[QUOTE=JStokes;4481367]Ooof. This is simply an awful miserable way to go through life as a sports fan.
I love the laundry but the reason I love the laundry is because of Clendenon and Seaver and Grote and Koosman and Cleon and Agee and Swoboda and Charles and Harreslson and Carter and Gooden and Strawberry and Hernandez and Mookie and Darling and Sid and Ojeda and Backman and Knight and Namath and Sauer and Snell and Boozer and Maynard and Orr and Esposito and Bucyk and Cheevers and Sanderson and Johnston and now Brodeur and Stevens and Arnott and Elias and Neidermier and Sykora and the list goes on and on.
The love for the laundry only exists because of what the players did while wearing it.
You "don't care" about Messier?
Wow, that's sad.
I didn't care about Messier when he left. Truthfully, his underperformance in those final years while demanding huge minutes held the franchise back, I was hoping he'd leave. Now that he's retired, of course he's a Namath-like God.
I agree that watching the Chrebet's and Klecko's of the world wear the green proudly is a major part of why I love the Jets, but the truth is that the moment Player X is gone, he's [I]gone[/I]. Once Martin and Jones left and Greene and Tomlinson arrived I didn't think for one moment about the old guys, just focused on the new ones.
What I'm saying is that holding onto the ghosts of Namath and Maynard gets us nowhere and trying to roll in some nostalgic joy of watching Al Toon and Ken O'Brien [I]not [/I]win a Super Bowl causes fans pain, not happiness. To many, it's about team success, not individuals who succeeded on teams that failed.