Ok, this has truly become one wild and wacky season for the New York Jets. On Sunday Fireman Ed (real name Ed Anzalone), the unofficial leader of the Jets fan base, announced that he is no longer going to lead the J- E-T-S chant at MetLife stadium. Here are some of the quotes from the announcement as published by Metro NY.
“I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic. This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another. 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 — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.”
“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, let’s go Jets!”
I was at the game Thursday night game and I honestly do not blame Ed for taking this stance. The culture at the stadium has changed and the enjoyment level drastically varies depending on the performance of the team. Once it stops becoming fun, why waste your time and energy?
Over the years Fireman Ed has taken a lot of criticism but the one thing that is for certain is the man could get the stadium rocking. You can never doubt Ed’s love for the New York Jets and he a was good ambassador for the team and the fan base.
The J-E-T-S chant, led by Fireman Ed, is a tradition that many look forward to on gameday. It is truly sad to see this tradition come to an end. This is also a terrible indictment on a certain portion of the Jets fan base. To find fault with and harass a fellow fan, while the team on the field is falling apart, is embarrassing and pathetic. For those of you who took part on those acts now you got what you wanted: Fireman Ed is no more. To me the stadium experience will be forever changed, and the tradition removed, and that sucks.
Thank you for time, energy, and passion Ed Anzalone.