the NFL if they hustled like you’ll see here. They are literally part of the play….

Super Bowl III was the third AFL-NFL Championship Game in professional American football, but the first to officially bear the name “Super Bowl”. (Although the two previous AFL-NFL Championship Games came to be known, retroactively, as “Super Bowls”.)

The game was played on January 12, 1969 at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida – the same location as Super Bowl II. Entering Super Bowl III, the NFL champion Colts were heavily favored to defeat the AFL champion Jets (the Jets were a 19 point underdog). Although the upstart AFL had successfully forced the long-established NFL into a merger agreement three years earlier, the AFL was not generally respected as having the same caliber of talent as the NFL. Plus, the AFL representatives were easily defeated in the first two Super Bowls.

This game is regarded as one of the greatest upsets in sports history as the (AFL) champion New York Jets (11-3) defeated the (NFL) champion Baltimore Colts (13-1) by a score 16-7. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the AFL.

The game itself wasn’t a particularly well played game and it didn’t have a dramatic finish. How exciting could the game have been when the MVP, Joe Namath, didn’t throw any touchdown passes and didn’t even throw a pass in the 4th quarter? In certainly didn’t finish with the drama of either of the last two Super Bowl’s we had.

Statistically the game was just about a dead heat in every category (except for the turnovers.) There were six turnovers in the game, 5 by the Colts. In fact, in large part the 5 turnovers by the Colts more than anything is the reason that they lost. Two of the INT’s were in the end zone.

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Some other Super Bowl Facts before your show starts………..

  • Anita Bryant sang the National Anthem
  • The Florida A&M University Marching Band played “America Thanks” (you know, like “The Who” is this year’s Super Bowl half time entertainment.
  • The Attendance was 75,389
  • It was televised on NBC (in Technicolor) with Kurt Gowdy, Al DeRogatis and Kyle Rote announcing the game.
  • A 30 second commercial cost $55,000

Enjoy the game…….