By Martin Alvin
Jets’ fans deserve a lot better than they’re getting. After winning the 1968 Championship Game, and SB III, way back in 1969, and since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970, the Jets have gone to only four AFC Championship Games — 1982, 1998, 2009 and 2010 — losing all four. In that same time period: the Steelers have gone to fifteen Championship Games, winning eight and six Super Bowls. The Cowboys have gone to fourteen Championship Games, winning eight and five Super Bowls. The 49ers have gone to thirteen Championship Games, winning five and five Super Bowls.
In the Jets’ own division: The Patriots have gone to seven Championship Games, winning six and three Super Bowls. The Dolphins have gone to seven Championship Games, winning five and two Super Bowls and the Bills have gone to four Championship Games — in a row — winning all four, but then losing four Super Bowls in a row.
But prior to Rex Ryan’s “could’a, would’a, should’a, almost-championship,” era — and two of those Championship Game losses — I never heard deserving Jets’ fans brag about their putrid Championship Game record. And that’s because most deserving Jets’ fans know that four Championship Game losses in four appearances, is not a virtue. Yet, now, incredibly, some deserving Jets fans, including some radio talk-shows hosts and some talking head, TV, guys, point to the last two Jets Championship Game losses as virtues.
So, aside from insanely elevating losses to wins, what’s wrong with that? I mean, after all, if deserving Jets fans, and Jets players, alike, are hungry for a championship, and willing to take some satisfaction in “could’a, would’a, should’a, almost-championships,” why not let them? If they want to feed their very legitimate hunger with illegitimate empty-calorie candy instead of a real meal, what’s the harm? If the Pollyanna voices coming from Florham Park and radio and TV convince them they’re not really hungry, so what?
The problem is, quite often, perception is reality. And a coach and an owner, who scam their fan base — and more importantly, their team, into believing they aren’t hungry, by feeding them candy-virtue — create a team that doesn’t believe it’s hungry. And a team that doesn’t believe it’s hungry, isn’t hungry. And a team that isn’t hungry doesn’t win championships. See Giants Gab: Hey, NY Giants, Wake The ‘F’ Up … Please!
Hey, Jets’ fans; losing Championship Games is not a virtue. Never was. Never will be. And only, when you and your team stop eating the candy, will you have a shot at a real, honest-to-God, very well-deserved, championship. You’ve waited long enough, haven’t you? Unfortunately, though, your Pollyanna Owner and Coach are still feeding you and the team empty-calories; and because of that, many deserving fans and players still feel well fed and full of virtue. And that, brothers and sisters, is bad news for deserving Jets’ fans everywhere. You deserve a lot better from your team. Can I get an amen?