Who will fill the void left by recently retired New York Jets superfan Fireman Ed?
New York Jets superfan Fireman Ed penned a guest column in the Metro declaring his intentions to quit his unofficial post as the teamâs mascot, following the 49â19 Thanksgiving Day massacre loss to the rival New England Patriots.
The man known to some as Ed Anzalone, former firefighter at Ladder 28 in Harlem, but to many as Fireman Ed, a crazed Jets fanatic and season-ticket holder since 1976, will no longer lead the âgreatest chant in all of sports,â as he calls it. Fireman Ed will not lead the famed, âJ-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!â cheer ever again because of more frequent âconfrontations with other Jets fans.â
âI love the guyâs passion and energy he would bring,â said Jets coach Rex Ryan. âHeâs a great fan. I really admire him. He was great. If we do our job on the field, that âJetsâ chant will continue.â
After losing Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes, the Jets must now fill the void left by their recently retired superfan, who âwill attend games as usual, just not as Fireman Ed.â
So who's going to fill Fireman Ed's shoes? Here are 10 candidates who would be perfect to take over as New Yorkâs No. 1 Jets fan:
Mark Sanchezâs backup might be better utilized as the Jetsâ top cheerleader in the stands at MetLife Stadium rather than the highest profile bench player on the planet. Any role would have to be more productive than Tebowâs current purgatory â which has been low-lighted by seven pass attempts and 29 carries for a combined 126 total yards.
In fact, Tebow is indirectly responsible for Fireman Edâs evacuation. âThe stadium has become divided because of the quarterback controversy,â Ed said. âThe fact that I chose to wear a Mark Sanchez jersey this year and that fans think I am on the payroll â which is an outright lie â have made these confrontations more frequent.â
Tebow is on the Jetsâ payroll and would bring over-the-top positive energy all game long. As the J-E-T-S cheerleader, Tebow would probably be more mixed up in the quarterback controversy than he already is â whether he wore his own No. 15 jersey or supported Sanchez by wearing a green No. 6 just like Fireman Ed.
Maybe âJ-E-T-S! Jets! Jets! Jets!â has run its course. Imagine âGangnam Styleâ remixed as âGang Green Style.â Maybe itâs time to get the New York crowd back on their high horses and dancing with a remix from the South Korean K-pop star PSY. Jets bowties would spread like wild fire.
3. The Village People
Fireman Ed likes to dress up, so do these guys. Thereâs a cop, chief, cowboy, biker and who knows what else. Plus, as an added bonus, these guys have plenty of practice leading large crowds in four-letter songs. Instead of Y-M-C-A, the new Village voice would lead the chant of J-E-T-S.
4. Jenn Sterger
The former Jets sideline reporter has been a superfan before â becoming internet famous as an FSU Cowgirl, thanks to Brent Musburger commenting that â1,500 red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida Stateâ after seeing her on national television during the 2005 FSU-Miami game.
But the model, actress and hostess really hit the big time when she was involved in a Jets quarterback controversy of a different kind, as the object of Brett Favreâs obsession late in 2010. Itâs about time the Jets brought her back into the mix; they should send her a text or leave a voicemail to see if sheâs interested.
5. Minka Kelly
Derek Jeterâs former fiancÃ© played a football cheerleader on âFriday Night Lights,â giving her New York sports cred and gridiron cheering chops. Sheâs also the daughter of one-time Aerosmith guitarist Rick Dufay, so thereâs no doubt she would have thousands of rabid fans waving their lighters in the air. Oh, and she's really, really hot. So there's that.
6. Fire Marshal Bill
The Jim Carrey character from âIn Living Colorâ isnât a fireman but he is a fire marshal who can âshow ya somethingâ about surviving the type of dumpster fires these Jets have been battling all season. Fire Marshal Bill Burns would bring electricity to the crowd and dump Gatorade on himself after every win.
7. Mark Gastineau
The chairman of the 1980âs New York Sack Exchange is the father of Kim Kardashianâs BFF Brittny. A former âroid rager who would not be intimidated by any confrontations, Gastineau would be the perfect green Hulk to lead Jets cheers. In fact, he already made his mark on the 2012 season during the teamâs Ring of Honor ceremony with a drunken acceptance speech that SI.comâs Jimmy Traina called âJoe Namath Part II.â
8. Brett Favre
When youâre a Jet, youâre a Jet all the way, right? Well, Favre was kind of a Jet back in 2008, when he threw for 3,472 yards, 22 TDs and 22 INTs for the 9â7 Jets. Sure, he missed the playoffs, sent some infamous pictures of his watch and Crocs to a team employee and was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with an NFL investigation. But is that really worse than the season Sanchez is having?
Plus, it would never get so bad where Favre would have to walk away Fireman Ed-style. Just the opposite, a few âF-A-V-R-E! Favre! Favre! Favre!â chants and No. 4 would be back out there as a 43-year-old gunslinger showing Sanchez and Tebow how to play a little throw-and-catch and a lot of show-and-text.
9. Cast of MTV's Jersey Shore
Jets Guidettes like Snooki and J-Woww would be all about the drama that Fireman Ed is trying to get away from. And The Situation, Pauly D, Ronnie and Vinny would be fist-pumping all game and ready to J-E-T-S after G-T-L and t-shirt time. Plus, East Rutherford, N.J., is near their old neighborhood on the Jersey Shore.
10. Rex Ryan
No one is New York or New Jersey talks as big or bold as Rex Ryan, who back-to-backed it up with consecutive trips to the AFC title game early in his reign. But now, Ryan canât keep his locker room or fan base from splintering. He might as well put on a Sanchez jersey like Fireman Ed â of whom Ryan said, âIf he could play linebacker, Iâd use him.â And the way the season is going compared to his own unrealistic expectations, Ryan might have some time on his hands next season.