Yesterday evening, the Jets won 28-21 over their rivals, the New England Patriots. For players and fans, this victory was all the sweeter after they were badly beaten by the same team in Week 13. Now the Green & White gang advances to the AFC Championship Game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on their turf next Sunday, January 23.
We know that lots of our readers are pumped (they’ve actually written to tell us so!). Even the Empire State Building was lit up in green and white lights to cheer the team on.
Joshua Gaines — a self-proclaimed “long-suffering” Jets fan with family in Baristaville — has always been willing to believe that this is the year for his team (except when Richard Todd was the quarterback, when even he thought they never had a chance).
Gaines, who grew up in Great Neck, Long Island (though currently lives in Ohio), fell for the team when he was seven years old and the Jets played at Shea Stadium. It was the year that Joe Namath predicted and delivered victory in Super Bowl 3. He isn’t sure why he decided to honor his team by going on a shaving boycott, but he is now in a razor moratorium for as long as the Jets keep winning. Here’s what he told Baristanet:
Not sure why I started the shaving thing. I was on vacation and stopped shaving, and then the Jets beat Buffalo and I thought, “Maybe that’s the solution?” I actually had a party the night of the last Jet/New England debacle (45-3) and I shaved, and wore all of my Jet stuff, including my Sanchez jersey. The last few weeks, no shaving, no Jet stuff, and no losses! I’ve already invited 60 people over for a Super Bowl Party at my house in Ohio. It’s going to be a pretty hairy summer if the Jets go all the way!
As for why he continues to root for the Jets rather than his local teams, he said “I lived in Philly when the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl in 1981, and I lived in Denver when the Broncos won their two Super Bowls (and I lived in central Ohio in 2002 when the Ohio State Buckeyes won their most-recent national championship), but cheering for those teams is like cursing in a foreign language. You say the words, but you don’t REALLY feel it.”
Are you also adopting ritual behavior or honoring the Jet’s victory somehow? How will you celebrate if they go all the way? Like Josh, are you cheering Jersey from afar? Here’s your open thread…
Graphic image from Wikipedia.