200 Miles From the Citi

November 18, 2012 12:45 AM

The Company You Keep


Sunday Paper (Year 4, Volume XLVII)

Let's leave aside, for now, the whole drama surrounding the Jets.

I'm kind of tired of writing and hearing about that.

Let's instead today talk about how I watch the Jets.

Or, more specifically, with whom.

I've been thinking about that recently because as I mentioned a few weeks ago, I found my first Jets bar in Massachusetts.

And today, it's just like the old days - I'm watching the Jets in Queens with my family.

But since I moved away from Queens - there haven't been a whole heck of a lot of people I've shared Jets Sundays with. 


Most Sundays it's just me at home, alone. There have been a few Sundays here and there in the past 15 years that I've watched a game with college friends in my dorm, or with some friends from work...but very few of those folks have been repeats. (I'll pretend that we've just never reconnected and that it's not how I watch the Jets that have discouraged those people from coming back to watch another game with me.)

If I did a bar graph (oh, what a great idea - I wish I had thought of that ahead of time) by far the highest bar would be with my dad - we've attended a significant number of games together, and then even if we're not living in the same city we've managed to watch a couple of games a season together.

A highlight of the past decade was the Jets-Chargers playoff game in 2010 when I got to watch the game with Justin and Dave from NYC/NJ and the Southern Bureau. It's the only Jets game I think I've watched with that bunch, and it was a huge win. (I've only watched one other Jets playoff game with anyone who wasn't my dad - back in 2002, I think, with a Jets fan I used to work with. That was the loss to the Raiders.)

Anyway. I bring this all up because the last two Jets games (Miami before the bye and Seattle after) I watched at 'The Green Briar' in Brighton, Massachusetts (pictured). It's cool to have a place where I can go and watch the game and cheer a bit more like I'm in my living room because I'm surrounded by like-minded fans. (This was necessitated by the fact that TGI Friday's, where I went before this year, no longer has DirecTV. I had to watch quietly there because I was surrounded by all kinds of - but mostly Patriots - fans.) This place divides the bar in two, and one side is for the Patriots game and the other is dedicated to the Jets.

Of course, the only trouble with watching a Jets game at a Jets that you're surrounded by Jets fans. And sometimes Jets fans are insufferable. (I've known this since I was a little kid and the fans around me at Giants Stadium would curse out Ken O'Brien. The names have changed over the years, but the fans are still the same.)

It's insufferable, but not intolerable. I wish the 'fan club' that met there was a little more outgoing - I feel intrusive talking to them and it seems somewhat exclusive...but I'll get more comfortable talking to that group and finding my way into it. The food's a bit expensive...but the New England Clam Chowder is delicious. The staff is friendly and goes through great pains to make sure the Jets are showing and everyone can see and hear it. It's kind of like a home away from home. All things considered, it's a good watching experience. 

But when it comes right down to it, watching the game on my parents' HDTV with my dad and my brother - even a Jets bar in Patriots country can't compete with that.

*Thanksgiving is way too early this year. I hate that there's a full week of school in November following Thanksgiving break. Makes Christmas feel all that much more further away. I might be a little more excited about an early Thanksgiving with the Jets playing if the Jets had any shot of competing that night.

*And I'm not expecting the Jets to do anything good today either. I'm picking Rams 24, Jets 10.

*It is so awesome that R.A. Dickey won the Cy Young Award. So good to see him recognized for an awesome season. I tweeted this, and I meant it: Watching him pitch this season was one of the most exciting experiences of being a Mets fan in my lifetime.

*I wish I could say I am disappointed and shocked that there's all this sniping going on in the Jets locker room. But the truth is, I saw it all coming. And this is not the first time I've referred back to this - in July 2010, look back at item #1 on this list - unfortunately, I've been blind to my own reason and let myself buy into the ridiculous hype this team has created for itself. I do love the attitude Rex Ryan brought to this team and how he changed the culture for a couple of years, but we're right back where we started right now. It's time for changes.

*To make things worse this year, I am having a very hard time picking the spreads. Man. It's almost enough to make me dread Sundays.

*Played in my annual soccer game with the faculty-students game on Thursday this week. I just love playing soccer...wish I played when I was a kid.

*Lastly, I like our president. And I liked rooting for the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team this past summer. But I don't like that the president posed with McKayla Maroney with her sourpuss face. To me, that was the epitome of poor sportsmanship. I don't think it should be turned into a joke. While I appreciate the president's sense of humor, I think this is in poor taste.

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