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Gang Green Nation Reader Spotlight: Jets Mets Devils Nets 16

The Basics:

What’s your name and/or username? Anthony/Jets Mets Devils Nets 16

What city/state do you live in? I live on the Jersey Shore. Grew up on Staten Island.

How old are you? 42 years old on most days, but I felt like I aged 100 years during the playoff game against the Colts in 2011.

The Miscellaneous:

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? My grandfather told me never to be at the mercy of someone that could hire or fire me. That is a lesson I still live by today as a restaurant owner.

If you could grab lunch with anybody in the past, present or future—dead or alive, who would it be and why? I would accompany Serbian assassin Gavrilo Princip to the sandwich shop and insist on sitting away from the window- If he doesn’t see the Archduke, perhaps millions don’t die in the First World War.

If you were stranded on a deserted island for the rest of forever, which musical artist would you be listening to, and which television series would you be watching? I would be listening to Queen, the greatest band in the world. “Bohemian Rhapsody” for when I am on the verge of losing my mind, “Another One Bites the Dust” for when I kill off a mosquito, and “We are the Champions” for when I kill a wild boar. For a TV series, probably Seinfeld. I would keep my sanity.

The Jets Related Questions:

How did you become a Jets fan? My father introduced me to the life in 1982. I just became immersed in the team, and going to school with a bunch of spoiled Giants fans just reinforced my fandom.

What’s your favorite Jets memory? What about your most painful Jets memory? My favorite Jets memory has got to be the Monday Night Miracle. I was about to leave when the Jets were down by 23, but I decided to return pretty quickly and the overtime and ending were just incredible.

There have been many painful memories, but one I can’t forget is the 1986 AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Browns. Up 20-10 in the 4th quarter, Mark Gastineau gets called for roughing the passer. Game going into OT, the Browns kicker misses a 23-yard field goal to make me excited for a moment, but then he makes another FG later and the Jets are out of the playoffs after starting the season 10-1. Should have been our year.

In your humble opinion, who is the most dominant Jet to ever play and why? From what I remember, the most dominant Jet ever was Curtis Martin. One of the best RB’s in NFL history, and we took him from the Patriots!

Who is your favorite Jets player and why? My favorite Jets player is WR Rob Moore, a local guy who was one of the few bright spots during the Bruce Coslet era. It broke my heart when Rich Kotite traded him to the Cardinals. Especially since he signed an autograph for me when I was 15.

If Woody Johnson handed you a blank check and gave you a choice to be a part of the New York Jets organization in any capacity, which position would you choose, and why? (It could be GM, Head Coach, Quarterback, Linebacker, Head of Scouting, Waterboy—the sky is the limit). I would be the General Manager- The direction by which a team is arranged will set the stage for how the franchise does- I would build the team from the ground up, not overpaying for players who would only help the team in the short-term. And for the sake of saving salary cap space, I would always look to trade for more draft picks.

Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles get fired after the season and Woody Johnson decides to name you the next GM, giving you one very clear goal: win the Super Bowl within the next 4 years. What is your strategy to make the Jets a Super Bowl winner? What is your strategy to build this team into a perennial Super Bowl contender? See question 11.