So the Jets lost the first official NFL game in the New Meadowlands Stadium by a score of 31-16. Albeit it was a preseason game, but it was the game for New York bragging rights. The New York Jets did show some promise. Mark Sanchez was 13 for 17 with an interception & touchdown early in the first quarter. LT and Shonn Greene ran the ball well and had both speed and yardage to get into the end zone. Running behind rookie fullback “The Terminator” John Connor helped create extra running yards as he opened up the lane and created many key blocks. Al in all the Jets showed promise in their first preseason game. They were able to show they can transfer what they learned in training camp into an actual game. Now they can take a step forward and improve for their next outing.
I believe the game took second chair to what was truly on the main stage tonight, the new Meadowlands Stadium. Tonight’s Monday Night Football game was the first time a Jets and Giants preseason game was held on a Monday night. Let alone any preseason game on a Monday night. The team owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell probably talked months ago about how a Monday Night Football game would really show the new stadium in a way that could not be shown on a Friday night or Saturday. Figuring having it on prime-time on ESPN would really make the place stand out to those who were on the fence about a PSL. The camera shots not on the game and sideline made it feel more like an infomercial for the new stadium than a football game.
Coming back from commercial they showed the bars on the mezzanine and lower levels. The Clubs around the Coaches Club area. The Green rooms where certain PSL holders get their free food. The Luxury suites with leather chairs and fireplaces. Coaches Club VIP areas behind the teams bench. I think the only thing they did not show was how spacious the bathroom stalls are. To me it felt like an infomercial about the new stadium. A way to showcase it to millions watching at home as if to say “don’t you wish you paid your money to be here?” Even the commentators were going on about the new stadiums amenities. Did everyone forget there was a game going on? Of course they didn’t. They want fans to spend time out and about away from their seats in the other areas of the stadium. They already got their money for the PSLs and tickets, now it is time to spend it in other parts of the new stadium.
There will be those who will disagree with me and say how sports is a luxury. Say how that is how it is these days and if you do not have the money then you can not experience the way a game was meant to be seen. There are two sets of fans now. Those who have and those who had. The ones who had wish they could still be there, but do not want a PSL or sit so far up. Those who have are excited, able to watch their team in a state of the art stadium. But will it be worth the price in a few years? Many view the PSL as stock and what will that stocks price be worth if the Jets become the Jets of old? If the Jets do not win the Super Bowl or make the playoffs, how much will those PSLs be worth? Now it seems like a great investment to many and many will hold onto them for life. But to others, the not so die hard fans who have been there for years, how long will they want them?
Many were very excited to be there tonight, win or lose. Able to gawk at the new concession stands, bars, and other areas to shake your wallet at. But in the end, everyone is there for the game. To see two football teams play on the field. If you are there to watch the game at one of the bars, VIP lounges, or any other screen away from your seat, what was the purpose in buying your seat? Just to say you have season tickets?
I wish the New York Jets well this season. I hope they can provide that elusive Super Bowl win they have wanted to give their fans for decades. But unless they sign Darelle Revis, what will those odds be? ESPN played one hell of an infomercial tonight. Woody Johnson must be proud of his new county club. I am sure the Jets and Giants sales representatives will be by their phones tomorrow hoping tonight’s prime time sales pitch did its job.