In a booklet sent out to season ticket holders, the Jets provide instructions for how to keep the chant around. On a page entitled “The J-E-T-S chant is in your hands,” a map of MetLife Stadium is featured, which divides the stadium into four sections and designates one letter per section.
"In 2013, we are launching an all-new J-E-T-S chant tradition,” the caption for the map explains. “As a first step, please find your section on the map for your letter on gameday. Call your Jets Relations Representative to find out more at 800-469-JETS (5387) and start practicing your loudest J-E-T-S chant!"
Since the retirement of Fireman Ed from his chant-starting duties after the infamous Thanksgiving Day game last season, the chant lost its fervor in MetLife Stadium.
Jason of New Jersey, who first shared the image, was contacted by the New York Daily News for an interview about the new idea.
"The idea is far-feteched," the Jets fan told the News. "Can't work with a fan who has no idea what section the cutoff is for a certain letter."
"It's better in theory, not reality," he said.
This has all the earmarks of disaster. Jason's on point here as this will likely end up sounding much better in theory than when it's put in practice. Between the lack of coordination among the sections and the drunkenness, this can only end in an inevitable butchering of our beloved chant.
I can appreciate the Jets' effort because the chant has been such a defining part of the team's history but I, and a lot of other people, have serious concerns about the viability of this new method. Only time will tell, I guess.