The Boston-New York rivalry gets a lot of buzz. Of course, it's mainly the Red Sox and Yankees that stem all that hate and raise so many middle fingers. However, there's another rivalry between the two cities that garners a lot less attention, the Jets and the Patriots. This sports hatred is a little bit different. While Boston fans can at least have respect for the Yankees (they're consistently in contention for a title and have won an unprecedented 27 World Series) the Jets are another story. The gang green have offered little competition to the Patriots for the past decade, yet they continue to stick around like an annoying fly. Here's five reasons why they shouldn't...
1. They Talk Trash and They Stink: The Jets have become the kings of trash talk with Rex Ryan at the helm. The blimp of a coach's comments have ranged from refusing to kiss Belichick's Super Bowl rings to giving Miami fans the finger. Real classy. Sure, the Jets made it to the AFC Championship Game but that was more a cause of the Colts winning 14 straight, not a miraculous turnaround by New York. It's hard to make the case that the Jets would've gotten that far without the help of Curtis Painter. Even Rex Ryan thought they were out of it. Then, yes, they beat the Bengals and second seed Chargers but there is such a thing as luck. It was luck that got them into the playoffs and luck that got them as far as they did. It's like if Tony Allen made a buzzer beater from half court and then got crowned the next Lebron. Really, Jets fans should know better. Good things never last for NYC's second-class football team. Why would last year's late season success be anything more than a fluke? Has the torturous experience of being a New York Jet fan taught them nothing else? So when your team actually sucks and your franchise quarterback throws 20 interceptions, don't keep up the trash talk. Especially when your team just signed...
3. The Jets Are All About Fun!!: There's nothing more annoying and corny then hearing the Jets talk about how much fun they have. How Rex Ryan wants everyone to just be themselves. C'mon....this is football not Dora the Explorer. This quote from Jets WR, Jericho Cotchery, pretty much sums it up,
"Everyone sees how much fun we're having, how guys are able to be themselves and express themselves however we want to express ourselves. But we work extremely hard, and we reward ourselves with the fun. A lot of players don't experience that fun. There are some people on the other sidelines who are jealous."
When I read that quote I don't picture someone fired up to compete and win a grueling battle on the football field. I picture someone parading around in short shorts and glitter paint. On top of that, there's Rex Ryan's crying episode. Honestly, football should be about discipline and winning. Bill Parcells or Belichick would've never allowed this happy-go-lucky, la-dee-da crap on their team. Honestly, do I need two more reasons?
"The fireman hat guy [Fireman Ed], and all of the people in New York that are Jets fans are not the ones that are working on Wall Street."
"I'm sure at heart they're good people. Most of them are good people. The Giants fans are a different type of people. Just put it that way. There's a little more class on the Giants' side, and some Jets fans take the 'c-l' out of class."That's why it's always been the Giants stadium first, and the Jets second.
5. There's Enough New York Teams for us to Hate, Jets Don't Help Lighten the Load:
This one came from my friend and it couldn't be more true. Honestly: the Knicks, Mets, Giants, Yankees, Bills, Rangers. The Jets aren't really helping things. Why not just make it easier on us Boston fans and dissolve?
There's a number of reasons for the two fan bases to hate each other. They're division rivals; of course, and there's the whole Mangini thing. Another reason is just how dominant the Patriots have been of the Jets for the past decade. Since 2001, the Patriots hold a 14-5 record over New York. This is the reason Gang Green players were treating Week 2 against New England as their Super Bowl (in hindsight, they probably should've saved their energy for an actually meaningful game...like the AFC Championship). The world would probably be a better place if the J-E-T-S ceased to exist. New York already has 3 football teams. Give another team a chance - it's only fair.