New York Jets fans are, of course, licking their wounds today. Among them: our state senator, Daniel Squadron (third from the left with a few other guys you might recognize). In a column published on ESPN’s web site today, Squadron began working through his grief by explaining what keeps him coming back for more punishment year after year after year:
To be a Jets fan is to be a believer. It’s to ignore the conventional wisdom or the odds, even logic. If you can wake up each Jets game day believing that this time will be different … well, you can wake up believing anything. Jets fans start each season believing in the infinite possibility of a changed future. We begin each game believing in the limitless opportunity to shake off past failures and make today the beginning of something new and special. The Jets have never been New York’s favorite team, much less America’s. But a city that requires such extraordinary audacity and perseverance, and a nation that needs a renewed faith in our ability to rise from a dark time, would be well served by internalizing the eternal optimism embodied by the chant: J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets! It is enough to give hope to a state senator in one of the country’s most dysfunctional capitols, dealing with some of today’s most seemingly insurmountable challenges.