Hard Knocks Jets Episode 3: Fans Want Respect? Don’t Watch Rex Ryan

August 26, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The week prior to the start of the 2009 NFL season, a friend who happens to be a die-hard New York Jets fans and season-ticket holder told me an impressive story.
This friend had received a voicemail from new Jets coach Rex Ryan. Ryan had a request for all Jets fans to be as loud as possible for the Jets' home opener against their division rival New England Patriots.
Any NFL fan knows the Jets have been a joke, and the Patriots are the scions of the league.
My reaction was "WOW." I was thoroughly impressed. Admittedly, a little jealous too as a lifelong New York Giants fan because it made a fan know his importance to his team. My jealousy faded fast once I remembered this was the Jets, but if Ryan got the team playing—God bless him.
Well, it worked because the 2009 Jets went to the playoffs and that is more than I can say for my Giants.
So when HBO announced that the Jets would be the new team features on Hard Knocks, I was excited. I had admired coach ...

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