Florham Park, NJ- We’ll start with the topic of the day and discuss the “retirement” of Fireman Ed like everyone else, but there’s very little to add to the discussion except if you care very passionately about Fireman Ed one way or the other you probably have your priorities a bit out of whack. Fireman Ed has always been a polarizing figure to Jet fans, they see him on TV leading the famous J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS chant and many fans appreciate his energy and enthusiasm, others have a deep seeded hatred for the man I never fully understood. I guess I get it, you think he’s seen as some sort of mascot of all Jet fans, but I think you’re reading too much into it and ironically enough those who are very vocal in complaining about him are in fact making him out to be exactly what they complain about. The ones complaining are the ones giving him this mythical power, to everyone else he’s just a retired fireman who loves the Jets and yeah maybe he enjoys the spotlight, most people do, but it’s the detractors that bring light to the issues they claim they don’t want associated with their favorite team and fellow fans.
Whether Fireman Ed really stays away from MetLife stadium should be fairly irrelevant to everyone except Fireman Ed, his family and friends. The classic chant will continue, as long as the Jets give the fans a reason to cheer, and Fireman Ed is just one fan, you can like him, dislike him or feel literally nothing for him, but unless you know him personally some of you probably shouldn’t spend so much time thinking about him.
But enough about Fireman Ed, seriously that goes for everyone else who decides to make this into a story with actual meaning over these next few days. Jets fans will need to find someone else to lead the four letter chant, easy enough, of far more importance though is who is doing the leading in the locker room and the answer to that question would be Antonio Cromartie. (more…)