The pro football season can't start soon enough. Here in New England, we can't wait for Week 2 when the Patriots play the Jets at the new football theatre off exit 16W in the Meadowlands.
The Patriots and their fans hate the Jets with the proverbial power of 10,000 suns. It's Red Sox-Yankees with tailgates and goal posts.
It was very un-Patriot like. In this century, while the Patriots were going to four Super Bowls under
No more. Now the Pats are just another team and the Jets are the muscle-flexing loudmouths who shot past New England and played in the AFC Championship Game last year. The Jets are the trendy pick, not just to win the AFC East, but to get to the Super Bowl.
And the Patriots hate them.
There's great history here. The Pats and Jets slugged it out in the early years of the AFL back in the 1960s. In those days it was
Things got really hot between the Jets and Patriots after Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans (1997) when
When Belichick suddenly resigned as "HC of the NYJ" there was another wrestling match between the two teams and Jets executive
It was "Game On" after that. The rivalry and the hatred grew.
There were a lot of hard feelings when Belichick assistant
Belichick won't get into a war of words with Ryan. He'll never detest Ryan the way he hated Mangini. He just smirks and says that the Patriots always want to beat their division rivals. But you know it ticks him off when he hears Ryan talking about "not kissing Belichick's rings" and talking Super Bowl after one season in New York.
The Pats split with the Jets last year. They lost, 16-9, in New Jersey and Brady didn't do much against the Jets. Now he's on record saying he hates the Jets and the Patriots can't wait for their chance to shut up the brash bunch from the Meadowlands.
New England opens its season at home against Cincinnati. The Jets play the Ravens on Monday Night in Week 1. Those are both big games, but Week 2 is the one the fans are thinking about. Belichick says he hasn't been watching
"It's part of the excitement of games,'' said Jets center
It's more than that when it comes to Patriots-Jets. It's pure hated. And it makes us wish the NFL season started tonight.