Originally Posted by sg3
Not speaking for SAR because God knows he can do that himself but IMO the distinction is that SAR paid for the privileges of doing what he wants with his tickets and being a critic whereas the Fireman was the Jet mascot sitting in comped lower level seats and getting other perks like road trip hosting and on field speaking gigs thus had little or no right to up and quit on his gracious hosts in the middle of a season without even allowing the team to find a replacement mascot. You don't see the philly phanatic or patriot pat or Mr Met turning on their teams when they experience bad seasons
And if you look past all the Fireman Ed drama, you're left with a guy that has made himself the mascot, made a human being into the stuffed animal. When that happens, he has an obligation to the children and others who like him and view him as the fun face of the franchise.
Like you said, Mr. Met can't march up the stands and leave the stadium cursing the team and putting out a press release. Neither should Mr. Jet.
He's gone, he's never being invited back, the stupid chant was as passe as "The Wave", and the stadium isn't filled by blue collar types with high school educations anymore. Fireman Ed was a quaint throwback to old times. We'll have a nice stuffed airplane for the kids to admire next season, put a nail in the coffin and keep the lid shut tight.