In a year when losing has become second nature to the New York Jets, you have to wonder if the team will even notice the loss of its unofficial mascot, Fireman Ed.
This weekend, the man who has been leading the J-E-T-S chant since 1986 announced that he was hanging his goofy looking hat up for good. Why? Because apparently he can no longer stand the shame and ridicule that comes standard with wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey in public.
In an open letter to his many fans, Fireman Ed explained why he decided to call it quits:
On Thanksgiving night, I left the Jets game before halftime. This was the second time in a row I left before there were four zeroes on the clock. We have had much worse teams than this and I never left before. I pride myself in that, because I am not a quitter.
I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic.
This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another. The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy as well. The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.
Although I can “hold my own,” I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed.
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This is truly a huge loss for football.