Fact. A Super Bowl rematch between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants is the worst possible outcome for a New York Jets fan. Back in ’08, I remained in a coma-like state, for 60 minutes, motionless and emotionless. Not even David Tyree’s heroic helmet catch which sealed the Giants’ triumphant win over the evil Patriots revived me. Upon living through that nightmare, I prayed on behalf of myself and Jets Nation, that we’d never have to subject ourselves to such a torturous activity, ever again. Clearly that was for naught. Because now, the realization that I and the rest of Jets Nation are forced to endure this worst case scenario for the second time in four years has me in a drunken stupor off haterade.
Most sports fans who are detached from the Jets-Giants-Patriots dynamic inaccurately surmise that Jets fans would instantly and wholeheartedly throw our support behind Big Blue, our hometown rivals. After all, a win for the Giants is a win for New York, and a loss for the Pats, right? And regardless of who we may support the other 364 days of the year, cheering for the Giants on Super Bowl Sunday will not force our allegiance to Gang Green to be questioned, because the one exception to the rule is that the Giants will be taking care of business against the hated Patriots and that’s really all that matters to Jets fans, right? Well, my response to this school of thought is eh, wrong.
I can’t think of a more disingenuous act. With every glance of a newspaper cover, click of a TV channel, loaded page of a sports website, Jets fans will not be able to escape the sad truth that the Patriots and Giants are playing for the chip. Although the Jets fan base made great strides over the past couple of years and detracted some of the shine from Big Blue, the fact is, the Giants will always own New York. Over the next two weeks, Jets fans will be reminded of the second-class citizenship we really hold in this city. We will be subjected to the sports media worlds 24/7 love affair with the Giants, making it damn near impossible to not watch, read, or listen to Giants/Patriots babble without thinking about how the Jets ended their pitiful season. And just as we were finally able to move on and accept that 2011-2012 just wasn’t our year, this gets thrown in our faces.
Also, I do not want to exist in a bizzaro world where little brother Eli surpasses big brother Peyton in the Super Bowl ring category. And for him to possibly reach the mountaintop on Peyton’s home turf adds another layer to the story. Because the world we live in judges NFL athletes based upon the number of Super Bowl appearances and rings they have, pundits, analysts, experts, bloggers, or anyone with an opinion, are going to beat the “does this make Eli better than Peyton” convo to death. Here’s the quick and ONLY answer: NO! But should Eli win his second Super Bowl, the entire landscape of the NFL may be flipped on its head because Eli is going to challenge everything we know to be true. And by cheering for Eli, I believe I’m indirectly encouraging this conversation to take place. Therefore, I’ll refrain. I’ll refrain from rooting for the Giants. I’ll refrain from rooting against the Giants. I’ll refrain from even acknowledging that the Patriots are in the Super Bowl. To put it simply, I’ll refrain from watching the Super Bowl altogether.
These are my confessions: I’m a loyal Jets fan to a fault and I won’t allow myself to celebrate the holiest of sports holidays. Furthermore, what makes this more painful to accept is admitting the Jets, a team better known for running their mouths than running their offense, put their fans in this lose-lose situation and played a critical role in Giants/Pats Part 2. If (and yes I know these are a lot of ifs, maybes, wouldas, couldas, and shouldas, but that’s all I have right now so let me live)…if the Jets handled business during the regular season and beat the Patriots and/or stripped the Giants of their playoff hopes on Christmas Eve, the Pats may have had a more difficult journey and the G-Men wouldn’t have had an opportunity to make another cinderella run toward the Super Bowl. But no, instead the Jets failed in every possible way and now fans are left to swallow whatever consumes the shitty cesspools of Jersey water.
P.S. Be clear, the opinions expressed here are only that of Shana Renee. I do not represent every Jets fans, nor do I judge the ones that are supporting the Giants. They can do them, I’m gonna do me.
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