As a Jets fan, the highlight of any given season is usually some heretofore unimaginable height of humiliation, such as the infamous butt fumble, or your starting quarterback getting punched out before the season even began. That and the sport’s very serious problems with domestic violence and debilitating injuries explain why most of my interaction with the game is cynical in nature. Yet I can’t stay away.
If you love/hate football like I do, or you’re interested in some different takes on the sport, I’ve got two recommendations. First up is a series of pieces by Drew Magary I look forward to every year called “Why Your Team Sucks”. He savages everything he can about each NFL team, and then he publishes a bunch of emails from each team’s fan base that are often times even more savage/more horrifying/funnier than what Magary wrote. Yesterday Magary tackled the Baltimore Ravens, who happen to be coached by a man who thinks Trump’s border wall is a good idea, and he also thinks there is no difference between the Democratic and Republican parties. Good timing considering my blog topics so far this week. Anyway, here I should warn you that both Magary and his emailers use a ton of foul language.
The next piece I want to recommend is by the Esquire Politics writer Charlie Pierce, whom I like a lot. He sometimes moonlights as a sportswriter, and here he is writing about the mess that is the Washington, D.C. football franchise. Pierce also uses a not very polite word in his piece, so beware.
To conclude, J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!