Guest Column: 'Fireman' Ed steps away, but not as fan
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Fireman Ed has been wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey this season instead of his usual No. 42.
ED ANZALONE NEW YORK (Metro.us)
On Thanksgiving night, I left the Jets game before halftime. This was the second time in a row I left before there were four zeroes on the clock. We have had much worse teams than this and I never left before. I pride myself in that, because I am not a quitter.
RESPONSE: Oh really? You pass yourself off as the #1 Jets fan...a leader. Yet, unlike navy captains, you refused to go down with the Kelly Green ship. Instead, you quit...as shown when you abandoned ship, at halftime. Can't say that I blame you...the Jets were worse than awful. But, come on, man. Own it, Ed.
I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic.
RESPONSE: LOL!!! In a word...weak! You're trying to sell us that you left because you just noticed that confrontations with other Jets' fans have become more common? Are you seriously trying to tell us that rude Jets' fans are something new? Ed, you're really pushing the envelope with this BS. You're a tough guy. Are you trying to say that a few unrulies ran you off? Losing repeatedly, and in a humiliating fashion, breeds discontent. But, Jets fans should be used to it by now.
This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another.
RESPONSE: Spare me! Sure, society may not be what it used to be. But, we're talking about NY/NJ fans. When have they ever been courteous and mild mannered?
The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy as well. The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll âÂÂÂÂÂÂ which is an outright lie âÂÂÂÂÂÂ have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether itâÂÂÂÂÂÂs in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.
RESPONSE: Hey Ed, if you can't take the heat, than you're right to get out of the kitchen! But, no one forced you to wear a Sanchez jersey. By doing so, and by holding yourself out as the Jets' #1 fan, you make yourself a target of possible ridicule. So, are you going to stop attending games now, Ed? Are you going to trade the Sanchez jersey for that ol' reliable #42, or the Broadway Joe, #12?
Although I can âÂÂÂÂÂÂhold my own,âÂÂÂÂÂÂ I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed.
RESPONSE: I understand that there are fans who enjoy the game, but, who enjoys you? You're a fraud. A true kelly-green bleeder would have stuck it out to the end...even though this 49-19 debacle was painful to watch.
I have enjoyed my time in chanting the greatest chant in all of sports.
RESPONSE: What is that? Lets' Go Yankees??
I have enjoyed meeting all the wonderful Jets fans around the world and look forward to the day we all can raise the Lombardi Trophy as one and celebrate a world championship down the Canyon of Heroes!
RESPONSE: Yes sir...all two of them...you and Jets troll Leon...LOL!!!
I will always love the Jets because they are in my heart, and I will attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed. God bless and, as always, letâÂÂÂÂÂÂs go Jets!
RESPONSE: Really? Who are you going to be disguised as at the next Jets home game...Jingles the Clown? Hey Ed, maybe you can adopt an ol' New Orleans tradition, and wear one of those brown bags over your head...LOL!!! Disappointed in you, big guy.
âÂÂÂÂÂÂFireman Ed Anzalone was a New York City firefighter for two decades and has been a Jets fan since 1975.