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Fireman Ed says Jets tried to get him back

Fireman EdNew York Jets superfan Ed Anzalone, known to most as Fireman Ed, stepped away from his post as leader of the Jets fanbase two seasons ago. Fireman Ed said confrontations with Jets fans had become more numerous as the team struggled and people viewed him as a member of the organization. He’s not, but the team apparently wants him to be.

Earlier this week, Anzalone told Kristian Dyer of Yahoo Sports that the Jets reached out to him in April to gauge his interest in “coming back.”

“Originally, they called me to see if I would come back to what I had done. They took me out to lunch to see if I had any interest in coming back,” Anzalone said. “I said no because it was the same problem, I couldn’t take my kids to the game. I told them I wouldn’t come back.

“I told them they should do something and try to get a young guy. I don’t want to see it go away.”

Fireman Ed still goes to every home game, he just doesn’t lead the “J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!” chant. The team has made some sad attempts to bring the chant back through use of the MetLife Stadium videoboard and piping sound through speakers, but the result has been underwhelming. Ed thinks a young guy can revive the chant.

“The chant hasn’t been the same. I talk to Jets fans every day, they see me on the street,” he said. “They say it isn’t the same. I will always love the Jets but I think my time has come and gone. We need a young guy in there.”

The Jets are so desperate that they have come up with a contest to pick Fireman Ed’s successor. Season ticket holders who want to become the face of the “J-E-T-S” chant can submit an audition tape for review. While Anzalone said he likes the idea, I don’t think it could be any lamer.

Fireman Ed’s chant was organic. It was something that a fan started and thousands of other fans turned into a rally cry. The team taking control of the chant defeats the concept.

Ed Reed wants Fireman Ed back to get the stadium crunked

Fireman EdEd Reed wasn’t exactly keeping up with affairs around the NFL while he was busy playing last season for the Baltimore Ravens, so he missed the whole thing about Fireman Ed stepping down from his unofficial post as the New York Jets’ lead fan. Now that Reed is a member of the Jets, he’s disappointed Fireman Ed isn’t around.

“That guy with the hard hat on. Is he still here? What’s his name, Fireman Ed? I need him getting the whole stadium crunked,” Reed said Wednesday, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News.

He retired? I can’t believe it. We need to bring him out of retirement.”

Sorry, Ed, but Fireman Ed won’t be around Sunday when your Jets host the Miami Dolphins. Maybe you could lob a call to him and see if he can show up. I bet if you give him VIP sideline access away from the rest of the rowdy fans, he’d be down for a return.

But how funny is it for Reed to term it a retirement? How can you retire from a self-appointed, unofficial position?

New York Jets print instructions for keeping ‘J-E-T-S’ chant alive

J-E-T-S-chant-instructions

How will the New York Jets ever survive without Fireman Ed? Last season, Fireman Ed — aka Ed Anzalone — stepped down from his position as Jets superfan because of the losing culture and drama surrounding the team and its fans. The problem (if you want to call it that) is that Fireman Ed has been leading the famous J-E-T-S chant since 1986.

As a result of Ed’s retirement, the team has to figure out a way to keep the chant alive. Fear not, Jets fans — included in your 2013 season ticket package are written instructions for how the J-E-T-S, Jets! Jets! Jets! chant is going continue. As a Jets fan named Jason P. who goes by the Twitter handle @Jayyyson pointed out on Wednesday (via the NY Daily News), the page is titled “The J-E-T-S chant is in your hands!”

“In 2013, we are launching an all-new J-E-T-S chant tradition,” a corresponding blurb reads. “As a first step, please find your section on the map for your letter on gameday. Call your Jets Relations Representative to find out more at 800-469-JETS (5387) and start practicing your loudest J-E-T-S chant!”

In other words, every section of the stadium is assigned to one of the four letters. There is nothing cornier than written instructions on how to cheer. The Dallas Cowboys tried it last year and their fans ended up booing.

The concept of Fireman Ed was kind of lame in itself, but at least the J-E-T-S chant was organic. If the fans want to keep it alive, they’re better off having someone go stand where Ed used to stand in Section 134 and take over for him. Or, just wait for Ed to make a dramatic return to his old role when he gets a craving for some more attention. What, you really think that’s not going to happen?

H/T LBS tipster David

Superfan fight! Dolphins fan ‘Big Papa Pump’ goes off on ‘Fireman Ed’

Former New York Jets superfan Ed Anzalone, aka “Fireman Ed,” is not the only notorious supporter of his favorite NFL team. The Miami Dolphins have a noteworthy nut job as well, and he goes by the name “Big Papa Pump.”

Big Papa Pump, who has been a Dolphins season ticket holder for 17 years, went off on Ed for quitting on the Jets during an appearance on Sports Talk: The Ticket on Tuesday morning.

“If you’re stepping down because of what you see, getting your butt whupped week-in and week-out and you haven’t been to the Super Bowl since Super Bowl III, that is a wuss,”  he told Hochman and Zaslow according to ESPNNewYork.com. “You don’t back out of your team like that. That’s something you don’t do. You don’t step down from being a superfan. You don’t do that. Fireman Ed, you’re a disgrace, man.

“This team is looking up to him and this is what he’s telling them? You quit? You just give up? If you’re winning and you quit, it’s another thing. But you’re losing and you quit, that’s even worse.”

As you may have heard, Fireman Ed said he stepped down because of the increase in confrontations that he has had to deal with during this disappointing Jets season. Not only does BPP believe Ed is a disgrace for jumping ship, he also doesn’t believe he would ever be welcomed back after the way he left.

“You can’t come back,” he said. “You have to come back as somebody else. Maybe he can be Nurse Ed. He can’t come back as Fireman Ed, there’s no way. You can’t welcome him back. How can you trust him?”

Are these guys living in their own world or what? I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking superfan charity boxing match at either SunLife Stadium or The Meadowlands.

Photo credit: AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Ed Anzalone quitting as ‘Fireman Ed,’ will remain Jets fan

How bad has this season been for the New York Jets? So bad that it convinced Ed Anzalone, aka “Fireman Ed,” to step away from his post as a fan leader for the team.

Anzalone has been a Jets fan since 1975 and has been leading a J-E-T-S chant from Section 134 at Jets home games since 1986. However, the drama, negativity, and losing surrounding the team became too much for him this season.

Fireman Ed left before halftime of the Jets’ loss 49-19 loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday. He also deleted his Twitter account that day.

In a column for Metro.us, Anzalone said that was the second time in a row he left before the game ended. He also explained why he would be stepping down as “Fireman Ed,” blaming society for the increased confrontations he’s faced this season.

Here’s what he wrote:

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Has Fireman Ed given up on the Jets?

Just how bad have things gotten for the New York Jets? A 4-7 record is pretty bad. A 49-19 loss at home to a division rival is really bad. Losing Fireman Ed’s endorsement is catastrophic.

According to Newsday, Fireman Ed was seen leaving at halftime of New York’s blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Thursday when the Jets were trailing 35-3. He reportedly did not return.

Maybe Ed had a family emergency or something extremely important that he needed to tend to. Just because he is arguably the biggest Jets fan on the planet and leads 80,000 people in the J-E-T-S JETS, JETS, JETS chant doesn’t mean he has no responsibilities outside of MetLife Stadium. But a family emergency wouldn’t help explain why he deleted his Twitter account.

Fireman Ed’s Twitter account — where he recently blasted the NY Daily News for its story about anonymous Jets players ripping Tim Tebow — was also deactivated at some point during Thursday’s loss. Perhaps he was just furious and will get over it, but all signs seem to point to the man who is known for shoving Giants fans and being one of the most hardcore fans in the NFL having given up on Rex Ryan and company.