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As the face of the franchise, and the #1 fan, FE has no doubt enjoyed the limelight of being Fan#1. Well, here comes the payoff, as now the fans turn on him. I am torn between feeling sorry for him and thinking that he should have known this would happen eventually.
One thing he said rings true to me:
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.
He's right, and people should have more respect for one another.
Good news everyone...while the loss of Fireman Ed will surely leave a huge hole in the ongoing Jets Dog and Pony Show, I'm happy to inform everyone that the Jets have made a move to fill this chasm by signing a one eyed, three legged Dalmation named Tire Biter Ted to take over the duties of top clown in Green town....R-O-W-F rowf rowf rowf!...
A couple JI posts by SAR I lend some reasonable perspective to the Angry Fire Elf "societal tragedy":
Originally Posted by SAR I
The fact that a fan would need to write a column explaining his rationale for quitting what is an unpaid, unofficial "job" is comical yet predictable."
I said this last night, he should have just let the last two games play out, do a couple of chants, and then fade. All he's done is made himself the target of more vitriol unnecessarily. He didn't need to go out like this. Now that he has, he gets what he deserves.
Originally Posted by SAR I
There are a measly 2 home games left in the season. 2 hours of football before the nightmare ends.
If Fireman Ed were truly the loyal goodie-goodie you portray him to be, he'd have shown up for Arizona and San Diego, did a handful of J-E-T-S cheers, and faded into February. Come June, announce that he's getting older and retiring from public view, just going to attend games quietly.
That would be the classy, correct thing to do. Would have protected his image, left some value in the Fireman Ed brand. Instead, he pulls this public stunt to draw more attention to himself to the detriment to the very team he supposedly bled green for all these years.
You like to joke, don't you? Maybe I'll call you Joker!
In all seriousness, okay, firehats off to the guy. I hate being on the non-hate thread and discussing this... it's more fun to just hate on everything Jets. But okay, it definitely is sad that their mascot-fan has to ditch the "gig." It would be like barrel-guy giving up on the Broncos, for those of you who remember barrel-guy.
I live in DC, where they have another "snake-bit" franchise, actually an "owner-bit" franchise. It's actually great to see that they've made a pick that will pan out, that the ship seems to be on its way to being righted, etc. Poor Ed's been waiting for that day for 40 years. They all have. For them to come (in JEST terms) close for 2 straight years, and then this, must feel a lot like they got the rock closer than ever to the top of the hill before the inevitable.
This long torment has finally created war among the fans, and Ed's a casualty of that war -- for the sin of wearing the jersey of his own team's starting QB.