Former Fireman Ed, Ed Anzalone released an op-ed in the Metro late last night explaining why he decided to leave the Patriots-Jets blowout before halftime on Thanksgiving and unfortunately it was not to become a brony or Ed Mau5.
I decided to leave Thursday because the confrontations with other Jets fans have become more common, even though most Jets fans are fantastic.
This is an indication of how society has lost and is continuing to lose respect for one another. The stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy as well. The fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll — which is an outright lie — have made these confrontations more frequent. Whether it’s in the stands, the bathroom or the parking lot, these confrontations are happening on a consistent basis.
Although I can “hold my own,” I do not want to lose my temper and make a stupid mistake. I have a responsibility to the families and kids that enjoy the game and Fireman Ed.
Now let’s forget for a minute that “civility” and “Jets home games” have never gone together — Former Fireman Ed didn’t give up being a super fan during the infamous Gate D years, Ed states that his supporting Mark Sanchez made him appear to be a shill for the team and thus upsetting the raucous Tim Tebow fans around him looking for a fight, which might be the most un-Tebow-like behavior seen out of his supporters yet. (Maybe if Tim was allowed to go back to putting inspirational bible passages on his eye black for his fans to read, we wouldn’t be in the mess in the first place.) Former Fireman Ed, being the gentleman he is, didn’t want want to engage these boorish fans and bring shame upon himself or on the Jets organization, putting him a step above former Jets Braylon Edwards and Chris Jennings.
Of course the dog whistle word of “payroll” in Anzalone’s piece brought out ESPN analyst and professional troll Darren Rovell for his Twitter quick take.
Fireman Ed is one of the most powerful fans in sports history. Jets need to put him on their payroll to keep his act going.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 26, 2012
By Rovell’s logic, one can handle scorn from their fellow human beings as long as you’re being paid, the typical Twitter troll-bait everyone is used to seeing out of him. It’s not so different than what anyone feels when they go to a job they loathe with people they hate and who hate them back, but hey, it’s a a paycheck and someone has to keep the dog in kibble and pay the cable bill. (And just maybe, instead of a Tweet about the Former Fireman Ed, Rovell is actually talking about himself.)
Next Sunday Ed Alzalone will sit in his seat as a normal human being and not as a character as the Jets host the Arizona Cardinals. Rex Ryan already summed it up best this morning when asked to comment on the situation, “He was great. But I think (if) we do our job on the field, that Jet chant will continue.”