I commute to work everyday from New Jersey to New York and back. I have to take a bus, then the PATH train across the Hudson, and then the MTA subway. I see a lot of people on my way, and surprisingly, I am still noticing plenty of people wearing their Jets gear - in public!
One of these people that I see everyday is my wife. Her co-workers implore her to take off her Jets hat constantly, and she gets comments from random people like, "It must be tough putting that on, huh?" She simply shrugs and says it keeps her warm. (My son also wears his Jets beanie and scarf, but he doesn't have much choice.)
As for me, people see me in my Jets jacket or the Jets license plate on my car, and they give me that look - you know that look, we all know that look - and they say to me, "You're a Jets fan, huh?" in that tone that we all know. You know that tone. We all know that tone.
It can be pretty tough, and I posted the question on Twitter to gauge the feeling from the followers there. Here are some of their responses:
Till death do us part https://t.co/nhaQThdyYt— Chris (@cWhitey_NY) December 9, 2016
@GangGreenNation I have a Tattoo, only way to assure I wear jets logo everyday— Rafael Talavera (@rumberoprimero) December 9, 2016
Whoever votes "Heck no" here is a bandwagoner who shouldn't be allowed back on the wagon ever again. https://t.co/nwg5lKV3Eb— Plantain Papi (@RickyClassicPhD) December 9, 2016
@GangGreenNation I want the world to know I suffer!— Ray (@RikanHavoc) December 9, 2016
No doubt. If you aren't used to the suffering why are you a fan of this team? #Jets #JetUp https://t.co/bPYT5KN2Om— Todd G (@GerstTodd) December 9, 2016
@GangGreenNation of course this isn't the first time we've been terrible certainly won't be the last— Master Shake (@TheWinningEdge7) December 9, 2016
@GerstTodd @GangGreenNation suffering with the team is a badge of honor— Geoffrey Godfrey (@GeoffTheScout) December 9, 2016
They will bury me in Green and White! https://t.co/knIOhpKA5T— Just End The Season (@jetsfan0523) December 9, 2016
Those are just a few of the stubbornly loyal fans. But now we have a dissenter among us:
Nah, not until they learn how to win games & stop with the foolishness https://t.co/RrifB1GLOi— Dr£ (@SourpowerDre) December 10, 2016
No way. The 53 emails a day from https://t.co/MT3FMggWls trying to give me a new deal on gear is getting pathetic too https://t.co/XxWtDalYmM— Mewtwo (@CODYinTheCut) December 9, 2016
Jets.com is not the team site though. But most of the Gang Green Gangsters go on in green & white:
@GangGreenNation Every Monday of the season, Win or Lose!! Been that way since '94.— gio_g (@_gionidas_) December 9, 2016
@abx09 @samonster914 @GangGreenNation i always say it's the meanest thing my parents ever did to me— Ashley Siegel (@AshleySiegs) December 9, 2016
no matter how much it hurts, ALWAYS. https://t.co/q3S40OOQga— Ashley Siegel (@AshleySiegs) December 9, 2016
@GangGreenNation Yes, literally cloaked in failure.— Rational Jets Fan (@RationalJetsFan) December 9, 2016
@GangGreenNation I love punishment.— Todd (@NYJetsfan28) December 9, 2016
My hat shows everyone that I'm a nihilist https://t.co/4CzBRj5IOc— Nathan Deal (@NattyD13) December 10, 2016
And finally, pictures are worth a thousand words:
wearing my @EricDecker87 jets shirt today! pic.twitter.com/ivqH8I3Kuj— johnny sword (@johnsword76) December 10, 2016
Enunwa darn business!:
@GangGreenNation girlfriend got me early xmas gift so pumped pic.twitter.com/4hTbf95v99— Jake Hewson (@JakeD_Hewson) December 10, 2016
@GangGreenNation pic.twitter.com/W4LvGDyJXR— Blake Collins (@skiJETSwhi) December 10, 2016
@GangGreenNation pic.twitter.com/ZU84Tt6IRZ— Mike Burns (@Dismaltriathlet) December 10, 2016
@GangGreenNation still wearing #JetsGear ✈️✈️✈️ pic.twitter.com/9ZTHgXOdJc— Ricardo Sanchez (@Ricardo3Sanchez) December 10, 2016
Props to those of you reppin' the team!
Props. Get it? As in propellers.
Oh, and don't forget about this guy:
Revis Island. @L7Panda pic.twitter.com/V65f8DPcFB— Gang Green Nation (@GangGreenNation) December 6, 2016
I must say, you all are... plane crazy!!!