Tuesday, September 15, 2015

#588. Forget the Hayneplane! It's the J-E-T-S !!!

Full credit to Jarryd for giving it a crack over here and hope he's successful with the 49ers, but on Sunday Paul went to watch the NY Jets' opening game of the season, at home vs. his team in a former life, the Cleveland Browns. The Jets' home ground - Metlife Stadium, which they share with the other NY team (the Giants) - is actually across the Hudson in New Jersey and it's a bit of a schlep out there, analogous to the trek out to Homebush, and in a similar kind of precinct.
There are only 8 home games for the season, and each one has the atmosphere of a NRL grand final. On Sunday the crowd was 79,000, with 90% Jets supporters, and the pre-game entertainment and the half-time show were spectacular. It was a lovely, late summer's day which was perfect for the tailgate parties in the parking lot and almost as interesting as the game itself.
My seat was good, on one of the try lines and not too high up, but it was a re-sold season ticket holder's seat and cost $210. FYI, they pay a $10,000 for a life-time, non-transferrable "seat license", then another amount for the season's ticket - where I was they about $25/game. So it was kind of like renting a car for the day.
The fans went home happy - after two poor seasons and trailing 10-7 at the half, the Jets scored 24 unanswered points in the 2nd half to win comfortably 31-10, and at least for now are undefeated.

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