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Super Bowl in New Stadium, No Pictures of Old Stadium

Well, looks like the New York/New jersey area has finally nailed down the Super Bowl. I know I should be more excited than I am but I am not. I saw many Jets and Giants fans are ecstatic. It is great for the local economy to have an event of that magnitude in the NY/NJ tri-state area. It will help local businesses, restaurants, hotels, and give a boost to the local economy. But unless the Jets or Giants are the ones playing in the 2014 Super Bowl, then fans can only be happy they have the biggest game being played in New Jersey. If the Jets or Giants make it to the big game, then there will be a true reason to celebrate.

Plus will the Pro Bowl still be in the same city or will it be moved back to Hawaii? This is also one other thing to consider. Fans in the area can definitely take part in the Super Bowl week festivities and events that will be going on, that is a huge plus. But how many will actually attend the game? The ticket breakdown is split in so many ways. The Jets and Giants will get limited seats to pass around. Season ticket holders will be fighting over the seats in a lottery. Depending on how many are left after the host teams distribute them amongst sponsors, family, friends, and employees. So much can happen between now and 2014.

The Jets still have several thousand PSLs left to sell. I do not feel having the Super Bowl will change a lot of peoples minds about purchasing a PSL. If people did not have the money before they will not have it now. Maybe for some on the fence it will be the deciding factor. But thee will not be any big rush on it. I already spoke with some who will still not purchase a PSL. It will certainly help get a name on the stadium though. Any company would love to have their name on the stadium that plays host to the Super Bowl. With all the revenue the Super Bowl, naming rights, and other deals being made I am sure they will make enough to pay for the stadium. So the money being made from the PSLs will be total profit. Is that still fair to the fans?

I did not want this to be a rant on the Super Bowl coming to the area. Just wanted to play devil’s advocate and bring up both sides, good and bad. Between now and 2014 everyone will be posting articles, opinions, and facts about the dealings & events leading up to it. Is this a bigger story than BP in the Gulf? I guess to some they care more about seeing their team in a Super Bowl 4 years from now rather than seeing life survive in the Gulf of Mexico right now. But that is a story for another article.

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I do have my own concerns right now that revolve around the old stadium. Seems they do not want fans to come down to the old stadium and take any more pictures. This all started with me last week May 20th. I have touched on this on my own website as well. I was told by a Skanska supervisor that no more pictures are to be taken of the old stadium. He informed me that “there were too many pictures on the internet. If I was caught taking pictures I would be told to leave.” This puzzled me. Too many pictures on the internet? Once again, they exhibit control on what the public or fans can and can not do.

I thought i would go back to the stadium at the end of the day, thinking no one would really be there. The minute I got out of my car I was approached by a Skanska employee in his car. Staying out of sight until they saw me. he told me, according to his supervisor, no more pictures are to be taken of the old stadium. So before I leave the premises I see if I can snap a few on the other side by Gate D. The skanska supervisor approaches my car in his ATV and takes his own pictures of my car and license plate. He then says “We warned you a few times so I hope it was worth it” and drives off.

In the beginning I guess it was fine to have pictures out there for everyone to see. But now, it is no longer OK. I guess if there are too many pictures roaming around for free they will not be able to sell their own and make another buck off the football fans. One of the workers informed me there are a few cameras that are constantly on the old stadium. Plus, if you watch any news broadcast or footage now, they focus on the new stadium and never even pan to the old one. They want to sell the seats, goal posts, and anything they can to make a profit off the old stadium. They are even taking chainsaws to the remaining seats so no one can take them or sell them.

Just once I would like to see the fans who have supported these teams given just one free pass. Is it wrong people want to take pictures for themselves or is it taking away that much revenue? I do not think too many pictures on the internet will stop them from making the money they want to make off their own memorabilia. Do they even know how many fans have already taken seat backs at the last game that was there? Probably not. For once just be honest and not hide behind the typical corporate rhetoric. The more you drive your fans away with the little things, the less likely you will be to sell PSLs.

I usually like to tell everyone how the documentary is going or what has already transpired. But when the organization keep taking a step forward then two steps back, I have to say something. I am also covering the New jersey Revolution indoor football team. There are alternatives to the high cost NFL out there, you just have to find them. It may not be s high profile, but the action and intensity is still there. I still have hope for the Jets. Only time will tell if they do the right thing.

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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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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s support for new Jets-Giants stadium bolsters 2014 Super Bowl bid

Credit:  Gary Meyers of the Daily News

FORT LAUDERDALE – It might not be a bad time to start saving up for tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014, because who knows how much they will cost by then. The venue: the Giants‘ and Jets’ new $1.7 billion stadium that opens for football in the fall.

Momentum is starting to build for the first Super Bowl in the Northeast and the first in a cold-weather climate in an open-air stadium.

The competition for the Meadowlands is Miami, Tampa and Glendale, Ariz. The Super Bowl is being played today in Miami for the second time in the last four seasons and a record 10th time in the first 44 games. Tampa had the Super Bowl twice in the last decade and Glendale had it just two years ago.

The vote is less than four months away and the longshot candidate from the greatest city in the world could be emerging as the favorite.

Roger Goodell‘s strong show of support Friday at his state-of-the-league news conference, with many NFL owners in attendance, is a real positive sign for the bid. It never hurts to have the commissioner on your side, even though he does not have a vote.

There will be a faction of owners who will get hung up on the weather and vote against the Super Bowl on Broadway, but in the end it’s likely that the respect for the late Wellington Mara, who helped make the league what it is today with his unselfish decision back in the early 1960s to endorse sharing network television money, and the late Robert Tisch, will get New York the votes.

The owners know how important it is for the Maras, Tisches and Woody Johnson to be awarded the Super Bowl in their new stadium, and the NFL has an unwritten policy: Build a state-of-the-art stadium and the Super Bowl will come.

So, my instincts tell me New York will be get the Super Bowl that will be played four years from now when the secret ballots are counted May 24-26 in Dallas.

But what about the fans? Is it fair to them to make them sit outside on a February evening? The corporate types may not want to rough it, but the average fan in the metropolitan area is pretty hearty.

Jon Tisch, the co-chairman of the committee to get the bid, revealed to the Daily News elements of the plan to deal with inclement weather as it relates to fan comfort:

– Heated open concourses.

– Fire pits in the parking lot for tailgaters.

– Hand and feet warmers.

– Blankets.

– Thermal socks.

– Self-warming seat cushions.

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Steve Tisch (from l.), John Mara and Woody Johnson should start preparing to host Super Bowl at their new stadium in 2014.

Even for 82,500 fans, that still comes out a lot cheaper than the $400 million-$500 million it would have cost to put a roof on the stadium.

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.

AFC Divisional Round Preview: New York Jets at San Diego Chargers

If the Jets backed into the playoffs then the Chargers made a dead out sprint into the postseason, running the table after their 34-23 loss to Denver back on Oct. 19. This may be the ugly duckling of the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs with the underwhelming Jets headed into San Diego as nine-point underdogs. However, the AFC Championship Game matchup will not be settled until the Jets and Chargers tangle at 4:40 p.m.   in Qualcomm Stadium.

Rookie coach Rex Ryan and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez were gift wrapped a trip to the playoffs after the Colts and Bengals laid down in the final two weeks of the season. However, there was no laying down last week when the Jets defeated the Bengals, 24-14, on the road in the Wild Card round. The win impressed a lot of people, including the fans who have been skeptical if the team would even make t to the playoffs.   Bookmakers moved the longshot Jets from 45-1 to win the Super Bowl to 14-1 after just one round.  The Jets defense and running games proved to odds makers that the Jets could be contenders, if they wanted to.

Sanchez is returning home to Southern California where he made a name for himself in his one year starting for the USC Trojans. He is garnering a lot of attention as the Jets make another stride this season, but the real reason the Jets are still playing football this late into January is their defense and their ability to run the ball.  So Sanchez will really have to prove himself in his home state that he can really lead the Jets to victory and not just Thomas Jones or Shonn Greene.

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The old formula for success in the NFL, running the ball and playing defense, has been lost by most teams but the Jets are the team in the playoffs with the best total defense and best rushing attack (172 yards per game). Of course, there is a reason the Jets are nine-point underdogs and the No. 5 seed. They are second to last in the league in passing but they are not the only one-dimensional team in this game. The Chargers rank second to last in running the ball and they will lean heavily on the arm of Philip Rivers in these playoffs.  LT has not been himself over the past 2-3 years.  The Jets defense has been spectacular against the run so expect LT to make little impact on Saturday.

It’s clear what the Chargers will be trying to do — pass the ball — and what the Jets will be trying to do — rush the ball. If the game comes down to that, and it very likely could, the Jets could actually even the playing field a little bit.  Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been the definition of a shutdown corner this year. Let’s not get into the fact he was snubbed for the Defensive Player of the Year.  He will likely get the task of shutting down Vincent Jackson much like he shut down Chad Ochocinco last week. That could open things up for tight end Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd. Gates surpassed 1,000 yards receiving this year and Floyd was third on the team with 776 receiving yards.  So the Jets secondary will be very busy in both man to man and zone defense.

Add in Darren Sproles (45 receptions for 497 yards) and LaDainian Tomlinson (20 receptions for 154 yards) and Rivers should have plenty of options, even against the league’s best pass defense. For the Jets, the responsibility on offense will be shared too. Thomas Jones is a major impact player in this game for the Jets. He rushed for over 1,400 yards this season. Shonn Greene came on strong late in the season and in the Cincinnati win and Leon Washington (when playing) and Brad Smith are dangerous out of the wildcat package.  Remember, Brad Smith can play QB, TE, WR, and whatever else Brian Shottenheimer has planned.

From a wagering standpoint, getting points in this game is ideal. The Chargers have strung together 11 consecutive wins to close out the regular season but they were involved in countless nail biters including a one-point win at the Giants and three-point wins over the Redskins, Bengals and Cowboys.  The Jets have won their last 3 games and against top teams.  It might have been against second stringers in some cases, but the Jets did not back down in each game.  It is oging to be a tight game.  Maybe fate will come to the Jets and give Jets fans what they have wanted for the past 40 years, an AFC Championship game at home.  But for the last game, it will truly be Jets Stadium…….if it happens.