The New York Jets defeated the Kansas City Chiefs yesterday. This was the scene in the winning locker room:
If you are fairly new to this site, you may wonder what the words were in that chant at the end. They are chanting, “and the home of the Jets.” It’s not because they played at home. Yes, it is because they defeated the Chiefs. But not at the Meadowlands. In Arrowhead Stadium. In 1998.
Here is the explanation from Kevin Mawae:
In 1998 the Jets went to Kansas City to play the Chiefs. The game was a hard fought one that went to the wire. The Jets won the game on a John Hall field goal at the end of the game. The Chief's fans are known for saying "home of the chiefs" at the end of the National Anthem...and I must say, it's pretty cool!
Well, once we were in the locker room after Bill Parcell's post game speech, the team was called up for the final team break down at which point someone (don't know who) started yelling "and the home..." at this point the rest of the team chimed in..."of the, JETS". We did it every game we won after that win...
the next week we went on to play the Buffalo Bills...very memorable because as I was enjoying the win coming onto the plane, Parcells asked me why I was so happy. He went on to tell me that he didn't bring me to the Jets to beat KC, but to block Ted Washington, who would be matched up against the following week.
Anyways, we went 12-4 that year and that is how the "Home of the Jets" chant started.
Yes, it is kind of an odd thing to chant, but that’s how traditions start. I don’t mind it. In fact, I love it. My family and friends chant it whenever Gang Green wins. Hearing “and the home of the Jets” means victory.
Now that you know the history behind it, what do you think? Do you like it? Are you looking forward to hearing it for four more weeks in a row?