These two original AFL franchises will meet for the 101st time this week, with the Jest holding a 50-49 advantage; there has been one tie. The Patriots have played the Jets more than any other team in their thirty-nine year history. Over that time, emotions around the game have rolled up and down from indifference when either team was irrelevant, to something like sympathy as the formerly moribund Patriots found their way to the 2001 Super Bowl and offered hope that the AFC East might find its way back to the elite. For myself, however, any hint of fellow-feeling was erased by a 2007 trip to the Meadowlands for opening day. So let me set this on the table:
I hate the Jets. I hate the team. I disdain their fanbase. I will make no bones about it. This is nothing like the "hate" I have for the Colts. The Colts you can respect. The Steelers, you can respect. The Jets are beneath contempt. They are the worst of New York, the dregs of the tri-state area and a blight on the face of the AFC. In Rex Ryan they have found their apotheosis: a loud-mouthed ass who yaks when he wins, whines when he loses, and generally shows his ample hind-parts every time he goes out in public. Their fans have no relationship with reality, no sense of propriety and zero class. If this starts a full-fledged flame way, fine. I don't care. Don't blame MaPatsFan, who knows better than me.
I can compartmentalize, though. I have much respect for Kris Jenkins (injured). Leon Washington is a threat (injured). They have a very serious offensive line, led by Alan Faneca, Jason Ferguson and Nick Mangold (who deserves more credit as a top-shelf center). But the stink that surrounds this franchise is not the fault of the fens which surround it, but rather the barely animate homunculi which drag themselves from the mire to gibber in brainless orgy at the direction of a scabby inebriate whose single lesson in spelling fails to take hold in the webby, vacant brain-pans of those idiots bound by habit alone to drool on this "franchise" in their borrowed stadium.
So no. I don't like the Jets very much.