Jets fans try to make their own luck
Jets fans in New York are going to superstitious lengths to ensure Gang Green wins this weekend against the San Diego Chargers. (Photo: AP)
The Jets magic playoff run continues this weekend, and their long-suffering fans are pulling out all the stops to will them to victory from 3,000 miles away.
For Frank Siragusa, 48, of Middle Village, that means extending Christmas, hopefully until February.
“I still keep one Christmas decoration lit,” Siragusa said Thursday. “My two-foot New York Jets fiber optic snowman is still in my window and is plugged in on game day.”
And it will remain that way, Siragusa said, until the team's season ends.
Fans are praying that end won't come Sunday in San Diego, where Gang Green, whose late season hot streak propelled them into the divisional round, are taking on the Chargers.
While stars like Darrell Revis and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez need to take care of business on the field, fans back in New York have their own strategies.
“I wear my old Jets sweatshirt with the AFL patch and my No. 12 Jets cap: That's my Sunday outfit,” said Wayne Lyttle, 60, of Springfield Gardens, whose hat pays tribute to legendary Jets star “Broadway” Joe Namath.
He said he also goes to the same bar in Maspeth, where and he fellow fans make a ritual of donning the same duds week after week.
For Jen Jabis, 36, of Manhattan, the jersey she wore to the team's home opener has proved to be good luck, but she doesn't stop there.
“This week I will be wearing the same shirt, same jeans, same underwear,” she said. “Clean, of course.”
For others, what matters is the company.
Val Gross, 29, of Manhattan, makes sure her good luck charm -- her father -- is close by, either at her place or his house in New Jersey. “It's a father-daughter thing,” she said.
Andrew Anderson, 34, of Brooklyn, has an aptly named friend he catches every game with.
“I'm always with my best friend Win,” said Anderson, adding that his pal's name is short for Winston. “What brings me luck is being with Win. When I watch with him, we win.”