The New York Jets‘ official Twitter account announced that today marked the 50th anniversary of the franchise as we know it: “50 years ago, we made the switch from the New York Titans to the New York Jets. #ThrowbackThursday”
Despite the nostalgic nature of this message, the tweet floated out into social media like an overthrown Mark Sanchez pass across the middle. “The Jets” just has a ring to it that works perfectly into any one-liner and for most of the past few decades has remained a fixture in David Letterman’s repertoire. I’ll take 1-to-1 odds that his monologue will “pay tribute” to the occasion.
If he drops the ball here, then Twitter can pick up the slack in response to the announcement:
“Yes, so stop wearing those ugly Titans throwback jerseys,” from John Gizis.
“Happy 50th anniversary to my New York #Jets. Congrats on 49 years of being the worst team in the AFL/NFL. Proud to be part of Gang Green,” from Ashley Siegel.
The team’s site took a more positive look on it, and of course the franchise has produced many great moments along with the painful and bizarre.
“However, I have always been of the opinion that cheering hard for any team, pro, college or high school, is a lot like being a member of an extended family,” mused NewYorkJets.com blogger Randy Lange. “You may not always like all the members of your family or the events and outcomes that occur from the actions or inactions of some of those characters. But when under attack from the outside, it’s time to circle the wagons and let folks know you’re now and always a member of the Green & White family.”
This month also marked the one-year anniversary of the Jets trading for quarterback Tim Tebow, before proceeding to not allow him a real crack at the starting quarterback job during a lost season. Maybe in another 50 years this move will have made sense.