(A guest post from Mrs. TOJ)
Being in a relationship with a Jets fan for almost a decade (and married for roughly half of that), it has become abundantly clear that this relationship is an endless love triangle. A triangle between me, my husband and his side piece, the Jets. My husband, who happens to be the owner of Turn On The Jets, is a die-hard Jets fan. While he says his countless efforts and energy dedicated to the team is for “work purposes” we all know this guy eats, sleeps and breaths football. While this has its downfalls (and we’ll get to those) there are many perks of being married to a Jets fan – and here they are:
1.) Loyalty: Jets fans are not in it for the win, they are in it because the Jets are an extension of who they are. They are proud to be rooting for a team that may not always win the Super Bowl (disclaimer I’m from MA and have a family of Patriots fans – Go Pats!), they may not even make it to the playoffs, but these fans day in and day out prove their loyalty. This loyalty is also palpable in their relationships with their friends and families. They are always there for those who need them and love unconditionally.
2.) Values: If you’ve ever met a Jets fan who doesn’t have some sort of pre-game ritual, you haven’t met a Jets fan. The same goes for their love for traditions and values. Jets fans are the ones to keep holiday traditions alive and place a big emphasis on the importance of family rituals. Don’t be surprised to find momentos and keepsakes if you look in a Jets fans’ drawer.
3.) A welcome distraction: While Saturdays might be for the boys, Sundays are for the girls! Okay maybe not but we do like to use our Sundays to decompress, go out to eat, go shopping, and get ready for the week ahead. The last thing we need is a Jets fan trying to ransack our plans for the day.
4.) Community: Jets fans have a sense of community no matter what they do. There is an unspoken language between Jets fans that you’re one of the good ones if you root for Gang Green. Not only is there community between the fans themselves, it’s all around them. They are loyal to their local pizza joint, laundrymat, barber, etc. because they know them by name and even nickname. A jets fan customer is a life-long customer.
And now why you shouldn’t marry a Jets fan?
1.) They are usually busy every Sunday, Monday and Thursday (and Saturday if they are into the college football life)
2.) They are delusional – each year their delusions begin anew
3.) They are usually miserable from September to February
As we embark on a new season, filled with a false sense of hope and faith that this year could be THE year, don’t forget to hug your favorite Jets fan. And if you’re entering into a new relationship with one, buckle up. It’s a bumpy ride, but the destination is worth it.