NFL – Fireman Ed is no more at New York Jets games.nIn a guest column for Metro New York, Fireman Ed — real name: Ed Anzalone — explained that confrontations with fans at MetLife Stadium, not the Jets’ epic struggles during a blowout loss to the New England Patriots on Thanksgiving night, led to his premature exit from his section. Anzalone said barbs from unruly fans have become a common occurence, with many people under the mistaken impression that he’s on the Jets’ payroll. Because of this, he no longer will attend Jets games as Fireman Ed. “Listen, I went through the Rich Kotite era — we were 4-28 in that era. Any Jets fan knows this isn’t the worst of times; it isn’t close, “It’s been about the nastiness. I just think society in general — you’re out in your car, there’s no respect at all. I don’t want to put up with that from people taking it out on me anymore.”Anzalone said he’ll continue to attend Jets home games, but he plans to move to a different section and retire the Fireman Ed persona. For decades, Anzalone has led the famous “J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets” chant at the Meadowlands.”I’m sure there will be somebody else that takes over,” he said. “I wasn’t the originator of the chant and I won’t be the last one. It’s got to end.”
Of all the Patriots accomplishments over this past decade I think this may be #1 in my book. We literally murdered Fireman Ed. Like no exaggeration. No hyperbole. We flat killed him. We ripped his guts out from the inside. Arteries, lungs and shit just dripping on the ground. Just left him there to die. We took what was the most important part of this guy’s life and turned it into a nightmare . I mean winning games is all fine and dandy, but to literally destroy the very fabric of somebody’s life? To humiliate them? To steal all their hope? To crush their dreams and their soul? It simply doesn’t get any better than this. We MURDERED Fireman Ed. Now excuse me while I dance on his grave.