There isn't a vacancy if the position was not wanted.
Any season ticket holder in his seats prior to kickoff (me) will tell you, the Jets attempted 5x during the past two seasons to have organized "Fireman Ed Pregame Chants" 10 minutes before the national anthem and no one showed up for them. It must have been a humiliating experience.
And during the game, the Jets PA staff does such a job of bombarding our ears during every second of every moment of downtime that Ed doesn't have time to squeeze in his chanting anymore. Several times he'd get up, start the motions, and then sit right back down because some PC Richards whistle or some Save $1 on Mrs. Fields cookies drowned him out.
Oh, and we have hot female cheerleaders now. They do routines where Ed used to do schtick. I guess the paying customers prefer that.
I think we also enjoy those highlight player trackers of our 3 yard run of the game. Or we could fill Ed's spot with fireworks when were down by 30. Or more redzone channel highlights so we know what a TD pass looks like.
Where did he say he's quitting on the team? He's still going to the games, still cheering them on, just not doing it publicly due to a select few A-holes that give him a hard time and ruin the game for him. Supposed FELLOW JETS FANS no less. What an embarrassment.
There are two home games left in the season.
Ed could have just appeared at those two games, did a single chant at each game, and faded out.
In April, he could have released a statement that said that he was getting older, no longer appearing in character, thanked the fans, thanked the Jets, and retired.
Instead, he chose a very visible national game to throw a tantrum.
He's not quitting on the team as a paying season ticket holder, but as our 'superfan' he isn't doing himself or his brand any good by behaving in this manner.
What you're missing is the slow fade of the Fireman Ed Show.
It started when he quit on the team in 2005, it continued when we moved to MetLife Stadium with a different crowd, and it finalized when the chant became unnecessary amongst the other in-game distractions and PA activities.
My opinion, he is using the Jets and it's fans to excuse himself from the situation. He could have just retired, didn't need to let the team down like this.
The difference is, if you stop "banging on the rails" and stay home, no one will care.
And that bothers you.
If the Jets were paying off Ed, why would they drown him out with noise, etc.?
And how is he letting down the team if he sucked so much?
Yes, actually, PSL's suck because while the new stadium does a lot of things right it does a few things wrong. The PA strategy being #1 on the list. Then comes parking lot security. Then comes poor mass transit. Everything else is good.
Holy sh*t...if this isn't taking speculation to a new level I don't know what is.
Frankly since we're speculating....I think the opposite. Based on the direction of this team I believe Woody would be on his knees begging Ed to come back and get something positive going in his stadium because all I see is a hellhole of negativity and boos in future homegames.
You own Jets Insider.
Let's say there was a single poster that transcended the site. Was so off-the-charts popular that he was on TV, quoted in newspaper articles, had his own blog, a YouTube channel, an iPhone app, the works. You and he had an unspoken pact. He could flourish here on your site but that was in exchange for good behavior towards the Jets Insider brand. Win-win for both of you.
Then, one day, he launches a very public anti-Jets Insider crusade on TV, newspaper articles, blogs, the works.