Nice scene these days in the Meadowlands. The Jets are 2-8, Mangenius is a nickname not often utilized, and halftime at Jets games has become a weekly ritual of sexual harassment.
The New York Times’ David Picker details the ongoing behavior of Jets fans who participate in obscenity-laced tirades bordering on violence in trying to get females to expose their breasts.
When Picker asked why the fans pay more attention to coaxing women to take off their tops than, you know, the football game, one told him, “This is the game.” In fairness, they do have to watch the Jets.
Sunday’s scene played out for about 20 minutes, and at least one woman granted the men’s request, setting off a roar as if the former star running back Curtis Martin had just scored a touchdown. Martin was actually nearby, being honored on the field in the official halftime show, which had a far less intense audience.
Throughout halftime, about 10 security guards in yellow jackets stood near the bottom of the circular, multilevel ramp, located beyond the stadium’s concourse of concession stands and restrooms. One of the guards was smoking a cigarette; many fans do the same during halftime on the giant ramps, which are located at each corner of the stadium. Another guard later said they were not permitted to do anything about the chants at Gate D because of free speech laws. Yet when a reporter tried to interview two security guards after halftime, he was detained in a holding room, threatened with arrest and asked to hand over his tape recorder.
Gee, where have we heard this before?