A tip of RepMan's Jets helmet goes to Fireman Ed Moed for the idea.
The New York Jets football team just lost its most loyal
fan. For those of you who don't know Fireman Ed Anzalone, he's
been a fixture at every Jets home game for nearly three decades.
In addition to wearing a fireman's helmet adorned with the
team logo, Firemen Ed would routinely lead his 80,000 or so fellow Jets fans in
belting out the team's signature chant: 'J-E-T-S. Jets! Jets! Jets!' It was a
cool thing to experience, especially in person.
Sadly, though, the franchise has fallen on very hard
times. I won't bore you with the particulars, but the Jets are about as popular
with the current fan base as Barack Obama is in, say, Buffalo, Wyoming. And so,
sickened by the abuse he's taken from fellow fans for still supporting the
overpaid and underperforming team, Fireman Ed has decided to hang up his spikes
(and helmet). He quit.
- Snap, Crackle and Pop bolting Rice Krispies to become
lead spokesmen for the embattled Long Island utility, LIPA (and using their
signature line to warn residents of the thousands of live power lines STILL on
– The Jolly Green Giant undergoing a radical color
transformation, size reduction and start hawking Mini Coopers (and, changing
his signature line to: Go! Go! Go!).
– Ronald McDonald finally facing up to the facts, having
quadruple bypass heart surgery and moving to Subway's as their official mascot.
– Or, Tony the Tiger saying Frosted Flakes are awwwwful,
turning to a raw vegan diet and becoming lead spokesperson for The National
Fireman Ed's departure may not seem like a big deal to
non-Jets fans, but it's a significant image and reputation crisis nonetheless.
When an organization loses its mojo and its public persona, a lot of other
building blocks seem to crumble in its wake. For the 2012 Jets, Fireman Ed's
resignation isn't a mere blip on the radar screen; it's the final nail in the
coffin of a leadership team that MUST go.