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.

Antonio Cromartie to fans calling for Tim Tebow over Mark Sanchez: Kiss my butt

The New York Jets season is slowly slipping away, and the poor play of Mark Sanchez is one of the many reasons why. New York has scored a total of 16 points in it’s past two games — losses to the Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins. Sanchez had a passer rating of 53.2 over those two games, threw for only one touchdown and two interceptions and completed less than 50% of his passes.

Despite the fact that the offense is struggling mightily, Rex Ryan insists he will continue to stick with Sanchez. Many Jets fans, on the other hand, feel as though things can’t get much worse offensively and that it’s time their 3-6 team gave Tim Tebow a chance to start. Antonio Cromartie has a message for those fans.

“They can kiss my butt,” Cromartie said according to the NY Post. “Mark is our quarterback. At the end of the day, we could give a damn what anybody on the outside has to say. Mark is our quarterback and he’s going to continue to be our quarterback. There’s not going to be no division, talking about who needs to be our quarterback. Mark is our quarterback and he’s our only quarterback.”

Cromartie also thinks the Jets are going to make the playoffs, so he must have a ton of confidence in Sanchez.

While I’m not a huge believer in Tebow as an NFL starter, he can’t be any worse. Even if Sanchez is a more capable quarterback, there comes a time when it’s worth a shot just to see if he can give the team a spark. The issue is the Jets have invested so much money in Sanchez, but at the moment he isn’t getting the job done. Tebow may not be able to either, but at what point does Sanchez’s poor play force Rex’s hand? I would be surprised if Tebow doesn’t start a game before the end of the season.

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Chaz Schilens upset with Jets fans for Tim Tebow chants during ‘humiliating’ loss

New York Jets wide receiver Chaz Schilens admits the team’s 30-9 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday was “humiliating,” but he’s upset with the fans who began chanting for Tim Tebow to replace Mark Sanchez at quarterback.

“That chant is BS… I think the fans are out of place,” Schilens said after the game, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “They’re pissed. They have a right to be pissed.”

Schilens backed Sanchez as the team’s starter, saying “Mark’s the QB.” He also seemed to pin some of the blame on the Jets offensive line.

“He was under a lot of pressure, that’s all I have to say,” Schilens said, via Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday.

The Jets hardly had anything going on Sunday. They were down 20-0 at halftime and 27-3 after three quarters. Sanchez was sacked four times and finished 28/54 for 283 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Most of his stats came on two fourth quarter drives, including one that culminated in a touchdown pass to Schilens.

Did the team getting blown out lead head coach Rex Ryan to consider pulling Sanchez for Tebow?

“I just never thought it was the time to do it. Mark’s our QB,” Ryan said.

The Jets may have many offensive skill players injured, but maybe they need to consider going to Tebow. After losing 4 of their last 5 to go 3-5 on the season, how much worse could things get with Tebow at quarterback? Perhaps it’s time to find out.

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Woman says the Jets wearing pink for breast cancer awareness saved her life

Stories like that of a 34-year-old Staten Island woman named Tina make the NFL’s breast cancer awareness initiative in the month of October completely worthwhile. Over the past few weeks you have seen players, coaches and officials wearing pink cleats, pink hats, pink whistles, pink gloves and other pink accessories to raise awareness about the dangers of breast cancer. The following email, which was sent to the Jets community relations department, reminds us that the pink apparel is about much more than just raising money. It has also saved lives.

Last year October I was watching a Jets game and noticed the pink the team was wearing. I didn’t know why and asked my husband. He said it was for breast cancer awareness. That night for the first time ever I gave myself a self breast exam. You guys saved my life! I am a 34 year old mother of 3 and I was diagnosed 2 weeks later with breast cancer. The outcome had I not seen that game and the players wearing pink would have more than likely been tragic because the cancer had already started to spread and was making its way toward my lymph nodes. I just wanted to say thank you, and to let you know that your efforts in creating breast cancer awareness work. I am living proof. It is a year later and I am here and cancer free. I underwent chemo and radiation and I am here thanks to you.

Tina A, Staten Island

Now you know why we make a fuss when a youth football coach tells a player he can’t wear pink gloves or referees are punished for doing something like this. The fact that wearing pink gear literally saved a woman’s life makes the entire initiative worthwhile, and I’m sure there are other stories out there like Tina’s. Her story makes us feel even better about the month of October in the NFL.

H/T SbB Live

Mark Sanchez reportedly booed by Jets fans after poor start

Mark Sanchez reportedly began being booed by Jets fans at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, on Sunday as the Jets struggled against the 49ers.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweeted that fans began booing Sanchez during the Jets’ second drive of the third quarter. Mehta said the boos were even louder a play later after the offense went 3-and-out following an incompletion from Sanchez.

At that point in the third quarter, the Jets were losing 10-0 at home to the 49ers. Sanchez was 7/17 for 75 yards and an interception. The offense only produced 113 yards and turned the ball over three times through that point.

Ready to see the truly sickening stat? Here’s how their drives had ended to that point:

punt, punt, fumble, punt, fumble, interception, punt

As soon as the Jets acquired Tim Tebow, many figured that would lead to a quarterback controversy and that the former Broncos QB would eventually become the Jets starter. Tebow threw his first pass of the season on a jump pass earlier in the game, so a switch to Tebow would have made plenty of sense.

For those who were waiting for the breaking point that would have led to a switch to Tebow as the team’s quarterback, Sunday’s ugly showing by Sanchez may have been it.

Photo credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

JetBlue grants fan David Baghdassarian’s request for Jets airplane

A Jets fan’s request to fly in JetBlue’s New York Jets airplane was fulfilled when the airline responded to a customer’s tweet.

David Baghdassarian is a huge Jets fan who has a Jets license plate for his car and green-and-white tailgating grill. He even dressed up as coach Rex Ryan on the holidays.

A week before Baghdassarian was scheduled to fly from Florida to New York to visit family, he sent a prayer of a tweet to the airline requesting the Jets airplane for his flight:

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