Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Jet Fans Finally Find Something To Cheer

It wasn't something that happened on the field, but rather when hooligans stole a vending cart and threw it down one of the spiral staircases that provide access to the stadium.

Other Jet fans have found ways to keep occupied during games by turning Gate D into their version of Bourbon Street, complete with harassing women who do not bare their wares.
When one woman appeared to be on the verge of obliging, the hooting and hollering intensified. But then she walked away, and plastic beer bottles and spit went flying. Boos swept through the crowd of unsatisfied men.

Marco Hoffner, an 18-year-old from Lacey Township, N.J., was expecting to see more. Not from the Jets — they pulled off a big upset over the Steelers. He wanted more from the alternative halftime show that, according to many fans, has been a staple at Jets home games for years.

“Very disappointed, because we’re used to seeing a lot,” Hoffner said.

The mood of previous Gate D crowds — captured on video clips posted on YouTube — sometimes bordered on hostile, not unlike the spirit of infamously aggressive European soccer hooligans. One clip online shows a woman being groped by a man standing next to her.
Jets and NFL officials are not amused. Yet, it took a NYT report to set things in motion, given that this behavior supposedly has been going on for years? What gives? The NJSEA (who operates the stadium) had better have some good answers for why this has been allowed to persist.

Even state officials are getting into the act, including Richard Codey.

No comments: