As it enters its last few months, let’s not get too misty eyed over Shea, shall we?
Loyal Jets fans believe that the Jets are second-class citizens in Giants Stadium, right? Believe that we are oppressed, playing in someone else’s stadium, right? Horrified at the red and blue seats, right? Trying to remember back to a time when we were happy in the borders of New York State, right?
It’s all a load of crap.
Shea Stadium was not only a dump, but it was the home of the New York Mets, not the New York Jets. The Mets and their ownership sh’t on the Jets far, far worse than the Giants ever have, but no, we have to sit here and listen to people, sniff, sniff, wish we were back in New York, there at Shea, with our beloved brother the Mets.
Does anyone remember the orange and blue seats? The orange and blue panels on the facade? The Mets logo on the scoreboard? The dirt infield? The Montreal Expos pennant on the blue centerfield wall visible through the uprights?
Worst of all, look at this list of the first 4 Jets games of the 1968 to 1976 seasons. 9 years. Tell me what you see:
1968 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 15 W 20-19 at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2 Sep 22 W 47-31 at Boston Patriots at Birmingham, AL
Week 3 Sep 29 L 37-35 at Buffalo Bills
Week 4 Oct 5 W 23-20 vs San Diego Chargers
1969 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 14 W 33-19 at Buffalo Bills
Week 2 Sep 21 L 21-19 at Denver Broncos
Week 3 Sep 28 L 34-27 at San Diego Chargers
Week 4 Oct 5 W 23-14 at Boston Patriots
Week 5 Oct 12 W 21-7 at Cincinnati Bengals
1970 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 21 L 31-21 at Cleveland Browns
Week 2 Sep 27 W 31-21 at Boston Patriots
Week 3 Oct 4 L 34-31 at Buffalo Bills
Week 4 Oct 10 L 20-6 vs Miami Dolphins
1971 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 19 L 22-0 at Baltimore Colts
Week 2 Sep 27 L 17-10 at St. Louis Cardinals
Week 3 Oct 3 W 14-10 at Miami Dolphins
Week 4 Oct 10 L 20-0 at New England Patriots
1972 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 17 W 41-24 at Buffalo Bills
Week 2 Sep 24 W 44-34 at Baltimore Colts
Week 3 Oct 1 L 26-20 at Houston Oilers
Week 4 Oct 8 L 27-17 vs Miami Dolphins
1973 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 17 L 23-7 at Green Bay Packers at Milwaukee, WI
Week 2 Sep 23 W 34-10 at Baltimore Colts
Week 3 Sep 30 L 9-7 at Buffalo Bills
Week 4 Oct 7 L 31-3 at Miami Dolphins
Week 5 Oct 14 W 9-7 at New England Patriots
Week 6 Oct 21 L 26-14 at Pittsburgh Steelers
1974 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 15 L 24-16 at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2 Sep 22 W 23-21 at Chicago Bears
Week 3 Sep 29 L 16-12 at Buffalo Bills
Week 4 Oct 7 L 21-17 at Miami Dolphins
1975 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 21 L 42-14 at Buffalo Bills
Week 2 Sep 28 W 30-24 at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 3 Oct 5 W 36-7 vs New England Patriots
Week 4 Oct 12 L 29-21 at Minnesota Vikings
1976 New York Jets
Week 1 Sep 12 L 38-17 at Cleveland Browns
Week 2 Sep 19 L 46-3 at Denver Broncos
Week 3 Sep 26 L 16-0 at Miami Dolphins
Week 4 Oct 3 L 17-6 at San Francisco 49ers
You see that word “at”? The one that means we were the road team? The one that means we weren’t at home?
For 9 seasons between 1968 and 1976, the New York Jets had 4 home games in the first month of the season. That’s it. 4 home games.
In the 36 games they played in September and early October for almost a decade, 4 times they play in their beloved home stadium in New York state.
Jets win the Super Bowl in January 1969? Great. Their first home game as defending NFL Champions was Week 6.
In 1973, the Jets first home game was in Week 7. Week 7. That’s half the season being played before your home fans get to see you in action. Nice job by the Mets and the state of New York.
And that’s the hard truth, people. No team and no state has taken a sh’t on the Jets more than the Mets and New York. Keep that in mind the next time some ignoramus puts up a post about the “good old days” at Shea. And as far as Leon goes, tell me, if we opened the 2003 season as defending AFC East Champions with our first 6 or 7 games on the road, what would you think of Woody? Wasn’t about bathrooms or racetracks.
The Mets and the state of New York sh’t on the Jets for years and Leon, thankfully, had enough. What happened last week at “Jets Night” should have been completely expected.