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Jets Fan Fireman Ed Holds His Ground

We’ve already told you that we feel the Jets and Giants should have been allowed to open the regular season against one another in New Meadowlands Stadium.  While the NFL kept that from happening, they gave the two teams the chance to be the first two to play in the new stadium, albeit in a measly preseason match.

After watching the game, it’s become clear that it was more than just a meaningless preseason game.  Eli Manning’s forehead was bloodied and Jets super-fan “Fireman Ed” had to hold his ground in order to lead the “J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets!” chant.  A Giants fan tried to get in Fireman Ed’s way, and Ed was none too pleased.  Check out the video of Jets fan “Fireman Ed” shoving a Giants fan, courtesy of You Been Blinded:

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Fireman Ed Battles Giants Fan for New Meadowlands Top Spot [You Been Blinded]
Video Credit: YouTube user mancom21

Call the Wambulance: New Jersey Gov. Whining About Super Bowl 48

No matter what you do, you can’t keep everyone happy.  Just ask the Tampa Bay officials and residents who lost their bid for Super Bowl 48 to New York — oops, I mean New Jersey.  My mistake.  Apparently referring to Super Bowl 48 as a “New York Super Bowl” pisses some people off, one of them being New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  Christie has been furious about headlines that have featured phrases such as “New York wins Super Bowl bid” and “Grestest city gets greatest sports event.”  Here’s what he had to say about the situation, courtesy of Pro Football Talk:

Those comments would come from the geographically challenged. I’m looking out that door, and it’s New Jersey, and I look where that stadium is, and it’s New Jersey, and when everybody gets on the train or in their cars or on buses, they’re going to be coming to that game in New Jersey.”

No need to get testy, Chris.  We all know you have absolutely no problem reaping the financial benefits that go along with playing host to two teams that encompass the largest media market in all of professional sports.  No need to start bickering now.  If this were such a problem, he would have been lobbying to rename the Jets and Giants the New Jersey Jets and New Jersey Giants a while ago.  The fact of the matter is the stadium is in New Jersey because it’s easier that way.  Now that the greatest sporting event in America is coming to the northeast, New Jersey officials want a piece of the publicity pie.  They’ve been eating the revenue pie for years now, and they’ve all of a sudden found a new appetite.

Christie isn’t the only one either.  U.S Senator Frank Lautenberg has written a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him “to ensure that the NFL appropriately describes the site of the game as ‘New Jersey/New York’ and not simply ‘New York.”’  Yawn.  I recommend these big wigs sit back, count their money, and realize that if it weren’t for using “New York” as a title to market large-scale events and NFL teams, they would have stopped counting a long time ago.

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New Jersey officials not happy with talk of “New York Super Bowl” [Pro Football Talk]

Cold Super Bowl in New Jersey Is for the True Fans

On Tuesday, the NFL team owners announced that Super Bowl 48 would be held in the new $1.6 billion home of the the New York Giants and the New York Jets — Meadowlands Stadium. The Giants play the first regular season game in the new stadium on Sept. 12 (something I’m sure the Jets are still bitter about). The most exciting part about this development is that the Super Bowl will be played in good ol’ fashion cold weather like it used to be.

Call me biased, call me whatever you want, but when I think of football, I think of cold weather. I think of snow and bundling up to go to a game. I think of wearing three t-shirts, a hoodie under your jersey, as well as thermal underwear and two pairs of gloves to keep warm. I think of drinking hot chocolate to combat the blistering wind blowing on your face. I think of seeing your breath in the air as you cheer on your team. And I think of how much that makes it all better. It takes true dedication to brave the coldest of days just to see your team play some football, whether it be professional or peewees.

Anyone can go sit in warm weather and soak up the sun while watching one of our greatest pastimes, but football is played during the winter season for a reason — because it’s meant to be played outdoors in cold weather! Hey, I can’t help but be excited that Meadowlands Stadium won the Super Bowl bid. I’ll be honest, as a Chicago Bears fan, the door is now open for cold weather stadiums to play host to one of the most important sporting events of the year.

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New Meadowlands Stadium to Host Super Bowl [North Jersey.com]

Super Bowl on the Verge of Getting Chilly

A new era of Super Bowl play is on the verge of being secured.  Actually, I guess you could say an old tradition is on the verge of returning to the NFL.  With each passing day, it seems more and more certain that America’s most prominent sporting event is once again headed for potentially harsh conditions.  This Tuesday at the NFL league meetings in Dallas, owners will vote “yay” or “nay” to decide whether or not New Meadowlands Stadium — the brand new, state-of-the-art home of the New York Jets and New York Giants — should host the Super Bowl in 2014.  One owner who has been particularly outspoken in favor of a New York bid in 2014 is Patriots owner Robert Kraft:

Doing it in New York is the right thing for a lot of reasons,” Kraft told the Daily News last week. “I’ve been going to Patriots games for 50 years up here. I personally believe all football should be played outdoors. Our league was founded on winter football with the Ice Bowl. Our sport is about resilience, mental toughness, adjustments. I think it will be a great experience for the fans. A memorable experience.”

Although he insists it has not affected his stance, Kraft is undoubtedly considering his own team’s interests.  If New York hosts a Super Bowl in its outdoor stadium, that would eliminate a major obstacle when it comes time for the Patriots owner to lobby for a Super Bowl to be played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.  If, and when, New York breaks the cold weather barrier, harsh conditions can no longer be used as an effective argument against holding the big game in a stadium with the potential for snow and freezing temperatures.

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Giants and Jets Should Have Opened Up New Stadium Against Each Other

The New York Jets and the New York Giants both wanted to be the first to play in their new home, Meadowlands Stadium. Unfortunately, their fate was decided for them by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell via a coin flip. The almighty coin decided that the Giants would play the first game in the new stadium on Sunday Sept. 12, and the Jets would play the next night for Monday Night Football. Naturally, this led to some pretty ticked off Jets.

Neither of the team’s owners were present for the “coin flip,” leading Jets owner Woody Johnson to release the following angry statement:

“An NFL coin toss has a few fundamental elements that are missing here, most notably the presence of the teams involved,” Johnson said. “That’s how it’s always done in the league, whether it’s determining the order of the draft or deciding who’s going to kick off the game.”

Call me crazy, but couldn’t this have been worked out in way that would make both teams happy? How about doing a little inter-conference play? It’s not unheard of to make the first game of the season an inter-conference match-up. The Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts played against each other for the first game of the 2008 season. The Cowboys and Patriots did it too in 1971. (I know that is an old reference but I have a point…)

Guess what else? The Bears vs. Colts and the Cowboys vs. Patriots were both played as the first regular season game in a NEW stadium.  It’s just boggles my mind as to why the NFL didn’t even seem to consider that as an option.

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Giants, Jets both christen Meadowlands [ESPN]